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Yes, I have been doing geneaolgy research on my "father's" side of the family for about the past 3 years (I am in the United Daughter's of the Confederacy on his side but lots of cousins on my "mom's" side (Federline) would love to join the organization too, which is why is started doing this research. The UDC is very strict about paperwork and sadly its looking like a "bust" for any confederates in this line; however I will still look further into it...I only had 3 hours to hang at the National Archives last Saturday cause my beau and I had plans together so I only had time enough to get back to the MD 1850 census BUT MD census records are available for 1840, 30, 20 10 and 1800, when I return I will check Ward (James Fedline wife's, Mary A., maiden name?) and McCrossen for those decades; also, I'm intrigued by the Germany thing so I plan on "trying" to find the ship James Fedline came over on (the National Archives has those records too). FYI: I do alot of Civil War reenacting so I'm majorly busy during this time of year, in other words, I don't foresee getting back to the Archives (even though I'm only 45 minutes away) until "tentatively" the 27th. Sorry. I too just ordered the death certificates for James and Sarah; however I know for a fact that the Md state Archives are on a 3 week backlog but when the records do finally come I will post those findings. By the by, I read that Margaret has seen James's death certificate and it has Ireland and so forth....just so you know, NEVER trust Death records and especially obituaries, they are usually filled with mixed up/mispelled/or totally erroneous info BUT sometimes its correct so we will see what we see (I rely most on census records cause the people themselves reported their own info). Death cert and obits are "other family" reporting on people, at a time when they are extremely upset. Anyhow, I'm so thrilled that you posted a response...wow! so I have "extended" family in California...COOL!