Is your family part of US History? Please post here to join us in the United States Project

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The United States Project and its myriad sub-projects cover the people, places, and events through time in the geographic region that we know today as the United States of America. See the United States Project page for information on our scope of activity, our sub-projects, and some related projects.

If you are a WikiTree member who would like to help improve profiles and other WikiTree content in one or more of the US History sub-projects, please:

  1. Introduce yourself by answering this post. (Please post an answer, not a comment.) Tell us about your interests in the United States or its history -- and how you intend to contribute -- and we will get you a United States badge.
  2. Add united_states to your followed tags, as well as tags for any specific states or special topics that you are focusing on.

Please be sure to check out our project page for links to the various sub-projects you might want to join. Note that several other specialized US-related projects, such as US Southern Colonies, Mayflower, Puritan Great Migration, US Presidents, and the 1776 Project, have their own badges separate from this one. You don't also need to join the US History project to participate in one of those projects, but most of us work on multiple topics and may want to be in more than one project.

Thank you!

Please post your request to join us as an answer, not a comment or reply.

WikiTree profile: United States Project WikiTree
in Requests for Project Volunteers by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
edited by Ellen Smith

The following page has a red link on it that needs fixing

Also there appear to be no Ohio maintenance categories like the other States have or they are really well hidden. I requested a new category be made

William, I have given you the United States badge. For colonial New York, it would be worthwhile to become familiar with the project pages for Project:New York and Project:New Netherland Settlers, determine where your interests lie, and contact the appropriate Project Leaders.
Janet: I fixed that error.

The Categorization Project processes requests for new categories...
Hi, I have ancestors who settled in Virginia, Tennessee and Massachusetts from the British Isles, Eastern Europe. I would like to join your project! Thank you! Amy
I'm hoping to be joining the Maine Project, and perhaps others in the future. This is exciting. Lots of ancestors from many states, but Maine is my home and where I can be most useful (in going through records, cemeteries, etc for information).
Hello. I'm new to WikiTree, but I've been researching my family history for almost 10 years. Paternal ancestors lived in mostly in Texas and Alabama. Maternal ancestors are from Germany. I still have many brick walls to knock down, but I don't mind helping others in the process.
I have ancestors who settled and born in, Polk County and Clam Falls Wisconsin in 1800's, possibly American Native great-grandmothers.  I would like to be added to your Wisconsin project.  Thank you!
Mine is, however I have not been a member for 60 or 90 days whatever it is. This really makes me feel like trying to join your “groups” is like a school kid we don’t like you party. So it won’t be shared.
Will be working on the Austin Family and O'Keefe family of New York.

Adding information to my Coulters as they crossed the United States. Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas as beginning states.

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My ancestors:Bland/Blann, Hall, Graham, & Wooden, came here from England,Scotland,Ireland,Whales. Grandparents on both sides moved from Missouri to Oregon in 1800's. Would like to join for those 2 states.

Hi, Molly. You weren't logged in when you posted, but I worked out that you are

Do look around the Missouri and Oregon projects to see what others are working on, and contact the Oregon coordinator (Stephanie) to introduce youself.

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New member to Wikitree

Would like to be part of project

My family has done research and  on my Mothers side it seems to take us to Barbara & John Bevan from Wales in 1600 and then to Pennsylvania with the Wood and Bonsall

My mother was a Flounder

I want to contribute towards project by providing what we have found in research and also add to DNA
by K McDonald G2G Crew (620 points)

Hi, "K." Before we can join you to to the US History Project in WikiTree, you'll need to complete the process of becoming a regular member of WikiTree. Currently, you are a guest member, which severely limits your ability to contribute.

Part of the process of volunteering to become a member is to add some tags to follow here. A few that you might consider following are Flounder, Pennsylvania, US_History, and Wales.

Yay, you're a Family Member of WikiTree now! I hope you'll continue to the next level of membership by signing the WikiTree Honor Code. Once you've done that, I can give you the US History badge.

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Hello and good day,

I'd like to introduce myself, my name is Paula Ann Hawkins Reinke, no unfortunately not the author of "Girl on the Train."  *tender smiles* My interest in joining the California Project is it's my home state.  Lived here all my life.  Researching and gathering information to better understand how we arrived, especially interesting to find out where your Mother, Dad, Grandparents use to live.  Learning how to read the United States CENSUS and different articles of documents is simple and easy to understand.  I'd like to contribute what I know and how I use Google search in simple terms.  It certainly can be overwhelming and easy to get side tracked.  "Stay focused on staying focused."
by Paula Reinke G2G6 Mach 8 (88.0k points)

Hi, Paula. I'm giving you the US History badge. To connect yourself with the California Project (part of US History), contact Robin to introduce yourself, tell her about what you are working on, and find out what else is going on in the state project. Although California is a very large state, the California Project here is still in its early phases, so there are probably lots of opportunities to help yourself and other genealogists by adding information about genealogical research resources, creating informational pages about particular counties, etc.

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I'd love to join! I have ancestors from all over, so their stories span most of the US. I have ancestors who were in massacres (the Roads/Rhodes family), ancestors who fought in key wars, Davy Crockett is in my tree, I'm related to the Younger/Dalton gangs... As you can see, my family tree is very exciting. I'm interested in adding and verifying all of this information (especially as I've now done a DNA test) and any branches from there.

I love to research, learn, and share information, so I'm interested in adding anything I come across that's interesting, whether it's on my line or not, though of course my line takes priority ;)

I also am interested in the Oklahoma History Project, as many of my ancestors have been here for 2-4 generations (some are suspected to have come during the trail of tears). I'm also doing a personal project (not formally) on Eastern State Hospital, a well known insane asylum here in Oklahoma. I'm also working on another non-formal project regarding Northwest Classen High School, and one on Oklahoma's foster care shelters/group homes (there are too many to link to here).

I don't currently have transportation, so it's tough for me to do any local research (except as it can be done online), but when I have that sorted out (waiting on a repair to be done, so hopefully soon), I'm happy to do local research on occasion. I have a toddler and a preschooler, so it won't be super often, but maybe once or twice a week I can manage a research session.

by Anonymous Younger G2G6 Mach 1 (13.2k points)
It also mentioned something about leading county projects (but no info on how to indicate that), I'm in Oklahoma County and know quite a bit about it. I'm from Tulsa County and my families are mostly from Logan and Woodward counties, if you need anyone for those counties still ;)

Delighted to have you in this project, Janettee. It's great to see what you've done with those free-space projects of yours.

Oklahoma and Tulsa Counties both have free-space pages that appear to be maintained (but they weren't in the county categories; I just added them to the categories). I imagine that the women who've worked on those pages would appreciate having you as a collaborator, since each person who comes to a topic usually can enrich our content with new perspectives. Contact Angelique about Oklahoma County (she says she's an at-home mom, so maybe you'll want to get together!) and contact Lori about Tulsa County.

And Logan and Woodward Counties have generic page templates on their pages (the one for Logan is Space:Logan County, Oklahoma), but no content yet. If you'd like to adopt those counties, please jump in and start editing -- and send Trusted List requests to Robert Branham (ask also for Profile Manager status). And when the pages have some content, please add the pages to the appropriate county categories.

I forgot to mention that you might want to explore what's been done with your interesting relatives under the purview of the Westward Ho Project, Native Americans Project, and Outlaws Project.

Thank you! I'm glad to help add content to WikiTree, and I'm glad it's interesting to you :) I'll definately ask for those permissions, and I'll jump into working on those pages ASAP :)

Thank you for that information, I will look into it! Can't wait to see what's there :)
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I am a decendent of on both sides of my family from religious migration out of England in the early 1600's. On my father's side they settled around Boston. On my mother's side they settled East of Philadelphia.

I have been working my family history for almost a year now. I would like to participate in this, especially Massachusetts and Ohio.
by Natalie Echevarria G2G Crew (780 points)

Welcome to this project, Natalie! It's amazing how many of us trace ancestry to those early settlers in places like New England and Pennsylvania. I suggest that you spend a bit more time building your family tree back in time before you try to engage with editing early ancestors covered by the Puritan Great Migration Project and the Quakers Project. In the meantime, we'll be looking forward to your contributions in Massachusetts and Ohio; please introduce yourself to the Project Coordinators for those states (Bob in Mass. and Terri in Ohio).

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I'd like to join! As I've been adding my husbands and my family tree, only 15,000 profiles to add, I think since I started on Wikitree this past Dec I may have gotten about 1,500 added. I started out on Ancestry back in 2010 but pre online genealogy I was always doing projects on trying to get to know my ancestors. My husbands family is truly Pennsylvania Dutch with one branch going to Ireland. My mothers side is mostly German and my fathers side is 100% Italian. My mothers side just this one branch lead me to the Scarborough's and William Penn and the Howland's to the Mayflower. As I've been entering here on Wikitree I have been able to clean up my Ancestry mess. And I find I am learning so much about U.S. History. I'm learning things I know I've never learned in school. So in addition to genealogy I'm falling in love with history too. I think it's important to know where and why we are here. I also love Wikitrees one profile we are the world! It's the 21st century and I thought when I was younger that when the 21st century got here we would have a global economy and world peace. I'm a dreamer I guess. If I can work on The Presidents and Vice presidents I am more interested in doing their extended families siblings and spouses, children and spouses, no one left behind. I'm still learning all the things available here on Wikitree and will do my best. If there is somewhere else you'd rather have me work on just let me know! Thanks!
by Louann Halpin G2G6 Mach 6 (62.2k points)

Welcome to this project, Louise! I also have some Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry, intermingled with Ulster Scots who came from Ireland. I'm a bit jealous of the good information you've found for at least a few of your husband's ancestors who arrived as "Palatine" migrants. (Our Palatine Migration sub-project within German Roots is another one you might find yourself wanting to get involved with.)

I hope you'll continue adding your own family and cleaning up sources, and that you'll dive in and start working on whatever else interests you. I have found that monitoring the G2G forum for projects that interest me -- and both asking questions and trying to help answer other members' questions -- has taken me down some interesting paths and connected me with some great WikiTreers. And if you find yourself digging deep into a topic, do introduce yourself to the relevant sub-project leadership -- they may have ideas about what else you should work on.  I know, for example, that the US Presidents project appreciates members who dive in to researching the relatives of Presidents, Vice Presidents, and First Ladies; if there's a president who interests you, let them know that you're working on his family.

Thank you very much! Actually I am quite blessed in that my aunts and uncles have done a lot of legwork for the first few generations. I took what they had, confirmed it by ensuring each had hard documentation, and then went on from there. I am working my paternal side while my cousin works our maternal side. Quite interesting stuff!

Thanks for the addition!

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My paternal great-grandfather and grandfather participated in the Oklahoma Land Rush. They settled near Medford. They were part of the Mennonite Brethren community that immigrated from South Russia. My grandfather homesteaded near Boyd, Beaver County. I would like to participate in the Homesteaders subproject and the Oklahoma Rush subproject.

Allison Andrus sent me an email that she is not a leader of the Oklahoma Rush subproject and to contact Ellen. I hope this answer reaches her.
by Ginger Ratzlaff G2G3 (3.9k points)

Hi, Ginger. The Oklahoma Land Rush sounds like a fascinating historical episode! Currently the Land Rush project is a special sub-project of the Oklahoma Project. Robin Coles is the new Project Coordinator for Oklahoma, so I suggest you contact her to let her know what you want to do for the topic.

And I'd be happy to give you the US History badge, but first you'll need to sign the Honor Code (signing the Honor Code is the third step in the confusing three-step process of joining WikiTree). 

I signed the Honor Code when I joined WikiTree. Is there a list of signees so that can be verified?
This is weird. Your signing the Honor Code isn't logged in your history, and you still have "Family Member" status, which limits your editing capabilities.

Go to the Help tab, and click on Honor Code under that tab. Try signing it again. If it lets you sign, you should be all set. If it says you already signed,  we'll need to ask the Team to fix your account status.

Thank you for your help. I learned that I had read the Honor Code and agreed with it, but just did not click that last button. I have now officially signed the Honor Code!!smiley

Glad that's resolved! You have the US History badge now.
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Hello everyone! I'm still learning the ropes around here and since I live in a rural area with spotty wi fi, I can only manage bursts of activity but I have a love for investigating my family history! My interests lie in my family lines that all seem to converge in the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. Specifically the areas of Fall River, Mass; Litchfield, Conn; and Catskill, Greene, New York. I'd love to help out in some projects but humbly ask for patience. With my job and living situation, sometimes I throw up the profiles with bare bones information but do indeed go back to flesh them out later. I look forward to working with you all and am very grateful for this community! I'll go message the above mentioned state leaders next!
by Caitlin McCann G2G1 (1.6k points)

Thank you for introducing yourself, and welcome to the US History project, Caitlin. Anne B already gave you the badge. smiley

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I would like to volunteer to work on the One Place Study/US History ( for Pope County, MN.

My interest in Pope County, MN started with my paternal great-grandparents who came from Sweden, and after a few years in Michigan, settled in Pope County along with other people from their native area in Sweden. My other paternal great-grandparents also lived in Pope County. More recently, I inherited my mother-in-law's research, and have found that a segment of my husband's extended family also settled in Pope County.

Since I am already researching so many different aspects of Pope County, I would like to share some of the information that I collect.

I am currently working my through a source called Illustrated Album of Biography of Pope and Stevens Counties Minnesota (1888).
by Cheryl Sletten G2G1 (1.6k points)
Welcome to the US History project, Cheryl. It's wonderful that you are focusing on little Pope County and that you have so many family members there -- I expect that you can create a thorough study of the area and its history.

I started a page for your study at . Go in and adopt it and start adding content! If you need ideas on how to organize the page (and set up additional pages, as desired), you may find some good ideas on or or  (but don't limit yourself to those pages!).
Oooh! I just noticed that One-Place Studies project is officially back up. You may want to post at and get engaged with that project.

Thank you for making the page for me. I wouldn't have thought to do that.

One thing I find confusing about WikiTree is that there can be several different pages for the same place without a clear distinction between them. And it isn't always easy to find something that you have seen before. I really like the idea of WikiTree, but wish it were easier to use.

I found the example pages very helpful.

Thank you,


Cheryl: Because there are so many contributors to WikiTree, we sometimes have these interesting problems figuring out the relationships of different people's work.

Subsequent to your question, I've discussed the matter of these pages with the One Place Studies leadership and clarified some distinctions. Meanwhile, I see that you are now firmly connected to the One Place Studies project.  

The page has been renamed. It incorrectly suggested that counties were the main focus for One Place Studies in the U.S., when in fact most One Place Studies are done for much smaller places.

A One Place Study is a genealogical investigation of the individuals and families associated with a place over time (often for a specific limited time period). In contrast, most of our WikiTree pages for U.S. counties are informational pages for the county, providing background on geography, history, and other topics, as well as information (and links, where available) on genealogical resources.

Pope County is pretty small, so it seems to me that have a good prospect for creating a meaningful One Place Study, particularly if you focus on the earlier decades of the county's history.

At the moment, the content of the page looks more like a basic informational page about the county than a One Place Study, but I note that you are making wonderful progress on the Bethesda Covenant/Bethany Lutheran Cemetery page as a component of the One Place Study.  Over time, I expect that the different pages and the various Pope County categories and subcategories will be knitted together as a coherent collection - but continuing consultations may be required along the way.

PS - I edited the Pope County page to make the headings conform with WikiTree style guidance. I also added a link to the Cemeteries category in the Cemeteries section of the page.
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My brother has been working on our family tree for nearly 30 years. I've created my own version, trying to include as much sourcing and as many DNA connections as possible for the last 10 years. I've also been transferring information from my Ancestry.Com work to Wikitree for about a year, and have discovered many interesting connections as a result.

My maternal Great Great Grandfather Shadrack Penn (born in Maryland) married Jane T Jenny Cross (born in Somerset PA) in Ross County, Ohio in 1809. Family lore has it that she was the daughter of Tecumseh - though I have not found sufficient sourcing to add this to my tree. The Penn side of our tree shows us as 2nd Cousins of both William (The Founder of Pennsylvania) and John (signer of the Declaration of Independence and The Articles of Confederation) (many times removed of course).

My paternal 3rd Great Grandfather, Captain Henry Connelly (born Dutch, Chester, Pennsylvania) served in the Revolutionary War (Kentucky) with distinction. We have tentatively traced his heritage back to Scotland and Rob Roy MacGregor (or not) depending on whose tree you choose.

I want to firm up the sourcing and links in my tree on Wikitree in the US and it seems you have mentors who can help me achieve my goals. I'm reading "Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist's Guide" to try to hone my skills. As my ancestors from both sides of my family appear to be early US settlers, I believe I can be an asset to the US History Project and achieve the goal of determining with greater certainty who migrated from Europe, when and if the Shawnee connection is true.
by Dale Penn G2G1 (1.9k points)
I'm delighted to welcome you to the US History Project, Dale.

Being a G2G afficionado, I encourage you to use G2G as a resource when you are looking for advice in your genealogical research. Volunteers are standing by to assist...

And If I were you, I'd be diving into FamilySearch to find easy-to-copy citations to Census records and similar resources to substantiate your information about ancestors. (As you know, Ancestry may have records that aren't on FamilySearch, but WikiTreers like free sources, and FamilySearch provides easy-to-copy citations, so it's the preferred source to cite for a record that's available on both sites.)

See for advice on formatting citations to sources -- particularly creating footnotes so you can show your source(s) for each detail in a profile.
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The connection between parent and child is usually based upon the preponderance of evidence
by Ralph Hayes G2G1 (1.7k points)
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Hi!  I have been enhancing the family genealogy records that my grandmother put together for many years that include many ancestors from the South and Southern Colonies.  I am currently working on my husband's side of the family and have found strong ties back into the Massachusetts area.  Would love to be part of the US History project and contribute where I can.
by Beverly Pierson G2G1 (1.0k points)

Welcome to the US History Project, Beverly. Happy ancestor hunting! As you dig into your colonial ancestry, please look into the guidance and protocols of the Southern Colonies project and the Massachusetts Project, as appropriate.

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I have always been interested in genealogy and would like to contribute by improving and/or adopting orphan profiles, researching them and connecting them accordingly once I've been able to find proper sources.  For example when I first started my profile after finding a few ancestors on here, I continued to add to the tree but first would search to make sure a profile didn't already exist.  In doing so, I found several orphaned profiles of my ancestors that already existed, hence I adopted them, enhanced their profiles where I could and connected them to the tree.  Eventually I took the Pre 1700 certification and Janet suggested I join the United States History based on my contributions thus far.  I know that has been a while since Janet's suggestion but I have since started researching again.  

An example of how I want to contribute after I get my badge and what brought me back here, was my research of puritan Thomas Dickerman JR (Dickerman-2), who I suspect is one of my ancestors.  I know there is debate on whether (Hannah Dickerman Ives (then Bassett)) "Unknown-381719," is really his daughter or not.  I would like to research this further and possibly contribute to that profile.  

I guess I would be most interested in the maintenance of profiles though I don't have a specific state in mind.

Thank you
by Sam Nguyen G2G Crew (620 points)

Welcome to the US History Project, Sam! As with Beverly, it looks like the southern states and (for earlier people) the Southern Colonies project will be a major focus for you.

Regarding your New England connections, I have some doubts about the genealogical evidence underlying the profile that connects your line to the Wheeler family in Connecticut. To sort that out, you have some opportunities to do some genealogical research (not just maintain profiles). Check out the note I added on -- and don't be shy about coming back to G2G to ask for research advice or assistance.

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Hi, my name is Terry Winchester [Winchester-436]. I'm interested in Tennessee research, specifically as it pertains to the counties of Hardin, Henderson and surrounding counties. I have quite a bit of resources.
by Terry Winchester G2G2 (2.6k points)

You now have the US History badge, Terry.  Thanks for stepping up as a possible resource for other members researching West Tennessee! Please introduce yourself to Summer (Leader for the Tennessee Project), if you haven't done so already. 

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Hello, I'm interested in joining to work on my family members from pre-Revolutionary America, including in New England and Ohio. Names include Willard, Dickson and Kemerer, with various spellings. I'm also working on the Quebecois project for relatives up there. I stumbled into this group while working on a family group from Massachusetts.
by Anne Guglik G2G5 (5.8k points)
Welcome to the US History Project, Anne. Please connect with relevant projects (such as Ohio and Massachusetts) as you are working in their areas. And feel free to use G2G to ask questions about ancestors and sources -- that's the easiest way to connect with other WikiTreers working on the same families or places.
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Hello I would like to join, I'm interested in the Benson Family,

John Benson lll (Benson-620) is my 7th GG.

Thank you.

by Anne Bradica G2G2 (2.6k points)
Welcome to this project, Anne!

While you are adding to profiles and solidifying the evidence for your Benson lineage that extends back toward Puritan Great Migration John Benson-620 (and other lines that go way back in time), please seek advice from the coordinators for US History sub-projects such as Project: Massachusetts. (It looks like John Benson's profile has been well tended by volunteers of the [separate] Puritan Great Migration project, but the profiles that other members created for the people on the line going back to him would benefit from more sources and more interesting biographies.)

We'll be looking forward to the results of your work here!
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I am directly descended from several Revolutionary War patriots as well as several Civil War patriots. I have ancestors who arrived in the colonies in the 1600s from Ireland, Great Britain, and Scotland, some via Barbados. My mother was a DAR member and UDC and I plan to join those, too. My direct line ancestors were some of the earliest settlers of North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia.
by Martha Lee G2G3 (3.2k points)
Welcome to this project, Anne! We'll be looking forward to seeing the results of your work here. I see that you've joined US Southern Colonies project; also introduce yourself to the folks in the North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia projects if you haven't done so already.
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George Washington Green and Bessie North are part of history and I'm having great difficulty finding either of them.

Our family has the original selective service draft registration card from Sept. 1918 for G.W. as well as some others. This is my great grandfather and I would love the opportunity to assist in finding out the who's, how's, where's and when's.
by Barbara Cooper G2G4 (4.9k points)
Hi, Bre. I can't give you the US History Project badge until you become a full WikiTree Genealogist member by signing the Honor Code at

As for your great grandparents, I'm confused by the two sources cited on G. W. Green's profile. It's not obvious to me that the man who had the draft card (born 1874) is the same man on the findagrave page (born 1870 and died 1959).  What details of this man are you sure about (for example, because you got the info from a grandparent)?

Have you searched for census records and other free sources?
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I would like join us the Tennessee project. Majority of my paternal grandmothers family is from Tennessee.
by Jennifer Reyes G2G6 Mach 1 (11.0k points)

You are already badged as a member of US History, Jennifer. To introduce yourself to the Tennessee project, see

EDITED: Now I get it. Tennessee is now directlng people to this thread!  I suggest that you add your name and interests on and send a note to Summer Orman to let her know you are working on Tennessee.

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Hi!  I’m interested in becoming a part of the US History Project, as well as Southern Colonies.  I

I’m very new to WikiTree and am very impressed with the quality and attention to detail I’ve found so far.  My only other genealogical experience has been with Ancestry.  I found some surprising ancestors and I hope the more detailed methodology of WikiTree will confirm what I found previously, and be a better fit for me.  

I’m specifically researching the Watkins, Wallace, Hartsell and Bracewell families.

Thanks so much!

by Gale Watkins G2G2 (2.5k points)
Welcome to the US History project, Gale. You are likely to find folks with similar research interests in the North Carolina Project (one of our subprojects).

It looks like most of the profiles you've added so far are fairly recent ancestors for whom the personal knowledge and family records are good sources. When you cite those sources, it's good practice to name yourself in the citation as the person whose knowledge you are citing or the person whose records are cited -- or if you got the records from another family member, identify them. And the farther back we go, the more important it becomes to substantiate our information with citations to records such as BMD documents, census lists, and newspaper items.

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