Jay Benefiel
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Jay Benefiel

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Jay L. Benefiel
Born 1950s.
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Profile last modified | Created 19 Feb 2017
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This profile is part of the Benefiel Name Study.
Jay Benefiel Won Team Silver in the CC7 Wall Climb in the 2023 WikiGames.
Jay's DNA Ethnicity Estimates with Updates
7/23 6/22 4/22 7/21 9/20 8/19 8/18 1/24/2016
Ireland and Scotland 45% 52% 64%
Scotland 47% 48% 53% 39% 46%
Ireland 38% 34% 35% 35% 35%
Europe West 13%
Scandanavia 9%
England, Wales and Northwestern Europe 7% 13% 10% 25% 17% 53% 48% 6%
Finland/Northwest Russia 3%
Europe South 3%
Iberian Peninsula 2%
Sweden & Denmark 6% 4%
Norway 2% 1% 2% 1% 2% 2%
Europe East <1%
My Heritage (using Ancestry test via Promethease)
Europe 100.0%
North and West Europe 91.0%
Irish, Scottish and Welsh 49.5%
Scandinavian 23.5%
English 18.0%
South Europe 9.0%
Greek and South Italian 9.0%
Living DNA
2/5/2020 3/22/2019
Great Britain and Ireland 100.0% 100.0%
Northern Ireland and Southwest Scotland 20.5% 20.4%
Devon 11.0%
North Yorkshire 16.8% 4.7%
East Anglia 11.4% 4.2%
Northumbria 9.1% 10.2%
South Central England 6.9% 7.5%
Ireland 6.5% 8.0%
Alberdeenshire 5.9% 4.3%
South Yorkshire 5.8% 7.1%
Southeast England 5.6% 7.4%
South England 5.1%
Northwest Scotland 4.6% 2.8%
Cumbria 1.9%
Central England 1.3%
Cornwall 1.2% 3.6%
Northwest England 2.3%
South Wales 1.2%
South Wales Border 1.2% 1.3%


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  • " Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961," online database with images accessed 11 Oct 2018 through ancestry.com, Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; Collection Name: Population Schedules and Statistical Rolls: Counties (1953-1979); Reel Number: 43877_343804, Jay Benefiel, 5 weeks, 142 N. Olive, Wichita, in household with Mr. L.M. Benefiel Jr., Terrell Benefiel, Lauren Benefiel, 19 months.

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Hello Jay,

WIKITree is indicating that we are 9th cousins. with the connection through my mother's French Canadian Family.

Though it's not indicated, I am betting we are also connected on my father's side sunce Matthias Farnsworth is a common ancestor, and he frequently shows up on my paternal side too.

posted by Sue (Bateman) Matthews
Hello cousin! That's what makes WikiTree so interesting-seeing all those connections on a huge tree that you would never find on your own. Thanks for reaching out...
posted by Jay Benefiel
Hi Jay, I saw you changed a maintenance category from "US Black Heritage Project, Unsourced" to "US Black Heritage Project." That category isn't used on individual profiles. It's only used on pages. In cases like this, where one source was added, but obviously more are needed, we use US Black Heritage Project, Needs Sources. Thanks, Emma
Thank you for your contributions to our 5th place finish in the 2023 Source-a-thon! We couldn't have done it without your participation. I hope to see you back for the next 'thon"!
Hey hun,

Connect-A-Thon is from July 23 through the 26th. Here is the link for registration https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1253349/have-you-registered-for-the-2021-connect-a-thon-yet

This is where our chat page is: https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1254362/2021-legacy-heirs-connect-a-thon-chat

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Hello Cousin! Here is our relationship match: This makes John the ninth great grandfather of Jay and This makes John the tenth great grandfather of Sarah. It is so nice to be working together on the Missouri records.
posted by Sarah (Shaw) Saenz
And greetings to you cousin! That's what makes having one big tree so fun and rewarding; finding connections you otherwise would have never known about...
posted by Jay Benefiel
Good evening fellow Team Missouri teammate!    

Since Eowyn provided the major links in her email, I'm dropping by with the other main one you'll need. This will take you to the state links for the suggestions that need to be fixed.  https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:DBE_Errors_By#East_North_Central  Click on the state you want to work on and it will bring up a huge chart of suggestions. If you have any question about how things work or if there's any issues, drop a note in the Team chat or PM me.    

And the most important thing is...have fun!

Go Team MO!!

Hi, Jay!

Thank you for your participation in October’s 2020 Source-a-thon. Your contributions helped us to clear over 57,000 profiles that needed sourcing. This makes our Shared Tree all that much better.

Keep up the great work!

Pippin Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Greetings Team Missouri team mate! Just stopping by with some quick links for you. 

Team Missouri page:https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Team_Missouri

Team Missouri chat:https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1097901/team-missouri-source-a-thon-2020-chat

Clarification on what counts:https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/470614/what-profiles-count-as-unsourced-for-the-source-a-thon

Main Source-a-thon page: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Source-a-Thon

Unsourced profile listing: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Unsourced_Profiles (You can also find a link at the top of the Team Missouri page.)

Tracking: https://wikitree.sdms.si/Challenges/SourceAThon/2020/TeamAndUser.htm

If you have any questions or concerns not covered here, stop by our chat page! Most importantly, have fun!

Good Saturday morning to you!

Just wanted to check in and see if you're available to help your Team Missouri team mates out for the Source-a-thon. The event runs from Friday Oct. 2 to Monday Oct. 5th. Here's the link to sign up if you have the time and desire to join us. https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1097927/have-you-registered-for-the-2020-source-a-thon-yet? Really hoping you will!

Thanks Lori...I'm signed up to Team MO!
posted by Jay Benefiel
Hello, Jay!

Thanks for all the work you accomplished during our Connect-A-Thon 2020. It is amazing how many more profiles were created and added to our Shared Tree. You have every right to be pleased with your efforts!

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
I just wanted to stop by and thank you for the effort you put forth for Team Missouri during this years Connect-a-thon. We couldn't have done as well as we did without your contributions! I hope you had fun, which is the bottom line. Looking forward to seeing you for the Fall Source-a-thon event.
Good evening Team Missouri team mate! Just wanted to quickly touch base with you. The event starts this Friday morning at 8 AM Eastern time and ends 8 AM Monday morning.

Our team chat is located at: https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1054866/team-missouri-2020-connect-a-thon-chat Feel free to ask questions there or cheer the team on. I will be posting the link to the live team stats in the team chat after the event starts. Good luck and have fun!!

Hi there, Jay!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared (over 300!) made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Thank you so much for being a part of Team Missouri for the Clean-a-thon. You posted some amazing numbers,

Hope to see you back on the team for the next event!

Good morning and welcome to Clean-a-thon Friday!

Just wanted to provide you with a few links to help you out during the event. Team page: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Team_Missouri Team Chat: https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1007823/team-missouri-2020-clean-a-thon-chat DBE suggestions by locations: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:DBE_Errors_By

Happy to have you on Team Missouri! Let's go have some fun!

Incredibly great work during the 2020 Scan-a-thon! Our Tree has been enhanced by your efforts to preserve photos and documents, Jay!

The Appreciate Team THANKS YOU!

Pippin Sheppard Appreciation Team Member

posted by Pip Sheppard
Congratulations Jay !
wonderful wikitreer
Jay Benefiel is a Wonderful WikiTreer.
Thank you, hun, so much for being on Legacy Heirs' team. I am so glad you were.
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Hey, hey Team Missouri team mate! Just touching base with everyone to make sure you know how to find the team page and the team chat!



Any questions or comments? Post them in the team chat. We'll use that during the event to chat with or encourage our team mates.

Congratulations on making more than 100 contributions to WikiTree for the Month of May!

We all appreciate your efforts to make our Shared Tree the best it can be.

Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!

Shannon Thomas

WikiTree Appreciation Team

Thanks for the instruction Jay. It was a simple error I should have noticed. It probably happened when I pasted the source onto the page. I will try to proof read my entries better in the future.

Don Kenison

posted by Don Kenison
Just a quick note to say good day! I hope you have a great time as part of Team Tornadoes and WikiTree's Spring 2019 Clean-a-Thon :-) Be sure to drop by and say "hi" once you get rolling on errors.


posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
Jay you won a prize!! Go collect before the next hangout at 8am est/ 7am cst.
posted by Amanda Frank
Hi Jay, on the change you made to location name of Maillot-41, sorry that was not correct. Wikitree names locations by what they were called at the time of event. Please see https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Quebecois in the lower part, there is a listing of location names by era. Thanks.
posted by Danielle Liard
HI Jay, thanks for the fixit on Alonzo M Breece-102.

I checked the change but don't see anything different. Just curious . . what did I miss? Barb :)

posted by [Living Breece]
Hi Jay,

Thank you for self-certifying for the Pre-1700 badge! Participation in a Pre-1700 Project is strongly encouraged for those wishing to edit Pre-1700 profiles. Collaboration is essential because pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants.

It looks like US History would be a good fit with the tag you entered. Adding the tag United_States_History will help you get updates about activity for that project.

Do you have any questions? Let me know. I'm happy to help! :-)

David ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

posted by David Selman

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