Chet Snow

Chet Snow

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Dr. Chet B. Snow
Born 1940s.
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Profile last modified 31 May 2020 | Created 12 Dec 2013 | Last significant change: 1 May 2020
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Chet Snow is the descendant of a Huguenot emigrant.

I was born at the end of WW II in Paterson, NJ, where my father was employed as a mechanical engineer at the Wright Aeronautical works, helping develop jet aircraft engines during that conflict. My parents met when both were students at Penn State University in State College, PA. Both my grandfathers were also professors at Penn State until they retired. All are now deceased. I have one older brother, retired from the US Federal Government, in Florida.

I went to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, alma mater of my maternal grand-father, for whom I am named, and I later did graduate work in history at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, at Columbia University and at the Institute for Advanced Studies, up to my doctorate in social history. I taught college history for a while until I decided Academia, with all its committees, was not for me.

In the 1970s I moved to Napa, California; since 1994 I have lived in Sedona, with my wife, born in France, and whom I met while living in Paris doing research in the 1980s. We have no children and I am now retired.

Recently (2013) I was "bitten by the genealogical bug" and discovered Wikitree, whose easy access and community ethics appealed to me. In a relatively short time, I have found answers to many of my questions about different branches of my family, such as that my Snow relatives and I are descendants of 2 Mayflower passengers... I have therefore set up a Snow one-name study page (although I haven't had much time to work on it yet!) and added DNA testing to my biography.

I am always open to new information, corrections anywhere on my Tree (with Sources, please!), and to finding new distant cousins from my Snow, Bonine, Weston, Whiteman +/or other related lineages.

As I am bilingual in French, I will be happy to assist Wikitree researchers seeking short translations etc. from that language too.
This user is a native speaker of English.
Cet utilisateur parle français à un niveau comparable à la langue maternelle.


  • First-hand information. Entered by Chet Snow on January 7, 2014. Edited on May 19, 2015 and Feb. 9, 2016.

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Hello all Bonine relatives! Almost all Bonines in the USA descend from French Huguenot immigrant, Elias Bonine (Bonine-42) around 1715. However, we do have a branch from Tennessee not yet connected - anyone have ideas? Contact me: Snow-2128. Merci!
Time to look up my Dutch and Delaware roots again.
Bonjour fellow Huguenot descendants or interested WikiTreers. As the Huguenot Migration Project Leader, it is my hope that this year we will add many new members, identify and improve Huguenot migration profiles and create new interest in this historically-important group that migrated around the world between 1550-1790. Please contact me (Snow-2128) to join the Project!
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Greetings to the large (5,000+) Snow family on WikiTree. If you haven't already added your Snow surname male ancestors to the "Snow" one-name study category, please consider it! I am especially seeking living men named Snow to get a DNA test done to see where/how it corresponds to known Snow Y-chromosome DNA. Contact me if interested (Snow-2128).
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Hi there, Chet!

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
Thanks, Chet for updating that year from 1674 back to 1664. Stay well!
posted by Beryl Meehan
Hi, Chet. Can you have a look at Portal-35 (Pierre Guillaume) please? His father now has a profile, Portal-82, and needs connecting. Pierre's baptismal record apparently shows that he was baptised in a RC church. Cheers, C
posted by C. Mackinnon
Hi Chet. Thanks for working on the profile of Gustavus Snow. He is the grandfather of my paternal grandmother, Harriet Louisa Snow.
posted by Joel Tilley
Hi Chet,

Just noticed it was your wedding anniversary 12 December ? Congratulations and a big hug for both of you and hope you had a wonderful and very romantic day !

Greets from the Netherlands,

Bea x

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Thank you for noticing, Bea. At our ages and conditions, a romantic day is one where the coffee is still hot when you get to the kitchen and nothing is burned before dinner, and we both agree on which TV program to watch... but the thought was lovely. "Greets" from Arizona, dear friend!
posted by Chet Snow
In doing research on my Gregg ancestors, I note that you are the profile manager for William Gregg II, your 8th great grandfather. He is also my 8th great gf. I am very familiar with your extensive work on the Snow family as I am Nancy Snow (maiden name) but have not been able to get beyond my great grandfather, Harlie Frank Snow to prove his parentage conclusively. William Gregg II is an ancestor on my father's maternal side and Harlie Frank Snow is obviously on my father's paternal side. How interesting. Thank you for all of your hard work, Nancy Snow
posted by Nancy Snow
Just turned over Ermentrude of France [di Friuli] France-1048
posted by Bree Ogle
Thank-you so much Chet! I've handed over Aubigny-30 to you:)
posted by Bree Ogle
Thank you, hun, so much for being on Legacy Heirs' team. I am so glad you were.
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Hi hun,

you are a member of our team, Legacy Heirs, for the source-a-thon. I wanted to welcome you to the team and give you the links for the team pages. I am so happy to have you with us.

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posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Thanks for getting rid of Massachusetts Bay, a body of water, as a birth place. Adding New England is a giant step forward.
posted by George Churchill
Hi Chet!

Thank you so much for the Rutan information. I will definitely check it out for any connections.

Have a great day! Shannon

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