Janice (Harper) Robertson
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Janice (Harper) Robertson

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Janice L. Robertson formerly Harper aka Longworth
Born 1950s.
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Sister of [private brother (1950s - unknown)]
Descendants descendants
Mother of [private son (1970s - unknown)] and [private son (1970s - unknown)]
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I was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1954. I spent my early childhood in the same area that many of my ancestors settled in the early 1800's. My parents worked so I spent a lot of time staying with my great grandparents. After I started researching my family tree I realized that so many of the names of neighbors were in fact my distant cousins, great great uncles and aunts. My grandparents were born in the 1880's and I still remember the life style they lived. This was a working farm with chickens, pigs and cows. They had the old wash house with the black pot still set in brick with an opening underneath for the fire. I still have my great grandmother's handmade sun bonnets. Of course they were made from the feed sacks. The kitchen had the old wood stove and the hooster. The Singer sewing machine with the petal on the bottom was used for sewing. I heard the stories of walking to the old home place to get water from the spring. My great grandmother still wore her dresses almost to her ankles and always an apron over it. Her hair was long which she kept braided and in a bun.

My father was in the Field Force at Western Electric. Our family started traveling with him in the early 1960's. By the time I graduated from high school I had attended schools in Guam, Bermuda, California, Nova Scotia and always between traveling jobs back to the Winston-Salem area. In the mid 1960's we moved to the Clemmons area of North Carolina. Between my father's traveling jobs this was our home. This was also the area that my father was born. Again I was among neighbors that was also my distant kin. Little did I know then that I was related to about half of the families in Clemmons.

I married after graduating from high school. I am the mother to two sons and have one granddaughter. I had always worked but now I am retired and I enjoy every second of it.

My family tree is not completed yet. When I started working on it about 10 years ago I was just wondering about some of the great great grandparents. I never knew it could be such an enjoyable hobby.

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Hi Janice,

Like you, I grew up visiting relatives (of my dad) in Winston-Salem. I had no idea at the time how deep my roots were in the area until I started my genealogical life a few years ago. According to "Relationship Finder" we share only two ancestors. I know that can't be correct. There are possibly hundreds more, so I'll keep digging! Susan

posted by Susan Wilson
Hi Janice! I was wondering if you know where "Willis" comes from in your 5x-g-grandfather's name (William Willis Watkins).

See my comments in this G2G thread.

Cheers, Liz

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Your Bio's are looking fantastic! A real pleasure to read. I think I may take a drive out to Old Thomasville Rd next week... Thank you for your valuable contributions to the Swaim line, and WikiTree as a whole!

Keep it up Cuz you're doing Great!

posted by Phillip Rich
Hi Janice,

I saw your recent post on G2G and wanted to invite you to join in our "Weekend Chat".

It's a popular weekly G2G post where many the members visit and share in a variety of topics. New people say "Hi" and introduce themselves, Leaders and Mentors give tips and answer questions, and regulars share updates on their latest projects and victories... anything they wish to chat about. I most enjoy stories of famous or nefarious ancestors.

We'd love to hear form you, stop in when you're able!


posted by Keith Hathaway
I have added the Swaim branch of my family tree. Please be patient till I complete my profiles and mergers.
I am getting ready to add another branch of my tree. Please be patient until I get everything corrected with the profiles and mergers.
Hello Janice,

How are you doing? Hope you're enjoying our site.

Our vision is to build a collaborative tree. Please make sure to look for duplicates on WikiTree before adding a profile. Having dates and locations attached to every person assists in our mission as well.

Feel free to check out How To Use WikiTree. It's a great step-by-step guide.

Also Help Index with links to topics you may have questions on. Don't forget our G2G Forum where many of our generous members help each other out.

And of course, I'm here to help in any way I’m able. Just ask!

Robert ~ WikiTree Mentor

posted by Keith Hathaway
Janice, you are now a member of WikiTree! Please help us build one Collaborative Global Family Tree, which means only one profile per person. It's important that no duplicates are created and profiles are properly sourced.

If you have pre-1700's ancestors to add please read our Pre-1700 profiles info.

To help you get started, view this introductory WikiTree video.

We also have Mentors who will be glad to answer questions.

Thanks for volunteering and welcome to the Tree!


posted by Bill Sekel Jr
I am a new member. I am glad to have found your site. I hope to complete my family tree using the information that is shared from other members. I hope they can use information that I have shared also. I agree with your mission and do plan to abide by your nine simple rules.
Hi! I see you have uploaded your DNA for comparison. Did you know we have a project for DNA where a lot of great new things are happening? If you are interested and would like to check it out, go to the FIND link top right of your profile page, select PROJECTS from the drop down box, and then select the link for the DNA project. It has information listed that might be of interest to you, and feel free to contact any of the members if you would like additional details.
posted by Hilary (Buckle) Gadsby
I noticed you uploaded a GEDCOM. Here's a link to a great step-by-step of the process including screenshots that you might find helpful.

If you have any brick walls, collaboration might help bust through. Because WikiTree has only one profile for each person, the further back you go in your ancestry, the more likely cousins will find you and help out. ANY Wiki Genealogist can edit "Open" profiles (over 200 years old = open). There's also a brickwall tag in the G2G forum: brickwall

The help pages give lots of information about the process, best to start with 'Before you import a GEDCOM' or check out this video video tutorial.

posted by [Living Harris]

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