Thanks for at least a confirmation that the name is Welch. I persued that for quite a while and didn't come up with anything. I was also told it was Irish but I went to Ireland and didn't find anything. The the Welch books and tapes I have haven't turned up anything yet. At least you and I might be related in some fashion. I think most of the Carnathans started out in Mississippi even though I did find the name in early settlers in Penn. Most of my relatives are in the Tupelo MS area that I have found so far. I was writing to a Ruth Carnathan when I was in the Gulf War but I think she might have passed away in the last couple of years. She did have quite a lot of info and she is the one that told me about the book. If you want to share more info let me know and I can send you all I have so far and we can compare notes.