Hello fellow traveler, Have been searching the message boards for a lead about my Gr.Grandmother Martha Ellen McGuiness, on our records there is an additional s on the end, but as you know it is a very difficult name to trace, Martha was born in 1854 and was from Va. we know nothing about her Parents or Sibblings, she married Nicholas W. Johnson they married in Tn. and later moved to Harlan Iowa where their children were born. This name is spelled several ways which doesn't help. am not sure if it is Scotish or Irish. wish we could help each other .