Sandy (Craig) Patak
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Sandy (Craig) Patak

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Rocky
Webcaster
Crocheter
Sandy M. Patak formerly Craig
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of and [private mother (1930s - unknown)]
Sister of [half], [private brother (1950s - unknown)] [half] and [private brother (1960s - unknown)] [half]
[children unknown]
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Profile last modified | Created 5 Mar 2016
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Contents

Biography

Watch my 2023 WikiTree Symposium Presentation

Click Here: Hillbilly Highway


Two tenets that I live by:
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Never look down on anybody unless you are helping them up. - Jesse Jackson Knowledge will give you power, but good character will give you respect. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Sandy (Craig) Patak was born in Maryland.
Sandy (Craig) Patak lived in Appalachia, in West Virginia. See Appalachia Project.
Sandy (Craig) Patak is a Georgian.

Professional Genealogist - Webcast Host of Ancestry Roads documenting stories and histories of Appalachia.

I was born & raised in Maryland and West Virginia, moved to Nashville (not to pursue music) and then landed in the Atlanta suburbs in Appalachia. I have been extremely lucky in jobs starting in high school all the way to the business I own today that provided me tremendous experiences and opportunities. I was able to travel the globe for business documenting my life and ancestors along the way but Appalachia is home to me.

Mike and Sandy Patak, 2024,
Appalachian Trail, Georgia

Married to an incredible guy who happens to be a Marine and can always make me laugh. Mom to an amazing kid that makes me forever grateful he is ours.

I have been a Professional Genealogist for over 20 years. In 2022, I made the decision to close the Professional Genealogy part of my business (except for Adoption Angels which I will always do) and focus on something so dear to me: Appalachia and Appalachians. I want to Change the Narrative of Appalachia and Appalachians by sharing their stories, one at a time.

The birth of the Ancestry Roads Webcast.

Meet Our Member: Sandy Patak
Play the Meet Our Member: Sandy Patak.


Sandy is a Daughter & a Granddaughter of a Coal Miner
Sandy is an 8th Generation Appalachian
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Sandy is participating in the Appalachia Project Challenges.
Sandy is active on Mastodon.

FACEBOOK: Please understand if I do not accept your Facebook Friend request. My family is private to me. You are not missing anything. I don't post on my personal Facebook account. I post everything interesting on this Facebook account: Ancestry Roads on Facebook


Ancestors

Descendant
Sandy (Craig) Patak has an interest in Clan Craig, part of the Scottish Clans Project.
Sandy (Craig) Patak is a member of Bonner Clan.

Practically every ancestor I have has touched the soil in the Southern states. Although my ancestors came to America as Now French, and NOT a Hessian Soldier in a barrel, Ulster Scots, Rugged Highland Scots, or Optimistic Britons, they settled upon the lands of Colonial Maryland and Virginia where their descendants live today.

There is not a war in this new land that my Ancestors have not participated in. Many made it back to their families while some were taken Prisoner and haunted the remainder of their lives and others died tragically fighting for the cause.

Virginia/West Virginia: (Paternal) Linger, Lance/Lantz, Miller, Cutright, Teter

Virginia/West Virginia: (Maternal) Bonner, Gregory, Bennett, Mullinax, Cook, Arbogast, Ware

My Surnames

Click on Surname to view EKA - Earliest Known Ancestor
Paternal vs Maternal ancestors
Bennett, Bennett , Bonner
Cook, Cooper , Cutright , Cutright
Dodrill (Doddridge) , Dunnington
Folks
Gregory
Hamrick, Harper , Hinzman
Judy
Lance (Lantz, Lentz) , Lanham , Linger , Lybarger
Miller (Millar) , Mullenax
Nelson
Payne, Pifer
Radabaugh
Simon (Simone)
Teter (Dieter)
Wamsley, Ware , Wentz


DNA

Current Ethnicity Estimate (Ancestry from June 2022 Build accessed on 12/21/2022):
Sandy has 46% - England & Northeastern Europe
Sandy has 6% - Wales
Sandy has 17% - Germanic Europe
Sandy has 5% - Ireland
Sandy has 14% - Scotland
Sandy has 3% - Norway
Sandy has 9% - Sweden/Denmark
Sandy is 100% Appalachian


Man who made me (Biological Father) = Oden Linger
Dad who raised me & whose name is on my birth certificate = John Craig


Note about DNA

There is ZERO Value in just listing "DNA confirmed by Ancestry" or "DNA confirmed because I have cousins (or siblings) that tested."
Put in the effort to source your DNA properly otherwise your data is flawed.
Please review Help:DNA_Confirmation for ALL the REQUIRED information you need.



Professional Genealogist, APG, NGS at
Ancestry Roads and Ancestry Journey Cemeteries


Background and Profile Images on this page and more are available for your use at Image Page
My love of all things Genealogy is credited to my Uncle Drex who showed me the way to research, document and treat others with truth and respect.
Blogs: Ancestry Roads |Ancestry Journey Cemeteries | Argosy Traveling


Genealogical Standards

Genealogical Standards definitions and syntax conventions:

  1. A Primary Source contains data that was recorded by the person in the profile; or by someone known to or with first hand knowledge of that person, during the person's lifetime, death or within two generations thereafter.
  2. A Secondary Source is a genealogical reference created as the result of a extensive study of available source material and it provides some evidence of the source documentation used to generate the text data.
  3. A Tertiary Source is a genealogical data source which is a collection of genealogical information that does not cite Primary or Secondary information sources, and the data may be factual or hearsay.
  4. Braces {Editorial Note Example} are used to insert editorial comments; that is to say, information or clarification that is not contained in the original, cited source material.
For more details, here is my Sandy's Sourcing Made Simple space page.

Active Projects

I highly encourage everyone to join a Project or two that interests you. It's a great way to meet others and build a stronger tree.


Project Leader/Co Leader Other Roles
Appalachia
US Southern Colonies, Province of Georgia
Ambassadors
Southeast US Mining Disasters Team
West Virginia Project
One Place Studies
Remember the Children
Connectors

Sources

  1. Linger Paternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Oden Linger and SCP, father/daughter. Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: close family; Confidence: Extremely High.
  2. Linger Paternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Sandy Patak and Daniel Linger, half siblings. Their most-recent common ancestor is their father, Oden Linger. Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: Close Family based on sharing 1857 cM across 34 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
  3. Linger Paternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Sandy Patak and Steven Linger, half siblings. Their most-recent common ancestor is their father, Oden Linger. Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: Close Family based on sharing 1619 cM across 46 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
  4. Bonner Maternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Stephen Craig and SCP, her half brother. Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: Close Family based on sharing 1815cM across 58 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
  5. Bonner Maternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Sandy Patak and Stephen Craig, half siblings. Their most-recent common ancestor is their mother, Edith Bonner. Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: Close Family based on sharing 1815 cM across 58 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
  6. Bonner Maternal relationship is confirmed by an autosomal 23andMe test match between Sandy (Craig) Patak and Drexell King, her half 1st cousin . Their most-recent common ancestor is Ina Bonner, the grandparents of Sandy (Craig) Patak and grandmother of Drexell King. Predicted relationship from 23andMe: Half 1st cousin, based on sharing 312 cM (4.19% DNA shared) across 12 segments. Sandy is the daughter of Edith Bonner who is the daughter of the common ancestor Ina Bonner.
  7. Bonner Maternal Grand Mother relationship. Ina Bonner, and MRCA, is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between her granddaughter, Sandy Patak and D.K., half uncle. Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: Cousin based on sharing 647 cM across 31 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
  8. Bennett Maternal relationship is confirmed by a triangulated group on GEDmatch who share a 56.3 cM segment on chromosome 2, consisting of Sandy (Craig) Patak, GEDmatch kit # M183771, and Boyd Swisher, her 2nd cousin 2x removed, and Karen Bennett, her 1st cousin, GEDmatch kit # A589284. (Boyd and Karen are 2nd cousins 2x removed.) Their most-recent common ancestors are Cyrus Teter and Hannah Harper, the 3x great grandparents of Sandy (Craig) Patak and great grandparents of Boyd Swisher and 3x great grandparents of Karen Bennett. Sandy is the daughter of Edith Bonner who is the 2x great granddaughter of the common ancestors Cyrus Teter & Hannah Harper.
  9. Bennett Maternal Grand Father relationship, John Clarence Bennett, and MRCA, is confirmed by a 472.4 cM match between his Grand Daughter, Sandy Patak GEDmatch M183771 and his Grand Daughter, Karen Beatty GEDmatch A589284.
  10. Bennett Maternal relationship is confirmed by an autosomal Family Tree DNA test match between Sandy (Craig) Patak and Boyd Swisher, her 2nd cousin 2x removed. Their most-recent common ancestors are Cyrus Teter and Hannah Harper, the 3x great grandparents of Sandy (Craig) Patak and great grandparents of Boyd Swisher. Predicted relationship from Family Tree DNA: 3rd cousin, based on sharing 58 cM across 4 segments.Acutal relationship is 2C2R.
No Triangulation Needed so far
 :First-hand information. Entered by Sandy Craig Patak at registration. SCP
 :Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate in personal possession of Sandy Patak - Even though a birth certificate is considered Direct Evidence for Genealogical Proof Standards (GPS), mine is not because DNA proved it incorrect.
 :"United States Public Records, 1970-2009", database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJ2Z-KZ2Q : 25 June 2020), Saundra M Craig Patak, 2001-2004.


Advanced Directive

June 1 2022 at 8:00 am. I place the profiles that I manage into the caring hands of Mary Gulish. We have found that our families are so intertwined there is no other person I trust and respect to take care of our family line with great love and care. In advance, thank you cousin for your kindness. This includes profiles I manage of people unrelated to me. I also place all of my work in the hands of Mike Patak to take over any and all of my WikiTree work to include: pages, projects, and profiles. Sandy Patak


Finished Projects


Watch: I'm An Appalachian - Mountain Music Culture
Play the I'm An Appalachian - Mountain Music Culture.
Finished Projects:
WikiTree Day
WikiTree Day Attendee: 2022
Remember the Children Project
Sandy (Craig) Patak is a member of the Remember the Children Project.
Sandy (Craig) Patak was a RAWKER in the We Will RAWK You Event.
Sandy was featured in a Meet Our Members Post on the WikiTree Blog!
Sandy is a volunteer with the 1950 Census Indexers Group.
1950 Census Profile Graphics
Sandy (Craig) Patak competed in the 2023 WikiGames.
Sandy (Craig) Patak competed with the Fantastic Firs in the 2023 WikiGames.
WikiTree Day
WikiTree Day Attendee: 2023

Only the Trusted List can access the following:
  • Sandy's formal name
  • full middle name (M.)
  • e-mail address
  • birth location
  • images (12)
  • private siblings' names
  • spouse's name and marriage information
For access to Sandy Patak's full information you must be on Sandy's Trusted List. Please login.


DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Sandy or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA. Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
  • Sandy (Craig) Patak: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup H, FTDNA kit #T882365 + Mitochondrial DNA Test HVR1 and HVR2, haplogroup H, MitoYDNA ID T18736 [compare]
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Sandy:

Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

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Thank you for joining Appalachia Roots on the Connect-A-Thon

Our Team finished in 1st place by connecting 17,576 profiles! 
Rocky
Sandy connected 1,703 profiles on the Appalachia Roots Team for the April 2024 Connect-a-Thon

What an incredible job!!!  Check out the scoreboard.

We couldn't do it without you amazing team members! - See you again at the next Thon in July 2024!

Sandy & Patty - Appalachia Roots Co Captains
posted by Patty (Luker) LaPlante
Hi Sandy, the Club 1000 stickers for January 2024 have not been posted. There are a number of G2G comments mentioning this. Do you know who we contact for the stickers to post? Thanks much, Carol
posted by Carol Baldwin PhD RN
They should be on profiles now. :) It's a pretty one too!
posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak
Thanks for joining Appalachia Roots on the Connect-A-Thon.  Our Team finished in 1st place by connecting over 16,000 Profiles! 
Rocky
Connected 1,011 Profiles on the Appalachia Roots Team for the January 2024 Connect-a-Thon

That is an amazing job!!  Check out the Scoreboard

We couldn't do it without you. We have awesome team members! - Can't wait to do it again at the next Thon in April 2024!

Patty & Sandy - Appalachia Roots Co Captains

Sticker code for your personal profile can be found here

posted by Patty (Luker) LaPlante
Hi Sandy, This year 27 members signed up to Connect Soldiers during the 2024 January Connect-a-Thon, which resulted in 367 soldiers being connected to family!!!! We beat last years score by 67 soldiers. Thank you for participating :)
Sandy (Craig) Patak participated in the January 2024 US Civil War Project Connecting Challenge.
posted by Pam Kreutzer
Hi Sandy, thank you for signing up to connect Civil War Soldiers during the Connect-a-Thon. Pam
posted by Pam Kreutzer
Don't shoot me.... I finished my section already. I was worried that Thon tasks would prevent me from finishing. :)

Good luck in the Thon!

posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak
Good job, I've gone through mine too, but left enough open spaces to fill during the thon.
posted by Pam Kreutzer
Hi Sandy

This is the time for the annual check in with members of the Military and War Project. Have you been active during the last six months in the Military and War Project? Note that it is a requirement to respond to the Military and War Project Check-ins. Please respond to this message by clicking the reply button below this message, to post your answer. I look forward to hearing from you..

Many thanks,

Mary, Project Coordinator, Military & War

posted by Mary Richardson
Hi Mary!

I have been working on the following:

  • Monthly Civil War challenges
  • Working on adding Vietnam Vets
  • Adding US Marines to WT from the USS Arizona
  • Working on the existing Profiles that need categorized interred in Veteran Cemeteries in Appalachia (categories, stickers, & bios)
posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak
Thanks Sandy for responding with the nice list. Of course I marked that Active for Military and War check in..

Mary

posted by Mary Richardson
Hi Sancy, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and New Years. Thank you so much for all you do for the Challenges, we have again completed a challenge adding more then 800 soldiers to the Andersonville National Cemetery.
Sandy (Craig) Patak created profiles in December 2023 US Civil War Project Andersonville National Cemetery W Surnames Challenge.

The US Civil War January Challenge is to connect US Civil War Soldiers for the January Connect-a-Thon. This year will be a twist of what I usually do. Instead of you choosing a "Surname Letter", you will be choosing from a block of soldiers whom I've already screened that show they have family to connect. Each soldier has a connection to one or more of his immediate family--parents, siblings, spouses, children, on their profile. Whether you work on one soldier or your whole block of soldiers, it's one step closer in our goal to connect each of our US Civil War Soldiers. The goal is to make sure all these soldiers are connected at least by one or two degrees. You can sign up now by clicking this link: US Civil War Sign-up Chart

posted by Pam Kreutzer
Hello from the Appalachia Project!

Join us for our online Appalachia Project Party on Saturday, December 9th, 2023 at 2pm (EST)/7pm (UTC).

If you are signed up for our Project's Google Group, look for an email with the easy instructions on how to join. If you are on our Project's Discord Chat Channel, all details were posted under Announcements.

(Please make sure to check your Spam folder as many have mentioned the Monthly Newsletter and other communication is landing in their spam.)

Need to sign up for the Appalachia Project Google Group or Discord channel: Google Group and Discord Chat Channel

Paula Southern Team Leader


Rejected matches › Sandy Pittock