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personal research. Should you choose to use any of the information found
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room for error, even from the most reliable sources. If ever there is doubt,
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How many times has your Ridgdill surname been misspelled over the years? Thousands,
probably, and not always the same misspelling. It was no different for our ancestors, either.
During my years of research, I've found our surname spelled many different ways. Notice I didn't
say "misspelled." That's because I don't know how our name is actually supposed to be spelled.
I have found information on our family dating back to the 1500's, and have found the names
Ridgdill, Ridgdell, Ridgell, Ridgill, Ridgedill, Ridgedell, Ridgel, Ridgil, Rigell, Rigill, Rigsdell,
Ridgdale, and Ridgdaile. Guess what, they're all related. There are still others such as Riddle,
Riggs, Rigdon, Ridgeway, and even Ridgett, which may possibly be connected, also. There may
be others that I just haven't found, yet. What's worse, even our own U.S. Census Records are
inconsistent. The Census began in 1790 and is conducted every ten years. It's not uncommon
to find our name spelled three different ways in three consecutive censuses for the same
person. So, who's to say which is the correct spelling? Certainly not me. Whatever way your
particular ancestor decided to spell your surname is fine by me. What matters most is that we're
all family, and family is everything.
Favorite genealogy web sites.
There are literally hundreds of genealogy web sites to choose from. Some require a
subscription, but there are still some good web sites that are free. Here are some of my
favorites. Just click on the links to go to the web sites.
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