SJ's Personal Genealogy Projects

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Some of the work and research I have done on my own profiles (my ancestors) and those profiles in projects that I am an active member of.


Research projects

Baty sewing - Some of my wife's needlework.

Finding the parents of Samuel H. Baty (1830-1912). Family legend holds that Samuel was adopted at a young age, perhaps at 4 years old. Y DNA tests prove that he is from the greater Baty/Beaty/Beatty family. The search has been ongoing for decades. In this project we will attempt to identify all Samuel Baty/Beaty/Beatty men from this period and exclude them with other records and in order to isolate which familly he may have originated from. (under construction).

From SJ Baty to Ambrose Cobb the Immigrant - One profile away from linking me to Henry Cobbes (abt 1228 - bef 1324). The DNA proves the connection but the paper trail has one break.

Proof of descent from John Mullins 1718 to SJ Baty. Presentation of documentary, circumstantial, and DNA evidence proving the descent of SJ from John Mullins, b. ca. 1718 to me, SJ Baty and to the lines of other descendants.

The Rancks are really German. Presentation of evidence that the Ranck family of Jean Ranc (Jans Ranck) descend from German rather than French ancestors.

The Will of John Miller Sr. Transcription of John's will.

You never know who you will meet. The story of my introduction to Jean Pange in France, 1996.


Researched Profiles

Some of the profiles that I created or had a significant in developing that I put a lot of research into and that I'm particularly proud of:

Benjamin Hasty II (abt. 1769 - 1840) - 5x great-grandfather.

Ingrid Amanda (Carlsdotter) Herling (1878 - 1964) - Maternal great-grandmother; migrated from Sweden to the United States in 1892.

John Miller Sr. (1758 - 1819). John Miller Sr. fought in the Revolutionary War. He was a member of the 12th Regiment, Albany County, New York Militia, commanded by Jacobus Van Schoonhoven. He was born in Halfmoon, Albany County and died in Stillwater, Saratoga, New York.

Marjry "Maria" (DeGraff) Miller (1792 - 1872) - 4x great-grandmother.

Mary (Warren) Hasty (abt. 1775 - abt. 1864) - 5x great-grandmother.

Reinholt (Abendschon) Obenchain (1725 - bef. 1783). Early Pennsylvania settler and recognized as a Revolutionary War participant.

Ruth Violet Lenore (Herling) Ranck (1919 - 2007) - Grandmother.

Samuel H. Baty (abt. 1830 - 1912). Patriarch of our Baty family & genealogical brick wall, my 3x great-grandfather.

William (Claiton) Clayton Sr. (bef. 1632 - bef. 1689). William Clayton was a member of the first Pennsylvania Provincial Council at the formation of the province. He also acted as a Judge in Chester County and in Philadelphia. There are many errors surrounding his history in online genealogies, specifically that he served as the "acting governor of Pennsylvania." I researched and corrected these errors in his profile.

Bio Builders Profiles

Some of the profiles I improved on for the Bio Builders challenges:

Anderson Richardson "Uncle Doc" Mullins (abt. 1856 - 1937) - Great-great-grandfather.
George Washington Carter (1800 - 1875) - 4x great-grandfather.
George W Goff (bef. 1819 - bef. 1855) - 5x step-great-grandfather (improved profile as part of the 2019 "Connect-a-Thon").
George William Hitchler (1859 - 1915) - 2x great-grandfather.
Hester Ann (Manning) Mullins (1859 - 1937) - Great-great-grandmother.
John A. Klinepeter (abt. 1824 - 1888). 4x great-grandfather.
John Mullins (abt. 1718 - bef. 1772) - 6x great-granfather.
Martha J (Unknown) Flora (abt. 1823 - 1869) - 5x step-great-grandmother (improved profile as part of the 2019 "Connect-a-Thon).
Nancy (Unknown) Francisco (abt. 1802 - aft. 1860) - Nancy is commonly mistaken for Nancy (Hasty) Carter on the internet. I have done some research and work on the Francisco and Edlin families.
Rachel (Unknown) Novell Miller (1757 - 1841). Rachel was the wife of two Revolutionary War Patriots: James Novell and John Miller Sr. She was the mother of six children. She died in Stillwater, Saratoga, New York.
Rebecca (McCaslin) Bray (1793 - 1854) - 4x great-grandmother.
Rebecca Susannah (George) Baty (1840 - 1867) - 3x great-grandmother.
Sarah (Francisco) Edlin (abt. 1823 - 1874) - Daughter of Nancy (Unknown) Francisco; I have done some reasearch on Sarah and on the Francisco and Edlin families.

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Free space pages aren't really connected - you just put links. For example, have a look at the newly created 1776 Project Teams Page:

On the first line you'll see where I've linked to the project page. That page is unlocked, if you want to see the code for the link you can click the edit tab button.

Some other pages I've created for the site can be found here:

thanks for your comment!

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posted by SJ Baty
Hi there....So, I'm trying to learn how to do free-space profiles. I'm still pretty new to WT - just a month out. I think I have a good, general sense of the concept, however, some of the technicalities seem to be eluding me. I'm more of a visual learner, which helps me conceptualize the step-by-step process better. Is this particular page an example of a free-space page? I like it, by the way, and find it easy to follow. Is there a link to get to it (using this as an example) from the profile page? Could you also possibly point me to examples of other well-organized free-space pages? I'm looking more for those with a personal spin/focus (such as yours), rather than those that are focusing on specific areas of research - e.g., military, cemeteries, etc...Again, I appreciate your insight and guidance, as I continue learning about some of the great tools that WT offers.

Edit to add: So, in looking at this page...I can figure out how to connect back to profile pages from the research links - for example, the Will of John Miller Sr. (fascinating biography, by the way). I am unclear then as to connecting back to the free-space page for John Miller Sr. when I am on the profile page. Can you please clarify the process and how profiles and free-space pages are connected to each other? Thanks!

posted by Jennifer Allen
edited by Jennifer Allen