Bill's Introduction

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As suggested, I'm introducing myself on G2G. I will focus first on genealogy and expand from there.

I began working on my own family tree after my mother died prematurely in 1984. I had been interested in her family research before, and picked up her efforts soon after. My first online genealogy experience was with using Compuserve and Mailing Lists, years before the Worldwide Web was created. (Yes, I'm ancient.)

Born and raised in Kentucky, as have been all my ancestors for the past 175 years. Many ancestors were pioneers and explorers who came to Kentucky before statehood in 1792. Most of my Kentucky ancestors came from Virginia and North Carolina. Others came from Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and even a a few from New York.

Much of my family came from Edmonson and Grayson Counties, and I was raised in the latter. I am the Rootsweb coordinator for those counties. Plus, I have a large personal database of over 100,000 entries, especially of people with family ties to that geographical area. Other family came from Green, Adair, Wayne, Larue, Marion, Hardin, Washington, and Nelson Counties.

Discovered over 20 Patriot ancestors, so far, plus one one or two Tories. Most of my kinfolk fought for the union (even the slaveholders.) One ancestor fought for the Confederacy in the Kentucky Orphan Brigade. My Virginia cousins include US Presidents Lincoln, Truman, Bush (both), and Obama, plus First Ladies Mary Todd Lincoln and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Teddy Roosevelt and his niece Eleanor were my New York Cousins. Ultimate Hero is my Uncle, Lt. Col. Edward Lane, who earned an Engineering degree at West Point and tragically died in Vietnam.

Ph.D. Pharmaceutical Scientist, Chemist, and College Soccer Coach. My father was a Haberdasher, Farmer, and Politician. My Kentucky ancestors were Farmers and Storekeepers, plus two physicians.

I have three children and six grandchildren, plus one sister. Fortunate to have many wonderful cousins in Kentucky and elsewhere. I am occasionally mistaken for Astronaut Scott Kelly. (Apologies to Scott Kelly. :-)

I like to help people, so please feel free to avail yourself of any meager knowledge or experience I may possess. I will take it with me when I go; I'd like to pass on as much as possible.

WikiTree profile: Bill Vincent
in The Tree House by Bill Vincent G2G3 (3.2k points)

2 Answers

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Best answer

Hi Bill!

I noticed your comment when you added the DNA tag and appreciate what you said there.

I'm glad you're here and participating. You're a valuable addition to our community.


by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
selected by Bill Vincent
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Welcome to wikitree.  You will get a lot of help with questions here on G2G and a very friendly neighborhood.  With so many notables in your heritage you may find that many of them already have established profiles here.  Be sure to check so you do not make duplicates.  I'm sure you can give a lot more sourced information to many of these profiles and add a lot of new ones.  Welcome aboard.
by Beulah Cramer G2G6 Pilot (306k points)

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