Paul Dingwell Genealogical Collection (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at

What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of loose leaf papers, notebooks, composition books, rough drafts, and workbooks. It covers the years 1600 to 1995 and includes the following:

  • Pedigree charts
  • Family group sheets
  • Maps
  • Photos
  • Research logs
  • Census records
  • Cemetery records
  • Deeds
  • Land records
  • Pension records and applications
  • Marriage records, returns and certificates
  • Lineage records
  • Naturalization records

The collection also includes index cards containing individual vital, family, and biographical information.

The information in this collection is from various countries and U.S.A. States, including:

  • Virginia
  • Vermont
  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • England
  • Scotland
  • Ireland
  • Wales
  • Germany
  • Holland
  • Norway
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for .

Collection Content

Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include the following information:

  • Names of family members
  • Birth, marriage, death, or burial dates and places
  • Relationships
  • Residencies
  • Family groupings

How Do I Search the Collection?

This collection is considered a secondary source, but the information in it can lead you to other primary records. Compare the information in the collection to what you already know to make sure that you have the correct family or individual.

Search the Collection

To search the collection:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "_____________"
⇒Select the appropriate "_____________"
⇒Select the appropriate "_____________" which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Make a photocopy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • Use the names, dates, and places as the basis for family groups or to build a family pedigree.
  • Use the dates along with places or residences to help you locate the family in other records such as census, church, and land records.
  • Use age listed to determine approximate birth dates.
  • Use burial information to locate mortuary or funeral records, which could include names and addresses of family members.
  • Use land records to track family migrations.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.
  • You may need to search for both their Indian name and their English name.
  • Be aware that, as with any compiled source, transcription errors may occur.
  • Compile entries for individuals and families with the same surname.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same locality or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the surnames.

General Information About These Records

The compiler and owner, Paul Dingwell, collected historical and genealogical documents pertinent to his own ancestry. Each type of record was created for a different purpose. The collection as a whole was created as a record of Paul Dingwell's heritage. The reliability depends on the knowledge of the individual informants and each seperalte record type.

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Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.  

Collection Citation:

"Paul Dingwell Genealogical Collection." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing Private Collection, Paul Dingwell, Chesterfield, Virginia.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.

Image citation:

The image citation will be available once the collection is published.