Betsy Ko
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Betsy Ko

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Betsy T. Ko
Born 1960s.
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Betsy Ko has English ancestors.
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Betsy Ko has Scottish Ancestors.
Betsy Ko is 1/2 Taiwanese.
RootsTech Attendee: 2024
Betsy Ko made over 1 profile in 2024 in the Profile Makeover.
Betsy Ko was a RAWKER in the March, June, August, October. December and February We Will RAWK You Event.
WikiTree Day
WikiTree Day Attendee: 2023, 2022
Betsy Ko competed with the Remarkable Redwoods in the 2023 WikiGames.
Secret Santa Challenge
Betsy gifted some WikiTree kindness during the 2022 Secret Santa!
England Orphan Team
Betsy Ko has completed the England Project's Pre-1700 Orphan Trail II.
Scotland's Tartan Trail
Betsy Ko is a graduate of the Scotland Tartan Trail III.
Betsy spends way too much time on WikiTree.

I grew up just north of New York City, went to college in Rhode Island, and have been a transplant to the Midwest since the early 90’s.  When I’m not doing genealogy, I’m a flutist and teacher. I felt a tug towards family history when I was a child because of the family belief that the Tudor name in our tree somehow tied us to Henry the VIII. However, it wasn't until 2015 when I got seriously into genealogy research. During the summer of 2023, I took Boston University's Genealogical Principles course and plan to pursue my credentials as a Certified Genealogist.

My maternal family names are: McMurray, Menzie, Ratnour, King, Schaff/Shaft, Redwood, Tudor, Chandler and Ealy. To put these into geographical context, my main areas of research are in South Gloucestershire, UK; Niagara Falls, Canada; and Madison County, NY.

My father's family is from Taipei, Taiwan (surname 柯). My Chinese name is 柯妙娜.  妙娜 was given to me by my paternal grandfather and it was his favorite girl's name.

I spend my time on WikiTree with the England, Scotland, Wales and Canada projects. In addition to research, I also lead the Events Committee and serve as a Mentor. I lead monthly New Member Q & A sessions via Zoom and also enjoy being one of the hosts for the Saturday Roundup livecast on WikiTree's YouTube channel.

I've been honored to be featured as a Member of the Week in May 2023 and August 2022.

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Digital Afterlife:
In the event of my death, I would like all of the profiles for people not living that I manage alone to be changed to Open. Also, if any project pages are still just in my name, they need to be turned over to the appropriate project. Space pages that I have created can all be changed to Open. For the Red/still living profiles on my Watchlist), I ask that they be managed by Team Wiki or a WikiTree Leader at the discretion of WikiTree. Thank you. Ko-31 13:56, 26 February 2024 (UTC)

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Hi Betsy,

Thank you for your commitment to the England Project and its goals in 2023! Together we are making English WikiTree profiles the best they can be!

I'd like to share our end-of-year 2023 Newsletter. You can read it here: England Project Newsletters. We hope you enjoy reading about what we have achieved in 2023!

On behalf of all the England Project Leaders, we wish you a peaceful, productive and enjoyable 2024!

Best wishes,

Joan, England Project Leader

Hi Betsy,

It is once again time for our annual Scotland Project check-in. Please respond within the next three weeks to let us know:

•If you would like to continue as a project member •If you are happy with your current teams or would you like to join a different team •How much time per month (on average) you spend working on Scottish profiles •Anything you’d like the Scotland Project to do more of in the future

You can respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. If we don’t hear from you within the next three weeks we’ll assume your interests have changed or you are no longer able to participate in the Scotland Project at this time, and your badge will be removed. If your circumstances change later you will be welcome to reapply for membership.

On behalf of the Scotland Project, I would like to thank you for your commitment to the project's goals. Every single contribution you make helps improve Scottish profiles!

Sheena - Scotland Project Membership Coordinator

Hello Ian,

I'm very sorry to have missed your first email. My in box has been quite unruly the last few weeks.

Yes, I very much wish to remain in the England Project, especially since so much of my personal ancestry is English. I just embarked upon OT2 with Malc Rowland this week.

Is there anything else I need to do right now?

Thanks, Betsy

posted by Betsy Ko
Hi Betsy!

I wrote to you recently as part of the England Project's annual check-in with our project members. I haven't heard back from you. I hope you are well.

If you could please drop me a quick note to confirm whether you are still interested in the project and wish to remain an active member, that would be very helpful.

If we don't hear from you within the next 2 weeks, we will assume you are no longer active in the England Project and remove you from our list of project members. You would be most welcome to re-apply to join the project at a later time by signing-up on the project’s G2G welcome post.

Many thanks!

Ian, England Project Leader

posted by I. Speed
Hi Betsy,

We are 19th cousins; I am Hastings-1207. Here is one of your Tudor connections: Tudor-18. There may be more. Frank

posted by Franklin Hastings
Hi Betsy!

On behalf of the England Project, I would like to thank you for your commitment to the project's goals. Every single contribution you make helps improve English profiles!

The England Project Leaders like to touch base with each of our members periodically to make sure everything is going well. This is our formal annual check-in with you.

Are you happy to with your current project team choices? Would you like to join any other teams?

Also, we would really like to hear which team is currently your highest priority. If you are a member of more than one team, could you please rank them from highest priority to lowest? Thank you! If you don’t see yourself as being part of a team, please let us know.

We also welcome any feedback on things you would like to see the project do more of in the future.

I look forward to hearing from you. Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message.

On behalf of all the Leaders, thank you again for all you do and we look forward to you continuing to be a part of our collaborative and fun Project!

Kind regards,

Ian, England Project Leader

posted by I. Speed
Hello Betsy, WikiTree just told me that we are 10th cousins twice removed through Phebe (Deacon) Gould (1597-1663). Nice to meet ya.
Hello Cousin Claudia,

So nice to meet you; I enjoyed reading your profile! Hope to see you around the Tree.  :-)

posted by Betsy Ko
Hello Betsy- My name is Tom Capstraw. I presently live in Albany County, New York. Originally from Oneida County, New York, I am acquainted with Madison County history. My focus is on the Brotherton Indians and their annexation to Wisconsin, Thomas Dean. Also, the influence of Thomas Dean on the younger Emmit Smith from Peterborough, Madison County. Genealogical relation (Goodson) emigrated to (Marshall), Deansboro, Oneida County, New York from England c. 1830. Disregard if not interested. Thank You for your time. Tom Capstraw (Wikitree).
posted by Tom Capstraw
edited by Tom Capstraw
Betsy, thank you so much for all the information you provided this morning (May 7). You were amazingly patient and I greatly appreciated how helpful you were with my Jacob Collins profile.
Hello Barbara! You're welcome and it was very nice to meet you this morning. Good luck taking Jacob's ancestry back further. I hope that your idea to look in Missouri bears fruit.
posted by Betsy Ko
Hi Betsy,

Welcome to the 'Land of Our Fathers' project - Tudor is a name to reckon with!

posted by Anne Rees
Thank you, Anne! Quite right ... I've been chasing the "Tudor connection" on and off since childhood.  :-)
posted by Betsy Ko
Hi Betsy!
Thanks for participating in the January Connect-A-Thon and making this the best showing yet for the Twisted Thistles team. Here's a sticker if you'd like to add it to your collection, just add two curly brackets at each end and paste to your bio. Many thanks from the Twisted Thistles!!
Betsy Ko participated with Team Twisted Thistles during the 2023 Connect-a-Thon.

Connect-a-Thon|team=Team Twisted Thistles|year=2023|sources=31

posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Thank you Betsy Ko for building the 15 For 15 self-tracker!! Now if I just knew where my"open space on [my] was so I could paste it there!!
Dear Betsy,

We hope you are enjoying your time in the Orphan Trail Team; even if you are currently taking a Pause or waiting to be buddied up with a Trailblazer. We are pleased that you decided to join us and on behalf of the England Project, I would like to thank you for all your contributions towards the project's goals. Every single contribution you make helps improve English profiles!

We are looking forward to you joining one of our other collaborative and energetic teams once you complete the Trail.

I'd also like to share our annual Newsletter with you. You can read it here: England Project Newsletters. We hope you enjoy reading a bit about what has gone on in 2022 and what our Project has achieved.

The England Project Leaders like to touch base with each of our members every 6 months just to make sure everything is going well. There's no need to reply to this message unless you have something you'd like to let us know about (e.g. if you would like to provide us with feedback about the Trail or the project). We will be in touch with you again in the middle of next year when we do our annual check-in with project members.

On behalf of all the Leaders, I wish you a peaceful and productive 2023.

Best wishes,

Susie, England Project Leader

posted by Susie (Potter) Officer
edited by Susie (Potter) Officer
Thanks for participating in the 2022 Source A Thon. Here is your sticker (and code for display, just add curly brackets on ends)
Betsy Ko participated with Team Twisted Thistles during the 2022 Source-a-Thon, adding sources to 26 previously unsourced profiles.

Source-a-Thon|team=Team Twisted Thistles|year=2022|sources=26

posted by Sarah Mason
Hello, cousin! We're 13th cousins, which isn't particularly close, but none removed, so I found that interesting. I'm moving to St. Lawrence County, NY soon.
posted by Brian Rouleau
Hello Brian--What a pretty name our 12th ggm had! I'd never heard the name Thomasine before. Thanks for reaching out and good luck with your move.
posted by Betsy Ko
Hi Betsy,

We are cousins, though distant. It appears that we are both related to Alice (Kebble) Perkins (Kebble-2), which is through my paternal grandmother's line. I am working on several of my ancestors, of which are ones that came from England, Scotland, Germany, Netherlands, and Ireland. My WikiTree is Hill-26126, and I have a tree on Ancestry named Hill-Jackson Family Tree. Glad to run across another cousin.

Anita (Hill) Jackson

posted by Anita (Hill) Jackson
Hello Anita and nice to meet you!

I was interested to read both your and our common ancestor Alice's profiles. I've only been aware of my Perkins connection for about 2 years and haven't delved too deeply yet. So much interesting history there!

Good luck with your research and let's stay in touch.


posted by Betsy Ko
Thank you. I haven't gotten to into some of the farther out ancestors yet myself. I would like to stay in touch. It woud be easier to be in contact through email for me. I believe my email is listed on my profile, if not, I will be glad to send it to you.


posted by Anita (Hill) Jackson
Hi Betsy, we are indeed cousins through my Cummings line. My ancestors came to America in the 1600 except my paternal grandmother who came in 1880s from Scotland. My maternal grandfather’s Renwick family came to Nova Scotia from Scotland in 1860s and then to Boston. All the rest came in 1600s.

I haven’t gone into depth on my Cummings side but my maternal great grandmother from Albany, Maine was a Cummings/Wilbur. On Wikitree my number is Blodgett-850. My tree on Ancestry is Blodgett Family Tree. Good to meet you Cuz!

posted by Judith Blodgett
Good to meet you as well, Judith and sorry that it's taken me so long to reply. So we come through siblings John and Ann Cummings. I see that Ann ended up in Enfield, CT which is the place from which I knew my 4th great-grandfather (Ann's 2nd great-grandson) came from. I grew up on the east coast and lived in New England for about 6 years. I'm just now realizing that I have deeper roots there than I had thought. Always exciting to see a straight green connection like ours!! Cheers, Betsy
posted by Betsy Ko
We are 15th cousins twice removed through Anne (Hastings) Ferrers (abt. 1423 - abt. 1472) She is Hastings-1046 I am Nash-9215, Interestingly I have been able to go back as far as 20AD on some relatives. (again nothing is certain, but considering all factors, I am amazed at that and so many European and eastern royals boggles the mind) Cheers from Edmonton Alberta Canada.
posted by Dennis Nash
Greetings, Dennis! I just had a look at our MCRA's profile and it was an interesting read. I haven't reached that far back yet with my personal research. I agree with you that it really gives the mind something to chew on once you get back in the shadows of history like that. Nice to meet you, cousin!
posted by Betsy Ko
Hi Betsy. My dad used to work with a guy named Moses Ko. I'm guessing he's pretty distant from you, but then, we're only 20 degrees from each other.
posted by Scott Hutchins
Nice to meet you, Scott. Relationship finder says that we're 10th cousins. I don't know of any Moses in my family, but maybe he's a very distant relative. Most important would be the question of whether his surname is the same character as mine.
posted by Betsy Ko
Hi Betsy!

Here's your sticker code for the January 2022 connect a thon. Just add the curly brackets {{ }} on the ends: Connect-a-Thon|team=The Twisted Thistles|year=2022|profiles=35|extra=Thanks for participating in the January thon!


posted by Sarah Mason
Thanks very much, Sarah! Go Twisted Thistles!
posted by Betsy Ko
Hi Betsy,

Congratulations on certifying to work on pre-1700 profiles! It’s very important that you read and understand the Pre-1700 Profiles help page. These profiles for deep ancestors are shared by many, and collaborating on them works best if we all follow the guidelines laid out on that page.

Tommy – WikiTree Greeter

posted by Tommy Buch
Thanks for showing Scotland as one of your interests. If you haven’t yet done so, you are welcome to join the Scotland project via the G-2-G topic. The Project runs the Tartan Trail which encourages those new(er) to Scottish research to get to grips with Scottish sources. There is a wee bit of a wait as each person “hiking the trail” is allocated a mentor to assist and encourage them.

I hope you get a great deal of pleasure collaborating with colleagues in this great project. If you have any questions or wish any advice either send me a private message or email me.

Hello Betsy

Thank you for adding your DNA to WikiTree. The Getting the Best from DNA page will tell you more about how DNA kits are used on WikiTree.

I hope this helps! If you have any questions or problems, let me know.

Take care,

Mindy ~ WikiTree Volunteer Greeter

posted by Mindy Silva
Thanks, Mindy. I'll have a read before I return to GEDMatch and try to puzzle through it.


posted by Betsy Ko
Hi Betsy

The GEDCOMpare process guide has tips on how to use the data in your file most efficiently.

If you have any questions about how WikiTree works, let me know. To contact me, please log in to WikiTree and go to your profile. Use the ‘Reply’ link below my comment to be sure I will be notified. You can also click my name to send a private message, or post a comment, on my profile page.

Wendy ~ WikiTree Greeter

Hello Wendy,

Thanks for your message! I have been working my way through the beginner how-to guides. Yesterday I tried to upload a gedcom file of my Ancestry tree. I tried twice and then it told me that there was an error uploading my file. What should I try now? If it matters, it said my file was "GEDCOM 178589: Ko Tudor Redwood Family Tree.ged".

Thanks in advance for any suggestions you can make.


posted by Betsy Ko
Hi Betsy

One possible reason might be the file size. There is a limit of 5,000 people per GEDCOM, but I would recommend starting with a much smaller file to begin with. The link I sent you above gives some information about splitting your file.

I will ask a colleague if they can check what the issue is, but it may take time to get an answer.


Hi Wendy,

That makes sense. But I'm nowhere near that number of people. I have just under 550 people in my tree.

I don't mind being patient for an answer. (Weekend is my big genealogy time.)

Thank you!


posted by Betsy Ko
Hi Betsy

The file size is really large in spite of being for a limited number of people. My colleague says she has seen that before with files created by Ancestry. She suggests you import it to a different software package, then create a new GEDCOM from there. She says RootsMagic has a free version that she has had good luck with.

Another thing you might try is to exclude photos, or attached documents, if that is possible. You can’t import photos via GEDCOM.

Let me know how you get on.


Hi Wendy,

Thanks for this. I have FTM, so I'll play with that this coming weekend. If not, I had already been thinking of trying the free version of RootsMagic. Fingers crossed that I can get it to work.

I appreciate your help!


posted by Betsy Ko
Hello again Betsy,

I'm glad you are already excited about WikiTree. I absolutely love it here! I use Ancestry and FamilySearch as well. WikiTree is my 'final' resting place for those ancestors though as I can form a more complete biography and source collection here. I'm usually around if you have questions. Never hesitate to reach out.

Mindy ~ WikiTree Mentor

posted by Mindy Silva
Hi Betsy

Thanks for joining us! I hope you're enjoying our site and our community. I just wanted to check in and see how things are going. Have the New Member How-To pages been helpful or left you with questions?

It's great to have you on board. Enjoy your time here, and good luck growing your branches. If you need help just click on my name you'll be transferred to my profile where you can post a message or send me a private message.

Mindy ~ WikiTree Mentor

When our hearts turn to our ancestors, something changes inside us. We feel part of something greater than us. — Russell M Nelson

posted by Mindy Silva
Hello Betsy,

Here is a link to help you get started with your DNA

posted by [Living Wood]
Thank you for volunteering. You are now a full member of WikiTree.

Start with the New Member How-To Pages - they are really useful as you add profiles and learn your way around: 

Let me know if you require assistance. I am happy to help. After adding my own family and ancestors I have found many cousins and distant ancestors here on WikiTree.

Gilly~ WikiTree Greeter

posted by [Living Wood]

This is just a note to say hello and to let you know that I'm available to answer questions about joining WikiTree.

To contact me, click the link to my name above, then send a private message or post a comment on my profile page.

Gilly ~ WikiTree Greeter

P.S. If links do not work in an email from WikiTree, try them from the comment section on your profile page

posted by [Living Wood]