Have been researching Geneology for several years and had been able to trace my family back at least in one line to the 1st person who lived in America, in the late 1600's. And now thru Wikitree, I can trace my family Waaaay back, lol! At least in one line! Ha! I love Wikitree because it really helps you to make connections. And truly is a community of Geneologists. While I was busy with my ex-husbands, Conklin line, for our daughter, others were piecing my Main and Lipps lines together without me knowing, then they even made me the profile manager, even though it was their work, and thats saying something! (Thank You, Kitty)
Things I didn't know before Wikitree:
I did not know I'm related to:
CELEBRITY COUSINS: Katherine Hepburn (one of my fav actressess of all time and to think...), and Marilyn Monroe, but closely related to Humphrey Bogart 9th, and Shirley Temple 9th, Alec Baldwin 10th, Elvis Presley 12th cousins.
FOUNDING FATHER COUSINS: Samuel Adams, Dolley Madison, but Closer to, Button Gwinnett 9th, Colonel George Ross 9th.
AND John Hancock, 4th Cousin
HISTORICAL FIGURES: Thomas Alva Edison, Sir Francis Drake, James "Wild Bill" Hickock, Sir Walter Raleigh, But Closely related to Warren Buffett 10th (i live n Ne, too), General Seth Pomeroy 2nd,
AND Winston Churchill 5th cousin.
PRESIDENTS: Let's just say I'm related to all but 7, the closest being: George Washington 10th, John Adams 5th, James Madison 10th, James K Polk 11th, Millard Fillmore 6th, Ulyssess S. Grant 7th, Rutherford B Hayes 7th, Grover Cleveland also 7th, William H Taft 7th, Calvin Coolidge 10th, Franklin D Roosevelt 7th, Richard Nixon 10th, Gerald Ford 9th, George and George Bush, Both are 9th cousins
I'm NOT related to: Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Mckinley, Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Donald Trump, ( maybe that's why I dont like him, lol!
MAGNA CARTA Barons----- I'm a direct descendant of 10 Surety Barons, but thru 8 lines. Roger Bigod and his son Hugh were both Surety Barons, they are my 27th & 26th great Grandfathers, respectively. Richard de Clare and his Gilbert were also both Surety Barons, my 27th and 26th great grandfathers, respectively. Henry Bohun is my 26th great grandfather. Saher de Quincy is my 26th great granfather. Robert de Vere is my 26th great grandfather. John Fitzrobert is my 26th Great Grandfather. John de Lacy is my 26th great grandfather. William D'aubigny my 26th great grandfather
Your wondering how can this be, well their kids married each other, a Quincy married a de Vere, and a Bigod married a Bohun. Keeping it in the family, I guess.
These connections to the Barons werent possible until Wikitree changed relationship finder to 30 generations.
ROYAL CONNECTIONS: Queen Elizabeth II 12th Cousin ( we share 467 common ancestors, the common ancestors is an important number, the removed part doesn't mean your less related, its just a generational difference to your closest common ancestor). Her husband is distant at 14th cousin.
Princess Diana is a close relation at 10th Cousin. (Recently I had a dream that She is really my 4th cousin, hmmm... we'll see if it comes true, lol)
King Henry II - House of Plantagenet- my 26th Great Grandfather.
Sir William Warenne - my 21st great grandfather.
Sir Thomas Beauchamp, KG. Lord of Warwick Castle my 22nd great grandfather (pronounced Beechum)
Sir Ralph de Neville KG, PC , 1st Earl of Westmorland, 4th Baron Neville de Raby my 20th great grandfather
Gruffydd Maelor II ap, a welsh prince, my 24th great Grandfather, making Owain Glyndwr my 4th Cousin.
Ralph de Vernon II Baron of Shipbrook, known as "The Old Liver" 23rd great grandfather may I have his long livered life!
Llywelyn the great, a Prince of Wales, 24th great grandfather. Of course it had to be thru his illegitamate daughter Margaret. LOL.
Ferdinand I a 10th cousin.
Robert Bruce I "The Bruce" King of Scotland my 23rd great grandfather
Sir Robert "Innes of that ilk" Innes 1st Bt
Nicholas II, Last Czar of Russia, a distant 14th cousin.
King Alfonso VIII, 28th great Grandfather, also a direct ancestor to HM Elizabeth, her dark hair perhaps.
Pierre Grandison I, 23rd Great grandfather.
Queen Consort, Isabelle Angouleme, House of Plantagenet, and Capet. 25th great Grandmother who was the Great grandaughter to.....
King Louis VI , House of Capet, my 28th great grandfather, no wonder why I have trouble with my weight, lol. He was known as Louis the fat, Haha.
In case your wondering, Catherine The Great, Russian Empress, 14th cousin.
CHARLEMAGNE, is a suspected direct ancestor. There is a king Henry I, House of Normandie, who is my 28th great Grandfather, his father is William I, the Conquerer, he would be my 29th great grandfather, William is a proven direct line to Charlemagne. Which means Charlemagne is my probably 31-32nd great-grandfather. Woah!
You know, ive always naturally put my pinkie up while drinking a beverage, tea and crumpets anyone? Does anybody know is there an empty throne, I could take over, Just saying, lol If anyone needs a monarch, I volunteer my services. :)
CLOSER FAMILY RELATION: I knew my 5th great grandmother was a Hull, but never knew of it's importance until Wikitree. Lets just say The Hull men married well, lol!
I knew my 6th great grandfather was Richard Payton Bailey, but didnt know his wife's name Elizabeth Belcher, until wikitree. Bailey married well also, ha!
I didnt know much about about my Main and Lipps family, but now I know more. And that includes that the state name for Maine, comes from Maine's Point, land owned by my ancestor, John Mayne/Main/Maine circa 1600's. How many people can say that their ancestors settled a state and gave it, It's name.
Capt James and his Father Major Brian Pendleton my 8th and 9th great grandfathers. You've heard of Camp Pendleton, right?
Thomas Greystoke my 24th great grandfather, and u thought Tarzan's birth name was pure fiction. In the movies he is A lord, but this one is just a regular his Son Thomas became a sir, but alas I'm from daughter Isabel Greystoke.
Capt Michael Pierce, One of the early Plymouth settlers in Scituate. There are DNA test proving that Capt Michael and Thomas Pierce are perhaps brothers. Thomas is an ancestor of President Franklin Pierce. DNA testing has proven there is a relationship bewteen our families, we just cant find the paper connection. My relationship to President Pierce is probably much closer 4th or 5th cousin. In another line we are 15th cousins. See the Pierce Family DNA project []
And I've even discovered 3 Patriot Ancestors, who fought in The Revolution.
Wikitree is a place of discovery, enjoy the ride!
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On 2 Jul 2017 at 18:51 GMT Keith Hathaway wrote:
I'd like to invite you to join in the "Weekend Chat" on G2G Today!
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On 28 May 2017 at 19:50 GMT Kitty (Cooper) Smith wrote:
Just catching up on some old emails. I recently orphaned many profiles I created, so you can probably adopt any that interest you. If you wish to be on the trusted list for a particular profile, just click the trusted list request on each profile. Kitty
On 2 May 2017 at 21:37 GMT Alison Andrus wrote:
On 18 Mar 2017 at 17:58 GMT John Schmeeckle wrote:
On 22 Feb 2017 at 01:15 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:
Now that you have had a little time to try our site, there are a few more features you may find useful:
For instance, ideas on what to include in a profile can be found in Styles and Standards; including some tips on writing biographies
Also a friendly reminder about adding sources and references to your profile. Sources are critically important for genealogy and you will be helping future genealogists by listing where the information you've added came from. This page describes different kinds of sources: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Sources
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
On 21 Feb 2017 at 21:24 GMT Robert Stiles wrote:
I do not have Sarah Ann Bailey as a child of Elizabeth Anne Belcher, but FamilySearch and Geni do. Nobody seems to have good sources for parentage, though. Perhaps her Profile Manager will have some additional information?
On 8 Feb 2017 at 23:12 GMT Bill Dunkley wrote:
You are now a full member of WikiTree! Thanks for volunteering. How to start? Visit How to Use Wikitree for instructions. WikiTree members are always eager to help a fellow genealogist in our G2G Forum, and you can join in on the conversation with our Question of the Week: What genealogy-related statement would YOU like added to your obituary? Once settled in, you can check Volunteers Needed page. It lists all the great ways to help out our collective effort. Adding more TAGS helps you and others researching the same surnames. Enjoy the experience, Bill D
On 8 Feb 2017 at 22:35 GMT Bill Dunkley wrote:
Welcome to WikiTree. By now you should have received an email with helpful links to get you started on adding your family to ours. WikiTree is different because our goal is to have one profile per person and that means we share ancestors and work together as a BIG collaborative team! What brings you to WikiTree? Do you have research you’d like to share? Are you interested in how your family fits into the big tree? When you confirm your email address, you’ll be given an opportunity to volunteer to help document our collective family history. Use the Tags and comments to tell us about your genealogical interests. When you volunteer, one of our Greeters will be happy to confirm your membership. Enjoy the experience,
Bill D :-D