Terms of use of this website

The Rainwater Collection represents countless hours of genealogical and historical research by Susan Chance-Rainwater and R. Steven Rainwater, as well as the contributions of many other researchers whose names are listed in the Source and Reference page. The information on this site is copyrighted, however you may freely use it for your own genealogical research provided you adhere to the following guidelines:

Creative Commons License
The Rainwater Collection is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License by Susan and Steve Rainwater.


How to cite The Rainwater Collection

In the style of Oxford Referencing: Internet/websites, modified

1Title of document”, name of website, name of author/publisher, place of publication, http://url, (accessed day month year). Citation of original document.

1Rainwater Marriages”, The Rainwater Collection website, Susan Chance-Rainwater & R. Steven Rainwater, Dallas TX, (accessed 1 Sep 2020). Original source: Baldwin Co., GA Marriage Records, 1808-1851, Frances T. Ingmire, 1985, St. Louis, MO


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why did you create The Rainwater Collection?
    We created The Rainwater Collection to pick up where the printed newsletter, The Rainwater Researcher, left off. The newsletter ceased publication, in part, because the editor was having difficulty getting others to contribute articles. Printed quarterly, it required a regular input of new information. We felt that a distribution mechanism for Rainwater data was still needed, and the advantage of a website it that new content can be added at any time. Finally, we shared The Rainwater Researcher editor’s passion for a fact-based approach to genealogy.
  2. How do I use this website?
    That’s up to you. I strongly believe that doing the actual research yourself is part of the journey. My purpose is not to hand you the answer, but to make finding the answer possible.
  3. I am researching my ancestor. Do you have information to share?
    Yes. It’s here on the website and in the database on
  4. Can I contribute to your website?
    We are happy to review well documented submissions, and under many circumstances, will include the information if it appears to be valid. However we make no promises about timeliness, and the final editorial judgement is ours. Please understand that information once given cannot be withdrawn for reasons other than accuracy.
  5. My relative told me an old family story that your website says is a myth. Are you calling my relative a liar?
    No, but I may believe your relative to be mistaken.
  6. I sent you an email. Why didn’t you answer it?
    See the email page for this answer.
  7. I am seeking a present-day relative or am adopted and seeking my natural parents. Can you help?
    I don’t have access to this kind of information. Such requests are better directed to a professional genealogist.