How to Read This Book

How to Read This Book

We have compiled this page of information to help you read and interpret all the text and numbers you will find and use as you try to locate various people or read their stories.

Please send me a note through my contact page if you have further suggestions about how to improve anything in this book.

At the beginning of each chapter, beginning with the chapter for Robert and Martha Rains, the source couple appears first, then a list of each child’s name, in the order born.

Next comes the details of the first child plus all of that child’s descendants.

Then it returns to the second child of the source couple, followed by all the second child’s descendants, and so on for each child of the source couple.

That is why you will find Robert & Martha’s last child, Jacob S., about a third of the way through the book. All his older brothers & sisters & their descendants’ information come before his.

An “* “after a person’s index number indicates that they have more than one spouse. The number will also have a small-case letter following, with “a” being the 1st spouse, “b” the 2nd spouse, etc.

For example, on pages 138 & 139 in the listing for “1.3a,” John Thomas Rains, you will find his 1st wife, Mollie Carroll; they had a child named Sally whose number is “1.3a.1.”

Page 141 begins the information about his 2nd wife, Ellen S. Bonds. Notice John Thomas’ number is now “1.3b” and the children’s numbers whose mother is Ellen begin “1.3b….” My father, Jack Taylor Raines, who was their 8th child, has a number of “1.3b.8.”

If there is not a separate listing for the child(ren) of a couple, what little information we have about the child(ren) may be in under the mother’s notes section.

If you know the last name (surname) of someone, you can locate them easily in the alphabetical index at the end of the book. Each name listed (for Raines descendants only; no spouses) has a corresponding page number in the right column.

The symbol “&” is used instead of the written word “and.”

The following are examples of how dates, cities, counties, states and unknown names will appear throughout the book.

Dates:

15 Sep 1976 (day + 3-letter month abbreviation + 4-digit year)

County, City, State:

Union Co. Myrtle, MS County (county town or city, 2-letter state abbreviation. It is rare that the name of a state is spelled out.)

Unknown person:

(male) or (female) Used when we know there was a person & gender within the family but do not know the given name.

? Used when the information is unconfirmed.

Nicknames:

“Mollie” (enclosed in quotation marks)

Christen date:

Date baptized

Christen place:

The church, home or other place where the person was baptized. Current religious affiliation can be indicated here also.

Death place:

The home, county, town & state

Burial place:

The church, funeral home or cemetery. The county, town or state will be shown here only if different from the place of death.

Education:

Any degrees, majors or awards from postgraduate, undergraduate, community or junior college, high school, grammar schools, in that order. If there is more information than fits, the rest will be in the “Notes” section.

Military:

Any service during wars or career participation in the US armed forces.

Medical:

Illnesses, and any other birth or health-related information. Most current paid job or title & company, if known. Date & place Any sports, hobbies, leisure or volunteer activities

Occupation:

Any information for occupation, education or hobbies that didn’t fit in the specific category; personal stories; any other information and history.

Graduation:

Date & place

Hobbies:

Any sports, hobbies, leisure or volunteer activities

Notes & Spouse Notes:

Any information for occupation, education or hobbies that didn’t fit in the specific category; personal stories; any other information and history.

NUMBERING SYSTEM

At first you may find the numbers overwhelming or confusing. They should be easier to understand after looking up several people.

Each person who is a descendant of Robert and Martha Rains is listed in the main body of the book with a generation and descendant number. You also can find their names in the index in the back, along with the page number on which each person’s entry can be found.

You can use the numbers to locate family members within the book and understand the relationships between them. The source, the first name at the beginning of the chapter, is a “1.” Everyone else’s number in that chapter will start with a “1” to show they are descended from that source.

Example: 1.3b.8.2b.1.1

Below are two methods to read or “translate” the numbers:

Method 1:

(read the numbers from right to left):

This person, Naomi Reeves, is the 1st child of the 1st child (David Reeves) of the 2nd wife (Mary Ann Bates) of the 2nd son (Dorman Lloyd Raines) of the 8th child of the 3rd child (Jack Taylor Raines) of the 2nd wife (Ellen Bonds) of the 3rd son (John Thomas Rains) of the source in this chapter (Jacob S. Rains).

Method 2:

1.

3.

b.

8.

2.

b.

1.

1.

(read the numbers left to right):

Jacob S. Rains

3rd son, John Thomas Rains

2nd wife, Ellen Bond

8th child, Jack Taylor

2nd son, Dorman

2nd wife, Mary Ann Bates

1st child, David Reeves

1st child, Naomi

There are further source details for many of the records, such as the government office where the information was located, the official document number, the dates and details about marriages, probate, titles and deeds. We did not include these because they are of little interest to most of us. If you are interested in knowing these details, or have further information to add or questions to ask, please call me.

 

ABBREVIATIONS

 

GENERAL
admin.administrationinfo. information
bk.bookltr. letter
cem.cemeterymi.mile(s)
comm.community; capitalized if it’s the name of a specific onep(gs).page(s)
ctr.centerP.O. post office
coll. college, collegiateqs(aire)question or questionnaire
co.company, county; capitalized if it’s the name of a specific oneuniv.university
grad.graduate, graduatedw/with
h.s. high school; capitalized if it’s the name of a specific one w/owithout
Hwy.highway

 

ADDRESSES
Ave.AvenueTerr.Terrace
Bldg. Building
Blvd.Boulevardeeast
Cir. Circlennorth
Ct.Court ssouth
Dr.Drivewwest
Pl.Placeswsouthwest
Rd.Roadnenortheast, etc.
Sq.Square
St.Street

 

CALENDAR
SunSundaymo(s).month(s)
MonMondayyr.year
TueTuesday
WedWednesdayAssoc.Association
ThuThursdayBro(s).Brother(s)
FriFridayCo.Company
SatSaturdayCorp.Corporation
Inc.Incorporated
JanJanuaryLtd.Limited
FebFebruaryMfg.Manufacturing
MarMarch
AprApril
JunJune
JulJuly
AugAugust
SepSeptember
OctOctober
NovNovember
DecDecember

 

STATESThere is no period after a 2-letter state abbreviation, unless it is at the end of a sentence.
ALAlabamaNENebraska
AKAlaska NVNevada
AZArizonaNHNew Hampshire
ARArkansas NJNew Jersey
CACaliforniaNMNew Mexico
COColoradoNYNew York
CTConnecticutNC North Carolina
DEDelaware ND North Dakota
FLFlorida OHOhio
GAGeorgiaOKOklahoma
HIHawaii OROregon
IDIdaho PAPennsylvania
ILIllinoisRIRhode Island
INIndianaSCSouth Carolina
IAIowaSDSouth Dakota
KSKansas TNTennessee
KYKentuckyTXTexas
LALouisianaUTUtah
MEMaineVTVermont
MDMarylandVAVirginia
MAMassachusettsWAWashington
MIMichiganWVWest Virginia
MNMinnesotaWIWisconsin
MSMississippiWYWyoming
MOMissouri
MMontanaDCDistrict of Columbia
PRPuerto Rico
VIVirgin Islands