Folk's we're not
When I first started looking on the Web for family data, I started noticing that there were other families out there who had the same "sound-alike" names, but were often in spots other than where we found our folks. I started doing Soundex checking, & found a few other researchers out there who had A426 surnames, but from obviously different family groups. The following is a short version of some of the letters.
1/12/1997 Vicki@mage.qualcomm.com re: Family name "Algire"
"Looks like they immigrated from Germany in the early 1700's. The emigrant ancestor(s) were naturalized around the mid-1700's (Baltimore Cty., MD). In the late 1700's, they moved to Bedford Cty., Pa. In the 1820's & 1830's, various children and then parents migrated into Ohio."
"John Algire d. bef. June 1845 (probably 80+ yoa), b. probably Baltimore Cty., MD.
Children: (order not known yet)
Mary Algire, b. 12/23/1793, MD. d. 6/4/1849 Fulton Cty., Ohio; m.4/13/1813 Bedford, PA to John Wright
Rachel Algire, b. bef. 1800, m1: Mr. Cristee, m2: Mr. Hager
Catherine Algire, b. bef 1800, m. Jacob Rine
Susannah Algire, m1: Mr. Fogle, m2: Mr. Norris
Jacob Algire, b. 7/15/1799, Bedford Cty., PA. m.5/10/1827 Richland Cty., Oh. to Mary McFerren; d. 7/7/1874
John Algire, b. abt 1803, Pa. m. Rebecca
Sylvania Algire, b. 7/16/1804; m. 7/28/1825, Oh to Jehu Wright, (bro. to John Wright); d. 3/27/1892, Ohio
George H. Algire, b. abt 1809; m. 9/5/1833, Knox Cty., Ohio to Rebecca Mowrey
Children of Jacob & Mary (McFerren) Algire
John F. Algire, b. 11/25/1823, Bedford Cty., Pa. (yes, before his parents were married). m1: Nancy Thuma 9/21/1845, Richland Cty., Oh.; m2: Mary Jane Eyster, about 1855; d. 3/5/1906, Lexington, Richland Cty., Oh.
Catherine Algire, b. 8/25/1825, Bedford Cty., Pa.; m. David Thuma 8/25/1845, Richland Cty., Pa. d. bef. 1906
Barbara Algire, b. 3/17/1828, Richland Cty., Oh; m. Emanuel Waltman 9/17/1846, Richland Cty., Oh., d. bef 1900
William Algire, b. 1/30/1831, Richland Cty., Oh.; m. Crista Anna Bowers, 9/1/1853, Richland Cty., Oh.; d. 1916 Richland Cty., Ohio
Mary Algire, b. 11/6/1833, Richland Cty, Oh., m. (Anthony?) Hershiser; d.aft. 3/1906
Samuel Algire, b. 9/7/1836 Richland Cty., Oh.; m. 12/23/1869 Sarah Ellen Richey, Richland Cty., Oh.; d. aft. 3/1906
Almira Algire, b. 4/27/1839, Richland Cty., Oh.; m. Thomas Black 7/5/1868, Richland Cty., Oh.; d. aft 3/1906
Henry Franklin Algire, b. 3/20/1842, Richland Cty., Oh.; d. 1/4/1863, Clarksville, Tn.(Civil War)
Jacob Algire Jr., b. 3/25/1848, Richland Cty., Oh.; m. 5/25/1878 Clara Reese Growden, Richland Cty., Oh.; d. bef. 1906
Children of John F. & Nancy (Thuma) Algire
Sarah A., b. abt. 1847; m. Mr. Zink; d. aft 1906
Mary C., b. abt. 1849; m. Mr. Moyer; d. aft 1916
Barbara (Minerva?), b. abt. 1854; m. Mr. Medsker(?); d. aft. 1906
Children of John F. & Mary Jane (Eyster) Algire
Samuel S.; b. abt. 1856, Richland Cty., Oh.; m. Martha bef. 1880; d. aft. 1906
Welden Eugene; b. abt. 1868, Richland Cty., Oh.;m. Catherine; d. aft 1906
Loie, m. Mr. Deffenbaugh(?)
Ellen, m. Mr. Howard and/or Mr. Goddard
Emma J., b.9/1863, Richland Cty., Oh.; m. David Fisher; d. aft. 1906
Eliza L., b. abt. 1860(?)
Eliramen (female), b. abt 1859(?)
John Cashes, b. 12/28/1865, In.; m. abt 1899, d. 3/12/1947, Los Angeles, Ca."
From Kurt Baudendistel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"My Allgeyers lived in Ulm, Offenburg, Baden and Perry County, Missouri."
From Nancy & Ron Paul (email@example.com)
"The Aleshires were a German family. The immigrant couple was Conrad & Maria Catherina (GOESSEL) ELSCHEIDT. They settled in Shenandoah Cty., Va, ca.1750. The name became Aleshite, and later Aleshire. Conrad's family was a large one. One son moved into Mason Cty., WVa, a couple of them stayed in Shenandoah & Page Cty's.and others moved into Ohio and Illinois."
I'm sure there are more A426 Soundex names out there, this merely scratches the surface of this particular problem. But hopefully it will keep some of us from mistaking another family for ours, added with the peculiar "hookt-on-phonix" spelling that some early census takers seemed to have been blessed with.