Born and raised in the Halifax area of Nova Scotia, I was immersed in family history thanks to the stories of my father that started with our ancester Richard who died in the Candlemas Massacre of 1691/92 in York, District of Maine. In the 1760s, some of Richard's decendents became Planters, settling in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia in response to Britain's Expulsion (ethnic cleansing) of the Acadians, and subsequent efforts to fill the area with British subjects.
Dad grew up in Bridgetown, surrounded by relatives among Valley families, so his many stories sparked a lasting interest in genealogy. More significantly, my efforts at wikitree honour the memory of my namesake, my late Uncle Donald Lamont Banks, a genealogist who devoted decades of his life to documenting the Banks' of Nova Scotia and New England. Until his death in 1976, he cooperated with his cousin Marion McCormick and J. Furber Marshall in these efforts, some of which were published by Marshall in 1977.
Following university in Halifax and Edmonton, I ended up as a public servant working in Ottawa and on several foreign assignments. Now retired, I find that my many years of information research and analysis were useful training to be a genealogist. Pooling my efforts with other wikitreers has been very rewarding. It is always a delight when I find that other contributers have created profiles of individuals which can be connected to profiles I create.
- First-hand information. Entered by Donald Banks at registration.
- Donald's formal name
- full middle name (E.)
- e-mail address
- exact birthdate
- birth location
- family tree
- father's name
- mother's name
- spouse's name and marriage information
- autosomal DNA test connections
Donald is a Wiki Genealogy Volunteer following these tags:
- I am a direct descendent of Richard Banks (c.1607-1692) through: Russell; John; Israel; Abraham; Eliphalet; Moses; Joshua; Moses; John; Richard. I would like to help extend knowledge about this line.
- Login to request to the join the Trusted List so that you can edit.
- Private Messages: Send a private message to Donald. (Best for comments to Donald that need to be private.)
- Public Comments: Login to post. (Best for messages to or about Donald that can be public. Limit 20 per day.)
On 19 Apr 2019 at 04:39 GMT Abigail (Banks) Dennison wrote:
Thank you for your note. I have taken the ancestry autosomal DNA test and it has been very helpful and interesting finding new cousins, etc. I plan to have my Banks nephew take same test at some point in future. Thank you again for note. Abigail Banks Dennison
On 17 Apr 2019 at 05:34 GMT Abigail (Banks) Dennison wrote:
I am interested in your line of Richard Banks of Maine. DNA tests done by Ray H. Banks have confirmed that your Banks line and my Banks line are connected. I descend from William Banks and wife, Mary Tunstall of King and Queen Co., Virginia. My direct line is known as "The Banks of Elbert", meaning Elbert Co., Ga. I find this discovery very exciting and would love to hear from you. Abigail Banks Dennison
On 19 Feb 2018 at 01:43 GMT Vicky (Freeth) Majewski wrote:
This is just a courtesy e-mail to see how things are going. Are you enjoying WikiTree so far? Any questions? Any issues?
Feel free to contact me via my profile page. I am happy to help!
On 11 Feb 2018 at 23:44 GMT Misty (Rish) Musco wrote:
You've been a member of WikiTree for about a week so I am checking in to see how it is going. The New Member How-Tos are for you to work at your own pace. If you had time to look, were they helpful?
I'm here to help with questions about how WikiTree works. Just click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page. I'll get back to you by the end of the day.
Misty ~ WikiGreeter
PS If you get a "Page Not Found" error when clicking WikiTree email links, you can often find a working version in the public comments on your profile.
PPS Did you discover that the tags on your profile are clickable links to a page of other people who have that tag? You can add more, up to 20 total.
On 4 Feb 2018 at 02:47 GMT Gilly Wood wrote:
Start with the New Member How-To Pages - they are really useful as you add profiles and learn your way around:
Let me know if you require assistance. I am happy to help. After adding my own family and ancestors I have found many cousins and distant ancestors here on WikiTree.
Gilly~ WikiTree Greeter
On 4 Feb 2018 at 02:38 GMT Gilly Wood wrote:
This is just a note to say hello and to let you know that I'm available to answer questions about WikiTree.
To contact me, click the link to my name, then send a private message or post a comment on my profile page.
Gilly ~ WikiTree Greeter
P.S. If you ever get a "Page Not Found" error when you click a link in a WikiTree email, you can usually find a functioning link in the public comments section of your profile page.