Betsy Ko
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Betsy Ko

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Signed 12 Jun 2019 | 2090 contributions | 174 thank-yous | 480 connections
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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. Now, as happens to so many, I'm hooked. My most complete tree is public on Ancestry (Ko Tudor Redwood Family Tree). With time, I will add this work to WikiTree.

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 Taiwan (surname 柯). I've done some research on my paternal ancestors but it's slow going with the language barrier.

Betsy T. Ko
Born 1960s.
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Daughter of and [private mother (1930s - unknown)]
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Betsy Ko is 1/2 Taiwanese.
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Betsy Ko is a graduate of the Scotland Tartan Trail II.
Betsy has participated in 22 out of 52 weeks during the 2021 52 Weeks of Photos Challenge.
Betsy Ko participated with The Twisted Thistles during the 2022 Connect-a-Thon, and added 35 connections.Thanks for participating in the January thon!
Betsy Ko participated with Team Twisted Thistles during the 2021 Connect-a-Thon, and added 52 connections.
Betsy Ko participated with Twisted Thistles during the 2021 Source-a-Thon, adding 53 sources to profiles.
Betsy spends way too much time on WikiTree.

I know how troublesome nicknames can be for genealogists, so I smile at the irony that I present the same identity challenge with my names.  My full name is Elizabeth Tudor Ko.  But upon bringing me home from the hospital, my mother felt that this was way too big a name for a little baby.  Hurricane Betsy had been in the news just two years earlier and she thought Betsy would be a good nickname (a commentary on my early personality, perhaps?).  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 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, teacher and band director.  I also spent 15 of my younger years working as a tech in molecular biology labs; I’m excited to learn more about genetic genealogy moving forward.


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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
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
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 William 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]

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