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Crystal White

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Background: I became interested in genealogy in about 2003, when my great-uncle Don brought his research to a family gathering. My research efforts have ebbed and flowed over the years, but I built up a rather extensive tree on Now I'm here at WikiTree to fine tune my information and to contribute to the greater family tree we're building here.

Puzzles I'm working on: White Paternal Line, Taylor Paternal Line

Crystal White
Born 1970s.
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Daughter of [private father (1940s - unknown)] DNA confirmed and [private mother (1950s - unknown)] DNA confirmed
Sister of [private brother (1980s - unknown)]
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Profile last modified | Created 28 Apr 2022 | Last significant change: 21 Jun 2022
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Crystal was born in Iowa in 1975. She married in 1997, and had one son. (Details are left out for privacy of family members.)

She is (so far) a lifelong Iowan, an avid reader, and and a dedicated family historian. She hasn't traveled a lot but plans to start more... and you can at least partly blame a passion for genealogy, as some of the next planned trips include spots from her family origins!

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Descendant of several Magna Carta Surety Barons.
Descendant of Charlemagne.
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Crystal is a member of the US Southern Colonies' Virginia Team.


I've found some fascinating connections through WikiTree! The following are some of my famous ancestors and cousins... just for fun, of course, and using the best knowledge and resources currently available!

U.S. Presidents: Cousin to the Roosevelts, Jefferson, Madison, Fillmore, Nixon, John Quincy Adams, and more. (More are connected through a line that's currently in question, so I'll leave them out for now.)

Magna Carta Barons: Through my McCasland line, I have seven direct Surety Baron ancestors who signed an oath to the Magna Carta agreement, as well as many other Barons and "Illustrious Men" (counselors to King John) who are listed as distant cousins.

Scottish Royalty: This one is my favorite branch. :) I have eighteen direct ancestors who held the Scottish throne between the 9th to 15th centuries. The most recent is King James II of the Scots (Stewart-1166) as my 17th great-grandfather.

This category lists many more Scottish kings and queens as distant cousins. A personal favorite is that MacBeth is my first cousin 29 times removed. Yes, that MacBeth. :) (There are additional royal relations outside Scotland including Plantagenets, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Louis IX, and back to Charlemagne.)

Famous Women in History: I feel fortunate to count among my distant cousins some of history's strongest women, including Abigail Adams, Amelia Earhart, and some of the original suffragettes, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.

It's fun to see a "Who's Who" version of one's ancestry, but it's also exciting to find much closer relations that I'd have never otherwise met. The closest is a new 3rd cousin with whom I've exchanged some emails!


Kit completed at and pending at 23 & Me. I've confirmed DNA with my child, my parents, all four of my grandparents, and six of my eight great-grandparents, plus a few beyond.

  • Parent-Child Relationship confirmed by Ancestry DNA between White-73032 and Rhoads-1601 with a match of 3489 cM across 24 segments.
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by an autosomal AncestryDNA test match between Crystal White and PA, her 1st cousin 1x removed. Their most-recent common ancestors are Lorenz Klaffke and Elsa Ratzke, the great grandparents of Crystal White and grandparents of PA. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 1st cousin once removed, based on sharing 453 cM across 23 segments. Crystal is the daughter of White-73034 who is the grandson of the common ancestors Lorenz Klaffke & Elsa Ratzke.
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by an autosomal AncestryDNA test match between Crystal White and PG, her 1st cousin 2x removed. Their most-recent common ancestors are Joseph White and Mary Taylor, the great great grandparents of Crystal White and grandparents of PG. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 1st cousin twice removed, based on sharing 144 cM across 9 segments. Crystal is the daughter of White-73034 who is the great-grandson of the common ancestors Joseph White and Mary Taylor.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an autosomal AncestryDNA test match between Crystal White and RF, her 2nd cousin . Their most-recent common ancestors are Samuel Rutherford and Martha Jones, the great grandparents of both Crystal White and RF. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 2nd Cousin, based on sharing 184 cM across 11 segments. Crystal is the daughter of Wilson-93589 who is the granddaughter of the common ancestors Samuel Rutherford & Martha Jones.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an autosomal AncestryDNA test match between Crystal White and MA, her 2nd cousin 1x removed. Their most-recent common ancestors are John Trotter and Thursa Warne, the great great grandparents of Crystal White and great grandparents of MA. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 2nd cousin once removed, based on sharing 122 cM across 7 segments. Crystal is the daughter of Wilson-93589 who is the great-granddaughter of the common ancestors John HW Trotter and Thursa Warne.


  • First-hand information and family knowledge of my first four generations back. Entered by Crystal White at registration.
  • DNA Matches (as confirmed above) through and GEDMatch

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Hi Crystal and welcome. You mentioned that one of your interests is Herring. My husband's family includes Herring families from Albemarle County, VA 1760s, Surry County, NC early 1800s, Shelby County, KY 1830s, and Clinton County, MO 1840s and later. Let me know if you are interested.
Hi Margaret! That seems to match up with my line for quite a few generations. Mine also started in Virginia, then NC, then veered off to Tennessee, Indiana, and Iowa. Yes, I'd love to see what you have... feel free to email if that's easier. Thanks for checking!
posted by Crystal White
Hi Crystal,

Thanks for having a Big Heart and adopting Orphan Profiles. You will want to read this After adopting orphans FAQ to understand what to do next and it explains the special attention those profiles need.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!


posted by David Selman
Hi Crystal,

Congratulations on certifying to work on pre-1700 profiles! It’s very important to read and understand the Help:Pre-1700 Profiles page. These profiles for deep ancestors are shared by many, and collaborating on them works best if we all follow the guidelines in the certification quiz.

Primary sources should always be added to pre-1700 profiles at the time they are created. If you don't have a source for a pre-1700 profile, it would be best to ask for help in the G2G forum before creating the profile.

Momo ~ WikiTree Pre-1700 Greeter

posted by Momo Holmquist
Welcome Crystal

We are so happy you decided to upgrade to the Family Member level.

Please visit our tutorial pages to learn how to use WikiTree: How To Use WikiTree. They will save you time, energy, and frustration as you add your family profiles.

Exploring the site is the best way to learn. One way to do that is to check out the drop-down menus on the top right side of your profile page. Finding a known ancestor and collaborating with the profile manager is another great way to start.

Questions? You can always use the G2G link in the Help Menu to find answers.

Pam ~ WikiTree Greeter

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