The purpose of The Rainwater Collection is to assist serious genealogical researchers in their research by providing an archive of well-documented, accurate and uninterpreted data related to the Rainwater family in America. It is the product of thousands of hours of work on the part of Susan and Steve Rainwater, and our many contributors. Avail yourself freely of all of the resources of the collection, but please give appropriate credit if you quote the site in a written work or database.
The Family Tree of Clois Miles Rainwater and Nancy Jane McIlhaney: One Texas Family’s Origins, 1706-2012 is now available through Lulu.com for $19.99.
This book explores the family roots of one contemporary Texas family, from their origins in North Carolina to present day. The two major family groups are the Rainwaters (Kentucky branch) and the McIlhaneys (Tennessee). The book includes profiles of each of the couple’s ancestors, and short profiles of all of the ancestors’ children. Photographs and register reports are included.
1755-1840 census 1850 Census • 1860 Census • 1870 Census • 1880 Census • 1890 Census • 1900 Census • 1910 Census • 1920 Census • 1930 Census • 1940 Census • 1950 Census
Pension Records I
Pension Records II
Social Security Death Index, 1937-2009
Obituaries A-K and Profiles
Murder, Accidental & Self-inflicted Death
Rainwaters in War, from the Revolution to present day
Rainwaters in the Civil War, 1861-1865
Search the Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records online database
The Rainwater Collection family trees on Ancestry.com (account required)
Evidence for Early Rainwaters (prior to 1800)
Autobiographical and Biographical Documents, and Genealogical Research
Rainwater Family Name • Rainwater Maiden Name • Rainwater Descendant