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Katie Pegelow posted the following on the DouglasDNA website:
I am also working on the Douglas/Douglass migrations here in the United States. What I am doing is pulling all of the people with this surname from the census records and putting them into a primary database then running them through Ancestry to match the information up with other researchers to get full names, spousal names and as much as possible, exact dates so we can see the migration patterns once they reached the United States. It is hugely time consuming and I probably will die before I finish. When I get to the point I can no longer continue, I hope to pass the task onto someone else to complete. So far, I have reviewed the 1850 census and half of the 1860 census, but have a lot more information from running the other researchers data.
Please let others know that although I have a huge amount of data currently, I have to charge if they ask me to research their individual family lines as it takes me away from my project. They can review some of the research results on my website:
Click on Family, then Douglas and follow the alpha prompts through to the Douglas information. I know there are many mistakes in the data and at each round of new updates, some of this gets corrected. I do not post living family members as it raises a potential issue of identity theft or breach of personal privacy. If anyone wants to work on this project and has access to they can send me their e-mail address and I will send them an invitation to the primary database so they can plug in their data or they can send me an ahnentafel and I will put their information into the database manually. This research is strictly regarding the Douglas surname. I am not following their allied lines (spouses, etc.).

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