Other Names in the Family Bible

Other Names in the Family Bible

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Q. I’m fortunate to have a family Bible that contains several pages of information about my Noland ancestors. However, in the middle of all the relevant information about births, marriages, etc., there is an entire page of entries for people with the surname Coleman, along with a large handwritten notation that “these people are not related to the Nolands.”

I have absolutely no idea who they are, or why their important dates were entered in the Bible of another family. Maybe they were in-laws or neighbors. It bothers me that I could be sitting on information that could be a missing link for some Coleman researcher out there. What is the best method or site for posting this information? I would like for it to be easily found by anyone who may be looking for it.

A. It’s great that you’re anxious to share the Coleman family information that was included in your Noland family Bible. From what you described, it sounds likely that the Colemans lived in the same area as your Noland family in the years covered by the Bible entries. We’re assuming you’ve identified what those localities are.

We would suggest providing copies and transcripts of the Bible record (along with basic information on your Noland family) to local genealogical and historical societies in those geographic areas. You might request that they publish a story in their newsletter and make it accessible in family files in their library.

An excellent way to share the information online is through the US GenWeb county and state sites for the area at <www.usgenweb.org>. Also check RootsWeb at <lists.rootsweb.com> to see whether a Coleman mailing list is among the hundreds of surname interest lists that researchers utilize to share information. Also search for a Coleman group on Facebook. Posting a message to such a site might be a way to make connections to a Coleman with a specific interest in that Bible record.

In addition to those electronic resources, you may also be able to identify a print publication or a surname organization for Coleman researchers. Start by doing a web search and checking a book such as Elizabeth Petty Bentley’s Directory of Family Organizations.

There are other places to share that information in the hopes that present or future Coleman researchers will be able to find it. For example, the National Genealogical Society has a Bible Records collection to which you might donate the information, and you could submit it to a site such as BibleRecords.com. And you’ve already made many researchers aware of the existence of this information by submitting your question to Family Tree Magazine.

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