Chet Snow
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Chet Snow

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Dr. Chet B. Snow
Born 1940s.
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"A Genealogist must have the patience of Job; the curiosity of a cat; the stubbornness of a mule; the eyesight of an eagle; be blessed with the luck of the Irish and have the ability and stamina of a camel to go long hours without food or drink." - A Wise Genealogist
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Chet Snow is a descendant of Mayflower Passenger Constance (Hopkins) Snow.
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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Thank you for being a part of Legacy Heirs. I am truly blessed by being on this team. Hope to see you with me in July for the Connect-A-Thon.
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Chet, you really are amazing😀 Clean-a-thon extraordinaire!
posted by Maggie N.
Btw, love your quote from the "Wise Genealogist"
posted by Maggie N.
Welcome all the wonderful, Legacy Heirs. I am so blessed to be in this team with you. Tomorrow (Friday) 8 am Eastern US and 5 am Pacific US. All other locations and time zones are at the equivalent time. I look forward to seeing you there, when you can be there.
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Thank you so much Chet,

Amazing I’m coming to you thru both of my parents White/Cook And I’m so sorry I need so much help in just adding my ancestors. Including you & family since we’re related Is it difficult to transfer Pre 1500-1700 ancestors into my tree or will I need help. If the new list of family names you posted for Barnabas Cooke Sr could be injected to my tree then my DNA could be matched, right. I have a way to go Sincerely Darrel PS: what’s your specialty field as a Doctor

posted by Darrel White Jr
Hi Chet! Thank you so much for updating my Snow relatives! I have taken note of the formatting. I've been adding bits here and there without the proper follow up.

Cheers ~ Denise

posted by Denise Rhynold
Hi Hun,

Registration started today for the Spring Clean-A-Thon.The cleaning will start on Friday, April 23, at 8 AM (EDT) and run until Monday, April 26, at 8 AM (EDT). If you can and will be joining us, let us now. You must register first, If you have not please go here: and answer that you will be there and want to be on Legacy Heirs.

Our team Chat is here:

Hope to see you!!

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Richard Linville had no son named William. Someone must have changed the profile but their info is pretty impressive. maybe you could move that info to William's profile before removing it. Thanks for the input.

posted by Raymond Nichols ,DD
Thanks for your help updating the birthdate for Dorius Ether Black, I was working on that line to help a cousin who is son of Dorius. We were working on our family connection, and the discovery has been fascinating. Like many of us today, we both come through William Morley Black, and in this case both of us also descend from the same wife, Margaret Ruth Banks Black. My great Grandpa Isaac Edwin and Doris' grandfather John Morley were full brothers. They were all together for a time down in the Colonies in Mexico. My folks grew up in Huntington, Glendale, and Mount Carmel Utah.
posted by Darlisa Black

Thanks for your attention to the Chastains, ancestors of my late wife. You have seen all I know or should not have accepted about them. I was surprised when I encountered the spelling Chastan, but assumed that it was another of those which had been in use, as Chasteen was in more recent generations, but I have no attachment to this. I have plenty of cases in other lines where I have seen even correct sources on FS used incorrectly, so I welcome corrections from those who have researched it. I was lucky that I was able to come up with enough about Chasteen/Chastains who were alive in my wife's youth to jog her memory to the point of choosing whom I believe are the correct ones. She wasn't willing to take DNA test, although not at all embarrassed about her ancestry nor the lies told on official records even down to 1917. I have probable and possible Huguenot ancestors myself, but don't know of anyone trying seriously to get them straight. As for Penn State, I have ancestors whose degrees there led to those Chester county families of 150 years beginning to more around the country, and I worked on aircraft engines with several people who studied there. Tim

posted by Tim Prince
edited by Tim Prince
Hi, Chet!

Thank you for your participation in October’s 2020 Source-a-thon. Your contributions helped us to clear over 57,000 profiles that needed sourcing. This makes our Shared Tree all that much better.

Keep up the great work!

Pippin Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hey Hun,

Thank you for being on Team Legacy Heirs for the source-a-thon. I hope we will have you join the team again for the next thon.

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Hi Hun,

Just a quick reminder, this Friday starts the Source-A-Thon. Looking forward to seeing you there as much or as little as you can join us.

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Hey hun,

Source-A-Thon is coming up from October 2 - 5th. Would love to have you on the team. Go here:

and register then the chat is at:

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Hello, Chet!

Thanks for all the work you accomplished during our Connect-A-Thon 2020. It is amazing how many more profiles were created and added to our Shared Tree. You have every right to be pleased with your efforts!

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Thank you for being on the Legacy Heirs team for the 2020 Connect A Thon!
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Bonjour Chet ~

I wonder if you were able to get over to France this year with all the troubles now? Hope you and yours are well.

I am helping Lisa from Legacy Heirs out for the Connect-a-Thon 2020. We start the day after tomorrow, Friday, July 17th, at 8:00 AM (EDT). Our link at G2G is over here at:

Registration ends today if you know anyone who wants to join our team.

Looking forward to your participation again and thank you.

posted by Maggie N.
If you are a Snow relative descended from Nicholas Snow and Constance Hawkins, then we have a new Facebook group titled Snow Genealogy. Reach out to me personally either through my account as jamesdsnow or via email, so we may coordinate getting you into this group for further genealogical collaboration.
posted by James Snow
Hi James, I descend from Nicholas Snow and Constance Hopkins. How do I join the FB group?

Thanks, Karen

posted by K. Fryman

We both descend from Winston, where my family is from his son, William Henry Snow.

Perhaps we can collaborate tree information via email - mine is [email address removed]

posted by James Snow
Hi Chet Thank you for taking a peek at my info and fine tuning it for me! I really appreciate it!
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.

Chat page:

Space Page:

Help Page:

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