Hi. I recently learned my ancestors were part of the 7FLD? I have my DNA data from Ancestry.

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in Requests for Project Volunteers by Teresa Shelley G2G Rookie (250 points)
Welcome, Teresa!  What is 7FLD?

Hello Teresa,

Thanks for your information.  Please register at genesis.gedmatch.com and follow their instructions to upload your AncestryDNA results there.  Then enter your GEDmatch ID at https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:DNATests&u=22802616

Tried the Google.  What does abbreviation, 7FLD, mean?  Thank you!!
Could it have something to do with military?
I think it's a test.  If you don't know, you are not allowed to answer the question.
I don't know! I thought someone might be able to help with that. I joined the group because I thought it was part of FLDS?

To answer the military question my Farnsworth heritage includes relatives that were Captains and Sergeants in the Revolutionary War. Ebenezer Matthias and Jonas Farnsworth.

Any suggestions?

I don't know what FLDS is, either.  sad  Can you tell us exactly the context (names, dates, places, etc of the ancestors with that designation) where you saw this 7FLD?  Maybe we can help clear it up.


 Latter Day Saints?

I am here for knowledge, if I am on the wrong page please let me know. Herbert you can view my Ancestry tree on Ancestry.com?
If LDS means Latter Day Saints, what does the F stand for?  WikiTree is not connected to the church, as far as I know.

Some WikiTree members have Ancestry subscriptions, many don't.  I'm here to help you build profiles and research questions on WikiTree.  How can I and others here on G2G help you with that?
Yes I have done this
I was able to find the information I needed thank you

8 Answers

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Best answer

First, let's all have a good-natured chuckle at getting ourselves worked up about this grand mystery!

Second, I have pulled up that tree, and with the proper poking around the answer is obvious, and many of you have discerned most of it.

When I look at the pedigree of a child of the "home person" for the tree, I see the number is generations back from that person, and that on the father's side it's mostly "MDL", while the mother's side is mostly "FDL".

So "7FDL" clearly stands for "7th generation back, Female Direct Line"(vs. "MDL" = "Male Direct Line"). The author was careless, and has some mistakes in this labelling, BTW.

So … "Nothing to see here folks, move along!" wink  

by Frank Stanley G2G6 Mach 6 (63.7k points)
selected by Peter Roberts
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It's a flugelhorn mouthpiece!
by Mark Burch G2G6 Pilot (104k points)
It may sound like Mark is trying to be funny, but in fact he is describing what we find when we search the Internet for "7FLD."

Teresa, several members are trying to engage in meaningful conversation with you, but in order to do so we need to know more about what you are talking about. What do the initials FLD stand for? What colony did your ancestors live in? What do you know about 7FLD and their involvement with it?
Thank you. I am honestly just not sure. At all! I only know on ancestry.com I have ancestors that's show with a 7FLDS nest to their name. One is Amumus Lankton.  Maybe I can email you a screenshot?

The URL in your email didn't work, but I see the screenshot in the link you posted here.  smiley

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FLDS = Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It's a sec the separated from the mainline of the Mormon Church in 1890 when the church stopped allowing multiple marriages. 

by Dallace Moore G2G6 Mach 8 (83.3k points)

Thank you! Can you help me find other information? For others here is the link to the screenshot from Ancestry showing 7FLDS


It appears you may descend from (or be related to) one of the  original 7  "leaders of the Mormon fundamentalist movement, ... Lorin C. Woolley, J. Leslie Broadbent, John Y. Barlow, Charles Zitting, Joseph White Musser, LeGrand Wooley, and Louis A. Kelsch."

Take a look at the Wikipedia article at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fundamentalist_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-Day_Saints .
+7 votes
Teresa, I don't think it actually means anything at all.  It's probably just a personal tracking code that a particular Ancestry member put on people of their 7th generation on a certain lineage (then was copied by other Ancestry members, as often happens).  Google brings up nothing relevant at all.  If you import their info, I would delete the 7FDL.

By the way, from your screenshot, it's 7FDL, not 7FLD.
by Rob Jacobson G2G6 Pilot (126k points)
I agree with Rob. It may mean 7 generations from a person with initials FDL (possibly the owner of the family tree or possibly the immigrant ancestor on the particular line).
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Google says 7FDL is a low-emission, reciprocating engine used in trains. I hope you're more human than machine!!!

by Bill Vincent G2G6 Pilot (133k points)
I thought this my best choice at finding information. It came highly recommended, I did not ask me questions to be belittled. Thank you
Teresa, I'm sorry if you felt belittled.  I'm rather sure no one meant to belittle you, including Bill.  There was an honest mistake, and Bill joked about it, not realizing you were very new here and might not understand.  Bill usually has good answers.  I believe he was just laughing *with* you, and not *at* you.
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I agree with Rob on this.
by Dallace Moore G2G6 Mach 8 (83.3k points)
+4 votes

I agree with Rob, it's probably only means something to the Ancestry member who originally put it there.  I doubt it's military, since it's on both Amasa and his wife.

For what it's worth, we're looking at Illinois in the 19th century.  Amasa Lankton died in Illinois, and probably came from New York:

Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 28 April 2019), memorial page for Amasa Lankton (1789–21 Nov 1857), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89590492, citing North Kingston Cemetery, Genoa, DeKalb County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by RobMinteer57 (contributor 47389024).
"Illinois State Census, 1855," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:61QZ-JMM : 11 March 2018), Amasa Lankton, Kingston, DeKalb, Illinois; citing Kingston, DeKalb, Illinois, 3, p. 59, Illinois State Archives, Springfield; FHL microfilm.
"United States Census, 1840," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHYW-R6X : 15 August 2017), Amasa Lankton, Hinsdale, Cattaraugus, New York, United States; citing p. 44, NARA microfilm publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 267; FHL microfilm 17,180.
"United States Census, 1820," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHLB-GBL : accessed 28 April 2019), Amasa Lankton, Aurora, Niagara, New York, United States; citing p. , NARA microfilm publication M33, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 69; FHL microfilm 193,724.
by Herbert Tardy G2G6 Pilot (575k points)
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I think you may be reading too much into this and, as Rob says in his answer, it is actually just somebody's personal tracking code. I have had a look at a tree on Ancestry which includes the people in your screenshot - Amasa Lankton (7FDL) and his wife Lydia Little (7FDL).

In that tree, their son is Caleb Lankton (6FDL),

Amasa's parents are Joseph Lankton (8FDL) and his wife Ruth Hooker (8FDL) Lewis and Lydia's father is Little (8FDL).

Joseph's parents are Thomas Lankton (9FDL) and Abigail Richards (9FDL) while his wife Ruth's parents are Joseph Hooker (9FDL) and Sarah Lewis (9FDL).

That looks to me very much like somebody just labelling the different generations of their ancestors.
by Paul Masini G2G6 Pilot (142k points)

I may have been incorrect on the initials however I did receive this back after more research Anderson-43843,

A new comment by Wiborg-8 has been added after your comment on WikiTree G2G:
I may have been incorrect on the initials however I did receive this last evening. Also Amasa was my 4th great grandfather. Thank you to all who assisted. My ancestry is very important to me. Turns out treading more was actually helpful, I just needed a bit of direction

It appears you descend from one (or more) of the "leaders of the Mormon fundamentalist movement, ... Lorin C. Woolley, J. Leslie Broadbent, John Y. Barlow, Charles Zitting, Joseph White Musser, LeGrand Wooley, and Louis A. Kelsch."

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