User talk:AlabamaGuy2007

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Hello and welcome to Bhamwiki. We're really excited to see your contributions. If you haven't already, please read our User agreement and then feel free to dive in.--Dystopos 20:56, 29 October 2006 (PST)

Morrises

I don't know offhand. If I come across any links in my reading, I'll be sure to update the relevant articles. Thanks for your contributions! --Dystopos 18:01, 30 October 2006 (PST)

  • Regarding Shades Mountain, Virginia Foscue's Place Names in Alabama says that it is named for the valley, called "Shades of Death" by both the Chickasaw Indians and white traders. She cites a 1960 Master's Thesis by Thomas N. Hagood at Birmingham-Southern, "Place Name Patterns in Jefferson County, Alabama." --Dystopos 21:56, 31 October 2006 (PST)
  • Without reading Hagood's thesis to see where the info originated it's hard to be sure, but generally-speaking, Foscue's research is about as authoritative as you can get for place names around here. It would be exciting if BhamWiki were able to publish an authoritative counterclaim, but for that we'd need some sound documentation. For my part, I doubt they are the same. I would think something would have been made of their relationship before if it were so. Morris (and Elizabeth) are pretty common names. --Dystopos 08:32, 1 November 2006 (PST)

You need to find an amateur genealogist to show you the ropes or visit some genealogy web sites. There's lots of information out there. It's quite likely a distant cousin has done some of the work for you, if you can just find him or her. Although I don't envy you trying to find information on such a common name. --Lkseitz 10:24, 1 November 2006 (PST)

  • Now that I think of it, the librarians at the Birmingham Public Library's southern collection would very much be able to help you, I think. Their expertise bridges geneological research and Birmingham history. --Dystopos 10:29, 1 November 2006 (PST)