Sandy (Craig) Patak
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Sandy (Craig) Patak

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Signed 5 Mar 2016 | 33353 contributions | 1128 thank-yous
Communication Preferences: I am interested in communicating private message with cousins and anyone else with an interest in genealogy. Here is my family tree. Ancestors ancestors
Feel free to reach out to me anytime if you have questions about the Profiles I have worked on, Need Research or WikiTree help or Just to say Hi. I am always researching my Bonner relatives. The majority of my Ancestors are in Georgia, Virginia and West Virginia.

Team Lead for: Province of Georgia-Southern Colonies Project and Connectors for Southern Colonies Project.

Member of: VA/WV Challenge Teams *Bonar ONS * Cemeterist Project

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]
Profile last modified | Created 5 Mar 2016 | Last significant change: 13 Jun 2021
13:04: Dieter Lewerenz answered a question about Sandy (Craig) Patak [Thank Dieter for this]
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If you are visiting my Profile because I recently changed a Profile you Manage from DNA Confirmed to Confident, Please review for ALL the REQUIRED information you need. These edits were made because the Profile was showing on a Database Error Report during WikiTree's 2021 Clean-A-Thon. I did not randomly pick the Profile to correct. There is ZERO Value in just listing "DNA confirmed by Ancestry" or "DNA confirmed because I have cousins (or siblings) that tested."

Sandy (Craig) Patak was born in 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 Bonner Clan.
Sandy (Craig) Patak is a Project Member of the Southern Pioneers Project.
Sandy (Craig) Patak is a member of the US Southern Colonies Project.


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, Ware


Ancestry - October 2020 Report

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



  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 - 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 ( : 25 June 2020), Saundra M Craig Patak, 2001-2004.

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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.

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Thank you, Sandy for adding to and correcting my profile of Fesby Langford. It’s very much appreciated. I checked the relationship chart and found that we are 10TH cousins once removed ( don’t know what that means ) through my 9th greatgrandfather (your 10th) John Isaac Bates 3rd. I had not heard of him. So...thank you again cousin. Lula Tuttle Sinnott
posted by Lula (Tuttle) Sinnott
Lula, Thanks for reaching out! We seem to be connected by way of my boeved Bonner and Gregory lines of West Virginia. :) I too, have not heard of John Isaac Bates, 3rd. ha ha
posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak
edited by Sandy (Craig) Patak
I do not "like" that the DNA confirmed component is being edited by others. Do I have to go to each profile I have DNA confirmed and make a note on each one of them how and with whom I have verified my DNA tree?

Thank you in advance for your reply. Cynthia

posted by Cynthia (Hicks) Curtis
Cynthia -

I can understand why you do not "like" edits made to Profiles regarding the DNA Component but WikiTree does have requirements on when we can use the "Confirmed by DNA" selection.

WikiTree's DNA Component asks for very specific wording especially since DNA is not uploaded to WikiTree. This wording really helps others understand •exactly• how the DNA Confirmation is matched. It truly is for the good of all, now and for those in the future. I know it is a lot of work but it's definitely worthy work.

If you get a chance, select "Suggestions" from the "My WikiTree" drop-down list (top right of your screen) to see any other DNA or WikiTree errors on Profiles you manage. Since WikiTree is collaborative and last weekend was the "Clean-A-Thon" to correct errors, this is why the edits were made.

I hope this reply finds you and your well.


posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak

Thank you for joining our first ever Connecting Challenge and helping us create 2729 profiles! You were a rockstar creating 350 profiles and coming in 3rd place!

You can add the participation sticker to your profile if you’d like. Connecting Challenge Stickers

We’ve started the March challenge here: March Connecting Challenge


300 Profiles
Sandy created 300 new profiles during the February 2021 USBH Connecting Challenge.
Thanks Emma for organizing this event. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun.


posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak

It’s time for a Project check-in!

Scotland Project Leaders check in with you at least once a year to see how you are doing. With the changes happening around the world, we understand that life is hectic right now.

What are you planning to work on for the Scotland Project this year? Are you happy with the team(s) you part of, or would you like to make some changes?

This time round, we’re also looking for feedback on the use of Google Group and Discord. Do you use one or both of these? If you don’t use either of them, what is the best way to ensure you receive Project communications? If you would like to join us on Google Group or Discord, let us know in your response.

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
I am still active with the Scotland Project in the following ways: Adding Profiles from the passenger lists to the Province of Georgia of MANY Highland Scots (McIntosh galore), Adding more Bonners to the Project, Researching the Craigh line. For 2021, I am continuing with those three mini projects as well as expanding the Scots in America after the Revolutionary War.

I use Google Group and Discord. Discord runs really slowly on my computer so I rarely have it up and running. Otherwise, please add me to both.

Thanks, Sandy

posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak
Thank you for your feedback, Sandy. I'll send you an invite to our Discord Server.
posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Sandy, I think you will have to go with the broad category for the female Military person you are working on.. I frequently go through a person's contributions and find what I think they were working on.. But I didn't find your recent contributions that show military.....

What we need is a source that identifies a regiment or division. Companies are not categorized on WikiTree usually.....

Send me the link and I can look also..


posted by Mary Richardson
Hi, Emma!

Thank you for your participation in October’s 2020 Source-a-thon. Your contributions helped us to clear over 57,000 profiles that needed sourcing. This makes our Shared Tree all that much better.

I think you saw me sneaking up on you at the very end. I just couldn't catch you!

Keep up the great work!

Pippin Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Thanks Pip.... from Sandy, not Emma (it was a loong weekend so I understand). I really thought you would beat me in the end!  :)
posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak
edited by Sandy (Craig) Patak
Sorry, Sandy. You're right: it WAS a long weekend!
posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi, Sandy

The Ambassadors project has been reorganizing and is looking for those who have a membership at a genealogical society, to help in spreading the word about WikiTree.

We're working on ways to improve how WikiTree connects and interacts with genealogical and local history societies. This is the kind of thing we want to do:

  • Liaise with societies: set up your local society with a free-space page and some WikiTree materials as part of a package.
  • Use social media to promote what societies are offering on WikiTree.
  • Encourage bloggers to blog about societies and the resources available to them on WikiTree.

Are you interested in participating in some way? Do you have some ideas to share?

Azure Rae ~ co-Leader of Ambassadors Project

posted by Azure Robinson

Thanks so much for volunteering as Team Leader for the Province of Georgia Team! I know you have contributed a great deal already as Leader of the Georgia Team in the Global Cemeteries Project. Your work is truly appreciated!! I live on Wilmington Island, right outside Savannah, GA. Let me know if I can assist you in any way. Thanks again for all of your hard work!


posted by Paula J
edited by Paula J
Paula -

Thanks! I can not tell you enough how happy I am to hear you are on the "other" side of Georgia. I am positive that I will be asking you for assistance on this Project since a lot of landings happened in your neck of the woods. :)


posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak
Hello, Sandy!

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. You have every right to be pleased with your efforts!

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard

We'd love to have you join the Twisted Thistles in the upcoming Connect-a-thon the weekend of July 17 - July 20. If you'd like to join us and help to develop our ever-expanding Scottish tree, please register on the G2G post here and be sure to mention you'd like to be on the Twisted Thistles team for Scotland.

We also have our team Chat page posted here.

Hope to see you there!
Bobbie & Sarah
Twisted Thistles Co-captains
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Thanks for the invite! I have already signed up for Team Virginia. Best wishes to the Twisted Thistles on Connect-a-thon!
posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak
Hi Sandy,

As you may have seen, we have been doing some restructuring in the US Southern Colonies Project and are now organising ourselves into different teams. We have also changed the criteria for membership. Please have a look at the new project pages, and let me know whether you would like to remain in the project and, if so, which team(s) you would like to be in.

Please can you also send me your e-mail address. I can then make sure you are introduced to your Team Leaders and are in the Google Group.

Please note that it is a requirement for membership in the US Southern Colonies Project that you respond to these check-ins. We’re really excited for the future of the project and hope that you decide to be a part of it with us moving forwards.

Many thanks,

Susie, US Southern Colonies Project Co-Leader

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 Steven 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 Steven 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 Amelia 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

Rejected matches › Sandy Pittock