Jaki Erdoes
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Jaki Erdoes

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Jaki Erdoes is a member of the Hungary Project.

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 father started out as an 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. [Erdos-14]

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. 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.


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Hey hun,

Thank you so much for being a Legacy Heir and being in the Connect-A -Thon. I hope to see you for the Source-A-Thon in October.

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
It's time for our annual Scotland Project check-in!

This year we are hoping to learn what our membership would like to accomplish over the next 12 months.

In case you aren't aware, this year is WikiTree's ""Year of Connections"" and the Project's leadership would like to contribute to this in as many ways as possible.

We would appreciate it if you would share your thoughts and ideas with us on how we can accomplish this goal. We would also appreciate it if you would provide some feedback on our existing goals, including:

  • If you have not yet signed up to help on one of the project's teams, which team(s) would you be interested in joining?
  • How often should we provide a Project Newsletter?
  • Have you participated in the Tartan Trail? If not, is this something you'd be interested in doing?
  • Do you have a question(s) that we could add to a Frequently Asked Questions page?
  • Any suggestions or ideas you have on ways to improve the Scotland Project in general

We continue to communicate with our Project members via Google Group (official) and Discord (unofficial), as well as G2G. You may also reach out to any of the Project leaders via WikiTree's internal messaging system at any time.

Thank you for all you do to help the Scotland Project become a knowledge hub for Scottish genealogical research! We wish you all the best in 2022!

Sincerely, Amy Gilpin on behalf of the Scotland Project Leaders

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hello Jackie,

The April 2022 Connect-a-Thon is about a week away. It will be from Apr 22-25, 2022. Would you like to participate with the Tree Nuts Team again in this Thon? If you would like to join us again, be sure and ANSWER the G2G sign up post. Click ‘Answer this post’ and mention that you want to be on the Tree Nuts team!

We hope you can join us!


P.S. For this event, ‘connecting’ means that you use the add links on a profile created before 22 April to create profiles for parents, siblings, spouses, and children. The goal is not to connect to the main tree, but to add as many linked profiles as possible.

posted by Robin (Dodge) Shaules
edited by Robin (Dodge) Shaules
Thank you for again contributing to the Sourcerers Challenge in February!

Nan, WikiTree Appreciation team

posted by Nan (Lambert) Starjak

Thank you for contributing to the January 2022 Sourcerers Challenge! As you know, every source added to an unsourced profile improves our One Tree. Thank you for taking time from your own family history to help others.

Nan, WT Appreciation Team

posted by Nan (Lambert) Starjak
Thank you for joining the January USBH Connecting Challenge, Jaki, and helping us create 8294 new profiles. Our new total is 82166

We’ve started the February challenge here: February Connecting Challenge.

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Jaki, Thank you for joining the December USBH Connecting Challenge and helping us create 10523 new profiles. We met our goal of creating 50,000 new profiles in 2021!

We’ve started the January challenge here: January Connecting Challenge. We are working toward a goal of 150,000 total profiles in 2022.


Hello Jaki! We’re putting out a call to all past USBH Connecting Challenge participants. We are only a few thousand profiles away from meeting our goal of 50,000 new profiles for 2021. I hope you’ll be able to join us by adding some new profiles in December. They sign up post is here:


Thanks for your contributions in 2021! Emma

Hi Jaki, welcome to the Arborists Project! I look forward to working with you. Gillian, co-Leader, Arborists Project.
posted by Gillian Thomas
Thank you, Gillian! I may have some questions for you in the days to come.
posted by Jaki Erdoes

Thank you for joining the June Connecting Challenge and helping us create 2299 new profiles!

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

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


En na een geweldige Clean-a-Thon ben je natuurlijk ook van harte welkom bij de Bevrijdingsdag of Liberation Day Challenge 2021 die van 4 mei 2021, (20.02 uur) tot en met 10 mei 2021 (20:02 uur) gehouden zal worden !

De G2G is gestart Je kunt, als je mee wilt doen, je naam nu al toevoegen aan de deelnemerslijst

Hi Jaki!

For a great start of the spring this year we will have a Spring Clean-a-Thon again. The fun starts Friday, April 23, at 8 AM (EDT) until Monday, April 26, at 8 AM (EDT) make sure to register for this event (hurry ;) (and respond with an ANSWER not a comment or reply) and of course also mention in the answer you are joining the Flying Dutchmen- Vliegende Hollanders team !

’’’Hope to see you soon, Bea & Astrid :)’’’
posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma

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
21 Nov 2020

08:16: Jaki Erdoes added an unmerged match of Hastings-3786 and Hastings-1834 Can you please add a reason for this unmerged match?

I noticed that you have created several unmerged matches with no explanation, please make sure you understand the process of merging and why you use an unmerged match. Please see https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Merging#Unmerged_Matches

posted by Robin Lee
edited by Robin Lee
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

The 5th! Source-a-Thon will take place from the 2nd of October till the 5th of October. We really hope you will join us at our Team The Flying Dutchmen. Registering is open now HERE. More info at our Team page HERE or at our G2G-S-a-Th-Chat.

Hope to see you!

Margreet, Bea and Astrid

Hello, Jaki!

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 over the weekend. We are proud of your efforts.

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Jaki,

After a great Liberation day challenge, the Connect-a-Thon is coming up, it will take place from Friday 17 July 2020-Monday 20 July 2020) so everyone is invited to join the Flying Dutchmen Team - Vliegende Hollanders..so let's all hop on the boat (teampage) ;) again and have some fun together. Don't forget to first register here (you can register until wednesday 15 july) and let them know you're going to rock the Flying Dutchmen (women) - Vliegende Hollanders boat ..and here's our connect-a-thon chat.

Hope to see you soon,

Bea and Astrid x

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma

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
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.
i am your 16th cousin 2 times removed common ancestor Henry Percy KG.
posted by Andy Johnson
Jaki you were a star at our Flying Dutchmen Team please join us?

I know......... first the Cl-a-Th now a DRP challenge. But it is our 5th Liberation Day challenge. Just to celebrate freedom and remember those that made us to live in FREEDOM! Join us please!

Hi there, Jaki!

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

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
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
The fourth Spring Clean-a-Thon is coming! The cleaning will start on Friday, April 24, at 8 AM (EDT) and run until Monday, April 27, at 8 AM (EDT).

Please join us at Team Flying Dutchmen after registering HERE.

And please feel welcome to join us in the mean time at cleaning up a Dutch Roots Gedcom we work on together for the next weeks.

Hope to see you soon!

Margreet, Bea and Astrid

Hi Jaki!

First of all we all are wishing you a very happy and healthy 2020! And for a great start of this new year we will have a Scan-a-Thon again. The fun starts this weekend, from Friday 10 January (8 AM (ET) until Monday 13 January (8 AM (ET) and the registration cut-off is Wednesday, January 8th, at 11:59 pm, ET, so if you want to participate make sure to register for this event (hurry ;) ) (and respond with an ANSWER not a comment or reply) and of course also mention in the answer you are joining the Flying Dutchmen- Vliegende Hollanders team !

Hope to see you soon,

Bea & Astrid :)

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma

I hope you have some time and energy to join us at the upcoming DRP challenge. We like to have you as particpant. The challenge is besides adding profiles about fun and getting to know each other better. The challenge lasts from the 30th of December to the 6th of January. It is not important if you can not be around every day. Any add is welcome. And we like to jump together at WT into the New Year! HERE you find more info. Already wishing you a Happy New Year! Bea, Margreet and Astrid

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
Hi you. We need you!  :)

Wanna have some fun ? It's almost time for the Source-a-Thon 2019 (Friday 4 October-Monday 7 October) and we would love to see you ! make sure to first register (with an answer!), and let them know you join the Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders and of course feel free to add your name to the team here (click link) (don't forget to remember and add your number (for the prizedrawings) there as well). ;)

Hope to see you soon and have a great day,

Bea + Astrid :)

Hi !

The registration for the brand new Connect-a-Thon is open now, so if you would like to join us, make sure you first add an answer at this Connect-a-Thon 2019 registration G2G saying you would like to participate and join the Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders team and just add your WT ID to the team Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders, at our Connect-a-Thon team page where you also can see how everything works. And here's our team chat .

Many thanks and hope to see you (again) !

The Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders Team :D

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
In Hungarian Erdo means forest and when the es added I believe it means foresty or like a forest
posted by Laszlo Josa
Hi there!

It is time for the spring cleaning at WikiTree! For the third time WT organizes a Clean-A-Thon (CaTh-) challenge. And we need you! Please join us! Here is all info. And make sure to first register by clicking “answer“ Here and let them know you want to join the Team Flying Dutchmen-Vliegende Hollanders .

Many thanks and hope to see you all !

The Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders

Hi, would you like to join our mini challenge ? Quest for Great-Grandparents and Gedcom help: Dutch Edition-Nederlandse editie All help is welcome !
posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma

Did you know our first annual Scan-a-Thon 2019 is almost starting ? It will last 72 hours from 11 January-14 January 2019, a big event here you can register and since you're a member of our project perhaps you want to join us and have some fun ? Here's our Flying Dutchmen Scan-a-Thon Team hope to see you soon !

Greets from the Netherlands ,

The Dutch Roots Project Team

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Hi Jaki,

Did you know our third annual Source-a-Thon 2018 is almost starting ? It will last 72 hours from 28 September-1 October 2018, a big event here you can register and since you're a member of our project perhaps you want to join us and have some fun ? Here's our Flying Dutchmen Source-a-Thon Team hope to see you soon !

Greets from the Netherlands ,

The Dutch Roots Project Team

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma