Don Sage Jr
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Don Sage Jr

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Don B. Sage Jr
Born 1940s.
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [private brother (1950s - unknown)], [private brother (1950s - unknown)], , [private sister (1950s - unknown)] and [private brother (1960s - unknown)]
Descendants descendants
Father of [private son (1970s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1980s - unknown)]
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Profile last modified | Created 26 Jan 2018 | Last significant change: 23 Jun 2022
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Don Sage Jr participated with The Great Lakes Region team during the 2018 Source-a-Thon, adding 365 sources to profiles.

I grew up in Dunkirk, NY and spent the first 17 years in western NY, NOT visiting so many places I wish I had. Since I've become obsessed with WikiTree I keep finding towns that sound familiar or that "I remember Mom & Dad talking about so and so from....."

I went to school at Purdue (Lafayette, IN) and THEEE Ohio State (Columbus, OH) Universities studying Chemistry, ChemE, and Applied Statistics.

My wife Debbie is from Dunkirk also and we have two great kids who now live in California.

We initially lived in Granville, OH then moved to Jackson, TN, Amarillo, TX and Northville, MI. When we learned that a granddaughter was on the way, Debbie retired to help take care of her. I'm fully retired now as well. What idiot would retire and then buy a house in California, oh wait, I think I know one......

I got started in genealogy after taking a 23&me DNA test late 2017. The results did not give me as much info as I expected so I joined and WikiTree. I also use RootsMagic-8 to help error proof before I upload info to WikiTree (which is kinda like submitting a paper for publishing and getting it peer reviewed)  :-)

I now find myself somewhat obsessed with tracing families as they start on the east coast and migrate west (especially SAGE, BROWNELL, BALDWIN, HEUKRATH, BECK) The list of people just keeps growing! This feeds my need to solve puzzles and learn history and the regular contests in WikiTree provide a fix for my competitive nature.

.....just one more person, then I'll get to bed.......

My Surnames

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Baker, Brand , Brownell , Brzyski
Carpenter (Ciesla)
Day, Dziekan
Sage (Le Sage) , Stasiak , Swift
Zbierska (Zbierski)


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You added another Husband for Chloe Brown(1734 -1767) Brown-6323, you have the wrong Chloe Brown, this is the right Chloe Brown(1731-1880) that married William Churchill,


posted by Steven Losey
edited by Steven Losey
Hello Don,

We wrote to you about the check-in for Profile Improvement Project (PIP) a couple of weeks ago. Would you like to continue in Biography Team Level 1 where we have placed you? That's the Team that works on improving profiles from both your own watchlist and projects you are involved with to Level 1 of the PIP Profile Standards.

We would like to hear from you with any ideas or suggestions. If you do not wish to participate in the Project, please let us know. If we don’t hear from you within 7 days we will remove you from the Project, but we will welcome you back at any time.


Debi Hoag and Robin Shaules Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Robin (Dodge) Shaules
Happy to join Level 1

As i go through my list I think I cover the whole spectrum. Most of my profiles are generated from gedcom imports. I try really hard to have at least one "hard" fact for anyone I add but have noticed over time a few folks get by with only a reference to ancestry or FamilySearch trees. I have too many folks on my watchlist to bring them all up to level 3. Thinking about it unfortunately I am more interested in quantity rather than quality. My Wikitree work is secondary to what I am currently focused on --finding a trail/path between me and DNA matches which keeps me mostly on I find myself using the tree from a newly found DNA match as the basis for additions to my ancestry tree. I try to get at least one census or FAG citation to anyone I import from my matches tree but some manage to slip by when I go down a rabbit-hole when I'm in that "just-one-more" mode.  :-)

posted by Don Sage Jr
Dear Don,

The Profile Improvement Project (PIP) is performing its first annual check-in with our project members. Please review the following and let us know if you are content where we have placed you or would like to be more involved.

We are in the process of transitioning to a team structure. There will be three participant PIP Teams to start -- The Maintenance Category Team, the Unknowns Team, and the Biography Team. There is also the Voyage Team who guide new Voyagers. See the Profile Improvement Project Teams for a brief outline of each team. You're currently identified as a member of the Biography Team Level 1, working on profiles from your own watchlist and whatever else you find. Biography Teams Levels 2 and 3 will work on designated profiles for notables (Level 3) and everyday people (Level 2). Please let us know if you would like to help with another Team.

You joined the Project before the Voyage started in late 2018. We would like to invite you to consider a "fast track" Voyage, especially if you would like to work at a higher level on the Biography Team. If you’re interested, choose a profile ‘’’from your own watchlist’’’ that you have completed to the best of your ability and compare it to the Voyage Biography Standards. If your profile is at Level 2 or better, include a link to the profile in your response to this check-in for a “fast track” review.

We would also like to invite you to join the email GoogleGroup and text chat Discord channel for our project. (When you request to join our GoogleGroup, please be sure to include your Wiki ID). Neither is required; we also use the Profile_Improvement tag in G2G for Project announcements. You will find more information on the GoogleGroup.

We thank you for all you do to help the Profile Improvement Project and WikiTree. The Project’s mission is to:

Make profiles beautiful! We clean up messy biography sections and sources, and try to set standards for attractive, useful, and well-written biographies, starting with those we manage.

We know you’re working on profiles *smile* We would like to hear about successes you’ve had toward the Project’s goals. We would also appreciate any feedback you might have to help us improve the Project. Please share your thoughts in a reply to this comment or privately via private message to either of us.


Debi Hoag and Robin Shaules Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Robin (Dodge) Shaules
Nice work in the ConnectAThon! You placed second internationally and lifted the Treenuts to sixth place with your efforts. Congratulations!
posted by Katie (Green) Sell
Hi Don,

I'm curious why you detached Mary Hyde Williams as a daughter of Jonathan Hyde? There is a source on her page showing her to be a daughter of Jonathan and his second wife...?

posted by S (Hill) Willson
good catch got the wrong person, Jonathan had several duplicates in the list of kids
posted by Don Sage Jr
Hi there, Don!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared (over 300!) made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
I just saw your profile for Frank Schindler--I like the way you formatted your import--good job.
posted by Michael Schindler
Hi Don! I'm working on catagorizing profiles of your Galician ancestors. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. :)
posted by Skye Sonczalla
Don, every one of your more than 1000 contributions for the month of August 2009 adds to the improvement of our Shared Tree. Thanks so much for all of your efforts.

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Don,

I haven’t heard back from you about the break up of the United Kingdom Project. I hope all is well with you. I assume you don’t wish to join any of the country-level projects at present, and will go ahead and remove the United Kingdom badge. If you wish to join England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland in the future, you would be most welcome to do so via the respective G2G sign-up post.

Many thanks for all your contributions,

Susie :-)

Hi Don,

We realise the time has come to dissolve the UK Project in favour of the individual country projects of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

We are checking in with all UK badge holders to find out which country project(s) you would like to be in so you can collaborate with other members, have the opportunity to select which team(s) you would like to join, and so we can ensure you have all the correct badges.

Please respond by PM to let us know which country project(s) you would like to be in. Please don’t assume we know. We are effectively starting from scratch to make sure no one falls through the cracks.

Once you have done this, the Coordinator for Membership in the relevant country project(s) will be in touch to help get you situated.

Many thanks,


Just in case you hav'nt heard. Fred Brownell, the creator of the SA Flag died on 10 May.
Just a quick note to say good day! I hope you have a great time as part of Team Tornadoes and WikiTree's Spring 2019 Clean-a-Thon :-) Be sure to drop by and say "hi" once you get rolling on errors.


posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
Hi Don,

Thanks for your note. Actually I just discovered De_la_Tour-27 his wife and children already have other profiles - this is the problem with the family names not being clearly defined in this family... See Saint-Etienne_De_La_Tour-1. The parentage of this family is rather disputed (see footnote of this article:

Good luck with your research !


Hi Don,

I see that you just did some work on pre-1700 profiles. That's great :)

I notice that you are using "Ancestry or Familysearch member trees" as your source on these profiles. As we are a collaborative tree, it would be a great help if you could be a bit more explicit about your sources. For instance: Link to the specific record, not the tree. Giving specifics will help others know where the information comes from. Anything would be helpful. :)

Here is what our Sources help page says. It has lots of ideas:

Thank you for adding to our Global Tree :)


posted by Wendy (Ling) Sullivan
Oops, some got past me. I had deleted or not uploaded a number of people in my tree for which I had only someone else's tree as a source. Sounds like I missed at least one.

Been trying to clean-up/erase ♥s that I had on some others as well



posted by Don Sage Jr
I see you added a parent to Carder-14. What's your source for this, please? Anderson in his Great Migration profile of Carder indicates his origins are not known. Also when working on profiles under a certain project (in this case the PGM project), please be sure to communicate first before changing relationships or vitals. Thanks.
posted by Jillaine Smith
Thank you for suggesting the Ely merge, you were spot on right!
posted by Judy Carley

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