Will respond back as soon as I can to anything, but having to pay attention to the living people first.
Anticipate having more time come middle of May, however won't be able to fully work on profiles in depth as I was likely until October. But will still monitor edited profiles that I manage, make minor changes and watch for merges etc to ensure basic housekeeping is kept up
As of last weekend, I completed a very important journey in helping 3 people locate their birth fathers. It was a lesson in humanity, sociology and truly understanding genealogy at a different level.
I have adopted all orphan Bewley, Millhorn, Cullom and Hargis Profiles on Wikitree(including non related ones), and all orphans that show in my "family", many of whom I don't have in my own personal tree. These get immediately reviewed then put in either the unsourced/unconnected ques, or my updating ques. I also have created profiles for some interesting people I find in the news articles I have read such as the boy who trained a Squirrel at 9, or have other reason such as creating profiles for the family from Finland that I'm trying to get a box of Memorabilia back to from about 1900.
I know have settled in on a que format of updating and that I work off my watch list and update profiles as they come up as "last updated" and it's making for a very fun time on wiki tree.. As I delve deeper and deeper on the ones who I created when I first got here, I'm finding sources I never imagined before and adding them .. I try to spend at least 10-15 minutes updating each profile if not longer, and if I can't find new sources I make note of where I looked and what routes i explored.
I also will dedicate a few hours here and there specifically to connect my unconnected or unsourced profiles. Once I find at least once "source" the profile then falls into the que mentioned above. I think I have about 2,200 profiles I manage right now and about 90 are unsourced - about 85 of those are adopted and if I truly in the end can not support the person or know it's a "bad" profile I merging it away or reusing it.
My final fun and Goal is to start expanding into transcription of Wills, Clips of Newspaper articles, and many of the other thousands of documents and records I have for each person. As I create people though if there is a photograph that does not require transcription I am uploading it immediately.
My parents first collided in their ancestry at: William Hoo right now.. will be interesting to see overtime if it becomes closer then that and if under evidence that link holds up. This makes William the 19th great grandfather of Linda. This makes William the 18th great grandfather of Roger. Roger and Linda are 19th cousins once removed which means that if any one of those (8,388,607+4,194,303=)12,582,910 people had chosen a different person or died before they made my ancestor I wouldn't be here.
As of the 31st of January that has changed and is now they are 18th cousins twice removed at Roger Lewknor
Adoption angels - I have helped 3 women find their birth fathers and currently now working with a 4th, it's an interesting experience in humanity
We get to tell a story about a human not a list of details and charts
There is ways to help others
If I find a cool story in a newspaper, or obituary or anything that deserves to be told about someone I can - we come across the coolest stuff when researching. As I make my way through my documents in files I can sh
I like working on the database errors and focus on Orphan profiles. Usually I do these if I only have a few minutes. As I gain comfort I'm doing more things on profiles not mine like fixing their find a Graves. Orphans need love too! Not sure how to generate a report of orphan profiles with errors on its own yet so just go through the others.
By adopting profiles not ours, but same last names and linking them back, we may find links and hints for our own families that we missed.
My DNA confusion
I have one line of DNA showing up that I am a close match too - Cullom - I have no idea where they fit in, but is confirmed likely tied to my Roberts line. It may perhaps be related to either James Henry's size or Malvina - however may in fact be Matlock's wife Zilphas family..
How am I ever going to be able to use proven by DNA, still confuses me to much on here and the notation? maybe one day, but in the interim I'm happy let others set it up - I currently have at least 18 common ancestors going back to 3rd and 4th great grandparents I know my DNA Matches along with other lines.
I have traveled to Rome, Romania, France, Australia, Bahamas, Jamaica with stop overs and exploring a bit of China and Germany
I have lived in California, Washington, Oregon, North Carolina, British Columbia and 2 years as a gypsy as a child exploring the Southern States
I have had some of my writing published, and hope in time after details are loaded that I will be able to bring my writing to the profiles and tell a story
My genealogy beliefs
I heard from a cousin - We don't own our ancestors - my view in a nutsell
It's easy to build a large database of a facts and figures, but genealogy is about who they are and the fact they paid $5 for rent is more important then wether they died March 5 or March 25
I know accuracy is important but you will not see me get emotional over "the 5th of march of the 25th of March" - We are talking about several hundred years ago - maybe the 2 records had people who thought it was different days - not like they had computers to track things.
I strongly believe in proof and circumstantial evidence if it's supported
I want to be proven I'm wrong in my information, only if something can't be proven wrong is it still correct.
much like Rome.. it is not Nero or Ceaser we appreciate when standing upon the ruins - it is the work of those that built it
It is not great names, nor famous for one act - but it is the small people with their dedication to their lives, communities -
Yes I believe even our black sheep that created our world as we know it
Our Ancestors secrets deserve to be told, then we will all see we are the same
I've been tracing the family tree off and on for about 27 years now.. just picked it up again after a few years of having it sit on the shelf.
I just took everything out of the attic last night - there is a large steamer trunk of genealogy stuff..
In looking at that stuff I realized it's going to take me a lifetime to build and that one day I will be at 5,000 - but this is not about the numbers, but those documents in the binders, and copies of letters and wills deserve the time
I have 34,000 people in my personal file, most well documented, but even with that as I've reproofed them to enter here I'm fixing my own errors . that makes me happy
Books in my library
Bewley book by Eva Franklin
From Whence we Came - Ora Leon
DeKalb county, Tennessee Genealogy from administrator's settlement books (1846-1907)
DeKalb County Tennessee - Chancery Records 1844-1892
DeKalb County Tennessee Marriage records 1848-1880
Land Deed Genealogy of DeKalb County, Tennessee - 1838-1869
Tennessee History & Biographies - DeKalb County - Goodspeed
Young Cushians (Cushing Oklahoma)
First-hand information. Entered by Kristina Wheeler at registration.
Paternal relationship is confirmed by a 15.7 cM gedmatch from Chr 16Start Location End Location Centimorgans (cM) 21 SNPs 7675034 to 15535539 between JJ Stratton A162716, David Stration A989528 and Kristina Wheeler T632560
Paternal relationship is confirmed by a 127.4 cM Family Finder match between Brown and his cousin [[Wheeler-13722|Kristina Wheeler].
Paternal relationship is confirmed by a 10 cM gedmatch from Chr 15Start Location End Location Centimorgans (cM) 21 SNPs 78,980,690 to 87,151,971 between Ferne Emilia Holley T587714 , Donald Shaw M142144 and Kristina Wheeler T632560
Paternal relationship is confirmed by a 30.2 cm gedmatch from chr 4 start location 138028378 to 167238522 between Kristina Wheeler T632560 & Bess A069877 & Kreft A951231
Have adopted all the orphans and looking for clues to connected them to the world tree
Kristina Wheeler's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Kristina or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup H3b-G16129A, Mitosearch 4GH3S, FTDNA kit #721538
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Kristina:
Hi there. See that you have been looking at James Lindsay, my grandfather,son John Lindsay and Margaret Eggo. Illegitimate. Cannot see what cahangesp were made. Pls.show me. Am keen to get thing down correctly. Regards Ann
Really enjoyed reading your article. Loved the story of your 1980s trip to Tennessee!
We're 17th cousins once removed, by way of William Sidney Esq. (born 1395)... two things I love about WikiTree - discovering distant cousins & discovering new-to-me ancestors that someone has added to WikiTree!
Oh Great! Now you have the proof! William Campbell is the son of Levi Noah Sheaffer. :) Happy to have helped. Yes, my mother's cousin and I have been picking at our John Jacob Shaffer married to Anna Maria Reichenbach both circa 1760, for 26 YEARS! lol 3 of the last, of which I have been steady at it. When I find the DNA connection to Valentin and Balthasar, I will have broken our Shaffer wall! Any how, use the info as you will. You can find a lot of your line on Familysearch. I found more there than else where.
I certainly enjoyed getting to know more about you this week. I especially liked the info about your favorite ancestor. I also cannot imagine having a large steamer trunk of genealogy stuff!
I would be ecstatic!