Debi (McGee) Hoag
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Debi (McGee) Hoag

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Signed 6 Sep 2015 | 97571 contributions | 15508 thank-yous
Communication Preferences: I am interested in communicating private message with cousins and anyone else with an interest in genealogy. Here is my family tree. Ancestors ancestors

My pronouns are she/them

You can find me all over, working with the Sourcerers and Sprinters, Profile Improvement Voyagers, and during the Big Annual Events with Team Cornbread Catchers and the WikiTree Spotify Curators

Debi A. Hoag formerly McGee aka Cundiff
Born 1950s.
Ancestors ancestors
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Profile last modified | Created 6 Sep 2015 | Last significant change: 1 May 2022
00:06: Admin WikiTree added the April 2022 Club 100 badge for Debi (McGee) Hoag. [Thank Admin for this]
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Profile Improvement Project co-leader
DMH Ephemera Collection with citations


Notes to visitors

If you ended up here from a

  1. profile I manage, let's talk about people!
  2. Thank You notice, it may be because you explained a change you made to a profile or added a source. I love seeing those!


Profile Improvement Voyage Guide
This user is a native speaker of English.
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"[2] 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 busy with a small bookkeeping business, a local genealogical society, 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 and a small camper.
Two pairs of upside-down legs, one wearing pink high heels, the other encased in trousers, are waving in the air, their bodies clearly buried beyond their waists in a pile of manure. Includes the words "Only Needs To Breathe To Be In Trouble".
"Trouble is never a problem.
It comes looking for me because it knows I'm a willing accomplice."[3]

Community Spirit

2016 SAT Bib #044
Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Yearly Golden Achievement Milestone
Debi reached the Golden Achievement milestone by sourcing at least one profile in every month of the 2019 Sourcerers' Challenge
England Orphan Team
Debi (McGee) Hoag has completed the England Project's Post 1700 Orphan Trail I.
2017 SAT Bib #009
England Orphan Team
Debi (McGee) Hoag has completed the England Project's Pre-1700 Orphan Trail II.
Debi (McGee) Hoag participated with Team 811 (cleaning merged profiles) during the 2018 Clean-a-Thon.
2018 SAT Bib #050
Debi (McGee) Hoag participated with Team Cornbread Catchers during the Connect-a-Thon.
Fountain Pen
Debi has written and improved ten profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.
2019 SAT Bib #004
Quakers Project Logo
Debi improved Quaker Project profiles in the 2018 as part of the managed profiles challenges
2020 SAT Bib #027
RootsTech Attendee: 2018
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Debi was a valued member of the Greeters Project who has moved to Emeritus status.


  1. 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.
  2. MacEntee, Thomas, The Genealogy Do-Over Workbook, 2015; WorldCat link.
  3. Escarlata Cisneros aka Debi Hoag, 25 June 2010, Facebook conversation
  • Birth and Marriage source documents on file and available on a need-to-know basis.

DNA Confirmation Notes

Paternal Line
  • 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 Line
  • 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 since 1992 on the internet 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.
  • Debi McGee Cundiff
  • Debi McGee Hoag
  • sasicnet @
  • sasic @
  • debic @
  • Debi_McGee_Cundiff @
  • DebiMcGeeHoag @
  • Genealogy @
  • Debi McGee Cundiff's Genealogy Homepage and Book Index Links
  • 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.
My thanks to the following members for bits and pieces which were incorporated into my Wiki-Will:
Pat Saunders, Paula (Bond) Kohring, Liz (Noland) Shifflett, Lisa Thurston, Andreas (Basso) West, Deborah (Réaume) Collier
Meet Our Members - Debi Hoag

rev. 30 March 2022, McGee-1611

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DNA Connections
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:

Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

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Hi so I’m brian kelly. Um idk what to say but yeah. I have all my documentation well what I know to be my documentation anyways
posted by Brian Kelly
Welcome to WikiTree, Brian. Will you be adding profiles for your ancestors? Debi
posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
I am working at a conference all weekend so won't be able to do the A-thon this time around Deb! Waaaaaa!~
posted by Mags Gaulden
I'll set you as a cheerleader because I know that you'll be thinking about us. Have a great time at the conference.
posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Thanks for your consistent sourcing with us, Debi!
Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Yearly Golden Achievement Milestone for 1 sourced profile tracked every month
Debi (McGee) Hoag reached the Golden Achievement milestone by sourcing at least one profile in every month of the 2021 Sourcerers Project Sourcerers' Challenge.
posted by Mel Bishop
Debi, thanks for your comment about my older adds. I want to comply, but I'm struggling with creating a good procedure.

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).


posted by Duane Malcolm
When I'm working from an online tree that has some sources to a certain point and then none for the older generations, I put any further speculation in that last profile. It's probably easier to give you an example than try to explain further. Take a look at the second research item on Helen Marie (Hess) Coop (abt.1916-bef.1992). If that record is for her, then we know her parents. At the point that I'm sure Helen Coop and Helen Hess are the same people, I will create their profiles.

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,


posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag

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.

posted by John Simkins Jr
You are very welcome, John, glad to help. Sourcing is what I love to do.
posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Debi, thank you so much for helping me with sourcing! Showing the adjustment to the inline source is like the best thing that's happened to me today, for real. I hated that it looked so redundant in the sources section. You have been so helpful and beneficial to me. I want you to know how very much it is appreciated!!
posted by Crystal Stevenson
I'm so glad it helped, Crystal. The Profile Improvements Project has a program to help you learn how to create biographies that honor your ancestors and includes all kinds of tips like that. If you are interested, you can find out more about that on the Profile Improvements Project (PIP) Voyage page.
posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
I would like to FORMALLY post my Writ of Complaint that you left, on vacation, without me (your unannounced but favorite cousin), with no promises to take pictures, wrestle grizzlie bears, hug the squatch or have a bon fire! <end of complaint>

Have fun, be safe! Katie

Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Yearly Golden Achievement Milestone
Debi reached the Golden Achievement milestone by sourcing at least one profile in every month of the 2019 Sourcerers' Challenge

Outstanding! We started this program in April of this year 2019 award is April through December.

posted by Laura (Pennie) Bozzay

Rejected matches › Deborah McGee