For Christmas,

Help Someone With A Family History Research Need

Dear Ruby,
Thank you for including my query in your column.
Since originally contacting you, we have discovered
from the census of 1860 that Abbie's name was Abenlena
(or something similar as the handwriting it is difficult
to decipher), not Abigail. And we now know that her parents
were Joseph Getchell and Anne Getchell, and that is the point
at which we are stuck, not finding their birth records. We have
also confirmed through oral tradition and photographs that
Abbie was part Native American. Any knowledge of this
line will be most gratefully received.