My wife and I have a GED on Ancestry.com, which I tried to upload here but I guess it’s too big now. So, I manually created the first 5-10 generations here, and am enjoying carefully tying into the universal family tree. :-)
At this point our GED is >30k individuals, about ~25% lineal, going back 30+ generations on the Anglo-Norman/Franco-German lines. While I'm not satisfied with all of the data quality, it has value, even if contains errors. That tree branched out enough, I’ve had The Epiphany that: we’re all cousins, to some degree. Too bad we don’t have better records from antiquity. And some more-modern nations.
Here is some Cousin Bait, i.e. family names from my All-American Mutt pedigree, going back four generations, covering the “classic” period of immigration to North America:
I’m a descendant of John WEBSTER, first governor of colonial Connecticut. That was a lucky break from a genealogy perspective, as his line was both fertile and well documented. We weren’t so lucky with the first TAYLOR whose family origins in England before the revolutionary war remain unclear, aside from baptism and marriage records in Felsham, Suffolk.
He and his descendants are buried in the old Taylor family cemetery near Hero, PA (named for his grandson Jesse who was first the local boy killed in the US civil war). If your ancestors are buried there too, we’re probably related:
NOTE: If you’re a TAYLOR in the USA, with ancestry mysteries from ~1580 - ~1780, then feel free to contact me. I’ve helped a few Taylor folks figure out which branch they’re actually from, from Boston (1600s) to Virginia (1700s), and Chicago (1800s) to California (1900s).
Here are some major family names from prior generations, flowing back from colonial New England to Anglo-Norman era:
And for my wife Jennifer, first the “recent” grand-parent arrivals to the United States:
She is a direct descendant of Charles St-Etienne de La TOUR, governor of the French Acadian colony in the 1600s. I look forward to learning much more about her Irish ancestry from here on Wiki Tree. Some of our living relatives are already here. :-)
Within the French quadrant of my wife’s family, there are more ancient families… you know how it goes, when you find a particular line that goes way back, it just goes and goes right back through the Crusades etc. into, in some cases, descent from antiquity:
I mention these medieval names because I am VERY disinterested in trying to DIY research foggy medieval bloodlines. Which stump and divide even the pro-est pros. For this reason, I would like to bolt our family tree onto well-researched work done here collaboratively, so I can focus on work nobody else is doing.
If somebody wants to sponsor me while I carefully stitch in our family tree (Ancestry.com GED) to your wiki, I’m happy to have a mentor. I could especially use advice about which GEDCOM editor(s) makes it easier to shatter a huge file into individual family groups, or centuries etc– for easier uploading and proofreading during the joins.
Isaac in California
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Isaac is 20 degrees from Charles Grey, 22 degrees from Henry Herbert, 27 degrees from William Cobbett, 21 degrees from William Lamb, 31 degrees from James Lush, 27 degrees from David Heath, 19 degrees from Mary Ann Withers, 26 degrees from Robert Blake, 41 degrees from William Dove, 31 degrees from Richard Venfield, 31 degrees from James House and 20 degrees from Karen Stewart on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.