Welcome to our Genealogy Web Site


This site contains genealogical information about our ancestors and their descendants. 

We are:

Clarice and Joe Burval

1995 Parkwood Road

Charleston, West Virginia 25314

Telephone: (304) 346-2093




We have been researching our family history for over 35 years.   Our current efforts are directed at transferring what we have accumulated during that time to the LDS (Mormon) Church’s Family Tree of at http://www.familysearch.org.  It is our expectation that after that transfer to Family Tree, anyone will be able to freely access, correct, update or add information to these genealogies. 


We are also now strongly recommending people, new and old to genealogy, consider using and moving their genealogy work to the Family Tree on http://www.familysearch.org.  Family Tree is intended to become a single family tree for the entire human race with only one entry for each person. The site is free to use and open to all.  You do not have to be a member of the LDS Church to join or use the site.  Your FamilySearch Family Tree consists of your private space containing your living relatives (which only you have access and control of) and the public space containing deceased relatives which is available to all.  Information in this tree will be maintained forever and is intended to be accurate and to be based on documented sources.  The  Family Tree can also be corrected and updated as new information becomes available.  Family Tree is currently the best place to find reliable and far more documented and correct information on ones deceased ancestors.


We have also been extending and expanding our Burval and Halter lines in the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany.   Unfortunately, we are no longer doing research or are active in extending or updating our other family lines.  Although we are not actively updating our other family lines we will respond to any queries concerning those lines.


Our practice had been to identify our oldest direct ancestors using proven genealogical research methods and then include as many of their descendants in our database as we can identify.  Our database numbers nearly 25,000 individuals all related to us, with about one-half of them living.  On this web site we have posted what we know of all DECEASED individuals in our database to share that information with others.





Searching for Information on a Family


If you know the name of the family you are interested in, You may click on that family name listed in the left menu.    That will take you to an introduction page which contains or has links to:


         General Information on that specific family

         A Family Tree starting with the progenitor of the family

         A list of all members of that family and links to their "Person Page"

         The names of notable persons in that family

         Documents, Photo or Articles about the family


Searching for an Individual


You may search for individual names by using the "Master Index" or "Surname Index" in the top menu bar. By clicking on an individual's name in the those indexes you will be taken to the "Person Page" of that individual and be able to read what we know about that individual including the family (or families) he/she is a member of. 


Person Pages


The "Person Page" is the heart of this site as they contain most of what we know about important events in the life of each individual.  The Person Page contains:


         Birth or Maiden name of individual

         Family Explorer Button

         Dates and places of major events in the life of the individual

         Parents, Spouse(s) and Children names

         Biographical and other Information



By clicking on any names on the Person Page you will taken to the person page of that named individual.  


A unique "Family Explorer" button (the little blue camera)  is also included just below the individual's name and dates of birth/death.  By clicking on this "Family Explorer" button a small screen will appear showing three generations of that individual's ancestors, their siblings, spouses and children.  By clicking on any of the names shown on the small screen you will be taken to the "Person Page" of that individual.  This allows one to browse backward in time to identify the individual's ancestors via either parent or browse forward to learn more about the individuals children.


The "Person Page" also contains links to all the families that the person is a member of and all the charts (trees) that person is shown on. The "Person Page" also shows the family progenitor from which the individual descends and his/her relationship to that families progenitor. 


Most of the information on the "Person Page" is cited by a short citation footnote following the list of children.   By clicking on the short citation footnotes the full "Source Citation" will appear. 


Master Place Index


You may search for a place or location by clicking on the "Master Place Index" button in the top menu bar. By clicking on any of the places listed you will see a listing of all persons who participated in a genealogical event at that place.  This can be very useful in determining, for example, who was born or is buried in the same place.


Site Search


You may also use the "Site Search" button in the top menu bar to search the entire site for any words, names or places.


Frequently Asked Questions,  Policies and Procedures,  Genealogical Terms and Conventions, Clarices Ancestry,  Joe's Ancestry  and Books for Sale  are all accessible from the top menu.





We have published genealogy books on our Sullivan and Townsend families as well as  the book Madison County Florida Cemeteries.  Only the Sullivan Book is still available for sale Click on "Books for Sale" in the top menu bar of this site.  The other books are not longer in print, but Madison County Florida Cemeteries listings can be found on the USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project Web site and Benedictus Townsend of South Carolina can be found at the Mormon Church’s FamilySearch web site.