firstname.lastname@example.org - Please contact me regarding John Turkington. Your email address is bouncing and I cannot reply to you. 8 Apr 2015
My initial foray into genealogy was a 5th grade project, in which I drew my first family tree. I have seriously been researching my family history for the past 20 years. My day job is a scientist and professor at a prestigious research institute. Accordingly, I love the investigative nature of genealogy that relies on fact searching and instinct.
My roots run deep in the history of the US tracing back to Joel Gibson, the revolutionary war veteran who died in Henderson, KY. My dad is a direct male descendant of Joel, and his DNA analysis suggests this Gibson line likely originally came from the north of Ireland. His mother's side was Roman Catholic and first came to American with the original settlements in Maryland.
My mom's ancestors were German farmers, mostly devout Roman Catholics, who emigrated from the Bavaria region of Germany. Both sides first immigrated to Pennsylvania where they were farmers, coal miners and later steel workers. To this day, surnames most likely related to me continue to live in coal country, PA. Her direct ancestors subsequently pioneered Indiana, probably in response to the 1862 Homestead act. Her paternal grandfather has a sprinkling of Irish (Dublin area) in her ancestors, too.
My husband's family is a 20th century immigrant story from Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland and the Trois Rivières region of Québec. The Irish line is protestant, Scots-Irish whose diaspora that extends to many regions of the US as well as England, Australia, and New Zealand. But the history of this line is hard to trace earlier than the 1850s because of limitations in the Irish records. On the other hand, the French Canadian line, which was Roman Catholic and well documented by the Drouin collection, goes back to 16th century France.
GIBSON WEDDING TURNER HARMON SHELTON STONE HOLMES FLOYD CROSBY THOMPSON MATTINGLY SHANKS
GETZINGER MARGRAF SCHEIBELHUT REICHTER RÖHR WOLFE THALER KLEIN/KLINE SCHWENTER ZWEYER
HUGHES YOUNG SHEPHERD MAHONEY
FLEMING TURKINGTON FORDE CONN MATCHETT JACKSON HECKLER NEWELL COLE
GREGOIRE LUSSIER LACOUTURE
Our family history belongs to all of us, which is why I put the publicly documented information in WikiTree. As a scientist I respect the need for proper documentation, and I include it whenever I can (given time constraints - this is my hobby not my job). I recognize that these documents are not free. Before the advent of the internet, many family researchers spent significant sums of money to travel and obtain documentation. Some folks now are resentful that their hard work is being distributed "for free". I would encourage them to share their research because it would be a shame for the wonderful stories of our family history to be lost when their time here on earth is up. Widely sharing ensures that everyone's research will be put to good use. I am more than happy to give credit to researchers for their contributions and would not hesitate to include such citations if anyone wants me to include their findings or photos.
I also appreciate the "hints" that can come from family trees and even oral history. For this reason I do include names of people even if they are lacking in key documentation. The relationships of these folks should be taken in this manner – as hints of what might be.
I have a love/hate relationship with Ancestry.com. While it can be a wonderful source for many documents, I do not heavily weight trees from Ancestry.com for several reasons: (1) many people are not primarily involved with the oral history of their families and simply "copy" the trees; and (2) many people do not have a paid subscription (including myself), which means that the validity (or not!) of an Ancestry tree cannot generally be independently evaluated. To be clear: I have no problem with people using trees as a guide, but I do not consider them to be hard, primary (or even secondary) sources for information, and I dislike it when they are cited for that purpose.
Living people are excluded from publication on my trees. Please get in touch with me if I have mistakenly included any living people, and I will remove them. WikiTree has provisions for hiding the information of living people, which is in accordance with good genealogy practice.
DNA analysis can be a powerful tool for confirming or discovering relationships. My husband, his uncle, my parents and I have all had our autosomal DNA analyzed by 23andme.com. We are all also on GEDMATCH.
I just did this for fun and am amazed at how many of them are cousins.
5. James Monroe: Eighteenth cousins five times removed. MRCA is Sir Walter de Burgh, the 1st Earl of Ulster, Lord of Connaught & Munster in Ireland.
7. Andrew Jackson: No relation
8. Martin Van Buren: No relation
25. William McKinley: No relation.
28. Woodrow Wilson: No relation.
33. Harry S. Truman: No relation.
34. Dwight D. Eisenhower: No relation, which I find interesting because I've been told that my grandfather was his doppelgänger and often mistaken for President Eisenhower.
44. Barack H. Obama: Ninth cousins twice removed. MRCA is Mary Wells of Norfolk, VA, daughter of Richard Wells, a wealthy immigrant from England who was a member of the Maryland General Assembly in 1654.
45. He that shall not be named.: Thank Goodness no relation.
Many French-Canadians share ancestors.
Joe Clark: No relation
First-hand information entered by Karen.