Thomas Alva "Al" Edison
Born 11 Feb 1847
Died 18 Oct 1931
Husband of Mary Jane Stillwell
Husband of Mina Miller
Father of Madeleine Edison, Marion Edison, Theodore Miller Edison, William Leslie Edison, Marion Estelle Edison, Thomas Alva Edison, William Leslie Edison, Madeline Edison, Charles Edison and Theodore Miller Edison
Samuel O. Edison Jr.
16 Aug 1804 - 26 Feb 1896
Samuel O. Edison
05 Mar 1762 - 27 Mar 1865
John Edison UE
abt 1727 - 1814
1744 - 1851
bef 20 May 1716 - bef 10 Jul 1798
1724 - 1789
Oct 1769 - 26 Sep 1824
Nancy M. Elliott
04 Jan 1810 - 09 Apr 1871
28 May 1759 - 1836
22 Jul 1712 - 1777
20 Apr 1675 - 23 Aug 1755
30 Aug 1684 - 11 Jan 1736
16 Jan 1717 - Mar 1777
20 Mar 1690 -
03 Aug 1698 -
11 Jul 1783 - abt 1855
03 Apr 1742 - 1780
15 Jan 1696 - May 1781
1702 - 1780
19 Jun 1710 - 26 Feb 1803
01 Dec 1715 - 01 Nov 1800
The following is for genealogists with an interest in Thomas's family history.
Ancestor List for Thomas Edison
The ancestor list uses the "ahnen" numbering system and presents seven generations in plain text. There are no images or colors. This makes it well-suited for printing when you're doing offline research.
Compact Family Tree
This alternative tree view is packed with eight generations — up to 254 ancestors — along with birth and death dates and locations. The downside is that it's not a conventional tree format; it may take a couple minutes to orient yourself.
This shows up to five generations of children and grandchildren of Thomas along with their spouses.
DNA Ancestors and DNA Descendants
Genetic genealogy is the new frontier. Our two DNA views are designed to help you use genetic testing to confirm and expand Thomas's genealogy. The DNA Ancestors page shows the specific ancestors from whom Thomas gets his Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA. Especially helpful for some serious genetic genealogists is the inheritance pattern for Thomas's X chromosome, also shown here. The DNA Descendants page shows exactly who has inherited Thomas's testable DNA.
DNA Ancestor Confirmation Aid
This tool helps you take things a step beyond the DNA Ancestors and DNA Descendants views. The ambitious goal: scientific confirmation of each parent-child relationship in Thomas's tree. This is still fairly complex. WikiTree is working on tools that will make it simpler.
Family Group Sheet
This page illustrates nuclear families based on marriages. It's especially handy when someone had children from more than one marriage.
Global Family Reunion Connection
This is a special tool associated with the Global Family Reunion being planned for this June. It enables you to see Thomas's connection to AJ Jacobs, the organizer of the reunion. Note that the Connection Finder includes relationships through marriage, so it is not a genealogical cousin calculator like our Relationship Finder.
Index of Edisons
This page shows all the Edisons on WikiTree. It's useful for genealogists with an interest in the surname that goes beyond Thomas. There are a variety of connected tools, such as Edison DNA Connections and EDISON G2G.
Here are quick links to mapping websites:
Birth: Milan, Ohio on Google Maps | Open Street Map.
Marriage: Newark, Passaic, New Jersey, USA on Google Maps | Open Street Map.
Death: West Orange, Essex County, New Jersey on Google Maps | Open Street Map.
This view parallels the pedigree chart above but it is optimized for printing. It can be used as a fill-in-the-blanks form at a family gathering.
Profile of Thomas
The profile page is the central place for organizing and viewing information and sources on an individual. This tree & tools page is a supplement to it. Whenever you see Thomas's name on WikiTree (and ideally, elsewhere on the Internet!) it will be linked to the profile at http://www.WikiTree.com/wiki/Edison-1 where Edison-1 is Thomas's unique WikiTree ID.
Enter Edison-1 and any other WikiTree ID to find the genealogical relationship between Thomas and the other person. It will name the relationship, e.g. "third cousin twice removed," and show the trail of connections to a common ancestor. Although not everyone on WikiTree shares common ancestors, finding and connecting them is our ultimate goal.
Shareable Family Tree
This is a family tree page for Thomas that is designed for sharing on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc. Copy and paste the URL http://www.WikiTree.com/treewidget/Edison-1/4 into your favorite social network.
The surnames page is a quick reference sheet that displays seven generations of Thomas's family names. Many members share its URL http://www.WikiTree.com/treewidget/Edison-1/10 via e-mail, e.g. with a DNA match to ask if the other person recognizes a surname.
Here are additional tools to help genealogists collaborate on WikiTree to grow Thomas's family history.
Here you can view the additions and changes that WikiTree members have made to Thomas's profile so far.
Edit Profile and Relationships
Thomas's edit page is the central location for adding information and correcting mistakes. Is there anything you can add or improve upon? Since you're not logged-in yet you can't make changes directly. Contact the profile managers. Please don't go away without giving us your information and sources. Thank you!
You'll notice colored privacy icons in search results, the Edison surname index, etc. The white dot for Thomas indicates that his profile is Open. Only the profile manager can edit this setting.
Tests of Thomas's DNA
If Thomas's DNA (not a family member's or descendant's DNA) has been tested for genealogical purposes the test or tests should be selected here. This will automatically create connections on the profiles of Thomas's relatives where the test may be useful for confirming relationships. It's very valuable for advanced genealogy. To add tests you need to be on Thomas's Trusted List.
This shows you the WikiTree members who have full power to access and edit Thomas's information. Use it to see who else shares your interest in Thomas and receives updates about changes to the profile. The Relationship Finder icon links next their names will show you their relationship to Thomas.
Here are ways to connect and communicate with genealogists regarding Thomas's profile, especially if you're unable to collaborate directly using the WikiTree Tools above.
Comment on Profile Message Board
Thomas's profile, like all WikiTree profiles, has a section for public comments. This is the best place to put anything you'd like seen by all genealogists who are interested in Thomas. Profile managers are alerted to new comments via e-mail, everyone on the Trusted List will see a notice about it in their activity feeds, and people who visit Thomas's profile in the future will see your comment. You will need to login to post.
E-Card for Thomas
Any image uploaded to WikiTree can be sent as a free e-card, including photos of Thomas or scans of vintage postcards. An e-card can be a great way to tell a genealogist or family member about what's here.
Private Message — Directly Contact Profile Manager
Here you can send a private message to a Wiki Genealogist managing Thomas's profile. If there are multiple managers or genealogists involved, you will need to send separate messages. Unless your information is sensitive it's better to post a public comment. Login to post.
Trusted List Request Form
If you're a genealogist with a special interest in collaborating on Thomas's profile, join the Trusted List. The profile is Open so you don't need to be on the Trusted List to edit or improve upon it. You only need to join if you want to receive updates about him in your activity feeds or complete merges. You will need to login first.
If you have sourced information about Thomas, the WikiTree community thanks you in advance for not leaving here without sharing it. :-) We are on a mission to connect the human family on one free yet reliable and privacy-controlled tree. Although we will never be finished, we make amazing progress every day because tens of thousands of good genealogists are willing to help.