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Updated October 10, 2005
My maiden name is Virginia Lee Foster.
My family and friends call me Gigi.
My Father was born in Macon County, Smithbridge Township, North Carolina, which is right at the border of Rabun County, Georgia. This webpage background is a photograph of the Foster family farm. I started researching in 1993 with very little to go on except family stories. Thanks to other internet researchers and some on-site visits, I have been able to piece together this data on my FOSTER-GALLOWAY-McCLURE-LOUDERMILK-REID roots
mainly in Macon and Transylvania Counties, NC and Rabun Co, GA.
My Mother was born in Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa.
Thanks to my only uncle, my mother's cousin, online research data, and on-site visits, I have data on the LEICHT, RUNDORFF, DREHER, and BUEHL families, all of German descent.
My parents met in Burlington, Iowa, and came to Gary, Lake County, Indiana, after WWII started. I live in
Crown Point, Indiana, county seat of Lake County.
I use FamilyTreeMaker software. When I first started this 10 years ago, I had very little information to go on. Hoping to one day find connections, I added alot of FOSTER surnames to my database from two particular sources: Dr. Billy G. Foster, whose 30+ years of research is posted on Pamela Brown Reid's website, "Branches and Roots; North Carolina Fosters"; and various FTM user files. At the time, I did not realize that I would ever share my file with anyone else and neglected to enter source information for much of that original data. So, I especially want to thank Dr. B.G. Foster, who now resides in Kyle, Texas, author of "The Fosters of Flanders, England, and America," published in 1989.
UPDATE! That original file has over 16,000+ names in it. I have just posted a smaller revised file to Rootsweb WorldConnect that includes only my KNOWN extended family verified by my own census searches and contributions shared by family descendants I've met through the internet.
I didn't know what an obsession this would become. I had the mistaken notion that finding my ancestors would be easy! Little did I know! What a folly! I know there's more to learn, more family to meet, and welcome your questions, comments, corrections and additions. Thanks for sharing!
Includes deeds for: my GGGrandfather, Samuel FOSTER
GGrandparents: John and Mary Clarinda McCLURE FOSTER
Son of Samuel: Alfred FOSTER
Daughter of Samuel: Elizabeth FOSTER (James) PACK
Daughter of Samuel: Mary Ann FOSTER (Daniel) GUY
Grandson of Samuel/Grandparents: Wm. Alfred and Cora GALLOWAY FOSTER
Daughter of John: Martha FOSTER (Athan Lee) McCLURE
Ask for an invitation to join this wonderful Yahoo eGroup that includes AIKEN, ANDERS, BRYSON, CANTRELL, CATHEY, FISHER, GALLOWAY, GLAZENER, McCALL, MOORE, NIX, OWEN(s), PARKER, PATTERSON, REID, and WOOD cuzzins
centered around Transylvania Co, NC.