Duane Poncy
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Duane Poncy

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I am happy to help in any way I can in your genealogical pursuits as time is available. My personal interest in genealogy is to gain a better sense of history and the forces that shape us. I have little interest in establishing pedigrees. I am particularly interested in the French Caribbean, the Cherokee diaspora, and my own indigenous, Quebecois, French, Danish, and Germanic roots.
Duane L. Poncy
Born 1940s.
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [private brother (1950s - unknown)], [private sister (1950s - unknown)], [private sister (1960s - unknown)], [private sister (1960s - unknown)], [private sister (1960s - unknown)] and [private brother (1960s - unknown)]
Father of [private daughter (1980s - unknown)]
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Duane Poncy has French origins.
Duane was Cherokee.

Duane Poncy is a lifelong activist and writer living in Portland, Oregon with his wife Patricia J. McLean. He is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation (Oklahoma). He and Patricia are co-authors of Bartlett House, a Will Adelhardt / Lucy Hidalgo Mystery. They have been activists in the Portland, Oregon literary scene and were the editors of Raising Our Voices, an Anthology of Oregon Poets Against the War in 2003. It was recognized by Poetry Northwest and the Oregon State Library as a notable Oregon literary work on the 150th Anniversary of Oregon statehood, in 2009.

Born in San Bernardino, California in 1948, Duane attended Davidson Elementary School through the sixth grade and Arrowview Junior High through the 7th grade. In 1961, the family moved to Fontana, California, then the next year to Bend, Oregon, where he graduated from Bend High School in 1966.

He raced quarter midgets competitively at the age of eight and made it to regional competition in Las Vegas. He was active in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in San Bernardino, and played cornet in the school orchestra. In 9th and 10th grade he was a member of Bend Senior High School Future Farmers of America and studied vocational agriculture. He and his brother, Michael, worked and managed the 108 acre family farm throughout their high school years, while their father worked full time at the mill.

In 1972, he married his first wife, Lane Hamby, in Bend, Oregon. They divorced in 1995. He married again in Portland, Oregon in 1999 to Patricia Joanne McLean, a native of Prineville, Oregon.

He attended college off and on through 1975, when he graduated from Southern Oregon State College with a bachelors degree in Political Science.

He's held a wide variety of jobs, including ski lift operator, farm hand, dishwasher, custodian, CNC operator, fork lift operator, plastics mold fabricator, and paid organizer for activist organizations. He founded and edited a number of publications, and has worked as an organizer and activist for many environmental, peace, and social justice groups and campaigns. He was an organizer and past president of AFSCME 1958, a sixty-member labor union of college support staff at Central Oregon Community College in the late 1970s, and was the Marion County (Oregon) Chair of the Jesse Jackson Campaign in 1988.

You can find out more about Duane and Patricia at Poncy-McLean website. Also see Poncy-Mclean Family History


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Hi Duane,

Just a note that I am renaming the category "Grand'Riviére, Martinique" to "Grand'Rivière, Martinique" which is the official spelling (with accent grave). The new category will have exactly the same contents as the old one. EditBot will move the profiles automatically.


Hi Duane,

Thanks for having a big heart and adopting the Orphaned Profiles. This After Adopting Orphans FAQ explains the special attention adopted profiles will sometimes need.

Let me know if you have any questions on how to find and record sources, merge duplicates, clean up GEDCOM biographies, and interpret the Suggestions report. I'm here to help!


PS If you have any GEDCOM cleanup to do, there is a new tool that can help. You can read more about it in the WikiTree AGC FAQ.

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag

My name is Sarah and I’m the new Project Leader for The Native Americans Project. This is your project check-in letter. I would love to hear back from you about your current Native American research interests and project related activity.

Thank you,

Sarah Mason, NA Project Leader

posted by Sarah Mason
Welcome, Sarah. I am interested in expanding and researching my own Cherokee connections. I am also interested in accuracy and helping Wikitree eliminate fake genealogies, particularly where Native American peoples are involved. My personal involvement in genealogy is as a way to understand history more than anything, and I would love to be involved in any efforts to build or integrate historical narratives into the work through the use of freespace pages or links -- I have some vague ideas about this that need some fleshing out.

I am happy to help others with NA genealogy at any time.

posted by Duane Poncy
Hi Duane,

I see that you have a the Tickaneesky and several other profiles with the Trail of Tears category connected. There has been a recent update to that category making it a "High Level" category and creating a Cherokee Trail of Tears subcategory. Please consider updating these profiles by replacing Category:Trail_of_Tears with Category:Cherokee_Trail_of_Tears.

Thank you!

posted by Ronald Prentice
edited by Ronald Prentice
Hi Duane, I saw your new Slavery tag regarding Martinique. We are working to start a new project called African Diaspora that will help create standards for those from Africa who were enslaved around the world as well as those who migrated for other reasons. We have only just begun, but if you are interested in helping us get started, let me know https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:African_Diaspora. Thanks! Emma
Thank you, Emma. I have added myself to the list. I would be happy to work on this project, since I am already doing things which fit into the scope of it.
posted by Duane Poncy
Wonderful, Duane! I'm sending you a private message to chat with you about the project. Thanks!
Hi Duane

We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the France Project, and thank you for submitting your member interest form.

Kindest regards,


Hi Duane,

As part of a revitalization effort for the France Project, we are checking-in with members to see if they are planning to remain active in the project and where their interests lie.

If you are planning to remain active, please click here to submit a short Member Interest Form to help us organize and coordinate collaboration.

If you have other obligations at the moment and would like to be removed from the project at this time, you will always be welcome to rejoin if you find yourself with more time and interest later.

We thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

Please respond by commenting on my profile or sending a private message. I look forward to hearing from you.


Hi Duane!

You will want to switch your "french_roots" followed tag to "france". Please check this out: https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/846021/french-roots-becomes-the-france-project (the french_roots tag now automatically redirects to france, so there won't be any more questions tagged french_roots...)


Hi Duane,

Re: Facteur du câble - This occupation has of course disappeared and I cannot find references to it. My educated guess is that he was a sort of mailman (facteur) but distributing telegrams rather than letters ("un câble" was another word for "télégramme"). Not guaranteed...

hi, bonjour,

je recherche des pistes dans le nord de la martinique pres des communes de Le Robert Bassepointe pour la branche familliale de ma grand mere. je recherche les famillles Latouche, Noiren.. Merci Par avance si vous avez des données. Cordialament...

posted by [deleted]

Le Portail Francophone a pour mission de rendre Wikitree accessible aux personnes de langue française

Nous recherchons des membres pour réaliser ce projet. Merci de vous impliquer si vous avez un peu de temps.


Lien: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Portail_Francophone

posted by Guy Constantineau
Hi Duane,

as a member of Quebecois Project, could you change the place names on as per our standards on the profiles you manage.

See: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Quebecois#Guidelines_for_place_names

or help us by choosing a letter in our To-Do-List here...



Guy Quebecois Project Leader

posted by Guy Constantineau
I didn't know we were 7th cousins, Duane... small world, big family!
posted by Sunny (Trimbee) Clark
Hey Duane,

Being a project coordinator for the Cherokee Project would require an attention to detail on Cherokee questions in g2g, working on resources and task and helping others find tasks to help with.

There is a component which requires tactfull adressing of members with connections to mythilogical figures and working to research and flesh out the truths of these - or finding the latest scholarly research to clarify issues.

Be great to have you jump in to Coordinate this project!


posted by Mags Gaulden
Welcome to the One Place Studies project! I see you have already set up a free space page for your study. Let me know if you need help with anything.
posted by Jamie Nelson