Organization of this Website


The following is a summary of what you will find on my website, how it is organized and the best way to search it. I use the genealogy program The Master Genealogist or TMG to store my data in.

The following Menu items are available at the top of every page:

  • Home - The entry page for the website
  • Site Organization: This page
  • Surnames - Index of surnames from my TMG database
  • Master Index - Index of given and surnames from my TMG database
  • Families - A brief introduction to the primary families of my ancestors and those of my children with links to them
  • Charts - Descendancy charts for many oldest known ancestors that have live links
  • Exhibits - Photos of persons, events, homesteads, etc. that are linked back to these persons on the person pages
  • Places - Places where events in my TMG database have occurred. This will include places such as births, marriages, deaths, etc.
  • Search - A Google search form to search my entire site PLUS a filtered search form to search all names within my TMG database.

There are links on each page that tie to other sections of my website and to individuals. By following these links you can explore the entire website. To navigate to a previous page, use the Back button in your browser or click on one of the menu buttons to go to another section of the site.

There are multiple sets of names on this site.

  •  Person pages have been prepared from my genealogy database (The Master Genealogy or TMG) using the program Second Site. (Note that these person pages are displayed in the order of the TMG ID number and not alphabetically. This allows search engines to return a good result after I have updated the pages in the future.) There are also a number of charts prepared from this database.
  •  The 1959 book A Dowling Family of the South contains thousands of DOWLING family members. Only a small portion of this material is incorporated into my database. This book is free to download in a searchable PDF.
  •  The complete 1946 booklet To Dowlings Who Served in America’s Wars can be found both on webpages and in PDF format for free download.
  •  A set of Family Group Sheets for pioneer families originating in Clermont County Ohio is available for free download in searchable PDF format.

The last three of the above contain many persons that are not included in my TMG database (although some are in my database).

TMG Data

I have data on over 4,000 persons in the TMG genealogy software program. The person pages found on this website contain individual narratives for every one of these persons. The narratives provides the information known about them including names and name variations, birth, marriage, children, death, etc. This data can be accessed through a series of indexes: the Surname Index, Master Index and Places Index. It can also be searched using a customized search form that allows filtering. Where a someones given and / or surname is not known, but there is information available for that person (i.e. where they were born), that information is provided and the name(s) is listed as "Unknown."

Note that for some people in the database there are other individuals named within notes, however those names may not be included in the Indexes. The Google Search Bar should find these names.

The Surname Index provides quick access to a list of individuals having a given surname. Married women will usually be listed under both their married and maiden names (where known).

The Master Index provides an alphabetical index of all individuals. Due to the large number of names, these are organized in multiple sets of pages alphabetically by surname and then given name.

The Place Index contains a list of geographic place names. Clicking on a place name will open a list of individuals who are linked to an event (i.e. birth, marriage, death, etc.) that occurred at that place. If additional information is available for a place, an information icon will appear behind the place name. Click on that icon to see that information.

Note: Where the letters "RS" appear after a name, that person had served in the Revolutionary War.

Second Site Search Form with results

A search form is also provided to help find persons in the database. These searches can be performed using a number of different filters to narrow down the names returned. Note that this form will only locate names found in my TMG database and not names found in other sections of this website. To search for a name that is not in the database use the Google Search Bar.

The Charts page displays the list of available descendant charts. The descendant charts are for selected end-of-line ancestors. Within each individual narrative on the person pages there is a list of Charts that the individual appears on. Clicking on the link to the chart will bring up the chart, with the box for that individual situated in the upper right of the view.

If source images are provided with a citation or source, their presence is indicated by an icon. Clicking on the icon will display the image.

Extensive use is made of hypertext links which allow you to quickly move back and forth within the pages. Items that are linked will appear in underlined text. Most person and place names are linked.

Where available, photographs of individuals are supplied adjacent to their individual narrative on the person pages. These photos are also displayed on the Exhibits Page. Some of the photographs on this site that contain multiple persons may also display the name of a person when your mouse is hovered over the face. Clicking on these names will take you to the individual narrative for that person.

TMG Person Page created by Second Site

For most individuals, a icon located just below their name on the person pages opens a Family Explorer windows in the form of a pedigree chart. This windows contains links to that persons ancestors and children. You can click on any of their parents, spouses or children to navigate to the narrative for that person. This window can be closed by clicking the x in its upper-right corner.

Family Explorer Pop-up

A Dowling Family of the South Book

The book A Dowling Family of the South was written by R. A. Dowling in 1959 and contains over 250 pages. The contents have recently been made available by the author’s son Hart Dowling and it is available here in a searchable PDF format that can be downloaded. There are thousands of Dowlings and their families mentioned in this book but only those closely related to my direct ancestors are in my TMG database. This book also contains many three-generation descendancy charts. You can read the book in your browser but I recommend that you save it to your computer and read it using a PDF reader like Adobe Acrobat. The names in this book can only be searched for online by using the Google Search form on the Search page.

Before spending much time in this book it is important that you first read the two sections titled Using the Charts and the Preface so you will understand the naming conventions used within the book. To give you a hint, a person born with the Dowling surname is displayed using only their given-name and middle names (where available) and these are CAPITALIZED with the name Dowling being omitted in most cases.

Dowlings Who Served Booklet

The booklet To Dowlings Who Served in America’s Wars was written to honor those Dowlings who served their country during wartime and is available on a series of webpages.  You can also download the entire booklet in PDF format. Like the book above, if you download it, you will need a PDF reader to view and search it. Most of these names are not included in my TMG database unless they were close relatives. The Google Search form should find all the names in the book both on the webpages and in the PDF file.

Clermont County Families Family Group Sheets

Soon after I started researching my WOOD family another researcher, Phyllis Gillaspie, provided me with a number of family group sheets (FGS) she had prepared for early pioneer families in Clermont County Ohio. In most cases these are either Woods, Mannings or their close relatives but there are a number of other families contained in this information, plus a number of other persons mentioned in the notes. Like the Dowling book above, most of these families are not included in my database and if you download the FGSs you will need a PDF reader to view and search it. The Google Search form should find all names in in the PDF file.

Finding People

As noted above, you can discover people by looking them up through the Master Index and Surname Index pages but there are also two other ways to search my website on the Search Page. You can use the Search Form to look for specific persons in my TMG database. Or, you can use the Google Search form to search for anything on my website.

Copyright and Use

Facts, names, dates and places cannot be copyrighted; you are free to copy them and use them anyway you wish. The descriptive narratives and most photographs on this website are my creative work product. These materials are released under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike license. You may copy, distribute, display these and make derivative works based on them only as long as you give credit to this website for their original creation.

The book A Dowling Family of the South and the booklet To Dowlings Who Served in America’s Wars are not my works. Although I have permission to use the book A Dowling Family of the South, both may be subject to and covered by standard US Copyright law. Use this material at your own risk.

Reliability of Data

Please recognize that not all of the information you may find here has been personally verified by me and some has been reported by reliable sources. You should verify it for yourself before you rely on it. Where available the sources are provided in the endnotes. Errors will be corrected when reliable information is found and / or reported to me. If you have any questions or comments, need assistance, or can help identify someone in old photographs please contact me through the link found at the bottom of each page.

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