Betty (Skelton) Norman
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Betty (Skelton) Norman

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I'm still learning WikiTree and how to be a better genealogist. When I look at my own family tree, I can see that I've grown, and need to do updates to what I've already accomplished. And I expect that to keep happening.... learning new and different things, and discovery of what I never knew before... that's what it's all about!
Betty Norman formerly Skelton aka McGougan
Born 1930s.
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Mother of [private son (1950s - unknown)] and [private son (1960s - unknown)]
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Betty (Skelton) Norman is a Project Member of the Southern Pioneers Project.

Betty was born in 1939 in Anderson, South Carolina. She was the first child of Harold Skelton and Reed Banister. In 1957, she graduated from Hanna High School and married John McGougan. They had two sons: Marshall and Joe.

While the boys were still babies, Betty found a job. Relocations and other events caused the jobs to change, and Betty found herself working as a bank teller, a bookkeeper for a cotton merchant, manager of a cotton warehouse (10 buildings), assistant to a marketing manager, and finally... a computer programmer. The first computer she programmed was an IBM 1130, until recently housed in a museum and touted as IBM's first mini-computer. The computer business was her niche! She learned and grew with the times, went back to school to earn a B.S. in Mathematics and Business, and eventually ended up at Digital Equipment Corporation, working as a second level (district) manager.

Before DEC went out of business, Betty found herself in Dallas, Texas, married to her second husband, Jay Norman. The two of them pooled their resources and started a small business. It grew and became successful and they eventually sold the business. Now they are active retirees, and enjoying life.

Besides genealogy, Betty spends her days hawk- and eagle-watching. She is a raptor enthusiast, and has participated as a moderator for several Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, and Cooper's Hawk nest cams.

Between the two of them, Betty and Jay have an extended family of two sons, three daughters, and nine grandchildren. Betty now has the distinction of being the oldest living member of both the paternal and the maternal sides of her family. It's high time someone put together her family history for the generations to come! And that's her story!


Little Betty moved with her family from Anderson to Greenville to Gaffney back to Greenville and back to Anderson, as her father met the changing needs of his job and helped to mobilize the home front in the face of World War II. Betty sat on her father's shoulders and watched as Franklin Delano Roosevelt's casket, displayed in an open rail car, rolled slowly by. Then, when the war was over, she was part of the celebration, screaming and throwing confetti and hanging out the car window. She knew that now Mother can bake pies again, but Uncle Ray won't be coming home.

Betty grew up in the Happy Days. She rode a bicycle everywhere, walked on homemade stilts for hours, roller-skated on the streets and sidewalks, and developed callouses on her hands from climbing the big rope swing in the back yard. A coca cola cost a dime, and a box of jello 5 cents and it lasted all day. There was no charge to swim in the recreation center pool, and that's where she spent many of her days. "Betty, be home in time for supper!" "Yes, Mother!" Happy Days.


  • First-hand information. Entered by Betty Skelton on 01 Jan 2020.


* Paternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Betty Skelton and her second cousin J.S. Their most-recent common ancestors are their (respective) great grandparents and great-great grandparents, Samuel Augustus Skelton and Susannah Elizabeth Roof. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 2nd Cousins 1x removed, based on sharing 147 cM across 7 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.

* Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Betty Skelton and her first cousin, Judith Mancini. Their most-recent common ancestors are their grandparents, Ira Reed Banister and Ella Monteria Todd. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 1st cousins, based on sharing 1,044 cM across 41 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.

Personal ethnicity per DNA test: 75% - England, Wales & Northwestern Europe 23% - Ireland & Scotland 1% - European Jewish 1% - Native (Indigenous) North American

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Hello Betty. Congratulations on your accomplishments on Wiki Tree. I see that we are connected via my father's line,, the Floyds. I have traced my father's line to the late 1700's and come up with a total blank after that. Just curious if you followed that line at all. Priscilla Floyd
posted by Priscilla Floyd
Hi Betty,

I am Linda York Janesko and am new to WikiTree! I read your profile as Person of the week and wanted to offer my congratulations1 I checked the connection box just out of curiosity and to my shock we are connected! You have several "YORKS" at the end of our connection. I'm thrilled! Linda

posted by Linda (York) Janesko
Hi Betty!

Congratulations on being the person of the week!

We are:

Betty and Marsha are 9th cousins once removed Betty (Skelton) Norman and Marsha (Cramer) Baker are both descendants of Peter Presley.

Have a great weekend!

Marsha Baker😊

posted by Marsha (Cramer) Baker
Hi Betty Norman: Hi to you. We are 19 cousin once removed, You the 19th great grand-daughter of Hugh Venables, born 1330, in Kinderton, Cum Hulme, Northwich, co. Ches-shire, England, United Kingdom. I am the 18th great grandson of Hugh Venables.

Kenneth Moore

posted by Kenneth Moore
From your friends at the Appreciation Team:

Congrats on the Super Star Badge!

posted by SJ Baty
Hi Betty! Nice work on Jones-37299. I was changing the Virginia Colony category & noticed the disabled link. The WayBack Machine of had captured it, so I updated the footnote.

I haven't had much luck with Rootsweb pages since Ancestry took it over, but it's worth checking anyway: (and copy in the URL for the dead link in the "WayBack Machine" box).

Cheers, Liz

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Hi Betty,

We have a large membership for Province of Carolina Team. As previously discussed in the leadership Team, I have split the Province of Carolina Team into the following :


Please reply to me with your answer of which team you want to work on (this may be multiples)

A) All three teams

B) This Province of Carolina Team

C) this Province of North Carolina Team

D) this Province of South Carolina Team

Of note there is A Quality Assurance subteam listed on the Province of Carolina Team page which you already know about.... (MR)

Be sure you fill in your strong points and interests next to your name on the Carolina team page I know these (MR)

(I will continue as Team Leader of all three)

Mary ~ Team Leader

posted by Mary Richardson
edited by Mary Richardson

My name is Sarah and I’m the new Project Leader for The Native Americans Project. This is your project check-in letter. I would love to hear back from you about your current Native American research interests and project related activity.

Thank you,

Sarah Mason, NA Project Leader

posted by Sarah Mason
For assistance with the Wooten Harris profile, you deserve a Generous Genealogist Badge! I really appreciate your help!
posted by Paula J
Hi Betty,

Thanks so much for the message about the bad links on Wooten Harris’ profile. I will fix that immediately! I really appreciate you letting me know.

By the way, I was born and raised in Spartanburg, SC. I am Savannah, GA now but we probably spent a lot of time in the same places! I love that area.


posted by Paula J
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posted by Jean (Tennant) Skar
As a "Tree Hugger", I want to congratulate you on your Generous Genealogist award issued on July 12, 2020.

John Williams


Wikitree Appreciation Team

posted by [Living Williams]

As a member of the Scotland Project, we'd love to have you join the Twisted Thistles in the upcoming Connect-a-thon the weekend of July 17 - July 20. If you'd like to join us and help to develop our ever-expanding Scottish tree, please register on the G2G post here and be sure to mention you'd like to be on the Twisted Thistles team for Scotland.

We also have our team Chat page posted here.

Hope to see you there!
Bobbie & Sarah
Twisted Thistles Co-captains
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Hi Betty,

Welcome to the US Southern Colonies Province of Carolina Team. I am excited to have you join this team. Here is the page where I jotted down goals and tasks if you will check them out. These will change as the project advances. As we add space pages for Resources for Province of Carolina, we will attach them to this Team page for navigation.

After checking it over, and looking for what interests you most, just message me and I will be checking on you.

Please add a bit about your ancestors beside your name or your self.

Again thanks for joining us for this project and this team.If you have questions, just ask!! I will contact you by private email, trgarding what to do..

Mary Richardson, U.S. Southern Colonies Province of Carolinas Team Leader

posted by Mary Richardson
Welcome to the Southern Pioneers Project!
posted by Paula J
Hi, Betty,

Thanks for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz!

Have questions? Ask in the comments section of my profile.

Deb ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Hello Betty!

You've been a member for a few weeks so I thought I would check in to see how it's going. Have the How-Tos been helpful or left you with questions? Most of us have questions after all that information!

I want to help! Click my name, send me a private message or ask in the comment section of my page. Sometimes links don't work in emails. If that's happened to you, check the public comments on your profile. The links will work from there.

Cindy ~ WikiTree Messenger

PS To find reliable sources for your profiles, go to the Family Tree & Tools tab; select Genealogy Research and scroll down near the bottom of that list and select Research with RootsSearch. There are over 20 websites to access from there.

Betty, Thank you for volunteering. You are now a full member of the WikiTree family and can add your family to the big tree where many people collaborate.

Click here to start with our New Member How-To Pages. They will save you time, energy and frustration as you add your family profiles.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I'm always happy to help!

Mary ~ WikiTree Greeter

P.S. If links do not work in an email from WikiTree, try them from the comment section on your profile page.

posted by Mary Richardson

This is just a note to say hi and to let you know that I'm available to answer questions about joining WikiTree. To contact me, click the link to my name, then send a private message or post a comment on my profile page.

Mary ~ WikiTree Greeter

P.S. If links do not work in an email from WikiTree, try them from the comment section of your profile page.

posted by Mary Richardson

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