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Hi, I have been working on my family tree off and on over the years, but recently starting doing it more in the past few months, and have found a lot of interesting information, I do have a "mystery" within the family, my grandfather changed his identity sometime between the 1920's & 30's.  Family stories have included bootleggin, gambling and possible loss of life (not confirmed). The last name at birth was Pell, his mother was Lora M (Williams) Pell and his father was Henry (William) Pell, born 1901 West Virginia. I have documents for him up until 1920 in West Virginia, but then in 1930 he is listed by his "new name" in Pennsylvania where he married my grandmother.  Its a lot of documents to put on here regarding information, the search continues.  I am still working on putting my tree together on here, it is currently on ancestry.  I am very new to WikiTree, so I am still learning how to navigate it, but I will. It seems a bit overwhelming but I am sure that's because I am a newbie at it.

 I am more than willing to help others in their family search as well.

Thank you

Tammy M.
in The Tree House by Tammy McGuire G2G Crew (670 points)
Welcome to WikiTree, Tammy! Glad you've joined us and jumped right in. Yes, there is much to learn here, but there are so many helpful experienced people willing to help. Hopefully, one day you'll solve the mystery of why your ancestor changed his name. Good luck with that and all your other genealogical endeavors!

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Hey Tammy,

Welcome! Very interesting story. Maybe the Black Sheep project is of interest to you:

Wikitree is indeed a bit overwhelming. The menus (there are two version depending on which part of the site you are on) contain a lot of links. The best link is to this forum. My tip: start with a few profiles and work from there. Wikitree is ideal for great story telling, and it sounds like you have some to put down!

by Michel Vorenhout G2G6 Pilot (261k points)

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