Thursday, November 8, 2012

Research Roadblock - Sweezie

Over the last few weeks I have been helping a friend of mine work on her family tree.  We've hit a fairly major road block, a George N Sweezie (aka Sweezy, Swayze, Sweazie, etc) and his wife Hannorah.

They have been very elusive - showing up periodically on birth records, mentioned on marriage records but not turning up on any census that I can find!

This couple had 4 children (that I've been able to find so far):  Sarah Catherine (b 1876), Elisabeth Ann (b 1878), Hannorah (b 1882) and John George (b 1884).  I have managed to find birth records for all 4, all with some very interesting spelling variations on the last name and their mother's name!

Variations found so far:

- George Nicholas Sweazie & Hannorah Heayer
- George Sweezey & Nora Neezar
- George N Sweeny & Hannorah Maser
- Geo N Sweeyie & Hannosa Mayer
- George Sweesy & Honorah Neizer
- Geoge N Sweeyie & Hannorah Mayer
- George Sweezy & Nora Nager

With some many variations they have been almost impossible to pin down anywhere.   Which has gotten a little frustrating!  The other irritating part - with so many variations, how am I to tell what is the 'real' spelling of the name?

Hopefully with some lucky I will be able to track down these elusive Sweezie's on the Canadian censuses.


  1. I am also looking into the Sweezie family. My GG Grandfather is George Nicholas, G Grandfather is John George and my Grandfather is William John Sweezie.

    1. Hi Michael!

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Looks like you definitely have some relatives in common with my friend! If you want to send me an email aislynnt (at) gmail (dot) com we can chat!

      Take care,