Ann White
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The family trees associated with Theresa Ann White are accurate but they are non-biological. Theresa Ann White was adopted into this family.
Ann A. White
Born 1950s.
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Ann was born in Jacksonville, Florida in June 1952 and baptized as Marie Dolores Hart. Her unmarried, biological parents were Joan Hart and Francis Baskin, who attended Sacred Heart and Lake Worth (Florida) High School.

Her adoptive parents, Dick White and Rossie Belle Whitfield adopted her as an infant. She was their second adopted child, following her brother Martin.

View the profile and genealogy of Marie Dolores Hart

Ann considers the White Family to be her family - she loves the members of this family and credits her values and beliefs to these people - even though she recognizes that she shares no genetic material with their pedigrees.

My Names

My adopted name is Theresa Ann White, officially given to me upon the Final Degree of Adoption in 1955.

My birth name, given to me by my biological mother, was Marie Dolores Hart.

My longtime social media/pen name is Grace Laine. This is a derivation of Ann (full of grace) and a local street name (Grace Lane) which is the setting for one of my unfinished novels started during a NaNoWriMo competition.

The Happy White Family at Home, 1958 (Ann, Rossie, Dick, Martin)


One of Ann's earliest memories was of her mother showing her how to write her name. She was a toddler, and the act symbolized her mother's emphasis on education above all other goals in life. Her mother told her she could be anything in life, even the President of the United States, and if she wanted to attend Harvard, that would be possible. That encouragement expanded the usual possibilities for girls of her time and led to Ann's lifelong activism for universal equity for all people.

Multi-Family, Multi-Generational Portrait: Whitfield, White, Cannon, Raulerson
This photo, dated September 1955, is a muligenerational, multifamilly portrait taken outside her grandparents' grocery store in Boynton Beach, Florida.
Standing (l-r) sisters Farie Whitfield and Esther Collins. Sitting (l-r): Ann and Martin White, and cousins John and Margaret (Raulerson) Selsor). Seated in the background is Tom Whitfield.

Ann was brought up as a Roman Catholic and attended parochial grade school and high school in Jacksonville, FL, graduating in 1970 and immediately entering the local junior college. She graduated two years later and moved to Gainesville, FL, where she majored in Journalism at the University of Florida. The freedom from her mother's over-protective embrace resulted in a joyful and at times, anguished adventure into the maturities of attraction and other mind bending experiences. It was the 70s. It was a college town and there were no restrictions. Ann had the time of her life. It cost her academically. After two years of lackluster study, Ann dropped out and returned to Jacksonville . It wasn't until nearly fifteen years later that she completed her program of study, earning a Bachelor's degree at the University of North Florida in print journalism. She also completed a course preparing her for the Florida Real Estate license exam but did not pursue this path. In the 1990s, she earned a two-year degree as a paralegal, also from UNF. Other than her internship at the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, and helping family with legal research, she was unable to work in this saturated field. Ann earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA), specializing in Poetry and Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2008. This was her crowning achievement, earned at the age of 54 while she was working full time.

Work Life

Even after an early retirement, Ann continued working. Her last paid position was as a college professor, teaching College Composition at a large, national private university.


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This is a little frustrating. I am adopted. If you look at my profile for MArie Hart, [Hart-15589] you'll see I've added biological ancestors/descendants. Marie & Theresa are the same person (me).

I can't access any Gedcom stuff on Hart-15589. This is my genetic account. Is there anyone who can help?

posted by Ann White
Contact this email address: info at wikitree (dot) com

for technical issues.

posted by Tricia (Payne) Aanderud
edited by Tricia (Payne) Aanderud
Hi Theresa

I am sorry for the confusion, but you have not added any biological family members for your DNA results to display on their profiles. Wikitree does not store raw DNA data or perform matching of DNA samples. It can be used to confirm what you are seeing in your matches on other websites, if those person have also joined Wikitree.

These pages may help you in understanding how DNA is used on Wikitree and how it can help you with your matches from the testing companies:

Mickey - Wikitree Greeter

posted by Michele Bazley
Thanks for joining us in Sourcing, Theresa!
Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Blue Skies Milestone for 50 sourced profiles
Ann White reached the Blue Skies milestone by sourcing 50 profiles in the September 2021 Sourcerers Project Sourcerers' Challenge.
posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
edited by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Thanks Deb. But according to your email I broke alot of rules in sourcing the 100 profiles. Looks like I need to leave it up to the experts from now on.
posted by Ann White
Like everything else, Theresa, sourcing for the Challenge is a learning time. We'd love to have you continue with what you learned from this month. Feel free to ask questions in the monthly G2G post or in the #sourcerers_challenge channel on Discord. Somebody is always around and willing to help.
posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hello Theresa,

It's Thon time again, this time the Spring Clean-a-Thon! It will be from April 23-26, 2021. Do you want to participate with Team Cornbread Catchers in this Thon? Sign up here! And mention that you want to be on the Cornbread Catchers team!

Debi & Sarah

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hi Theresa

I see that you have uploaded a GEDCOM. The GEDCOM will not automatically populate your tree, it generates a GEDCOMpare report. The GEDCOMpare process guide has tips on how to use the data in your file most efficiently.

If you have questions about how WikiTree works, let me know. To contact me, log into WikiTree, and go to your profile. Use the Reply link below my comment to be sure that I will be notified. Alternatively, click my name to visit my profile. From there, you can leave a comment, or send a private message.

Best of luck with your research!

Lothar ~ WikiTree Greeter

posted by Lothar Wolf
Hi Theresa,

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.

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. Click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page.

Remember to cite reliable sources in pre-1700 profiles you manage, or edit. (See: Pre-1700 Reliable Sources).

Butch ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

posted by Butch Smith
Hello Theresa,

It's Thon time again, this time the Source-a-Thon! It will be from October 2-5, 2020. Do you want to participate with Team Cornbread Catchers in this Thon? Use this link to get to the G2G sign up post! Click the "answer" link at the bottom of the post and, when the Answer box pops up, mention that you want to be on the Cornbread Catchers team!

Debi & Sarah

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hello, Theresa!

Thanks for your participation during our Connect-A-Thon 2020. It is amazing how many more profiles were created and added to our Shared Tree over the weekend. I hope you’ll join us for the Source-a-thon this fall.

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hello Theresa,

It's Thon time again, this time the Connect-a-Thon! It will be from July 17-20, 2020. Do you want to participate with Team Cornbread Catchers in this Thon? Use this link to get to the G2G sign up post! Click answer and mention that you want to be on the Cornbread Catchers team!

Debi & Sarah

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Image:SherylMoore DD Sandbox.jpg

Hi Theresa

Thank you for participating in the Data Doctor weekly Challenge - for Orphan profiles. Every suggestion you cleared made our Tree that much better. The Data Doctor Team and the WikiTree community appreciates the work you are doing. Look forward to seeing join us for the next challenge.

Janet Wild

A Data Doctor Project Coordinator - Member of the WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Know any Cannon's from Suwannee County, FL?

See my Anonymous's current to-do list.

posted by Ann White
edited by Ann White
Hi Anonymous!

Thanks for joining us! I hope you're enjoying our site and our community. I just wanted to check in and see how things are going. Has the New Member How To Pages been helpful or has it left you with questions?

It's great to have you on board. Enjoy your time here, and good luck growing your branches. If you need help just click on my name and you will be transferred to my profile where you can post a message or send me a private message.

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P.S. To find reliable sources for your profiles, go to the Family Tree & Tools tab; select Genealogy Research and scroll down near the bottom of that list and select Research with RootsSearch. There are over 20 websites to access from there.

Hello and welcome to WikiTree! I saw your Adoption tag and wanted to stop by to give you this help link: It has additional help links as well. If you have any questions regarding adoption and WikiTree, I'm happy to help or you can post in g2g using the Adoption or Adoption Angels tag.

Emma ~~ Adoption Angels Co-Leader

Thanks so much for the wise advice, Emma!
posted by Ann White
Thank you for volunteering. You have successfully joined WikiTree.

Start with the pages - they are really useful as you add profiles and learn your way around:

Let me know if you require assistance. I am happy to help. After adding my own family and ancestors I have found many cousins and distant ancestors here on WikiTree.

Sometimes links don't work in emails. If that's happened to you, check the public comments on your profile as the links will work from there.

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posted by [Living Wood]

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To contact me, reply to this comment, or click the link to my name and then send a private message or post a comment on my profile page.

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posted by Azure Robinson