Sandy (Craig) Patak

Sandy (Craig) Patak

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Sandy M. Patak formerly Craig
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of [private father (unknown - unknown)] DNA confirmed and [private mother (1930s - unknown)] DNA confirmed
Sister of [private brother (1950s - unknown)] [half] and [private brother (1960s - unknown)] [half]
[children unknown]
Account confirmed 11 Mar 2016 | Sandy's 18943 contributions | 688 thank-yous received
Profile last modified 23 May 2020 | Created 5 Mar 2016 | Last significant change: 1 May 2020
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Native of Maryland
Sandy (Craig) Patak is a part of Georgia.
Sandy (Craig) Patak has an interest in Clan Craig, part of the Scottish Clans Project.
Sandy (Craig) Patak is a member of Clan Bonner.
Sandy (Craig) Patak is a Project Member of the Southern Pioneers Project.

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

I inherited the Ancestry bug from my Uncle Drex who tirelessly went door-to-door asking questions to all of our relatives. I am fortunate to have much personal family documentation passed down through the generations.

After traveling around the globe as a successful business consultant, I found little time to be home or continue research. There comes a time when you approach two paths, I took the one less traveled. I decided to change careers and follow my passion. Over a decade ago, I became a Professional Genealogist and started my company, Ancestry Journey. Ancestry Journey combines research and travel to create a full understanding of your Ancestors.
Sandy was featured in a Meet Our Members Post on the WikiTree Blog!

My personal primary genealogy focus is

  1. Locate where my families lived in Scotland and Germany
  2. Research the graves of my ancestors as well as restore them
  3. Gather military information and document their lives much more than the dates they were born and died

I am a proud first generation born Marylander who now lives in North Georgia. When not working, you can find me camping in our Vintage Airstream with my family, fly fishing the mighty Elk River in WV, attending an Atlanta Gladiators Hockey Game or reading a good novel in my hosta filled backyard.

My Blogs

My Genealogical Blogs:

Ancestry Journey Genealogy Tips
Ancestry Cemeteries: Tips on Documenting/Surveying/Photographing Cemeteries

My Non Genealogical Blogs:

Camp - Golf - Eat: Showcasing Campground & Golf Course Reviews and Great Eats!
Argosy Traveling: All about Renovations, Upgrades and Restoration on Vintage Trailers


(Click on the Names with Links to Read About These Ancestors!)

Practically every ancestor I have has touched the soil in the Southern states. Although my ancestors came to America as Hessian Soldiers, 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

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


DNA Tests show predominately European:

47% British & Irish
25% Broadly Western Europe
19.8% French & German
4.4% Scandavian
.4% Sardinian

Parents Confirmed with DNA= Oden Linger [1] [2][3] AND Edith Bonner [4][5][6] [7]


Birth Certificate lists Craig as last name. My biological father's identity was not revealed until I was 48 years old and confirmed with DNA tests.

Biological Father = Oden Lee Linger

Non-Biological Father = John Dale Craig

Recent Favorite Profiles

This is a list of my favorite profiles that I have had the honor to create or adopt and manage. I hope you will stop and take a moment to check them out. (This list changes.)

Sarah Folks Bonner, my 3rd Great Grandmother. After Sarah's husband died, she fought for years to get his War of 1812 Pension: A Land Grant. She was repeated denied and some of the archival documents from the U.S. Govt are quite mean. She wanted this land to not only pass along to her child but it also has the private family cemetery where her husband was buried.

John Shaw Billings, no relation. I came across John when researching the hospital where one of my Ancestor's died during the Civil War. John was the Hospital Surgeon and "Administrator." By just barely digging a little deeper, I learned that John graduated college at 14, created a National Medical Library, helped design John Hopkins, introduce public health questions to the Census and was the first Director of the NY Public Library. And so much more!

Lorenz Patak, my Husband's 2nd Great Grandfather. This Profile always make me smile because of the pictures. Have you ever dreamed of having a bar and barber shop in the same location? It was a huge success for Lorenz!

Currently Working On

SE USA Regional Cemeteries Team Lead | Georgia, USA Cemeteries Team Lead | WV Cemeteries, Member | Scottish Clan Bonner, Sponsor |Military and War, Member | US History, Member | US Southern Colonies, Member | US Civil War, Member | Team Virginia, Member |
Free Space Pages:
My Main Free Space | Background + Profile Images | Clean Up Profiles | My Brick Walls |My To Do List | Clean Up Adopted Profiles | My DNA Mysteries | My List of Cemeteries
Trusted List Transfers
Due to my Cemetery Projects, I tend to manage Profiles that I have no personal family line to. I love to turn over the Profile responsibilities to those that have personal interest & knowledge of an Ancestor. All, with few exceptions, of my Georgia AND Kentucky Profiles can be transferred.
Cemetery Documenting/Surveying/Photographing Projects:
Point Mtn Cemetery| Bonner Cemetery | Morris Cemetery | Linger Cemetery |B F Gregory Cemetery | Meadowland Cemetery | Resthaven Cemetery | Benson Methodist Church Cemetery |

One Name Studies

This profile is part of the Bonar Name Study.
This profile is part of the Linger Name Study.
This profile is part of the Patak Name Study.


  1. 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. 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. 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. Maternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Stephen Craig and SCP, mother/daughter. Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: Close Family based on sharing 1815cM across 58 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
  5. 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. 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.
  7. 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.
First-hand information. Entered by Sandy Craig Patak at registration. SCP
Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate in personal possession of Sandy Patak

All the images on this page are available for your use. They are uploaded to my Image Page

Sandy (Craig) Patak is participating with Team Virginia during the 2019 Clean-a-Thon.
Sandy (Craig) Patak participated with Team Virginia during the 2018 Source-a-Thon, adding 500 sources to profiles.
Sandy (Craig) Patak participated with Team Virginia during the 2018 Clean-a-Thon, correcting 1006. We cleaned up 6,423 suggestions! suggestions.
Sandy is a member of the Virginia Connectors Team working on WV Profiles for the Connect-a-Thon Challenge, Summer 2019
Sandy (Craig) Patak is participating with The Virginia Connectors during the 2019 Connect-a-Thon, and has added 1152 profiles.
Sandy (Craig) Patak participated with Team Virginia during the 2019 Source-a-Thon, adding 1265 sources to profiles.

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  • spouse's name and marriage information
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Followed Tags
Sandy is a Wiki Genealogy Volunteer following these tags:
Direct Descendent of the Bonner of Virginia/West Virginia
Central WV, Fulton/Cherokee/Forsyth Counties, GA Documenting my Ancestors Graves, Restoring Gravestones and Helping Document Cemeteries for Others.
I can help lookup information in Fold3.
Direct Descendent of the Lance (Lantz) family of Virginia/West Virginia.
Direct Descendant of the Linger family from Germany to West Virginia.
Currently working on the War of Independence and Civil War. Then on to the War of 1812 and WWI
Patak Surname, Linger Surname, Bonner Surname
Scotland, German Roots, Cemeteries. *** Since I am mostly Scottish and German descent, I am interested in tracing back the ancestors in these areas specifically military/battles. I am a frequent contributor for helping with grave lookups.
Researching Bonner/Bonar and Craig/Craigg
99.9 of my entire Gedcom is from the Southern Colonies: Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and I now live in Georgia.
Specifically tracing Ancestor Lines from Maryland/Virginia/West Virginia
War between the States
Researching Ancestors from Virginia before it split into West VA/VA. Mostly Southwestern Virginia (Bedford, Rockingham).
West Virginia research assistance
DNA Tested
Sandy Patak's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. 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
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share 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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Hi Sandy!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared (over 1500!) made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard

The Global Cemeteries Project is currently undergoing our member check-in and wanted to verify that you are still active and interested in being a member of the project. Are you currently assigned to or working with one of our Cemetery Teams? If not, is there a particular Team or area you are interested in participating with? I would be delighted to help you get setup in one or more of our collaborative teams!

We use Google Groups for internal project collaboration, so if you are not yet setup for access feel free to submit a join request and we will get that approved as quick as possible. We also ask that members check their followed tags to make sure you are following the correct project tag (CEMETERIES) so you don't miss any discussions in G2G.

Last, but not least, we would like to thank you for all of your contributions to WikiTree and let you know that any ideas or suggestions for improvement you may have for the Global Cemeteries Project would greatly appreciated!

I look forward to hearing form you soon!

Steve ~Global Cemeteries Project Leader

posted by Steve Harris
Hi Steve -

Yes, I am still active with the Georgia Cemetery Team (as member and Leader) and Southeast USA Region Team Lead.

Thanks, Sandy

posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak
Got you on the roster, thanks for checking in with us!
posted by Steve Harris
Hi Sandy! I've finally gotten to the Bonner Clan. Could you please change the category on your profile to read Category:Bonner Clan. We've done this to differentiate between the historic Clans and Scottish families.

~Thanks for your understanding and cooperation Amy Gilpin Scotland Project Co-Leader

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
edited by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Amy -

Two quick questions: 1. I didn't see Clan Bonner on the Scottish Clans listing. Is it listed elsewhere? 2. On the individual Clan Pages, will Sticker templates be added? I'm working on DB Error 931 (Project Box) in WV and there are a lot for Scottish Clans. I can easily switch to Stickers if available. For reference:

Thanks! Sandy

posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak

My name is Amy and I’m a co-Leader of the Scotland Project. As you may have heard, we have merged the Scottish Clans project into the Scotland Project. I am contacting you today to find out if you are interested in continuing with us under this new format. If you would like to go forward on the Scottish Clans Team, please reply and let me know which clans you have been working on or would like to work on. I look forward to hearing from you.


Amy Gilpin Scotland Co-Leader

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hi Amy -

Yes, I want to continue with Scottish Clans.

I manage Bonar / Bonner and Craig Clans.

Thanks! Sandy

posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak
I'll get you added to that team.
posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Sandy, what’s your interest/tie to the Zachary, Ferguson, Randle lines? I need help putting my Y-DNA data to use on my Ferguson line. Trying to proof out parents of Benjamin Witt Ferguson.
posted by Byron Ferguson III
Hi Sandy,

Congratulations on a fantastic Source-a-Thon weekend! Your contributions were fantastic, and an incredible help in improving our global tree. I hope you enjoy a well-earned rest because you are a star!

- Amy :D

posted by Amy Utting
Sandy, every contribution to WikiTree improves the quality of our Shared Tree. The Appreciation Team thanks you for all your efforts by making more than 1,000 contributions during the month of September.

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Thank you, Sandy, for your interest in the Joseph Bennett, Jr genealogy. I am related to Thomas Bennett (1774-1839) and Eve Bennett. My information on Eve is very sketchy, but some sources indicate that Thomas and Eve may have been first cousins. Thomas' second wife, Elizabeth Sydenstriker Bennett, was elderly when they married after Eve's death. Sydenstriker may have been a prior married name. Any info you may have on Eve Bennett would be greatly appreciated. Ruth
Hi, Sandy!

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in. We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the Military and War Project. Below is a quick checklist for active members. The project leaders would like you to make sure you have done the following:

1) Checked the Project Page for ways to contribute.

2) Added MILITARY_AND_WAR to the tags you follow.

3) PMed the Project Coordinator with your email address to be added to the Google Group.

4) Bookmarked the Activity Feed to monitor the project watchlist.

Thank you!

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Hi Sandy!

The Appreciation Team thanks you for all for your hard work for reaching 1000+ (actually, over 3500!) contributions for the month July 2019. Onward and upward!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hello, Sandy,

On behalf of the Military and War Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members.

First, we want to thank you for your past participation in the project. We appreciate your desire to honor your ancestors for their service to their countries, or even for your service, wherever in the world. We hope that your membership has enhanced your WikiTree experience.

Please let me know, by commenting on my profile or sending a private message, if you are still active in the project, and if so, in a general sense how you may have contributed to the main project or any sub-projects within the last couple months.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Wow. Just wow! That's all I can say. Thank you for your massive contributions to growing our shared tree. Emma :-)
Hi Sandy

I heard from Mary that you have an interest in joining the Southern Pioneer's Project. We would be thrilled to have you join us, and it's really easy to do so.

  1. Add the Southern Pioneer's Project membership sticker to your WikiTree profile.
  2. Add the G2G tag southern_pioneers to your profile page.
  3. Join the Southern Pioneer's Google Group Please include your email address and WikiTree ID when joining.

We look forward to getting to know you working with you.

Best regards David Douglass Southern Pioneer's Project

posted by David Douglass
Hi Sandy!!

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in. We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the S. Colonies and interested in Southern Pioneers. Below is a quick checklist for active members.

1) Check the Southern_Pioneers Project for ways to contribute. There is a join post on G2G!

2) Add Southern_Pioneers TAG to the tags you follow.

3) PM the project leaders (Paula J and David Douglas with your email address to be added to the S. Pioneers Google Group.

Please try Stickers on profiles to show your roots.

Thank you!

Mary ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Mary Richardson

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