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 8044 contributions | 329 thank-yous received
Profile last modified | Created 5 Mar 2016 | Last significant change: 16 Jan 2019
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Categories: Craig-4574 | MtDNA Haplogroup H | Georgia Research Assistance | West Virginia Research Assistance | Scottish Clans Project | Clan Bonner | Clan Craig | Georgia, Cemeteries | Prince Georges County, Maryland, Linger Name Study | Patak Name Study | Bonar Name Study | Linger Name Study.

Project: Virginia



Sandy (Craig) Patak participated with Team Virginia during the 2018 Source-a-Thon, adding 500 sources to profiles.
Sandy (Craig) Patak is participating with Team Virginia during the 2018 Clean-a-Thon, correcting 1006. We cleaned up 6,423 suggestions! suggestions.
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Native of Maryland
Sandy (Craig) Patak has an interest in Clan Craig, part of the Scottish Clans Project.
Sandy (Craig) Patak is a member of Clan Bonner.
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. 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.

Want to Get To Know Me Better?
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

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

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 Profiles can be transferred.


(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]


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

Currently Working on These Projects
Project WikiPage Progress Notes
Point Mtn Cemetery Point Mtn Cemetery50% Add To WikiTable
Bonner Cemetery Bonner Space Page100%Project Completed
Morris Cemetery Morris Space Page80% Add To WikiTable
Linger Family CemeteryLinger Space Page100%Project Completed
B F Gregory CemeteryB F Gregory Space Page50% Add Profiles to WikiTree
Meadowland CemeteryMeadowland Cemetery Space Page50% Add Profiles to WikiTree
Rest Haven CemeteryResthaven Cemetery Space Page25% Add Profiles to WikiTree

Current Member Projects

Currently A Member on These Projects
Project Status Notes
Scottish ClansMember
Clan Bonner Sponsor
Global CemeteriesMemberGeorgia Cemeteries, Team Georgia Leader
West Virginia Cemeteries
Military & War Member
US HistoryMember
Southern Colonies Member
US Civil War Member
Team Virginia Member 2016 Source-A-Thon
2017 Spring Clean-A-Thon
2018 Spring Clean-A-Thon

Current One Name Studies

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.

My Free Space Pages

Free Space Pages
Page Name Notes
My Main Free SpaceTable of Contents of My Free Space Pages
Background + Profile Images Seamless Backgrounds for All Types of Profiles
My Brick WallsMysteries and End of Lines
Clean Up Profiles Add Sources & General Tidy Up
Clean Up Adopted ProfilesAdd Sources & General Tidy Up
My To Do List My To Do List
My DNA Mysteries Ancestry Circles and Other Investigations


  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. 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. 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; Confidence: Extremely High.
  5. Maternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Sandy Patak and Stephen Craig, half siblings. Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: Close Family based on sharing 1815 cM across 58 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
First-hand information. Entered by Sandy Craig at registration. SCP

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

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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.
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 for genealogy? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.


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On 16 Jan 2019 at 18:31 GMT William Foster Jr wrote:

Welcome to Project Virginia!

On 1 Jan 2019 at 00:42 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:

Hi Sandy,

We’ve made some exciting changes to the Global Cemeteries Project. The sub-projects have been merged into the Global Project to help with Leadership and to facilitate collaboration.

Some roles within the project have changed. From now on, there are Project Coordinators for each continent, and one for Welcome and Integration, plus Team Leaders for each individual Country etc.

Please let me know if you’d like to stay on in the new project, if you’d like to continue in an existing role, and which team(s) you’d like to be on. Please also give me your e-mail address so that I can get you added to the project’s Google Group.

Many thanks,


Leader, Global Cemeteries

On 2 Nov 2018 at 03:18 GMT Sharon (Hardman) West wrote:

Guess I just forgot. Furnace is down and lots of stress. Thanks for the reminder.


On 1 Nov 2018 at 18:09 GMT Sharon (Hardman) West wrote:

The url entered on Mary Berry, daughter of Craven Berry was for Mary Jane Berry, daughter of Pembroke and Belinda Carter Berry. the source for Craven's daughter is the image of the Braxton County Democrat Under Craven Berry, middle column. There is no birth or death record for her in West Vital Records.


On 3 Oct 2018 at 05:32 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Thanks so much for joining Team Virginia for the Source-a-Thon! Hope you had fun, and thank you for participating.

Congratulations on breaking 400!

See you for the Spring Clean-a-Thon!

Cheers, Liz

On 30 Sep 2018 at 12:58 GMT Robert Russell wrote:

Thank you for helping me with sourcing my goodman line.

On 30 Sep 2018 at 07:03 GMT Ellen Haverty wrote:

Sandy, I tried to unlock for William Haverty but no success.

On 26 Sep 2018 at 18:46 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Thanks for joining Team Virginia for the 2018 Source-a-Thon. The team page is here & the Team's G2G Chat is here.

Your badge number is 462.png

To add your badge to your profile using the Source-a-Thon sticker, you'll need to upload it to your profile page - see the instructions at

Cheers, Liz

On 2 Sep 2018 at 21:44 GMT Anonymous Johnson wrote:

15th cousins 3 times removed from William Gascoigne XII.

On 1 Jun 2018 at 16:24 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Hi! Just saw your interview in the blog. Nice! And we're 8th cousins, 1ce removed, through Harrison-211 (not my most confident line, but doing 30 gens, we have lots of other connections that I'm more certain of).

Cheers, Liz

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Queen Victoria Sandy is 21 degrees from Robin Helstrom, 22 degrees from Katy Jurado and 19 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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