Hi WikiTreers,

Welcome to a new installment of “Meet our Members.” It’s time to get to know another awesome member of our community: Meet Todd.

Todd Stanton became a WikiTreer in April of 2018.  He currently coordinates our Rhode Island project as well as Westward Ho and several of its subprojects.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

Stanton, Bond, Culpepper, Griffin, Husted, Newby, to name but a few.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

Colonial Virginia, Colonial New England, Yorkshire, Wiltshire, Wales.

When and how did you get interested in genealogy and family history?

I first became interested in genealogy in junior high school after finding an 1885 manuscript history of the Bond family (going back to 1704 Wiltshire) in a great aunt’s estate papers; little did I know at the time the historical importance of that Quaker document.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

My favorite ancestors are the nearly 70 so far identified as part of the Puritan Great Migration and the dozens of others who arrived Jamestown, the Albemarle, and Carolinas before 1700. They left Europe for differing reasons but all came in the pursuit of a better life. That great collective leap into the unknown is, for me, awe-inspiring. 

Tell us about a brick wall you were able to break down or one you hope to bust through.

James Stanton who died 1719 Surry County, Virginia Colony is my current brick wall. He is always seen as the grandson of John Stanton who supposedly arrived on the George in 1635 but there is no trace of John nor documentation to supposed grandson James. I am so appreciative of several WikiTreers who help me with this pursuit from time to time. 

If you could pick one person in history to be related to, who would it be and why?

Not that I want to be related to him but the most fun I have had constructing a profile is that of early Dodge City five-term mayor Adolph Gluck, a Hungarian Jew who came to American and became mayor of the town at the center of the Wild West. What a character! He was impeached (it was a sham) and immediately voted back into office! 

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

Historical preservation, architecture, ancient history, my ‘boys’ still at home whose pics are found on my profile page.  

How long have you been on WikiTree and what do you spend the most time doing?

I joined WikiTree in early 2018. I currently coordinate Rhode Island as well as Westward Ho and several of its subprojects. A special project of late has been building profiles of early residents of where I live (so almost all of them fall into Westward Ho). To date that has involved building over 200 profiles and connecting as many as possible, over time, to the larger WikiTree. I am now working with one local county historical society which has decided to use WikiTree as its platform for building profiles of its early county residents. I am hoping an adjacent county historical society also undertakes a similar effort. It is my hope that this small project becomes one that other members can show their local historical societies as a template. 

What brought you to WikiTree?

I stumbled upon WikiTree one day trying to find answers about an ancestor when what I was being shown as suggestions by Ancestry.com were, how shall I put this…, ridiculous. 

What is your favorite thing about WikiTree?

By far the best aspect of WikiTree is the ability to use G2G to communicate with all kinds of researchers who are always willing and eager to help or apply their collective brain power to thorny road blocks or questions. I received so much help from so many people when I joined WikiTree. Now I try to pay it forward by helping others at least part of each day.

If you could improve one thing about WikiTree, what would it be?

End the system that tries to make you match things to Find-a-Grave! 

What is an example of how WikiTree has helped you with your genealogy?

There are often questions connecting colonial American ancestors to their families elsewhere. G2G has helped document some of those connections and in other cases helped prove that frequently seen connections to the Old World are the stuff of fantasy.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

First, ask all kinds of questions of your Greeter who is always willing to help you. Second, jump right into the fray in G2G as there are no wrong questions and so many people willing to help you both learn the WikiTree ropes (Yes, Virginia, there is a learning curve!) and help you with your genealogical pursuits. Remember, when you get back only a few generations there may be hundreds or thousands of descendants who will be interested in what you discover.

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  9 Responses to “Meet our Members: Todd Stanton”

  1. Congratulations on being selected as Wikitreer! Enjoyed your write up and agree 100% with your improvement suggestion with Findagrave. Thanks for the improvement suggestion and I hope the powers that be are listening. Findagrave is not always correct as we all know, but I have changed many of my profiles to match Findagrave in order to clean up my suggestion report.

    Enjoy your journey and Thanks for all you do to augment our tree.

  2. Hello My name is Sandra Franklin. I live in Colorado Springs, Colorado although I was raised in a little farming town in upstate Missouri and spent thirty years in San Bernardino, California. I am a senior citizen and a widow. I have a great love of American history which flowed into my enjoyment of genealogy. I have made six trips to New England looking at my husbands Franklin’s and my Rhode Island Taylor’s. I found them living and intermarring in Rhode Island. Since I had met my husband in California it was a big shock! Please let me know if you are interested in my family.

  3. Hello Tom!

    Thank you for taking on RI as a project. I am a native myself with some deep roots in the state. Looks like we share some common relatives too. I wish you success and will help as I can.


    • Sorry Todd,

      Wish I could edit that opening…. how foolish and my apologies for getting your name wrong to start off the day.

  4. Hi Todd, we are 8th cousins once removed through Thomas Welch. I enjoyed reading your ‘Meet Our Members.’ Thanks for all you do.

  5. Great interview Todd – it is fun to learn something new about my cousin! 🙂

  6. Hi Todd loved your history, we are related through the Pavords and the Englands. who migrated to America .
    Lovely to meet you

  7. My husband Ryan Scott Bailey is a decedent of king Charlemagne and I’m his wife and I’m the cousin to Anne bolyn? Spelling and also I would be cousin to sir Francis the vicar of hell best friend to the king and he is Anne’s cousin that how I found out I was related to both, now my grandmother on my father’s side says I’m 11 degree? From or Sarah Berryman is I am extremely confused can you help me? My father is Melvin James Berryman mother is Sarah Berryman and John A. Berryman are his parents my mother is Linda Lou Henderson born Owens her mother is Dorothy Jane Owens born Peanick or penick? And my mother’s father is Wilford ? Owens died in 1968 before I was born and I can not decipher which Sarah is his? And why are there so many of the same name is like someone dated the same named woman and married them so no one would know?

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