Beverly Jean Benfer

Beverly Benfer

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Beverly J. Benfer
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Account confirmed 26 Nov 2014 | Beverly's 3244 contributions | 128 thank-yous received
Profile last modified | Created 26 Nov 2014 | Last significant change: 24 Jan 2018
15:41: Alex Stronach added the Community Star badge for Beverly Benfer. [Thank Alex for this | 3 thank-yous received]
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Wiki Genealogist January 2018 Club 100 Community Star Connector November 2017 Club 100 October 2017 Club 100 Source-a-Thon 2017 Participant October 2016 Club 100 September 2016 Club 100 Source-a-Thon 2016 Participant US Civil War Project Member Military and War Project Member 1776 Project Member Generous Genealogist - Blue Star April 2016 Club 100 Sourcerer Family Star July 2015 Club 100 March 2015 Club 100 February 2015 Club 100
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I discovered WikiTree recently and love the idea of working with others to build one interconnected and, hopefully, well-researched tree for all of us. I have a lot to learn and am open to suggestions!

I began as a home economics teacher in grades 5-12, followed by working as Education Coordinator for Coats & Clark, providing workshops on new fabrics and sewing techniques. This was followed by several years as an educational video producer (long story!) and then opening a consulting business helping schools and colleges with instructional technology. All of this eventually led to being Director of Distance Education (online learning) for a Pennsylvania Community College until retirement.

I was never a big history buff - until the DAR asked my Dad to speak at the dedication of the burial site of a Revolutionary War patriot. Then we learned for the first time that we are descended from that soldier. Wow! That sparked curiosity because now I could see how historical events applied to my ancestors, their lives and decisions.

I began to explore the family history several years ago, but gave it up for a while after finding so many poorly researched online family trees. I know we have long lives in my family, but when I saw that one of my ancestors was born in 1784 and died in 2003, I lost all interest in what others had posted.

When a cousin asked a few years ago about that Revolutionary War ancestor, I decided to try again, using those wacky trees only as clues to research further. After connecting with two previously unknown distant cousins and collaborating to correct a long-standing error copied from one online tree to another, I caught the genealogy bug for real! I love finding the stories of their lives, not just documenting who begat whom and when.


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On 20 Dec 2017 at 18:47 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:


just a word (late) to congratulate you on the contributions you made during the month of November. Whatever the quantity, they are all important.

Your work is appreciated.


Guy Constantineau

On 27 Nov 2017 at 07:55 GMT Emma (McBeth) MacBeath M.Ed MSM wrote:

Thank you for your amazing contribution to this week's Data Doctor challenge and your excellent work. I can just feel the tree getting tidy thanks to your efforts collected with others!

Emma :-)

On 24 Nov 2017 at 18:19 GMT Julie (Fiscus) Ricketts wrote:

Hi, Beverly!

Thank you for correcting the misplaced slash on Volk-266.

I'm *never* upset when someone fixes errors!! :-D

On 5 Aug 2017 at 13:04 GMT Roger Cronrath wrote:

A big thanks from me to Beverly Benfer for helping me represent my families discovery's in an accurate way to be enjoyed by others. She is dedicated and enjoys genealogy. And it was especially neat to find we are distant cousins from the 1820s-70s sharing discovery's of our shared family stem for others to see. Beverly has been very patient working me with. She has the skills needed to reduce genealogical descriptions to writing validating the information to be represented on WikiTree.

On 19 May 2017 at 21:49 GMT Jack (Wilcox) Delmar wrote:

Yes, that is William Thedore Noll on findagrave. He is my Ggrandfather


On 17 May 2017 at 17:51 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:

Hi Beverly, on your question about the "Fleming Name Study", right now our preference is just those "born" into the Fleming family both male and female. Thanks for asking!!

On 10 Sep 2016 at 21:15 GMT Paula J wrote:

Welcome to the Military and War project and the Civil War subproject.

On 3 Sep 2016 at 01:36 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
1776 Liberty Bell
Event years 1773-1789.
Join: 1776 Project
Discuss: 1776
for those who bore arms in the Revolution and
1776 Liberty Bell
Event years 1773-1789.
Join: 1776 Project
Discuss: 1776
for those who contributed patriotic or civil service. Thank you.

On 9 Apr 2016 at 22:36 GMT Diane (Sell) Bezeau wrote:

Thank you so much for the updated biography and sources for my many great grandfather, Johannes Rothruck of Germany. I have been on Wiki Tree since August 2015. I have many profiles I can add for both myself and my husband passed down through family. I don't have sources for them so I stopped adding profiles. Should I continue adding profiles to get them on Wiki Tree or stop and try to find sources like you added for the 57 of my family and 53 of my husband's family first? Could you give me your opinion? Thanks so much.

On 6 Mar 2016 at 20:33 GMT Star Kline wrote:

Glad to see that you joined the Sourcerers, Susan. You've done a great job sourcing your family profiles. I'd like to invite you to join the March 2016 Sourcerers' Challenge. Please take a look at the challenge information and consider joining us? We'd love to have you participate!

By the way - great idea including an image of your ancestor's signature when you don't have a photo! I need to see if I can do that with some of my profiles.

~ Star

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