As with any major genealogy of this breadth and depth, much credit for hard work, analysis and collaboration belongs to others. Blessed with so many ancestors leaving civil and religious record trails, I relied on others' research when appropriate and concentrated on doing new and unique research myself. Thus, I compiled this family history with the help of many other fellow family researchers and I am most indebted to their hard work. Key information from many others was very helpful in completing my work, and I endeavored to ensure every person whose research I used is annotated as a source. If I have mistakenly not credited another researcher in my sources, I would appreciate knowing so that I can remedy that.
Much credit for the breadth and depth of my maternal family history goes to others who worked diligently in original records, especially my triple cousin Moody Kellan Miles III and my cousins Janet Beall Broadbent, Alice Ament Davidson Gedge, Adelina Christine Davidson Kraft, Ellen Bailey Logan Martin , Elizabeth Harriet Perry and Rebecca Martin White, as well as historians and librarians discussed in Interesting Stories. On my paternal side I have greatly benefited from exchanges with my cousins Rita Talton Barrett, James Eulyce Dukes, Theodore Beckwith Goldmann, Betty Ann Winslett Nash, Janie Chaffin Rawlingson, Vicki Reynolds, James R. Rolff, Robert Strong, Charles Edward Whitsett, Betty Seymour Winslett and Herschell Rutherford Winslett. Foreign language translation and research was provided by my sister Marianne Southall Winslett.
On the Schmidt side of the family, the oral genealogy provided by Claude Curtley Counts was crucial in establishing the basic framework of the Schmidt lineage and the research of Kathy Bonnell, Lorene Hilsenbeck Strano and Lynda Stewart greatly contributed to uncovering innumerable generations of ancestors. On the Murphy lineage, the bedrock was established by the research of Catherine Murphy Holmes and on the Guzzi side of the family, I personally did all the research in Italian and Latin back to 1737 in primary records.
Additionally researchers unrelated to me, discussed in my Interesting Stories section made large contributions to the success of this project. Much credit for significant research breakthroughs goes to Judith Ledbetter, a Charles City County, Virginia historian; Elaine McHale-McRey, a Fairfax County, Virginia historical librarian; and Elana Messner, an art historian focused on Virginia and Philadelphia works.
Instrumental in my research were the published or manuscripted work of historians, researchers and academics Luke Beckerdite, Ruth Dryden, Ann L. Miller, T. Michael Miller, Moody Kellan Miles III, Stratton Nottingham, Clayton Torrence, Benjamin Weisiger and Ralph Whitelaw. Equally important was the support of several historians from George Mason's Gunston Hall plantation and Christine Meadows from George Washington's Mount Vernon plantation.
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With their permission I have used and cited material extensively from three websites of our cousins Moody Miles with MilesFiles, Alice Gedge with Our Research which links back into our German lines; and Kathy Bonnell with Church Records from Goeppingen, Wuerttemberg, Germany; these three respective websites should be viewed in their entirety through the links in my sources as the websites provide much more detail I did not use. Alice Ament Davidson Gedge, Adelina Christine Davidson Kraft and Kathy Bonnell did research in original German records. Moody K. Miles focuses on the Eastern Shore of Virginia before 1850 and his database is constantly under change so my database may not always be synched with his. If I failed to acknowledge proprietary research, please let me know so I can add source data.