THE COLLINS FAMILY FROM IRELAND TO MISSISSIPPI
The Family of William Collins (1819-1895)
Over the years, I have been accumulating genealogy information on all branches of our families. Although genealogy is fun and rewarding in its own right, family history goes beyond the statistics and brings all of those dates and places to life. It wasn’t until I started working with the Biloxi Historical Society that I started looking at how all of our histories are overlapped and intertwined. When I was looking at other Biloxi Family Histories, I noticed that I started recognizing many names in their histories. Some sounded familiar because I grew up with many of them, some friends, some cousins, and many family names that I heard over the years while living in Biloxi. But then when I started looking closer, I noticed that some of them were actually distant relatives. In making the links and confirming information, we have started developing and/or redeveloping relationships with other people/families to share information.
I would like to thank Ray L. Bellande who has made all of this Biloxi History possible and available to everyone. Without his support none of this Family History information would be so easily and readily available to everyone. In addition to assisting me, he has gone above and beyond to actually perform research on our family and presenting me with information that was previously unknown to us. He has spent many hours nurturing and mentoring me in the development of our family history.
The authors are actually all of you who have provided information, checked and double checked the compiled information, made additions, corrections, and suggestions. I have had the privilege (and fun) of trying to piece all of it together, but the job is not done (nor will it ever be) because every day that goes by is another day of history. Family is a living entity. Life happens to constantly. We achieve new goals. New family members are born. We all will die one day. Changes will always need to be made. With each other’s’ help we will have something that future generations will be able to look at and know where their family “roots” were planted and thrived.