Caryl (Short) Ruckert

Caryl (Short) Ruckert

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Caryl E. Ruckert formerly Short
Born 1960s.
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Categories: Short-3582 | New Netherland Settlers Project | Dutch Roots Project | Wagon Trains and Trails Project | Puritan Great Migration | Puritan Great Migration Project | Nantucket Founders and Descendants.



Flag of Panama
Caryl Ruckert was born in Panama in the US Canal Zone
Caryl has participated in 7 out of 52 weeks during the 2019 52 Ancestors Challenge.
Caryl has participated in 7 out of 52 weeks during the 2019 52 Photos Challenge.
Fountain Pen
Caryl has written and improved fifty profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.
Caryl (Short) Ruckert participated with Nor'Easters during the 2019 Scan-a-Thon, scanning and uploading 24 items to profiles.
Caryl (Short) Ruckert participated with Team Nor'easters during the 2018 Source-a-Thon, adding 439 sources to profiles.

I was born into a Navy family on a base in the Panama Canal Zone. I have lived in Luzon in the Philippine Islands and in Dededo on Guam. I have always loved history and genealogy. And I really love dogs, a lot.

Wikitree Projects

Project Coordinator:

Leading the following One Name Studies:

Team member:

Current Interests

Building out profiles for my family back to 12 generations (where possible). Collaborating with my wikitree cousins on research including the following families: Short, Carleton, Swarthwood (Swartwout), Shaylor, Showalter, Donner, Pruett, Buckingham, Benham, White, Ranck and Starr.

Collaborating on the Haldeman/Helderman family. I am building research for this line here.

Current Challenges

White Family
My 5x great grandfather is Daniel White. Looking for evidence that he was the son of John White and Ann Alward. I am collecting my research and building my evidence here.
Shaylor Family
My 4x great grandmother who married Joseph Shaylor was named Mary. I have a few pieces of evidence that show she was named Mary Fowler widow of a man named Fowler. She is named by William Clark (of Lewis & Clark) in a letter home as the wife of Joseph and the widow of a man named Fowler and that Clark thought she had been living on the "frontier" before 1790. Trying to track down her LNAB.

Brick Walls

Here are some brick walls that I want to knock down!

  1. E. E. Farmer and Francis "Frank" Bear. My 2nd great grandparents married in Missouri in 1871.
  2. Mary Goff. My 3rd great grandmother who married Joseph Hastings Benham in Vermont in 1846.
  3. Hezekial Keeler My 6th great grandfather who married Nancy Lee in 1786 in Dutchess County, New York.
  4. John Ungewitter and Emily Bryan My 3rd great grandparents. He immigrated from Germany sometime in the mid 1800's they married in 1855 at a gold mining town in California,
  5. John Ratcliff and Nancy Snider My 3rd great grandparents who married in Ohio in 1829.

Genealogy Society Memberships

Lineage Society Memberships

Family Research Statistics

My Ancestors Research Statistics
Gen. No. Direct Relation to Caryl Ruckert No. of Possible Profiles No. on Wikitree Total no. of Bios Written Total % of Bios Completed
4Great Grandparent888100%
52nd Great Grandparent161616100%
63rd Great Grandparent32272385%
74th Great Grandparent64362364%
85th Great Grandparent128561644%
96th Great Grandparent264781429%
107th Great Grandparent528 1189681%
118th Great Grandparent1056186189%

Interesting Family Connections

Donner Party

Jacob Donner and Elizabeth Blue were my 4x great grandparents. His brother George was the Captain of the Donner Party. Jacob and Elizabeth died at Alder Creek, Nevada in the winter of 1847. Their son George Donner (3x great grandfather) was 11 years old when he was rescued. He settled in Sebastopol, California.[1]

Witch of Wallingford

Winifred King Benham is my 9x great grandmother. She is known as the Witch of Wallingford and has the dubious honor of being the last person tried for witchcraft in the state of Connecticut.[2]

Family Military Service

Vietnam and Korea

Radioman Senior Chief Petty Officer Melvin "Ray" Short
My father enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1953 and served in both the Korean war and the Vietnam war.[3]

U.S. Civil War

Riley White is my 3x great grandfather and he served in the U.S. Army. He enlisted in Company F, New York 109th Infantry Regiment along with his only brother John White in 1862. Riley was promoted to Full Corporal in 1864 and he mustered out at the end of the war. [4]The 109th joined the IX Corps for the "Overland Campaign of 1864".[5] John was killed at Spotsylvania Courthouse in 1864.[6]
  • Battle of the Wilderness
  • Spotsylvania Courthouse (John killed on May 12th)
  • Cold Harbor
  • Siege of Petersburg
John Swarthwood is my 2x great grandfather and he served in the U.S. Army. He served in Company K, 75th Regiment, Indiana Infantry.'[7]
George Washington Short is my 3x great grandfather and he served in the 7th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry as a private. He enlisted at the age of 50.[8]

War of 1812

Abraham Swartwood is my 4x great grandfather and he served in the U.S. Army in the War of 1812. (Profile needs make-over)[9]
Samuel Prewitt is my 4x great grandfather and he served as a private in the U.S. Army in the 15th Regiment (Slaughter's) Kentucky Militia in the War of 1812. (Profile needs make-over).[10]
Solomon Blue is my 5x great grandfather and he served as a private in Tramell's Detachment, Mounted, Illinois Militia in the War of 1812.[11]
Robert Ringo is my 4x great grandfather and served as a private in Capt. Samuel Williams' Company, Lewis's 5th Regiment of Kentucky Volunteers -- as did his brother Henry. They both enlisted in August 1812.[12] Robert and his brother Henry were taken prisoner at the Battle of the Raisin River at Frenchtown in 1813.

American Revolutionary War

Joseph Shaylor is my 4x great grandfather. He was one of the "minutemen" who was with Wooster in 1775 in Lexington, Massachusetts.[13] He accepted a commission as Ensign in 1776 in the Fifth Battalion of the Connecticut line and served the entire war. He was given the rank of Captain and was on the roll of the Society of Cincinnati in 1783.[14]
Thomas Lee is my 7th great grandfather and served as a Captain in the New York line 5th Regiment with Colonel Lewis Duboys.[15]
William Curry is my 5x great grandfather who served in the 1st regiment of the Pennsylvania line during the revolutionary war. (profile needs makeover)[16]
Barnabus Blue is my 6th great grandfather who served in the Virginia militia in Capt. William Morgan's company. (profile needs makeover)[17] Barnabas and his brother Michael took part in the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794 and were bound "to answer bills of indictment for riot and treasonable acts, setting seditious poles in opposition to the whiskey tariff, to appear at Jan term of Court, 1795".
Asa Hastings is my 6x great grandfather who served in the New Hampshire Militia in Capt. John Willoughby's Company, Lieut.-Col. David Webster's Regiment of militia, which marched at the Ticonderoga alarm, July, 1777.[18]
Enos Benham is my 5x great grandfather and he served as a "fifer" in Capt. James Peck's Company in the Connecticut militia.[19]
Pierre Teller is my 6x great grandfather and he served in the Westchester County Militia Third Regiment during the revolutionary war.[20]
John Lucas (needs 1776 tag/sources).
James Starr (needs profile makeover)
Reuben Buckingham
Jonathan Center is my 5x great grandfather and he enlisted March 1779 at Wyoming, Pennsylvania as a private in the artillery artificers company commanded by Captain Thomas Wilie/Wiley, part of a regiment commanded by Colonel Benjamin Flower of Philadelphia, and was honorably discharged in March 1782.[21]

PGM Ancestors

I have many ancestors from England that arrived in New England as part of the Puritan Great Migration before 1640. Here are my PGM Ancestors.

Here a few of my favorites:

Samuel Chapin is my 8x great grandfather. He was a founder of Springfield, Massachusetts and immortalized in the bronze statue, "The Puritan".
John Cotton is my 11x great grandfather. He matriculated Trinity College, Cambridge in 1597, going BA in 1603 and MA 1606, and in 1606 he became a fellow at Emamanuel College.
Percival Lowell is my 11th great grandfather is a descendant of Magna Carta Surety Baron Robert de Vere.

New Netherlands Settlers Ancestors

Philip Janzen Ringo is my 9th great grandfather.
Pieter Stoutenburg is my 9th great grandfather.
Joost Van Oblinus is my 9th great grandfather.
Johannes Vermilje is my 9th great grandfather.
Resolved Waldron is my 10th great grandfather.
Johannes Lucaszen (Jan) Schouten is my 9th great grandfather.
Pieter Winne is my 10th great grandfather.
Henricus "Henry" Koeck is my 8th great grandfather.

My Wikitree Cousins

Cousins that I have met on Wikitree.


  1. Furlow, Jack C. "ECV1850 Plaque: George Donner Jr." Plaque: George Donner Jr. Accessed June 15, 2018.
  2. Jacobus, Donald Lines (compiler). Families of Ancient New Haven, Vol I-VIII. and Index Vol IX New Haven: 1931. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1974, 1981, 1997. Originally published as New Haven Genealogical Magazine, Volumes I-VIII. Rome, NY and New Haven, CT 1922-1932. Connecticut Witches - Winifred Benham, Mother and Daughter
  3. First-hand information. Entered by Caryl Short Ruckert. DD-214 in possession of my mother.
  4. “New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900,” digital images, Fold3 ( : accessed 23 September 2017), 109th Infantry, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts of New York State Volunteers, United States Sharpshooters, and United States Colored Troops [ca. 1861-1900]. Microfilm, 1185 rolls. New York State Archives, Albany, New York.,” entry for William R. White; citing Archive Collection #: 13775-83; Box #: 467; Roll #: 118-119.
  5. The Union army: a history of military affairs in the loyal states, 1861-65 -- records of the regiments in the Union army -- cyclopedia of battles -- memoirs of commanders and soldiers. Madison, WI: Federal Pub. Co., 1908. volume II.
  6. New York State Archives, Cultural Education Center, Albany, New York; New York Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900; Archive Collection #: 13775-83; Box #: 467; Roll #: 118-119
  7. Web: Indiana, Civil War Soldier Database Index, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Civil War. Indiana State Digital Archives. accessed 2 February 2015.
  8. "Missouri, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 December 2014), George W Short, 1862; from "Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations From the State of Missouri," database, ( : n.d.); citing military unit Seventh State Militia, Cavalry, Se-Th, NARA microfilm publication M405 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1964), roll 185. (Added by Caryl Short 9/8/2018.)
  9. Register of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M233, 81 rolls); Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s-1917, Record Group 94; National Archives, Washington, D.C. U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914 [database on-line].
  10. National Archives and Records Administration. Index to the Compiled Military Service Records for the Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M602, 234 rolls. Direct Data Capture, comp. U.S., War of 1812 Service Records, 1812-1815 [database on-line].
  11. National Archives and Records Administration. Index to the Compiled Military Service Records for the Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M602, 234 rolls. U.S., War of 1812 Service Records, 1812-1815 [database on-line]
  12. “War of 1812 Service Record,” digital images, Fold3 ( : accessed 26 October 2017), Fifth Regiment (Lewis) Kentucky Volunteers, pg. 1, headed “Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812,” entry for Robert Ringo; citing NARA microfilm publication NARA M602. Alphabetical card index to the compiled service records of volunteer soldiers who served during the War of 1812. From the State of Kentucky, 94, roll M602_0175. $
  13. United States. Congress, comp. United States Congressional Serial Set. Vol. 11999. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1957 Original from the University of California. Digitized Apr 18, 2011. pr. 297
  14. Heitman, Francis B., and Robert H. Kelby. Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution, April, 1775, to December, 1783. Baltimore, MD: Reprinted for Clearfield by Genealogical Publishing, 2008. pg. 406
  15. New York (State). Comptroller's Office, Roberts, James A., 1847 New York in the Revolution as Colony and State. Weed-Parsons Printing Company, printers, 1897. (Vol 1 pages 55. Vol 2. page 205, 209)
  16. Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War, compiled 1894 - ca. 1912, documenting the period 1775 - 1784. NARA M881. Compiled service records of soldiers who served in the American Army during the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783. Roll: 0787. (
  17. COLL NY HIST SOC, 1915, MUSTER & PAY ROLLS OF THE WAR OF REV, 1775-1783, VOL 2, P 643
  19. Record of service of Connecticut men in the I. War of the Revolution, II. War of 1812, III. Mexican War by Connecticut. Adjutant-General's Office; Johnston, Henry Phelps, 1842-1923
  20. Roberts, James A., and Frederic Gregory Mather. New York in the Revolution as Colony and State: Vol. I, a Compilation of Documents and Records. Albany, NY: J.B. Lyon, Printers, 1904. Pg. 213
  21. Case Files of Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications Based on Revolutionary War Service, compiled ca. 1800 - ca. 1912, documenting the period ca. 1775 - ca. 1900. ARA Record Group: 15 NARA M804. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files. Roll: 0502. Pension Number: S. 42119. (

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I have many ancestors who served in the American Revolution.
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Interest in the Buckingham family.
Starr, Buckingham and Ranck
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Interested in the Pruett family.
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I am the 4th great granddaughter of Jacob Donner. I am interested in the history of the American west.
I have several ancestors that are early Oregon and California Pioneers.

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Caryl Ruckert's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Caryl or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA. Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
  • Caryl (Short) Ruckert: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup H26a1, FTDNA kit #893356
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Caryl:
  • Caryl (Short) Ruckert: AncestryDNA, GEDmatch A683730 [compare], Ancestry member cruckert95

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On 19 Jan 2019 at 19:01 GMT Anonymous (Helderman) Crewe wrote:

How are you getting on with the dna research?

On 16 Jan 2019 at 17:53 GMT SJ Baty wrote:

I only know when the 52 weeks posts are published when I see your counters go up a number.

On 16 Jan 2019 at 14:43 GMT T Stanton wrote:

P.S. Love your photo. It gives me a great furry idea for mine.

On 16 Jan 2019 at 14:42 GMT T Stanton wrote:

Hi Caryl. Indeed WikiTree believes we are 9th cousins via this fellow Gerard Spencer. My line to him is vetted up to his grandson but not yet the son. I will look at that. If memory serves, three of the Spencers (yes, "those Spencers") who would not inherit under primogeniture bid adieu to Merry Old England and sought their fortune in the New World. At least one of them did quite well.

On 11 Jan 2019 at 15:58 GMT Chris Whitten wrote:

Hi Caryl. The Scan-a-Thon is on! Come post a comment on this G2G chat thread to let our Nor'Easters team know what you're working on, or see this main Scan-a-Thon thread for links and updates. Cheers, Chris

On 6 Jan 2019 at 16:47 GMT Susan Wilson wrote:

Thank you for the correct information on, Caryl.

On 1 Jan 2019 at 16:44 GMT Vicki Norman wrote:

I would really appreciate it if you would not remove any more people from Andrew Hamilton Profile. While there are no primary sources - very hard to locate in a 1800 profile, this does not justify removal of all descendants and ancetors

On 28 Dec 2018 at 19:00 GMT Janne (Shoults) Gorman wrote:

I don't know if I am related to you on the Lucas side of the family, or not. That is because Elizabeth (Lucas) Licklider Lucas-1423 is my "brick wall."

I think we may have a closer relationship that our 9th great grandfather, Thomas Bliss! But, happy New Year to you, 'cuz.

On 24 Dec 2018 at 21:22 GMT SJ Baty wrote:

Merry Christmas Cousin! Wishing you and your family joyous holidays and a wonderful New Year!

On 24 Dec 2018 at 01:37 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:


Did you know our first annual Scan-a-Thon 2019 is almost starting ? It will last 72 hours from 11 January-14 January 2019, a big event here you can register and since you're a member of our project perhaps you want to join us and have some fun ? Here's our Flying Dutchmen Scan-a-Thon Team hope to see you soon !

Greets from the Netherlands ,

The Dutch Roots Project Team

On 11 Dec 2018 at 20:51 GMT C (Rodgers) Bake wrote:

Hi Caryl, we are 9th cousins. I ran us through the relationship finder after seeing a comment you left on Jacob Donner's profile. Hi!

On 2 Nov 2018 at 09:44 GMT SJ Baty wrote:

Congrats on 50 profiles for Bio Builders!

On 22 Oct 2018 at 19:51 GMT Bob Keniston Jr. wrote:


While looking at another active profile, I saw your name listed as cousin. On a whim I checked you out. We’re 11th cousins once removed, through Samuel Cutter-64. Small world. Bob, Navy Brat, Vet, Dad

On 22 Oct 2018 at 19:16 GMT Bob Keniston Jr. wrote:

Caryl, Congratulations. By writing and improving 50 biographies in the Biography Builders Challenge, you are qualified to display our Achievement Sticker. Just add
Fountain Pen
Caryl has written and improved fifty profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.
to your profile. Keep up the good work.

Thanks, Bob

On 21 Oct 2018 at 21:43 GMT Bob Keniston Jr. wrote:

Thank you for participating in the September/October Biography Builders. Your effort is greatly appreciated, and makes WikiTree a better source for information about our ancestors.


On 1 Oct 2018 at 12:35 GMT SJ Baty wrote:

Wow! 439 sourced profiles in the Source-A-Thon!?

I'm impressed!

On 17 Sep 2018 at 03:06 GMT C Ryder wrote:

Carol, we have a common ancestor,( and some unknown confidence)

Howdy cousin! Connie

On 7 Sep 2018 at 04:03 GMT Darlene (Athey) Athey-Hill wrote:

Hi Caryl, got your note re: Nantucket. We are always needing people to help add or improve profiles of our Nantucket ancestors and descendants. Feel free to work on them as you see fit. Thanks. I'm heading overseas for 3+ months, so won't be on Wikitree much...

On 5 Sep 2018 at 13:58 GMT V (Eddy) Combs wrote:

Please be sure to mention to the arborist that Reuben Coombs will have to be disconnected from Anthony Coombs II if the decision is made to merge these two profiles. I would do the disconnect myself, but I'm not a manager of Reuben's profile...


On 4 Sep 2018 at 17:06 GMT SJ Baty wrote:

See you at the Source-A-Thon!

On 1 Sep 2018 at 04:50 GMT Anonymous (Helderman) Crewe wrote:

Sure. I am kind of befuddled by her. I think I would have to put her facts down on paper to figure out her deal. I have seen brides as young as ten, but despite the weirdness of that, there are also situations where the facts just don’t add up.

On 31 Aug 2018 at 02:57 GMT Anonymous (Helderman) Crewe wrote:

I look forward to our collaborating to improve the Helderman and related Germanic lines we have in common.

On 31 Aug 2018 at 02:29 GMT Anonymous (Helderman) Crewe wrote:

Caryl, you can create a catch all email address and as long as you don’t upload your tree it is relatively difficult for the non genealogist to interpret your results. I am a little funny about results and privacy but my curiosity outweighs my fear despite working as a credit card fraud agent for a major bank. I am well aware of the dangers but love genealogy so much I cannot stop or be intimidated.

On 31 Aug 2018 at 00:15 GMT Anonymous (Helderman) Crewe wrote:

I would love to work on the Helderman genealogy with you

On 30 Aug 2018 at 23:55 GMT Anonymous (Helderman) Crewe wrote:

I really want to do the one name study project, but I have only been a contributor for one week which means I would have to wait. I would really like to combine the dna info with the standard genealogy info to delineate various lines of the Helderman Haliman, Haldiman, etc

On 30 Aug 2018 at 23:27 GMT Anonymous (Helderman) Crewe wrote:

On 30 Aug 2018 at 22:58 GMT Anonymous (Helderman) Crewe wrote:

Hello cousin!

On 30 Aug 2018 at 22:12 GMT Anonymous (Helderman) Crewe wrote:

Your biography writing is excellent. I aspire to be so thorough.

On 30 Aug 2018 at 22:09 GMT Anonymous (Helderman) Crewe wrote:

If I merged incorrectly I apologize. I am new, and learning.

On 30 Aug 2018 at 22:06 GMT Anonymous (Helderman) Crewe wrote:

Hi, this is from my ancestry tree - public profile and I thought for sure I had linked a church source for her two middle names but for some reason I cannot find it now. I will have to research where I got that. Wikitree is teaching me to be a better genealogist.

On 30 Aug 2018 at 20:47 GMT SJ Baty wrote:

Well looks who's a (high) society member now! Moving up in the world ;-)

On 23 Aug 2018 at 23:41 GMT SJ Baty wrote:

Nice bio makeover!

On 23 Aug 2018 at 12:36 GMT SJ Baty wrote:

Congrats on the coordinator badge! I know you'll be a smashing success!

On 23 Aug 2018 at 11:10 GMT Natalie (Durbin) Trott wrote:

If we were in Guam at the same time, that would be wild! I was there 77-81. Your dad's name doesn't ring a bell though.

So sorry for your loss. We never get over losing our daddies! (Mine passed in 2008..still sore.)

On 18 Aug 2018 at 22:34 GMT SJ Baty wrote:

Congratulations on your Pre-1500!!! Knowing your writing, I know that you will do a fabulous job and bring profile bios to a new level!

On 18 Aug 2018 at 21:45 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Congratulations on your Pre-1500 badge. Please make sure to add pre-1500 as one of your followed tags so that you can help others without the certification.

On 18 Aug 2018 at 21:44 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

I saw Thomas Lee and hoped we were related...we are, just not the way I figured.

Caryl (Short) Ruckert and Robin Lee are both descendants of Hans Ranck.

On 18 Aug 2018 at 19:37 GMT SJ Baty wrote:

Congratulations on the community star cousin! You are a star!!!!!

On 17 Aug 2018 at 19:36 GMT Natalie (Durbin) Trott wrote:

Caryl and Natalie are 7th cousins twice removed

We're both related to General Custer...haha.

"George and Caryl are fifth cousins twice removed"

On 4 Aug 2018 at 03:27 GMT Tabitha Isaacs wrote:

We are 15 th cousins ounce removed. So I'm just saying hi there cousin.

On 22 Mar 2018 at 18:01 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:

Hi Caryl!

Did you know there's a Spring Clean-a-Thon organized ? It will last 72 hours in the weekend of 21-23 April 2018, a big event here you can register and since you're a member of our project perhaps you want to join us and have some fun ? Here's our Flying Dutchmen Clean-a-Thon Team

And..that's not all, we also will have our Dutch Roots Hoogovens Hotshots Challenge next week from 27 March – 2 April, so if you want to have some fun and work on something different for a change, you're very welcome to join us !

Greets from the Netherlands ,

The Dutch Roots Project Team :)

On 17 Mar 2018 at 11:35 GMT Maria Maxwell wrote:

Hi Caryl and welcome to the Irish Roots Project. I've added you to the member interests page.


On 15 Jan 2018 at 22:55 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:

Hi Carol, I've gotten behind on my comments, messages. Sorry I'm so late in responding. About MaryChapin/Matthew Gannet - yes I agree with you that if you have scholarly sources, you should make needed corrections on profiles.

On 2 Jan 2018 at 18:10 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:


Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As I always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader

On 9 Dec 2017 at 00:04 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:

Hi Caryl,

I was wondering if perhaps you would be interested to work on the Portal World-The Netherlands with Melissa and Bill and hopefully more members ? I was thinking maybe we can make it a sub Project of the Dutch Roots Project, where you all can add or work on more specific things related to the Netherlands you would like to see added there or work on.

If you are interested just add your name to the list and let me know, or you can of course contact Melissa or Bill directly.

Greets from the Netherlands,

Bea :)

On 7 Dec 2017 at 20:15 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:

Caryl, I mistakenly hit reply, and the following went to noreply... just got it back a few minutes ago, so now I'm posting it here, sorry if you thought I was non-responsive.

"No problem with long winded.

On 23 Nov 2017 at 11:05 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:

Hi Caryl,

There's an important Dutch Roots Project G2G, please check it out, we would love to see and hear from you there !


The Dutch Roots Project Team :)

On 11 Nov 2017 at 14:32 GMT S (Hill) Willson wrote:

Hi Caryl,

Re John Derby, you can add to his profile without being on the trusted list, and I would welcome you to add to it. I am on the trusted list but am not a PM otherwise I'd add you. Sharon

On 31 Oct 2017 at 01:12 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:

Hi Caryl, I just wanted to say "Congratulations" on becoming one of the newest Red Badged "Generous Genealogist", Your dedication to Wikitree has been noticed and appreciated by others. Thank you!

On 28 Oct 2017 at 05:49 GMT Paula J wrote:

For sharing a fabulous page of sources with the Southern Colonies project on g2g, you deserve a Generous Genealogist Star!! Thank you!!!

On 15 Oct 2017 at 22:19 GMT S (Hill) Willson wrote:

Hi Caryl,

Thank you for your comment on Percival Lowell's profile. Since Percival Lowell is a PPP profile, I have opened a question on G2G forum to discuss this further, to try to get consensus. Here is a link to it in case you want to weigh in:

On 1 Sep 2017 at 21:06 GMT Jan Terink wrote:


Did you know there's a new Source-a-Thon 2017 (first register here) organized for 30 September - 2 October 2017? A huge event, to keep things organized we are going to work with teams again. Since you're a member of our Project, perhaps you would like to join ourTeam Flying Dutchmen Team to help and source and improve Unsourced Netherlands profiles ?

We sure can use some help and you can win prizes, but the best thing of course is we are going to work on this together, get as many as possible Unsourced profiles Sourced and improved and have a lot a fun ! :)


The Dutch Source-a-Thon Team

On 13 Jun 2017 at 20:49 GMT Paula J wrote:

Welcome to the Civil War project!

On 7 May 2017 at 21:53 GMT Kitty (Cooper) Smith wrote:

Welcome to the 1776 Project (, a subproject of the Military and War Project:

There are category links to add to your ancestor's profiles and research links to learn more about your family. The Project is a good way to consolidate the WikiTree ancestors with historic connections to the years of 1773 (Boston Tea Party) to 1789 (ratification of the U.S. Constitution.) All patriot, loyalist, Hessians, French, Native Americans or any other profiles with a connection to these years should be linked to an appropriate category in the Project.

If you haven’t already, please set your preferences for your Tags Followed to include 1776 Project and any other tag terms that you wish to follow:

Some categories have a template (SAR) to add at the top of a biography. If not, add a category link by putting the category name such as
Caryl (Short) Ruckert participated in the American Revolution
for those who bore arms in the Revolution and
Caryl (Short) Ruckert served during the American Revolution
Service started:
Service ended:

for those who contributed patriotic or civil service. Thank you.

On 7 Apr 2017 at 15:56 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:

Hi Caryl !

It's spring so time for some cleaning, perhaps you would like to help ?

See Join the Team Flying Dutchmen for the Spring Clean a Thon 2017

Greets from the Netherlands,


On 7 Mar 2017 at 18:36 GMT Nancy Hance wrote:

Hi Caryl, I think we are! My tree on Ancestry is public.

You've got a lot more than me, but if we combine I believe we'll actually find the exact link. I have a 71% UK DNA coming from both my dad's side and my moms, mom (Nellie) side.

On 6 Mar 2017 at 19:12 GMT Nancy Hance wrote:

My ggp were William Starr, Bertha nee Van Vleet from Phil PA. Daughter Nellie A, Leslie V., Lettie C., Harold E. & Clara M.

On 20 Jan 2017 at 08:33 GMT Jan Terink wrote:

Hi Caryl,

Welcome to the Dutch Roots Project! :)

One of the goals of our project is to Source and improve all Dutch Profiles, including our own of course !

To show you how we work and how it should be done if you are a member of the project :), here's the help page for it: Biographies. We also have some examples of profiles, in the Bio's of these profiles you can look how to add the ref tags and sources etc: when is a profile Template ready? Of course you'll reach your Pre-1700 ancestors. That's why all members need to take the Pre-1700 self certification quiz, like you already did. The Dutch naming convention is very important, all info about Patronymics you can find there as well.

And here's what you can do already: to join the project

Well I know it's quite a lot of info, so just take your time to read it all, and of course for all members of the Project it's very important to participate at the G2G because that's where we communicate about Dutch profiles, if we need help finding sources or other project related stuff :).

Thanks for joining Caryl, we're very happy to have you as a member and if you have questions or need some help just ask, always happy to help!

Greets from Holland , Jan

On 19 Jan 2017 at 02:20 GMT Carrie Quackenbush wrote:

Hello Caryl!

Welcome to the New Netherland Settlers Project. Please visit our FAQ and feel free to ask any questions you may have. If you're looking for your ancestors that might already be on Wikitree, check out our Immigrants and Progenitors page, though it is not quite complete and does not reflect all of the profiles that already exist.

Cheers! Carrie

Oop, Ringo has now been connected on the progenitor page. :)

On 12 Jan 2017 at 00:18 GMT Vicky (Freeth) Majewski wrote:

How's everything going?

Now that you have had a little time to try WikiTree, there are a few more features you may find useful.

Ideas on what to include in a profile can be found in Styles and Standards, including some tips on writing biographies.

If you need to describe an event, an heirloom or a location relevant to your research, you may like to learn about Free Space Profiles.

Lastly, sometimes you'll run into unresponsive profile managers. We have a process for resolving those unfortunate situations.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask via my profile page.

Vicky Majewski ~ WikiTree Mentor

On 3 Jan 2017 at 01:49 GMT Alison Andrus wrote:

Hi Caryl,

Welcome to the Trails and Wagon Trains Project! Check out the project page and let me know how you would like to help. ;-)

On 23 Dec 2016 at 11:38 GMT Nancy Lee (Hill) Cousins wrote:

I see that you just did the Pre-1700 Self-Certification. That's great! Is there a particular time period, location, or topic you're interested in? Maybe you have some historically-significant ancestors? Participation in a project is strongly encouraged for those wishing to edit Pre-1700 profiles. You appear to have several interests. Why don't you stop by the Project List ( to see how you can participate? Let me know if you need help with anything. We are glad to have you on board!

Lee - Volunteer Coordinator

On 19 Dec 2016 at 16:52 GMT Mags Gaulden wrote:

Hello again Caryl,

You are now a Short/Pruett/White twig on a branch of our great big ole shared tree, thank you for volunteering!

We have a Question of the Week posted in our Genealogist-To-Genealogist (G2G) forum if you'd like to jump in and answer it, just click Have you ever found yourself in the wrong tree?

Not sure how to start? Visit How to Use Wikitree for instructions. If you are looking for some great ways to help out our collaborative effort? The Volunteers Needed page is the place to go!

See you in the branches --


On 19 Dec 2016 at 16:22 GMT Mags Gaulden wrote:

Hi Caryl,

Welcome to WikiTree!

WikiTree is different because our goal is to have one profile per person, and that means we all work together as a BIG collaborative team!

What brings you to WikiTree? Do you have research you’d like to share? Are you interested in how your family fits into the big tree? When you confirm your email address, you’ll have an opportunity to volunteer and tell us about your genealogical interests.

Welcome to the family! We’re really glad you’re here.


Queen Victoria Caryl is 35 degrees from Jelena Eckstädt, 15 degrees from Theodore Roosevelt and 19 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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