My Family at the Georgia AquariumMy Name is Walter Dowling Wood and welcome to my family history website. If you have any problems or have suggestions while here, please let me know by sending me a message. To do this click on my name at the bottom of each page.

My wife Sylvia and I live in Apopka Florida (Orlando area) with our cat Cece. I have four adult children and two grandsons. We are active in a local Bible believing Christian church, The Assemblies of God have an excellent summary of our Christian beliefs on their website. Recent and historical photos of my family can be found in the Exhibits link in the Genealogy Pages.

I am a semi-retired hydrogeologist working in the environmental field; specifically the areas of water resources, mining, sinkholes, contamination assessments, and surface and ground water monitoring. I have worked for local government agencies, geotechnical engineering companies and the US Geological Survey during my career. Other things I have done include hotel/motel management, selling seaplanes, owning a salt-water aquarium business, pet shop and breeding parrots. From 2001-2003 I served as President of the Florida Association of Professional Geologists a section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists. I am also active in our local family history society, the Central Florida Genealogical Society where I serve on their Board of Directors and webmaster.


Genealogy is one of my main hobbies and the main focus of this website. I also enjoy building, repairing, and programming computer (including working on these web pages). I have beta tested a number of versions of Windows with Microsoft including ME, XP, Window Home Server, Vista and Windows 7, 8 and 10. I also test products for Symantec. I enjoy fishing when I get the chance and like to read both fiction and nonfiction.

My Family History

A cousin introduced me to Genealogy almost 20 years ago and I got hooked. He had done most of the work on my Mother's DOWLING and MCDANIEL lines. That left me to work on my Father's parent's lines, WOOD and MCCORD. The WOOD line is now documented to early colonial times but the MCCORDs have proved a little more difficult. More recently I have begun assisting my wife in researching her family roots that lead to Italy (VENTURA) and Germany (ZOZ). Additionally I have been working to provide my four children with information for their maternal lines.

I find the study of my genealogy very interesting, much like a detective story but real. On my Mother's side it has been reported that her DOWLINGs may have settled at Jamestown. Also in her line were three LAMAR (or LE MAIRE) brothers who were Huguenots that left France and came to America to avoid being persecuted by the Catholic Church for their Christian beliefs. My direct ancestor Thomas Lamar had another of his descendants served on the US Supreme Court.

An ancestor on my Father's side, Frederick HILL, was one of many Hessian soldiers were hired by the British to fight against the Colonies during the American Revolution. Frederick deserted the British to join the American side serving under George Washington. My Grandmother Wood's MCCORD family moved from an unknown location in Pennsylvania to Iowa in the mid-1800s making them very difficult to research.

I have found that most of my ancestors I have identified arrived in the North America prior to the American Revolution and several on both sides of my family served in the Revolutionary War. One ancestor Richard WARREN even arrived on the Mayflower (however this line has not been fully proven at this time).

My Genealogy Pages

There is a wealth of family history here but before doing anything else I strongly encourage you to read the Site Organization page and the Families page. These pages will give you an idea of what is contained here, how it is organized and how to find it. Also two different search methods are provided to help you find specific information or persons.

There may be additional information on individuals that are not included in an individual person pages but are included in some of the attached materials. Some persons may appear only in notes on other individual's pages.

Please note that living persons may not be listed or may only have very limited information displayed.

Civil War History

While researching the DOWLING family in South Carolina, I found that several persons had lived through Gen. Sherman's march through the South during the Civil War and recorded their Memories of this Civil War Era in their own handwriting. These make for very interesting historical reading.

Use of Materials on this Website

I have spent a lot of time trying to gather, research and verify the information contained on my site. Everything is made available at no charge. I have also tried to make gather, identify, scan, edit and make available photographs of as many persons and places as possible with more to come in the future.

The facts, names, dates and places you find here cannot be copyrighted and you are free to copy them. However the descriptive narratives and most photographs on this website are my creative work product. I am releasing these materials under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike license. You may copy, distribute and display this work and make derivative works based on it ONLY as long as you follow the licensing criteria found at the bottom of each page which requires crediting this website for the original creation.

Finally, please recognize that some of the information here has come from others including Find-a-Grave, personal trees on Ancestry.com, and also family reunions where individuals simply filled in blanks on a form. As a result I have not been able to personally document all of the information you may find here. Where documentation has available, I have provided that documentation in the endnotes. If you do not see any documentation in the endnotes you should assume my source was not documented. In any event, I strongly recommend that you verify everything for yourself before you rely on it and/or reproduce it.

I have found that some of the older books included here on the Dowling family contain information that has been proven unreliable concerning a Frampton Dowling. This issue continues to be a problem as many have blindly reproduced this incorrect information on the web.

I will correct any errors when reliable information is found and / or reported to me. If you have information I don't have, have questions or comments on what you find here, need assistance on one of these families, or can help identify old photographs, please contact me through the link in my name found at the bottom of each page.

I sincerely hope you enjoy my site and find something of value while visiting here.

Genealogy Links Relating to my lines:

McCord Family Association

Clermont County Ohio Genealogical Society

Ron Zoz's Site on descendants of Oswald Zoz of Oberowisheim Germany

Also I recommend using the Ancestry Surname Message Boards for all surnames