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Re: ACK Genealogy
In Response To: ACK Genealogy ()

You appear to have reached a point where you need to do in-depth research that requires more than looking at published sources. Fortunately many of Virginia's early 19th century are available on microfilm through interlibrary loan at your local library. Or if you live near a Mormon research center, then you can access/rent and view microfilm at their center.

You need to do more analysis on the information gathered from the census records and whatever other records you have. John Ack appeared in several censuses, one of which gave him the 1833 birthdate in Delaware. The other censuses gave him a birth year in or after 1845 and birth place in Virginia. This is a twelve to sixteen year discrepancy in his age. Why do you believe the 1900 census (showing 1833 & Delaware) is more accurate than the others? Do you have other records that support the Delaware birthplace and date? Have you considered that there may be an area in the Prince George county named Delaware or something close to it?

Also consider that John Ack's father and mother may not both have been free or enslaved. Perhaps his father was enslaved, thus this might explain why he doesn't appear in pre-emancipation records.

Finally consider also that John may have been enslaved in Delaware at some early point in his life, and the person who provided the information may have known that he was "from Delaware," and assumed that John was not only from there, but born there.

Before further launching into the Delaware research, you need to locate your family in records as far back as possible. Since John consistently appeared in Virginia censuses, this points to Prince George county as the place where you should focus. Attempting to link a 1768-1800 Delaware family to the 1870 Virginia family is a major jump, one that may lead you far off-track, wasting considerable time and money.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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