I began my genealogy addiction in Aug of 1979, after my father passed in May. My mother had already read the 1880 and had some names, but she wasn't sure how they were related. My father's parents had died young and he just didn't know or talk much about them. So, I studied the FGS she gave me and memorized the names. I knew that Burgess and Levi were somehow connected to me but we didn't know exactly how. But I just knew they were. And I go to the library with my aunt and open the Accelerated Index, "There they are!!" and my aunt replied with "You don't find them that fast!" And I looked at her with this dumbfounded expression on my face... "With a name like Burgess Jester?"
That started a discussion that continued for years. My mother kept it up with "There are lots of Burgess Jesters." "Yes, there are, but there is only one (holding up one finger) old one. All the others are named for him." Then she checked my work, I had the kids, their marriages, solid from 1850 to 1900. When I showed my aunt the work I had collected plus all the other Jesters I had notes on, "You know, your mother and I have worked for years to get what little information we have, you just don't find them that fast. Not the amount you have." The difference was, I just had to prove it to my satisfaction, not theirs. And my work has stood the test of time.
I will be delighted to change my db, if I am wrong, but its going to take some really good evidence, if some one actually proves to me mine is wrong. I've had too many people come to me or lists I was on and say "My research shows... " and I say "Show me your research." And I will usually find the holes. I firmly believe the ancestors talk to me and guide me. And getting them placed properly is the best way to honor them.
Thank you to Paula J for awarding me Research Expert status in Southern Pioneers and US Southern Colonies.
I see so many profiles that show relationship to Notables or other Wikitreers
If you want to see your relationship to me, please let me know.
1Calvin's uncle Norman was a teacher/principal at the Seminary at Cotton Hill, Georgia where T. P. Jester taught. Norman had calling cards made after the Civil War and misspelled his name. Neither Norman nor printer couldn't afford to reprint the cards so Norman changed the spelling of his name to Cooledge. 2 Not the same James Hamilton that JFK and GHB share. 3 Barack Obama
Paula J's shadow. Paula is one of my favorite people on Wikitree. She has been a great mentor to me and hope to one day meet her in person. If Paula is on a project, I usually find a way to wiggle in.
Military and War specializing Arkansas's Participation in the Civil War, especially the regiments my kin enlisted.
Southern Colonies I don't think I ever actually asked to join the project, but think this was one where I wiggled in. Paula gave me the badge.
Because of Paula, my name was tossed into the hat for Coordinator for the Arkansas Project, which I accepted. I tease Paula about this, she put me in to get me out of her hair. And I really couldn't be happier. Allison Andrus and Abby Glann have been absolutely delightful to work with. If I have a problem, they are quick to respond. Most of the time, probably because they themselves are busy, they let me dance to my own tune on Arkansas.
Arkansas Project Nearly everything we do on Wikitree is under the umbrella of the US History Project. And I am very proud of the work I have accomplished thus far, even tho some editing still needs to be done on these pages. By adding census and other legends and stories found about Arkansas, I feel I have made this my own with still a lot of work left to do.
Johnston (Johnson, De Johnston, Johnstone, FitzUchtred, FitzWaltheof, Huntington, Northumbria) : Elizabeth, b. 1785, Caswell, North Carolina, United States 𐂷 → Siward Northumbria, b. 1015, Scandinavia ⇟ (30)
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Lynette or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup I1a1b, FTDNA kit #527801
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Lynette:
Family Tree DNA Family Finder, GEDmatch T269178[compare], yourDNAportal LYNb0a95fe1, FTDNA kit #527801