Kelsey Jackson Williams
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Kelsey Jackson Williams

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I am a lecturer in early modern literature and material culture at the University of Stirling (you can find more about my academic work here).

I am a Scot, but my immediate ancestors are American, Russian, and Baltic-German, and I have research interests in all four areas. Since joining Wikitree I have been particularly focused on growing the site's coverage of the Russian and Baltic-German nobilities in the early modern and modern periods.

At present, I am Team Leader of the Baltic-German Team and am always delighted to hear from fellow researchers! I am also involved with the 100 Circles Project and maintain the free space page for tracking progress on European royal and noble pedigrees on Wikitree.
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For more information see my Member of the Week profile from October 2020.


For those interested in the calculations of the 100 Circles Project my connectivity to the world tree has been developing as follows:

Focus ID C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C10 C15 C20 Peakupdate
Jackson_Williams-2 37 26 75 186 11,367 890,565 8,789,285 19 2021-07-22
Jackson_Williams-2 37 26 75 186 11,179 872,844 8,671,890 19 2021-06-24
Jackson_Williams-2 37 23 69 166 10,187 819,158 8,375,310 20 2021-05-30
Jackson_Williams-2 37 19 56 123 8,878 739,769 8,050,124 20 2021-05-03


A Genealogy of the Grand Komnenoi of Trebizond. Foundations: The Journal of the Foundation for Mediaeval Genealogy 2.3 (January 2007): 171-189.

Ancestry of Jacques de Lusignan, Count of Tripoli. The Genealogist 19.1 (Spring 2005): 93-107.

The Scottish Ancestry of Patrick1 and William1 Stewart of the Carolinas. The American Genealogist 80:1 (January 2005).


  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by a GEDmatch test match between Kelsey Jackson Williams GEDmatch T060403 and his second cousin twice removed Alpha (Etier) Yocham GEDmatch A090581. Their most-recent common ancestors are Jackson Helton and Rachel L. Fallis. Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 4.03, based on sharing 49.8 cM across 4 segments.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by a GEDmatch test match between Kelsey Jackson Williams GEDmatch T060403 and his mother Gloria Jeanette Jackson GEDmatch T958826. Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 1.0, based on sharing 3558.0 cM across 51 segments.

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Dear Kelsey,

since I didn’t see any reaction from your side about the check-in message from May, I assume you don’t want to remain a project member. If I don’t hear from you within the next 14 days, I will then remove your Germany Project badge. If you do not wish for that to happen, please reply to the check-in message below or send me a direct message.

If this message finds you too late, feel free to re-request the badge by replying to our G2G join post.

Kind regards from Black Forest

Flo (Project Coordinator Research/Resources)
posted by Florian Straub
Dear Germany Project member,

it's annual check-in time 2023. If you still wish to remain a member of the Germany Project, please reply to this post, by stating this intention. If we don’t hear from you in the next 30 days, your membership badge will be removed. In this case please don't be offended ... you're welcome to rejoin at any time. Please also note, that in order to receive help, with researching your German ancestors, membership is not mandatory. Just ask your questions in the G2G forum and tag them with Germany in order for knowledgeable people to see them.

If you wish to remain a member, we would like to learn more about your perception of the Germany Project in order to achieve a future development according to our members needs and wishes. For this, we created a survey, which we kindly ask you to fill-in.

In case you want to communicate, discuss and receive help about WikiTree in German, you might want to check out the WikiTree category at Compgen’s Discourse as well as the German Discord server Ahnenforschung.

Of course there’s still the official WikiTree Discord server, where we usually talk English. Feel free to learn more about Discord and the server at Help:Discord.

Kind regards from Black Forest

Flo (Project Coordinator Research/Resources)
posted by Florian Straub
REMINDER: Please add the tags GERMANY and/or GERMAN_ROOTS to your list of G2G followed tags by clicking this link: Special:Following. Thanks, Traci
posted by Traci Thiessen
Hi Kelsey, Please add the G2G tag GERMANY to your list of followed tags. You can add new tags by going to and scrolling down to "Add new Tags". Add Germany in the tag name box, add a couple spaces in the comments box, then hit "Enter New Tag" and you'll be set. Thanks, Traci
posted by Traci Thiessen
Thank you for connection the Czech branches of WikiTree more closely! I have spent the last few months searching for a better connection and YOU did it!

Yours from Amsterdam

posted by B. W. J. Molier
Thanks! It was more good luck than anything. Tomáš kindly gave me access to some twentieth-century profiles which provided the final link between the Czech branch and the Anglo-American part of Wikitree (though even then it was anything but straightforward finding a point of connection).
Hi Kelsey,

Thanks for taking responsibility for Orphaned Profiles. This After Adopting Orphans FAQ explains the special attention adopted profiles will sometimes need from their profile managers. One quick way to find the profiles you adopted is by searching your Contributions List for the word "adopted" and "manager." You can find a quick link to your Contributions List in the My WikiTree dropdown menu.

If you will be working with any profiles needing GEDCOM cleanup, the AGC tool can help with formatting so that you can concentrate on the research. You can read more about it in the WikiTree AGC FAQ.

Let me know if you have any questions on how to find and record sources, merge duplicates, clean up GEDCOM biographies, and interpret the Suggestions report. I'm here to help!


posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Kelsey, I invited new guest Allan Taylor to say hello as he is a retired Russian specialist.
posted by Karen Lowe
Thanks, Karen. I'll be in touch with Allan!
Kelsey, do you have enough Russian to even tell if this birth record could be for Hersz Ber Pflug?

posted by Karen Lowe
Hi Karen,

I was just about to get to this but see that others have already beaten me to it!


Could you find someone to adopt Elena Romanovna and add the pre-1500 dates? Thanks!
posted by Karen Lowe
This is well within my sphere of interest so I'll take Elena Romanovna on and improve her profile tomorrow.
That's great! I learned after my presentation at Wikiconference North America about the conflict report on Wikidata for profiles that are linked to multiple WikiTree profiles (and vice versa), so I've been doing some tidying up. I'm not knowledgeable about pre-1500 folks myself.
posted by Karen Lowe
Fascinating! Feel free to send any more German or Slavic folk my way and I'll get them sorted.
Hi Karen - just a quick note to say that I've fixed the profile you sent my way. As is often the case with early Rurikids, it was quite a hash but I think I've removed the extraneous nonsense and gotten it back to something approaching the current scholarly consensus:
We are are 10th cousins via William Lea
Hello to my newly found relative. Thank you for all of the time you are giving to ancestry research. It has helped many of us connect to our ancestors and the fascinating history surrounding each. You provided my connection to William Orlando Butler. 💙 I have also started my Watson, Femyer (French), Swallow, Wolford (German) ancestry searches.

I certainly enjoyed learning more about you from your biography and the spotlight honor details. I am in my infancy with ancestry research. I appreciate learning about the tools you have used. That information will most assuredly be added to my research tools arsenal and propel me to the toddler stage. Thank you. With sincere appreciation, Sharon

posted by Sharon Butler
Cousin Kelsey, great highlight feature for you on Wikitree. My other cousin Wesley Miller (Miller-64890, see our connection at Slatton-166) ) and I are attempting to monitor and provide citations for the Surname study, which spreads our work among the families including the ones that you and I and Wes do not belong, but I my aim is to emphasize the quality of evidence instead of a massive uploading of names without proper evidence. I am just dipping my toe in, but we have already experienced questionable "contributions" from what appear to be name-collectors from online trees.

Wes is almost certainly your cousin as well, since we calculate that our ancestor John (Slatton-51) carried the same yDNA as your probable ancestor George (Slatton-30). Wes, however, shares no patriline with us as his connection is from a female. It is not likely that I will have time in life to cite the thousands of individuals from our project, so providing a solid foundation and removing uncited "contributions" of unproven data is my main goal. I will be dropping in my chapter on your ancestor, edited specially for WikiTree, and seeing your feature reminded meto do that. I will let you know when that is done, and because I have had some pushback from some of your relatives about the name of William Riley's father, I will expect you to adjudicate on differences of opinion. I have a dead left thumb from cubital tunnel syndrome, so typing is a problem for me, expect me to take my time editing because typing is a particular problem for me these days.

Sherry Bain (below) is also a member of our project on Spokt and she contributed via a male to the yDNA project.

posted by Clinton Slayton Jr.
edited by Clinton Slayton Jr.
Thanks, Clinton! This sounds excellent and it's really good to hear that some of your wealth of information on the various Slaton families will be publicly available on Wikitree (I share your frustration with name-collectors muddying the waters, but it seems to be a perennial problem with any public genealogical database).

Was the pushback about Uriah's name related to the claim that he was "Uriah Taylor Daniel Slaton"? I've never seen him as anything but plain Uriah in primary sources and strongly suspect this is a later invention.

Yes, and I made note of the fact that Uriah is all that is solid, although one of the elders who wrote to you mentioned "Uriah W." Please go over the entry for William Riley and his wives, the third one is a mystery. I need your feedback that this is treated appropriately, especially the yDNA note. I also note that your parents are protected as living but your personal profile page shows your mother's name. I am not totally happy with WikiTree, but what's perfect? Glad to read that I have a brand-new cousin!

Check out the bizarre Slayton Family Project on WikiTree, started by a Brodie cousin who no longer responds, and populated solely by my great-aunt Lille Iva Slayton Brodie. Bob Brodie is obviously proud of his Scots heritage, and I know that at least one of the men he tags as a Scot is probably not a Brodie son. Talk about "sensitive information."

posted by Clinton Slayton Jr.
edited by Clinton Slayton Jr.
Thanks for this, Clinton. I've looked at the entry for Riley and it seems excellent. I've also added a bit to the biography for his third wife (, but have left some of your notes in place as I didn't want to delete anything without letting you know first. Her marriage to John Green seems very solid to me, but I've had no luck in identifying her Breshears husband.
Hello Kelsey,

According to Wiki-Tree we are 4th cousins, twice removed (I think) through Uriah Slaton's and Mary Stone's line. Our DNA doesn't show any long-strand matches though. We are also related through another line, surnamed Lewis. I haven't sorted that one in my brain yet. Good to meet my Scots cousin, and to have another academic in the family. Sherry Bain

posted by Anonymous Bain
Good to meet you, Sherry. The Slatons were a prolific bunch - I think they might account for my single largest group of relatively close atDNA matches. For the Lewis line, this looks doubtful to me. I think the parents of Daniel Lewis (Lewis-24156) are unproven despite what's on WT.
Hi Cousin Kelsey,

WikiTree says: Kelsey and Michelle are 9th cousins twice removed Kelsey Jackson Williams and Michelle Valent B.S. are both descendants of Simon (Jansz) van Arsdalen.

posted by Michelle Valent B.S.
Hello cousin!

We are 7th cousins, twice removed with our common ancestor being John Lea Sr via my father and Alice (Martin) Bishop via my mother. Apparently my parents were 7th cousins and never knew it.

Small world!


posted by Lisa (Jenkins) Heenan
Hello Cousin Kelsey,

Kelsey and Janine are 14th cousins twice removed

Marty Acks will be leading the Musty Dusty 2020 Clean-A-Thon Team again this year. I hope you will consider joining us again or for the first time. It is coming up again in 4 short weeks from April 24-26.

If interested, leave a post on this G2G thread

For more information on the team. see the page:

posted by Robin Lee
Hi Kelsey,

We haven’t heard back from you concerning the Scottish Clans Transition. If we haven’t received a response from you by 30 March 2020, you will be welcome to rejoin by answering the current g2g thread for joining the Scotland Project.

Best Regards,

Sarah Mason, Scotland PC

posted by Sarah Mason
Hello Kelsey,

My name is Sarah and I’m the Project Coordinator for the Scotland Project. As you may have heard, we have merged the Scottish Clans project into the Scotland Project. I am contacting you today to find out if you are interested in continuing with us under this new format. If you would like to go forward on the Scottish Clans Team, please reply and let me know which clans you have been working on or would like to work on. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Sarah Mason, Scotland PC

posted by Sarah Mason
Kelsey, thank you for each of your more than 1000 contributions to our Shared Tree for the month of August 2019. All of your work makes our Tree all that much better.

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Kelsey,

Thank you for posting newly discovered information about my grandmother, Hanorah Roman, and her family. It was all new to me! I did not know their family name had been Romanovsky. I always suspected it had been shortened, probably at the time they came to America. I have since discovered that some or all of this information is on Are you aware of other sources? Regards, David Martin

posted by David Martin
Hi Kelsey!

Thank you for your time and energy in creating over 1000 (actually, over 1200!) contributions to WikiTree for the month of July 2019. Your efforts are appreciated!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

PS: I enjoyed reading your article on Crail Kirkyard, Fife.

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hello Kelsey,

I'm working on some of the Glasenapp - Roth connection and I noticed that you seem to systematically miss to set current last name of the women to the last name of their husband! Happy genealogizing! Ronald

posted by Ronnie Grindle
Hi Kelsey,

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in. We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the Connectors Project. Below is a quick checklist for active members. The project leaders would like you to make sure you have done the following: 1) Checked the Project Page for ways to contribute. 2) Added Connectors to the tags you follow.

Thank you! Michelle~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Kelsey,

On behalf of the Connectors Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let us know if you are still active. If you are active, please let us know in which ways you are currently contributing to the project.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Michelle ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Kelsey!

Congratulations on making more than 1,000 contributions to WikiTree for the Month of May. We all appreciate your efforts to make our Shared Tree the best it can be. Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Kelsey!

I see you recently added a succession box and categories for Estonian Governers on some Swedish profiles.

You have, however, not added any sources to support these facts and since they are pre-1700 it is even more important to add sources to the profiles.

posted by Maggie Andersson
Hi Kelsey and thanks for your post on G2G.

I’ve added the Scottish Clans Project badge to your profile. If you click on the badge it will take you to the full list of our members. I’ve also added your name to our members interest page. Here you can let others know what you are working on.

You might be interested in joining our Scottish Clans Protocol Team

Thanks for joining, enjoy and continuing good luck with your research.


posted by Maria Maxwell
Congratulations on your Pre-1500 badge! Please make sure to add pre-1500 as one of your followed tags. That will allow you to understand and help questions and issues as they are discussed on G2G.
posted by Robin Lee

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