Kay Wilson
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Kay Wilson

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Signed 17 Dec 2013 | 1063 contributions | 20 thank-yous
Kay W. Wilson aka Wojt
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Profile last modified | Created 16 Jan 2013
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Updated: 9 June 2020

Prior to import, this record was last changed 8 SEP 2012.

Kay stumbled into genealogy after her father died in 1986, when her mother decided that she had a right to know about the Wilson family "secret." She then learned that her Wilson grandfather had refused to tell his wife and children who his parents were; he would only say that they would have more information after he died (1939), but nothing had ever been found.

So Kay and her mother started the search, visiting the National Archives together, where they found lots of family records, but none for the Wilson branch. She then joined Ancestry.com where she was able to fill in all branches of her family tree except for the Wilson line. When DNA testing became available, she and other family members took DNA tests, which unearthed lots of cousins, but no Wilson cousins.

That search continued until 2019, when several new DNA matches seemed to point to a Weed family from Maine that had settled in Michigan. After reviewing the DNA evidence, a Michigan genealogist concluded that it was 99% certain that the Wilson family was somehow connected to a particular Weed family from Maine that had settled in Allegan County, Michigan. A second genealogist then located some court records that included an 1886 letter from John F Weed to his parents, explaining that family "trouble" had driven him to leave home, and he was on his way west to homestead in Kansas. Census records for John F Weed and for John A Wilson confirm that they were almost certainly the same person: John Weed disappears at the same time that John Wilson appears.


  • U.S. Census Records
  • Allegan County, Michigan Court Records: Elisha Weed & Jane Weed Vs. John Weed, Defendant
  • Correspondence with a Weed-related family member.
  • WikiTree profile Wilson-11435 created through the import of Mills.ged on Jan 14, 2013 by Kim Mills. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Kim and others.
  • First-hand information. Entered by Kay Wilson. (10/19/2017, updated 6/9/2020)

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Hi Kay--

Thank you for self-certifying for the Pre-1700 badge! Participation in a project is strongly encouraged for those wishing to edit Pre-1700 profiles.

May I suggest Scottish Clans leader, Maria Maxwell and Doug Straiton, tag is scottish_clans, Scotland is the top level project, led by Maria Maxwell and/ or United States History tag is united_states_history, leaders are Abby Glan and Alison Andrus. Once you join a project, then add a project tag to receive project activity updates.

Do you have any questions? Let me know. I'm happy to help.

Mary- Voluntary Coordinator

posted by Mary Richardson
A Wilson cousin has tested for YDNA, and is classified as I-M253. His YDNA records are at FTDNA and at Y-SEARCH.

So far he has no 0-distance matches. It turns out the I-M253 is not a common YDNA branch. I would love to hear from other Wilsons in the I-M253 group.

posted by Kay Wilson
I started dabbling in genealogy in the 70's when I learned that my grandfather John Wilson told his wife and children almost nothing about his own family. He said he had left home at age 14 and never went back, that he was born in "Pennsyltucky," that one of his parents was married twice, and that he worked here and there and ended up in MN where he married my grandmother. Since then I have only learned that the 1900-1930 census records list his and his mother's birthplaces as PA, and his father's birthplace as ME. I am still trying to learn more. In the meantime I have taken most branches of my family back to Europe.

My research priorities are for the following families: WILSON (PA), SINCLAIR (SCT), MCKENZIE (SCT), BADGEROW/BADGROE NY-CAN), SAGER/SARGIER (NY-CAN), and LONG/LANGE (GER).

posted by Kay Wilson

How's everything going? You might be finding duplicate profiles now. We have a Help Page to help you learn what to do with them. Be sure to check for your pending merges by going to FIND, PENDING MERGES, and sort for those waiting on you. Upon completing a merge, be sure to clean up/edit the Biography as ALL information from both profiles are copied and remove any duplicate info.

If you want updates on surnames you can add them by going to MY WIKITREE, NAV HOME PAGE, scroll down to just below WIKI GENEALOGY FEED to EDIT FOLLOWED SURNAMES. You can add up to 20.

Lastly, sometimes you'll run into unresponsive profile managers. We have a process for resolving those situations.


Hi! I see where you have uploaded your DNA for comparison. Did you know we have a project for DNA where a lot of great new things are happening? If you are interested and would like to check it out, go to the FIND link top right of your profile page, select PROJECTS from the drop down box, and then select the link for the DNA project. It has information listed that might be of interest to you, and feel free to contact any of the members if you would like additional details.
Hi Kay

Thank you for joining WikiTree. As a WikiTree Mentor I am available to answer any questions or help solve any issues you may be having.

How To Use WikiTree is a good place to start. It is a step-by-step-guide to WikiTree basics. Our G2G Forum is searchable or you can post a question there. The Help Index is also an important place to find how to do most tasks.

It is very important that no duplicate profiles are created in WikiTree. Please read this page for clues on avoiding profile duplication.

Feel free to ask me via my profile page if you have any questions


posted by Terry Wright
It's a pleasure to welcome you to WikiTree. You now have full access to all the features of WikiTree.

To get you started on a good note here's a great videoAdding and Editing Profiles Video Awesome volunteers can answer your questions hereG2G forums WikiTree Blog Please add quality sourced information to your profiles which is extremely important. Estimate if you aren't sure about birth or death dates. By doing so you searches will be more productive and helping expand your branches. Also, this aids WikiTree Arborists in finding duplicates. *Most importantly check for duplicates before adding new profiles.* Feel free to contact me if you need any assistance. Thanks for your desire to help us improve our mission! Regards, Michelle

I have just discovered this wiki, I agree with your mission and rules, and would like very much to participate. My passion is documentation of sources, which appears not to be a habit among many researchers, and would love to contribute what I can find.
posted by Kay Wilson
Welcome to WikiTree. We're glad you found us.

How To Use WikiTree is a good place to start. It is a step-by-step-guide to WikiTree basics. Our G2G Forum is searchable or you can post a question there. The Help Index is also an important place to find how to do most tasks.

If you would like to contribute your family's tree and you agree with our Honor Code (click the link to it in the drop-down menu in "Help" at upper right), volunteer here on your profile and we would be glad to add you to our WikiTree community. Donna

Kay is 16 degrees from Laurie Giffin, 34 degrees from Toni Morrison and 16 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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