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L J Russell

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L J 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 15 Sep 2019 | Created 14 Mar 2017 | Last significant change: 15 Sep 2019
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L J Russell has German Roots.
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L J Russell has Welsh ancestors.
L J Russell has Irish ancestors.
L J Russell has Slavic Roots.

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. One of the first schools 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 Carpathia. 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 12,000 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

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

Updating My Older Profiles
As many of us found out when first joining WikiTree, there is a slight Learning Curve. :) So I have decided to go through all of the Profiles on my Watch list and update them to a format i have finally decided I like. This also includes updating all Ancestry com related Sources to Family Search Sources when and where available. As other interests on WikiTree, listed below, now consume some of my time, I do not devote my full time to this activity and figure it should only take me about a year from the time of this writing.
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.
Creating Source Space Pages
One of my newer interests is adding Source Space Pages of Reference Materials available on the Internet that are free to use and will be listed on WikiTree. These new pages will be added to the Source Category Page which I believe is a vastly underutilized resource on WikiTree. The Source Category Page lists many references members of WikiTree have found and added for use by the general membership. Why Google when it could be here.
Here is an example of one:
Creating Help/Hint Space Pages
If you're like me, finding Help Pages or information on some of the extra additions we can apply to our profiles can be a lesson in futility. So I decided to create my own Hint and Tricks Pages:
GEDCOM File Usage
An expanded Help Page on loading and importing GEDCOM files to WikiTree.
The Cheat Sheet
A Cheat Sheet for my favorite or some of the most used Categories, Template, Stickers,etc.
Examples of some of the harder to format additions to a Profile.

My Personal Categories

These are Personal Categories I created to track my various family lines and those Profiles I need to work on.

My Family Line Categories

Category: Russell-13872 Russell Branch / Category: Russell-13872 Cypher Branch / Category: Russell-13872 Johnson Branch / Category: Russell-13872 Coughlin Branch

My Work Categories
FR = Find Records

Category: Russell-13872 FR Spouse / Category: Russell-13872 FR Military / Category: Russell-13872 Profile Under Construction / Category: Russell-13872 Sources Under Construction / Category: Russell-13872 Adopted / Category: Russell-13872 Orphaned


  1. History of Butler County, Pennsylvania. With illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers Publisher: Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1883 Page 276
  • And by me of course. LOL

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Followed Tags
L J is a Wiki Genealogy Volunteer following these tags:
To see what's up.
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 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

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

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On 15 Sep 2019 at 23:19 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:

LJ, thank you for each of your more than 1000 contributions to our Shared Tree for the month of August 2019. All of your work makes our Tree all that much better.

Pippin Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

PS: Have missed you on G2G lately.

On 18 Aug 2019 at 07:23 GMT Martin Brabander wrote:

Thank you for the speedy, and sensible advice on copyright. It makes sense to me :)

On 1 Jul 2019 at 19:29 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:

Hello, LJ!

Very well done on your making 1,000 or more contributions to WikiTree in June 2019! We commend and appreciate all of your time and effort in helping to grow and perfect our Shared Tree. Keep up the great work!

Pip Sheppard ~ WikiTree Appreciation Team

On 28 Jun 2019 at 21:38 GMT Elisa Mayfield wrote:

Thanks for the assist with profile Adams-22897! I certainly appreciate any help I can get with profile clean-up, especially with the stickers and categories.



On 7 Jun 2019 at 16:19 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:

Hi LJ!

Congratulations on making more than 1,000 contributions to WikiTree for the Month of May. We all appreciate your efforts to make our Shared Tree the best it can be. Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

On 2 Jun 2019 at 19:54 GMT Nicole Duchesne wrote:

Congratulations !
wonderful wikitreer
L J Russell is a Wonderful WikiTreer.

On 18 Apr 2019 at 15:50 GMT Judy (Shroyer) Dimmick wrote:

Lee, I'm so glad you improved Jane Delano's profile. I'm so interested in getting military-involved profiles into W/T that I appreciate all the efforts of others to add and/or improve my start on as many as I can! I can't remember specifics, but I remember some of my Shroyer and Brockway genealogy had Butler Co., and other parts of PA. and New England. I'm half German, my mother's maiden name was Heindel and her mother was a Renzelman. However, my Grandmother Shroyer's maiden name, Girard, and her mother's maiden name was Brockway, and their histories are so fascinating they captured me. Thanks again for your caring and expertise in helping so many of us!

On 6 Apr 2019 at 09:43 GMT Geoffrey Raebel wrote:

LJ thanks for tidying up Doug Haynes profile. When I get time I'll put up the rest of his crew. Buried in the common grave

On 29 Mar 2019 at 05:00 GMT Antonia (Widenstedt) Reuvers wrote:


Can you send me the profile you’re referring to? If I made a mistake it’s easy enough to fix just restore to the previous version. Certainly didn't intend to remove valid sources!


On 10 Mar 2019 at 02:30 GMT Ray Jones wrote:

Thanks. I added the Findagrave sources to the Cavanaugh profiles.

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