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Roberta Estes

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Roberta Estes
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This profile is part of the Estes Name Study.
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From her blog "About" page, "Roberta Estes has been a professional scientist and business owner for 25+ years, (BS Computer Science, MBA, graduate work in Geographic Information Systems), as well as an obsessed genealogist since 1978..." In her Genealogy work she explains, "With traditional genealogical records already researched to no avail, and several brick walls needing to fall, Roberta was one of the early DNA surname administrators and pioneer adopters of DNA analysis for genealogy."[1]

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Hi Roberta, Loved reading about the brick walls broken down by the WT Challenge. Collaboration is an awesome thing isn't it??

We are 10th cousins 1x removed through Susannah (Ring) Clarke {Ring-29} Susanna (Ring) Clarke (abt.1605-bef.1664)

posted by Brad Cunningham
Hi, Roberta. I follow your posts and videos on a regular basis and love your blogs with stories about your ancestors. As a writer and editor, I appreciate your storytelling.

According to Wikitree, we are cousins with 191 common ancestors. However, the very first one - 8C1X with MRCA of Ann (Hewes) Rice (abt. 1664-aft. 1722) - is one that I cannot prove.

My brick wall is John Williams (abt. 1794-1873). I can prove via autosomal DNA that he is my 3rd great-grandfather. Two major genealogies on him do not list his parents. I've tried all sorts of combinations to prove his parents, to no avail.

I do not believe that Elizabeth (Collins) Williams (abt. 1778-1833) is his mother, so I am challenging Wikitree on this alleged connection to Ann (Hewes) Rice. That means that his father is not Elizabeth Collins's husband, John Williams, who settled in Madison County, Kentucky.

My John Williams settled in Floyd County, Kentucky circa 1820 after arriving from Scott County, Virginia.

I'm in the middle of a Williams YDNA project to try to prove the ancestry of John Williams. I have a second cousin who has tested along with me for the BigY-700, and this may narrow us down further from R-BY27212. At some point in history, the Williams YDNA family line sprang out of a Martin YDNA family line. That appeared to happen around the 16th century.

So, Wikitree, please do your thing! Help me break through this crucial brick wall in the Williams surname.

posted by Ken Williams
Hi Roberta, just letting you know I am still researching your Joel Cook and Alice brick wall, and will contribute more research notes. And per your request in your blog ....we are 9th cousins 2R, our common ancestor is Perry-5319 . AND 263 more common ancestors. Actually I was surprised we are not closer cousins with my birth family hailing from Harlan Kentucky, Powell Valley,and Eastern TN. Maybe it's in one of our brick walls!
posted by Loretta Morrison
edited by Loretta Morrison
Hi Roberta! We are 9th cousins once removed. When I saw Arrington on your blog, I had a feeling we would be related. I enjoyed reading your blog about your wikitree experience. It’s definitely an amazing community!
Hi Roberta!

We are 9th cousins 3x removed through William & Mary Brewster and share a total of 215 common ancestors. I discovered your blog when I was researching the Youngers and have been a follower since.


posted by L Sauls
Explore more: 154 common ancestors were found between Mindy and Roberta. To view the relationship trails, select the common ancestor here.

See! You aren't getting rid of me as a cousin lol. We can match up on your Lore line, or one of the others.

posted by Mindy Silva
As a faithful follower of your blog, at your suggestion I'm delighted to find that you are my 10th cousin 1X removed. Our common ancestress is Martha (King) White 1596-1667, wife of Edward White. We're both early New England. William Brewster is another shared ancestor. In fact, we are connected through 176 Common Ancestors.

posted by A Fabry
edited by A Fabry
Abraham Estes is my 6 ggf

1. Catherine is the daughter of Alma (Tilley) Taylor DNA confirmed 2. Alma is the daughter of Rosa Lee Tilley (1872-1931) DNA confirmed 3. Rosa is the daughter of Mary Letitia (Simmons) Tilley (1840-1919) [confident] 4. Mary is the daughter of William Coleman Simmons (1797-abt.1846) [confident] 5. William is the son of Sarah (Cox) Simmons (abt.1780-aft.1860) [unknown confidence] 6. Sarah is the daughter of Mildred (Estes) Cox (1742-1781) [unknown confidence] 7. Mildred is the daughter of Robert Estes Sr (1695-abt.1775) [unknown confidence] 8. Robert is the son of Abraham Estes (abt.1647-1720) [confident] This makes Abraham the sixth great grandfather of Catherine.

Roberta, hope all is well. I just noticed that you are the great grand child of Eveline Miller, Miller-70026. If you would like to be the profile manager for her profile, I will remove my name so you can adopt her profile. You have a much closer relationship to her than I do.
posted by Rodney Long
Hi Rodney, Thank you for the offer, but it's up to you. I'm good either way. How are you related to Eva? We are obviously cousins one way or another:)
posted by Roberta Estes
Good morning Roberta. I removed my name from Eva's profile, so you can adopt it. You are the profile manager of her husband also. Eva is my 4th cousin, 4 generations removed. You are my 7th cousin, one generation removed. That line of my family where we are related, Long/Garber/Miller came out of the Rockingham County, Virginia area in the late 1700's, and the early 1800's. You have a good rest of the day. Rod
posted by Rodney Long
Hello Roberta,

Thanks for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz!

Pre-1700 ancestors can be shared by many descendants, so collaboration is essential. You can learn more about joining the community in How To #3 and in the Project FAQ. The England Project may fit your current research focus. If not, use the Pre-1700 Projects list to find other possibilities. Review the project page to learn about resources and guidelines as well as how to collaborate with the project members.

Have questions? Ask in the comments section of my profile.

Remember to cite reliable sources in pre-1700 profiles you manage, or edit. (See: Pre-1700 Reliable Sources).


Claire ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

posted by Claire (Chapel) Nava
Hi Roberta!

Your are one of my matches on Familyfinder. I also matched you on gedmatch. We have lots of common ancestors. Giles Hopkins being one of them. And many Acadian ancestors.

posted by Dougie Walsh
Hello Roberta,

Thank You for Your message. I found my Connection to your Mother through the Relationship Finder. Hopefully that will help you figure out the Connection we share. We are Descendants of Jaques LePrince. He is your 7th Great-Grandfather and my 6th., so we are 7th Cousins, once Removed Again, that is through the Relationship Finder. No matter how Close or Distant, it is Always Nice to Meet New Cousins and Explore Our Connections.


Just checking in with a few quick tips:

Free Space pages are wiki pages for supplementing your family history. They can be used to profile anything of significance such as a special pet, a meaningful event, a school you attended, a family heirloom .... They're "anything pages".

Not sure what to include in a profile? Check out our Biography Ideas and Styles and Standards help pages.

Lastly, sometimes you'll run into unresponsive profile managers. We have a process for resolving those unfortunate situations.

If you have any questions, please ask!

Michelle~ WikiTree Mentor

Hey Roberta,

Peter asked me if I would help you get started.

First thing to do is to get your family posted. You can do this one of two ways.

1) enter each one, one by one working to make sure all the information anyone else has posted is correct - if not tighten it up with your information and sources (I always leave a note on the profile - in the comments sections that I am working a line).

2) Upload a GEDCOM. If you do this you will need to make sure you have a birth or death dates for all your people. My suggestion is if you do this option do it in small chunks so you don't get overwhelmed with checking for duplicates, etc.

Adding to WikiTree

I am available for you, if you have questions or need help.


posted by Mags Gaulden
Hello Roberta,

I would like help you understand how WikiTree works and help you use it. Please read and sign the Honor Code and Volunteer.

Best regards, Peter

posted by Peter Roberts
Hi Roberta,

A warm welcome to WikiTree, a genealogy site different than any other! You should have received an email from us with helpful links to get started.

Our goal is to have one single profile per person so that we have ONE big family tree and we collaborate together to make that happen.

Each volunteer at WikiTree adds to the collaborative tree at their own pace, there are no minimum requirements for time or entry.

When you volunteer, you indicate your interests by adding tags and comments and then one of our Greeters will confirm your membership.

Please check out our question of the week: Do you know how, why, or after whom; your birth name was chosen?

Welcome to the family!

Laura, WikiGreeter

posted by Laura (Marland) Harlow

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