I am interested in communicating with
cousins and anyone else with an interest in genealogy.
Here is my family tree.Ancestors
You just can’t beat this community! I wouldn’t be the genealogist I am now if it hadn’t been for so many members who selflessly give their time and assistance.
"All Hobbits [WikiTreers] were, in any case, clannish and reckoned up their relationships with great care. They drew long and elaborate family-trees with innumerable branches. In dealing with Hobbits it is important to remember who is related to whom, and in what degree. It would be impossible in this book to set out a family-tree that included even the more important members of the more important families at the time which these tales tell of. [EuroAristo?] The genealogical trees at the end of the Red Book of Westmarch are a small book in themselves, and all but Hobbits would find them exceedingly dull. Hobbits delighted in such things, if they were accurate: The liked to have books filled with things they already knew, set out fair and square with no contradictions."
Tolkien, J.R.R., The Lord of the Rings (New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1994) p. 7.
Using my ggg-grandparents' surnames (or the paper trail), I'm about 59% Scottish, 20% English, 6% German, 6% Welsh, 3% Cornish, 3% French, and 3% I just can't narrow down (Radden/Rodden), though see below. Most of my Scottish ancestry passed through Ulster before arriving in America and settling in the Blessed Realm. I am very proud of my varied heritage, but I am particularly proud of my Scottish heritage as its influence from from long ago was and is present in my life. Three of The Seven Sisters (Presbyterian churches in my home county) were founded by some of my Scottish ancestors.
Presently, my three kilts are in Macneil (ancient), Macneil (modern), and Robertson Red (modern). I have several more I want to get. The next four may be: Macbeth, Farquharson, Patterson Blue, and Muir!
This is pretty cool. Signers of the Declaration of Abroath that I am related to:
Richard Nixon is a cousin - yes, THE Richard Nixon, and he is my closest presidential cousin (we are 7th cousins). We are descended from the same Quaker ancestor here in the States. A little bit further out, but the same line as Nixon, is George H W Bush.
In 2019, I completed the England Project's Orphan Trail! Mentors Ros and Lizzie got me through (talk about patience!), and I learned so much from them, not only about English sources, but about making a profile what it should be: well sourced with a good, narrative bio and inline citations.
Here's to 2020 and another great year for discoveries!
A Few Brickwalls just in case someone else gets bored. (Somebody, ANYBODY, please get bored!!):
Paternal relationship is confirmed by a GEDmatch test match between Pip Sheppard GEDmatch A888563 and his 2nd cousin Living Person GEDmatch A284152. Their MRCAs are Rufus Galloway and Susan Butler. Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 2.9, based on sharing 342.4 cM across 13 segments.
Paternal relationship is confirmed by a GEDmatch test match between Pip Sheppard GEDmatch A888563 and his 1st cousin, once removed Living Person GEDmatch A251923. Their MRCAs are Rufus Galloway and Susan Butler. Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 2.5, based on sharing 848.8 cM across 18 segments.
Maternal relationship is confirmed by a GEDmatch test match between Pip Sheppard GEDmatch A888563 and his 3rd cousin, Harry Hoover GEDmatch A512471. Their MRCAs are William A. Lawing and Jane Cathey Waddell. Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 4.2, based on sharing 43.7 cM across 3 segments.
Certified birth certificate in the possession of Pip Sheppard.
Marriage license and certificate in the possession of Pip Sheppard.
My WikiTree Directive
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 and public profiles I'm presently managing to be transferred to my brother, Timothy Alan Sheppard, community members on my trusted list, or to the Leadership Team to be farmed out to any interested party or parties.
Many, many people have helped me along from the beginning (formerly at age 11), and through the years.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Pip or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 838 markers, haplogroup R-CTS13034, FTDNA kit #770555
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Pip: