Southern Pioneers

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Covering Southern US History 1776 - 1900

The Southern Pioneers project is a genealogical testament to our pioneer ancestors who left the original colonial settlements and ventured into the wilderness expanding our early nation's borders. Our mission is to preserve and protect the genealogy of these early pioneer families and to provide accurate connections between those immigrant ancestors and their descendants supported by thorough research, concise documentation and reliable sources.

Project Team Members

Leaders: Paula J and David Douglas
Project Coordinator: Mary Richardson


How to Join

  1. Contact Paula J or post a message to the Southern Pioneer;s G2G join post.
  2. Add your name to the list of members below by clicking the edit button to the right of the heading.
  3. Add the Southern Pioneer's Project membership sticker to your WikiTree profile.
  4. Add the G2G tag southern_pioneers to your profile page.
  5. Join the Southern Pioneer's Google Group Please include your email address and WikiTree ID when joining.

Project Objectives

Our mission is to preserve and protect the genealogy of early southern pioneer families and to provide accurate connections between their immigrant ancestors and descendants based on research, concisely documented and supported by reliable sources.

Here are some of the areas that need to be addressed. I'll be working on them, and could use your help. Paula J

  • Add to and update resource pages that assist with finding records
  • Connecting Southern lines to their immigrant ancestors
  • Correct descendant profiles amd lineages by adding reliable records and sources to profiles in place of GEDCOM and tree sources.
  • "Proving" parent-child relationships and updating other data that may be questionable in Southern Pioneer managed profiles.
  • Highlight profiles that reflect the spirit of these early back country settlers
  • Research, correct and clear Southern Pioneer Project (DBE) "suggestions" There were 1050 suggestions on 2019-05-19

Project Box

This code {{Southern Pioneers}} will add the project box to a Southern Pioneer's project managed profile:

Southern Pioneers
... ... ... was part of a Southern Pioneer Family.
Join: Southern Pioneers Project
Discuss: southern_pioneers

The "Southern Pioneer's Project Box" is only to be placed on project approved , project managed profiles. This template is not used on your own profile to indicate that you are a project member or pioneer descendant. This template is intended for project management use. Contact a project team member for more information or to request the addition of this template to a profile.

Project Stickers

For your WikiTree profile

... ... ... is a Project Member of the Southern Pioneers Project.

This code {{Member|Southern Pioneers}} will add the Southern Pioneers Project member sticker to your profile page. You will also be added to the member category :

For your pioneer ancestor's profile

This code {{Southern Pioneers Sticker}} will add a sticker to the profile of your Southern Pioneer ancestor:

... ... ... was part of a Southern Pioneer Family.

Pioneer Trails recognition sticker

This sticker is awarded by project leadership to profiles that have been reviewed and found to meet project standards for accuracy.

Southern Pioneers Project logo
Pioneer's Trail Award ~ This profile meets project standards.

Sticker placement

NOTE: Stickers must be placed UNDER the Biography heading and will right justify. Your text will wrap around it just like this.





Message from your Leader

Please be patient in figuring out which records belong to which person.

How common is it for siblings to have the same first name?

The popular commercial is true, former World Heavyweight Boxing champ and Olympic gold medalist, George Foreman, boasts five sons, all named George. It happens! And there may be more to it than vanity. Depending on the culture, it can be very common for siblings to have the same given name. In the Netherlands and elsewhere, the naming of children adhered to rather strict conventions, and when a child died in infancy, another child in the family might be given the same name as the deceased child. It is not unheard of that the second (and possibly third or fourth) child also died, with the next child in line given the same name. In some cultures all male or female children in a family may be given the same first name but a different second name, and may be known by one or the other at different times in their lives. Also common and almost more difficult to unravel is the instance of cousins with the same name, all living in the same time period in the same general area. The convention of naming children after parents, grandparents, and siblings resulted in more Frances Parkers than you could imagine in late 1800s in South Carolina, and with fathers' also given family names, you might have a dozen or more Frances Parkers sons of Richard Parker in the space of a generation.
A study of naming practices within a given culture at a particular time in history can help researchers better understand and sort out the number of children in a family, their names, birth dates, and place in the family. If a family lived in the same area for a long period of time, parish christening records or other church records can be a good source for verifying the birth, death, and naming of children.[1]

Interesting Stuff


  1. How common it is for siblings to have the same first name?

See also:

  • Login to request to the join the Trusted List so that you can edit and add images.
  • Private Messages: Contact the Profile Managers privately: Mary Richardson, David Douglass, and Paula J. (Best when privacy is an issue.)
  • Public Comments: Login to post. (Best for messages specifically directed to those editing this profile. Limit 20 per day.)
  • Public Q&A: These will appear above and in the Genealogist-to-Genealogist (G2G) Forum. (Best for anything directed to the wider genealogy community.)
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How do I join the Southern Colonies group?
posted by Mary Handy
Can you add me please?

Nancy Rice Mccafferty B. 9/27/2962 H. Michael Robert Mccafferty b.7/19/1959 d. 9/16/2020😇

posted by [Living Rice]
The navigation link at the top of this profile, the tag and the request to join the US Southern Colonies google group makes it look like Southern Pioneers is a sub-project of US Southern Colonies. It is not. Southern Colonies is 1600-1776; Southern Pioneers is 1776-1900.

Both projects are sub projects of United States. Can you update this page to clarify that, please?


posted by Jillaine Smith