United States Historic Territorial Growth

May 3, 2014

For a linked series of maps showing the growth of the United States during the last 170 years see:


It would be interesting to compare these maps with the spread of the B_GOOD name with time.

Mocavo data site.

February 8, 2014


The Mocavo pay site contains a very mixed bag of data, mainly  from USA, UK and Canada, and ranging from Revolutionary War records to the present. You can search for your names without payment and see a short version of the source which you could then follow up on Mocavo or elsewhere.

A quick search for our B__GOOD names found:

Bidgood   3469

Bedgood   1880

Bedggood   195

Bitgood      697

This suggests that their data is limited but they do seem to have accessed some unusual sources, so worth a visit if not a subscription.


Melungeon ancestry?

April 26, 2012

“The Melungeons were a group of individuals found primarily in Hawkins and Hancock Counties of Tennessee and in the far southern portion of Lee County, Virginia which borders Hawkins and Hancock counties in Tennessee. At one time isolated geographically on and near Newman’s Ridge and socially due to their dark countenance, they were known to their neighbors as Melungeons, a term applied as an epithet or in a pejorative manner.” (Ref 1)

Some listings of common Melungeon Surnames include BEDGOOD . See: http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtnties/surname.html.

An authorative account of the history of the Melungeons is available at:

Ref 1) http://www.jogg.info/72/files/Estes.pdf

This account also discusses the results of DNA studies of individuals with established Melungeon ancestry.


A site for War Records

April 15, 2012

Fold3  is an American site mainly devoted to War Records which is new to me. The Indices are Free, there is a charge for viewing documents. Easy to use and well organized a search on B__GOOD surnames gave hits:


As a special bonus World War 2 records are free until the end of April 1972.

Well worth visiting soon at:


Help search for a USA cousin?

March 25, 2012

William BEDGOOD in Italy is interested in making contact with living BEDGOODs who are direct descendants of his Great Grandfather John Alvin BEDGOOD b. 16 Dec 1894, Arabi, Georgia, USA.

If you think you can help please leave a Comment to this Post.

Arizona Birth & Deaths

February 9, 2012

For B__GOOD Names I found 3 BIDGOOD  and 4 BEDGOOD 4 entries with details of Birth and Death dates and places together with parents names and birth places at:


This site is very easy to use and well worth a visit if you think you may have relatives in Arizona, USA. Covers 1855 to 1961.

Missouri Digital Heritage

November 1, 2011

A free searchable collection which includes land grant, birth, marriage and death records with references to at least 12 BEDGOOD and 5 BIDGOOD Names.


Original Lists 1600 – 1700 American Plantations

October 28, 2011

The original lists of persons of quality, emigrants, religious exiles, political rebels, serving men sold for a term of years, apprentices, children stolen, maidens pressed, and others who went from Great Britain to the American plantations, 1600-1700.

This is well worth browsing, but note that the URL is a very long one, the safest way to use it is to copy/paste into your browser.

American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) B__GOOD information.

October 19, 2011

Lorna Dorr recommends: “HeritageQuest” online database for information on some B__GOOD names involved in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783). URL is: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/catalogs/databases/detail/heritagequest.shtml. This on line site can be accessed at some Libraries who have subscribed. A partial listing of these for the USA is available at: http://genealogy.about.com/b/2005/12/09/free-access-to-heritagequest-online.htm.