Re: Byars or Byas or Bias or Bice or???
Reading these postings was music to my ears.When you first get into Genealogy you have to put a lot of effort into understanding the language Genealogists use.And If you attend some of the great seminars that have classes on different subjects, you can learn so much where common sense does not apply.Case in point:My Daddy always told me "If you meet someone who spells their name Byars they are kin to us.But if they spell their name Byers they are no kin of ours."When I got my grandparents marriage license in Milam Co.TX the top part showed my grandfathers name as Henry Clay Byers, but when it was returned to be recorded, the bottom read Henry Clay Byars.Daddy just never saw his parents marriage license.
But, there are people that just won't believe you, no matter how many times they are told.One of my best friends and research traveling buddies was researching the surname Ham.We were in Green Co. AL. looking for her Ham family.I found a Will.Everything in it connected to her line.I showed it to her and she said, "but the name is spelled Hamm and my ancestors never used two ms."She did not want a copy, but I got one anyway.I told her when you find out that this is your next generation let me know and I'll make you a present of this Will.Two months later she called laughing.She wanted that will.She had been talking to an older Aunt that had said at one time they spelled the name Hamm.
It also done my heart good to know the material we published in the Enquirer is still being used today.While those of us researching 25 years ago did not have things that are available today, there were many that truly wanted to get it right.With standard methods of recearch and looking for real documentation with DNA added, we will all have a real lineage.
And by the way,no one has ever presented one document with the names of the children of Nathan Byars and Drucilla Harrelson on it.So, if you can, get on the Byars DNA Project.And as frustrating as it is, if you really want to find out about your ancestors, you will keep plugging along.
Clovis Byars Herring