Debi (McGee) Hoag

Debi (McGee) Hoag

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Debi A. Hoag formerly McGee aka Cundiff
Born 1950s.
Ancestors ancestors
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Account confirmed 16 Oct 2015 | Debi's 46803 contributions | 6295 thank-yous received
Profile last modified | Created 6 Sep 2015 | Last significant change: 17 Feb 2019
22:18: Lise Smidth posted a message on the page for Debi (McGee) Hoag. [Thank Lise for this]
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Categories: WikiTree Leaders | Profile Improvement Project | Greeters | En | McGee-1611 Research Plans | Smith Researchers | Quakers Profile Caretakers.

Profile Improvement Project co-leader
Quakers Project co-leader
Greeters Project co-leader (pre-1700 lead)

DMH Ephemera Collection with citations


Notes to visitors

If you ended up here from a

  1. profile I manage, let's talk about people!
  2. Greeter or Messenger comment/email, Welcome to WikiTree again! *grin*
  3. Thank You notice, it may be because you explained a change you made to a profile. I love seeing those!

I started gathering names, dates, and places around 1982 as a way to deal with the grief of a child's death. "Serious" genealogy research began in the early 1990s when the internet and computers introduced me to research partners who taught better habits and shared resources. A ten year break from 2005-2015 was full of other fun things but I found that missed the joys and challenges of research.

I came back to genealogy only to discover that two of my mentors / research collaborators had died. One's research is in the possession of an interested but non-active descendant and not accessible; the whereabouts of the other's research is unknown. I needed a place to share, collaborate, learn, and assure that my research would never suffer such a fate. I went looking and found WikiTree.

When I joined and uploaded my (*sigh* too large) GEDCOM, it became obvious that a "Genealogy Do-Over"[1] was in order. All records are being reviewed; profiles and source citations are being updated. Things have changed but ... the more they change, the more they stay the same; there are always more questions than answers.


Debi was born in Jacksonville, FL, just as her father, Charles McGee, returned to military service with the United States Air Force (USAF). As soon as her mother, Rachel Helms McGee, was released by the physician, the family moved to McDill Air Force Base in Tampa FL where her father was stationed. The USAF played a large role in Debi's growing years, sending her family to live all over the world including places like Denver Colorado, Japan, southern California, Germany, England, Okinawa, and finally back to Florida in 1973.

Finishing High School in 1976, Debi went to work for a local governmental agency where she had positions in the Finance and IT departments. She retired in 2007, having completed 30 years service. She has been married twice, first to Ray Cundiff, and currently to Daniel Hoag.

Happy Digging

Community Spirit

2016 Source-A-Thon Bib #044
2017 Source-A-Thon Bib #009
Debi (McGee) Hoag is participating with Team 811 (cleaning merged profiles) during the 2018 Clean-a-Thon.
Fountain Pen
Debi has written and improved ten profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.
Quakers Project Logo
Debi improved Quaker profiles on the Week 4 Feb 2018 Anniversary list
Quakers Project Logo
Debi improved Quakers Project managed profiles during the March 2018 Challenge
Quakers Project Logo
Debi Hoag improved Quaker profiles in the June 2018 Challenge for "Quakers alive in the 1800s"
Quakers Project Logo
Debi improved Quaker profiles in the July 2018 Challenge to "add Quakers Sticker"
Quakers Project Logo
Debi improved Quaker profiles in the August 2018 Challenge to "source non-project managed profiles"
Quakers Project Logo
Debi improved Quaker profiles in the September 2018 Challenge to "clear the Quakers category"
RootsTech Attendee: 2018
2018 Source-A-Thon Bib #050


  1. MacEntee, Thomas, The Genealogy Do-Over Workbook, 2015; Amazon link.
  2. Biography written by Debi Hoag, September 2015, based on events as related by her parents and on personal knowledge of events in her own life.
  • Birth and Marriage source documents on file and available on a need to know basis.

DNA Confirmation Notes

Paternal Line

  • The relationship to father Charles McGee's maternal line is confirmed by a 70.8 cM match between Debi McGee Hoag GEDmatch G293623 and her paternal third cousin Nancy Rose GEDmatch A125363.
  • The relationship to father Charles E McGee's paternal line is suggested by a 61.4 cM autosomal DNA match between Debi McGee Hoag GEDmatch G293623 and her paternal fourth cousin Larry Hayer GEDmatch A037820; more cousin matches are needed for triangulation.

Maternal Line

  • The relationship to mother Rachel Helms's paternal line is suggested by a 74.2 cM autosomal DNA match between Debi McGee Hoag GEDmatch G293623 and her maternal third cousin once removed Julia (Bell) Lansberry GEDmatch M071333; more cousin matches are needed for triangulation.

Also Known As

I've been doing genealogy research for the last thirty years (twenty-five of them on the internet and have the emails to prove it LOL). During that time, I've gotten divorced and remarried, created websites, and changed email addresses too many times. When I'm looking for someone, I'll often search the web for names and email addresses. To facilitate people finding me, I'm listing the names, websites, and addresses I've used.

  • Debi McGee Cundiff
  • Debi McGee Hoag
  • DebiMcGeeHoag @
  • Genealogy @
  • Debi McGee Cundiff's Genealogy Homepage and Book Index Links
  • Escarlata Cisneros on Facebook and Second Life. My psuedonym started from having to stay under the radar when I joined Facebook (supposedly respectable small government employee nearing retirement having too much fun at renaissance faires). About half the people I know only know me by Escarlata.
  • @ImprovDebi on Twitter

Wiki-Will for Digital Afterlife

In the event of my death or incapacity for more than 90 days, the following shall serve as my unspoken permission:

  • I would like all of the profiles for people not living, and which I alone manage, to be changed to Open. This is up to and including my own profile.
  • Space pages which I have created can all be changed to Open with the exception of the DAM_Collection.
  • If I missed anything (and for the DAM Collection space page and any Red/still living profiles on my Watchlist), I ask that they be managed in keeping with the Honor Code and preserving the privacy of living people:
    • by any of my extended family members (including my former spouse and his family), whether or not they are on the Trusted Lists.
    • Should these profiles / pages not be accessed within 180 days from my demise, the Wikitree staff shall have full and total access to manage said space and profiles in any way they see fit up to and including assigning them to any willing Profile Manger, orphaning them, or deleting them.
My thanks to the following for bits and pieces which were incorporated into my Wiki-Will:
Pat Saunders, Paula (Bond) Kohring, Liz (Noland) Shifflett, Lisa Thurston, Andreas (Basso) West, Deborah (Réaume) Collier

Meet Our Members - Debi Hoag

testing the tracker

More Genealogy Tools

Only the Trusted List can access the following:
  • Debi's formal name
  • full middle name (A.)
  • e-mail address
  • exact birthdate
  • birth location
  • images (3)
  • private siblings' names
  • private children's names (1)
  • spouse's name and marriage information
For access to Debi Hoag's full information you must be on Debi's Trusted List. Please login. See the Contact section of the Tree & Tools page.

Sponsored Search

Followed Tags
Debi is a Wiki Genealogy Volunteer following these tags:
I'm researching the Alvis Baucom (1833-1912) family of Union County, North Carolina
Researching my husband's maternal line William Chas Coop (1882 England - 1928 New Jersey)
This family is all from Lynchburg, Virginia
Sumter County, Florida since the 1870s
Mississippi > Sumter County, Florida early 1900s
Researching the Daniel W Helms family of Mecklenburg and Union counties, North Carolina (1850-today so far)
To stay informed and participate in discussions, to lend assistance as needed.
Charles E/Irvin McGee Family of North and South Carolina
William Meares family Bahamas (1820s) > Key West (1838-1850s) > Pinellas County, Florida (1860s-today)
Because I'm the Profile Improvements Project (PIP) co-leader

DNA Tested
Debi Hoag's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Debi or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA. Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
  • Debi (McGee) Hoag: Mitochondrial DNA Test Other, haplogroup K1a
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Debi:

Have you taken a DNA test for genealogy? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.


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On 17 Feb 2019 at 22:18 GMT Lise Smidth wrote:

Thanks a lot for offering support. I am doing fine until now. Of course there are still a lot of things to learn but I guess I will find out gradually - otherwise it's great to know that I can ask someone :)

Best Lise

On 15 Feb 2019 at 09:28 GMT David Cooper wrote:

Hi Debi

This wasn't an unconnected unknown profile. It had real names but no other detail at all and no profile manager. What should I have done? Adopted her and changed both names to unknown then followed the unknown procedure? David

On 14 Feb 2019 at 15:43 GMT Madelaine (Bates) Kirke wrote:

Thank you for the advice about adoptees, Debi. I had looked for a few days at my father's profile before realising that for him to be recorded by his birth name was pretty meaningless. Hardly anyone even knew he was adopted. Madelaine

On 12 Feb 2019 at 18:16 GMT Anonymous (Helderman) Crewe wrote:

IF I didn't already say, thanks for the sourcerer badge. I did'nt do much, but I did try a little.

On 6 Feb 2019 at 17:29 GMT Sandy (Maddox) Shields wrote:

Hello Debi, thank you for the welcome. I have one question, does the GEDCOMpare have anything to do with my personal tree? I mean, when I click on ADD, I noticed that the person is not added to MY personal tree, but I understand it is adding to the main WIKITREE. Right? And the only way to add people to my tree is one by one, right? Thank you! Sandy

On 6 Feb 2019 at 17:16 GMT Heather McMurray wrote:

Thank you, I hope to be able to focus on Wikitree within the next few weeks.

On 6 Feb 2019 at 05:26 GMT Anonymous (Helderman) Crewe wrote:

Thank you. I wish I could have actually done more. January was a rough month with two family losses and lots of change.

On 5 Feb 2019 at 20:20 GMT Marcia (Tietjens) Camp wrote:

Hi Debi thank you for your note welcoming me. I am slowly learning things. I have, however, requested a couple time to be a trusted contributor on both my father and mother's profile. Neither have a profile manager either and I would like to be that person. Thank You.

On 3 Feb 2019 at 22:16 GMT Krysty (Mulkey) Bruno wrote:

Thank you for the follow up. I am actually having difficulty with the wiki compare. I have compared quite a few of my ancestors but cant figure out how to transfer the source docs that came over. Or how to transfer the people for that matter.

On 2 Feb 2019 at 11:09 GMT Lesley Pitt wrote:

Thanks Debi.

I hope I am doing better on cleaning up my tree. Welcome any help direction and information, :)

On 25 Jan 2019 at 16:32 GMT Addison Griffith wrote:

Debi, your question concerning the sourcing using

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, I have the same question as I have used this source on a couple of profiles.

On 24 Jan 2019 at 01:07 GMT Rod Cheyne wrote:

Hi Debi;

It has been sometime since I worked on this part of the family so this is still a work in progress to figure out all of my sources. I was working on this at around 2 am and ran out of steam to keep going. Rod Cheyne-247

On 23 Jan 2019 at 16:25 GMT Jaulanne van der Bank wrote:

Hi, Thank you forchecking up. I couldnot find the a record of the Pre 1770 person on Wiki Tree but they were on FamilySearch asan ancestor for the person that I linked them to.Therefore I added them. I am busy looking for confirmed references for him and others on my tree

On 21 Jan 2019 at 17:55 GMT Jackie Boyle wrote:


Thanks for checking in on me! I am enjoying WikiTree very much! There's so much here and I love the supportive, collaborative atmosphere. The how-to resources were helpful. Mostly, I've just been poking around, trying things and seeing what others do. So far I've been able to find answers for all my questions. I recently learned how to do inline references, that was fun. I'm trying to go back and beef up some of the profiles I've added. But I also want to add more and find connections. I try to divide my time. Never enough of that. Thanks again. Jackie

On 21 Jan 2019 at 01:22 GMT B J (Cannon) Wordsworth wrote:

Unfortunately, I don't seem to be able to find the time to participate right now!

On 21 Jan 2019 at 00:46 GMT Emily O'Connor wrote:

Hi Debi,

Thank you so much for that info! I will bear that in mind in future & I'll fix up that source. I appreciate the help!

Hope you're well,


On 20 Jan 2019 at 22:16 GMT Judy (Ingram) Folkman wrote:

Thanks for the email Debi!!

On 20 Jan 2019 at 20:50 GMT Adria Vail wrote:


Thank you for getting in touch with me. I am slowly exploring WT. It is truly amazing to see what information is contained. I started tracing my family roots in England and Italy when I was just eight and have a lot of information, but there is always more to add! My question to everyone is about actually putting the info in a notebook (3 ring binder) and what works best. We have a printed genealogy (actually 2) of the family from the early 1900s. Any suggestions are welcome as far as adding the information my cousin and I are actually locating at the present time. Adria

On 19 Jan 2019 at 18:50 GMT Audre (Oyler) Moore wrote:

How do i add my ancestry dna?

On 17 Jan 2019 at 21:55 GMT J Smith wrote:

ok works now thanks

On 17 Jan 2019 at 21:52 GMT J Smith wrote:

oh that was fast, thanks - how do I enter my parents, the field won't open

On 16 Jan 2019 at 15:05 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

Thanks, Debi, sometimes I forget to use the tracker but yes, please, I will join. Thanks.

On 16 Jan 2019 at 10:44 GMT Dana (Shaw) Jordan wrote:

Hi Debi, I changed the date back. I had gotten the date from family search, but in looking at each source the date was wrong. Apologies


On 14 Jan 2019 at 03:43 GMT Sue Rattray wrote:

Thanks Debi! I think I have identified the parent of someone on my tree, and the parent already exists and was born in 1697. How do I proceed? Or who do I communicate with before linking to this person?


On 14 Jan 2019 at 02:25 GMT K. Lansing wrote:

Thanks for the greeting, Debi! There's a lot to get through but this helps.


On 9 Jan 2019 at 15:59 GMT Mary Richardson wrote:


Thank you for helping Paula yesterday with the sources while I was pid up.. I took yours and also listed them at the bottom along with mine...


On 8 Jan 2019 at 22:26 GMT Paula J wrote:


Many thanks for helping me rebuild the N.C. Civil War Resource Page!!! You are always so quick to lend a hand when I know both of yours are completely full!! It really lifts the spirits to have such good WikiTree friends!!


On 6 Jan 2019 at 15:51 GMT Kathy Rabenstein wrote:

Thanks for all the work you do to improve the Wikitree community and its profiles. Great work!

On 3 Jan 2019 at 20:45 GMT Mary Richardson wrote:

Debi I was on Greeters, sent 1 message for age check, 1 on translation swedish on a guest, asking if I should confirm, as it translates to extensive genealogy.

I am not sure the google group is working. Plus who is covering Cindy? Janet took over for me, but it is later there, she eats at 7;00 her time.........

On 3 Jan 2019 at 16:08 GMT Dana (Shaw) Jordan wrote:

Hi Debi- (Sarah Williams profile) he (Cull) is a distant one for me also. I have been working on my extended branches. I will be happy to manage it or not to, either way. Thank you for the message.

On 3 Jan 2019 at 01:34 GMT Cindy (Tomblin) Lawson wrote:

I don't know how to do that. I could add 650 verfied people to my tree, but it's a nightmare to add or edit. This site is not user friendly and has not been helpful. My phone battery is gone.

The following comment from Debi Hoag was posted on your WikiTree profile. Do not reply to this e-mail. Post a comment on Debi's profile, or send Debi a private message.

On 3 Jan 2019 at 00:51 GMT Cindy (Tomblin) Lawson wrote:

This is ticking me off. I don't have a computer. I am using my phone. People are adding stuff to my tree without my verification, and I can't get them off.

On 3 Jan 2019 at 00:24 GMT Cindy (Tomblin) Lawson wrote:

How did all these people get added to my tree that I can't confirm?

On 31 Dec 2018 at 18:44 GMT Cindy (Tomblin) Lawson wrote:

If I get a feed with a name on my watch list, how can I compare that update to my family? Having a hard time with this site.

On 31 Dec 2018 at 12:53 GMT Cathleen Frank wrote:

Thanks for your email! I am finding WikiTree very useful as there is some information that is new to me. I need to get my DNA kits uploaded to find more connections!


On 31 Dec 2018 at 04:27 GMT Carol (Kenney) Lovitt wrote:

Thanks Debbie, Have not gotten to work on my family much as have been pretty sick and looking at open heart surgery pretty soon. Will be back on here as soon as I can.


On 30 Dec 2018 at 23:05 GMT Glen Peterson wrote:

Hi Debi, thanks for checking in. I was just trying WikiTree out. I didn't see anyone I was related to. I already have all the info I want to share posted at and don't think I want to do the work to post it here too. FamilySearch does a really nice job of tying each fact to a source and I'm happy there. So just not feeling WikiTree is the best fit for me right now.

On 27 Dec 2018 at 02:50 GMT Monica Edmunds wrote:

sorry Debi, have not had time to have a look, hosting in laws and other rellies for Christmas but will be free after New Year's day and will have a chance to experiment then (btb, I'm sure the explanation is fine; much appreciated)

On 25 Dec 2018 at 18:14 GMT Martha Bibb wrote:

Hi Debi. Thanks for the greeting. I have not been able to figure out how to get my DNA from Ancestry to GEDMarch. Is that connected to Wikitree?

Martha S. Bibb

On 24 Dec 2018 at 19:44 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Hi! I just re-visited the profile for Harry-39. In answer to your question, I think it does need project-protection. Does he meet the criteria for the Quakers Project?

Cheers, Liz

On 21 Dec 2018 at 20:33 GMT Monica Edmunds wrote:

Thanks, Debi! btb, can you tell me how to do the links like that? I just started a profile for Edward's father and the extract is on a different page. Do you use tinyurl or something? I've been on Wikitree a couple of years now and still find many things I don't know my way around.

On 21 Dec 2018 at 14:46 GMT Monica Edmunds wrote:

Debi, I hope you don't mind if I remove your contribution to Edward Lancaster as I notice that your reference is the same as the one already cited. I'll combine them so the link remains.

On 19 Dec 2018 at 02:57 GMT Caitlin Gerarden wrote:


I recieved your email and just wanted to thank you again for the helpful information. Everything is going great and I have had no problems using Wikitree so far.

On 17 Dec 2018 at 00:50 GMT Astrid (Schellenberger) Spaargaren wrote:

Did right away instead of tomorrow. :D

Night D.


On 17 Dec 2018 at 00:30 GMT Astrid (Schellenberger) Spaargaren wrote:

Never a problem (NAP!) :) Thank you Debi I will tomorow.

Thank you so much.

On 14 Dec 2018 at 06:59 GMT Kathy Rabenstein wrote:

The link to Penn's wife cleared up the confusion. Thanks for the "correction."

On 10 Dec 2018 at 22:29 GMT Becky Simmons wrote:

I got an email and thanked you for posting questions about my experiences. I have found it a bit tedious to enter information and haven't progressed as I intended. I don't understand the concept of private pages where one has to ask permission to link a common ancestor if the goal is to all be one unified people. I sent requests the first day I was on site and never received responses so I couldn't progress with the knowledge I know to already be true unless I create duplicate profiles. Thanks for posting and perhaps I'll figure a way to make this site work with me instead of against me.

On 10 Dec 2018 at 03:39 GMT Austin Pérez wrote:

Hi Debi, I added a welcome message to new user Kathryn Ortiz along with an invite to join the México Project.

On 9 Dec 2018 at 23:34 GMT Danielle Liard wrote:

Hi Debi, put a message on Nicole Desrosiers' profile in French as you asked, she's likely another cousin. lol.

On 7 Dec 2018 at 17:10 GMT Petr Hlaváček wrote:

Dear Debi,

Thank you for your advice. I will rename the profiles in question accordingly.

Best regards,


On 6 Dec 2018 at 10:58 GMT Molly Turpin wrote:

Debi, After I read your message yesterday, I went on Gedmatch and YES you broke it! Ha Ha. I was getting an X instead of positions and graphics...Thankfully they unbroke it.. I compared both (M670695 and T153169) and I don't seem to share any DNA with them.

However we both seem to share DNA with A306323 - Vickie Hunt, T299999 - Clyde Woodward, T842466 - Clyde Woodward, T467706 - McKenzie N, A277323 - Theresa Wilson, T408880 - Kay Prickett, A823158 - Shane Dunbar, A381620 - CDK, T001019 - CDK, To name a few. There are others. I have looked over your tree and compact tree and the only thing that stands out at all is the Smith name. I was hoping to find some connection with that but I have had no luck and my lucky 8 ball keeps saying TRY AGAIN! Seems we have a puzzle to solve.

On 6 Dec 2018 at 03:21 GMT Dan Wilkinson wrote:

I'm having troubles finding an ancestor who doesn't seem to have any history

On 4 Dec 2018 at 12:03 GMT Molly Turpin wrote:

Hi Debi, Sorry for the delay. I looks at your compact tree and nothing stood out. So now I am truly interested and would love to see if we can solve the mystery. my email is

On 3 Dec 2018 at 18:35 GMT Barry Jernigan wrote:

Thanks. I will look at the instructional info and if I have any further questions I will let you know.

On 3 Dec 2018 at 17:30 GMT Barry Jernigan wrote:

Thanks for welcoming me! I hope to connect with other interested researchers and share info back and forth. BTW my dad lives in Jacksonville, FL. Florida has been a 'second home' to a number of the Alabamians in my family for many generations including our own family for some time.

On 3 Dec 2018 at 12:19 GMT Pat Miller wrote:

Debi, in answer to your question about the Eliphalet Holly will, the probate records were published in "Stamford Probate Records, Book One" by Spencer P. Mead, published 1923, reprinted 1997 by Higginson Book Company. The will is on page 8. Son Ebenezer Holly choosing his mother Mercy as his guardian, page 254. The book is for sale on Amazon. Two websites carry the text but one asks for money and the other is not secure. Thanks again for your important help. Pat

On 3 Dec 2018 at 11:25 GMT Astrid (Schellenberger) Spaargaren wrote:

Thank you Debi!

Greeted. :)


On 3 Dec 2018 at 03:31 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:

Hi Debi,

I will get something organised for Diego :)

Thanks for the heads up :)


On 3 Dec 2018 at 01:36 GMT Keith Schindler wrote:

The info I have on the Schindler ancestry is from the Kubly-Muller records at Glarus which appear to be very well researched. Much of the Aeschlimann ancestry in Langnau Bern is from research by a professional, although a few of the older profiles are not as well sourced. I was able to connect to an existing profile on wikitree from the 1500s.

On 3 Dec 2018 at 00:07 GMT Pat Miller wrote:

One more thing, Debi. Here's what I was told to do--The way to link on G2G is by clicking on the pictogram that looks like a chain while you are editing your post. I don't know how to get the URL done right. Can't see any chain. See what I mean. It's all over my head. Pat

On 2 Dec 2018 at 23:51 GMT Pat Miller wrote:

Thank you, Debbi for your encouragement but no, I made a terrible start after pre-1700 certifying. I'm trying to change the death date for Mercy (Pennoyer) Holly and am clueless how to fix this. She was the executrix for her husband's will dated 24 Oct. 1744 and the WikiTree listing has her dying 16 Dec 1726, which just happens to be the death date of her child named Mercy Holly. I don't know if I have to put in a ULR. When I experiment, it doesn't take you to the website where the will info is. So I took a screen shot which was wrong and erased for me. I'm not ready for prime time yet. Still too green. Thanks for listening. You gave me hope for the future. Pat

On 2 Dec 2018 at 23:41 GMT Keith Schindler wrote:

Hi Debi, I have been handed a huge amount of research regarding my pre-1700 Swiss ancestors from Glarus, Switzerland. Many were landed gentry with a coat of arms. I also have ancestors going back to the 1500s from Bern, Switzerland. Do I need a project in order to continue adding entries on wikitree? Thanks!

On 2 Dec 2018 at 14:06 GMT C (Rodgers) Bake wrote:

Hi Debi, just a quick question about the notables project and/or profiles. Can you work on them without officially joining the group, I just can't be joining google groups or anything to do with emails. Or would having the tag notables be good enough? Thanks Debi.

On 30 Nov 2018 at 17:30 GMT Peggy (Charland) Plumley wrote:

I am trying to figure out how I managed to use the Challenge Tracker last weekend. I know I was in Wiki to put some of my family ancestries in, but I didn't look at any of the trackers that time. I am just curious.

On 30 Nov 2018 at 01:10 GMT Mary (Brawley) Fuat wrote:

Hi, Debi

Thanks for contacting me about my Gedcom. I've gotten my profile issues straightened out and re-uploaded the Gedcom. I'm having no problem with the Compare function. Mostly, I'm matching to profiles I created myself several years ago. This is good, because they were orphaned and I am able to adopt them. But I was wondering, what am I aiming for with the Gedcom? Is it just to exhaust all the possible Matches? I'm trying to determine how much time to spend on it, since I haven't found anyone new. Thanks !

On 30 Nov 2018 at 00:44 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

You're the best!

On 28 Nov 2018 at 14:37 GMT Sarah Mason wrote:

Thanks for the note about the Saturday Sprints. I'm currently trying the monthly challenge for the first time. Did I check a wrong box on Saturday? I'm not available every weekend (kids), but I will happily give it a try sometime!

On 27 Nov 2018 at 18:28 GMT R (Østenstad) Teschner wrote:

Thanks for thinking of me with regards to the sourcing sprints!

I did one this spring, I think, and would like to do so again - but my small assistant has become very good at preventing me from getting things done during my/our computer time, so I don't make plans except for the source a thon and clean a thon :)

On 25 Nov 2018 at 21:59 GMT Kelly Clarke wrote:


I would be happy to join anywhere I am useful, but most of my family comes from England and settled in Virginia. But if you think I would be helpful, I would be more than happy to join.

On 25 Nov 2018 at 19:07 GMT Mark Berry wrote:

I love WikiTree! I wish there was a way to connect with Facebook friends so I would know who is an active user on wikitree. I have a lot of family members that I don't speak to a lot and they don't read my Facebook posts or anything. If I had a Facebook Connect option, I could find connections more easily.

On 25 Nov 2018 at 18:31 GMT Anonymous (Jones) Anonymous wrote:

Hi Debbie,

My tree is going pretty good. The holidays have slowed me down some. Thanks for the support and checking on me!

On 25 Nov 2018 at 17:06 GMT Kelly Clarke wrote:

HI Debi:

I looked for the project and couldn't find it. I accidentally created one. (Newbie). I am not certain how to search for a group if the link doesn't work. Please help.

Thank you, Kelly Clarke

On 25 Nov 2018 at 17:05 GMT John Gilroy wrote:

Debi, many thanks for your comments. I will look at the English and Scottish projects but will wait a few months to participate as at the moment I'm concentrating on add my research form my personal database into WikiTree. I'm doing it tranches so that I can, hopefully tidy up the gedcom imports as I go along. John

On 22 Nov 2018 at 17:41 GMT Paul Aronson wrote:

Thank you! I've done a ton of research on Ancestry looking forward to hopefully finding some new information...

On 20 Nov 2018 at 16:09 GMT William Vaughan wrote:

So far, so good!

Thank you for the tip about the clickable tags!

On 19 Nov 2018 at 08:58 GMT Lesley Pitt wrote:

Thank you Debi for the checking up on how I'm going. I am absolutely loving this and have made a few mistakes but am working through them to resolve with the help of others.

On 17 Nov 2018 at 21:47 GMT Richard Beebe wrote:

Thank you for the note, Debi. As I have free time, I try to get to things, but I'm not one of the retired folks in the world... Yet.

Thank you, again, for the reminder. Richard

On 13 Nov 2018 at 15:28 GMT Russell Peckham wrote:

Hi Debi,

Thanks for the message. I am just starting on the "how-to" tips. So far, so good.

Thanks again, Russell

On 13 Nov 2018 at 02:15 GMT Fred Garmon wrote:

Hi Debi,

I looked at your surnames and don't see any that match Fred's, maybe in the future we will find the link! Thanks for contacting us. Shirley

On 5 Nov 2018 at 21:04 GMT Colin Rice wrote:

Thanks for the message. I'm thoroughly enjoying it, thanks. Good luck with your research.

On 4 Nov 2018 at 17:27 GMT John Gilroy wrote:

Thanks things are going , I have some 2000 individuals to add/compare so doing it a family at a time so I can validate properly in small batches. Cheeers John

On 3 Nov 2018 at 07:49 GMT John Charles Alexander wrote:

Hi Debi. Thank you for the resources on the Italian/French branches of my family that are not as well documented. I will start my profile, as you suggest, as soon as I come to dead ends on which is soon. I know this will help and draw others with more information. I've had my DNA done through Ancestry and will attach the results to my profile once I get started. Thank you for your advice and the resources. All best, John.

On 2 Nov 2018 at 20:46 GMT John Charles Alexander wrote:

Hi Debbie, Thanks so mauvch for asking. Yes, everyone has been very helpful with one branch of my family ancestry, The Eatons, who are very well documented all the way back to 14th century England and I've been building the tree on for three months and found some interesting ancestors. hwever, I would like to see if anyone may have info. on the Gagliardo branch of my family who originated from Piedmonte, Italy and the Savoy region of southeastern France. I can only get back four generations but I have relatives in France that have e-mailed me but I cannot find any documentation on the connection to them and the N. Italian branch. But thanks so much to everyone on the info. sent on the Eaton branch. THOSE EATONs! What a big old family. Glad to be a member. Many thanks.

On 29 Oct 2018 at 13:32 GMT Jeremy Laurenson wrote:

Hey Debi,

I am getting around fine thanks. I have had to submit an unresponsive profile manager request to be able to do much more as I am not in the trusted list for my father... so I am hopeful by Friday Im actually in full gear here.


On 23 Oct 2018 at 21:18 GMT Carl Miller wrote:

Tks for the Info !!


On 23 Oct 2018 at 19:36 GMT Carl Miller wrote:


As I see You're interested in cleaning up merged profiles, try Hampden-84 who has two listed Wives who are obviously the same person !!


On 23 Oct 2018 at 19:27 GMT Carl Miller wrote:


I'd like to opt-out of Profile Mgr for: Hampden-84 & Hampden-85,, since I'm not allowed to edit even though I have Direct Lineage !! Can You remove Me ??


On 23 Oct 2018 at 14:00 GMT Terry Holland wrote:

Thanks still trying to work through it.

On 22 Oct 2018 at 16:35 GMT Barb Huff wrote:

Hi Debi, What is the tag or format for putting in a needs source notation following some piece of information that really should have a source? I should remember this, but oh, well, can't recall and am not finding instructions for that. Thank you! --Barb Huff

On 22 Oct 2018 at 10:22 GMT Christopher Conger wrote:

Hi Debi,

Thank you for the message. I don't really have anything to ask right now, but thanks anyway!


On 18 Oct 2018 at 03:19 GMT Terry Brashley wrote:

Thanks again for all of your help! I think I'll opt to have her make the account and appoint me manager. It's easier for me to track what I'm doing, and I have separate GEDCOM files for each of us. You definately deserve all the stars we can give you!

On 17 Oct 2018 at 14:23 GMT Terry Brashley wrote:

A quick question - can I manage one tree for myself and a separate one for my wife, or must we create an account for her? Thanks again Debi! Terry Brashley

On 17 Oct 2018 at 14:17 GMT Terry Brashley wrote:

Thanks for the link to using Roots Magic to clean up my GEDCOM file. I bought the full version and, paired with FTAnalyzer (, I was able to clean up in only three days what I had been working on for 1-2 weeks!

On 15 Oct 2018 at 02:17 GMT Jason Conroy wrote:

Hi Debi,

It's coming along slowly. Still learning.

On 14 Oct 2018 at 18:43 GMT Terry Brashley wrote:

Thanks for the message and helpful greetings - just got diverted enough from myheritage to check here! I'm trying to clean up the GEDCOM file; only 300 or so possible duplicates and a lot of pruning to do of those I don't want to trace. Current rate of progress says maybe in a month??? Wish I'd learned as many things not to do BEFORE I started.

On 14 Oct 2018 at 11:30 GMT Jan de Veen wrote:

Thanks Debi!

I do indeed intend to join the Dutch Roots and will be doing so soon after I have completed adding all of my 2nd great grandparents (I'm on 5 out of 32 now) with the appropriate sources added to each of their profiles.

At some point I will also be applying for the Pre-1500 badge, but I'm taking things step by step, so it may be some time before that happens.

Kind regards,


On 14 Oct 2018 at 08:32 GMT Jan Terink wrote:


Jan de Veen posted an introduction on G2G on Sep 27 and was answered there.

On 14 Oct 2018 at 00:43 GMT Thomas Coulson wrote:

Thank you Deb,

At this time I'm just loading my line in I noticed that One automatically filled out when it connected to another tree I hope I'm doing this right and I will add documentation and other time and I will study what you sent me. I like this website


On 12 Oct 2018 at 17:47 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Hi Debi! Would Grace Cooke-1388 qualify for the Penn Project? I think she does need project protection, and the PM just posted agreement.

Could you take a look?

Thanks! Liz

On 9 Oct 2018 at 19:01 GMT James Everett wrote:

I do enjoy my time on Wikitree. I use it in conjunction with Find a grave for obtaining grave markers.

On 8 Oct 2018 at 11:06 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

posted reply on Hollingsworth/spouse profiles - see e.g., Cooke-1388.

I'm just home for convention & won't be available much this week, but let me know if you'd like me to add Penn project to manage the Hollingsworth PPP'd profiles that I think need to stay PPP or whether you'd prefer to have the Quakers Project interact with the PMs.

Cheers, Liz

On 8 Oct 2018 at 03:03 GMT Ian McGregor wrote:

Hi Debi. Thank you for your friendly welcome and offer of assistance. Although I have been doing genealogy for many years, I am very new to WikiTrees. I am excited by what I am seeing and am looking forward to fruitful participation. I need to decide what part of my research I should post first and at the same time what areas I should investigate. I will contact you with questions. Thank you, Ian

On 8 Oct 2018 at 00:46 GMT Joshua Myers wrote:

Thank you for the suggestion Debi.I think I will try it.Thanks again.

From well to nervous to say my name.I just thanking you.

On 5 Oct 2018 at 08:00 GMT Fleur (Freitas) Butler wrote:

Thanks for your message Debi. Yes, the GEDCOM loaded okay but I was expecting it to more or less do so in tree form, but it doesn't seem to do it that way.

I assume the only way is to manually link each profile to form the tree?

Kind regards Fleur

On 5 Oct 2018 at 04:34 GMT Danielle Liard wrote:

Hi Debi,

Will do on Nathalie Fortin.  :D


On 3 Oct 2018 at 23:08 GMT Greg Lavoie wrote:

Hi Debi,

Thanks for your message. Danielle Liard is the best person to welcome Nathalie Fortin, as she is Québécois's bilingual Project Coordinator. She's also a member of the Portail francophone.



On 3 Oct 2018 at 19:25 GMT Lyle Ward wrote:

Debi, Thanks for checking with me. WikiTree is useful however after 50 years of visiting cemeteries, looking at microfilm, and visiting county libraries, the original source is long gone or unknown. I can add hints of where to look but not definitive sources.

On 3 Oct 2018 at 18:26 GMT Jan Terink wrote:

Thanks for drawing our attention to a new Dutch member! I posted a few welcome hints on her profile.

Kind Regards, Jan

On 3 Oct 2018 at 03:07 GMT Jo-Anne (Reid) Zeron-Benes wrote:

Thank You very much Deb for the Sourcerers Badge !

On 3 Oct 2018 at 01:36 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:

On 2 Oct 2018 at 23:15 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:

Hi Debi

I noticed you chose our Integrators Challenge this month. Could you do us a favor and go here to sign up officically:

And if you can please add your name and WikiTree ID to the participant's page for us here: Also, you can put a sticker on your profile You can do so by adding the words Integrators Challenge with the {{ }} in front and back, in your biography.

Thank you and Good Luck!! Dorothy ~ Integrators Project Coordinator

On 2 Oct 2018 at 07:45 GMT Amanda Frank wrote:

Hi Debi,

For as far as I know there could be a Clark of mine that was in the South. The farthest back I can go is 1810 to my 3rd Great Grandmothers father. I don’t have much on him. I have that he was born in Vermont, died in Wisconsin, his wife and 3 daughters. So who knows what or where any of his siblings would have gone. I’ll try to get farther on him to see if this can led somewhere.

On 2 Oct 2018 at 04:31 GMT Shelagh (Mason) Mason-Ebenal wrote:

Hi Deb,

LOLOLOL I thought I had joined the challenge. I will follow the link you kindly sent me and make sure I actually do. Thanks :)


On 2 Oct 2018 at 01:50 GMT Valerie Willis wrote:

Your note re my non-appearance in last month's sourcerer's challenge - thought I was registering for the recent source-a-thon, silly me. Spend my life sourcing in Wikitree, the last six months sourcing pre-1500 Irish profiles. Kept forgetting to click the button this last weekend anyway. Never mind, going to have a shot at filling in profiles for the early Irish lot now, promises to be very interesting.

On 1 Oct 2018 at 08:22 GMT John Freeman wrote:

Thank you Debi! I do need help with this line. John Freeman

On 26 Sep 2018 at 20:44 GMT Amanda Frank wrote:

Hi Cousin Debi,

Wow that sounds weird saying that but also fun. I’m figuring/guessing your paternal side and now reading it close paternal paternal side because I also match up with Larry Hayer. See once I saw you made that great DNA Confirmations sections I did a GEDMatch Comparison to everyone and Larry was the only other match. Hence me thinking that this is the connection. I’m still working on verifying my big ancestry tree and adding it here and there are branches of my tree that are longer than others. But we do share at least one common surname and that is Clark. I haven’t been able to get to far on my Clark’s which could be why there is no common ancestor right now. Caldwell may lead somewhere but I may just be thinking of Caldwell Corners. Amanda

On 26 Sep 2018 at 00:58 GMT Geoff Thomson wrote:

Hi Debi and thanks for your email. I have not had a lot of time in the last couple of weeks to do anything but hope to get into it over the next month. Yes I have loaded my GEDCOM but still have a lot of work to get things back up to date. I think that wikitree is fantastic compared with other genealogy sites so I hope to be involved for sometime. Geoff

On 25 Sep 2018 at 23:41 GMT Amanda Frank wrote:


I got great news. We are related! I don’t know how but GEDMatch confirms a DNA match. Amanda

Update: The connection may be through your paternal side.

On 22 Sep 2018 at 20:17 GMT James Cornwallis-Bate wrote:

Hello Debi,

Thank you for the Thank you. I have my fathers pedigree chart going back to Henry III to work off of. My father and stepmother did a lot of research through the 80's and 90's, thus making it easy for me to work that side of the lineage. I tried to get the pre-1500 badge but failed to meet the criteria based upon not enough entries. I also ordered a DNA test kit from AncestryDNA. I will look into the England project. Thanks again!

On 21 Sep 2018 at 07:20 GMT Diane Darcy wrote:

Hi Deb, Just wanted to let you know my first name is Diane not Darcy

On 19 Sep 2018 at 00:33 GMT Robert Test wrote:

Thanks Debi. Glad to be part of the Quaker Project Team. Its an honor to be working with such great and dedicated prople.

On 17 Sep 2018 at 19:09 GMT C (Rodgers) Bake wrote:

Thank you Debi for the check-up! I am enjoying the site so far. Am wrapping my additions up, so my initial busy period will taper off next month. Was considering adding pre-1700 ancestors but am uncertain.

On 13 Sep 2018 at 00:08 GMT Willis Yets III wrote:

Glad to have learned of WikiTree and will try to get more in.

Slight delay, after doing Google search with two words: ncbi J2b1a1 from my aunt and uncle maternal haplogroup. Folks from Harvard, ... have "Copyright and License information" and the NCBI version is already a bit more than I usually saw. Any others with J2b1a1 would be nice. Version from Google is

On 12 Sep 2018 at 17:04 GMT Thomas Pardue Jr wrote:


Work and life have interfered with advancing the family tree. Found my grandfather was only 31 when he died. More digging as time goes along. Thanks

On 12 Sep 2018 at 16:52 GMT A. Horn wrote:

Thanks for the message, Debi! I am enjoying WikiTree and learning as I go.

Regarding the GEDCOM, I decided it was better to put everyone in manually and verify sources as I go. It seemed from reading the G2G forum that maybe that was the better way to go as a new member learning the site.

On 12 Sep 2018 at 15:21 GMT Matthew Sturgess wrote:

Thank you Debi. The citation's raw html format takes some getting used to. Apart from the brief comments next to evidence is there an extended list of styles for different citation types? Any plan for wysiwyg html formatting?

On 10 Sep 2018 at 10:52 GMT D Natale wrote:

Thank you Debi,

Can you assist me in cleaning up my Sirmans profile. I've tried to remove a spouse but I'm not sure the edit was completed.

On 7 Sep 2018 at 20:44 GMT Shane Lewis wrote:

Thank You for you message leading me to Norway Project explained a lot of what I was coming up with as a few birth cities were followed by hof which I was coming up with head of flag or hall of fame, which I thought maybe a maternity ward in hospital for a while since going back 2-3 hundred years, but I'd found after deeper digging was a land owner, so looks like a land owner in area they resided being surname explains those changes through generations and dropping it when emigrating to New Zealand

On 6 Sep 2018 at 13:28 GMT C (Rodgers) Bake wrote:

Hi thanks for your comment, my only concern about familysearch is I saw another member here saying you have to have an LDS account there to really get info from there. I sign up for ancestry every now and again just to see what's going on. Thank you for your good work here.

On 5 Sep 2018 at 22:07 GMT Andrea (Stawski) Pack wrote:

Hi DebbI I am looking for my Sourcerers badge and still do not have one ... I am doing what I can to keep my mind off medical issues with my son. I signed up for it and still do not have one.

On 5 Sep 2018 at 18:30 GMT Anonymous (Helderman) Crewe wrote:

Thanks Debi. I am still kind of stumbling around in the dark. I am used to ancestry and some dna resources page, but I am learning way more about genealogy from being forced to source my facts. I still have a lot to do. I kind of kept in with both feet. I have a lot more family members to add but I do not want to add them before I source what I have. Do you know of a gedcom program free or cheap that works on an iPad? I do have a Mac laptop but prefer my iPad.

How do you find your orphans after you have adopted them? I found one of them on ancestry and want to source her and flesh out her profile.

Do you know if I am eligible for the sourceathon? I am still pretty green on wikitree, but not to family research in general.

On 5 Sep 2018 at 12:58 GMT Amanda Myers wrote:

Hi Debi Thanks for the comment re adopting orphan profiles. I have started to look at them but unfortunately I'm not having much luck confirming the sources that were loaded with the original gedcom. I have done gedcom clean ups before but I only change things if I can confirm the sources listed. I hope that is the correct way.

On 4 Sep 2018 at 19:33 GMT Hart (Leech) Wallace wrote:

Would you help my search by collecting a source from Library of Virginia chancery suit 001-1814 Steele vs Steele heirs. If if possibe it can be up loaded/ to my Isabella Steele Leech, perhaps other genis can beter assist me? I just need the page listing the heirs involved and the relationship to David Steele. ( if pssible) When next we meet Ill get more instruction so that I can do this for myself.

On 4 Sep 2018 at 03:12 GMT Hart (Leech) Wallace wrote:

ok Im not sure what I meant on James Leech, but I wrote out County. Did I fix it. I keep refining, I just may get the hang os this. Thanks

On 3 Sep 2018 at 22:41 GMT Chris Ferraiolo wrote:

Done and done.

On 3 Sep 2018 at 21:45 GMT Bruce Hicks wrote:

I think I've completed the volunteer section. Am I now able to complete my Tree?

W. Bruce Hicks

On 3 Sep 2018 at 20:03 GMT Sheila Beardslee wrote:

Hi Debi, I've sent you several emails asking for Mentoring help. If you haven't seen them, please let me know; otherwise, would appreciate your reply.

——Sheila B

On 1 Sep 2018 at 13:20 GMT Lynn Drasdo wrote:

Thanks for the welcome Debi, I would like to join the England and Yorkshire projects, but I will spend a few more days putting my basic post-1700 tree on first, it is taking quite a while!

On 1 Sep 2018 at 12:38 GMT Sarah (Callis) Rojas wrote:

Hey Debi! :)

It's time to register for the Source-a-thon again :)

Will you be joining us on the Southern Sourcerers like last year?


On 31 Aug 2018 at 13:07 GMT Dana (Shaw) Jordan wrote:

Hi Debi! Thanks for the message. Yes, I will post some sources for the information. My family tied to Elizabeth Helms is Medlin. I was working on the Medlin's when I adopted her page. I will see what I can do to help. Dana

On 31 Aug 2018 at 01:55 GMT Cathy (Deaner) Titlow wrote:

Hi Debi,

I'm trying to add my parents and siblings but it keeps going back to my profile page. What am I doing wrong? Did I not submit enough information at the initial sign up. Cathy

On 27 Aug 2018 at 22:12 GMT Jan Gronski wrote:

Hi Debi,

How do you fill in the given name field for a child that was never given a first name? The child died just a few days after her birth. -- jan

On 27 Aug 2018 at 21:37 GMT Jan Gronski wrote:


How do I remove a profile that was incorrectly created (a typo). I want to get rid of it as I have the correct profile already in the tree. It also appears that the incorrect profile has no profile manager. -- jan

On 26 Aug 2018 at 22:19 GMT Pat Miller wrote:

Debi! I give you a computer hug. It worked. So now anyone can easily go from John to his Aunt Frances. And the Lanier Camp thing is fixed too. No more red. You're amazing. Thank you for your patience with me. I've never used that key before. But I will be using it more in the future. Have a wonderful evening, Pat

On 26 Aug 2018 at 19:20 GMT Pat Miller wrote:

Debi, I used 2 square brackets and I used the "L" as the pole but not in capital. Glad you could get on John's page. Thank you. Pat

On 25 Aug 2018 at 18:03 GMT Pat Miller wrote:

Hi Debi, I tried to add you to the trusted list but they want an email. They won't let me do the links you described. I tried. It's in red on John's page. They said only supervisors can do this action. Pat

On 25 Aug 2018 at 12:38 GMT Pat Miller wrote:

Thank you, Debi. I checked what you did on the Frances Prichard profile and it is great. I copied your URL link on Miller-56461 (John Miller) and got a link that takes you to his beloved Lanier Camp profile but it's weird because the title is in red as if I did something wrong in trying to copy what you did on the Prichard-677 profile. One more question. So sorry to keep bothering you. Is there any way to put a link on John Miller's profile to Frances Prichard? His aunt was like his mother. I tried and they said--only supervisors can do what you asked. Pat

On 24 Aug 2018 at 22:13 GMT Pat Miller wrote:

Debi, you're great. Thank you so much. An example where the URL doesn't work is with Prichard-677 (Frances Palmer Prichard). She worked at Lanier Camp for 6 summers. It would be nice to have the link to the profile of the camp. And I'll try your suggestion for the tags. That camp was not just a blessing for my father, others too, an escape from the Depression. Pat

On 24 Aug 2018 at 18:49 GMT Pat Miller wrote:

Thanks, Debi, but it's not what I meant. I never had trouble finding the Sidney Lanier Camp profile I added. I was putting in the tags to a free-space search and it doesn't come up. Harder for other people to find it. Even the https link doesn't work adding it to profiles of people who worked at the camp. You can add it but when you click on it you don't get the profile of the camp, just "This page does not exist." I'm worried about others finding this. Pat

On 24 Aug 2018 at 18:33 GMT Jan Gronski wrote:

Debi, I am totally frustrated with WikiTree. I tried to look at the link that you sent me and it did not help. I am stuck.

-- jan

On 24 Aug 2018 at 13:02 GMT Pat Miller wrote:

Hi Debi, Thank you for your offer to help. I created a free-space profile of a 1930's summer camp. I did a bio, added memories and pictures but when I searched existing free-space profiles it doesn't appear, not under its name Sidney Lanier Camp, or any of the tags: Lanier_Camp, Summer_Camp, 1930's, Maine_1930's. Could it be that the ID number is under my Miller-55843? The camp profile doesn't have its own ID number. If this is the problem how do I solve it? Or is it another problem? Pat Miller

On 24 Aug 2018 at 08:07 GMT Brenda Gregg wrote:

OK. I got a good one for you. Before you ask, no not back to Adam and Eve. I have adopted a lot of the Beeler clan. Because I recognized a lot of the names. You see my Grandparents helped raised me and my great grandmother told me alot,not enough. We are Black Dutch from German( because they was persecuted )which is Melungeon in today's term, They did a lot on intermarrying. This is what happening here. in other words the tree branch does not fork. Now I have gave you some history here is my question. How do I enter these for instance a Beeler man married his dead brother's wife , which is his dead wife sister and his mother's younger sister.Now that I totally confused you .Oh here is a link to the Melungeon in case I don't agree with them

On 23 Aug 2018 at 06:46 GMT Vanessa (Bates) C wrote:

Hi Debi,

Thanks for taking the time to check in on me! Unfortunately I have not had the time to really explore WikiTree as much as I would like yet or enter many profiles for my family members, however, I am impressed with what I have seen so far and the ease of use.


On 20 Aug 2018 at 17:51 GMT Andrew Lisowski wrote:

Hi, Debi,

Thank you for your message. I'm in the process of setting up my extended tree here. (I've had it on Ancestry for some time.) I've noted that there are some WikiTree matches in my wife's family. I have not gotten to those as yet as I am working on my family first. The opportunity to connect with other researchers is what drew me to WIkiTree. I like the source and documentation feature, but I would like to see more examples of sources. For example, I have many B/M/D certificates, but there is not a clear manner of entering those as a source. I'm still understanding the way DNA match works on WIkiTree. Does one wait for someone to post a test in their profile which may be link to your tree? (So far I have none of those.)

Best regards,

Andrew Lisowski

On 20 Aug 2018 at 05:42 GMT Jan Gronski wrote:

Hi Debi,

I am slowly moving people from my gedcom to the tree.

I have added my father and my mother from the GEDCOM file. When I add my maternal grandfather I get the page which allows me to edit my mother's family, but when I try to add my paternal grandfather I get the my father's private profile. Why?

-- jan

On 19 Aug 2018 at 20:29 GMT Harrell Spencer wrote:

Hi, I am very new to all of this. Could you explain in better detail how to write the information for sources?

I have a lot I would like to add to my tree and have sources, It is just not really clear how to do it.

On 17 Aug 2018 at 15:53 GMT Kathleen Parker wrote:

Thanks Debi! I live for those kinds of stories myself. I thought it was hilarious too!

On 15 Aug 2018 at 18:29 GMT K Graybiel wrote:


I will get back to you tomorrow. It’s a crazy day here today! I have my husband’s AncestryDNA (has the Reilly & Nugent families +) I have to figure how to put that in also. : | Kathleen

On 14 Aug 2018 at 19:06 GMT Wil Rucker wrote:

Thank you so much.

On 14 Aug 2018 at 16:14 GMT K Graybiel wrote:

I don’t quite understand this whole process yet. ie I saw a Hugh Reilly possible match along with just a few maybe 4. I looked at one. It definitely didn’t match so I rejected it. I then tried to go back to someone else. Suddenly I had 40+ and overwhelmingly gave up. I have tried Mary McCormick but just don’t know the proper steps and get to the best help column. Kathleen  : |

On 13 Aug 2018 at 17:44 GMT John Andersson wrote:

Thanks for the tip about the Swedish resources. I haven't seen that.

Yes, the bad matches were almost exclusively due to unknown surnames. I have only added a few profiles yet. I actually think I prefer to add them manually instead of doing it through the GEDCOM process. I have over 1000 people to add, and not all of them have good sources so I have a lot of work to do before I can add them, one by one. GEDCOM compare was very useful anyway to see where I can connect myself to the "big tree", so that's where I will start to build.

On 13 Aug 2018 at 05:24 GMT John Andersson wrote:

Hi Debi!

Thanks for your offer to help. Things are going well, and the GEDCOM loaded ok too, although the matching algorithm needs some improvement. It suggested 1200 matches, but only about 9 were correct. :-)

On 12 Aug 2018 at 21:31 GMT Patricia Martin wrote:

Hello Debbi: Thank you for your message. I find that the entire site very overwhelming, yet, I am persisting when I have time, to add family members. What I don't understand is "Where does this site show my family tree that I downloaded?"

On 9 Aug 2018 at 18:15 GMT Mary Stout wrote:

Thank you. I'm definitely on the learning curve....we'll be chatting...when I have time to dig!!!

On 9 Aug 2018 at 15:59 GMT M Hilliard wrote:

Thanks, I'm still not sure about alot of things.

By the way...Renaissance Festivals are fun, the radar follows here too, lol.

On 9 Aug 2018 at 02:56 GMT Sylvia Benton wrote:

Hi Debi,

I sent you a message. I say this only because I am convinced half of them (mine included) get lost in never never land.

On 5 Aug 2018 at 17:18 GMT Melissa Patkes wrote:

Thank you for the welcome message and yes I did see my dna results on the tree.

On 5 Aug 2018 at 17:12 GMT Sabrina Pomeroy wrote:

Hey Debi, thank you for your welcome message. I would love to get involved in helping with the Massachusetts Project! I have been doing research on my ancestor Col John Welch and the Burgoyne Campaign and the origin of the Sappers and Miners. How do I get started? Sabrina

On 5 Aug 2018 at 08:13 GMT Jake Nelson wrote:

Hi Debi, thanks for checking on me the other day. Sorry I missed it initially - doing fine, just taking a bit to clean up my source GEDCOM before I do any more imports, the first ones were a little messy. I'll be sure to ask if I need something, though. Thanks again!

On 5 Aug 2018 at 00:20 GMT M Hilliard wrote:

Thank you for the Saturday Sourcing information.

I actually just saw a name I recognized while researching and decided to plug it in. I hit the Saturday button so others could tell me if I made the entry incorrectly. Now I just need to know...To be part of the "group" do I have to register every week? Should I utilize a different method of pushing an addition to a profile and still have it flag knowledgeable people to just see it and point out if I could have done the entry "? Thanks again for the information.

On 4 Aug 2018 at 21:57 GMT John Staples wrote:

Hi Debi

Thank you for your welcome message, I am collaborating with a second cousin who I met through an artical I supplied info to on our great grandfather. He introduced me to wiki tree and is guiding me through my early days. Thank you for your offer of guidance, I may well take you up on it at a later date. John staples

On 4 Aug 2018 at 19:16 GMT Stewart Partridge wrote:

Thanks for your kind words Debi.

I can see that you are a great Wikitreer and helper - thanks to you to for your magnificent contributions. I am but a minion by comparison....


On 3 Aug 2018 at 22:46 GMT Wil Rucker wrote:

Oops. Is it the one about pre 1700

On 3 Aug 2018 at 15:33 GMT Kristina Wheeler wrote:

Thank you for the kind words, I just really like wiki tree.. it's kind of fun.. and a little bit easy to get obsessed..

It's a great community of people working together to ensure the humanity of who we were is not lost..

On 2 Aug 2018 at 23:21 GMT Cheryl (Hook) Bliss wrote:

Thanks Debi. Haven't had a chance to read the New Member How-To's yet. I've been to busy finding relatives already!

On 1 Aug 2018 at 00:41 GMT Melissa (Kirkley) Mitchell wrote:

Thanks for checking over those profiles for me Debi! I get what you're saying about more detail on the census source - I can see how that would be useful!

Very much appreciated! Melissa

On 31 Jul 2018 at 03:45 GMT Gina (Rugito) Anderson wrote:

Thank you for your helpful suggestions regarding the issues I was having with negative counts on my gedcompare. Smaller files were definitely easier - and I found that the numbers fluctuated with them too, but I believe it was because I was moving too quickly and it was trying to keep up. A page refresh seemed to help in those cases.

On 30 Jul 2018 at 22:43 GMT Simone Cody wrote:

Hi Debi

Thanks for checking in on me. I followed the WikiTree guidelines for putting an Ancestry tree on to Gramps and splitting it into smaller files. It is working really well and I am editing each profile as I go. My only question is that when I enter a female Scandinavian ancestor do I make her surname Hansdatter or Hansen?

On 30 Jul 2018 at 21:36 GMT Zack Swire wrote:

Thanks for the note Debi. I got started but haven't been back to confirm the data from my Gedcom file. Looks like I need to manually enter. I will have to go through and read the tips on getting started when I get a moment before I dig in. But, thanks for connecting :)

On 30 Jul 2018 at 15:54 GMT Beth (Pierpont) Harris wrote:

Thank you for the welcome, Debi. I'm trying to find out if it's possible to link to a person's DNA I found who was my grandmother on my father's side. I can't find out how to link without my father's DNA. Any ideas?

On 30 Jul 2018 at 14:43 GMT Bridget Madill wrote:

Thanks for checking in with me after a week on-board. I'm really slow adding people. I have to sift through my sources and find out where I "really" got them from. That will help me be a better family historian in the long run.

It was easy for me to adopt my one orphan -- I recognized her name and family connections right away as she is related to me? Your check-in messages make a difference. Thank you.

On 30 Jul 2018 at 00:11 GMT Darlene (Duke) Sutherland wrote:

Thank you

On 29 Jul 2018 at 23:02 GMT Chris Ferraiolo wrote:

Sure thing! =D

On 29 Jul 2018 at 22:34 GMT Tony Oberschlake wrote:

Thanks Debi, Have not spent much time on the site. Just got some more information that I will be adding but need to verify the data.

Will hopefully get more time to spend here soon.

On 28 Jul 2018 at 04:36 GMT Jennifer Brayton wrote:

What are good sources to work historical facts on Sweden family members and Norway family. So I can help work on my adopted profiles. Some don't have their parents. Thanks.

On 27 Jul 2018 at 01:03 GMT Deb Merritt wrote:

Thank you Debi for checking in on me! It is a challenge getting the hang of this at times. I have found where I had started a tree back in 2011 and hope to merge them as soon as I can remember the email used for the first one. So many people named their children after each other or their siblings and am working on just getting the info together for who I do know about. Truly, I am loving it though! Just wish I was through with packing and moving out of state so I can spend more time researching!

Again, thank you for checking on me! Deb Merritt

On 26 Jul 2018 at 18:05 GMT Melissa (Kirkley) Mitchell wrote:

Hi Debi,

I've been working away and I feel ready to ask to join the PGM project. I want to of course, but I also need to do this in order to be able to link my great grandmother (Worcester-632) to pre-1700 profile, Worcester-264, and that profile needs to be linked to his father, Worcester-125. Would you mind reviewing the profiles I've added or created, ie Worcester-632 and the fathers from that point onward, and let me know what you think of them? Many thanks in advance, Melissa

On 25 Jul 2018 at 23:11 GMT Lynda Crackett wrote:

Thanks for the info about the new Norwegian member. I have left him a welcome message as you suggested.

On 25 Jul 2018 at 20:19 GMT Andy Bowers III wrote:

Debi -

Thanks so much for your help in helping me to resolve the issues I had with pre-1700 duplicates, with using my gedcom to add relatives I actually know (or knew), and with pointing me to the guidance on use of DNA confirmation. You're a wonderful help! Andy

On 25 Jul 2018 at 18:32 GMT Patricia (Long) Kent wrote:

As per the unmerged match you contacted me about - I am trying to determine if her name was Nancy or Mary Ann - different records list her both ways - once I have determined her true name I will merge them

On 25 Jul 2018 at 16:43 GMT Dineen Ford wrote:

Thank you for your offer of assistance. The pure effort of digging through the material here is much harder than I anticipated. I am finding that that I am getting my sources elsewhere ( and pasting them in here. I guess I just haven't found my way around the archive searches here yet.

On 24 Jul 2018 at 02:45 GMT Keith DeVilling wrote:

Thanks. I appreciate you pointing me toward the Irish Roots Project. I expect that will be quite lucrative.

On 23 Jul 2018 at 23:45 GMT Kathleen (Owens) Chapman wrote:

Hi Debi,

Thanks for reaching out. I would love to work on a Virginia Project, however, it may have to wait a couple of years until I retire. This has eaten up all of my spare time, and now that I've entered info connecting me to Jamestown, I'm gonna take a break, I think. I still have a lot of info to put in on other lines of ancestors, but will try to take it way more slowly than I have been for the past month. Thank you SO SO much for your help!

On 23 Jul 2018 at 17:21 GMT Whitey Akins wrote:

Hi Debi,

Thanks for the "German Roots" link but when I clicked on it ( , it came up as "does not exist"? Maybe a break in the link or spelling occurred?

On 22 Jul 2018 at 23:15 GMT Aries (Young) Georgion wrote:

Thank you, Debi, for your prompt response. Trying to check my settings as you suggested. I was hoping to find some matches then add them to my tree. I should have some more DNA tests to add later.

On 22 Jul 2018 at 00:32 GMT Karen Bargman wrote:

Thank you for the offer of assistance. It might be some time before I get into this further. Just taking it slow.

On 19 Jul 2018 at 14:08 GMT John Henry wrote:

How can I add my parents if they are still alive?

On 18 Jul 2018 at 17:11 GMT Linda (Reineke) Steiner wrote:

Hi Debi,

You read my mind! I was just about to try to find out how to do that. I've been afraid to delete the stuff that comes with the GEDCOMS, as some seems to be useful info. I'll look at what you suggested and give you a yell if I need more help. Thanks! Linda

On 18 Jul 2018 at 16:23 GMT Steve Thomas wrote:

Hi, Debi,

I uploaded my GEDCOM. How do I compare my people with the ones already on WikiTree? I'd also like to use my GEDCOM to build my Tree here, so I don't have to manually enter all of the info again for each person. How do I do that?

On 17 Jul 2018 at 08:30 GMT Pandora Povey wrote:

Hi Debi

I have not done any family history for a good while and I am still trying hard to work out how to use the website. For now I am very grateful for my sons help in navigating the quite confusing prompts and things. But many thanks for your email I am sure it will fall into place eventually.

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