A World Guide to Vance History

A Community Project


Download Link:  A World Guide to Vance History    (version 0.1, February 2013)

This project, first posted in February 2013, is a community effort to produce a reference guide to all the places around the globe that are associated through fact or legend with the Vance surname and its history.  Just click on the link above to see the Guide in your browser or right-click on the link and save the PDF to your computer or tablet.

What does "a community project" mean?  It means the Guide is not a finished product - it is still very much in draft and we need your help to finish it.  No one person knows everything about Vance history, so we have created this Guide to capture as much as we can with input from all of you.   We will publish updated versions of the Guide here regularly as we collect new entries. 

The first draft has 47 locations across 7 countries, but we've only scratched the surface.  Do you know any buildings, cemeteries, bridges, towns, counties, or anything else man-made that was built by or is associated with a Vance ancestor?  Any Vance mountains, lakes, rivers, creeks, or other natural landmarks tied to Vance history?  Send them to us - you'll find details in the Guide on how to do that, and you'll find at least 47 examples in the Guide already to show you what we mean.  

The "travel guide" format of the World Guide, apart from just a fun way to present the information, is also intended as a reference for anyone learning Vance history who wants to know just where these spots around the world really are.  Where is the oldest ancestor of the Vances buried?  Why is there a town named Vance in Alabama?  And, as it says in the Guide, if you really are planning travel to these countries this may give you some ideas for places to visit that aren't on the regular tour schedules!

Comments, feedback, and especially Vance-related locations are all welcomed!

5 comments:

  1. Looking for parents of Emery Vance. I think it is David, but this whole link is a road block.

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  2. Are you a vance? I'm looking to find more information about the vance family too. I'm a vance and my family are from Dunegol in ireland.

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    1. Hi Francis, I'm a Vance and my Vance ancestors are also from Donegal - the north side near Londonderry, but there are many Vance descendants also from the southwest of Donegal. Mine left Ireland in 1804. What information are you looking for? You can reach me via email at davevance01@gmail.com.

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    2. my great great grandfather is joel witt vance from smith county tenn. my email is vdennis82@yahoo.com

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  3. Hi, my grandparents names are Jessie Marshall Vance and his wife Effie Lee (Ryals) Vance. They lived in Mississippi, Vicksburg mostly. That's where I am from. The only thing I know is that My grandmothers (Effie) parents names were Zady and Eva Ryals. I do not know much more on my grandfathers side than that. I wish I could get some help with finding out more as well. I did do a DNA test, two to be exact, and found to be British, Scandanavian, Italian, Greek, North African, and Iberian. A few others but too small to list. I hope this helps as well as if anyone has information that could help me I would very much appreciate it. Thanks. My email is kimberlig223@gmail.com

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