Claire (Chapel) Nava
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Claire (Chapel) Nava

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Claire E. Nava formerly Chapel
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Daughter of and [private mother (1930s - 2010s)]
Sister of [private brother (1950s - unknown)]
Descendants descendants
Mother of [private son (1970s - unknown)], [private son (1970s - unknown)], [private son (1980s - unknown)], [private son (1980s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1990s - unknown)]
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I'm a 5th generation native-born Southern Californian. I am married. We have 5 children, 8 grands so far. We were former franchisees of Spires, Orange, CA. I taught college-level English Composition courses for more years than I care to recall. Now, I get to have fun here on WikiTree, with the Old Time Radio Researchers group, and at First Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Lake Elsinore, CA.

I enjoy genealogy, reading, pets, old time radio shows, and chocolate. :)
This user is a native speaker of English.
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  • First-hand information. Entered by Claire Chapel at registration.
  • Source: S1538034580 California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985 Publication: Operations Inc
  • Source: S1538034581 California Birth Index, 1905-1995 Publication: Operations Inc
  • Source: S1538034582 U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2 Publication: Operations, Inc.
  • Source: S1538034583 U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 Publication: Operations, Inc.
  • Source: S1538044137 U.S., School Yearbooks, 1900-1999 Publication: Operations, Inc. Record Collection 1265

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Hello, Claire!

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 over the weekend. We are proud of your efforts.

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard

Again Thank You, but i don't believe i did it right! I will go to the page to see, i had my brother take the dna for the Thompson's on family tree and i just did the dna with me for my mothers side on Ancestry waiting on those results, have wanted to share my brothers results but I had a stroke this last year and am trying to get back into the genealogy, i get confused sometimes, so i am asking for a little help with the dna thingy!!!

posted by Evie Thompson
God bless and keep you, Evie, as you come back to health.

I am not a Mentor yet, but we do have a bunch of wonderful people who can help you. Here's a list

I would suggest Karen Butler. She taught me how to do all kinds of things. She is gentle and patient and friendly.

Please let me know how you are going on, okay?

Talk to you soon,



posted by Claire (Chapel) Nava
Hi Evie,

Just checking in. How are you doing?


posted by Claire (Chapel) Nava
Bummer... Ok I'll private message you.
Hi Claire,

If you type in Everts-280 in the connection finder and then the relationship finder you will see who we have in common. The first one that popped up was Sarah Stebbins, our 9th great grandmother, and Van Schoonhoven was also in there. I love finding new family!

I tried, but your current settings won't let me.
posted by Claire (Chapel) Nava
Claire and Lori Jo are 21 steps cousins through 10 different matches! Hello Cousin!
That's fun, Lori Jo, and now I'm curious. Which surnames? Colonial, Old World, or maybe New Amsterdam Dutch? I'd bet on the Gages or the Clarks. Maybe the Van Schoonhovens.

Your 10x Cousin,


posted by Claire (Chapel) Nava
Claire Nava is 22 Degrees from Marsha Baker
posted by Marsha (Cramer) Baker
Hi Claire! I found this when I ran Relationship finder.

"Explore more: 579 common ancestors were found between Claire and Marsha within 30 generations. To view the relationship trails, select the common ancestor here. Note that the relationship name will not change."

It initially shows us be connected through Robert Throckmorton K.B. (abt. 1451 - 1520), THROCKMORTON-365

Warm regards, Marsha Cramer Baker

posted by Marsha (Cramer) Baker
Hi Marsha,

How nice to meet another cousin! :) That's one of my favorite things about WikiTree - extending family ties.

The Throckmorton connection is a fairly recent one for me, so this is particularly nice.

Thanks for reaching out to say, "Hi,"

Your Cousin,


posted by Claire (Chapel) Nava
Hi Claire, I agree it's great to find more and more cousins! Throckmorton is new to me too.

I hope you are well!

Cousin Marsha

posted by Marsha (Cramer) Baker
Hi Claire. You make a great Member of the Week! I really enjoyed reading your interview. The part about being worried about why WikiTree was free made me smile. Maybe we need to put a better explanation somewhere.
posted by Chris Whitten
Thank you, Chris. It was a real honor to be asked!



posted by Claire (Chapel) Nava
Hey Clair,

I'm so glad that you plan to join us for the Spring Clean-a-Thon! Don't forget to sign up here and mention that you want to be on the Cornbread Catchers team!

Debi & Sarah

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Thank You Claire. I am looking forward to exploring My DNA results further.
posted by Greg Hulin
Note to self - keep looking into Frank Eli Patterson!
posted by Claire (Chapel) Nava
Hi Claire

Added this note to the scratch pad on the edit side of your profile of course you then have to remember to check that weekly so set a reminder on the calendar - believe me it works :)

All the best Janet

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Thanks, Janet! Two Frank Pattersons have been conflated. I need to sort out my direct ancestor’s information.

Re: Data doctoring - I am not sure which are the “easy” fixes, so I just started at the top of my own Suggestions list. I don’t want to skip one. BTW, the YouTube videos are very helpful!!



posted by Claire (Chapel) Nava
Thanks, Janet.

I worked on it a bit, mostly cleaning things up. It's tricky when there were two men with the same names living in the same general area in the same era. Thank goodness that we caught it before the confusion spread too far. Also, I'm grateful for records that include wives and parents! Still, more research is needed.

Under Suggestions for Chapel-160 - comments and questions

I have "fixed" several familial profiles. (This way, I'm learning on my own family; hopefully, I trust that I won't do anything boneheaded, but I definitely don't want to cause potential problems for others.) Will someone be casting his/her eye over them to make sure I'm doing it correctly? Always happy to learn.

I'm not sure what is needed on Reynolds-1686 and Artlip-15. I see the DNA certification there, so I don't know what else the system wants me to do.

Some of the inherited profiles or GEDCOM profiles are a mess. They have different kinds of formatting, which makes the profiles more difficult to read at times. Do we eliminate useless data or put it under another heading?

Is there a set of sample pages or profiles to review so that I can see how to format correctly?

posted by Claire (Chapel) Nava
Thanks! I will be looking forward to it.
posted by John Mosley
Hi, Claire, I added my maternal grandmother but I cannot connect her to my mother. How do I do this?
posted by [Living Pearce]
Just checking in - were you able to connect the profiles?


posted by Claire (Chapel) Nava
Hi Claire - thanks, i took your advice. I will update my profile the best i can as soon as i gain more experience with this site! ;)

Regards, Kevin McGinn

posted by Kevin McGinn
Hello Claire,

It's Thon time again, this time the Scan-a-Thon! It will be from January 10-13, 2020. Do you want to participate with Team Cornbread Catchers in this Thon? Sign up here! And mention that you want to be on the Cornbread Catchers team!

Debi & Sarah

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Thanks and good thanksgiving to you and your family.


posted by Guy Forir
Thank you Claire for the help you offer me. I will soon start building my tree.

See you soon. Guy

posted by Guy Forir
i need help finding my family
posted by Drew Esparza
Hi. I am Karl Elsea, a new member that does not know how to add material. My father spent 30 years collecting a great deal of material on his and his wife's (my mother) family. I want to transfer this info into the system but do not know who. Hopefully I can figure it out.
posted by Karl Elsea
Thank you Clare, that was fast ! I am looking for information on Robert Adam Christie my Great Grandfather from Foveran, Scotland.
posted by Karyn Dickerson
Hello Claire! According to my tree on FamilySearch, we share a common ancestor a handful of generations back - your GGGGG Grandfather Dirck Brandt Van Schoonhoven (1720-1795) is my GGGGGG Grandfather. :)
Thank you for your offer of help. My mom's family is from Nova Scotia and P.E.I. and my dad's mostly from Lithuania. I'm sure I'll be needing your expertise. Genealogy is a lot of fun and I'd do more of it if I were not still working full time which I also enjoy!
posted by Richard Miller
It's my husbands family I'm following, most of whom arrived in Canada prior to 1850, and some as far back as 1780


posted by M Ross

Claire is 17 degrees from Laurie Giffin, 33 degrees from Toni Morrison and 17 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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