I have been told that I am a descendant Alexander Hamilton and don't know where to start looking or if this is true

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I have been told that I am a descendant Alexander Hamilton and don't know where to start looking or if this is true
WikiTree profile: Alexander Hamilton
in Genealogy Help by
edited by Keith Hathaway
Please for future reference, do not capitalize everything as I see it as shouting. If you are excited by something then by all means let everyone else join in your excitement otherwise talk in normal tones. Thank you for your consideration

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+6 votes
Start with a piece of paper and a pen and your immediate relations and the person who told you. Write it all down. Then upload the info here and ask any relevant further questins.
by Sir William Arbuthnot of Kittybrewster G2G6 Pilot (167k points)
edited by Sir William Arbuthnot of Kittybrewster
+12 votes
As Sir William has said, start with what you know and work back towards what you do not know - yet. It is far easier to find parents of grandparents of someone than the other way around.

If you tried to work forward from Alexanders profile you would immediately be having problems as the profile shows no children or sources.

By adding your branch to wilkitree, with all the information you can find and list the sources of the information you will quite quickly get back a hundred years or more, and you may find cousins who are researching the same idea. You can then collaborate and build on your joint histories.
by R. G. G2G6 Pilot (213k points)
Though sometimes working forwards *in addition to* working backwards is helpful.  When I was trying to verify a family story that we were descended from a particular notable person, it was very helpful to find the notable person on some censuses and see that the ages of his children made it unlikely that my known ancestor was also his kid.  (He turned out to be a relative, but a third cousin several times removed rather than an ancestor.)
+2 votes
Here you see 63 descendants of him. Now you can make your own lineage: find here the descendant who is most near to you or allready exists in your own made pedigree.

http://www.geni.com/list?focus_id=6000000005749671177&group=descendants
by Fred Bergman G2G6 Mach 1 (14.8k points)
edited by Fred Bergman
+2 votes

So far four descendants of his grand-son John Cornelius Adrian Hamilton have taken the Y-DNA test and have established a very definite fingerprint of his DNA. If you take the basic 37 marker test yourself that will establish beyond any doubt whether or not you are a direct male line descendant of his. At the time of writing the test is on special so save yourself a lot of time and do the test. Once you know your result then you can pursue the paper record, who knows you might closely match those who have already been tested and could be their cousin.

by John Hunter G2G2 (2.8k points)

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