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The FODGE and FUDGE BOOKS

The four W's of family history are Who were they?  What did they do?  When and Where did they do it? Maybe they were a popular politician, or a Philadelphia dentist; maybe they lived in the nicest house in town that still stands, or maybe they were involved in an important part of history many years ago. These four W's are covered  in  detail in the FODGE and FUDGE  books  described  below.  These books are not family histories, as such, for any specific FODGE or FUDGE family, but most assuredly could provide some missing links to your particular family history for either of these names, or related families.  This material was gathered by the Lee's during a ten-year search throughout the Western United States (from Indiana to the Pacific Ocean) for information on these names. These books are the next best thing to actually going to each of hundreds of to research the records yourself.
 
LaVonne Lee's maiden name was FODGE.  In 1987 she and her husband, Bill Lee, began traveling from county to county in the Western states, doing research on a number of family names, FODGE among them.  It soon became evident that the similarity in the names FODGE and FUDGE caused problems in the county records, and were Sometimes confused for each other, so they began taking information on both names.  The has been a great deal of information gathered on these two names.  Wishing to share this information with others who are interested in the history of FODGEs and/or FUDGEs, they prepared the books described below and are now offering them to the public.
 


FODGE and FUDGE
in the
Pacific Northwest

Compiled and prepared by Bill and LaVonne Lee.
45 pages, double-columned, every-name index, softcover (8 1/2 X 11) 1989.

The FUDGEs were among the earliest settlers in Oregon, moving to Polk County from Illinois in 1847. This same family was instrumental in the early history of Southeastern Washington, moving to Walla Walla County in 1859.  The related name of FODGE does not appear in the records until 1930, but a number of FODGE families moved to the Northwest after that time. Today the names FUDGE and FODGE can be found throughout the Pacific Northwest.

During 1988 and 1989 the Lee's visited each of the 119 county courthouses in the three states of the Pacific Northwest and have compiled this amazing list of the four W's on the FODGE and FUDGE names.  They are now offering the fruits of their research in this easy to reference book.

Included in the book are thumbnail sketches of over 400 public records, including marriages, civil and criminal court cases, probates, deaths, voter registrations, military discharge recordings, directory listings, and interesting articles from newspapers and local histories.  The information reported covers the period from 1847 into 1989.  Every name in this book is indexed - over 1600 names, including more than 100 FODGEs and nearly 500 FUDGEs.

Be sure to advise other FODGE/FUDGE researchers who would like to benefit from this informative book, and keep in mind that  FODGE and FUDGE in the Pacific Northwest would make an outstanding gift for any FODGE or FUDGE family tree researcher.

The cost of FODGE and FUDGE in the Pacific Northwest is $14.95, including shipping and handling.
 
SOLD OUT

NOTICE:  ALTHOUGH ALL COPIES OF THIS BOOK HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT, A GREAT DEAL OF FODGE INFORMATION FROM THE RESEARCH THAT WENT INTO THE BOOK CAN BE FOUND AT FODGERelations.com.

AS ALWAYS, MANY THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR RESEARCH, AND MAY YOUR SEARCHES BE FRUITFUL AND REWARDING.

                                                                                                 BILL and LaVONNE LEE


Some FODGE and FUDGE
Volume II

Compiled and prepared by Bill and LaVonne Lee.

113 pages, double-columned, every-name index, softcover (8 1/2 X 11) 2004.

A continuation of FODGE and FUDGE in the Pacific Northwest, Volume II contains thumbnail sketches of county courthouse records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Every county in Missouri and Nebraska was searched for any occurrence of the two names, and Some counties in Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma.  Included in the book are abstracts of more than 600 public records, including marriages, civil and criminal court cases, probates, deaths, military discharge recordings, directory listings and interesting articles from newspapers and local histories. Every name in this book is indexed - over 3000 names, including nearly 400 FODGEs and more than 1500 FUDGEs.

Be sure to advise other FODGE/FUDGE  researchers who would  like to benefit from this informative book, and keep in mind that Some FODGE and FUDGE, Volume II, would make an outstanding gift for any FODGE or FUDGE family tree researcher.
        
The cost of Some FODGE and FUDGE, Volume II  is $21.95,  including shipping and handling. You may order directly from the Lee's by clicking Order Form,  printing and completing the form, and sending with a check or money order to:

Bill Lee
22886 Respite Lane
Foley AL 36535
 
Do not send cash.  International and Canadian customers: Please pay in U.S. funds.
 
SOLD OUT

NOTICE:  ALTHOUGH ALL COPIES OF THIS BOOK HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT, A GREAT DEAL OF FODGE INFORMATION FROM THE RESEARCH THAT WENT INTO THE BOOK CAN BE FOUND AT FODGERelations.com.

AS ALWAYS, MANY THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR RESEARCH, AND MAY YOUR SEARCHES BE FRUITFUL AND REWARDING.

                                                                                                 BILL and LaVONNE LEE

 

Some FODGE and FUDGE
Volume III

Compiled and prepared by Bill and LaVonne Lee.

113 pages, double-columned, every-name index, softcover (8 1/2 X 11) 2004.

A continuation of the earlier FODGE/FUDGE offerings, Volume III contains thumbnail sketches of county courthouse records from the states of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, with an emphasis on the Pike County, Illinois; Delaware, Wabash and Wayne counties in Indiana; and Preble County, Ohio. A good many other counties in Northern Indiana were researched and any records found in those counties are included, but the largest concentration of FODGEs and FUDGEs was found in the five indicated counties.

Included in the book are abstracts of more than 800 public records, including marriages, civil and criminal court  cases,  probates,  births,  deaths,  military  discharge   recordings,  directory listings and  interesting articles from newspapers and local histories.  Every name in this book is indexed - over 4500 names, including more than 200 FODGEs and nearly 1600 FUDGEs.

Be sure to advise other FODGE/FUDGE researchers who would like to benefit from this informative book, and keep in mind that Some FODGE and FUDGE, Volume III, would make an outstanding gift for any FODGE or FUDGE family tree researcher.

The cost of Some FODGE and FUDGE, Volume III  is $21.95,  including shipping and handling.
 
SOLD OUT

NOTICE:  ALTHOUGH ALL COPIES OF THIS BOOK HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT, A GREAT DEAL OF FODGE INFORMATION FROM THE RESEARCH THAT WENT INTO THE BOOK CAN BE FOUND AT FODGERelations.com.

AS ALWAYS, MANY THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR RESEARCH, AND MAY YOUR SEARCHES BE FRUITFUL AND REWARDING.

                                                                                                                     BILL and LaVONNE LEE

 


Some FODGE and FUDGE
Volume IV

Compiled and prepared by Bill and LaVonne Lee.

120 pages, double-columned, every-name index, softcover (8 1/2 X 11) 2004.

A continuation of the earlier FODGE/FUDGE offerings, Volume IV contains abstracts of county courthouse records from the states of Arizona, California, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, Nevada, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.  With the sole exception of California the Lee's searched the records in every county courthouse in these states.  The California information in the book came from the California State Health Department's Marriage and Death Registries that are open to the public.  Included in the book are thumbnail sketches of nearly 900 public records, including marriages, civil and criminal court cases, probates, births, deaths, military discharge recordings, directory listings and interesting articles from newspapers and  local histories.   Every name  in this book is indexed - more than 4500 names,  including nearly 200 FODGEs and over 1700 FUDGEs.

Be sure to advise other FODGE/FUDGE researchers who would like to benefit from this informative book, and keep in mind that Some FODGE and FUDGE, Volume IV, would make an outstanding gift for any FODGE or FUDGE family tree researcher.

The cost of Some FODGE and FUDGE, Volume IV is $22.95,  including shipping and handling. You may order directly from the Lee's by clicking Order Form,  printing and completing the form, and sending with a check or money order to:

Bill Lee
22886 Respite Lane
Foley AL 36535

Do not send cash.  International and Canadian customers: Please pay in U.S. funds.
 
SOLD OUT

NOTICE:  ALTHOUGH ALL COPIES OF THIS BOOK HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT, A GREAT DEAL OF FODGE INFORMATION FROM THE RESEARCH THAT WENT INTO THE BOOK CAN BE FOUND AT FODGERelations.com.

AS ALWAYS, MANY THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR RESEARCH, AND MAY YOUR SEARCHES BE FRUITFUL AND REWARDING.

                                                                                                 BILL and LaVONNE LEE

 

Introduction To

Some FODGE and FUDGE
Volume III

LaVonne's maiden name was FODGE.  In 1987 she and her husband, Bill Lee, began traveling from county to county in the Western states, doing research on a number of family names, FODGE among them.  It soon became evident that the similarity in the names FODGE and FUDGE caused problems in the county records, and were Sometimes confused for each other, so we began taking information from county records for both names.  The end result has been a great deal of information gathered on the names FODGE and FUDGE from county records, libraries and directories.  Wishing to share this information with others who are interested in the history of FODGEs and/or FUDGEs, in 1989 we published FODGE and FUDGE in the Pacific Northwest.  This is an indexed 45 page book on the subject names from every county courthouse in the states of Idaho, Washington and Oregon.  In 2002 we put together Some FODGE and FUDGE - Volume II, which is a continuation of the earlier book, and contains abstracts of county courthouse records from the states of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

Some FODGE and FUDGE - Volume III
is a continuation of the earlier books and contains abstracts of county courthouse records from the states of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.  Time and resources did not allow us the opportunity to visit every county in these states.  We did search for any occurrence of the subject names in Pike County, IL; Preble County, OH, and in the following Indiana counties:  Brown, Carroll, DuBois, Elkhart, Fountain, Henry, Huntington, Kosciusko, Lake, Noble, Parke, Vermillion, Wabash, Warren, Wayne and Whitley.  Any of the above listed counties that are not included in the book have been omitted because we found no FODGE or FUDGE records in those counties.  The records searched were marriage records, civil and criminal court records, probate records, military discharge recordings, birth records and death records.  Unfortunately, we ran out of time in Preble County, OH, so civil and criminal court records were not searched, nor were birth and death records.  A great deal more information could be added by including these records.  The information shown in the book for any counties not listed above was taken, for the most part, from the WPA books that are available in several libraries around the country.

Even though we recognize the genealogical value of these records, we did not include land records in this book because of the volume of this type record.  We also did not include court records from anything but the highest court in a jurisdiction.  Records in city courts and lower county courts are too voluminous and contain such things as minor (and Some not so minor) traffic violations.  Not only does searching these records take an inordinate amount of time and book space, the maintenance of these records is inconsistent from one jurisdiction to another, and are often not available.  However, the presence of FUDGEs or FODGEs in a particular area can be determined from the records we have included in the book, and further research in a specific area can be performed if one desires.

The book is divided into four main sections.  The first section contains selected articles from local histories and newspapers (mostly obituaries).  These are copied verbatim except in a few instances where we felt compelled to correct atrocious grammar (ours isn't that perfect either, but occasionally we had to interfere) or obvious errors in content.  These articles are presented alphabetically by state, and chronologically by date of publication within state.

The second section contains abstracts of county records from each county where we did research.  This section is in order alphabetically by county within state.  Within each county we have presented marriage records first, court records next, then probate records, military discharge recordings, births and, lastly, deaths.  Each group is in chronological order by date of occurrence or date of recording.  On occasion you will discover the same person married two or more times in the marriage records, then, later in the book, the person's divorce in the court records.  The divorce actually happened between the two marriages that appeared earlier, but appears afterward because of the grouping of the records.

The next section of the book contains directory information - street address and phone number.  We make no claims that these names include every FUDGE or FODGE living in the country, or that the names, addresses or phone numbers are current.  We only hope that the listings, which we took from switchboard.com on the internet, are relatively accurate.  This section is presented alphabetically by name within city within state.

The last section of the book is the index.  Our index is, literally, an every name index, and then Some.  Every person in the book is indexed, including both the married name and pre-married name for brides, making the assumption that the bride has followed the traditional custom of taking the husband's surname.  We have also indexed the maiden name and married name of those women where both names are obvious.  Some examples: LaVonne FODGE married Donald MUSSER.  We indexed LaVonne under both FODGE and MUSSER.  Marvin FUDGE married Joan THORNTON.  Joan is indexed under both FUDGE and THORNTON.  Marvin's parents were Russell FUDGE and Edith STOOPS. Edith is indexed under both FUDGE and STOOPS.

A few words need to be said about research at county courthouses.  First, a researcher is totally at the mercy of the personnel working in the various courthouses.  Some counties have personnel who are both knowledgeable and helpful, while other counties have personnel who are neither.  The norm is Somewhere between these two extremes.  We have been in courthouses that were so enjoyable we hated to leave, and in others where we were sorry we ever went.  Research in our public records is a challenge!  Secondly, the quality and content of county records vary widely from one jurisdiction to another and also over time.  In general, the counties included in this book had reasonably good records, but a marked difference can be seen in the content of marriage records from the earlier times to more recent times.  In a few cases we were denied access to records, Some for valid legal reasons, others because of misinterpretation of a law or clerk indifference, or Sometimes because the record in question could not be found.  These are indicated in the book.

We have made every effort to report the data as we saw it.  However, Some of the source material is Sometimes in error, and other times difficult to interpret.  In Some instances the same name is spelled differently on the same form (most obvious is FODGE and FUDGE), and there are occasions where what is obviously the same person has a different name from one record to another.  FODGE/FUDGE and PENCE/PENSE come quickly to mind, but there are others.  We have made little effort to correct these discrepancies.  There is also the case where we have introduced errors in the transcription of the data, although we have attempted to minimize this type error.  Some of the records list a great deal of information, others very little.  We have attempted to report all the information contained in the original records.  Some of the court records are subject to individual interpretation.  We are not attorneys, and have only attempted to summarize the content of the court cases.  Any individual interested in more detail on any of these cases may find the case files available to the public(?) at the indicated county courthouse by requesting the specified case number.

As mentioned above, the first volume of our FODGE/FUDGE offerings covers the three states of the Pacific Northwest, the second volume the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.  The third volume you have in your hands.  Volume IV, currently being prepared, covers selected records from California, and every county in the states of Arizona, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.  We appreciate your continued interest in this project, and information on the described books can be obtained from the compilers at the address listed below.

Finally, we want to thank the many people who have helped make this book possible.  First has to be the many fine citizens in the covered states who provided services to us during our travels.  Those people include RV park proprietors and employees, service station operators, restaurateurs, and, in general, all the fine people we had the privilege of coming in contact with.  And we thank all the personnel at the county courthouses who were most helpful, and those who were not quite as helpful as well.  It is to this group of people we have entrusted the care of our county records.  These records are probably the most precious gift of one generation to another.

                                                                                                Bill and LaVonne Lee
                                                                                                February, 2004

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FODGERelations.com.

FODGE Genealogy and Family History at Ancestry.com.

FUDGE Genealogy and Family History at Ancestry.com.

FODGE Genealogy and Family History at mycinnamontoast.com.

FUDGE Genealogy and Family History at mycinnamontoast.com.

FODGE Cemetery Records at Findagrave.com.

FUDGE Cemetery Records at Findagrave.com.


FODGE at Genealogy Today.

FUDGE at Genealogy Today.

FODGE Queries at CousinConnect.com.

FUDGE Queries at CousinConnect.com.

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