"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. Scotland's influence was and is present in my life. Three of The Seven Sisters (Presbyterian churches in my home county) were founded by some of my Ulster-Scot ancestors.
This is pretty cool. Signers of the Declaration of Abroath from whom I'm directly descended:
My Y-DNA Terminal SNP is R-CTS13034. My original subclade was R-M239. L21_M529_S145 (R1b1a1a2a1a2c1) fits my paper trail: Brittany, Ireland, Scotland, Wales (except for Brittany).
My mitoDNA haplogroup is H2a2a1c.
My pedigree collapse is dropping. In September 2019 it was 20.82. By June 2020, it had dropped to 14.42. As of March 2021, it stands at 13.82.
Here's to 2021 and another great year for discoveries!
A Few Brickwalls just in case someone else gets bored. (Somebody, ANYBODY, please get bored!!):
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.
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Pip is 13 degrees from Michael Collins, 21 degrees from Judith Resnik, 24 degrees from Ellison Onizuka, 27 degrees from Michael Phillip Anderson, 20 degrees from Sally Ride, 30 degrees from Wubbo Johannes Ockels, 21 degrees from Neil Armstrong, 18 degrees from Virgil Grissom, 23 degrees from Christa McAuliffe, 21 degrees from Dick Scobee, 20 degrees from Edward White and 26 degrees from Frances Piercy-Reins on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.
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