Debi was born in Jacksonville, FL, just as her father, Charles McGee, returned to military service with the United States Air Force (USAF). As soon as her mother, Rachel Helms McGee, was released by the physician, the family moved to McDill Air Force Base in Tampa FL where her father was stationed. The USAF played a large role in Debi's growing years, sending her family to live all over the world including places like Denver Colorado, Japan, southern California, Germany, England, Okinawa, and finally back to Florida in 1973.
After finishing High School in 1976, Debi went to work for a local governmental agency where she had positions in the Finance and IT departments. She has been married twice, first to Ray Cundiff, and currently to Daniel Hoag.
She started gathering names, dates, and places around 1982 as a way to deal with the grief of a child's death. "Serious" genealogy research began in the early 1990s when the internet and computers introduced me to research partners who taught better habits and shared resources. A ten-year break from 2005 to 2015 was full of other fun things but she found that she missed the joys and challenges of research.
Coming back to genealogy, she discovered that two of her mentors/research collaborators had died. One's research had been transferred to an interested but non-active descendant and is not accessible; the whereabouts of the other's research is unknown. She felt it was necessary to find a place to share, collaborate, learn, and assure that her research would never suffer such a fate. WikiTree met that need.
Unfortunately, she made a decision to upload a (*sigh* too large) GEDCOM. In reviewing the profiles, it became obvious that a "Genealogy Do-Over" was in order. All records are being reviewed; profiles and source citations are being updated. Things have changed but ... the more they change, the more they stay the same; there are always more questions than answers.
These days she is enjoying retirement and WikiTree. She's still working on that *sigh* too-large GEDCOM and has recently started working with another one because, obviously, she has lost her mind.
She's also planning for a future that will include extended research trips with a mobile workspace in a small motorhome.
"Trouble is never a problem. It comes looking for me because it knows I'm a willing accomplice."
↑ Biography written by Debi Hoag, September 2015, based on events as related by her parents and on personal knowledge of events in her own life.
↑ MacEntee, Thomas, The Genealogy Do-Over Workbook, 2015; WorldCat link.
Birth and Marriage source documents on file and available on a need-to-know basis.
DNA Confirmation Notes
The relationship to father Charles McGee's maternal line is confirmed by a 70.8 cM match between Debi McGee Hoag GEDmatch G293623 and her paternal third cousin Nancy Rose GEDmatch A125363.
The relationship to father Charles E McGee's paternal line is suggested by a 61.4 cM autosomal DNA match between Debi McGee Hoag GEDmatch G293623 and her paternal fourth cousin Larry Hayer GEDmatch A037820; more cousin matches are needed for triangulation.
Maternal relationship is confirmed by an autosomal GEDmatch comparison between Debi (McGee) Hoag , GEDmatch kit # TN9500362, and Jackie Helms, GEDmatch kit # A772129, (compare kits), her 1st cousin 1x removed. Their most-recent common ancestors are Martin Helms and Seena Baucom, the grandparents of Debi (McGee) Hoag and great grandparents of Jackie Helms. Predicted relationship from GEDmatch: 1st cousin once removed, based on sharing 402.6cM cM across 19 segments. Debi is the daughter of Laura Helms who is the daughter of the common ancestors Martin Helms & Seena Baucom.
The relationship to mother Rachel Helms's paternal line is suggested by a 74.2 cM autosomal DNA match between Debi McGee Hoag GEDmatch G293623 and her maternal third cousin once removed Julia (Bell) Lansberry GEDmatch M071333; more cousin matches are needed for triangulation.
Also Known As
I've been doing genealogy research for many years (and on the internet since 1992 with the emails to prove it LOL). During that time, I've gotten divorced and remarried, created websites, and changed email addresses too many times. When I'm looking for someone, I'll often search the web for names and email addresses. To facilitate people finding me, I'm listing the names, websites, and addresses I've used.
Escarlata Cisneros on Facebook and Second Life. My pseudonym started from having to stay under the radar when I joined Facebook (supposedly respectable small government employee nearing retirement having too much fun at renaissance faires). About half the people I know only know me as Escarlata.
@ImprovDebi on Twitter
Wiki-Will for Digital Afterlife
In the event of my death or incapacity for more than 90 days, the following shall serve as my unspoken permission:
I would like all of the profiles for people not living, and which I alone manage, to be changed to Open. This is up to and including my own profile.
Space pages that I have created for projects should be assigned to the leaders of those projects
Other space pages can all be changed to Open with the exception of the DAM_Collection.
If I missed anything (and for the DAM Collection space page and any Red/still living profiles on my Watchlist), I ask that they be managed in keeping with the Honor Code and preserving the privacy of living people:
by any of my extended family members (including my former spouse and his family), whether or not they are on the Trusted Lists.
Should these profiles/pages not be accessed within 180 days from my demise, the Wikitree staff shall have full and total access to manage said space and profiles in any way they see fit, up to and including assigning them to any willing Profile Manager, orphaning them, or deleting them.
For access to Debi Hoag's full information you must be on Debi's Trusted List. Please login.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Debi or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
Debi (McGee) Hoag:
Mitochondrial DNA Test Other, haplogroup K1a
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Debi:
We appreciate your consistent work in improving WikiTree through the Sourcerers Project in 2022!
edited by Bill Feidt
I was wondering when someone would take me to task…
How do I create a profile based on someone else’s research and allow others to interact with what I have? Are we actually saying that if I don’t (yet?) have sources etc., I should not add the profile? (The notice bar that comes up when you are about to add a pre-1700 profile seems to indicate that you should add the profile and then ask for help... or maybe I misunderstood?)
I understand the desire to keep the tree “clean” and well supported – basic data-integrity. I just don’t see how to record what I have and be able to discuss with someone – that I haven’t found (haven’t really made an effort to do so as yet because I am focused on getting another 950 profiles created - Norway is only a small piece of the puzzle).
If I wanted to talk about it who her parents are, I would use the Collaboration > Public Q & A link in the right column of her profile. That would take me to the Genealogist to Genealogist (G2G) forum where I could ask a question about her and request help. I could tell about the online tree where I found the clues for her parents, etc.
This example is from a post-1700 profile but the process is the same for pre-1700.
I hope this helps,
Thank you for your contribution of adding a profile source... Today I found the 'tweak' you made on 3/14/2019 for Leroy Hampton Simkins Jr (1904-1987), brother of my father John Eldred Simkins (1906-1991). <finally...> ...Sending gratitude on this day before Thanksgiving, 2021, John S.
Have fun, be safe! Katie
Outstanding! We started this program in April of this year 2019 award is April through December.