Jaki Erdoes
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Jaki Erdoes

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Jaki J. Erdoes
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Jaki Erdoes was a New Yorker.
Jaki Erdoes was a Mainer.
Jaki Erdoes has Hungarian Roots.
Jaki Erdoes has Jewish Roots.
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Jaki Erdoes has Polish Roots.
Jaki Erdoes has Czech Roots.
Jaki Erdoes has German Roots.
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Jaki Erdoes is the descendant of a Huguenot emigrant.
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I was born in New York City, the third child of artist parents. I grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan when it was still a middle class neighborhood. I attended public schools, including the High School of Music & Art, as an art student.

My mother was a graphic artist and editor for Time and Life magazine in the 1940s. My father started out as a freelance illustrator/commercial artist upon arriving in New York in 1940. He later became a noted author and photographer, best known for his work with Native Americans. Please see his bio for more about Richard Erdoes. Elsass-29 My parents retired to Santa Fe, New Mexico. While living there, they were both honored as Living Treasures of Santa Fe.

My paternal grandfather was a Hungarian Jewish opera singer, who died in Budapest in 1912, just weeks before my father was born. My grandmother was Austrian Catholic. My grandparents decided somehow that my father would be raised neither Jewish nor Catholic. So I have both Jewish and Catholic roots, but not the religious background of either. Much of what I know about my Jewish ancestors is through genealogical research.

My mother's roots stretch back to early colonial settlers of New England and New York. They came from Holland, England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, France, and Norway - that I know of so far. Between my two parents, I count about 14 different nationalities.

My favorite family genealogy story is one in which my maternal grandfather was explaining his lineage to my father, his future son-in-law. My grandfather was intensely proud of the Revolutionary War heroes and prominent colonists in our background, especially our ties to General Philip Schuyler of Albany.

After listening to my grandfather's pedigree, my father replied, in his thick Austrian accent, "Zat's nussing! My uncle caught ze clap from ze Dutchess of Bentheim!" thereby both deflating and charming my grandfather with his wry sense of humor.  :-)

Now I live and work in Maine - not anymore! I just retired in January 2024! I have been researching my roots since the 1990s, first at a local Family History Library, slogging through microfilms of Hungarian vital records. I also transcribed records as a volunteer for JewishGen, though I have not been active with that organization lately. I enjoy working on WIkitree "thons" and other challenges and projects. CU on the Tree!


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Registration has begun for the July thon. Remember to look for the Legacy Heirs’ section and post in there. Here is the link: https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1756104/have-you-registered-for-our-july-2024-connect-a-thon-yet?start=0#a_list_title
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
I am so blessed that you are a Legacy Heir. I hope to have you with me in July for the Connect-a-thon.
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Thank you for helping with the USBH 1880 census project in New Hampshire. The state of New Hampshire has now been marked as complete! Emma
Thank you for helping USBH with the 1880 census in Maine. The state has now been marked complete! Emma
Registration has begun for the April thon. Remember to look for the Legacy Heirs’ section and post in there. Here is the link: https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1717455/have-you-registered-for-our-april-2024-connect-a-thon-yet

The team chat is located here: https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1712660/legacy-heirs-april-2024-connect-a-thon-team-chat

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Thank you for participating in the December 2023 USBH Connecting Challenge and helping us create 6214 profiles. We created a total of 46,036 profiles for the year. We met our 2023 goal of 250k profiles and finished out the year with 168,195!

You can see your personal 2023 total and your all time 2021-2023 total on the 2023 tab here: our tracking spreadsheet.

Check out our new 1880 Census Project. We’d love everyone’s help in 2024.

Thank you so much for being a Legacy Heir! I am truly blessed for you all.
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy

Here is a list of all 4 thons next year:

Connect-a-Thon Jan 19-22

Connect-a Thon Apr 12-15

Connect-a Thon Jul 19-22

Source-a-Thon Oct 4-7

That means the first Thon of the year will be a Connect-a-Thon on the weekend of the 19 - 22 Jan 2024. I would love to have you with your fellow Legacy Heirs at that time, if it works out for you. I will remind you about registration when that time comes.

P.S. I now know a quick and easy little tip on how to add profiles. If you use the Sourcer/Searcher app, and want to know the hint, let me know and I will send you the steps.

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Hi Jaki,

Thank you for joining the Vermont Project: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Vermont. I’m pleased to award you the United States Project Badge for your profile.

Here are some areas you might find interesting:

• Adding Vermont Profile Stickers: Instructions are available for enhancing your family profiles with Vermont-specific stickers.

• Some Likely Vermont Notables Needing Our Investigation: Dive into the history of notable Vermonters who could use further research.

• Vermont Native American Tribes: Learn about the indigenous peoples of Vermont and their contributions to the state.

More exciting changes are on the horizon, and we’re eager to see your contributions to the project.

Best regards,


Vermont Project Leader

posted by Clyde Perkins
Hi Jaki,

It is once again time for our annual Scotland Project check-in. Please respond within the next three weeks to let us know:

•If you would like to continue as a project member •If you are happy with your current teams or would you like to join a different team •How much time per month (on average) you spend working on Scottish profiles •Anything you’d like the Scotland Project to do more of in the future

You can respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. If we don’t hear from you within the next three weeks we’ll assume your interests have changed or you are no longer able to participate in the Scotland Project at this time, and your badge will be removed. If your circumstances change later you will be welcome to reapply for membership.

On behalf of the Scotland Project, I would like to thank you for your commitment to the project's goals. Every single contribution you make helps improve Scottish profiles!

Sheena - Scotland Project Membership Coordinator

Hi and thank you for being a member of the Jewish Roots Project! I wanted to let you know about some new things we have going on.

- You can see new tabs at the top of our home page, where you can select topics to view or work on. You can also use our new maintenance categories - feel free to add them to your own family, or any other Jewish Roots profile, or work on the maintenance yourself, such as adding new records to profiles with only a couple sources.-I'm sending an invitation to join GoogleGroups, which we are re-starting this week. We'll probably do most group chat there, but the most important things will be posted on G2G, which you will be notified about if you follow the jewish_roots tag.

-You can also join Wikitree's discord server, where we have a Jewish Roots chat channel.

-If you have ideas or suggestions for the project, feel free to reply here or send me a message.

Thank you! -Elaine, co-leader for Jewish Roots Project

I liked looking at your photo of Joseph Schrom. My great-grandfather Franz Josef Schrom was born around the same time about 15 miles south, in Klogsdorf (Klokoci CZ today).
posted by l Schrom
Perhaps we're related. Have you taken either 23&Me or Family Tree DNA test? I can't access any genealogical records from CZ.
posted by Jaki Erdoes
I have to wonder how you might be related to famous mathematician Paul Erdős (Erdős Pál in Hungarian usage). He doesn't seem to be on Wikitree yet, but basic information is easily found. If you happen to run out of genealogy projects, you might look him up.

Your 10th cousin once removed, Steve Ryan

posted by Steve Ryan
Hi Jaki,

We're 9th cousins once removed. I may have seen your dad's books. Some of them sound familiar.

posted by Scott Hutchins
edited by Scott Hutchins
Cool! The ones most people are familiar with are Lakota Woman and American Indian Myths and Legends.
posted by Jaki Erdoes
Hi Jaki,

We are 16th cousins with 174 ancestors in common within 30 generations. Great for research of deep roots! Your cousin Angela,

Angela Boyer Cortner Boyer-3525

posted by Angela (Boyer) Cortner
Hello Cousin Jaki,

Jaki and Janine are 10th cousins twice removed

Szia Jaki ~ What an amazing WikiTeer you are! Loved, loved the blog about you. We just started up the Hungary project but it's considered a "Europe" project (badge-wise) according to new Project protocols.

But If you want to add the Hungary Project Member sticker to your profile, here is how to do it (-:


Have a good summer researching your ancestors. If you need help with Hungary records and locations, let me know.


posted by Maggie N.
Thanks for being awesome Jaki !

A big thank you for the fun we had and all your wonderful work during the Clean-a-Thon 2020

team Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders x

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Thank you, Bea! I don't know how much I contributed - haven't looked at the tracker yet. I hope everyone is staying safe out there.
posted by Jaki Erdoes
Jaki, I agree with your comments regarding Maria Demuth. Thank you for your comments on her profile. I'm checking into it and will update everything for which I can find sources.
posted by Barry Sweetman
In Hungarian Erdo means forest and when the es added I believe it means foresty or like a forest

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