Rob Neff
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Rob Neff

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Signed 27 Oct 2017 | 6445 contributions | 200 thank-yous | 1047 connections
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Rob Neff
Born 1960s.
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Son of and [private mother (1930s - unknown)]
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Profile last modified | Created 26 Oct 2017 | Last significant change: 9 Mar 2023
22:44: Rob Neff edited the Biography for Rob Neff. (Add 2023 USBH sticker) [Thank Rob for this]
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Rob Neff participated in the 2023 US Black Heritage Project Connecting Challenge.
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Born in Montana, grew up on a farm in Minnesota, became an engineer, currently in the Chicagoland area. My dad's side is German-from-Russia, my mother is half German from Germany, half English-Swedish-Scottish-? My wife is Bulgarian.

Since joining the WikiTree family in Oct, 2017, my mantra has been slow and steady. It took over a year to reach 1500 contributions, hit 2000 contributions in March of 2019, 4000 in February of 2021 and 6000 in March, 2022.

I have been a Wikipedia editor since 2006. Pretty decent at transcribing 18th and 19th century English handwriting.

Notable (for me) Relations

  • Fifth cousin, six times removed from Samuel F.B. Morse, painter and inventor of the Morse Code
  • Third cousin, four times removed from Dick Broadwell, an outlaw who rode with the Dalton Gang
  • 5x greatgrandson of Major Joseph Lindsley, who served as Major in the American Revolution
  • Sixth cousin to actor Kevin Bacon
  • Seventh cousin once removed from Barbara Bush.
  • Eleventh cousin (!) once removed from Loudon Snowden Wainwright, American writer and grandfather of Rufus. Interestingly enough , the connection does not go thru my Wainwright ancestors.
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Thank you for participating in the February 2023 USBH Connecting Challenge and helping us create 5295 profiles. Our new total is 184,311.

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Nicely done Rob. Thank you for the source editing to Henry O'Bleness Page!
posted by Lance O'Bleness
Hi Rob,

Thanks for your message. I just added some additional sources to Mossberger-16 and updated the bio.

posted by Anonymous Yamnitz
Hello Rob! We’re putting out a call to all past USBH Connecting Challenge participants. We are only a few thousand profiles away from meeting our goal of 50,000 new profiles for 2021. I hope you’ll be able to join us by adding some new profiles in December. They sign up post is here:

Thanks for your contributions in 2021! Emma

Rob, Thank you for joining the August Connecting Challenge and helping us create 2262 new profiles!

We’ve started the September challenge here: September Connecting Challenge

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Rob Neff created 25 new profiles during the August 2021 US Black Heritage Project Connecting Challenge.



Thank you for joining the May Connecting Challenge and helping us create 3726 new profiles!

We’ve started the June challenge here: June Connecting Challenge

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Rob created 116 new profiles during the May 2021 USBH Connecting Challenge.



Thank you for joining the April Connecting Challenge and helping us create 4886 new profiles!

100 Profiles
Rob created 100 new profiles during the April 2021 USBH Connecting Challenge.



Thank you for joining the March Connecting Challenge and helping us create 3850 new profiles!

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Rob created 73 new profiles during the March 2021 USBH Connecting Challenge.



Thank you for joining our first ever Connecting Challenge and helping us create 2729 profiles by adding 47!

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We’ve started the March challenge here: March Connecting Challenge


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Rob created 50 new profiles during the February 2021 USBH Connecting Challenge.
Hi Rob, I see you have been working on Broadwells again lately, thanks! I suffer from genealogical ADHD and find I can't focus on one thing for very long! ;-) I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
posted by L Sauls
Thanks, I too have bounced around a bit. I was doing some transcribing at National Archives, then got a request here to update a Broadwell. Genealogy is a weird mix of detail work and ADHD, since the number of branches multiply the farther you go back :-)
posted by Rob Neff

My 4x great grandfather, Eugene Gilchrist (1822-1902) was the brother of Mary Gilchrist Broadwell. I was adding Eugene's siblings today and saw that I can't add her because she's already in WikiTree. I am new at this, and thought perhaps you could add her parents, Eugene Gilchrist and Sarah Clark Gilchrist to her profile?

posted by Gayle Babyak
Hello Gayle. I'm assuming you're talking about Gilchrist-1119, b. 1818. That profile is actually managed by L. Sauls, but Sauls and I are on the Broadwell one-name study together, so I think there won't be a problem with me changing that. It would be nice if we had some stronger sources than "personal notes", I see you've added pictures of their gravestones to Find-a-Grave, so there is that.
posted by Rob Neff
I will look through my Gilchrist file and put more sources on this week.
posted by Gayle Babyak
Hi Bob!

I’m your third cousin 1xremoved in the Lidströmline.

Would be nice to get in contact with you. I’ve Got a photo from the familyfarm From ab 1890 where you’re grandmothers grandfather Karl ” Charles” Lidström was born. The rescidential house is still standing ( under renovation for the moment)

Best regards!

Anita Lidström

posted by Anita Lidström
Gosh ! I see that your mother is an Ungerecht ! Cool ! I also see in your tree that you're descended from a Krell, amazing, I am also. Maybe we're related through either or both of the Ungerecht or/and the Krell lines. I look forward to what you can find out-
posted by Carleton Procter
My Ungerecht-1 and my Ungerecht-2 are two different people on my tree, but thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Do you have Ungerecht relatives, or/and have seen that name before ? -It seems to be an unusual name, and hard to find.

  • Thanks for starting the Ungerecht Project. I look forward to what we can find out about the name origins and it's descendants. I hope I can find some long-lost cousins-

Also, my family and I were very good friends with an elderly Neff couple in Westmoreland, NH. They were Unitarians, and Mr. Emory Neff had been a college Professor. They've both since passed away, but their children live in various parts of the world. Maybe they're distant cousins of yours ?

posted by Carleton Procter
Hi Rob,

Aleš Trtnik fixed the {Unsourced}} instructions. Thank you for pointing it out so it could be addressed! You're a great WikiTreer. :-) Regards, Natalie

posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott
Rob, thanks. If you click the link on the page:

you will see the template page with parameters. I will ask Aleš if he can improve the Unsourced Profiles page instructions, though, as it is a bit confusing. Thanks for pointing that out! Natalie

posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott
Hi, I love the idea for a Russlanddeutsche sub-project. If you would like to PM me about your vision, and how involved you want to be (project coordinator etc) then I am happy to discuss it with you and get the ball rolling.


Project Coordinator - German Roots

posted by Kylie Haese
Thanks for the thanks, new ninth-cousin!

It's always fun to discover new connections in the Swedish realm.

posted by Eva Ekeblad
Hi. Welcome to the Wainwright One Name Study. Please feel free to contribute in any way you would like. The project page is open for edits, so please do add any related tasks that you need help with. Thanks, Jon.
posted by Jonathan Wainwright
Hi R,

Thanks for acknowledging me as a member of the Broadwell Name Study. I hope it will help both of us as well as the tree at large. I have been on WikiTree longer than you, but that doesn't mean I know much. There is so much to learn that I only count myself a little better than a complete newby! I will send you my email by private message...

posted by L Sauls

Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As I always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader

posted by Guy Constantineau
Hi R.,

Thank you for self-certifying for the Pre-1700 badge! Participation in a project is strongly encouraged for those wishing to edit Pre-1700 profiles.

It looks like German Roots Project would be a good fit with the tag you entered. Adding the tag German_Roots will help you get updates about activity for that project.

Is there a particular time period, location, or topic you're interested in? Do you have some historically-significant ancestors? Look at the list of active projects to see if one fits your needs.

Do you have any questions? Let me know. I'm happy to help! :-)

David ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by David Selman

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