Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl
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Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl

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Cheryl Skordahl formerly Aldrich
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Cheryl has written and improved fifty profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.
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Cheryl has written and improved ten profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.
Descendant of PGM migrant George Aldrich & Katherine Seald and many others who are listed below..
Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl is participating with Team Massachusetts during the 2019 Connect-a-Thon, and has added 125 connections.
Cheryl has participated in 1 out of 52 weeks during the 2020 52 Ancestors Challenge.

Daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend - identity is revealed through relationships. Relationship with God is above all.

As a child living with her paternal grandparents, Cheryl remembers well her grandmother's storytelling. She would say, "back in the olden days..." or "down on the town of Popple we..." or more specifically, "you know we're related to the 'Rockafellas...'" or "your great grandma's name was Mary, but they called her Mack. She was a haaarrrd woman, you know." Now, through studying genealogy Cheryl has learned that the "town of Popple" was Popple Township in Minnesota where the grandparents homesteaded; that we are very distantly related to the Rockefeller family; that the great grandmother's maiden name was McCollum so that's why they called her "Mack," and she was a "hard" woman since she was a logger's wife on the islands off the west cost of British Columbia. Oh, and another genealogical learning moment was when the discovery was made, that my 3rd great grandfather Cyrus C. Aldrich was born in New York and died in Southern California!

As a youngster, grandma said I was 3/4 Norwegian and 1/4 German, Scotch, and Irish. Back then she had no access to genealogical books or computer programs, so they guessed German, since the name "Aldrich" sounds German. In truth, no German ancestors have been found, but lots and lots of English, and a few Scots and Irish, and yes, there is also the 3/4 Norwegian.

Cheryl enjoys being an amateur genealogist but genealogy is more than names and dates. It's the ins and outs of my relatives' lives,.. what was their occupation? ...what was their family unit like, how many children, married more than once? ...where did they live, how did they travel, what was happening in the vicinity of their home and also in the world during their lifetime? ...what were their joys and what were their trials? ...what religious affiliation did they have, and were they actively involved?

She loves being a WikiTreer and enjoys the challenge of learning new skills, conquering the unknown, meeting new friends and communicating/collaborating.

Besides God, husband, family and friends, genealogy and WikiTree; Cheryl loves flower gardening, landscaping, birding, floral design, walking in the woods with her husband and dog named Reagan. She loves reading the Bible, reading history books, reading historical fiction.

PGM Great Grandparents who migrated between 1620 & 1640

Great Grandparents Who Migrated Between 1640 - 1650

Early Family who moved to Long Island

Related Notable People:

  1. Dwight Lyman Moody Biblical Scholar, Evangelist, Publisher. 7th cousin, 5 times removed.
  2. Stephen Hopkins American Founding Father, Signer of the United States Declaration of Independence. 3rd cousin, 7 times removed.
  3. Winston Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 10 May 1940 - 26 July 1945; 26 Oct 1951 - 5 Apr 1955. 5th cousins, 4 times removed.
  4. Gregory Peck - film star. 8th cousins once removed.
  5. Lady Diana Frances Windsor, Princess of Wales10th cousins once removed.
  6. Joseph Farwell Glidden Inventor of barb wire fencing. 6th cousin 4 times removed.
  7. Samuel Colt designed and patented the first revolving firearm. 6th cousin 5 times removed.
  8. General William Tecumseh Sherman 5th cousin, 6 times removed
  9. General George McClellen 6th cousin, 4 times removed.
  10. Gen. Edgar Mandlebert Gregory 5th cousin, 6 times removed.

I am related to the following United States Presidents

  1. William Howard Taft 27th president; 5th cousin, 4 times removed.
  2. John Tyler, 10th president. 10th cousin, 3 times removed. connecting grandfather: Sir William Molyneux of Stefton
  3. Zachary Taylor,12th president. 10th cousin, 4 times removed. connecting grandfather: Sir John Norton of Norton Conyers High Sherriff of Yorkshire.
  4. Millard Filmore 13th president; 6th cousin, 5 times removed. Connecting grandfather: Stephen Post
  5. Franklin Pierce 14th president; 9th cousin, 5 times removed. Connecting grandfather: Merrill-117|John Merrill]]
  6. Hiram Ulysses Simpson Grant 18th president; 7th cousin, 5 times removed. Connecting grandfather: Robert White
  7. Rutherford B. Hayes 19th president; 5th cousins, five times removed. Connecting grandfather: Thomas Merrick
  8. James Abram Garfield 20th president; 6th cousin, 4 times removed. Connecting grandfather: James Ludden
  9. Grover Cleveland 22nd president; fifth cousin, 5 times removed. Connecting grandfather: Samuel Ball
  10. Theodore Roosevelt 26th president; 12th cousins 2 times removed. Connecting grandfather: William Forbes
  11. Warren G. Harding 29th president; 7th cousin, 2 times removed. Connecting grandfather: Arthur Bevins
  12. Calvin Coolidge 30th president; 8th cousin, 2 times removed. Connecting grandfather: John Baker
  13. Herbert Hoover 31st president;7th cousins, 3 times removed. Connecting grandfather: Christopher Smith
  14. Franklin Delano Roosevelt 32nd president;7th cousin, 4 times removed. Connecting grandfather: Henry Woodward
  15. Harry S. Truman 34th president;10th cousins, 1 time removed Connecting grandfather: Matthew Mitchell
  16. Lyndon Baines Johnson 36th president;12th cousin, 2 times removed. Connecting grandfather: John Elliot
  17. Richard Nixon 37th president;10th cousin, once removed. Connecting grandfather: Matthew Mitchell
  18. Gerald Ford 38th president;9th cousin, 2 times removed. Connecting grandfather: George Hull
  19. George Herbert Walker Bush 41st president;9th cousins, twice removed. Connecting grandfather: Nathaniel Foote

Direct Ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War

The 5 star profiles I manage:

PGM PGM Browse Matches and Pending Merges:

Free Space Page for updating biographies bio William Allen-2742


PGM Reliable Sources:
Anne B's source page:

Long Island Info & sources: (my junk page)

Early Long Island Sources: (some good, some not so much, but helpful.) See Additional sources on Cheryl's free space page here:
  • Peter Ross. "A History of Long Island, New York From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time." The Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago. (1902) Vol. 1. see at
  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. New York, NY: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1870-. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011.)"The Founders of Southold, Long Island" Epher Whitaker. Vol. 26, (1895) pp 85 - 89.subscribers$
  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. New York, NY: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1870-. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011.) Rufus King. "Early Settlers of Southold, Suffolk County, Long Island" Vol. 30, p. 120 - 122.subscription site$
  • Mather, Frederic Gregory. "The Refugees of 1776 from Long Island to Connecticut." J. B. Lyon Company, Printers. Albany, N. Y. (1913) [1]
  • William Salmon. "The Salmon Records, A Private Register of Marriages and Deaths of the Residents of the Town of Southold, Suffolk County, N. Y. 1696 - 1811." Edited by William A. Robbins. New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (1918)see at hathitrust
  • Craven, Charles E. "A History of Mattituck, Long Island, N. Y." published for the author. (1906)see at google books
  • Frost, Josephine C. New York: Long Island Cemetery Inscriptions, 1652-1910. Original Typescript: Josephine C. Frost, 1912-1914. Long Island, N.Y. Cemetery Inscriptions. Mss 299. R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.) Vol. 7, pp 1 - 91.subscription site$

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Hi Cheryl,

Thank you for your kind comments, and again, for all you do to support WikiTree. --Gene

posted by GeneJ X
Dear Cheryl,

The Profile Improvement Project (PIP) is performing its first annual check-in with our project members. We are in the process of transitioning to a team structure. There will be three participant PIP Teams to start -- The Maintenance Category Team, the Unknowns Team, and the Biography Team. There is also the Voyage Team who guide new Voyagers. See the Profile Improvement Project Teams for a brief outline of each team. Please let us know which team(s) you would like to participate in.

For those of you who joined the Project before the Voyage started in late 2018, we would like to invite you to consider a "fast track" Voyage, especially if you plan to join the Biography Team. If you’re interested, choose a profile that you have completed to the best of your ability and compare it to the Voyage Biography Standards. If you’re at Level 2 or better, include a link to the profile in your response to this check-in for a “fast track” review.

We would also like to invite you to join the email GoogleGroup and text chat Discord channel for our project. (When you request to join our GoogleGroup, please be sure to include your Wiki ID). You will find more information on the GoogleGroup.

We thank you for all you do to help the Profile Improvement Project and WikiTree. The Project’s mission is to:

Make profiles beautiful! We clean up messy biography sections and sources, and try to set standards for attractive, useful, and well-written biographies, starting with those we manage.

We know you’re working on profiles *smile* We would like to hear about successes you’ve had toward the Project’s goals. We would also appreciate any feedback you might have to help us improve the Project. Please share your thoughts in a reply to this comment or privately via private message to either of us.


Debi Hoag and Robin Shaules Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Thank you for the check-in for the PIP project, Debi and Robin. The Team concept is a good one.

I am interested in being on the Biography Team. Here is a profile I have recently completed for a possible "fast track:" Or as an alternative, I am willing to take the PIP Voyage.

I would prefer not to be a part of Discord, but will join the PIP googlegroup.

I work primarily on profiles of people who migrated from England between 1620 & 1640 (PGM project) but increasingly I have been working on their descendants. I'm wanting to branch out from PGM. [edit] Right now, I think Level 2 would be the best fit for me.

I have two questions: 1. Is there a minimum involvement? I want to help, but I won't get heavily involved; citing: "burn out."

2. Will the monthly BioBuilders Challenge continue? I'm enjoying that.

I like the project's mission to make each profile shine, and that is what I strive for here on WikiTree.

I'll be waiting for your response. Thank you.

posted by Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl
edited by Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl
Thanks, Cheryl.

We've added you to Bio Team Level 1 for now which is all about working on profiles from your own Watchlist and whatever else you find. It's perfect with the BioBuilders Challenge which will, as far as I have heard, continue.

You asked about minimum commitments. PIP's requirements have always been fairly minimal. We'd like you to work on at least one profile from your own watchlist each week. If you move to Bio Team Levels 2 or 3, that would change to a directed profile list but still at your own speed. WikiTree is made up of volunteers and should, in my opinion, be enjoyable.

We got a little overloaded as we started the check-in (first time and all that) and are steadily catching up on the requested profile reviews for Fast Trackers. I hope to have it to you by the end of the week and then you'll be able to let me know which Level you would like to work at.

Here's a corrected link to the GoogleGroup.


posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Deb, I’m in the middle of a medical emergency with my Dad. I’ll get back with you when I am able.
Cheryl, I hope things are better with your Dad. I'm going to leave you in Bio Team Level 1 for this check-in. When things calm down, feel free to let me know if you have any questions about the review I did and/or if you would like to move to a different team. Debi
posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Cheryl, Congratulations. By writing and improving 50 biographies in the Biography Builders Challenge, you are qualified to display our Achievement Sticker. Just add
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Cheryl has written and improved fifty profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.
to your profile. Keep up the good work.

Thanks, Bob

posted by Bob Keniston Jr.
edited by Bob Keniston Jr.
Hi Cheryl!

Thanks for contributing to Puritan Great Migration profiles over the last six months. Every little bit helps, so please keep those edits coming! Word on the street is that the cold winter months will be a great time for you to do lots of genealogy :)

Like all WikiTree projects we check in with team members twice per year and it's that time again. Please respond within the next two weeks to let me know:

  1. If you'd like to continue as a PGM project team member
  2. If you're happy with the team you're on (Research and/or Profile Improvement) or if you'd like to make a change
  3. Optionally, what you like since the reboot back in May or what you think could be improved. This could be something about Discord, or Google Groups, or managed profile spreadsheets, or challenge participation or really anything. If you like everything the way it is, you can let me know that too :)

If you'd like to tell me about a particular project or family you're working on, I'd love to hear about that as well.

Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks!

Brad Stauf, PGM membership coordinator

posted by Brad Stauf
So good to hear from you Brad, you're doing a fabulous job! I have no complaints or suggestions for PGM, it seems things are running smoothly. I am grateful to you and to our two Leaders. I am a recent member of the ResearchTeam and I am enjoying my work on the PGM project as well as on updates to my other family and ancestors throughout the WikiTree spectrum. I definitely wish to continue as a PGM Team member.

edited to say "Research Team" instead of "Profile Improvement Team."

posted by Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl
edited by Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl