I have been interested in genealogy since childhood because my grandparents, great-aunts and great-uncles were wonderful family storytellers. The problem was that I didn't know which stories were true, and which were either family legends or bedtime stories never intended to be taken as actual family history.
I became more serious about genealogy from 2006 to 2007, but gave it up after coming across so many wacky online family trees. In 2013, my brother asked a question about Henry Frank Smith, our great-great-grandfather. A quick Google search showed that there were now multitudes of free internet resources, including newspaper images, cemetery records, passenger lists, and some vital records going back to the 1600s. I caught the genealogy bug again.
I discovered WikiTree in September 2013, and have been using it extensively. Now I'm volunteering as a co-leader of the Greeters Project. At this point, I'm particularly interested in tracing family who lived along the east side of the Hudson River in upstate New York. I'm also interested in family from the time of the Puritan Great Migration.
To aid WikiTree in the administration of my account should I be incapacitated, or in the event of my death, I hereby give permission for all private profiles I'm managing to be transferred to the following WikiTreers, whether or not they are currently on the Trusted Lists:
I'm trying to distinguish between 2 or 3 Daniel Bedells to identify my third great-grandfather. He was born about 1800 in Dutchess County, New York, and moved to Rensselaer County as a child or young adult.
My husband's surname. His family came from Broome County, New York. Although the word hake can refer to a kind of fish, the surname Hakes probably refers to a bill hook (or "bill"), a nasty weapon used in medieval warfare.
Nancy Pumphrey was my 3rd ggm. She was born in 1810 in Pitt County, North Carolina. She married John Gregory in Georgia about 1830. They moved to the Republic of Texas after he was charged with murder in the US.
Mary Sider, sister of Joseph, was my 3rd ggm. She was born 1825 in Pennsylvania. She married Cyrus Scott Crone in Champaign County, Ohio in 1850. They settled in Smith County in East Texas, where Cyrus worked as a cabinet maker. Mary died in Texas in 1916.
I think that Anstress Wainright was my husband's 2nd ggm. She was born about 1824 in New York, and married Reuben Sanders. They lived near Binghamton, Broome, New York.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Carole by comparing test results with other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Carole: