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The primary feature of the Combs &c. Research Project is our Combs Counties of Record - hundreds of counties, indexed by country and state, and hundreds (thousands?) more to go. Each of our Combs County web pages is a formal research report including all known (to us so far) chronology of records of Combs and Combs-Associated Families in that county. Moreover, our reports not only are chock-full of records, but whenever possible, the records are annotated: (1) to indicate proven relationships; (2) to provide clues to other possible connections; and (3) including hot-links to other counties - both backwards and forwards in time. Our ultimate goal is, as follows, in priority order:
Unfortunately, we are always massively behind in creating new and sorely-needed Combs Counties; however, if "Your" Combs County has not yet been created, there's no need to wait, and no need to learn how to create web pages.* Just follow the steps below, and you'll be all set!
*For those who either already know how to create web pages (HTML files) or who would like to learn how, see our new site for Combs Research Editors (including Easy Steps for Learning How to Web Edit).
Important! Volunteer for the County before you begin working on it in case (a) it's already almost complete; or (b) someone else on the list is also working on that county (in which case you can join forces).
Tip: You do not need to specially format your file. No Bold, No Italics or Underlines, etc. since all those will disappear anyway once you post to the list (all email is automatically converted to straight text).
(a) Search Engine Tip: For Jackson TN, for example, you would type:
Jackson AND (TN or Tenn or Tennessee)
(b) Warning: If Your Combs County is named Henry or Jackson or Washington, your "search hits" will include a lot of postings that have nothing to do with your county. For starters, you might want to aim for a county whose records are easier to segregate. Also note that some counties are frequently misspelled, perfect examples including Calloway/Callaway and/or Green/Greene
Tip: When you open each posting, click Edit, Find and search for the name of your county in the posting - the quickest way to work your way through postings ("search hits")
23 Nov 1786 (Stafford Co VA Will Book D:78) Will of Joe Blow Combs (Transcribed by [name of poster] from [source: copy of original record, or if a publication, the name, author, publisher, location and year])
For more examples, visit some of our Combs Counties.
Note: Joe Blow Combs was the s/o Jack and Jill HILL Combs of Richmond Co VA. Witness Jerry HILL was his uncle, Jill HILL'S brother.
Important! If you make a statement in your Notes as to a relationship, it needs to be a documented statement. In other words, the proof of the relationship should either be in Your County, the "other county" (in the above example, Richmond Co VA), or whatever County, etc. where the proof is of record (including our Combs Bible Records, the Dickey Diary interviews, the Drapers Company, etc.)
A Note About Your Paper Files: How much have you collected over the years that's still not "inside" your computer (on your hard drive)? Has the time come to start typing, transcribing and/or scanning in order to move these records, notes, letters, manuscripts, etc. from those bulky filing cabinets and boxes (or the dining room table) and into your computer so that you can find them easily?
Remember: By Creating Your Combs Counties, not only will you have helped add to the body of our overall Research Project, but created a back up of your own research -- -- a permanent legacy for centuries to come (including for your own descendants).
Reminder: In some instances, Your Combs County has already been created, but all records have not been entered. Utilizing your own resources and those of the Combs Mailing List Archives, you can also helpUpdate Your Combs County.