Bill began working on his own family tree after his mother passed away in 1984. He had been interested in her family research before, and picked up her efforts soon after she died. His first online genealogy experience was with using Compuserve and Mailing Lists, years before the Worldwide Web was created. (Yes, he's ancient.) His mother's ancestors traditionally valued their ancestry and passed on a rich tradition of oral family history.
Virginia and Southern Colonies
Early Southern & Kentucky Roots
Bill was born and raised in Kentucky, as have been all his ancestors for the past 175 years. Several ancestors came to Kentucky before statehood in 1792. Most of Bill's Kentucky ancestors came from Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland, plus some from Delaware, and South Carolina. Just a few were Yankees from Pennsylvania and New York. Bill's Virginia cousins include US Presidents, Governors, First Ladies, and Frontier Explorers. (See list below.)
Bill and his family were raised in Grayson and Edmonson Counties, for whom he is the KyGenWeb coordinator. Other family came from Adair, Barren, Green, Hardin, LaRue, Lincoln, Marion, Metcalfe, Nelson, Washington, and Wayne Counties. He has a large personal database of over 100,000 entries, especially of people linked to those areas.
Kentucky Counties of Principal Interest
Thirty Patriot Ancestors of the American Revolution (see list below), plus one or two English Loyalists.
Most of Bill's Kentucky kinfolk fought for the Union during the Civil War, even slaveholders. One ancestor who didn't own slaves was a Confederate in the Kentucky Orphan Brigade.
First-hand information. Entered by William Vincent.
Parental relationship is confirmed by a 2,781 cM match between Bill Vincent GEDmatch T827997 and his sister M. Vincent GEDmatch M811226.
Paternal relationship is confirmed by a 126.4 cM match between Bill Vincent GEDmatch T827997 and his double third cousin Jerry Blankenship GEDmatch M283958.
Paternal relationship is confirmed by a 65.4 cM match between Bill Vincent GEDmatch T827997 and his third cousin Kathie (Ashley) Nelson GEDmatch A901375.
Paternal relationship is confirmed by a 325.8 cM match between Bill Vincent GEDmatch M143417 and his second Cousin Mary Wheat GEDmatch T661076.
Paternal relationship is confirmed by a triangulated group consisting of Bill Vincent GEDmatch M143417, Brian Hightower GEDmatch A750742 and Harry Binkow GEDmatch T594819 sharing a 22.2 cM segment on chromosome 12 from 77579514 to 101235572.
Paternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Bill Vincent and Ray Dennison, second cousins once removed. Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: 3rd Cousins based on sharing 145 cM across 9 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
Maternal relationship confirmed by William Vincent (M143417) and Summer Orman (A239508) 7.8 cM match on one segment, using Gedmatch with 7.4 generations to MRCA.
Maternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between Bill Vincent and June (Jeffries) Watts, third cousins. Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: 3rd Cousins based on sharing 158 cM across 9 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
Maternal relationship is confirmed by triangulated groups consisting of:
Bill Vincent GEDmatch M143417, Barton Music GEDmatch T951297 and Carlyla Kinder GEDmatch A792416 sharing a 28.4 cM segment on chromosome 7 from 79509297 to 109674796.
I don't claim to be an expert, but I have been doing DNA-based research for some time, testing several family members for autosomal-DNA, mtDNA, and y-DNA. I strongly advocate the use and support of independent sites (e.g. GEDmatch.com, y-Search, etc.) for comparing DNA and Family Trees. Testing site matches are too competitive and limited.
Descendants of Reuben VINCENT, b. ca. 1789, NC/SC, d. 8 Dec 1874, Edmonson Co., KY, and Easter SALING, c1795-c1870
Bill Vincent's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Bill or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 67 markers, haplogroup I-BY3406, Ysearch V96TF, FTDNA kit #91114 +
Y-Chromosome Test 67 markers, haplogroup I-M253
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test HVR1 and HVR2, haplogroup HV7, Mitosearch V96TF, FTDNA kit #91114
Hi, Bill Thank you for helping me with some of my in-laws. I have enjoyed reading your profile, and admire so much of your work. I checked and we are 9th cousins once removed on my mother's side. (Richard Lewis being our common great grandfather.) Thanks again for your help. I want to leave an accurate account for my son.
Hi Bill, I just wanted to say "Congratulations" on becoming one of the newest Green Badged "Generous Genealogist". Your continued dedication to Wikitree has been noticed and appreciated by others. Thank you!!
Bill, I noticed in my feed that you are adding FindAGrave links. There is a relatively new template that will keep all these links from breaking (or at least, make them easy to fix in one fell swoop) when FindAGrave moves to their new server. It is discussed in the link below, but the basic usage is:
I notes you always make some wonderful comment on wonderful wikkitreer. I wonder if you would like to join integrator team. You already do some of the work to deserve a integrator badge.
Please let me know and I will tell Keith Hathaway and David Selman to send you the detail and badge.
Looking forward to hear from you
Best wishes Susan