Jim Ward
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Jim Ward

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Jim I. Ward
Born 1950s.
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US Southern Colonies Project
Member of US Southern Colonies' Team.
Jim Ward is the descendant of Palatine migrants.
Jim Ward reached the Blue Skies milestone by sourcing 50 profiles in the Feb 2023 Sourcerers Project Sourcing Challenge.

I am married with one daughter. I worked as an engineer (EE and Systems) and retired in 2017 after >39 years at one company (which changed names a few times). I resisted doing genealogy work until after I retired due to the addictive nature of time spent on genealogy.

Genealogy Tools

Besides Wikitree, I currently have genealogy accounts on Ancestry, familysearch (morman), FTDNA, GEDmatch (not used much), LivingDNA (not used much), short subscription to findmypast (which I'll use again), Genie, my daughter's 23&me, and more. I previously did most of my tree editing and referencing using ancestry as I was more familiar with its tools, but now I about equally use wikitree to improve both trees.

I received my FTDNA y111 matches in spring 22 to finalize my search for my gg grandfather's father. I have received (30 June) full sequence mtDNA test results. I am exploring matches in an attempt to find the mother of my gg grandmother.

I previously let my Myheritage account lapse for several reasons. Their 'record matches' usually have no sources or documents, just unsourced trees that are copies of unsourced trees, ad infinitum, with zero sources or documents in the entire string. Also, most of my DNA matches have either no or minimal trees. It does have some good points: chromosome mapping tools, DNA clusters, tree consistency checker, standalone tree app that can create separate branches, and others. I might go back some time in the future. 17 July 22: I subscribed to genie pro with a deal for myheritage data. I had been waiting for a combo offer, since myheritage 'owns' genie.

Even with pro access, Genie has a horrible function. I located my gg grandfather's father using FTDNA Y chromosome matching. However, Genie will not allow a connection without creating a duplicate profile to be merged later, and they wonder why genie has so many duplicate profiles!

In keeping with common wikitree practice, I haven't added or updated living relatives since my initial gedcom imports. My ancestry tree and its copy on myheritage do have living relatives.

I have public DNA info in multiple databases including ancestry, myheritage, gedmatch, ftdna, livingdna, and more. My daughter is in 23&me.

Frequently used wikitree tools include reports from datadoctor (for both profiles I manage and relatives) and biocheck.

Project 1776

Part of my ancestry I am very proud of is my family's service in the Revolutionary war. I performed a search of my direct ancestors with criteria of: male, born ~1730-1760, and lived in America in 1775. This produced 24/21 profiles (3 were in two branches). Of these 21 ancestors, 18 have evidence of service in the Revolutionary war with 1776 stickers added, two are still being researched for better evidence, 1 has no evidence, and there were zero Tories! Note: these stats need to be updated.

2 items below are copied from Urquhart-93 profile

My WikiTree Enduring Power of Attorney

To aid WikiTree in the administration of my account should I be incapacitated, or in the event of my death, I, Jim Ward of Texas, hereby give permission for all private and public profiles I'm presently managing to be transferred to community members on my trusted list or to the Leadership Team to be farmed out to any interested party or parties.

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Anybody wishing to use photographs, links, etc., uploaded or used by myself on any of the Profiles or Free Space pages which I manage or work on, are welcome to do so.


  • Dallas, Texas birth certificate for James Irvan Ward lists parents and DOB.
  • First-hand information. Entered by Jim Ward at registration and periodically supplemented.

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DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Jim or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
  • Jim Ward: Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 111 markers, haplogroup G-M201, FTDNA kit #B717335, MitoYDNA ID T18502 [compare]
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
  • Jim Ward: Mitochondrial DNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup X2c1, MitoYDNA ID T18501 [compare]
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Jim:
  • 100.00% X DNA 100.00% Jim Ward: AncestryDNA, GEDmatch UQ4397833 [compare], yourDNAportal JIM752d2723, Ancestry member JamesWard + Autosomal DNA Test, GEDmatch AK6485320 [compare] + Living DNA, GEDmatch MU2625134 [compare], yourDNAportal JIMa451bb39

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Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Blue Skies Milestone for 50 sourced profiles
Jim Ward reached the Blue Skies milestone by sourcing 50 profiles in the February 2023 Sourcerers Project Sourcerers' Challenge.

Jim, thanks for your work to improve our shared tree.

posted by Bill Feidt
Hello Jim,

It is time for the semi-annual check in for June, 2022 with members of the US Southern Colonies Project. Have you been active during the last six months? Note that it is a requirement to respond to the US Southern Colonies Check-ins. Please respond to this message by clicking the reply button below this message, to post your answer. I look forward to hearing from you..

Many thanks,

Mary~ Project Coordinator, Membership, US Southern Colonies

posted by Mary Richardson
Yes, I have been active with the southern colonies project this year. However, I have not specialized in a single southern colony since my ancestors lived in a most of the southern colonies, but not many in Georgia.
posted by Jim Ward
Thank you for replying to the US Southern Colonies check in, Jim. I have marked you as active in most of the Southern Colonies. Good luck for Province of Georgia!


posted by Mary Richardson
Yes, I remain active in the US Southern Colonies Project. Occasionally, I still need to add states to the sticker template as I review profiles I come across. Most of my ancestor tree branches have the sticker when appropriate, but a few still need it.

Thank you, Mary, for the great work you do!

posted by Jim Ward
Greetings from the 1776 Project . . .

We're doing our semi-annual check-in to ask whether you have made contributions to the project in the last six months?

Please note that it is a requirement for membership in the 1776 Project that you respond to this check-in. Please post your response as a reply to this message on your page, for convenience of record keeping.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Betty -- 1776 Project Leader

posted by Betty (Skelton) Norman
I continue to stay active on the 1776 project. I monitor the group messages and make suggestions to the project. I have also fixed any errors that have cropped up (usually detected by data doctor diagnostics). I don't recall adding any new stickers in the last 6 months, but I may be wrong. I had much more activity the previous 6 months period following the sticker format change, but that has settled down.

Yesterday I was talking to a SAR official and described to him the wikitree 1776 project. As my wikitree profile says, I am very proud of my 1776 ancestors.

posted by Jim Ward
Hi Jim, I'm looking forward to working with you on that profile. Gillian ~ WikiTree Mentor
posted by Gillian Thomas
Hi Jim,

On behalf of the leaders of Southern Colonies, this is the semi-annual polling for the US Southern Colonies Project. This check-in with members is to see if you have been active in the last six months in this project and want to remain a member of US SC?

Please note that it is a requirement for membership in the US Southern Colonies Project that you respond to these check-ins.

I look forward to hearing from you.. Many thanks,

Mary, Project Coordinator, - Membership US Southern Colonies Project

posted by Mary Richardson
US Southern Colonies is one of my favorite wikitree projects. I follow the discussions on my feeds, but don't respond as much as other posters. Although I joined most colony sub-teams (Virginia, Maryland, Carolinas), I do not concentrate on any one colony. I look for profile improvements mainly of my ancestores who were not concentrated in just one colony.

I prefer stickers to project boxes. My personal sticker criteria for adding to my ancestors is one per branch (earliest), usually born in America and died before 1776.

posted by Jim Ward
Thank you Jim, for checking in. I am marking you Active. Responding to all of the discussions is not required. All of us work in different ways. It is fine for you to work on profile improvement on any colony. I also prefer the stickers. -- the project boxes are for managed profiles.

I hope you enjoy the next 6 months with Southern Colonies.


posted by Mary Richardson

I am checking in on behalf of the 1776 Project to announce the new project membership requirements and to verify that you are still interested in being a member of the project. All project members are being asked to join one of the project teams and also to make at least one project contribution every 6 months. We are also asking all project members to join the project's Google Group for project communications.

If you are interested in remaining with the Project, please reply to this comment or send me a message, request to join the Google Group, and let us know what team you would like to participate on.

We really appreciate your contributions on WikiTree, and thank you for all your hard work. If you have any questions, please ask. We would also love to hear any feedback you may have for the project.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

SJ - 1776 Project Leader

posted by SJ Baty
Jim here is the first profile adjusted..

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Percifull-11 You did well. I just added the unit and categories...

posted by Mary Richardson
edited by Mary Richardson
Hi, jim. I am going to try to explain 1776 and WikiTree. It would help me if you send to me links of actual profiles of with your ancestors and the problems. I will answer on the private WikiTree email system which has more room.

This is a link for your own profile https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Ward-30118

This is a link to my profile page. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Richardson-7161

Mary ~ Project Coordinator Military and War, 1776, Civil War,

Sent you also private regular email with images of step by step

posted by Mary Richardson
Hello and welcome to the American Revolutionary War (1776) Project. At the project home page you can find useful information about the project:

American Revolutionary War (1776) Project

We use Google Groups for Project communication:


Please let us know if you have any questions!

SJ - 1776 Project Leader

posted by SJ Baty
Hi Jim

As you have been a member of WikiTree for a few weeks now, I thought I would check in to see how you are getting on with the site.

Has the New Member How-To been helpful, or left you with any questions?

I am here to help with any problems or queries you may have. To contact me, be sure to use the "reply" link below this comment so that I will be notified. You can also click my name to send a private message, or post a comment, on my profile page.

Wendy ~ WikiTree Greeter

i am getting along OK but stiil need to get farther up the wiki learning curve.

I have connected the majority of my tree to the Wiki tree and am waiting on 1 requested merge caused by the merge of a spouse. I haven't had many duplicates (3?) requiring merges.

One ancester I suspected could have issues with parents still does (Hill-720). I was just about to see how to flag him as a research interest when I saw your 3 day old comment on my public profile which I don't look at as much as my nav home page.

posted by Jim Ward
Hi Jim!

Please check your email. I have sent you an answer to your questions regarding he Pre-1700 Quiz.

Cheryl ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

posted by Cheryl (Smith) Hess
Hi Jim!

Thanks for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz!

Because pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants, working with members of the projects which coordinate them is essential. You can learn more about joining the community in How To #3 and in the Project FAQ.

Sources are very important here on Wikitree, especially on Pre-1700 profiles. It is how we show where we got the info and help others find it too. Find out more about sources here and more detailed info here.

Use the Pre-1700 Projects list to find one which best fits your research focus. Review the project pages for special guidelines and to learn how to collaborate with the project members.

Let me know if you have trouble finding projects which fit your focus. If you have any questions, be sure to use the "reply link" for this comment so that I will be notified. You can also click my name to send a private message, or post a comment on my profile page.

Cheryl ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

posted by Cheryl (Smith) Hess
Thanks for the message. In my answers to the United States and the Southern Colonies projects, i said i wanted to add properly verified info (valid sources) to fill in info missing info in projects.

Here are a couple of issues I had with getting pre-1700 certified. The requirements said one had to coordinate with a project. I sent answers to 2 asking to join, but the Southern Colonies have a 30 day rather than 7 day waiting periodfor pre-1700 and the United states project appeared to have a long delay in replying to answers to join. I did not look at its waiting time period. As I said in my edit to an answer, I guess answering rather than joining counts as coordinating, but the pre-1700 requirements could be clearer. The 2nd issue is that after successfully passing the test and checking the box, I never got the submit button. I asked a question and discovered that the same issue had been occurring for several years. I took it again and got the submit button. I tried to add this info to my question (as other's 2nd tries hadn't worked in the past) but I couldn't locate my question thread.

posted by Jim Ward
Hi Jim,

One of our mentors created a tutorial for the GEDCOMpare process that I found very helpful. I hope that you will too.

If you have any questions about how WikiTree works, let us know by using the "reply" link under our comments or by clicking our names to visit our profiles. From there you can leave a comment or send a private message.

Debi ~ WikiTree Greeter

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag

I am pleased to confirm you as a Family Member of WikiTree, and welcome you to the WikiTree family, your contributions will go a long way to joining the world together. I hope you enjoy the site as much as I do.

I would suggest starting with the How-to pages, they will save you a lot of time and frustration.

I am here to answer any question you have, no matter how trivial you may think it is. There is no such thing as a silly question. Please add as much information as you can, it all helps to turn a “name” back into a person. I hope you enjoy the site

Happy tree climbing

Greta ~ WikiTree Greeter

P.S. If links do not work in an email from WikiTree, try them from the comment section on your profile page.

posted by Greta Moody
I just loaded GEDmatch ID links to two DNA tests. Is other info asked from specific companies redundant?

I just loaded GEDmatch ID links to two DNA tests. Is other info asked from specific companies redundant?

Also, I did a nonstandard DNA thing by using a tool to merge 2 DNA test (ancestry and living DNA)s. Gedmatch recognized this data, but maybe no one else. Is that worth adding that GEDmatch ID?

I plan on loading my latest ancestry.com .ged file. Kit isn’t immediately obvious where the upload is, but probably not hard to find.

posted by Jim Ward
Hi Jim,

At WikiTree we do not analyze or store your RAW DNA. We help DNA cousins find each other. We do that by letting you identify which tests you have taken and whether you have uploaded your test to the GEDMatch.com website.

When you add your DNA test information, it takes about 24 hours for the system to add your profile link to the profiles of your ancestors and their descendants. That is why there need to be profiles for your ancestors. There is more information about that in the Getting Started with DNA FAQ.

You are welcome to use our profile database and G2G Forum for genealogical research. When you are ready add or edit profiles, please visit your Tags and Comments page to add some information. We use the tags and comments to help you connect with other genealogists. Examples are in the right column on my profile.

After you have made your changes, scroll down and click the "Save Tag(s) and Volunteer" link in the big green box. A Greeter will be alerted and get you confirmed. Don't worry, you would only be volunteering to abide by our community guidelines and add profiles for your family. As you start adding profiles, please make sure to review any suggested matches because there are lots of profiles already here. You may be able to make a fast connection to the Global WikiTree.

Let me know if you have any questions. I'm here to help!

Cindy ~ WikiTree Greeter

PS If links do not work in an email from WikiTree, try them from the comment section on your profile page.

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