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LJ Russell

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LJ J. Russell
Born 1950s.
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Brother of [private sister (1950s - unknown)] and [private sister (1950s - unknown)]
[children unknown]
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Profile last modified | Created 14 Mar 2017 | Last significant change: 18 Jul 2018
19:16: Deb Cavel posted a message on the page for LJ Russell. [Thank Deb for this]
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Categories: Pennsylvania Cemeteries Project | Lawrence County, Pennsylvania | New Castle, Pennsylvania.



I love history. I'm retired now and currently residing in the Pittsburgh Area. I am looking up my family lines. They are Russell(Rusnak) and Johnson on my father's side. And Cypher and Coughlin on my mother's side.

My main interest is in the Tri-State Area comprising Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and the West Virginia Panhandle. A little bit of Maryland, most around Baltimore, as well. It appears that once my ancestors got to America, whenever they found a spot they liked, they stayed.

My family, both direct and through marriage, were some of the first to come to Western Pennsylvania in the late 1700's. The first school in Butler Co., PA , was on my G-G-G-G-Grandfather's farm.[1] And while I have not found any verified information to prove so, knowing my family's penchant for spirits, they probably were involved in the Whiskey Rebellion too. LOL

My heritage is the British Isles and Ireland, as well as Germany and France (Hesse and Alsace-Lorraine) and the Balkans. And a touch of Dutch in there for good measure.

Have been doing a lot of research on Ancestry and will load data from there when I feel it is good enough to go "into the wild". I have around 8,000 names spread across various Family Trees on Ancestry. I include In-Laws and their family in my trees. Odd how those names always seem to pop up along some other branch. Sadly, I have hit the Watch List Name Limit and have had to Orphan many Profiles who were distantly related by marriage.

WikiTree Projects

Pennsylvania Cemetery Project'

I joined the Pennsylvania Cemetery Project. I find the addition of cemetery categories to your Profiles quite enlightening. It can be interesting how many different branches of your Tree may be interred in the same cemetery never knowing the other was possibly related, albeit distantly, or even existed.

Personal Projects

Military Service I make it a point to ensure all data I can find on an individual I am adding to WikiTree has their Military Service listed and the corresponding categories added. Every recognition of this service is a thank you to them I believe.


  1. 1883 History of Butler County Pennsylvania, With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers Publisher Waterman, Watkins, & Co., Chicago, 1883 P. 273
  • And by me of course. LOL

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4th Great Grandmother Surname Western PA Johnson Line
Mother's mother side Mostly around Baltimore. From Ireland.
5th Great Grandmother Surname - Western Penn. Johnson Line
Mother's father side Located Butler PA 1790's. From Hesse Germany
3rd Great Grandmother Surname Western PA Johnson Line
3rd Great Grandfathers Surname Located Butler PA. From Alsace Lorraine
3rd Great Grandfather Surname Western PA Johnson Line
I load gedcom files
I use GEDCOMpare for most of my additions.
3rd Great Grandmothers Surname Western PA Cypher Line
5th Great Grandfather Surname Penn. Johnson Line
Fathers mother's side Located mostly Western and Central PA.
5th Great Grandfather Surname - Western Penn. Johnson Line
4th Great Grandmother Surname - Possibly Shanendoah Virginia. CypherLine
4th Great Grandfather Surname - Western and Central Penn. Johnson Line
6th Great Grandfather Surname Penn. Johnson Line
Trying to find which McCandless married Nancy Cypher around 1800
Great grandfather surname. - from Glamorgan Wales Coughlin Line
4th Great Grandmother Surname - Western and Central Penn. Johnson Line
Great grandmother Surname - From Glamorgan Wales Coughlin Line

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LJ Russell's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with LJ or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with LJ:
  • LJ Russell: AncestryDNA, GEDmatch T673424, Ancestry member ljrusgm

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On 18 Jul 2018 at 19:16 GMT Deb Cavel wrote:

Thank you for creating the Cruce Cemetery Category LJ! There's a story behind that little cemetery's "loss" and rediscovery. I have to go figure out what this category business is all about, and maybe I can post it there, along with the names of the people my cousins and I recorded as buried there some 40 years ago.

Thank you so very much!

Deb Cavel Cavel-3

On 14 Jun 2018 at 05:09 GMT Andrew Simpier wrote:

Thank you so much for helping me better my profiles and all your mentoring in achieving this goal.

On 10 May 2018 at 04:30 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:

Hi LJ, "Congratulations" on receiving the green "Generous Genealogist" recently. Great job reaching out to others, helping them contribute better profiles. Also great you are working as a mentor!! Thanks for all you do on WikiTree!

On 7 Jan 2018 at 21:37 GMT E. Lauraine (Smith) Syrnick wrote:

So sorry,, its called "Free Space Watchlist". Also sorry it took me so long to answer but was out tho had access to my iPad but never try do work on it as I forget y password. One of the problems of old age. My number is Smith-5003 and think you can get too my free space watch list there. Thank you so much for helping me out.

On 7 Jan 2018 at 04:00 GMT E. Lauraine (Smith) Syrnick wrote:

I need a mentor to help me join two people on my ""special" page. I am under Smith-5003.

On 2 Jan 2018 at 18:11 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:


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

On 22 Oct 2017 at 14:22 GMT Gillian (Platts) Causier wrote:

Hi, and thanks for the mail.

Re. Causiers, please feel free to add the sources/info you have for them, I look forward to seeing the info you have.

Regards, Gillian Causier

On 1 Jul 2017 at 01:15 GMT Keith Hathaway wrote:

Hello LJ,

I'd like to invite you to join in the "Weekend Chat" on G2G Today!

Share personal successes, stories about ancestors, tips, projects you are working on, or anything else you wish.

New members stop in and say Hello, introduce yourself, share your story, or ask for help.

Pilots, Mentors, and Leaders of all kinds please add something... your advice is always greatly appreciated.

Hope to see you there!

On 21 Jun 2017 at 21:15 GMT Eowyn Langholf wrote:

wonderful wikitreer
LJ Russell is a Wonderful WikiTreer.

On 22 May 2017 at 15:07 GMT Jack Ackworth wrote:

Also searching Baker from Western, PA. Only have info to my Great-Grest Grandfather, not much on him. My Great Grandfather, Joseph Andrew Baker, was born in Westmoreland, Pa and lived in various towns and townships in Armstrong count. He was born May 25, 1861 and died August 6, 1926 and is buried at Worthington Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Worthington, Armstrong, PA.

Not finding a lot on search engines to help.

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