As my research for ancestors takes me back several centuries, some historical information may help with apparent inconsistancies with dates and spelling variations. In addition, as time permits, I will add to each record a "generational line" to help define a person's position in the family descendancy.

Early Dates

Dates in early history were based on the Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar now in use. The Gregorian calendar was adopted by Pope Gregory in the 16th century. In 1582, the Gregorian calendar was used in Rome, Portugal, Spain and France, and in 1583, in the Catholic states of Germany. Most Protestant countries ignored this Papal decision for many years. It was not until 1751 that Great Britian ordered the Gregorian calendar to be used for all legal and public business. The American colonies were slow to follow, and Russia did not change until 1917. Therefore, it is important to be aware of variations concerning date information with early family records.

Spelling Variations

In some cases, different members of one family would choose to spell the last name differently. With my Searl ancestors, the name may appear as Searl, Searle, Searles, Searless, Serl, Seril and even Sayrles. Hayes records may be found also as Hays or Haynes. I have chosen to use one form throughout this web site: Searl and Hayes. First names are not immune from spelling variations, the use of nick names and misreading of handwriting on faded and torn manuscripts. When conducting genealogical research, it is vital to be flexible with spelling variations.

Generational Line

The generational line is a valuable way to trace a person's blood line to the earliest-known ancestor. As my research continues, I rely on this tool to avoid confusion. The list is in reverse numerical order, with the first immigrant ancestor as number one. Known ancestors who did not emmigrate to America are listed with a superscript letter, proceeding in alphabetical order.


The data posted on this web site are compiled from many resources: internet files, history books, death certificates, obituaries, cemetery records, grave markers, funeral home records, and written and oral family histories. Each of these is a product of human effort, and many times information from different sources for an individual will not agree.

Please inform me of any data that may be erroneous.