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 about 20k individuals, about ~20% lineal, going back 30+ generations on the Anglo-Norman/Franco-German lines. I am not satisfied with all of the data quality however, but 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.
Cousin-Bait 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 their line was 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:
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; and 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:
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.
Regards Isaac in California
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