The WikiTree Challenge 2021 Week 6 Judy Russell

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Date: 10 Feb 2021 to 17 Feb 2021
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Judy Russell's ancestry is German on her father's side and her mother's side spans from Scotland, London, and in the USA from Virginia to Texas. On her blog she states that some claim an ancestor either on the Mayflower or at least the Massachusetts Bay Colony, but she has never found any evidence of that.

Judy and her ancestors do not have a large presence on WikiTree - yet. We will need to create a whole bunch of profiles. Please be sure to use only good sources.

Information Shared by Guest

Please check Judy's Blog before working on German ancestors. She has recently done a lot of work on them.

Information or Photos Shared by Others

I contacted WikiTreer Richard Steele (4th cousin to Judy) who is researching people who are also in Judy's maternal line (Baker, maybe others) and he has posted photos and photos of documents on Ancestry. I contacted him and although he cannot participate at this time, he did give permission for us to upload those photos to WikiTree, yay! His Ancestry username is saxy861. Be sure he is the one who originally shared an image. I found images because they were "external links" on profiles that actually worked! This is a link to his pedigree: https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/tree/32068124?cfpid=18176024795&dtid=100.

Known Problems

John Woodruff is part of a branch that supposedly goes back to 1035 or something. On Judy's blog she positively states that she does not have any ancestors from New England. I found that Martin Davenport (abt.1683-bef.1735) apparently has a mother born in Southampton, NY. This is probably where the error is.

Interesting Finds?

Judy Russell, Week 6, has the surname Schöne in her family tree as does Jen Baldwin, Week 4. Can they be related?

I find myself concentrating on an ancestor who is not on the direct line and finding interesting items. newspapers.com is great.

So Martin and Martha's daughter, Theodora married a man who worked in a cotton gin factory in Elk City, (Cottrell-680) Texas. They had 2 daughters before he died in 1923. One daughter, Ruby, had her engagement announced at a bridge party hosted by her sister in 1937. Her picture and wedding date were on the tally cards. She was married less than a month later. commented 1 day ago by Nancy Wilson

This is more of a lead to pursue:

Nancy W (Cox-27529)Today at 2:10 PM Can someone look into seeing if there is any connection between Herman Geissler and Francis Geisler (1821-1889)? This Francis Geisler came to America in the 1800s and settled in Michigan. It would be interesting to see if they were related in Germany,

His grandson, Ralph Henry Geisler (1900-1989) moved to Midland Texas and became friends with Judy's mother's ancestors. Would be interesting to find a circle.


Free Space About Ruby Hodge Bridge Game Engagment


There is a list of attendees who will need profiles created and to be connected.

Official G2G Post


Comparison Tree on Geni

This tree is also maintained, in part, by Randy Schoenberg and others.


Ancestry Tree

This tree starts with her parents, Hugo Hermann Geissler and Hazel Irene Cottrell.


Week 6 Tracking Spreadsheet

Use this page to indicate to the rest of the team what you are currently working on. Find your name in the column for Participant's Name (this is you) and next to it you can put the WikiTree ID of the profile you are working on. Don't forget to remove the ID when you go to bed, etc. This is to try to minimize the bumping of heads and stepping on toes.


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