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The purpose of this list is to provide a forum for discussing the genealogy of the Braswell family in  America. It is primarily focused on, but not limited to, the descendants of Rev. ROBERT BRACEWELL (1611-1668) of Isle of Wight County, Virginia.  Please confine your messages to that topic. Do not submit attachments,  virus alerts, Chain letters, copyrighted materials (including private letters without the author's permission), advertisements of any kind, or anything else not directly  related to Braswell research. Archives messages cannot be edited. Be sure yours adds something useful to Braswell  research. 


Send  your messages in plain text only (no HTML or RTF) to Use a specific descriptive Subject line such as "Query: RICHARD BRASWELL d. 26 Aug 1869 Crawford Co., Missouri", not something vague like "Inquiry about my Family". Whenever possible, use Henry numbers to distinguish among Braswells with the same given name who lived near each other.   Henry numbers can be obtained from Foy Braswell at

Although Rootsweb will allow messages up to 10 Kilobytes long--about 150-200 lines-- enough space to explain your subject fully, please strive to  keep your postings brief and to the point. Likewise never attach signature files (those cute lists of surnames that some people like to append to the bottom of their messages): Rootsweb will bounce (return) your message because their current search software can't handle signature files. Leave them off!

Except for queries, information about Braswells born since the Civil War should not usually be shared with the list.  Such epistles should be considered as personal messages to be addressed only to interested cousins. Remember that there were already some 500 Braswells living in the South by 1800, up to 3,000 by the time of the Civil War. Post only writings that will interest at least a large number of your fellow subscribers.

If your Braswell ancestor's name is spelled differently, not to worry if it begins with BRAC-, BRAS-, or BRAZ- and appears to have rhymed with "dazzle". If on the other hand the name seems to have been pronounced something like "brazeel",  your ancestor may have been a BREAZEALE--a separate family commonly mistaken for ours.  Check with the  Rootsweb BREAZEALE website or write Mr. Bob Breazeale at



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