Karen (Freeman) Freeman-Smith
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Karen (Freeman) Freeman-Smith

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Signed 24 Nov 2021 | 7,059 contributions | 93 thank-yous | 3,615 connections
Communication Preferences: I am interested in communicating private message with anyone who shares the same ancestors. Here is my family tree.
I've inherited a lot of genealogical information and want to share it for my cousins (near and far). My family tree goes back to the east coast of the USA in the 1700s and rumors say cross the ocean to England/Scotland/Ireland/France. DNA results seem to corroborate those locations (France is sketchy...)
Karen Freeman-Smith formerly Freeman
Born 1960s.
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of [private father (1940s - unknown)] DNA confirmed and DNA confirmed
Sister of
Mother of [private daughter (1990s - unknown)] and [private son (1990s - unknown)]
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Karen (Freeman) Freeman-Smith is a Military Veteran.
Served in the United States Army 1984-1985

Born in Los Angeles County, California, the daughter of Fred Freeman and Cindy Scott.

My family moved around quite a bit when I was young. I believe we were on our 14th home when I started kindergarten in Springfield, Oregon. (1970)

Freeman-Scott Family about 1969/1970

After a couple more homes in California, our family finally settled down in Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1979. I attended Brixner Jr. High, and graduated from Mazama High School in 1983.

I've been interested in family history since I was a child and frequently harassed older folks (related or not) for "stories about when you were my age". I thought anyone older than my parents lived like the families on "Little House on the Prairie" so there were lots of questions about wagon trains and one-room schoolhouses that missed the mark. (But at least it wasn't, "did you ride a dinosaur to school?")

I'm semi-retired now and working on sorting out all the piles of genealogical notes my mother left me... as well as verifying and extending the family history where possible.

My mother's family consists of two lines of SCOTTs - one from South Carolina and the other from the Mid-West.

On my father's side, my paternal great-grandparents are FREEMANs from New England (and possibly Canada).

My paternal grandmother presents a bit of a mystery. On her mother's side there are two lines of ROSS men who, it appears, married LEASE sisters.

On her dad's side... well, she found out the man she thought was her father (DAWSON) was not when she applied for social security at 65. My mom got a copy of her birth certificate and we spent a decade or more trying to figure out who the man (WHITE) listed as her father was. Now with DNA testing, it turns out he was not her father either! So now I'm chasing YOUNGs through Kentucky and back to Virginia.


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  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Karen and her Dad. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: Father, based on sharing 3486 cM across 23 segments.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by a 23andMe test match between JP and KAS, 2nd cousins, once removed. Their most-recent common ancestors are Iris Luticia Maulsby and Commodore Bradford McElvain, the the great grandparents of JP and 2nd great grandparents of KAS. Predicted relationship from 23andMe: Second Cousins, based on sharing 194 cM across 7 segments.

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Thank you for participating in the 2022 USBH Connecting Challenge and helping us reach 161,603 profiles! We’re going for 250,000 profiles in 2023!

We’ve started the January challenge here: January Connecting Challenge.

You can see your 2022 total and your all time 2021-2022 total on our tracking spreadsheet.



...thanks you for participating in the April 2022 Connect-a-thon.

When we work together, great things can happen!

posted by Judi Stutz
edited by Judi Stutz

Thank you for contributing to the March 2022 Sourcerers Challenge! As you know, every source added to an unsourced profile improves our One Tree. Thank you for taking time from your own family history to help others.

WT Appreciation Team

posted by Nan (Lambert) Starjak
Thank you for joining the February USBH Connecting Challenge, Karen, and helping us create 3116 new profiles.

All first-time participants can add the participant sticker to their profile. Connecting Challenge Stickers

We’ve started the March challenge here: March Connecting Challenge.

50 Profiles
Karen (Freeman) Freeman-Smith created 50 new profiles during the February 2022 US Black Heritage Project Connecting Challenge.
posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Thank you for again contributing to the Sourcerers Challenge in February!

Nan, WikiTree Appreciation team

posted by Nan (Lambert) Starjak

Congratulations on adding sources to 21 profiles during the January Sourcerers Challenge! Thank you for improving the health of our One Tree.

Nan, WT Appreciation Team

posted by Nan (Lambert) Starjak
My grandmother was a Pilcher from southeast Iowa (Ottumwa). What information are you interested in finding out?
posted by Frank Shifflet Sr
It looks like we share some common grandparents: Joseph Ryan & Hannah Foster. They had two girls: Mary Elizabeth & Elizabeth who married two brothers: TJ & Havilah Pilcher. I'm mostly interested in that generation where the brothers married the sisters - what was going on in the community around that time, etc, but also "everything".
Havilah is my great great great grandfather. He married a Mary Elizabeth Ryan. Per my great aunts family tree Joseph married an Elizabeth Whitson, but your saying he married Hannah?
posted by Frank Shifflet Sr
If you would like to continue to message back and forth, here’s my email [email address removed]
posted by Frank Shifflet Sr
Hi Karen, Thank you for creating slavery profiles and helping expand our database. Can you add the category "USBH Heritage Exchange" to each one? this alerts our Heritage Exchange Team to check and make sure each profile has every category that applies to each person. Thanks! Emma~~USBH Project
I've been putting the category on the slave owners, it it supposed to be on both? I can go back through and fix those if so.
Hi Karen, yes, it should be on both sets of profiles. We have different categories for slave owners and enslaved ancestors that we like to make sure are on all the profiles. Thanks! Emma
Hello 'Little Team on the Prairie' team member:

My closing message may be considered a little late, but I'm none-the-less grateful. I wanted to take this time to thank you for your participation in the 2022 Connect-a-Thon. It was a pleasure to work together to improve and expand the Wikitree. And I wanted to especially thank those team members that posted in the G2G Chat page and connected to our Discord channel. As a bonus: I learned some new techniques to take this challenge to the next level. I hope you'll join us during the next challenge!

Sincerely, Judi Stutz-25, Team Captain, Little Team On the Prairie

Link to team page: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Little_Team_On_The_Prairie

posted by Judi Stutz
Hello Karen,

Congratulations on certifying to work on pre-1700 profiles! It’s very important to read and understand the Pre-1700 Profiles page. These profiles for deep ancestors are shared by many, and collaborating on them works best if we all follow the guidelines in the certification quiz.

Primary sources should always be added to pre-1700 profiles at the time they are created. If you don't have a source for a pre-1700 profile, it would be best to ask for help in the G2G forum before creating the profile.

Hilary ~ WikiTree Pre-1700 Greeter

posted by Hilary (Buckle) Gadsby
Hi Karen,

I saw your post on the G2G forum and you got some good answers there. I checked your tree, and saw that you already have your grandfather on Family Search Family Tree, and other ancestors. A quick way to get started with adding sources to WikiTree, is to open the sources list on each profile on Family Search, and then do a "cut and paste" of each source citation, right to the WikiTree profile. Ikeep Family Search open on one tab, and the WikiTree profile open on another tab, so I can switch back and forth easily. Under the sources place on the profile, just add an asterisk and a space, and then paste the source there. WikiTree accepts those citations, without any editing needed. If there is a Find a Grave source on FSFT, go directly to the Find a Grave page, and copy the source information that's at the bottom. There is a "template" for those on WikiTree that helps clean it up. Remember to click the Adding Sources button at the bottom before you Save it. Once you get started with these, then the apps etc that Rob and others suggested will help with sources from other sites.

I have a bunch of the Alabama Freeman families on Ancestry and Family Search and WikiTree, and some from my cousin's line also. I don't know if we a connected in any way, but if you add a tag for the Freeman surname to your profile, you will see all the contributions that people will add.

Welcome to WikiTree.

Welcome to WikiTree and DNA.

If you haven't already, please check out the DNA Help page to see all the DNA help that is available, and the How to Get Started page in particular.

When you are ready to start confirming with DNA, be sure to try the DNA Confirmation Citation Maker.

John Kingman -- A Coordinator with the WikiTree DNA Project

posted by John Kingman
Hi Karen,

We are so happy you decided to upgrade to the Family Member level.

Please visit our tutorial pages to learn how to use WikiTree: How To Use WikiTree. They will save you time, energy, and frustration as you add your family profiles.

Exploring the site is the best way to learn. One way to do that is to check out the drop-down menus on the top right side of your profile page. Finding a known ancestor and collaborating with the profile manager is another great way to start.

Questions? You can always use the G2G link in the Help Menu to find answers.

Mickey ~ WikiTree Greeter

posted by Michele Bazley
Welcome to WikiTree!

If you have any questions about WikiTree, just click the option to reply to this message and let me know how I can help.

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posted by Michele Bazley

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