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 or two lines! Ha! I love Wikitree because it really helps you to make connections. And truly is a community of Geneologists.
Things I didn't know before Wikitree:
I did not know I'm related to:
Did not know I’m related to founding fathers and several Presidents
John Hancock, He is also a Pierce
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 5 Surety Barons, but thru 4 lines. Roger Bigod and his son Hugh were both Surety Barons, they are my 27th & 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.
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, which means Eleanor of Aquitane is my 28th great grandmother since that was his wife.
Sir William Warenne - my 21st great grandfather.
Sir Thomas Beauchamp, KG. Lord of Warwick Castle my 22nd great grandfather (pronounced Beechum)
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" because he lived to be a rumoured 150 years old, 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.
Nicholas II, Last Czar of Russia, a distant 14th cousin.
King Alfonso VIII, of Spain 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. Thru both her husbands in 2 lines, husband King John and Hugues X Count de Marche formerly Lusigan (prounounced LooSinYin) of 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. I was a direct descendant of Louis the VII (who happens to be Eleanor Aquitanes 1st hubbie) and Louis X, but these lines were disconnected due to lack of sufficient proof. This may change back, if there is supporting evidence.
Speaking of Disconnections King Richard I “Lion Heart” was a great grandfather as well thru his eldest illegitimate son, but again disconnected somewhere in the line between now and then. Richard’s sons were legitimized by parliament, which makes me believe if they had fought for Englands crown, i could have been a queen in waiting, sigh! There was a documentary a few years ago “Britains Real Monarch” which said Cousin Elizabeth really isnt the queen, but I beg to differ on who they said was the True King, they only traced back from the last Plantagent king, Richard II. However in retrospect Richard Ist sons were legitimized, which should have made them heirs. Which means the true line of succession should have went thru his eldest son not to his brother King John, my other great grandpa!
Also disconnected somewhere, was King Edward I “Longshanks” I am kind of glad about this one , I liked Braveheart, lol!
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 38-39th great-grandfather. Woah! (Note) King Henry I is the Grandfather of King Henry II
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. :) I’ll even accept a regent position as long as they call me Queen Regent and I have full magestrial rights. ;)
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 one of my Lipps ancestors lived to be 122 years old, and the state name for Maine, comes from Maine's Point, land owned by my ancestor, John Mayne/Main/Maine circa 1600's when it was New York. 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? Of course Camp Pendleton wasnt named after them but rather my more Than likely General cousin, lol!
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 guy his Son Thomas became a sir, but alas I'm from daughter Isabel Greystoke.
Capt Michael Pierce, my 9th great Grandpa, 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 18 Nov 2017 at 19:12 GMT Christina (Peele) Bowen wrote:
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
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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