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Introduce Yourself

Journal by Scott_J

Welcome to Family Tree Circles. Whether you're new here or have been around for a long time, please reply to this journal and introduce yourself.

I'll start...

I'm the owner and developer of FTC, and have been working on it on-and-off for maybe four years now. I recently got a boost of energy and redesigned it completely. I'm a full-time web developer and a part-time genealogist and the combination of those two interests has resulted in this website, for better or worse. It is very rewarding every time someone finds something useful here. Through FTC, I've connected with several cousins of mine, and I know that many others have as well.

Genealogically speaking, I'm lucky enough to have been handed some good family research. I've got two documented lines back to the Mayflower (Stephen Hopkins and William Brewster), that my grandparents researched. I'm also fortunate that my own father's line and my own name is well documented back about 12 generations to 17th century France via Quebec, CA. In the past 10 years or so, thanks to the Internet, I've added much to the research.

Personally, I have lived in Massachusetts (US) all my life. I've got two children who will hopefuly share some of my interest in this hobby.

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on 2006-05-23 03:43:20

Scott Jangro is the owner of and has documented roots back to Mayflower passengers Stephen Hopkins and William Brewster. If you're wondering what he's doing when he's mysteriously absent, here's some links to other stuff he's responsible for:

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by tweezer on 2006-05-23 04:49:05

I am a lady of 60+ years, (shhh, don't tell anyone my age), and have been researching my father's family, "WALKER", now for twenty four years. Regretfully, I started after his death in 1982.

I also did my Mother's, "ADERHOLT" line, with her help and help from cousins I found on the internet. My sweet mother is no longer here now but together we got it back to the 1700's, then the rest of us got it back to the 1600's in Germany.

A big thank you goes to William "Bill" CASH, an ADERHOLDT descendent, who researched all the German records, did many interviews, compiled and published the "ADERHOLD/T COLLECTIONS". I got a lot of information from these books.

I am an "Army Brat" who lives in AL; my Dad gave the Army 23 years. Then I married an Army career man, who retired with 21 years service. I have three children, 12 grandchildren and so far 11 great-grandchildren. I'm hoping one or more of them will carry the "genealogy ball" when I am no longer able to or am no longer here. I also have three brothers who served in the military, two of them retired from the AF. We are a BIG military family, with my son in the AF for four yrs and Army NG for 9 yrs, several nephews have served with one still in the Coast Guards.

I throughly enjoy doing genealogy, doing some landscape painting and working on my computer. It's a life saver to have the computer, but it's a headache at times, too. :>)

I have had a web site up since 1999; however, I don't do as much with it as I use to. I just don't have the time anymore.

by allycat on 2006-05-23 05:41:46

I'm an Aussie from Queensland. I have two little twigs in my family tree now (my sons), and they are 4 years and 18 months respectively. I try to keep my 'little hobby' under control, and only hop on the net when they are asleep.

I started out doing the family tree in the 1980s not knowing what it would entail in 2006. I have blown all my family away with my fiendish genealogical skills in the use of the internet, family, birth/death and marriage certificates, digging up old photos, taking digicam pics of graves, restoring old photographs etc.

Staying up into the wee hours of the night I had been keyboard whacking at 120 words per minute. One night there I discovered quite by accident that I was descended from the Roads Family of Buckinghamshire because right before my eyes in a RootsWeb WorldConnect Family Tree Project was my grandmother's grandfather's name. He was from Steeple Claydon, Bucks. and the tree went all the way back to the 1480s. I nearly had a heart attack and couldn't sleep for days. I literally had all these names in my head.

Being an Australian just about means you are related to half the planet. ;) I have ancestors from England, Ireland, France, Scotland, and Prussia. With various religions: Ashkenzaic Jews, Roman Catholics, Protestants etc.

I have been reaching some usual brick walls in tracing some of my ancestors, in particular France, Germany and Ireland. If you ancestor came from France, you will only be able to find out more about them if you know the region they came from and check the taxation records. In Ireland, a lot of my ancestors were transported as convicts for being 'white feet'. You can google this to read more. But in my opinion they were rather heroic. Researching my German ancestors is also proving difficult, because I cannot find out what their names were before anglicization when they arrived downunder.

I have found out so much information that you would think I would be satisfied now. But I'm not. These days, even a teensy little bit of information is welcomed.

And with the use of modern technology, especially the internet, I have had the good fortune to get in contact with other people who are actually descended from some of the same group of people that I am, some almost living up the road from me, and others living in nearby Australian States, and others nearby in New Zealand.

I'm quite happy to assist anyone who messages me and asks for my help re: genealogy.

And I congratulate Scott J on his FTC website. Through my posted journals, I have been contacted by a relative of my husband's in New Zealand and managed to trace one of his lines back to 1700s in England [and he's adopted].

Cheerio for now, Allycat.

by Scott_J on 2006-05-23 06:51:59

Thank you both. Very nice to have you here!

by allycat on 2006-05-25 03:05:59

C'mon guys ... don't be shy... We know you're out there. Allycat.

by knevin on 2006-05-25 09:19:06

Hi! I'm originally from Pennsylvania, but my husband was in the Air Force, so we moved around a little. I now live in Illinois, have 5 children, 2 sons-in-law, 1 daughter-in-law, and 6 grandchildren with one on the way. I've been doing genealogy research for over 20 years. I have managed to get my "immigrants" to the shores (some lines in 1635, others in 1800), but it's so hard to find any information when you don't know where in Ireland, or England, they came from. I'm hoping this site will help.

Scott - this is a great site! I, too, am a professional web developer....

by Scott_J on 2006-05-25 09:41:05

thanks knevin, and welcome.

by shiningstar11 on 2006-05-29 21:47:58

I've been researching my family tree all my life, by listening to my grandmother and uncles and aunts talk about my families. When I was younger I believed absolutely everything that was told to me and I have to admit that I'm a little sad that the stories weren't all true. The thing is though, that since my family has been in this country since before the revolution the true stories are much more interesting then the make believe ones. Imagine what must have happened in families when one brother is a loyalist and the other a 'rebel'? Or one fights with the Union and the other the Confederates? One an abolitionist and the other slave holders. How about the ancestor that was killed in an actual Indian attack on the settlement? And they made up stories? :-)

I have been blessed that so many people that are somehow related to me have been researching my family long before I discovered that the "genealogist" at the fair really wasn't, and that the coat of arms that I bought from a mailing, isn't. Their hard work has allowed me to focus where they hit brick walls and just as, if not more important, be able to read more about the history and try to imagine what their lives must have been like.

I have discovered like others that researching in Northern Ireland and Germany isn't nearly as easy as researching England and here in the States but if it was easy, would it be as much fun?

It's great to have a place where I can journal my thoughts and frustrations and I hope that never ever buys this site, please!!!
Thanks for the site, it's greatly appreciated.


by Bradley on 2006-06-04 12:20:28

by Scott_J on 2006-06-05 08:09:09

Welcome, Veronica and Bradley!

by asbaker on 2006-06-06 02:09:08

My name is Abby, I live in Wisconsin and have only been researching on my father's side for a few months...he does not even know his nationality. All I have is my grandparents (deceased) names, and great-grandmother's name and they city they lived. I have no clue how to get started...been on the internet, and finding nothing..any suggestions where to start?

by FamilyTwigs on 2006-06-10 23:35:47

I am FamilyTwigs(Sheri), and I live in Indiana. I started building my tree more that 10 years ago. I have only been online since '99. I have 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren, I am 52. I am also a County Coordinator with the GenWebs. I love genealogy!
I also collect old family photos, I scrapbook and quilt. I love community and think this site has the right idea!
I have many brickwalls to bring down.

by allycat on 2006-06-11 10:16:41

Hi guys! Welcome Knevin, Veronica, Bradley, Abby and Sheri. Great to have you here. We can all help each other. Start by writing comprehensive journals on all of your ancestors family at a time. Then let us know your 'brick walls' so we all can tear them down. So post those journals and sit back and wait for the replies. I'm doing my best but I encourage others to respond as well. We won't bite. I promise. Hehe. Al.

by mzblueiz on 2006-06-12 16:34:23 name is Carol. I'm 52 years young :-). I'm mom of 2, gramma of 1 and stepmom to 4. I was born and grew up in MN; moved to WA in 1972. I started dabbling in genealogy about 10 years ago because I had a strong desire to find out where my Hoge ancestors of ND originated from. Spring of 2005 I had a huge breakthrough and thanks to Mitch Blank I have finally discovered they were came from villages in Greifenberg, Pommerania. I now have this line back to the early 1700's with a Philip Treptow.

I have hit one brick wall after another, however, with my grandfather (August Hoge)himself. He supposedly was born Aug. 1884 in Pommerania to Frederich and Albertine (Dorfschmidt) Hoge. I have found records on Frederich Hoge and his family but absolutely NOTHING on August or Albertine. It appears that Albertine and Fred did not marry until she arrived in the US (North Dakota) approx. 18 mths after Fred arrived. (There are no marriage records for ND for that time period.) I did find a ship record for an Albertine and August Dorfschmidt. The age for August matches up but her age doesn't. So I have no "proof" that my grandfather's mother and father were really Frederich and Albertine (Dorfschmidt) Hoge.

I LOVE working on genealogy.....even with running into so many brick walls....and have to be careful about turning on my computer at night. I've been known to stay up until the wee hours of the morning and not even realize what time it is! Amazing how the hours can fly by when I get so involved! :-)

Besides genealogy I also love travelling, boating and spending time with my family. My husband and I spent 2 days in Poland last month and I was able to visit the town/vilages where my Hoge family had come from. Very, very emotional.

Scott, I also have ties to the Stephen Hopkins line through my maternal grandmother, Betsy Hazen. There is a book titled something like The Hazens of America. My grandma and her siblings are the last generation listed in the book.


by Scott_J on 2006-06-12 16:44:49

Carol, I guess that makes us like 10th cousins! :)


by bcagle on 2006-06-14 17:24:56

Well, I don't recognize any ties to Scott J other than my first husband, Richard Eugene Scott 1953 - 1978) shared his name (as do my 2 sons).
I (age 52 now) have been researching my genealogy both maternal and paternal lines since 1988 and have also been lucky enough to inherit some good preliminary documentation. Unfortunately, my maternal line is from Germand, Austria, Prussia and records are scarce at best.
I am also a webmaster (hobby since 1985) and post much of my info and scans of my documents on my site. ( which is free for all.
I hope that by sharing what I have, someone will discover they have distant relations in my house.
Good luck to everyone and remember what my grandfather said once, "Be careful when climbing the family tree because invariably you will find that rotten branch that you would just as soon saw off."

by allycat on 2006-06-14 22:47:57

Dear Barbara, "Ouch!" in reply to your last sentence. I love all my ancestors, especially the interesting ones. ;)

If you don't mind, I'll update the surname wiki page for CAGLE adding your website address in the OTHER RESOURCES section for you. Good luck and welcome to FamilyTreeCircles. Al.

by JenDGL2006 on 2006-06-24 21:21:50

Hi, I'm Jen, first time on this site but I love it already. I am rather new at genealogy on the computer but am learning that it is a lot of fun but a lot of brick walls as well. right now my main two brick walls are Manning/Sanderson,1871, Mcnairy or Lauderdale co Tenn. and Brinkley/ Gilliam (or Tidwell) Independence county Ar. around 1878. would appreciate any help and will be glad to share with you. Thanks.

by kazlee50 on 2006-07-10 09:53:31

Ok, here goes. I'm 'kazlee50' in here or....... Karen/Kaz/Mumsy/BOM to family & friends. I live in a Mining town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. So, as you can guess, I rely on the internet for most of my research as I only get down to the city once a year!!I started doing my family tree after going to a family reunion Nov'03. A cousin was doing my Dad's line so I thought I would do my Mum's. Now I'm doing both plus my husbands! I started off writing to strangers in the phone book and managed to find family in the first 20 letters I sent out. One rang me and said "Hi cuz", what an amazing feeling. Another wrote back saying he is glad to find someone else doing the family tree as he is now in his 70's. He does not have a computer!! Doing it the hard way by phone and mail, amazing hey! He does a mud map on each person!! I was laughing and crying at the same time while reading his letter. My work mates didn't know if it was good or bad news? I have managed to find the odd cousin or two on the internet. But most of my research and questions have been answered by complete strangers, like all the many helpful folk in here. I have struck a few brick walls but hopefully you will help me get over them :)
Keep up the good work, without you, us newbies would never get anywhere.
P.S. I have already noticed a rellie in here on one of the boards ha ha
Thank You All
Sunny Pilbara
Western Australia

by noseybee on 2006-07-12 17:29:18

I'm noseybee. I'm a former educator and mom of two toddlers, ages 2 & 4, from Prosper, Texas. I've been researching my family for about 8 years now. I really love delving into the past and meeting new people in the process. I've hit a MAJOR brick wall with my gggrandfather. My ggrandmother, Florence, was supposed to have been born out of wedlock. Since this was a real no-no back then, everyone kept a tight lip about who the father was. I really love this story though. Her mother, Elizabeth, went on to have two more girls (we don't know who their father was either) and took them in a covered wagon with 50 head of cattle, across Texas to New Mexico in the early 1900's. She must have been a very tough gal. She's buried by herself in the Fairview Cemetery in Tularosa, New Mexico. She died at 80 years of age.

Other ancestors in my research:

Good Luck ya'll!

by allycat on 2006-07-19 09:34:04

G'day Noseybee, what a great story. And good luck with your research.

W-E-L-C-O-M-E to all the new members!

Al downunder.

by eanija on 2006-07-20 21:08:39

hi, i'm eanija from NE Vic Aust.
my fathers side of the family (HEALEY)has interested me for a few years now as it is such a large family AND no one knows any history.
I am currently trying to trace back but like others have hit brick walls, but i am still trying in my spare time (or lack of it). My kids (17,15,13)are starting to say i am obsessed with it but oh well.
My grandfather's family split up late in 1888 and the family seemed to disband. Where did they go? Who Knows.
My grandfather Daniel(a blacksmith), married my grandmother Lillian May Gaston in 1905 in Nhill, vic, but what happened to him between 1888, & 1905? I know he spent some time(how much i dont know) in Colac vic.
Oh well i will just keep on trying.

til next time

by glowithangels on 2006-07-30 19:33:20

Hi my name is Glo, i am searching for my grandfather John Crouch born in the 1850's in either Coffee County, Tennessee or Warren County, Tennessee married my grandmother Eliza Frances Messick born in either Coffee County, Tennesse or Warren County, Tennessee in the 1860's the information that is on Rootsweb is what i have gotten from some of my family but we don't know if it is correct or not, maybe someone out there is searching the same the same names i am.

Til next time

by Lee002 on 2006-07-30 20:24:29

I have recently discovered your website and I think it's great. What a wonderful way to exchange information and maybe break down some
brick walls while helping others with their
research. Thanks! I am new to genealogy. I
have been online since October 2005 and started
my research in March of 2006. A cousin has
completed my maternal grandfather's branch
(also back to Steven Hopkins/Mayflower through
the Woodworth branch; my ggrandmother was
Laurabelle Woodworth), and I decided to finally
begin my own research, something I have always
wanted to do. I am very fortunate to have found
Todd Gilbert's site on worldconnect.rootsweb
which filled in missing pieces of my paternal
grandmother Tait's family back to Scotland in
1700. Despite my luck in having two branches so
extensively researched, I am finally facing
reality and hitting brick walls, especially my
maternal ggrandfather George W. Prince of Maine
who I can't find anywhere! My Canadian ancestors
have been easier to find than this Maine ancestor. This is the challenging part, and I am
really enjoying it. Hopefully, I will be able to
find some leads here on this site, but if not,
I'll enjoy it anyway. Thanks, Lee.

by deanbat on 2006-08-01 10:08:12


Let me tell you what a wonderful web site this is. It is amazing that it is free. I have been on paid sites that did not offer anything special. Here we can connect with our distant cousins and share our research.

I have hit several road blocks doing my research, but am getting better at it. The first thing is that I need to go back and research it all over again and list the census and death records indexes" whew boy" at least I have the dates.

Good luck to everyone looking for thier information.

by phatbug313 on 2006-08-05 15:52:55

Hello, I am Rene from Arizona, USA. Was bitten by the genealogy bug about a year ago fatally, prior to that off and on all my life. Got at least 6600 names on my maternal side, not all documented, having a hard time finding my fathers side after three generations. My family name is Kingsley and we hail from England, Ireland, Germany, and there are many Kingsley lines, just trying to figure out which one. My other major family name is Kinkel, and then there is Kingsbury. I am totally addicted to finding dead people and stay on this computer all hours of the day or night. Immediately when I arrive home from work or wherever, this computer goes on...Even while making dinner, I pop back in here and search some more. I found this site, actually I don't know how, but I am glad I did, haven't found anything new yet, since I just joined yesterday, but I am confidant that I will enjoy my time here. Thanks for having me, Rene

by Dibbles on 2006-08-07 06:27:35

Hi All,

I was introduced to this site by Alleycat. Although we are not related we share relatives in the Voss family. I also live in Brisbane QLD Australia.

I have been researching my family for about two years now. My aim is to get my children's ancestors back as far as I can and then to find as many of those ancestors descendants as I can. I am also including the families of both my step-parents in my tree. I currently have nearly 8000 people in my tree. The earliest recorded ancestor I have is one of my husbands - Robert Turre and his wife Isabella who would have been born aroun 1480. The most distant cousin I have "met" was a lady in Cornwall who was my 10th cousin. Our common ancestor lived in the 1500s about 3 miles from where she was still living.

I started off rather naive and was not documenting my findings very well. I did get quite a few certificates (luckily) and am now in the process of going back and finding confirmed resources for the people I have found. This is relatively easy with my Australian ancestors and those who were born, married or died after 1837 in the UK, as I can get those records easily, but is more difficult for the ones who were "active" before this time. I have taken much of my earlier research of Family Search IGI records or from other researchers. Some of my entries are speculative (mostly from Family Search info) but I am hoping to eventually get copies of parish records to confirm events.

I have some great insights and info on some of my ancestors which has really served to bring them alive as people - see my journals on the Pietsch, Roxburgh (Barnes) and Seabrooks. I know the stories of some of them are lost forever now due to the passage of time but I am also keen to collect the stories of the older members of my family who remember (directly or by stories) some of those who died in the last 100 years or so.

My family originates from England, Wales, Ireland, Germany and Russia (so far). My husbands are primarily from Scotland, England and Germany. My step mum's are from England although she may have some Australian aboriginals in her family and my step dad's are from Cornwall, Lancashire and the Isle of Mann.

I look forward to sharing more information with everyone.

Also to share I found a website that I have just started using that compliments this one called that allows you to upload a GED file and then search the tree in a variety of ways. If anyone wants to look at my tree my ID is deb0706.

Thanks for having me


by trina on 2006-08-07 09:17:23

by Suz on 2006-08-08 08:08:22

Good morning Scott;
My name is Suzanne (Suz), and I have recently begun to look into my mother's family history. I live in beautiful upstate NY. My father's family is quite prestegious in the area and, hence, family history archives abound. My mother, on the other hand, has a lot of curiosity. She is in her early 70's and is planning to go to England with a friend next spring and would like to have some information about her own history prior to going - since, afterall, she is English.
Thanks so much for your site.
Have a great day,

by Summers76 on 2006-08-08 17:21:52

Hi Scott, firstly can I say congratulations on this site, you have done a brilliant job..magic.

My name is Summers and I live in the North East of England. While I have been a part time local historian for years, held Exhibitions (Old Photographs )and given too many talks to list here..I have always loved history, and this modern everyday technology makes me feel like a child at! its great.

How did I get the bug as they say?
Well last October I went to Cobh -Co-Cork Ireland for a short break and it was during that holiday that I started to wonder about my Grandmothers life growing up in the North East.
Her father and grandparents came from Ireland, family name is 'Scanlon' so when I got home ..thats when I started the research.

I have the feeling others on site will understand when I say, my head is spinning with information regarding my g-grandparents. I am still sorting papers,dates,and other details out, once I am organised I will add the info to my Home page.

And I used to think doing exhibitions was hard....ahh!!! not any more. Can I say Thank You to Allycat for posting a couple of ideas for me to follow up..mega magic.

So to all you lovely people, happy surfing the web
till next time cheers Summers x

by allycat on 2006-08-24 07:30:13

Helloooo to all the new members. Glad to have you here. Please add your thoughts/suggestions/comments to this journal as we'd all love to hear from you.

Alison from the great south land ... downunder!

by vickieoz on 2006-08-27 22:36:32

I am from Australia. I have been researching for a long time now and thought I had found all the Genie sites...LOL. My tree has really grown since using the 'Net. Like allycat says, it seems one is related to half the universe. I think I am at least related to half this town at some point.

by allycat on 2006-09-01 18:14:14

G'day everybody!

by Dyan22 on 2006-09-03 18:38:31

Hi everyone, I'm from Nelson, New Zealand.
I got addicted to genealogy about 7 years ago when my husband and I retired to our home town.
My aunt, more than my mother kept the "family" connected and kept all the records so when I reconnected with my cousin and talked family history, I got hooked.
So far, I've discovered most of my ancestors came from England, mostly Lancashire, Yorkshire and London. They emigrated to NZ in the 1840's and '50's.
Like a lot of you, I spend too many of the early hours at the computer. But, hey, life is for enjoying and this hobby is fun.
i'm lucky to have some good genealogical resources in this area, but rely on the internet for info about England.
I have found 3rd and 4th cousins in Australia from being a member of Web forums, so I am delighted to be here, to communicate with everyone and hopefully find some more cousins.
My favourite occupation is trolling though the Census's and finding the brothers and sisters of my ancestors. I think I could have found my true vocation being a detective.

by lauriebglory on 2006-09-05 14:29:35

My name is Laurie, and I am from Phoenix Arizona.
I started researching about 2.5 years ago,as kind of as a promise to myself for my Grandma, Elaine.
She never knew who her father was and at the age of 7 her mother sent her and 2 of her younger sisters by boat from Fort Bragg Calif. to San Francisco to live in a orphanage (Roman Catholic Orphan Assylum), in 1915. Elaine had one more sister that didn't go with them because she was too young for that Orphanage to take, her name was Lois. They never saw Lois again and that broke my grandma's heart. She ached her whole life over losing her little sister. She passed away this past Feb.06 at the age of 99. That is the main reason I got into genealogy, the rest goes unsaid.
I still have not found Lois but I have found alot more considering that my fathers side of the family didn't keep any records or even have the foggiest idea of really where they came from.
It will be a life long quest indeed!
Nice site, I look forward to visiting alot!
Happy Searching!

by ap1957 on 2006-09-06 23:13:03



by sharles48 on 2006-09-08 06:35:33

Hi everyone,

My name is Sharyn & I live in Central Victoria, Australia. I have been seriously researching my family tree for about 8 years now but the best success came with the introduction of my computer & the internet to my life.

I have many brick walls & for the most part have virtually come to the end of serious research as there is not much more I can do without going to England myself. It seems my line of Huggetts are the only line of Huggetts that have no ancestry

I am 53, a mother of 3 & a grandmother of 1.75. I lived in the same area for all of my life with no desire of moving despite the lack of rain & the high summer temps. I love the climate here with the seasonal changes.

So keep smiling everyone.... even when you have your face pushed up against those brick walls.

Cheers to all
from Sharyn

by allycat on 2006-09-08 06:53:54

Welcome, Sharyn, Angela, Laurie, Diane. I sincerely hope you all find who and what you are looking for.

Sharyn, if you post journals on your brick walls in your genealogy, you may be surprised how someone else can help you.

I have researched my tree so far I just can't believe it and I have never left Australia. If you have ancestors in England, then you can get people on to do Census lookup requests for you for years 1841 through to 1901. And any years before that, can be Parish Registry lookups.

People are just incredible with what they can find out for you and all for FREE. There's also a website called Genealogical Acts of Kindness with people offering services all over the world. Just read my journals and you will find lots of info.

Best regards to all from Alison in sunny South East Queensland, Australia.

by MaryMClapper on 2006-09-08 10:58:50

Thank You for this site. Hope to be able to get some info from here, Thank You. Mary

by sgrimm1962 on 2006-09-11 09:12:36

Hello all, My name is Sharon I'm from upstate NY age is just a number. I have 2 daughters 3 stepchildren and 4 step grandchildren and I am basically new at genealogy ,yet I have a few well documented lines, in at least 3 lines of deep roots . I have to thank distant and not so distant cousins for their hard work and dedication to the art of untying knots within our families.I am tring to untie more of them. I stated doing research to try and find native american connections that have been an oral history in our family . and one thing led to another . My biggest achievement was locating family from my stepfathers lines ( he was adopted )we now even have pictures of his birth parents . I was estatic to find those and i thought that would be the end ...but i could not stay away from genealogy . To know where they were ,where they traveled and whom they were its a never ending .....obsession. To all who are researching. Good luck and till our paths cross again

by jkozerski on 2006-09-13 03:34:11

Greetings, I'm Joe kozerski I was born in Bethpage, Long Island NY, and relocated to upstate NY in 1959. I'm retired from the Navy and now live in Japan on Okianwa. I've been working on our family tree full time for 3 years. I original started in 1983, at the request of my Aunt, who gave the names of my grandfathers Mother & Father, who were from Enna Sicily. I started with

Found my grandfather and his date of arrival in NY, one problem I encounted was, he had changed his name from Estero to Estro. it also list other family member traveling with him or who arrived at an early or later date.

I contacted family member's via email, posted inforamtion on ROOTS and one name led to other.
Myspace has helped a lot over the last 2 months, with locating 2nd & 3rd cousin's. Our family tree is at:

password: okinawa (viewing only)


And one day, I was asking questions, and I found out who my father was! So without doubt, it's been a journey back in time to place I remember all so will, my childhood and a time beyond that. Old pictures my mother left behind with no names or dates caused some problems, and I've since dated & put names on all my family photo's for my 2 son's & Grand-Daughters. I might add that I'm married to a Japanese lady for almost 40 years, and completed her side of family back to her grandfather and grandmother.

by allycat on 2006-09-20 20:34:52

***W*E*L*C*O*M*E*** to the new members! Please feel free to drop us all a line. Let us know who you are researching, and write a journal.

With genealogy - start with yourself and work backwards. Remember to protect the privacy of the living.

You can start searching for your ancestors and their descendants right now.

Some internet tips by googling as follows:-

SURNAME+family tree
SURNAME+surname origins
SURNAME+famous people etc. it's endless really...

You can even have a go at typing your surname in your browser followed by .com or .org or even .net. You never know there may already be a big genealogy website devoted to your surname. I've found that occurring quite a few times.

If the origins of your surnames that you are researching are Gaelic/Irish/Scottish there maybe a clan website. So, type in your SURNAME+clan and see what your search engine reveals.

If you think no-one has ever heard of your surname before, or it's a fairly rare one, have a go at typing your surname in, followed the plus sign, the words 'genealogy', then plus sign and followed by the country of origin.

There most usually are lovely family crests/coat of arms associated with surnames.

There are resources available on the internet where people can upload/store their family trees in cyberspace. These can be found at websites called TribalPages, Rootsweb, GenCircles, GeneaNet, GenesReunited. They are basically the really good ones to use. Just google and you will find them, and/or click on surname wiki pages and you can goto the links from there.

Good luck everybody, and I hope you're all enjoying the links I've been finding.

Help out FamilyTreeCircles by becoming Editors and creating those surname wiki pages.


by Tiye on 2006-10-05 11:05:34

Hi Everyone,

My name is Patricia and only recently found this site, and glad I did. At present live in Stanthorpe QLD, been here for 7 years after living in various counties, Berks, Bucks, Hants, Herts, Suffolk, Brynmawr Wales and Dumfries Scotland now we are packing for our next move to New Zealand maybe Nelson or Christchurch the pendulum hasn't stopped swinging yet. Someone said we must have Gypsy in our souls. We have two sons both Exec Chef's one in Kiev and the other in Manila, they have worked in lots of other countries so they must have caught the same bug.

John (Carver) my husband has been searching his lot for years his Dad started in 1930's, he encouraged me to start searching the Amor's of All Cannings. I got lucky, started in 1998 someone on web had completed the tree to my Gt Grandfather, and just this last week received a copy of marriage certificate of my Gt Uncle, which now completes my tree.

Have found reference to the Amor name in history.

Both in books one is called "Blue Apples" by William Henry, he has a chapter on Amor, he also has his own web site, furthermore a short reference in "The Laws of the Sun" by Ryuho Okawa, seems there is a conection to Jesus and the Cathars of France, makes for intersting reading. Information I have not been able to find on the internet.

As for interests I am an Astrologer, amongst other weird and wonderful pastimes, have an avid interest in Egyptian History since a trip down the Nile to Luxor, hence the name Tiye. When I get settled am hoping to look at birthday traits in the family line, as this can reveal a lot about character and also medical health traits through the family.

Have started writing a book which as a theme around the Amor name; it is set in Spain in modern day, it may never get published however I am enjoying the places it is taking me.

Thankyou for allowing me to journey with you, and will enjoy visiting this site often.

Blessings Patricia

by eva on 2006-10-07 10:57:58

Hello Scott,
I was born 60 years ago in the MO Ozarks and love living here. I have been researching my family tree since I was 20 years old. The event of the computer made it so much easier, yet I still have hit many brick walls. As I have researched the past, I have come to feel as if I have known my ancesters.
I have obtained pictures of many of the people and put them on my wall in order of the family. My oldest grandson told me that he had heard of these people and seen the pictures for years, but it made no impression on him until I put them on the wall, then he could "see" how he was connected to them. Brothers, cousins, my children all made the same comment.

Here's hoping I can climb over a few walls here and help others at the same time.

by yet_another_researcher on 2006-10-10 23:20:37

Hi Scott,
I am new to your website and so far I like the way it looks!!!! it seems very easy to navagate around and find things.
I done sent a private message to another member asking for some help or to give a helping hand.
I have a family tree file listed on GENCIRCLES.COM for any and all to please feel free to go look at. At the time of my posting it; it had over 3,000 surnames in it. I haven't done to much research here lately. However I am getting back into it.
If anybody would like go to WWW.GENCIRCLES.COM once there look for a family file called KOUZIN KONNECTION. that is my file and feel free to email me directly or through here.
I hope to further my southern family research and to make a new couzin who still maybe hiding out there.


by dojo on 2006-10-14 03:41:33


by simplybarb on 2006-10-15 04:55:39

Hi Scott, This site looks promising to me. Glad I finally found it. It's fun reading the other people's comments. My best, Barb

by ladytina on 2006-10-18 09:16:28

Hi Scott, this site is great. I was introduced by allycat, I also live on the northside of Brisbane now haveing moved here 2 years ago.I started this geneology about 18 years ago when I started to put all my Mothers family together after we had a reunion, as mum is the 11th child of her fathers 2nd marriage thats a big family. When I got to her father and found he's 1 of 10 and so it goes back 10 seems to be a popular number. My grandmother is 1 of 13. I've found alot but like everyone else have a few brick walls. Carnies from Scotland are my main tree. Cheers everyone.

by dougiesmom on 2006-10-21 01:14:43

Hi Scott - I feel rather guilty as I posted two journals some time ago but didn't bookmark the page and then just stumbled back tonight....I have been researching my family tree for some 8 or 9 years now but have always been facinated with my history...Lundy's Lane in Ontario (niagara falls and newmarket) are named for my ancestors. I would love to find more "stories" to go along with the names and dates. I also am learning how connected and alike I am to my female ancestors although I wonder if I would have had the stamina to make it like they did. I am a social worker and have three children 33,23 and 11; and a grandson who is almost 2. I love hockey especially watching my youngest play...and seem to have some compulsive disorder to keep researching my history.

by CHPeake on 2006-10-21 18:15:50


I'm single, retired and live in the north of Ireland. I'm interested in Family History. I spend more time assisting others research their families than I do researching my own family. I'm a regular poster on both and On the latter site I organised a meet for members this year in Belfast. Fourteen people arrived and we had a good day. Next summer I'm being more ambitious. I've started organizing a meet in Dublin and have 50 people on the list already so if anyone is interested please contact me.

All the Best, Chris.

by shasimaus on 2006-11-10 07:28:24

Hi Everyone
I live in Dalby on the Darling Downs in Qld, with my husband and disabled daughter, my son married & living on the Gold Coast (No 1 grandchild being 'thought about' now!). Last yr changed my research from medical to genealogy in order to find our origins prior to UK.
Our daughter remains undiagnosed, totally bedbound/nursing care but the condition she resembles is highly prevalent in Finland. My husband & I are third cousins so share ancestors although I have received generous help from other researchers I still have a few brick walls to knock down. Recently a geneticist asked me for our family tree history so was pleased I had some information to give him unfortunately I haven't established a European link yet - if there is one.
The mutual ancestors I am researching are:
Roser: John Roser m Margery Newnham 1642 ? Sussex
subsequent Rosers lived Lindfield, Lewes,
Waldron Sussex ?origins Germany?
McGowan:Bernard McGowan b c1812 Glasgow Scotland
Sept. 25 1829 trial - guilty of stealing,
transported Oz on "Marquis of Huntley",
arr. 1830. Parents unknown.
Evans: John b 1819 Montgomery Wales, Parents -
Robert Evans & Sinah ???unkn
Grimes: Edward m Mary McMullen c1813 County
Roscommon Ireland. Dep Ire Nov 1827 on
"Hooghley" believe he member of Royal
Veterans' Company. Unkn parentage of both
Hall: John b Durham Eng. c1792; convicted Durham
Assizes transported on "Baring" arr. Oz Sept
1815. Unkn parents
Andrews: Amelia Ann b1795 to Israel & Mary Andrews
Westminster Eng. Convicted "Old Bailey"
transported 7yrs to Oz on "Mary Ann" arr
Jan 1816.
McCurdy: James origins believed Eng. Arr. Oz unkn
Died 1844 est. age 44yrs ?bc1800
Richards: Rachel bc1800 Birmingham Eng. transport
Oz on "Lord Wellington" arr.1820.
Parents unkn McCurdy or Richards.
Mickelburgh (and many variants!) original couple:
James b1821 Norwich Norfolk son of
Tuttle-Mann (or reversed)Micklebourgh &
Mary Ann ???unkn lived Tulton Norfolk;
m Charlotte Jenner(Jennis), daughter of
John Jennis & Tabitha Banham, in 1843
Thurlton Norfolk. Migrated to Oz aboard
"Midlothian" Apr 1849; reason unknown.

If anyone is able to add addition information I'd be most grateful, thank goodness for the internet & sites such as yours Scott, with out them I'd never have got back as far as I have, so a big
"Thank You" for your generosity in providing this website, which I am now going to explore some more. Shas

by orville on 2006-11-11 15:48:17

Howdy doody! My name is Orville R. Dennison jr.

by verdun1950 on 2006-11-12 12:08:13

Hi Scott J:

Great site and I just entered my Holdgate lineage only for people to view and maybe connect with. I see there are quite a few Australians on line here and I'm hoping one of them might be able to shed some light on my family name as that is the only thing my grandfather every said (to my knowledge) about his family, "they all went to Australia" but so far I'ven't been able to verify that in any way, although there are a whole bunch of Holdgate's living in Australia.

I am originally from Montreal, Quebec, Canada (the home of some of your ancestors) and now live in Whitby, Ontario, Canada.

I have been dabbling with family research on and off for about 4 years now but since my Mom's death last Nov. 7, 2005, I have gotten into it witha vengeance as I have suddenly realized the generations before me is almost all gone. Stupid me, I should have been picking there brain for years but right now I'm pretty well on my own when it comes to the Holdgate's.

Anyway, thanks for putting this site together and who knows, I just might find out some terrific information from some of your other members.

Have a great day and take care.

Heather Holdgate
Whitby, Ontario, Canada
E-mail: [email protected]

by Preble on 2006-11-25 11:34:48

by akstaub on 2006-11-26 18:59:04

Hi, I'm Kay. I have been working at genealogy for about 35 years.I have researched both my husband's side and my side. One day a week I volunteer at the local Historical Society helping others with their research. At times I teach a class in beginning genealogy.

by mazzfarrell on 2006-12-02 07:06:21

hi i think this site im wonderful i realy stumbeld on to this site. my name is marlene i am from Austrila an am researching my first husbands family Drake from England as my children want to know about there father. I have had some help from many websites.William Waite Drake, Richard E Drake, Alice E M Drake, would realy loke to find any living decendents. In 1861 Census Richard was (12) William (15) and alice was (8) there was a nother brother Robert Thrope my Husbands grandfather i have info on him and his wife, any thing please,

by sheresewilliams on 2006-12-11 01:06:46

Greetings, my name is Sherese Williams and I have been doing genealogy for about 30 years, it started as a teen with pictures that my grandmother coud not tell me the names of and it went on from there...I am researching the only two lines that have the longest American heritage in the states, but can't find much. Looking for George Williams from Delaware, his son George W. Williams was born in 1818 in Delaware, married a lady from Ohio around 1839 and ended up in Michigan (where I live)by 1840. I can't find anything more on him or siblings, nor his wife Elizabeth E. Harding who was born 1818 in Ohio and died here in Berrien Co. Michigan. I can't track her at all. Need some help from out there. Love how you have this set up! It is terrific thanks!!!!!!!!

by jgilbert on 2006-12-11 03:33:53

HELLO! I am very Thankful to have found this site. I hope to be able to find all the info on my Family and maybe meet some of them one day. At 34 I am just about to start a new journy in life with my soon to be and add to the Family. It sure would be great to be able to share my Family history with my children (when we have them). That I know of there are 5 Brothers and of course me and the folks. We were all seporated at a young age, 3 of us have reunited and wow is that great. Now it's the search for the rest of us Barbers. Thank You for having such a great site.
Janette Barber-Gilbert
Orig. from CA., Father was in the Navy and eldest Brother in the Army both of which I last saw when I was 5 years old, 1977.

by vicbaldwin on 2006-12-11 10:35:54

Hi i am researching Johnson, James Johnson from Kentucky, married to Margaret Jones in 1858 Warren Co. Ky. they had James, Isaac, Mary and Sarah, they moved to Indiana and into Douglas co. Mo.
My grandfather Isaac Johnson died in Ozark Co. Mo. in 1919, he was married to Sarah Clinton, daughter of Augustus and Lucinda Freeman Clinton.
I have been doing this for about 17 years, i wish i had started before my dad died in 1969, Johnson and Jones are very hard to work on.
I`m also working on Baldwin, Freeman,Ary, Eberhart, Ritchey and lots more.
I live in Missouri and am 66 yrs old, keep up the good work.

by davidjlawrence07 on 2006-12-15 13:10:56

I live in Washington (no, not that one) in Sussex on the south coast of England and have recently started to research my family(ies) name.
I have at present three main branches to locate - 1. Lawrence
This name covers about four or five generations back to William Lawrence (b. about 1870) who resided in Dean Street in Soho in London and worked as a carpenter. His son Harold(b. C1870) married Harriet Hollier in Lambeth, London in 1911.
2. Hollier
This connection has been traced back to about 1830
through to present day. The prime location for this family was also London, mainly Lambeth and Shoreditch with the family involved with printing and umbrella frame makers!
3. Scrase
This is a branch through my Mothers name and is essentially of French derivation with about 80% distribution in 1850 in Sussex.
Good to be joining your community and hope we might be of mutual help to some further discoveries

by shannonk on 2006-12-15 16:08:26

Hey there first time on here! Hello to everyone! I have been doing some research for quite sometime and I am getting know where!! If anyone has any information on Babus L Conrad originally from New Orleans LA, he was aka Lilton. He is 40 now and hasn't been in the LA area for 10+ years now. If you were once married to him please email me so I know if your divorce is legal...PLEASE!! Thank you!!

by bumpkinmom on 2006-12-18 23:18:01

Hi everyone, sure glad to have found your site. I started family history research to help my daughter on a social studies project for school, she got an A+ and I got the bug. I have about 900 names so far in my lines and have a few dead ends that I am hoping someone out there has information to add. I am willing to share what I have,due to my mom and father in law doing some research before me, I also have pictures that go back to the early 1800's. I'll be posting alot here as its starting to get cold and snowy here in Colorado, just my type of weather. Any excuse to sit in front of the computer with a cup of coffee going back as far as I can.....Thanks again for a great site!

by allycat on 2006-12-28 20:01:14

Welcome to all the new members, and hi to the existing ones. Start writing those journals, we'd love to know more on those elusive surnames you are researching.

by Pocolady on 2006-12-30 00:19:50

I'm glad I found you guys..I live in Missouri..I am retired early I have heart troubles..So I can set on the computer alot..I started this about 1999 for my mother..But have been very ill for a long time just got back to it a couple months ago.I can do pretty good on most of them but for Bolen,Killingworth,'s like the fell of the earth...Thenk you....Pocolady

by MeVal48 on 2007-01-10 07:28:53

Hello to all,
It's nice to see so many people on here that stay up as late as I do. I started doing family research in 1997, a few years before my Mom passed away. I was able to get a lot of information from her. My Dad died when I was 13, and I had little information on his side but was able to piece enough together to find a whopping 40 living relatives and throw together a family reunion in 2001. All of this, thanks to the computer, late nights and many cups of coffee...not to mention some of the great genealogy sites like this one. This looks like it's going to be a new experience that has outstanding promise. Thanks for being here.

by researcher on 2007-01-11 00:53:07

My name is Hope. I bring ya all Hope (LOL). I am a grandmother of 3 beautiful girls, 11.9.5. They think they are all a princess. (smile).
I have been researching my roots for over ten years now. I am new to this site, Never heard of it before. I have over 50,000 people in my database. My mother helped me get started before she passed away. She had been trying to get me going on it for many years. I didn't know how to operate a computer and didn't know anything about the internet until I bought one in 1996. Now you can't get me off mine when I am not working. (LOL). I am really excited about all my findings and collection of materials I have dug up. I have tons of books and cd's and will help anyone that needs it.
I have AWESOME dreams about my mom and her talking to me and finding family. I get answers from my mother in my dreams. And I have been able to talk to my grandparents too. And I have to say that they are AWESOME. I am so proud of my accomplishments in this field. I got me a hobby for LIFE!! I am excited about joining this group and will help any way that I can.

by allycat on 2007-01-17 20:06:13

*W*E*L*C*O*M*E* to all the new members, wow ... membership to this great free site has more than doubled since I first arrived.

Hope everyone is enjoying the surname wiki pages. If you have great website links for your surnames, let me know and/or add them to your profile.

The more information you share about your ancestry, the more success you will have.

Good luck everyone.


by raelene on 2007-01-18 09:21:06

hi only just found this site but already think it is the best am sure it will be of great help thanks raelene

by squawbuggy on 2007-01-27 11:25:55

Hello everyone. My name is Sandy and I live in Texas. I come from a very broken and mixed/messed up family. I am searching for any and all info on Burke/Reckard(Reckart)from around Michigan and West Virginia. I can't get past that brick wall on the Burke side, my grandfather's name was John Joe Burke and my father's name was Herschel Elbert Burke. My grandmother's name was Sylvia Gladys Reckart and my mother's name is Pearl Ruth St.John Hornbuckle.
This is really a great site. I have been married for 43 years, have 4 living children, 17 granchildren(including step's) and 5 greatgrandchildren.
Thanks again for the great site and good luck to everyone in your searches.

by Eliz on 2007-02-11 11:14:38


Well...My name is Elizabeth and my sister in law put me onto this site last night.

Since arriving at this site I was refered to another site for assistance and have now added a further 70 people to my family tree.

Thank you Allycat.

I started working on my family tree in April of 2006. Yes, I am a newcomer to family tree research. My son had to do a project for school about a member of his family from history, so we contacted a member of the family who we thought would know something and it turned out that he did. He had a whole line of the family tree from the time they arrived in Australia. (That was in 2005)

In April 2006 I get an email telling me about so I decided to join and work on the family tree. As a result of this I have 9 active lines and hoping to add a 10th soon and around 3000 people in my tree. It would seem that is your family lived in Australia in the 1800's then you are probably related.

I have also had the advantage of having known all but 1 of my great aunts and uncles and this has helped in a big way in building the family tree. It also helped that over the years other members of the family have worked on parts of the family tree. Of all my family that I have contacted for help only 1 didn't want to share any information at all so I have been extremely lucky.


by jonalex on 2007-02-11 12:49:15


I'm John and live in Devon, SW England.

I started looking at my family history a couple of years ago when I retired. I was born and bred in Hampshire and thought my historical families were too.
My mother was born there as one of twelve children. (Three girls and ten boys, although one girl and one boy did not survive long.) My father was born in Southampton.

Once I started the tree, (with a lot of help from my 95 year old Aunt), I discovered just how much people travelled around in the 19th Century.

Although my parents' generation were all born in Hampshire, my mother's paternal side originate in Coleshill, Warwickshire and her maternal side is a fantastic mixture of Cambridgeshire, Pembrokeshire in Wales and Cornwall.

My father's paternal ancestors came from Wiltshire and Dorset but apart from knowing that his mother was born in Sussex, I have hit a brick wall with her parents origins. (See my post re Ellis or Elliss).

I have come across the odd tragedy - grandfather killed in an accident on board the ss Oceanic as a crew member in 1912. He was buried at sea in mid Atlantic en route from New York to UK.

I have also found the odd skeleton such as the brother of my mother's grandmother who appeared to marry three sisters. (I have three marriage certs which are without doubt the same man and on each occasion the bride has a different forename, but the same father who has the same profession).

I also have the death cert. of the eldest sister, - the first wife - who died by committing suicide by drowning herself in the River Thames at Windsor. Perhaps she knew of something going on between her husband and her sister? We will probably never know.

I'll put these stories on the site as time permits. Just look at my profile to see the names I am researching. The main ones are Alexander, Ashby, Gunton (the owner of the harem), Passingham Ellis and a variety of spellings for Hancock.

Great site, keep it going.


by jonalex on 2007-02-11 12:51:32


I'm John and live in Devon, SW England.

I started looking at my family history a couple of years ago when I retired. I was born and bred in Hampshire and thought my historical families were too.
My mother was born there as one of twelve children. (Three girls and ten boys, although one girl and one boy did not survive long.) My father was born in Southampton.

Once I started the tree, (with a lot of help from my 95 year old Aunt), I discovered just how much people travelled around in the 19th Century.

Although my parents' generation were all born in Hampshire, my mother's paternal side originate in Coleshill, Warwickshire and her maternal side is a fantastic mixture of Cambridgeshire, Pembrokeshire in Wales and Cornwall.

My father's paternal ancestors came from Wiltshire and Dorset but apart from knowing that his mother was born in Sussex, I have hit a brick wall with her parents origins. (See my post re Ellis or Elliss).

I have come across the odd tragedy - grandfather killed in an accident on board the ss Oceanic as a crew member in 1912. He was buried at sea in mid Atlantic en route from New York to UK.

I have also found the odd skeleton such as the brother of my mother's grandmother who appeared to marry three sisters. (I have three marriage certs which are without doubt the same man and on each occasion the bride has a different forename, but the same father who has the same profession).

I also have the death cert. of the eldest sister, - the first wife - who died by committing suicide by drowning herself in the River Thames at Windsor. Perhaps she knew of something going on between her husband and her sister? We will probably never know.

I'll put these stories on the site as time permits. Just look at my profile to see the names I am researching. The main ones are Alexander, Ashby, Gunton (the owner of the harem), Passingham Ellis and a variety of spellings for Hancock.

Great site, keep it going.


by Gencrazy on 2007-02-11 20:07:29

I am "Gencrazy" and I live in Nebraska, and I am so glad I found this site. I've been doing geneology off and on for about 12 years. I've completed my husbands family names and now I'm working on my own family. I have hit alot of brickwalls but every once in a while I get a break. Right now, the main names I'm researching are JINKS & WAHL, but also WORLEY,WRIGHT, PEYTON & McKAUGHAN. I'm just preparing my journel, but it will be posted soon. Again, thank you for this free site.

by Dave Calladine on 2007-02-14 07:43:03


I am Dave Calladine, I just moved back to Somerset, in the UK, and the family history is on hold whilst the rebuilding work in the kitchen goes ahead, then there is a portch to add, and a loft to line, but I hopoe to get back to the archives sometime soon.

I work as a teacher in Museums, so the research has been carried out for some time now. English sites have so many quirky little rules, that I was delighted to find a site where I could share my information, and direct contacts too, and this is a great site.

I hope to arrange a huge one name (Calladine) search of the Matlock archives, and have had this idea on hold for two years now, but Hopefully it will happen as soon as I get settled back in Somerset again.

Thanks for a great site, Dave

by OSU_BULLET on 2007-02-19 20:03:12


My name is, Beth Schofield. I am 37 years young, as some of your folks have put it. I live , where the dirt is red, and where there are many tornados. I have been interested in genealogy for about 10 years now.

Most of my research, has been concentrated on my Dad's side of the family. This family surname is Lee. However, I am at a road block. I can't seem to get past his Grandparents, William Samuel and Carrie Elizabeth Lee. Happy hunting.

by Shani on 2007-02-24 17:57:13

Hello everyone, my name is Shani Savic and I am from New South Wales, Australia. I am just getting started so any assistance would be fantastic as I have no idea what I am doing. My father Max Lewis just turned 67 and at my brother's suggestion he thought I might like to do a family tree. So I would like to have it done by his 70th as a present. I think I have run into Allycat before on the WW boards. Ally, let me know if it is you?

I am looking forward to getting started so let me know, in your infinite wisdom, what I should do first????

Thanks x Shani.

by sylvanie on 2007-02-26 18:49:07

Hi! I'm Susan Whalen-Sanders, from St. Joseph, Missouri; though I've now lived more than half my life in and around Chicago, Illinois. I'm one of a handful of relatives researching our family, and a lot of work has already been done before me. I've done a little footwork (I love cemeteries, especially in Ireland) But mostly, this is an internet-based obsession for me. I do plan to travel around the places where my ancestors lived a lot more now that my daughters are grown. My husband is a big "roadfood" fan, especially barbeque, so that should mesh really well with the ancestor hunts I'm planning.
Thanks for this fun, free site! Happy Hunting!

by jpark on 2007-02-27 14:37:06

Hi! I'm Jim Parkhill, from Roswell, NM; I have lived my life (60 years) at the present location despite the military service during Vietnam. I work as a Government Procurment Officer. I have done a lot of footwork at LDS,"not a member", sent and received letters from Scotland, Ireland, England and New Zealand. The internet sites have helped me a lot. I am married with four grown children, 7 grandchildren and 1 coming.
Thanks for this site.

by Seth on 2007-03-01 03:31:53

Hi All
I'm Graham Stuart Broughton - from Hartlepool GB
I'm reserching the Broughton Family tree - which so far goes back to 1544 in Rylstone Yorkshire - and my Mothers (Scott - back to 1840 at present)


by veedgo on 2007-03-01 15:02:10

My name is David and I live in Oregon. I've been doing genealogy for over 30 years when my great grandfather told me about his family when he lived in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma.
A few years ago while working nights, I got to do a lot of online research. It turns out that most of my ancestors back for 7 generations lived and died in the Pacific Northwest including several pioneer lines (Remington, Rauch, Tyrrell, Shearer, Utter on my dad's side and Ownbey, Wright, Rees(e), Wood, Hylton on my mother's). All of these came here before 1872 (the qualification for Oregon Pioneer). Many moved on to Washington and Idaho Territories probably because of the gold rush.
My Rauch and Remington ancestors also had to deal with the Nez Perce uprising.
I've done quite a bit of research on my wife's lines and she had quite a few ancestors come early to Oregon as well. These are Jamieson (originally from NB and Maine), Sutton, Thurston, Grove and Schmidt/Smith. She also had early ancestors in Arizona (Dickson, Brink, Campbell).
My hope is to get beyond a few brick walls that I've run into.
My gg grandfather was Albert William Clark(e). He is supposed to be from Quebec and born about 1850/55 and died of an early death in about 1884 somewhere around Monoma, IA (the birthplace of my great grandfather). Thanks to another cousin on this website, I got a lot of information and leads on his wife, Eldora Philena Curtis.
I've also ran into a brick wall with my wife's gg grandfather, George Willson? Lewis. His son, Walter Byron Lewis was born in Grain Valley, Jackson, MO on 18 Apr 1876 and was married to Nancy Katherine (various spellings) Brackney. She seemed a wild sort and was all over the place, but I can't find her in any censuses even though I can find her father, Joseph and son, WB. I have family stories saying she married first a James Lynch and went to NM Terr.
I have a few others, but those are my nearest ones.
I have been blessed by the fact that most of my wife's family and mine came to the US so long ago. Hundreds of our ancestors predate 1700. My children are descended from several Mayflower Pilgrims to the best I've been able to find including Isaac Allerton, Degory Priest, John Howland, John Billington, Gyles Hopkins, Richard Warren and poss Elizabeth Tilley.
My genealogical goal is to get as many lines back to the 1600's as possible, especially since so many are in the US. Another goal is to find out where in Europe my ancestors came from. So far, my more recent ancestors are Weidler's (Waldfischbach, Rheinpfalz, Germany) and Rauch's, Keller's and a few others from Hesse-Darmstadt. Most of these showed up about 1855 or before.
So if anyone has connections as a cousin, please feel free to drop me a line.

Happy Tree Climbing

by allycat on 2007-03-28 10:16:56

Hellooooo to all the new members.

Don't be shy. Write journals about your family history. There are lots of you that have extremely interesting surnames that we'd all love to read about.

And remember, that subscriptions are just to let you know who else is interested in the same surnames that you are researching, so don't subscribe to yourself.

The more information you share in your journals, the more likely you will increase your chances of being contacted by descendants/family historians.

Don't forget to protect the privacy of the living on the internet.

In your journals, please add dates, location and country of origin of whom you are seeking.

...'Happy Hunting' as they say.


by lynniliffe on 2007-03-31 22:03:58

Hi there to all.
My name is Lynn, and I am an Aussie from NSW. I was told about this site this morning from my daughter in law. I have been researching my family history on and off since the late 1970's, more off than on. I really started in earnest again last year when my mother handed me lose sheets of paper with my side started written on them. I bought a program for my laptop and here I am. (Still learning the technology side of researching). I would like to thank Scott for this site. Something I have learnt is you can't do it all on your own, and sites like this are great. I am yet to explore it all, but what I have seen so far is great. Once again, a big thankyou, Scott.........Lynn

by bornt on 2007-04-04 13:50:59


My name is Jeremy and I live in Upstate New York, U.S. I teach Social Studies and have only recently begun serious genealogical research. Luckily, one branch of my tree (Morrison/Buyce) has been done by another relative. I'm looking forward to see where this takes me. The following are surnames I'm planning to search: Blood, Walker, Young, Bartlett, McConnell,and Billington. I posted a journal this week and have already received a response.(Thnak you, alleycat)This site is great!

by b1tch on 2007-04-12 23:57:15

Hi my names jessie.. I'm trying to track down where my roots come from as i'm expecting a baby..I want to know my own cultural Identity so I can pass on what I know.I'm not having much luck and I have no idea where to start,Maybe why I signed up lol. I'm looking for the O'kanes who are from County Tyrone Omagh over in ireland, Bertrams and moodys.

by Jules68 on 2007-04-27 01:22:57


My name is Julie and I was introduced to this site by 'allycat'.

I live in Redhead NSW Australia and I am researching my family history including my husband's side (Mackinnon).

In particular I am keenly looking for information on Amelia Kilmartin (nee Church). Amelia was born in the Maitland area of NSW in 1914. If anyone is also researching the Kilmartins then I would be very interested to hear from you.

by carla45 on 2007-04-28 17:21:56

Hi all

My nameis Carla, I found this sight while searching the internet.

I live in PA, been here for thirty years. I retired in 2005 and started reseaching my family in 2006. I am looking for info on Richard G Coleman and his wife Eliza J Coleman of Mansfield, now called Carnegie pa. He was of the black race and she was mulatto. There families came from VA.

would love to hear from anyone who may have info

by Lynney on 2007-05-01 05:38:47

Hi everyone

My name is Lynne, I am from Lincolnshire, England, UK. I have just started piecing together my family tree within the last 4 weeks, I have been trawling all the sites and hope registering with this one will save a lot of finger work.
I am researching the family names Thompson, White and Johnson on one side of the tree and Needham and Brookes on the other side.
If anyone can suggest where I can get access to a searchable list of RAF servicemen I would be really grateful, my Grandad was in RAF Melksham in 1941 but I don't know how long he served. He did not lose his life in Service so I cannot get information from War Graves.
Any help would be gratefully appreciated. I have been trawling the webpages and if I can point people in the right direction or assist in searches I would be pleased to do so, my searches are limited to England and Wales, UK though.
I wish all of you every success in tracing your family histories.

by wifeofajerrell on 2007-05-13 17:52:42

Hello my name is Anna and oh boy about the search bug hitting you. I have been searching for years and have found living relatives from almost every branch of the tree. Husbands and mine. We got pictures of my husbands father. A Jerrell. We can't seem to get passed his grandfather. Well now hubbies great grandfather James Alexander Jerrell we think from Halls,Tennesse married to Evelina Newman. I found a tree for the Newman side. My fathers dad died when my father was 11 so we didn't have much than I got the Family Tree Maker and we got all the way to 975 for the Bone family. Now I'm so glad I didn't get the diamond ring. hehe I had a choose since it was our 20th anniversary I could get the diamond ring (we couldn't afford it 20 years ago and said if we make it 20 years we would get it) Well you can see what I choose and it was the best thing ever. Well here goes on the surnames. Jerrell,Bone,Harris,Hoskins,Newman, Acree, Terry, Hochrieter (still working on that spelling, and Steinauer.

***Good luck to everyone and remember what my grandfather said once, "Be careful when climbing the family tree because invariably you will find that rotten branch that you would just as soon saw off." *****

Barbara I really enjoyed that comment. It made me think on something I heard when I was a girl about the tree. when you have a weak branch strap it. It didn't make much since until I saw a person pruning one and he put a strap around one branch and then he attached this to the trunk of the tree. I was wondering about this and he said it gives them a chance to grow stronger. He said it is like a family with a family member that holds them together.

Ok I have rambled
God Bless

by MsMeridy on 2007-05-20 11:12:32

Dear Ally.

Thanks for your great suggestion of Tribalpages. I have made a family tree site for our clan. I was thrilled to see that the GEDCOM file uploaded from my PC. Learn something new every day.

Dear Scott,

Thank you for the website I have really enjoyed looking around, learning and posting my own journals and sharing what information I have.

Terrific stuff congrats and well done for keeping it free.


by mareleigh on 2007-06-04 11:14:24

My name is Mary Lee, you will find me listed as mareleigh. I believe in Free Genealogy Research, allowing all families access to their Family information.
One bit of information that I can post, do not assume that your family members are no longer living if you cannot find them in the following census. Many families migrated every ten years or so. Start checking other States, and also look for changes in name spelling, and remember they also had the divorce word in their lives also.
Which means the male could have another wife listed, or the female could be married again. Prior to 1850 census, its tough. Also, the children married anywhere from 14 years of age and up. If the girls reached the 20 mark, they were considered spinsters. We have one family that the spelling changes with each census. We went from started with Noland and the name changed to the following spellings, Nolan, Nolen, Knowlen, Nowlen, Nowlin, Knowlin, Neulin, Neulen. All variations, but originating from 2 clans. So, stick the course and don't give up.

by momo5406 on 2007-06-09 20:59:33

Hi, My name is Ramona and I live in Georgia. I have been working on my family tree for several years off and on. I have my paternal Grandmother traced back to Scotland and Ireland. Her ancestors came over on the Prince Henry. However, I am not having as much luck with my paternal grandfather. I know his family came from Alabama and have four generations back but can't find any more. Don't know if the name may have changed due to Indian heritage or what happened. I am hoping someone can help.

by bjboop10 on 2007-06-12 15:37:43

hey what's up???????????
i'm betty (bjboop10). just started a couple of yrs ago on family tree. have been working on blanton, clark, hawkins, higgs families. take care and keep enjoying your hobby.

by marge on 2007-06-17 12:20:36

Hello Everyone!
My name is Marge,maiden name (Jordan). I'm ___
years old and started research on my mothers side, (Kennedy), last year. That let to doing my fathers side also. I'm afraid I'm at a brick wall with grandparents on both sides.
I've been all over the web looking. Hopefully I can find some answers here?

by marge on 2007-06-17 12:22:59

I have some of what I've found here,


by H_Brooks on 2007-06-17 22:49:33

Hello Im Hope and Im reserching my maternal gmother's possible connection to James Whitcomb Riley. She is supposed to have been a niece or great niece so the story goes. Her name is Sarah Elizabeth Riley from Henderson Kentucky born 1885.

by charlierunner on 2007-06-21 09:48:19


by iancx on 2007-06-24 19:08:30

My name is Ian Cairncross, and I have been hosting the Cairncross family website for a few years. The site has 36 family trees. I am always happy to hear from Cairncrosses from round the world, and aim to match any correspondents to see if they appear in any of the trees on the site. Hundreds of people have contacted me, and as a result I have been able to add a tremendous amount of extra detail to the trees, plus about 10 new trees. There is also a vast amount of historical information within the site, which Cairncrosses might find interesting.

by JenPirok on 2007-06-28 13:26:42

Hello everyone!! I can't really remember if I ever posted here, but here it goes. I am searching for family from Poland/Russia and so far have come up empty handed. I have managed to reunite numerous other families, but not my own. This has been for the last three to four years now and as far as I know everyone else in my family has had no luck either. The surnames that we are searching for are:
Pirok (which is what our name was changed to)
Derbowicz (not sure about spelling)
Sidorek (also not sure of spelling)
Our families genealogy forum has not had any leads or postings. Why is it that some names are just never found?? We also have cousins with the last name Gonzales that live in South Carolina.
I hope to hear from everyone, and I pray you all have better luck than I have with your genealogy searches and quests.

by DELLICLA on 2007-07-05 10:06:33

Hi Scott, My Name is Larry and I'm originally from Utica, NY, now living in Camillus, NY. I've been researching the DelliColli and Fragola families for @ three years now. It's been an uphill battle so far,but enjoyable and I've even learned a few things about my family along the way.
This site looks very interesting and I can't wait to dig in. Thanks!!!

by 04_19_86 on 2007-07-16 01:58:14

hello!I'm Anne Marjorie S. Gacutan,from Cagayan Valley,Philippines,a senior BSChemical Engineering student of Cagayan State University,Carig,Tuguegarao City.

by jodes on 2007-07-27 06:47:57

Hi my name is jodie summers i live in sunny queensland australia goldcoast area , I am currently studying to be a nurse and i stumbled across your web site and thought it was a great idea.I hopefully will be able to trace where my ansestors came from and have lots of fun trying.

by jodes on 2007-07-27 06:47:58

Hi my name is jodie summers i live in sunny queensland australia goldcoast area , I am currently studying to be a nurse and i stumbled across your web site and thought it was a great idea.I hopefully will be able to trace where my ansestors came from and have lots of fun trying.

by IRISHHOPPY1 on 2007-09-06 14:54:19

Good day to everyone. My name is Suzanne but use Suz:) I was born in Toronto Ontario Canada.
My story is a little different than some. I started with my Donkersley side in 2000. Three months later I found a cousin in Stockbridge England who had done genealogy on the family.
At that time my interest was more on adoption issues. I found my grandfather, and all of my Ontario family with full genealogy information that had been done. I now have pics of my mothers family but I am still looking for her. I found out I have brothers and sister somewhere in BC and ALB
My heritage is Irish and Scotish. I am now trying to search BC and Alberta area's to where my grandfather and the family moved to.
I travel from ON to NS as I am a driver with my Husband. My husband is still in training with genealogy. We find ourseves in grave yards down east taking pics that may help someone. Seems strange to most but not people like ourselves who have the genealogy bug...I have found most of my husbands side 6 generations from the loyalist in Kingston ON.
If I had one thing to say on adoption and genealogy is never give up there is someone out there that does know.
Scott thank you very much for creating this site its is great and seems so friendly!!!

by astacey on 2007-09-14 00:47:21

Hi all. I'm Amber Stacey.I was born and live in Wisconsin(US). I know very little about my father's side of the family,thats why I'm here. All I know is that two brothers came over from Cornwall, England to Wisconsin, so I'm told. They had some kind of argument and split up.(some say it was about moonshine) Each taking their family away from the other. All I know is one day my great Aunt and her cousin went to the family plot when they were young and meet a man that said he was a Stacey. When they told this to the family they were there was some sort confrontation and were told never to speak of the man again. Its all really weird but it got my interested in what really happened between the families. Thats my plan, but so far it hasn't been going well. Hopefully this site will help.
Thanks for making it.

by denskrys on 2007-09-14 12:37:10

Hi everyone. I'm Denise Whited of Missouri. I don't know too much about my fathers side so I thought I would go search and look. Hopefully this site will help. Thanks

by lostsoul on 2007-09-17 10:14:00

Hi everyone,I,m Wayne Tymchuk from Winnipeg,Manitoba.I,ve only just begun to take an interest in Genealogy,but it can be very frustrating and rewarding also. Thankyou

by Eileen_F on 2007-10-06 04:34:07

Hi everyone and allycat, I have just started gathering more info on my Langley family tree, I have come stuck and looking for parents of Charles Edmond Langley born 22 March 1818 in Ireland,I am new to posting comments so bare with me, Thankyou

by bukldy on 2007-10-06 15:56:50

Hello! This is bukldy. I think I may be older than all of you put together! And, with Halloween approaching, that means I would not be here but would be at some gravesite somewhere. Never fear...only kidding ya a bit.

Anyway, because I am in what is supposed to be my golden years, there is not much time for me to complete this family tree. There is very little for me to go on, since my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles have all passed on...only scribbled notes that I jotted down when I was not all that interested in the who, what, why or where. But as we get older, we become I am wisely searching for what I didn't make note of...the Kepka, Simec, Dvorak, Slavicek lineage information. I have posted some information under the Dvorak Research. Thank you for a wonderful site.

by c_j54 on 2007-10-10 04:46:13

hello scott,
my name is also carla but you can call me cj.i live in springfield,missouri.i,ve been researching my family genealogy since 1986.names i am researching
thankyou for this site.

by Lisma on 2007-10-11 05:16:56

Hi there

My name is Melissa, i'M FROM South Africa. I've always been ffascinated with my surname and would like to know where it originated from. Our family never really discussed our family tree, and just as a matter of interest, I'd like to know if there would possibly be anyone besides us with this unique surname.

by kerbent on 2007-10-13 06:26:04

by Pam27 on 2007-11-01 22:18:56

Hi name is Pamela Deam and have just started researching my family on both my parents and hopefully my partners family but mostly the Deam family though.

And hoping to date back to the early times of my family so that in the future my son and his cousins can look back on this and know where their family is from

I look forward to what i discover i have a bit of information dating right back to 1811 but hoping to find more


by kristen.vance on 2007-11-02 13:40:50

Hi my name is Kristen. I actuallyjust happened across this site a couple days ago. My boyfriend told me that his family originated from England. (John Lackland - King of England) and i decided i wanted to know where my family came from. so i have been trying to find everything i can.
But like most everyone else, I have hit a block in the road. I made it 1738 and then lost everything. i dont know how to go about finding any more ancestors.

by don36 on 2007-11-03 14:29:56

My name is Don and I have enjoyed reading so many interesting introductions. I am now retired and live in southern Maine, after a career that took me all over the US. I was born in the southern tier of New York State in Oneonta, and raised in Walton, NY.
I became intensly interested in family history when my Mom slowly declined into senile dimentia in her later years. I did manage to capture about 10 hours of video tape with her reminiscing about her childhood with her six brothers and six sisters and growing up on the farm before her memory was too badly damaged.
That, and the fact that I never met my paternal grandfather although he lived until I was eleven and was only fifty miles form us, really stimulated me to learn muchn more of my family. In my retirement years, I have had much more time for reasearch and have traced some of my mother's lineage back to the early 1700's. My paternal lines have proven much more difficult, and I still don't know for certain where my paternal grandfather was born. I do have his signature when he signed himself into the hospital when he was 93 years old, and have recovered several picures of him and his family. My quest to know my ancestors as people goes on. The surnames of interest are MICHEL, YOPS, LAUX, O'BRIEN.
Thanks for this wonderful site and I look forward to the chance to get some clues from you all, anmd hopefully, to give you some help, too!

by Kristyne on 2007-11-03 20:48:26

I would like to Thank you for all of your hard work on this site. My name is Kristyne and I have been trying to fill in information that was handed to me. I was not as fortunate as others to get handed a lot of information. Since Mike and I were giving a little book on names and a very few dates for Christmas one year, I have been trying to find all kinds of information on all the names that either one of us are tied to. This is has been a very long process and I have hit several brick walls. Both my husband and I have lived in Chautauqua County, NY all our lives. We have three children and we are in hopes that one of them will keep our books up to date in future years. I am in hopes to meet someone who is also working on the same surnames as I am and to help me break a brick wall.

by nbaulch on 2007-11-04 00:14:18

Hi all!
My name is Natalie, 23 from Australia. I am new here and to researching family history. I currently have found a large part of my family tree, BAULCH. I will be adding day by day more journals. As I want to share what I know with others and hopefully fill a few missing gaps, and possibly meet some family. I am also researching my mothers maiden name, Henderson.
It would be great if I could get some feedback on my journals as I have no idea of how to display them correctly.
Cheerio for now. Thanks for this site it is fantastic!

by redlrider3 on 2007-11-07 16:48:22

by kiwibutafly on 2007-11-14 21:39:43

Hi, I'm Maureen,5th generation New Zealander (kiwi).Have been researching my family for over 20 yrs now and am slowly plodding along when I have a few spare minutes.

I'm available for anybody who needs a helping hand in Otago or Southland,New Zealand.

Here are some of the surnames i'm looking for...
BOYER--Worcester UK,Craies,Crease--Scotland,Dreaver--Orkney,Hurndell--Buckingham,UK.

Keep up the great work and many thanks for a wonderful site.

by marilyn9 on 2007-11-23 15:46:59

Enjoyed all the comments. I am looking for two names - Kasputis and Zukas - both Lithuanian (Russian) and I saw the name Leonas Kasputis as a name someone on your site was looking for. Wonder if anyone responded. Kasputis was my grandmother's maiden name and she left Russia for the USA in 1908 under her married name, Zukas. We don't know who her siblings were as this part of the family was not known.

by GIDGET37 on 2007-11-26 05:24:56

Hi Scot and all members, what a great idea, a free site for researchers to connect up on thank you. So many of the sites are interesting and just when you think you might have found one of your family a notice comes on screen to say subscribe now. It is so frustrating especialy to someone who is an aged pensioner as I am. No more whingeing.
I love Family History (I started training by looking for clues in Agatha Christie books many years ago) and have been doing research for about 15 years. I have family from UK and Scotland mainly and have managed to go back to 1600's with the Coleman family of Brede,Sussex.
The same with the Dunbars from Aberdeen,Scotland.
My Hodson's from Manchester, Lancashire have a brickwall in mid 1700's. My dad's family have been traced back to 1840 in Sydney, Australia.
They are the Yates family of boatbuilders.I have met several distant cousin's on the Net through genealogy sites and we have swapped information, some match other's differ and then the challenge to verify details starts.I love doing my Family History, my daughter used to watch me on the computer and hear me thinking out loud.She told her friends "my mother talks to dead people." LOL. She didn't realise how our ancestors almost come to life and become real people when we discover where they lived what they did for work and how many children they had, whether they stayed in the same area all their lives or if they sailed away across the world never to see loved ones again and start a new life in a strange land. How brave were they to do these things.The hardships and sickness they faced and heartaches as well.With out them we would not be here today. What a bonus when a photo is found.
In closing I would like to add I am in Australia in SE Queensland near what is known as The Gold Coast, my name is Zoe ( gidget to you)

by dbmcbay on 2007-11-27 19:26:04

Hello, I am Diana, I live in Tennessee. Yes, I am from the south. I have looked over the entries and have noticed that there aren't that many of me on this site. Please don't hold that against me, I will try not to say ya'll to much. lol
I am 50+ and have been working on genealogy projects since 2001. Love every minute I spend at it. My hubby, bless his heart just doesn't get it and he keeps asking when I will be done with it. My answer is "Never, I hope, if I'm done our family doesn't exist anymore" Hopefully someone, like my granddaughters or grandsons will take what I have and add to it for generations to come.
I have 5 children, 2 girls and 3 boys ranging from 33-22 and 6 grandchildren, 4 girls and 2 boys ranging from 7-18 months. I started on my hubby's line and just last year gave it to my daughter to work on as she was under doctor's care and house ridden due to a complicated pregancy, which ended badly, we lost the baby in her 6th month. She has taken my research of 2400 names and turned it into over 10,000. She loves it as well. Now I devote my time to my line which I have started my journal with here. I broke a cardinal rule however and started with the oldest ancestor I have, so that I don't slip up and include any living individuals. This is the first online site I have entered any data into other than bits and pieces on message boards and I have lots of living in my notes. I put my line here in hopes that someone would help connect siblings to my ancestor, Jacob Moyer. I know there are siblings out there, just have to find them.
One more thing, I also hope that you never sell to I finally gave in and subscribed for this past year. I was so disappointed. I have found very little there that I haven't found elsewhere online for free. They make it virtually impossible to print any information as well. HAPPY HUNTING EVERYONE!

by dreamfinder on 2007-11-30 07:05:09


by dreamfinder on 2007-11-30 07:08:50

Like everyone else where to start. So we will start at how we began this journey.
This is my first time on here been researching other sites,Came across this one found it interesting. My name is Rebecca. I started researching 5 months ago when my Brother Don
and sister Vickie was talking about old times how our father was researching our GG grandfather John M. Cross. He was sheriff of woodsdale Kansas, But I can go on and on about that. But back to introducing myself I'm 50 yrs old. I have 2 children. A daughter and son Five granddaughters One grandson. Lived most life in Il. But born in Iowa. Then our grandfather got sick. So we packed up came back to Iowa. I always thought that he was my grandfather because that is who I known. Who has passed on in 1975.Til I heard our father talking about his father how he was only 15 when his father passed away. And how a sheriff was gunned down in Kansas's what little we had my sister and brother started researching with our father. And found out about Our grandfather John.
My brother Don has been down to Kansas about 6 yrs. ago found out allot of stuff. My sister Vickie has done allot of writing people. She the news paper of the family. Our father pass away in 2006 Our Mother had pass away in 1995. Our grandmother who is our fathers mom. pass away in 2003. We have few relatives left on my Mother side who I keep in touch with because we all grew up together. and our father only had 1 brother who we known of. till last month Vickie came across a phone number said D.Cross and we got a hold of them find out he a distance cuz we had a great visit he was excited as we were. Well this the most I wrote in long time. Just short notes inside cards I send.
We got a long way to go still have to research Mothers side too. We've trace Cross family back to the 1500's in England. With No grandparents on mother side none on father side very little go on. So back to researching. Hope We can fulfill our father wishes even if we run into a few bad apples in bunch There still family. Sure there is heard stories. OK no more rambling got to go find ancestors.
Thanks for letting me ramble on

surname looking for.---Cross,-- Lathrop-- Osborn-- Neil --Cunningham- -Walker.

by ildaw on 2007-12-25 16:54:07

My name is Ilda I am in Australia but originaly from Argentina, my grand parents and great grand parents imigrated to Argentina from Europe and UK.

I am searching for the following surnames from Italy: Furini (imigrated to Argentina before the first world war) & Mariscotti (emigrated to argentina around 1890 and the beginning of the 1900). Boyero I do not know where from.

I am searching for the following surnames from UK:
Patterson, Long & Mitchell that emigrated to Argentina around 1850 and at the beginning of the 1900.

by Neatherland on 2007-12-26 19:40:07

My name is Dennis and live in the central valley of California. I'll be researching the names of Neatherland, Netherland, Neatherlin, Leatherlin, somehow they are all tied together. I'll also be looking for information on the surname of Hansen, my mothers side of the family.

by johnanthonycooner on 2007-12-30 23:53:20

my name is John Cooner as ID implies and i am new @this game, but having so much fun and spend more time on it than Fantasy Football!! LOL!! Anyhow second serious day on 'job' i found my grandmother's(mom's mom) branch of family clear back to 1712!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Johannes Joho(Yoho in English/Irish/American) he was a shoe-maker who moved to WV!?!?!?! omg! i was excited and his father was town butcher in Alsace, France and something bout coming from Switzerland!! now i gotta attach all those names to my tree!!litterally hundreds!!! like some here having trouble w/German, Italian, Irish and English/Indian side of family but hope to break them also!!! and if anyone has anyway of going back before 1712 as no record of Joho's father's birth date etc...his name was Johann Michael? how is last name different too unless an 'old' country thing!!???!! anyway im unemployed for time being and will have ample time to search the net and mom's memory!! lol!!

by Janemr on 2008-01-02 02:38:32

Hi All
My name is Jane,I live in Australia and I am researching the family names of BERESFORD and MEADE and de COURCEY. I have some names - Lord Charles de Poer Beresford [Admiral, British Fleet] and Thomas de Courcey Meade [emigrated to Australia]. I am trying to link them up. I know it will take time.

by jannyk on 2008-01-04 03:18:05

Hello all
My name is Janice and I live in VIctoria Australia, I was born in Tasmania. I have been researching my family history off and on for a few years, but I intend to get serious now. My maiden name was Williams, very common, my grandfather was William Williams, and so was his father before him. There are thousands of William Williams, so it can get a bit confusing. Other names ( paternal) are Crooks, Mays, Manson, Baxter(maternal) (Holness, supplice, Stewart,, either English or Scotts.I have a convict in my family, William Holness who was deported from England in 1841 and arrived in Van Diemans Land 6th April 1842 on board the "John Brewer". MY husbands family name is Kingshott, his gg/grandfather was a convict as well, names in his family are Latham, letty, morgan, Smart. bye for now.

by Doreenmcisaac on 2008-01-04 23:23:17

My name is Doreen and I reside in Ontario Canada.I started working on my family tree after I had my first stroke.I want to leave my children, grandchildren and sibling our history. I am 49 and have three children and two stepsons. We are blessed to have 13 grandchildren to share of lives with. I have been working on our family tree for 4 years and having a wonderful time doing the research. I own my own company recycling E-waste. I work with 15 disabled individual, one being my daughter, who give me prospective. I am researching the following names. MacIsaac/McIsaac, Thibodeau,Petitpas,Cormier,Legere,MacDonald/McDonald,
Emberley,Hallam,Edwards,Weights to name a few. I really enjoy this site and look forward to hearing from anyone who are researching the same names as I am. Have a wonderful 2008.

by ghollenbeck1 on 2008-01-06 21:31:53

Ive been reasearching for about 2 yrs John De Hardy, Polly Hardy married James Monroe London,who had Lucy ellenor London, then Eron Marie Rainey, Myrtle lee Rainey married Charles K Kramer which goes back to ludwig Kramer.. also hollenbeck, Herman. also Richard Hicks will appreciate any and all help. martha

by ghollenbeck1 on 2008-01-06 21:31:55

Ive been reasearching for about 2 yrs John De Hardy, Polly Hardy married James Monroe London,who had Lucy ellenor London, then Eron Marie Rainey, Myrtle lee Rainey married Charles K Kramer which goes back to ludwig Kramer.. also hollenbeck, Herman. also Richard Hicks will appreciate any and all help. martha

by Sadydee on 2008-01-08 14:46:02

Hi, I'm new to all of this internet research for lost relo's. I started compiling my research on paper when I was about 15yrs old. I asked a lot of my older relo's about any relatives past and present. Unfortunately on my dad's side I can only go as far back as my dad, his dad, and his dad's mother, she was a single mum and there is no mention of who my grand dad's father is on the birth certificate. My grand dad also was given his mother's maiden name as a surname. So that's where that stops, and no body seems to know anything else, it's all very frustrating. On my mother's side I don't really know anything past her father, he died when mum was very young,so I never knew him and apparently he had another family back in England, that his Australian family knew nothing about and visa vesa , so this will definately be an interesting journey for me. I'm hoping for some guidance along the way, from people on this site who may have a wealth of experience in finding lost relo's. So where do I begin? Please help me... Tina

by grrl on 2008-01-08 21:57:43

Hi there, I have been lurking around this site for quite some time now but today I decided to sit down and have a good study of it and add to my page with all my interests and names etc. So here goes.
A bit about me. I started doing my genealogy when my children were little, in fact I only had one child at that stage. Now I have three, three grandchildren and one on the way.
Anyway back to where i started....After doing my genealogy for about 20 years with no computer I invested in one and started searching the net and inputting my information out on the net. There has been no looking back and I have found numerous relatives here in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, England and hope to find more.
I am not satisfied with doing one tree so have been doing both my parents and also my childrens fathers parents side too. So that makes for a lot of names and trees

by Just_M on 2008-01-28 12:45:26

I got hooked on family history with a 4th grade assignment, that I got a failing mark in.

Coming from a family where both a Gramma and a Great- Gramma married twice, I had all kinds of cousins whom I had no idea how we were related. As a result I started keeping little notes whenever I hear anything about that family.

In 9th grade we again did a genealogy report, which by this time I was able to do with ease.

The hobby has been put on hold many times throughout the years of childraising, but was never very far away.

When my little sister got ill with a disease that we were told was hereditary, I started digging harder then ever.

Then came the internet, and the bug bit harder.

My Genealogy Pages are:

Looking 4 Kin

Looking 4 Kin Genealogy Chat

Looking 4 Kin Genealogy Links

Looking 4 Kin Genealogy Blog

Please feel free to join in our genealogy chat room.

My Family History pages are:







As said above Please feel free to join in our genealogy chat room. We would love to have you.

by Gemmell on 2008-02-07 16:14:49

Got interested in research when internet came around Most of the time family lineage wasnt talked about when I was younger Now that everyone is older there is a race to document it before the window of oppertunity is closed.
Both families came from Scotland after 1914-18 war. Have my dads down, but hard to locate my mothers kin. they were from Port Glasgow and he served in the Cameronians.Thomas Elliott was his name.
My hobby is early aviation with extra interest of the Ypre & Somme area 1914-18 war. Research is difficult finding decendants of Lt Charles Bayly RFC DOD Aug 1914 Can anyone help?
[email protected] BTW Great web site!

by Msrph on 2008-02-15 06:55:24

Hello, my name is Ruth, I have been searching for my grand-mothers side of the family for the last 28yrs. I met them when I was 8yrs old, but lost contact. My grand-mothers was a Boon-Boone, from Georgia. Last year I was able to find my last living aunt-Bessie in Georgia, she passed away 6 months later. I felt very blessed to see her again. I have learned that some of our relatives moved from Georgia to Michigan, I would like to meet them to see if they can tell me anything about our family. I have two daughters and I do not want them to go through life not knowing where they came from as I did. I know the Boon-Boones were Indian and etc. The name Dennis, Ambrosia, Daniel, are some of the names that keep popping up on the family tree. If anyone can help me, I would appreciate it.

by polly_glot on 2008-02-28 17:31:05

I was very excited to stumble on this site while idly searching for my Scots ancestors who sailed to New Zealand in the 19th century. My mother's family are well documented back to the 10th century, and include some interesting characters - a Colonel who died at the Boyne for King William, a Captain in the British army who served from Bunker Hill to Yorktown, returning wounded to England leaving his wife and children buried in Boston. There have been Hildreds in her family from the brother of King Duncan murdered by MacBeth to the present day.
Dad's people remain something of a mystery, and I would be very interested to hear from anyone connected with the Fergusons of Belfast, the McKinnons from Arran and the MaKelvies.
Cheers folks

by mickjr on 2008-02-29 02:51:52

Hey, I ran across your site whil on another site. A person was giving you some pub, so I checked it out. I just recently got into figuring out where I came from & sites like this make it very helpful. Thanks

by mamakin45 on 2008-02-29 19:35:08

I am a 51 yr old mother of 5. I have been diggin for roots for over 20 years now and still haven't finished my search. Just recently I injured my ankle and decided that now would be a great time to get back to it. I can relate to ALL of the stories I read above and then some. I have 2 pieces of advice I always tell people when they ask me about starting to do genealogy. I tell them to be prepared to get addicted and spend MUCH more time than they ever thought traipsing through dusty courthouses and dank cemeteries and other goulish places they never thought they would be thrilled to go. I also tell them to always be prepared for what they may find because history has a way of surprising us and they may have some unpleasant and shocking things pop up so be forewarned. I know my sister and I have had several things freak us out but that didn't stop us hahah. She passed away last January and I sorely miss her companionship while doing this.Happy Hunting to All I think I will enjoy this site

by DDT on 2008-03-12 10:27:55

Hello, I am Dee Dee and I have been doing Family Trees for about 5 years now. I am doing my family tree, in-laws tree and friends tree with many stumbling blocks on the way. My in-laws have been the hardest since no one knows if the are Polish or Ukranian. I am researching the Danyluk/Daniels Family Tree and with the help of Ellis Island, there are no names of either spelling. I have met very nice people along the way and I hope to continue to meet more. This s a great way to just chat, get help and find something you really like to do. I am glad this site is here. I joined today.I live in the panhandle of Florida and have been here for 20 yrs now as my husband is retired A/F. We have 5 children with one passing away from her handicapp ( Hydranencephaly ) and we have 3 grandsons. Thank You for letting me introduce myself and look for my family trees.

by ngairedith on 2008-03-12 16:40:45

Hi there from a Kiwi in Australia. Since the very first day of joining FTC I have had people going out of their way to help me find lost family members and show me how to go about it myself. They are still helping and encouraging me and my tree is growing . . . thank you to everyone and for the site FTC

by noahsark33 on 2008-03-21 01:52:36

Hi there all,I've just joined this site so i've not got to much info as yet. I would like to find out more about my dads family & especially on my mums side as she was adopted but has no information on her biological mother.

by noahsark33 on 2008-03-21 02:02:48

As i said in my first comment,i'm new to this & to tell you all the truth,i have no idea what im doing,any help with family names of DRURY/KRONK/PARKER all from Victoria (as far as i know) would be extremely appreciated

by GLAMR on 2008-03-23 01:34:05

hi my name is meliissa gillard and i am looking for my father named ronald douglas gillard who was born in australia in 1939. i havnt seen him since i was thirteen yrs old and i am now 23. i think he may still be alive but have no idea if he is alive or where he is as i have never had any contact with my family.

by noahsark33 on 2008-03-27 07:51:50

Hi all at family tree circles,my name is Stacey Parker. I am looking for any information on "Oscar & mary Kronk (nee Davies),Clarice & Roderick Drury".
I have no idea how to get the info on them,i've looked at heaps of sites but no luck,could anyone help me as i'm new & could use a bit of help,thanks

by IPSSPAR on 2008-04-01 00:12:37

Hello I'm from MA but was born and raised in RI. Moved into MA 31 yrs ago. Joined this site a few days ago and find it to be very interesting.

Names in tree are PROVOST, SWITZER,and VOLLICK Families lived in East Aurora and Buffalo,NY
1 cousin maybe more still in area. Happy hunting to all.

by allycat on 2008-04-05 21:45:19

I'm extending a warm welcome to all the new members here. Wow - almost 30,000 members - that's great! Wouldn't it be wonderful if you all wrote a journal.

You might be surprised to learn that you have relatives lurking about here on the same website.

If we can help add to your family tree, we shall reply in a comment at the bottom of your journals.

Good luck everybody and post away...

by kerry4305 on 2008-04-09 20:32:06

Hi to all mmembers, my name is Kerry and I live in Queensland. I first became interested in genealogy in 2000 when my Dad handed me a kinship report and I found out we went back to King Edward the third. My Grandfather was adopted and I became interested in his biological name and found an Aunt on the net who had so much information I thought it would take forever to get through. I would get so disapointed when a line ended so I started my own research to fill in the gaps and have been hooked since. I just love the excitement of finding information on an ancestor and sharing it with other members of the family who are always willing to help once they find a way over that brick wall. I have since started on my mother's side and have been able to reunite her with a sister she had not seen in over 30 years. I think my biggest joy has come from meeting my American husband who was curious about genealogy. We met on the net in an Irish chat room 6 years ago and now have a 2 year old son and a baby girl due in June. It probably is not too surprising to find that my husband also goes back to King Edward the third. I will get around to catching up writing my journals some day. Happy climbing everyone

by tereseanna on 2008-04-13 22:12:36

Hello Everyone:) I am Tereseanna. I am from the Central Texas area. My love for genealogy hit recently and I have been hard at it since I got the fever. I have a few lines traced way back to 1600's. The internet has helped me greatly. I have a recent project that started the whole thing. I inherited a quilt that has many many names of residents of the community and area surrounding the original homestead. My goal is to locate information on all of the and as much documentation as I can for each. I have several roadblocks that I am chipping away at. Unfortunately:( there is no interest in genealogy in the other relatives still living. My other interests include documenting and profiling every picture I get. I love the idea I read earlier about scanning and saving on disk. I will be at that task very soon. The Stephen Hopkins name seems very familiar to me. I may have passed it somewhere in the pages i have been going through. The surnames I am researching are Renoud(back to 1654 so far), Ray(1847 and a roadblock), Grantham(none yet),Townsend(1818 so far),and Cook(1951 and alot of nothing). My other interests include work-I run a 24hr. Subway Shop, my kids and Grandkids, and amatuer photography.

by Horton on 2008-06-27 20:53:06

Hi Scott
I'm a new member to this site so am just learning how to get around.
I live in Nova Scotia, Canada and have so many ties with the New England States. Many of my ancestors came from there and over the years, many returned.
I hope eventually to connect to more "American" cousins.

by opal102511 on 2008-06-28 14:32:59

Hi Scott,,I am Opal102511 here,,and I am also new,,came across this site by accident and like the site,,and you have done an excellent job,,I have been doing genealogy since 1996, but come across a lot of brick walls as they call it,,unfortunately I waited too late to ask kinfolk about family ties and things,,,almost all of them are gone now,,and like some that post , as children we are told about our family line and some of them forget to add some things, as children we were told that my grandpa had only one brother and found out about 3 weeks ago that he had 3 brothers and one of their names was Richard,,and no mention of a John but the list that they were with had a John listed in the other household,,so I figure that is where the John came in at,,so after all these years I believe I finally found my great grandpa and great grandma on my dads side of the family and their children,,,,which makes me so excited,,and I do wish that I could be so blessed to find someone else that is doing the same family tree that I am doing and have a whole new family branch or branches going out in all different directions,,my grandpa was suppossed to be from Ireland,,and so my greatgrandparents were from Ireland also,,,my line is the Kelley Family,,,so if anyone has any info to share, I am willing to share any info that I have also,,,I am originally from Senath Missouri, and when I was 22 I married a precious man , Gerald ,who I have been married to now for going 31 years,,and the best years of my life, and we have now lived in Paragould Ark the biggest part of our lives,we have one child together, and he is married now and they have given us two precious little grandsons, which are the highlight of our lives when they come and visit,,they keep us young ,,lol,, I like to do genealogy, paint , draw, any kind of crafting,,if I see something I like , I just look at it and go and make if for myself,,so if anyone has anything that they could share with me in the family line just email me , I will gladly respond ,,you all take care , thank you for your kindness , God bless you and your loved ones,,

by 1817ll on 2008-06-29 18:58:04

My name is Jill and I am very happy with this site
so far have had luck finding a cousin who I have
not been in contact for over thirty years so am very happy, her father was my favoutite uncle,
Still wrioting journals and am hoping one day will find someone who may be looking for the
same ancestores as me, also thank you for the privacy we experienced when my cousin and I were exchanging details.

bye for now from Jill NSW Australia

by U152 on 2008-07-03 11:27:34

HELLO! <br>My name is Gene.

by U152 on 2008-07-03 11:37:33

by ETsCat on 2008-07-04 14:49:04

OK, I'm 58 and Have a failing heart, Need to find info for my 25 kids, Yes I said 25 kids! Have traced my mothers people, but dad is another problem.
Looking for any info on my fathers side of the family.
He was Edward R.Cox SR. married to Mary,A.E.Dione,
1 child Edward Ralph Cox Jr. born 1/23/50.
I know I had an aunt Geneva Brinkman, And think she was in St Lewis in aprox.1954
According to mom {now dead} Dad had only one son, But I have been told that she did no know.

by mombaldwin on 2008-07-07 16:56:39

My name is Carol and I am tracing the Wilcox, Sovey, and Baldwin ancestors. I was from the Wilcox and Sovey family and married into the Baldwin family. The Wilcox's came from VT, the Soveys from Canada and Michigan, and the Baldwins from Michigan and Ohio. If anyone has information on any of these families please contact me at! My email address is [email protected]

Thank you, Scott. I am hoping your website can help me.

by jatgreen on 2008-07-08 10:04:06

Hi everyone
I'm G G (at least thats what my grandchildren call me). My real name is Joyce, I have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.
I began doing genealogy in 1977, without a computer. I would take phone directories and write to everyone I found with the last name of "WEEDEN" (my mothers maiden name). I received so many replies and found so many family members. Than my son introduced me to the computer and the internet. Ever since, that is where I spend most of my waking hours. When I first started, I found information but didn't bother putting down my sources..........BAD MISTAKE!
I just retired this summer and plan on spending MORE time doing research.
When my father died in 2002, I inherited all of his research on the "TOWN/TOWNE", "DURGIN" and "HUNKINS" families.
My main road block is...Joseph E Town who according to family stories, was born in Scotland in 1865 and than adopted by an English family by the name of "TOWN". He came to America when he was 17 years old. He married Effie Flye in 1891 in Maine and when his wife died after childbirth, he gave the older children to their grandparents and he went back to England. He was last heard from in 1946. What makes it really hard to find information is whenever I look for the name "TOWNE", I find places instead of people!


by efinesp on 2008-07-18 21:48:48

Hi Everyone,
Call me "E". I just moved to Buffalo/Niagara Falls from Iowa where I lived for 4 years,before that Maryland for 2, and born and raised in Hawaii. I have two children ages 14 and 3 years.

When I was a little girl, my older brother use to play around and say that I was adopted because I was different. As a young child you'll believe things like that. Mom and dad set him straight and told me the truth about our family and how I came to be. Thats how it all started. Though, I didn't begin documenting things until I was in high school and as I got older. I realized how important every conversation I had with my dad was. Its 10 years since my fathers passing and I've kept great notes of our discussion, journaled every memory I have of him and those of my grandmother. High tech electronics would have been so helpful. I would have loved to share my fathers laugh with my children. I am doing a lot of it now with my mother. I started research in 2004 at the family history center. I am of Spanish, Filipino, Chinese background. Most the research I have found came from the Philippines. Most of the important documents were in the care of the Catholic churches. During WWII, many of those documents were destroyed. Though, I was able to order micro films to view birth/death certificates and found my ancestors. I was able to go back 5 generations on my mothers side and 4 on my fathers side.

My husband is of Portuguese, Hawaiian, Chinese, Spanish and Swedish background. His grandmother and those before her have kept fantastic records dating back when the Hawaiian Monarchy existed. She was able to find a ships manifest that identified family traveling to the Hawaiian islands from Madeira Island in Portugal. All work in progress. Its very exciting.

From what I've read thus far, I can learn a lot from you all. I think this circle will help a great deal.


by irishsetterlady2002 on 2008-07-29 19:20:47

Hi! My name is Shelly, I live in Mississippi, the deep south and yeah...I'm all redneck! LOL.
I've been researching for about 8 years now and love every minute of it. Sometimes looking for a certain person can be like trying to find a certain needle in a sea of needles....I'm sure yall know that by now.
Anyway, nice to meet everyone and God bless!

by gilda on 2008-08-03 07:51:24

hi just found this site been in genealogy for couple years now I live in NC and keep hitting brick walls alot thanks for the site it is great gilda

by potter9597 on 2008-08-03 08:48:03

Hi everyone. I have just found this site. Have been researching my family tree for a large number of years. Am always interested to find links to the Potter, Pothecary (and variations), Millett and Talbot in Wiltshire & Somerset, England.

by fran08 on 2008-08-07 08:41:06

Hallo everyone. I live in a country town west of Sydney in Australia (3 grown children, and almost a grandmother). I've already been in contact with a few people I've met here. Been doing Family Trees for a long time, and my cousin and I are trying to find the German connection. We're sure they didn't have any parents, and were found in cabbage patches. Can anyone help with the name Elsebye? We think it's Danish, but can't find our gg-grandmother anywhere. She married George Ziegeler in Germany c.1840.

by christiharris on 2008-08-14 11:06:38

I have been researching my family now for over eight years off and on. I have researched my grandfather's name Atwood all the way back to the late 1700's. I am also trying to research my grandmother's name Marlar and so far I haven't had any luck. I am also researching my father's side: Feroben, and the furthest back I've gotten with this name is when Joseph Feroben was in Mississippi in 1850. He immigrated from France. But the family believes he is from Germany.

I am also a member of Find-A-Grave. I sometimes volunteer to take pictures of tombstones in my area. I have been able to find numerous relatives thanks to other volunteers on FAG.

I want my children to able to just add their lines to the tree (I want to be able to have the tree completed by the time they are older) when the time comes.

Thanks for this wonderful site.

by cdove1125 on 2008-08-18 13:18:56

Hi, my name is Connie I'm 40+ and I'm from Texas and new to this site--already it seems like such a friendly site : ) I've tried researching my family tree on my mother's side of the family several times but hit a brick wall each time--The family surname is Tullos--My maternal grandmother's name is Sadie--from what I've learned so far, the family mainly resided in North Louisiana--Sadie is daughter of Richard Tullos & Mary Emma Fowler Tullos and has 5 siblings: Guthrie, Floyd, Alcie, Bertie and Cleavie. Sadie married Benjamin Franklin Rigdon Sr and had 3 children: Benjamin ( Buddy) Franklin Rigdon Jr, Jesse Dean (Sis) Rigdon McDaniel, and Martha Carolyn Ridgon Dougharty ( My Mother)- at this time I am trying to research using WebTV so there are more limitations on my search than what is normal because of a different browser I am told--
Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and to introduce myself to you! If any of y'all out there see a name you recognize from my post, please let me know I would surely appreciate any information! Thanks

by bettybala on 2008-08-19 06:34:50

Hello,my name is Elizabeth, I'm over 60,live in Woodley, Stockport and I was inspired to start doing family history research about ten years ago when I was told that my Livingstone ancestors belonged to the same family as David Livingstone the explorer.I must say that I have never come even close to tracing any link, but I have made considerable progress with many other branches of both my own and my husband's family.
If I started with the idea of finding anyone distinguished in my tree, I have definitely been disappointed - but what I have found is evidence of very hard-working and close-knit families who survived poverty and personal tragedies. I feel proud of most of them. I suppose it is inevitable to feel personally involved when you discover something tragic which happened to an ancestor, and when I first discovered that my great grandfather William Hallworth,had been killed in a local coalmine explosion along with his two eldest sons (ages 11 and 13),I felt the same shock and grief as though I had been there at the time.
I have also found the occasional black sheep - my great great grandfather John Woodhead, who was born in Elmton, Derbyshire, left a wife and ten children in 1853, and together with his lady friend went by sailing ship to Salt Lake City where he became a Mormon and married her.
Basically the names I am researching are those I have just mentioned - WOODHEAD(of Derbyshire), HALLWORTH(also recorded as Hallsworth after 1900, and Howarth before 1850),probably from Cheshire, Lancashire or Derbyshire, and LIVINGSTONE, probably from Scotland (my ancestor John Livingstone was born in 1771,but I have no idea where)- the spelling could also be Levingston or Levison.
I have only just found your site, but I'm really looking forward to sharing information and experiences, and I am finding it so fascinating to read the journals.
Great site!!

by cnordg on 2008-08-19 18:11:02

Hi, My name is Debbie. I was born in New Jersey and was raised in Maryland. I have been search my family for about 5 years. I started by looking at my father's family, who died when I was a child. All anyone could tell me was the Moore family was from West Virginia. I have gotten alot of info but the search goes on. The West Virginia Archives has a lot of information on line. I am also searching: Betz, Clippinger, Clark, Williams, Mennon to name a few.

by kjlundy on 2008-08-23 21:09:37

my name is Kelly. I live in Michigan and I've researched my family history off and on for several years.
I'm currently researching my Smiley ancestors - I've traced them from Michigan back to Columbus, OH to Cumberland County, PA.
My great-uncle told me the family came from Northern Ireland; I hope I can find out for certain.
I'll also be researching Grinnell, Whipp, Herrick, Lundy, etc.

by mountainpixie on 2008-08-27 08:13:52

My name is Deserae. I am 26 years old I have been married for a year but have been with my husband for going on nine we have two kids. I grew up in Montana, with my mom and then in foster care. I have been researching the Weller family, my maternal great-grandparents and the McCarty's my mothers paternal ancestoring. I was four months old when my grandmother died of cancer and wasn't born when my grandfather died, I never knew my mother's paternal grandparents. My paternal grandfather was adopted so I don't know anything about him. Except that his name was Brown before he was adopted. I don't know where to begin on either front so I have come to a stand still.

by bcdickenson on 2008-09-14 15:43:10

My name is Barbara, I live in Romford, Essex, England though born in Bethnal Green, East London. I have been researching my tree for a short while, but it is so addictive. The following names in my tree.
Bourne, East London
Cockram, ditto
Engleback, Germany then East London
Annereau, France then East London
Foote, East London
McCarthy, East London
Maulkerson, East London

Loads of brick walls gt grandad Richard Bourne no records for given name that tie in with my tree.

Gt Grandad John McCarthy practically invisible not helped by the fact that nearly every other McCarthy is called John!

Onwards and Upwards, promise to shut computer down before 4am!

by jrein39 on 2008-09-14 16:54:13

Hello Everyone,
My name is Jodie, I am from Wisconsin.
I have been searching Randolph, Jordan, Clark line/s for about 10 years. What got me started was the "story" of us being related to Pochantas,
Thomas Jefferson and such. So the search was on for that elusive famous ancester.
It seems all the researchers of this line had been told or heard basically the same story.

I took a couple years off and am just getting back into it. I found that a lot of information has been posted on the net in the time I have been away. Such as Cemeteries with pictures of the grave stones! Oh, the thrill I got then, lol.

I have found that I lost a few contacts in the time I was gone, either by death, or an email change or other reasons.
So, it is important to get as much information from your contacts as possible, re: mailing address, home phone, (and or cell).
When saving the aquired information, Also save who sent it to you, as this was my mistake when I first started. I saved the file/s but I did not save the sender. Very frustrating to try to remember who sent what. (which is what I thought I could do. ha!)
Even when saving the email addy to my book, I put which ever line the person is from behind their name, re: "Jodie Rein Randolph Clark Jordan"

It was an email from another "found" cousin, finding me, who got the "digg'n up bones" bug back into me.

We have a brick wall that is still standing:

JOSEPH1 RANDOLPH was born Abt. 1750, and died Abt. 1816 in KY
Child of JOSEPH RANDOLPH and UNK is:
ABSOLEM2 RANDOLPH, b. 1791, Ky; d. Abt. 1870, Mo.

I do have a copy of a deed where Joseph deeded almost all of his personal property to his only Absolem Randolph.

ABSOLEM2 RANDOLPH (JOSEPH1) was born 1791 in Ky, and died Abt. 1870 in Mo. He married (1) ELIZABETH HARRISON BLAIR October 30, 1815 in Washington Co Mo. She was born Unknown in Unk, and died Bef. 1826 in KY. He married (2) MATILDA GORDEN June 11, 1826 in Adair Co Ky. She was born Unknown, and died Unknown.

3. i. BURTON (BIRT)3 RANDOLPH, b. January 27, 1818, Ky; d. February 13, 1903, Reynolds Co Mo.
4. ii. HIRAM RANDOLPH, b. 1817.
iv. (UNKNOWN) RANDOLPH, b. Abt. 1819.
Burton and Matilda Gorden (Gordan, Gordon) had 4 children.

This was one of the first files I received and I did not save the sender of document.
We loose Absolem and Joseph in the cencus searches, and it seems that a lot of the reasearchers are coming up with Joseph being Absolem's father.
Most of this line is out of Shannon Co, Missouri, Blairs Creek, Missouri, Current River, Missouri.
With "Randolph" Cemeteries and "Clark" Cemeteries.
a DNA test was done and this Randolph line follows to the FITZ Randolph's out of Yancey Co.

Happy Digg'n everyone

by CherlynB on 2008-09-18 07:06:28

. . . and the pox spreads.
My name is Cheryl. I'm 45 -don't care if I give away my age - I earned it and every strand of gray hair I've got ! My aunt, Rosemary Craig, is well known for her 40+ years of researching our RIDLEY family roots. Now at age 81 she is unable to continue. She passed the pox to me early and I have been able to look up many things for her or clarify what she had. Her little brother is ready to give me the boxes of letters, documents, and 2 huge books just so I would quit trying to pick his brain. I am also trying to add many things that are not usually seen in research - physical characteristics, health problems (look at how hemophilia wrecked Queen Victoria's family !), and stories. I have enough in my brain to do about 5 books. I also do this to find my Ridley cousins - my branch puttered out with me.
So if you have a Ridley, Dodson (Dotson), Louvier, Butler, Herren, Blackburn, and/or Vanhorn running around in your family tree, I may need to connect with you !

by stuartelder on 2008-10-06 09:03:14

Hi All,

I've just joined, and am trying to carry on research that my Dad started into his side of the family - the Elder's of Newcastle upon Tyne. He died last year, sadly, and got a fair way back through the line, but there is more to do!

by anna72 on 2008-10-07 11:47:30

hello everybody im anna 36 yrs old,and from london uk,i hope i can get any information doesnt matter how little it is regarding my ancestors hopkin,and to any living family of the edwards,and dorney.ive got abit of background on them all,but there is more out there...anyway im pleased to have found this site :)

by the_glasgows08 on 2008-10-08 05:19:41

Hello everyone im carla 41 years old, and i am from Hutchinson, KS. I have been searching for two weeks now for my father's side of his family, i have done a lil search on my mother's adopted family, and i have been putting alot of time into my moms biological family. i am a newbie and having lots of fun locating both sides of my family. I am very thankful to God that I am able to have the internet and am able to search for family. I know that my father's side is located clear back to the origin of Glasgow Scotland. I have about 4 different places that i search for family and i am greatful that there is so much out there when it comes to research and genealogy. This site is awesome and you all have done a wonderful job on it. keep up the good work. thanks!

by allycat on 2008-10-09 18:44:14

Once again a very warm welcome to all the new users of this site. I hope that you will gain and share much knowledge about your family tree.

Please don't forget to make sure your journal titles are appropriate to what you are seeking (e.g. search strings via Google) like "Looking for ... surname ... of ... suburb/city/town and country".

And make sure that you don't display your personal email addresses in order to avoid spam from webcrawling packages.

And most important of all, please remember to protect the privacy of the living whilst researching one's genealogy.

Kind regards,

by tonidub on 2008-10-18 15:55:17

hiya im antoinette norris origanlly from limerick in ireland now living in dublin ive beeen going round in circles trying to research my family my dad gave me great help but im not having very much sucess i did find my gggrandfather even an address which was pretty exciting so hope i get some help here thank u

by jesstbpt on 2008-10-24 13:22:40

Hi! I'm jesstbpt - my mother's family had done extensive research on the Hale family, and I have all that back to royalty in England! But, I never got the bug, until my husband wanted me to see if I could find HIS roots, and almost all his family is dead. Unfortunately, he doesn't remember anyone past his parents (Charles Jefferson Treece and Florence Evans), except that he had native American relative named Littlegeorge on Evans side, and one named Littletree, nickname Horsetrader. I wonder if it is possible to find out about them somewhere? They were from Tennessee, probably Grainger County, or the Lead Mine Bend area of Powell Valley. In case anyone is looking for Beatty, that was MY maiden name.I'd love to hear from some of you.

by Skybull on 2008-10-26 13:24:00

Hi, gang!

I'm Skybull( a clever combination of my nickname, "Sky" and my last name, "Bullock"). I was born and now live in California, but I was raised in New Jersey. My father William's family hailed from North Carolina, and I recently found out about Tina Turner's real name, Anna Mae Bullock. Since finding out that she was born in Tennessee, I've been doing some on and off research to see if maybe I may be related to the famous Tina Turner in any way; hence, my visit to this site. I'm looking forward to being here and finding out lots of interesting stuff about my family! Thanks for the welcome, and I wish everyone success in their searches!

by Suzyliz on 2008-11-09 02:39:58

Hey all!
I am Sue or Suzy - not fussed what you call me as long as it is not late for dinner. I am from Canberra, Australia; originally from Sydney but moved to Canberra going on 14 years ago, and we haven't looked back. Well our daughter has as she has moved back to Sydney for work, she is 21 our son is 17 and is just about finished year 10.
I have been doing genealogy for 12 years, only since been in Canberra as we did not have a computer when we lived in Sydney, and what got me interested? just listening to Mum talking about her side of the family and I wrote down so much information I thought it was best recorded in a program so I would not lose any. Since been interested in Genealogy, I have met so many family members it is unbelievable, and many more yet to meet, as they live overseas.
I really enjoy it. Really addictive.

by Georgec on 2008-11-10 11:06:27

Hi to you all.
I am George and I live in Penzance Cornwall UK.
I have been doing my family history for about 2 years now and have done ok so far but now have started to get a brick wall or two.
My surname is Curnow. My father was adopted and was given the name Curnow. His real surname was BRYANT so that is the family line I am tracing.
Would love to hear from any one with a Bryant line from Lelant Cornwall.
And if I can help any one I will do what I can.
Best wishes George

by janetp on 2008-11-25 21:02:29

Hi to all, gee i thought working in the horse racing industry was addictive but this is a close 2nd, it all started with me putting a xmas present together for my son in-law who is a gg nephew of Gene Tunney the USA boxer,i have put a lot of info and great photos together and will present it to him in an album, very inexpensive, and worth while family history that will always be appreciated by all. Found this site today and finding it a lot of fun. Thank you from Janet, Shepparton Auss.

by lerlen on 2008-12-01 00:52:07

Hi. My name is Lerlen La Foy and on behalf of my family I am trying to trace our family in China. My great grandfather's name was FOY LAI and he was Cantonese Chinese. (Our surname was later changed to LA FOY) He lived in Kimberley, South Africa but then moved back to China where he later died. He was married to my great grandmother, Maria Elizabeth. Her maiden surname was Manuel. I would really appreciate it if anyone has information on our family. My email address is: [email protected] Thanks Lerlen.

by hobby252 on 2008-12-04 13:27:47

Hello! My name is Sandy and I live on the Fraser Coast, Q'ld.
I am doing my family history on Hoare/Hore/Gulson/
Findlayson/Unmack/Schott.I am a 5th generation of
the Hoare family. (John Hoare being a convict who came out from Ireland on the ship Canada.
Would love to hear from anyone interested in these
Regards Sandy

by Polly2000 on 2008-12-14 06:49:11

Hi I'm Polly and I've only been making my tree for about 12 months and so far its been going great, but there is a couple of branches which appear to have been lopped off one being the father,William Simcock,Basnetts Wood,Endon, of a great uncle who died in the 1914/18 great war( gone great guns with him its his dad thats the problem)and then theres my grandmothers family the Asbury's.
My grandmother, Selina, I am told came from Wolstanton, Stoke-on-Trent but so far I cant find any trace still I intend to keep plugging away
So thats me Polly

by chrisreid7288 on 2009-01-13 18:34:43

Hi, my name is christie I am looking for information about my great grandfather, I think he was a Confederate soldier,but I am not real sure. my grandfathers name was Frank Skinner he wasw married to Agnes beatrice ballard, they had 6 children. thank you

by JFRJ on 2009-01-20 20:11:24

Hello, my name is Judy. I have spent alot of hours and 1.5 yrs researching information about my great grandfather Joseph R. Robbins. I can only find his birth but no death records. I found this family came from Arkansas to Tx, but trying to find which part came to Stephens County, Tx. I was not raised by my biogical parents Jame Joseph Robbinds and Dorothy Fay Brown, but by Mary Annice with the approval of the courts. The Robbins were not part of our childhood, only the Crudgington Family of Stephens Co, Tx.

by Sky on 2009-01-23 20:28:49

Hello everyone, my name is Skye. I'm a mother, grandmother and a great grandmother from Northeast Ohio. I have been researching our family tree for many years, and have collected over 760 names so far, the earliest being in 1766, thanks to one of the cousins.
Came across this phrase which I have placed on our family site which just about says it all for anyone who has become addicted to the genealogy bug; myself included.

"Genealogy begins as an interest, becomes a hobby, continues as an invocation, takes over as an obsession, and in its last stages, is an incurable disease." unknown

Have been researching family names: Dillard, Easom/Eason, Stewart/Stuart, Miles and Grice. Have had some success, but as we all know, there is that proverbial brick wall that seems to loom its ugly head every now and then. Finding the descendants on some of the names has been a nightmare, but keep plugging along with the hope of finding them.
Right now I'm mainly concentrating on one set of our great grandparents; Millard and Mary [Stewart/Stuart] Easom. Millard was born May 1862 in Kentucky; at least that's where he was from, and died in 1928. Mary was born July 1872 or 1873 in Ohio; died in 1904 during childbirth. They had 3 children who were born in Portsmouth, Ohio; at least the girls were. David; born June 1889, Edna; born Jun 17, 1897, and Edith; born July 18, 1899. The last information found on them as a couple was the 1900 Census where they lived in Columbus Ohio - Franklin County at 431 Noble Street - Montgomery District 54 - PrecinctA. Millard & Mary had been married for 12 yrs by 1900 - Millard was a Laborer. After that it was just Millard and the two girls. Well, that's it for now. If any of these surnames catches your eye, please email me. Will be glad to hear from you.

Good Luck to all on your fantastic journey of finding your ancestors.

by chemp on 2009-02-09 01:04:35

Hello, chemp here. Lived in California most of my life. I have been searching sporadically about ten years now. Not a lot of sites carry the names I need. Grabeel, Harding, McAllister, Oddie, Hemp, Manes, McSwain, Lincoln, Schooler. My maternal grandmother believed we were related to Pres. Harding, but I cannot find the connection. Although Lincoln is in the list, the name was changed when they immigrated and cannot find who they were before that. Aunt Mary Lincoln was rumored to have been the idea behind Marysville, CA. The internet destroyed that idea. pooh!

Hope this site works for you and me both.:)

by Wolfhuntress2002 on 2009-02-15 20:56:27

Well, I am from Wichita Falls only the past two years thought. Moved here in 2007. Orignally from Sherman TX born at Perrin AF Base in Denison TX. I have 3 teeangers, boys age 16 and daughter age 15 and 1 "tween" boy so he says age 12. My ancestory line has began my love for scrapbooking which also lead to photography. I have quite a bit completed on my tree, but still hung on a few branches.

by 3966LEN on 2009-02-26 02:40:34

Hi,Name is Len Taylor from South Wales (That is OLD South Wales)Been enjoying genealogy for 3 years since my retirement from Model Soldier making.Most of my history comes from WALES,SOMERSET,CORNWALL ,MICHIGAN USA AND ONTARIO & MONTREAL CANADA.Congratulations on a lively and interesting site,look foeward to sharing with you again.Regards Len

by hjessee1322 on 2009-02-26 19:35:22

Hi, I am Holly, I live in Washington State. I have been researching the Jessee ~ Snelson family (my husband's and mine) as a gift for my 2 sons. I have always been told "You can't know where you are going unless you know where you have been" I have found some amazing information on the Snelson line but have his a huge brick wall with the Jessee family. Hubby's Aunt told me I wouldn't get to far because they were all outlaws and sconderals. Sure hoping thats not true.

by grunchy on 2009-02-27 20:02:33

i,ve tried to make contact with you to no avail how come?

by emeraldrose on 2009-03-04 16:58:38

Hello my name is Frances Stone McIntosh. I am here to research my family trees of the Stone and Piercefield surnames. I don't have much to go on but I would love to find out where my families came from. Any help with this would be appreciated. Thanks for the site. I hope it will help me.

by DebbyinOhio on 2009-03-08 11:55:37

Hi! I have been working on my genealogy since 2000! I have been working on my maternal side of the family, Thompson. I have gone back to my gggg grandparents but would like to go back further.

I am single, in my latter 50s. I enjoy genealogy and reading. Do watch TV...

by KTQ on 2009-03-14 14:50:52

Hi, I'm Kath Hughes (nee Whalen), i live in the capital of Australia (and no that's not Sydney !). I've been researching my own family on and off for about 6 years and am now trying to compile my husband's family tree (a gift for one of his Aunt's who is quite ill).

I've hit a few stumbling blocks with his family and would appreciate any help/information anyone can give. His paternal ancestors come from Liverpool (his grandparents are - paternal: Charles Hughes of Liverpool and Frances Jones -unable to find info on her yet and maternal: John James Smith of St Helens, Lancashire and Winifred Coughlin of Melbourne, Aus).

by NZBC on 2009-03-17 01:49:51

I'm Helen from Auckland New Zealand. I am researching the Chinese in New Zealand 1880-1960s. Working on a publication - and will get to go back to the villages of Zengcheng, China in June 2009. A finale to my research.If anyone from this region needs help in N Z, Australia or even (maybe) USA, drop me a line. I may be able to help.

by katdcable on 2009-03-17 10:19:59

Hi my name is Kathi Cable and I am from Sidney, Ohio. I only recently started doing genealogy after I discovered that my father was adopted. I have been very fortunate to discover his biologicals fathers family and been honored to have met a few of them. I have hit a major road block finding information on his biological mother. Her name is/was Gearldean Marie Leach born June 18, 1934. Her parents were Leo and Edith Leach and they came from Vinton County,Ohio. In October of 1934 she married a man named Chester Napper of Clarion, Ohio. I lose her after that. I've had help from an on line genealogist but she too has come up empty handed on my grandmother. Anyone out there that can help me, I would be truly grateful. I'm just an amateur at this stuff but I'm learning more everyday.

by katdcable on 2009-03-17 10:22:07

Gearldean Leach was born June 18, 1913. Sorry for the mistake

by wvmurphy on 2009-03-18 08:22:35

Hello my name is Florence Eads of Reidsville NC, having lived here about 20 years. But born and raised in South Charleston WV. I am searching my Murphy, Brogan, Eads, Campbell families. My problem is the Murphy's. Cannot find Hugh Murphy or his brother Neale/Neil Murphy. Both born in Northern Ireland. Thought perhaps someone might be having the same problem if they were researching for a Neal/Neil Murphy. No one in the family had any information about them other than Hugh Murphy was suppose to have been killed in Cannelton WV. Hoping someone out there has a little information about these two. In case you are wondering I have been to the archives in Charleston WV and could find no info. Thanking you in advane for any bit of info.

by Naturewatcher on 2009-04-10 08:03:40

Our son and I have been dabbling at the family ancestry for a while now, and have had problems finding any family from Thaddeus C. Phillips of Ashley Co., AR, possibly born in NC, and James Martindale and Greenberry Awtrey/Awtry.

by Partoon on 2009-06-02 16:09:15

HI! My name is Jen, I live in the West Midlands UK. I've been researching my family history for 11 years now. I've been with FTC for 3 years and still hoping that one day someone will contact me with some information about any of the families I am researching. too many to list here but all can be found at:

by mickwilson on 2009-06-03 00:38:58

G'day, I'm Mick from Australia and have been researching the Wilson family for a long time. The Wilson Family Tree (Australian version) can be found on Because I didn't remember to back up my data in a timely manner, I have managed to lose weeks of research on more than one occassion. My data is now backed up on external hard drives and duplicated on DVD's as well. Please do not repeat my mistakes especially if your partner is the one doing the research.

by bigjulie on 2009-06-09 06:18:21

hi meg from Australia. Looking for Shorter relatives.Know of a Louis Shorter who migrated to the U.S in early 20th century and had a son William(Bill) Shorter who was in the 101st Airborne in WW2. Bill visited my father Geoffry Shorter's Family at Sunnyside,Brookland Kent,U.K
just before D-Day 1944. He met my Grandparents Frederick and Helen Shorter, Uncles Alan and baby John and Aunt Margaret.He also met my Mother margaret who was called Meg.Bill's wife was called Peggy and they lived at white plains New York,N.Y.state. The family are trying to find out what happened to Bill, Louis and Peggy and also the name of Louis' Father. His records were lost during the war.Any Shorter who can help?

by markoleta on 2009-06-09 20:20:07

Joe Hamby gggrandson of Lewis and Julia Parker. Can anyone give me any information about Lewis and Julia's parents or where they orginially came from. Would be glad to share the family information from their son Benjamin M Parker my Grandfather

by markoleta on 2009-06-09 20:22:04

Sorry I forgot to give you my e mail address
[email protected] and Benjamin (Butler ) Parker was my GGgrandfather.

by lakey on 2009-06-09 22:49:53

Hi Julie from Melbourne Australia.Researching the family tree since 1986, what a lot of surprises!!
This has taken over my life, I have found relatives I didnt know I had, but need help in finding my great grandmother MARY McDONALD nee BARRY b. 1847c in Ireland daughter of EDMUND BARRY and WINIFRED RYAN came to Aust. married HECTOR McDONALD in Beechworth Victoria. HECTOR he died in 1896 in Cookardinia NSW and she has just vanished after that, both her parents are buried in Eldorado Cemetery. Would dearly love to find any descendants of the BARRY's who can shed some light on her. This is an amazing site.

by obraonain50 on 2009-06-14 03:02:29

Im Obraonain living in France and searching for further info on my mothers mother Margaret Luddy born 1883 who lived in East James Lane Dublin she married a Bob Dolyle and had a daughter Lena and also my fathers father Patrick Brennan born 1860 in Springhill Killeshin who was a blacksmith in Carlow up to the 1940's. While i have some info there is so much missing so anything at all would be welcome

by 45Holmes on 2009-06-19 14:40:28

My name is Marie Mosher, Northeast USA. In my childhood I tried to gather information, but no one to really ask. My dad was given up when his mom died, he was six. My mom's mom talked, but never seem to leave a trail to anywhere. I pestered everyone! Then, as you all mention, we found these machines! I was off and joining every genealogical website, calling cemeteries, relatives [that I was a stranger to]and with the tiny clues I found my fathers line, and the book. Everyone refers to it as "the book".
Moms side was much harder, names like "Pope", "Smith", different countrys. But, I did locate one branch, and they had a book! So, after a lifetime, with various strangers, webpages, and anyone else who didn't hang up on me, I can truly say "I know" who I am and where my family originated from. The particulars will come each day, adding to an already over burdened Family Tree Maker. I haven't verified much, just enough to lead me in a solid direction, so I don't share any information, with few exceptions.
It's people like you, the ones who share, write and look up information for strangers, that got me here. Thank you all, and thank you to the family that aren't afraid to admit "we are related".
Take care everyone, don't let the skeptics keep you from persuing the past.

by ciaran on 2009-06-20 16:17:20

Hi, I'm Ciaran from West TN,USA. I have been doing family research for over 10 years. My Billingsley line was easy because my mother is actually in the Billingsley Family in America book. My Gentry ancestry has been difficult. I have searched for 10 years for the parents of my ggg grandfather, James Mattox Gentry born in KY. My cousin in TX and I have not had any info we can confirm. My Davis in MS research is also stalled at the father of my g-grandmother, Ada Lee Davis. My brother is researching our Beck and Benton line. Benton County,TN was named after my ancestor.
Since I am retired, I can work on geneaology anytime day or night(no one here to complain). I love to share any info I have with anyone. My family tree (work in progress) is on : Billingsley,Gentry,Beck,Benton-Roots, Branches & Twigs (under name of Richard Beck). Anyone is welcome to view it and let me know of any corrections,etc that need to be made.

by BettyDurrett on 2009-06-23 13:36:58

I have just stumbled upon this site and can't wait until I have more time to read all your posts. I find this so interesting, but am just getting into it.

I have been tracing my father's name of Durrett in Kentucky (who a cousin of his said he traced it back to 1600's France, where it was Duret) but locally I am not finding too much info, lots of rural area. I also have just started on my mother's parents named Ballard, which I've found nothing but info about her father in WWI (even more rural area in KY) and haven't even started on her maternal grandparents named Fansler (she "thinks it is German"). I've learned that a lot of records were destroyed in a local court house fire. When that happens, where else can one go? Someone told me you can now access census records online - is that true? Tell me more - I'm a beginner.

Thanks, Betty in KY.

by sunflowerstar on 2009-06-23 21:13:03

Nice, I also descend from Elder Willam Brewster through my Calkins line which I will be adding stuff to. Sticking to relatives though.

by tantenoura on 2009-06-26 14:21:30

Hi, my name is Renee and I'm a former paralegal from California, now living in Morocco. I spend most of my time now doing genealogy research since I found my birth mother in Sept. 2006. What a thrill!! I'm currently writing articles for and am TRYING to design a website, but I'm not doing a very good job!! I was very happy to find this site.

by Jo2009 on 2009-09-03 11:24:37

Hi,My name is Jo,I live near Portland,Oregon. I have been researching my family roots since 1997.I knew my mother's parents names and that was all that I had to go on,other than the stories I was told by my grandmother,and listening in on conversations as a child,I remembered a few names and through my research,those names helped me connect the dots.After many years of searching I have traced my grandmother's family,on her mother's line,back to the year 1010 in Holbyche,Lincoln,England. I have connected with several cousins I never knew existed.Genealogy is a wonderful addiction,so I am happy to have found this website and a chance to go even farther with my research.

by Gottin on 2009-09-09 07:44:17

Hello, everyone. My surname is Kerr and there exists a wealth of documentation on this clan. My mother was a McGregor and I'd like to document her side of our family. Unfortunately, while there are several McGregor families in our region of western PA, our branch appears not to be directly related to them. The given name "Clyde" has been in use for at least four generations and I think I may have traced my great-great grandfather Charles to upstate New York in the 1880s. Family lore says he and his family were employed by the Shawmut Railroad in some capacity.

I'm so glad to have found this group. I look forward to sharing information and unknown family contacts.

by la45 on 2009-09-09 12:58:55

Ok my name is Laura and I am new here and want to trace my fathers family, I know my great grandparents came from France, my grandfather was born in Navahoe Illinois, in a mormon house, thats all I know, please help me figure this out

by DeborahYorks on 2009-09-28 22:06:57

Hello! My name is Deborah and I am searching for any information I can get on my family to give as a gift to the next generation. My father was LeeRoy Yorks (who married Nancy Hart). My granfather was Richard Lyle Yorks (who married Ellen Marie Firman). My great-grandfather was Herman Yorks (not sure of the name of the woman he married due to no records being kept by the family.) This is where my search starts. If anyone has any information that could help me in my search I would appreciate it. I am trying hard to find where I come from and who I look like.

by chrismon on 2009-10-05 05:56:49

Hello to everyone,my name is Christina,& Ihave no idea of where I,m going or what I,m doing,but I hope to enjoy every moment .I live in N.S.W.& I am a total novice when it comes to computers-internet & gegeaology.Thank goodness I found this site,I feel much more comfortable now having read some of your stories,& to think I nearly bypassed it.As we were growing up we had very little to do with my fathers family,so it will be nice to get to know them at last.Apparently George Lloyd, born Bristol 1815 was my G.G.Grandfather & married Mary Singleton, daughter of Benjamin-1788-1853 at St Andrews Singleton N.S.W. 13th of June 1840.The Singleton Line seems to be well documented,but the Lloyds are very elusive.I hope someone out there is able to help me & that I am able to do likewise bye for now Christina

by spizzer on 2009-10-17 00:45:26

Hi everyone, this is Spizzer. I have been researching for approx. 6 years now. My dads line is Spearman, my mums is Stevens. The Spearman line goes back to the mid 1700's in Suffolk, the Stevens back to 1500 in Oxfordshire. There is also a connection with the Yate/Attayate tree which is how I stumbled on to this site. Is there anyone working along the same lines? Look forward to hearing from you.

by glynda on 2009-10-19 00:32:58

Hi to you all. I'm Glynda. I live in Alberta, Canada. I have been looking for my family in Wales and the US. My dad's family was Owen, Lloyd, and Evans. My mom's was Jones, James, and Lewis. Where do I go from here? Bye for now.

by TexasMel972 on 2009-10-19 10:39:27

by bydahl on 2009-10-19 14:34:11

Firstly, thank you Scott for this wonderful site. I have also made contact with a relative I didn't know existed on this list Historyhead and I are meeting up early next year.
I have been researching for a few years and this year I decided to start with my husband and I and began a family forest, as I move down the lines each person has a story and I am hooked BIG TIME.I am also doing research for a one name study of Whelpton, so it is keeping me very busy.The current names I am researching are MOON MEAD WHELPTON BELL BROWN SHEEDY O'GRADY X2 WHEELER KENNEDY DUFF. My trip into family research is exciting and taking me to many great places.
On a personal note my husband Terry and I live in Townsville North Queensland Australia , have two adult daughters and 5.5 wonderful grand children to whom I hope to leave a history of their ancestors.
Warm regards Chris

by PlantStaffs on 2009-10-20 09:07:58

Hello all, I'm Mike from England.

I've been researching my father's side of the family for about a year now. As a few members of the family left England at various times I thought I'd use this site in the hopes of making overseas contacts.

I'm based in Staffordshire and I'm happy to help out with local research if I can.

by Marilyn013 on 2009-10-21 15:34:59

Hi I'm Marilyn (McDowell) Jones and I am trying to get more info on my husbands Jones family. I have a Henry George Jones born 1869 in Bristol, England. Married Alice Mason who was born 1869 in Somerset, England. They were married about 1889, and came to Canada in 1907. Henry settled in the Toronto area. He along with Alice his wife had seven children, Helen, Alice Henry Susan and Laura were all born in Bristol England. Charles and Albert were born in Toronto, Ontario. Jones being such a common names has hindered my research down to a snales pase.
I've not given up....
Thanks Marilyn

by l2bonnet on 2009-11-07 19:52:58

I don't know yet

by annemargaret on 2009-11-08 20:24:28

Johnson, Hi, I am Ann and looking for ancestors of Johnson of Scotland, for the end of the 18th centuary. My grand-father immigrated to South africa where he married 1890 - 1900 and resided in Richmond, Natal. He had one daughter called Rose Mary born 28.12.1918. I think that his name was Robert.

by hyjean on 2009-11-09 18:40:53

Hello, my name is Jean and I live in a small s.w. town in New South Wales Australia. My granddaughter and I are researching our ancestors too and thank you for the site Scott. We have done quite well with fathers maternal side Mary Jane Robarts whose family came from Biggleswade in Bedfordshire. But brickwalled after Dads father ,John Thomas MORONEY, died in Melbourne Victoria Australia. We know they were an Irish family supposedly from C.Clare IRE. Believe my g.g.grandfather was also John MORONEY but John is such a common name .It would be great if someone is also searching for our line. (big wish I know)

by wendycoker on 2009-11-18 19:02:25

hi my name is wendy Im from the central ocast of nsw australia I am looking for any infomation to the family of the name Martin My grandmother was Clara emma catherine martin she had a sister at least I have a photo of her and it is sign your sister eliz I cant be sure if thier from melbourne or sydney it is the start of this line for me so any thing would be of help Clara went on to marry percy mackness turville and had 4 children hilton frederick and marge and betty that resided at campsie in nsw Id like to find out where she was from and who was my ansesters on claras side thanks for listerning cheers wendy

by Kawhio on 2009-11-21 20:33:50

by Kawhio on 2009-11-21 20:57:49

Hi Scott,
What great reading all this Whakapapa (meaning in Maori, stacked upon,)makes.
Good stuff, Thank you to all.

I'm Brand new to your site, joined @1300 hrs.

Deep down I'm a Kiwi that in some ways I guess I've just started to walk out of the bush sort off.
I've spent many years on my Whakapapa in N.Z.about my Maori Tupuna,but little on my European side,of which I hope to make some head way.
Some of the names I'm hunting are the Thom from Scotland (1746)and the Williams from Ireland (1858).Both are my Grand Father's lines.

And now we all rest on this tiny little Island known as New Zealand.

In time I'll add more.

by dmqab2 on 2009-12-04 14:30:44

by SandyW on 2009-12-20 17:41:01

Hi Scott,

My name is Sandy and I live in Salt Lake City, Utah. Originally from New Zealand. I am a mother of three and love to do family history research as well.

Thank you for this wonderful site.

Since my membership in 2007, I have had some positive feedback from people all over. Not only have I found information about some of my ancestors, but I am able to connect with extended family members across the globe. So thank you!

Kind Regards,


by pup8970 on 2009-12-21 12:38:16

Hello, I live in Tennessee. I just started researching my family, because my grandma wanted to, but she passed away before she could. I feel I have an obligation to do this for her, but, at the same time,I am interested in my ancestors. I hope I can glean some very valuable information here since the family trees I have gotten info from are (for a lack of a better word)sloppy. One ancestor was supposed to have been born, married, had children, and died on the same day.

by rileysgranny on 2009-12-29 14:18:54

Hello pup8970 and all the rest of you bitten by this bug. I too live in Tennessee, but I was raised in Texas. I am just getting back to work on my family history after about 7 years off. Unfortunately my computer time is very limited as I have no home computer right now and I work a great number of hours. I really hate that work gets in the way of the research and other hobbies, but without work I can't afford to do anything!
My Father's family has been in Robertson County, Tennessee since the late 1700's. My 3rd Great Grandfather was Abraham WEBSTER from Pennsylvania married to Margaret T. TRUE of Spotsylvania, Virginia. As far as I know, Abraham's family has not been discovered. If I recall correctly, Margaret's father or Grandfather was James Hill TRUE and he or his kin were in the Revolutionary War. I don't have everything put to memory like I used to and I don't have dates, etc. in front of me, so am putting down what I do remember. Married into this line are MCCARLEY, ESTES, DORRIS, and others. Wesley Smith DORRIS was Great Grandfather number? and was killed in the Battle of Franklin. His diary was made into a book, whose title I can't remember (darn this old age memory problem!)
My Mother's maiden name was ALSOBROOK. Her father was Dave and her mother was Fannie Gertrude DAY. They were married in Georgia and he was in the logging business. They lived on Billy's Island (in the swamps) at one time and I had/have a couple of uncles that were born on the island. Mom was raised in Florida and was a cheerleader at Pasco County High School (I think this is the correct school name). Mom is 79 and Daddy is 81 now and both are in poor health.
I look forward to both contributing and obtaining more information from this site. How exciting to have a FREE site!
By the way, my husband's family name is LINK. His father's family was from Kentucky (Bowling Green area). I have some information on them as well. His mother's family is DAVIS, but her Grandparents were BUCK. I don't know much about them . . . yet.
Thank you for establishing this site.

by mhenderson72 on 2009-12-31 22:02:53

Hi to all, I am currently living in Sydney, Australia and genealogy has been a hobby for the past 6-7 years. My focus has been on my paternal side being Henderson/Colhoun/Crowe from Donegal,Ireland. Like many navigating the Irish records this has been difficult.

On my maternal side there is Findlay/Thom from Glasgow, Scotland. I am not researching this side as another family member is much more advanced.

Recently I have started research for my father-in-law. He is a Krause and his family comes from Krause/Semmler/Murphy.

I stumbled across this site by accident and can't say how lucky this was.

Great site and thanks to all.


by karrienz on 2010-01-08 15:47:48

Hi, Karen here from Christchurch, New Zealand; it's a very hot sunny day and the last day of my holidays so I'm a bit naughty being inside - I'd take the PC outside if my modem cable was long enough! Enjoying reading various journals and queries posed by members. I enjoy the family history research, mainly for the 'history' and sense of belonging it gives me; years ago our family were widely dispersed around NZ and one half didn't know the other half even existed...mainly thanks to my Grandad who lived in the North Island and all his rellies lived in the South Island...and he kept his family origins to himself for about 50 even my Mum never knew she had so many cousins, Aunties and Uncles as I've managed to locate. Sadly many of these folk have passed away but I'm hopeful that I can 'hook up' with some from later generations...anyway it gives me the 'warm fuzzies' to know I have family out there.

by bexxxjones on 2010-01-11 22:14:10

Hello Scott

Im a 37yr old Maori woman from New Zealand, a happy wee lass, I am. Blessed with a great marriage and with 4 truly awesome kids. In our household "Family comes first". Always.

We can connect with all, but, one side of my family.

I want to "Thank you Scott" for developing such a useful and interesting site. Although, I'm still getting to grips with this whole hunting the family, heritage etc... scenario. It's been such a blast looking up the past!

Especially in regards to my father keeping his family and origins almost tightly under wraps, and making it quite clear. If we (his off-springs) wanted to know his side of the family, we would have to do the work.

So, here I am! Finally taken up my Dad's challenge, on behalf of my siblings, my kids and myself (of course).

One hold up though?! I get on here and it takes me at least an hour or two to get down to business... It's like so much info at your fingertips that I tend too lose focus and jump onto other peoples searches, before doing mine? OH WEll!? I guess that's how it works does'nt it?!

Thanks Again

by okiegirl9879 on 2010-01-14 06:38:25

Hello All,

My name Is Jenny ( Sullivan) Newman. I am orgianlly from a small boondock town in Oklahoma called McCurtain. I currently live about 45 minutes from there in Talihina , Oklahoma. I have been researching since about 1990. I have accomplished alot of information on all sides of my family tree and still continue to accomplish things as I go along. Genealogy is my all time favorite Hobby of all... I have alot of information on is anyone would like to search my information.

I would like to take the time to say Thanks for the wonderful site. I hope myself and everyone on here accomplishes what they came here to find. God Bless Everyone!..

Jenny Sullivan Newman

by barry38372 on 2010-01-14 09:39:33

hello ,im from a town named savannah ,tn i am 48 . im trying to find the history of luther oscar ferrell who was born in savannah,tn 1890.

by homer0816 on 2010-01-22 21:22:28

Hi my name is Kristen I am from Baltimore Maryland but I live in Western Pennsylvania now, and I got into Genealogy because of my Dad has research our Kiblin family tree for about 10 years so I decided to trace my Mom's side of the family, and I traced my Ancestors on my Mom's side to Germany, France, Ireland, Scotland, and Switzerland and Holland. And my Mom and I are also part Native American (Shawnee Indian). Great site keep up the good work.

by douglasthompson on 2010-01-25 12:32:04

Hello Scott nice site , I am a Family History Consultant & teacher , & I have an online DNA School
I have traced my Family Back on Paper to 1096 & 30,000 years by DNA to the last Glacial Maximum (ice age) I think every Person should do the DNA cross typing it is a Great tool!!!
I am Haplogroup R - Haplotype R-U106* & yes I am Viking By Blood .
there really are some great people & stories out there from finding relatives that have been separated from there Family line for 100's of years & some finding ones lost a childhood only to be found & reunited w/ there loved ones , I hope you all enjoy my posts & learn from them , & please feel free to check out my School it is & will free as long as I am alive !!!
& thank you for your work & dedication to this site
Douglas Thompson the Viking

by ashlyy on 2010-01-28 22:43:58

hi my name is ashleigh i dont have a job yet because i am only 13 i origanly came from victoria in australia but i have moved queensland (still in australia) i am researching my ancectors for school I havent found any of my family i didnt know about yet
ashleigh foster

by barry38372 on 2010-02-06 09:11:41

hi im barry stricklin, im reseaching luther oscar ferrell and his family i would apprciate any help given to me ,what i know is that john ferrell lived in hardin co in 1850 might be luters grandfather but is unsure

by Chatykat on 2010-02-06 10:31:51

I enjoy doing genealogy for myself and others.

I belong to several lineage organizations, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the Revolutionary War, Daughter of American Colonists, Virginia Huguenot Society,
Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars and I am on the State Board for two of them, hold committee chairman ships in the others, I am the Registrar for my DAR chapter.

I own a small business, REBEL GALS, I make and sell handmade
Civil War Bonnets and also sell items of that period.

I collect and sell Depression Glass.

I love animals, I have a Red Cocker Spaniel named Red Pepper, but we call him Peppy. I have a cat named Choloe.

I have two children, eight grand children and nine great grandchildren all under 8.

I have been married 54 years to the same person. I grew up in Florida and moved to Virginia when I got married.

by sharry on 2010-02-19 02:58:44

Hi my name is sharon scoones nee griffin(a kiwi now living in australia.)I would love to hear from anyone with info on griffin ,armstrong ,mckenzie ,neilson ,scoones ,leal .thankyou

by marienona on 2010-03-10 21:02:48

I am Nona Lightner, nee Fortune. I was born and raised in Illinois and now live in Renton WA USA. My dad is Russell Kenneth Fortune; he was born, adopted, and raised in Portland ME. My mother, Minnie Mae Marketto, was born in Indiana and raised in Indiana and Illinois. I married John Leonard Lightner in 1973 in Illinois; we divorced in 1989 in King County, WA. We have 3 children.

by patty9755 on 2010-03-13 13:18:26

Where do I begin? I'll do what we do in genealogy. I'll start with myself. I am a divorced school teacher with one son and one grandson. I live out in the country, down the road from my son and his family. I have a sister and two brothers. My mother is still living, but my daddy is not. I live in the southwestern corner of Arkansas,but work in Louisiana. I moved to Arkansas to be near my kids and found my family connection right here. My family names are Stevens, Robinson, Ricks, Gaines, Crawford, Barge, Dean, and many more. My people have been in America since 1640. I have Welsh heritage in the Gaines/Gams line. Mostly, I am Irish, English, and Scottish. I am very proud of my heritage. I look forward to getting to know anyone who shares my passion for the past.

by chonny85 on 2010-04-22 21:58:32

I there!! Well I'm a married mum of 2 *precious* girls and have only been working on my tree for a few months. Funnily enough it was only after I went to see a medium, and he's telling me all of this stuff which I thought was complete bolony, only to realise I knew nothing of my families line. So now I'm an addict! lol.
I'm originally from Ipswich, QLd but now reside in Cairns QLD, if only I'd decided to do this during the 24 years I lived in Brisbane, where the state library was only a half hour away....but all good.
I'm having a trouble tracking my paternal grandmothers side of the family BURTON, so much conflicting information and each time I think of 'got it' another spanner gets thrown in. I've been fairly lucky in finding info, so I'm quiet enjoying this little 'challenge' but now getting frustrated about this brick walls I keep running into.
Anyway...wicked cool going to play around a little now!

by VHaime on 2010-04-29 13:09:13

Hello. I live on the south coast of England and am about to become a grandmother, so well on the way to becoming an ancestor myself! This is a nice site - it's really interesting to read the journals and the responses from other members. Keep it up everyone - I look forward to spending a lot of time reading your stories.

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by realmccoy on 2013-08-27 15:22:21

Hello,My name is Hugh.Age 59.Married with four grown up daughters and 8 grandchildren.
I have been tracing both my parents relations for about 12 years.Have been very lucky with my Mothers side,the Gordon,s getting in touch and visiting relations in Florida,
England,New Zeland and Australia.My Fathers side,the McCoy,s on the other hand was difficult.In particular a James and Anne McCoy,brother and sister of my Grandfather.Both born in Ardee County Louth Ireland,Anne in 1866 and James in 1868.Both emigrated to the where and when. i don,t know.Both of these a huge brick wall.

by realmccoy on 2013-08-27 15:24:22

Hello,My name is Hugh.Age 59.Married with four grown up daughters and 8 grandchildren.
I have been tracing both my parents relations for about 12 years.Have been very lucky with my Mothers side,the Gordon,s getting in touch and visiting relations in Florida,
England,New Zeland and Australia.My Fathers side,the McCoy,s on the other hand was difficult.In particular a James and Anne McCoy,brother and sister of my Grandfather.Both born in Ardee County Louth Ireland,Anne in 1866 and James in 1868.Both emigrated to the where and when. i don,t know.Both of these a huge brick wall.

by hoddy8 on 2015-08-10 22:35:04

Trying to reply to smith41 having a lot of trouble with safari not sure if this will reach them.
smith41 sent me a message about John Mansey 1650.
I am now on firefox hope it works.

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by IN_Genealogist on 2017-02-11 00:29:18

My name is Pamm...yes 2 M's! Have to be different! I've been researching various lines in my family history for 16 years. If your name is ICE, we are likely related somehow! I have traced lines back to the 14-1500s; to Chief Tecumseh and his brother, The Prophet; to the Germanna Colonies of 1715-1717 and even to the Mayflower. Genealogy is my passion...I would love to become certified and get paid to do this work! I have contributed to my own heritage with 4 children and 16 grandchildren.

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by wyn on 2017-02-26 03:47:51

Hi my name is Wyn... i was Born in New Zealand then moved to QLD Australia 40 yrs ago....I just love this site and thank you so very very much ....doing this has been so tuff at times due to so many adoptions and having family not talking about what was thought to be shame back then...but I'm getting there...funny we all thought our past family name was.. Lintern.. on my dads side but looking into it further we end up being.. Brown.. and do you know how many Brown's there are to sift through..oh well i only hope i get the answer's before i forget why turned the computer on...thank you again..take care

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