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This page is always a work in progress. The following is a expansion on comments I posted elsewhere, so by way of introduction:

"We know what we don’t know. It's in our bones, in our shared DNA. It's the call of the ancestors, of places and kin we are drawn to, whether we know the reason or not. Have you ever noticed how the places people settle are often similar to where they came from?—or why are you just 'at home' in some places and not others? Or some people just feel like you have known them forever although you just met. I do not believe that things are quite as random as we think……" (***see article at bottom of page, lest you think I am completely unscientific)

"Perhaps that's why genealogy appeals to me. It starts as just a bunch of tangles and loose ends....*You unravel a section, get stuck, then over to another and work on that for awhile* get stuck repeat from  first * endlessly. Occasionally you get a whole ball of yarn in which to make something with but those nagging tangles just pull you back in.....".

There are no rules with DNA. Some of our ancestors couldn't read so they didn't follow the instructions."

" If there is one thing we need it is a fundamental understanding of statistics and analysis. Combine that with Murphy's law and you get "whatever can happen, will happen and you can count on it not to happen when you expect it to."

"Our family trees are riddled with Riddles" from S99H99

And this from a wonderful Children's book called If These Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge by Marc Aronson. National Geographic, Washington DC 2010 pg. 56:

"Really it is about putting aside what you think you know, what has been passed along, and being willing to trust what you yourself see and to test it rigorously."

"[Paul] Feyerabend believed that strict adherence to the scientific method would inhibit progress, and that a bit of anarchy is essential to good science.  Further, the usual criteria, e.g. consistency and falsification, are antithetical to progress." Anne Buchanan

"When you look in the mirror you see not just your face but a museum. Although your face, in one sense is your own, it is composed of a collage of features you have inherited from your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on. The lips and eyes that either bother or please you are not yours alone but are features of your ancestors, long dead individuals but still very much alive as fragments in you. Even complex qualities such as your sense of balance, musical abilities, shyness in crowds or susceptibility to sickness have been lived before. We carry the past around with us all the time, not just in our bodies. It lives also in our customs, including the way that we speak. The past is a set of invisible lenses we wear constantly, and through which we perceive the world and the world perceives us. We stand always on the shoulders of our ancestors, whether of not we look down to acknowledge them."   'The Horse, the Wheel and Language' by David Anthony

"Remember, beyond every brick wall… is another brick wall." Dan Cerchi

I posted this on the Organized Genealogist FACEBOOK page. It had the most likes of anything I have posted anywhere and the most requests to quote it so I am posting here until it finds a place of its own.


This is for NEW GENEALOGISTS or those looking to revamp their systems. First I apologize for sounding like a broken record. I have nearly 45 years of experience so I have seen/done it all. Most of the systems for organizing are just fine when you start out or even ten years in but somewhere along the line the color coded, numeric, alpha numeric, file folders, binders etc is going to break down.

You may be able to remember 200 ancestors and where they fit into your tree but you aren't going to remember 10,000. Computerized programs are nice for that. When most of us start doing genealogy we may not have a well thought out GOAL and so the plan to achieve it leads to a breakdown in organizing. As we get older our goals change. We no longer are worried about filling in every blank and shift as I have to telling stories. Perhaps individual 9457 means something to you or FT436. Great. But ask yourself what is this going to mean to your children, grandchildren etc. If they are going to look at all your hard work and either not be able to make sense of it or worse yet not care....then what you have done is fascinating and it may be beautifully arranged but if it isn't retained or read--- well it was just a nice past time.

What is most compelling about genealogy is the STORIES. Not names and dates but a ticket stub from the World's fair where grandma met grandpa. Its letters, diaries, photos, its knowing that great grandma married at 14 and searching to find out why. If you start NOW to organize with the idea of telling these stories I guarantee not only will you be happier, more organized and your research more focused---but so will those that come after you.

You can use any system you want but please think about the stories. Perhaps you have a binder or binders that are organized by surnames, or Irish immigrants or Revolutionary war Veterans. Just make sure to put all the information on any individual or family together. That means everything, not photos here, census there, birth certificates in that folder.

Think of it this way.....do you want to be scattered across files, boxes, cabinets? A bunch of vertebrae in that box and hip bones on the other shelf? If a forensic scientist was trying to reconstruct your skeleton would they not lay out all your bones, put them into order and then if they were trying to reconstruct your life and what you looked like they would slowly add meat to the bones.

Your job: should you choose to accept it, is to resurrect the people that made your life possible. Choose the ones that call to you and start assembling them now. You will be happier and all those that come after you as well. Trust me on this. Organize to tell stories, do not tell stories of how wonderfully you organize!" Kelly Wheaton


Bring Your Family History to Life Through Social History by Katherine Scott Sturdevant. c 2000

You Can Write Your Family History by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack c. 2003

Chromosome map of my Ancestors as of 7-2017 (click for larger image)




        Paternal Haplogroup (inferred) I2b1
        Maternal Haplogroup DNA U5a1b2 (16362)
        ANCESTRY a4est42
23andme Kwheaton
GEDMATCH M090434 &

My paternal lines have several ancestral groups
1. 1700's Germans to PA then south to VA, NC, TN, AL then north to IA and NE
2. 1700's Ulster Scots (Scotland to Northern Ireland) to MD then OH, IL, NE
3. 1700's Germans to MD then IL and NE
4. 1600's English to MA to NY, IL , NE
5. 1700's English and Ulster Scots to GA, AL, TX, MO and west
6.  Bits of Native American, African and perhaps Roma or Turkish 

My maternal line is broken down into four ancestral groups
1. 1800's Norwegian (Vinje & Seljord, Telemark) to IL & MN
2. 1800's Swedish (mainly Jonkoping and Kopparsburg Lans) to IL and MN
3. Late 1700's Possibly Hessian (German) and/ or Ireland to New Jersey, NY, MI
4  1600's English to MA to VT, NY, MI, then west

My 6 generation Birthplace chart (Quite a colorful mix?)

"Finding  a Few Hundred Cousins"  Dec 2012 Wall Street Journal Article 
"Unconventional Research In Rehoboth, MA: The Rehoboth Ancestors DNA Project" Rhode Island Genealogical Society Reporter Aug 2014 https://rigensoc.org/upload/newsletters/RIGSReporter_August2014_COLOR.pdf


I have now confirmed DNA connections with all 16 of my gg-grandparents or 100%.


X possibilities are italicized (if we share on Chr. 23 the X) Those in red are those for which I have VERIFIED DNA matches at this level. Matches are shown at the level they occur. So obviously closer matches may encompass these ancestors but I am looking at an ancestor or ancestor couple and looking for shared segments from different lines of descent. The vast ajority are through Ancestry Circles or Thru lines but some are from My Heritage, 23andme etc.

2nd great-grandparents (Complete 6th generation) 3rd cousin level (+/-88% will share DNA w. me)

John Wesley WILLIAMSON MOSIER & Catherine Adeline STEWART Madison Co, AL & CT to Lee Co, IA to Dodge Co, NE  5 x's
James Lewis PADEN & Millicent Almena COATS  Bureau Co, IL  to Colfax Co, IA 7 x's
Soloman Addison HENAGER & Mary A SPARKS Adair Co, KY 8x's

William Marsh FRANKLIN & Eliza Jane KIRK Tuscaloosa, AL to Red River Co, TX to Jasper Co, MO to Latah Co, ID 6 x's
John Soloman LUNDBERG & Anna OLSDOTTER Jonkoping, Sweden to Minneapolis, MN
Charles Gustavus VANSTRUM & Elizabeth OLSEN Jonkoping, Sweden & Telemark, Norway to Redwing and Minneapolis, MN
Elmer S. SHELDON & Rachel SMITH Kent Co, MI 2 xs
Johnathan Blynn HALL & Sarah MERRITT Genesse Co, NY to Kent Co, MI

3rd great-grandparents (Complete 6th generation) 4th cousin level

John L. MOSER & Nancy WILLIAMSON Madison Co. AL to Lee Co, IA
Andrew STEWART & Sarah (Sally) RUTAN CT to Sandusky, OH to Lee Co. IA  3 x's 
Alexander PADEN & Maria RAMSBURG Frederick Co. MD to Bureau Co., IL 5 x's 

Daniel COATS & Mary ALLEN Otsego Co., NY to Colfax Co., NE 14 x's 
Soloman HENAGER & Rachel Selina SPARKS NC to Adair Co. KY 13 x's
Josiah FRANKLIN & Harriot PARK Tuscaloosa Co, AL, & SC to Red River Co, TX 14 x's  
"Ja See" SPARKS & Nancy BARNES  Cumberland and Culpeper Cos., NC to Adiar Co. KY 13 x's
John KIRK and Sallie WOOD Montgomery and Edgecombe Cos., NC to Red River, TX 6 x's
Johan Peter LUNDBERG and Anna Catarina Jacobsdotter  Jonkoping, Sweden to Minneapolis, MN 2 x's 
Olof Nilsson and Kersten Persdotter Jonkoping, Sweden to Minneapolis, MN 2 x's
Gustavus Bengtsson and Maria Catherina HAKBERG  Hakarp, Jonkoping, Sweden to MN
Olsson and Gundvor Giselsdotter Vinje, Telemark, Norway

SHELDON and Elizabeth CORBIN Dutchess Co, NY
SMITH & Rachel BACON  Dutchess Co, NY to OntarioCo, Ny to Kent CO, MI 
2 x's 
Elisha HALL and Sallie THOMPSON  Pawlet, VT to Genesee, NY to Kent Co, MI
MERRITT and Margaret GEARY (mtDNA) NJ to Wyoming & Genesee Co, NY

Some of my known 4th great-grandparents  7th generation 5th cousin level  (+/-40% will share DNA)

Nicholas MOSER & Elizabeth LOY Berks Co.,PA to Orange later Almance Co, NC 16 X's
Robert WILLIAMSON & Elizabeth ? (SC?) to Madison Co, AL 2 x's
Daniel Bertine STEWART & Olive SCOVILLE Cornwall & Middletown CT  to Athens CO, OH 8xs 

Daniel RUTAN & Mary HAZEL (MD to OH)  Audria, MD to Champaign CO, OH 4x's 
John PADEN & Tabitha ? Londonderry, Ireland to Frederick Co, MD (Roots in Scotland) 
Christian RAMSBURG & Mary SNOOK Frederick Co, MD 3
Rufus COATS & Mercy ROSE  Stonington CT to DeKalb Co, IN 5 x's 
Ira ALLEN & Hannah WATERS Ira, VT to Jefferson Co., NY
Conrad HENAGER & Christina BOLTENHAMMER PA to NC to KY)
Josiah SPARKS & Susannah PHILLIPS (MD to KY)
William David SPARKS & Mary WRIGHT (MD to KY) 12xs
William BARNES & Elizabeth MARSHALL (VA to KY) 9xs 

Thomas FRANKLIN & Nancy ?? perhaps BASS (England to GA to AL) 3 x's
? PARK & Catherine ? SC
John KIRK & Sarah STEELE Ireland to NC 9xs 

Penuel WOOD & Peggy SMITHSON NC 4
William KENDRICK & Sarah JONES
Justus SHELDON & Sylvia SHERMAN RI to Dutchess Co, NY
Samuel CORBIN & Perhaps Allen? Dutchess Co, NY
Asa BACON & Pamela WAITE MA to CT to NY 
3 x's 
Peter HALL & Mandana CLARK CT to VT 17 x's

William THOMPSON ? & Sarah MA
Sven TAPPER & Lena Larsdotter Vrigstad, Jonkoping, Sweden
Peter Hakberg Johanssen & Maria Katharina Petersdotter, Hakarp, Jonkoping, Sweden
"Store" Ole LODVORSON & Asloug ELIEFSDOTTER Vinje, Telemark, Norway
Gisle EGILSON Habbarskvammen Drotning & Asloug RUEFSDOTTER Rui Seljord, Telemark, Norway

Some of my 5th great grandparents 8th generation 6th cousin level

(Georg) Frederick MOSER & Maria Barbara LIESER Bavaria, Germany to PA  19x's                                                                    
George LOY and Mary Elizabeth TILLMAN Germany to PA 9x's   
Daniel STEWART & Phoebe Lee CHAPMAN  Colonial CT 
John RUTAN & Catherine JONES Alsace,
France to NJ & NY 4 X's
Henry Clayton HAZEL & Sarah JOHNSON 5
Philip Henry RAMSBURG & Susannah DEVILBISS Germany to Fredrick Co, MD 2 X's
Peter SNOOK & Maria GOSS Germany to MD
William COATES & Zipporah PALMER  CT to NY 6xs                                                                             
Peter ROSE & Mary Sarah GATES CT 2 x's
Benjamin ALLEN & Amy WOOD
Conrad HENNIGER & Anna Catherina KUTZ 7 x's
Matthew SPARKS & Elinor  5 x's
Soloman WRIGHT & Mary TIDMARSH 3xs
Culpeper, Culpeper, Virginia, USA 3 x's
Alexander MASRHALL & Elizabeth WORSHAM 5xs
Robert STEELE & ?
William WOOD & Martha KENDRICK  7 x's Poquoson, York, Virginia to Randolph NC
Issac SHELDON & Deborah HAIGHT Colonial 6
Benjamin SHERMAN & Deborah DELANO Colonial 2 x's
Ephraim BACON & Sarah FAIRBANKS Colonial 7x's
Seth WAITE & Submit SMITH Colonial 
James HALL & Mary LAMB Colonial
Elisha CLARK & Sarah SMITH Colonial
Skinnar Olof LARSSON & Ingebor OLSDOTTER

Some of my 6th great grandparents 9th generation 7th cousin level (+/-12% will share)

Johan Martin MOSER & Margaretha SCHWENBAUER Bavaria, Germany to PA 7 xs
Benedict LIESER & Barbara ISCH Germany to PA
Martin LOY & Catherine FAUST? PA to NC
John TILLMAN (TILGHAM) & Eva DRYDEN Somerset, MD to OH
Alexander STEWART & Margaret ROBINSON Antrim, Ireland to CT 4xs (roots in Scotland, part of the Royal STEWART through Sir John Stewart of Bonkyll)
David CHAPMAN & Abigail LEE East Haddam, CT
Peter (Pieter Abraham) RUTAN & Anna France to NJ 4x's
Power HAZEL & ? NJ to VA
Abraham JOHNSON & Rachel OKNEY NJ to VA 2 x's
Stephen REMSBURGH & Anna BRUNNER Germany to Frederick Co, MD 9x's
Hans Casper DEVILBISS & Anna Barbara COCIL? Germany to MD 8`x's
John SNOOK & Elsie ROCKFELLER New Jersey
William COATS & Antrase GRAY Stonington, CT 3 x's
Dr. Joseph PALMER & Zipporah BILLINGS Stonington, CT
Peter ROSE & Elizabeth FISH Preston & Stonington, CT
Issac GATES & Deborah PARTRIDGE CT 2 x's
Barnabas ALLEN & Amey CAMP Rehoboth, MA 2 x's
Nathan WOOD & Rhobe MASON Swansea MA to Berkshire Co, MA
Hans Johann Michael HENNINGER & Anna Maria PARY 2 x's Alsace, France/Germany
Thomas SPARKS & Elizabeth ? MD 2 x's
Alexander MARSHALL & Elizabeth WORSHAM 2 x's Henrico, Virginia
Soloman WRIGHT & Mary TIDMARSH MD 3xs ?? about this line
Nicholas KUTZ & Anna Catherina GRIMM Swiss to PA 4's
Michael HAWKINS & Agnes EATON Culpeper, Culpeper, Virginia, USA 5x's
Penuel WOOD & Marty SMITHSON VA to NC Powhattan, Virginia 
Michael HAWKINS & Agnes EATON 4 x's
William KENDRICK & Sarah JONES VA to NC
King William, Virginia, to Warren NC
Edward JONES & Abigail SUGARS
Isle of Wight, Isle of Wight, Virginia to Granville, NC 4
Bartlett SMITHSON & Martha WILLIAMS Hanover and Lunenburg Cos VA
Haga Nils Olsson & Anna Jonsdotter Sweden
Thomas SHELDON & Harriet WINTERS RI to Dutchess Co., NY 2 x's
Obadiah COOPER & Cornelia GARDENIER 3 x's
Joshua HAIGHT & Charity KIPP Dutchess Co., NY
Jabez SHERMAN & Jedidah HAWES Dartmouth, MA 5 x's
Thomas DELANO & Jane PECKHAM Dartmouth, MA
Thomas CORBIN & Sarah EASTMAN CT & MA to Dutchess Co., NY 3 xs
Ephraim BACON & Elizabeth GRIGGS MA
Samuel FAIRBANKS & Susannah WATSON MA 2 x's
James HALL & Mehitable WOOD Barnstaple, MA
Thomas LAMB & Sarah J. BECKWITH 2xs
Daniel CLARK & Elizabeth WHITMORE Middletown, CT 4x's
Ebenezer SMITH & Mary ? Wethersfield and Haddam, CT
William WOOD & Elizabeth VEAL Essex, MA 2 x's

Some of my 7th to 8th Great-grandparents 10-12 generations 8th-9th cousin level (+/-5% will share)

Alexannder MARSHALL & Elizabeth WORSHAM 3 xs
Hans Adam MOSER & Maria STROBEL Bavaria, Germany
Nicolas KUTZ and Anna Catharina GRIMM 2 x's
Joseph BRUNNER & Catherine Elizabeth THOMAS Schifferstadt, Rhineland, Bavaria, German 5 xs
Francis Marion SMITHSON & Sarah Edward Burley CHILES?
William COATES & Hannah BILL
Philip BILL & Hannah WAITE
3 x's
Johan Peter
LOY (LEYE) & Anna Maria FETCHER Germany
Edward JONES & Abigail SUGARS VA to NC 3 x's
Lt. Jabez CORBIN & Mary MORSE MAto CT 2 x's
Alexander STEWART & Margaret DIXON Antrim Ireland > CT 3xs
Peter Abraham RUTAN
Roger EASTMAN & Sarah SMITH 2 xs
Samuel EASTMAN & Elizabeth SCRIBNER
2 xs
Samuel LAMB & Rebecca BIRD 2Xs
Robert CHAPMAN & Mary STEVENS 3xs
John WOOD & Bethaiah MASON
John WOOD & Charity MILLARD 
John WOOD & Isabel HAZEN 4xs
Issac MASON & Mary FISKE
Thomas SPARKS & Elizabeth
Robert Samuel ALLEN & Elizabeth YOUNG 6 X's
George PALMER & Hannah PALMER 6 x's Stonington, CT
Stonington, CT
Francis WHITMOREHannah HARRIS  5x's
Jonathan DELANO & Jane PECKHAM
Jonathan DELANO & Mercy WARREN 6 x's
Stephen PECKHAM & Mary POPE
Stephen GATES & Jemina BENJAMIN 3 x's
Isaac SHELDON & Susanah POTTER 7 x's
Benjamin HASTINGS & Mark CLARK 
2 x's
James BILLINGS and Mary HEWITT 2 x's
Edward GRAY and Elizabeth PABODIE
Moses HAIGHT & Elizabeth SHUTE
Simeon HAIGHT & Susannah SMITH
Thomas WOOD & Ann HUNT 3 x's
John HAWES & Desire GORHAM
Daniel BACON & Mary REED
William VEAL & Catherine HEIST

Edward HAZEN & Hannah GRANT
William HALL & Esther MATTHEWS 2x's
Sgt. John WAITE & Mary BELDEN 5 x's
Ebenezer SMITH & Mary ROBERTS  
Mary CLARK 3xs
John CLARK & Elizabeth WHITE
Johann Peter
ROCKFELLER & Elizabthe Christina RUNKEL 8x's
Francis SMITHSON & Sarah CHILES?
Samuel FISH & Elizabeth WILLLIAMS  2xs
Edward LEES & Abigail STEVENS  3xs
          Samuel TEUFFLBESS & Magdelena
Hans Jacob GRIMM & Anna Catherina  HENRICH
Lars Olofsson & Brita Jonsdotter 


Best Rough guestimate based on my family tree

50% English/Scottish/Irish
25% Swedish/Norwegian
18% German/Austrian/French
  7% Mixed (Dutch/African/Native American/Roma/Portuguese/Turkish?)

Africa < 1%
Africa Southcentral Hunter Gatherers <1%
Europe 97%
Great Britain 47%
Scandinavia 33%
Finnish/Northern Russia 5%
Ireland 4%
Europe West 3%
Iberian Peninsula 3%
Italy/Greece 1%
European Jewish < 1%
West Asia 2%

23andme New Ancestry Composition (speculative mode) This comes closest to my family tree

European 99.4%

Northwestern European 93.6%
British & Irish 36.4%
Scandinavian 23.6%
French & German 6.9%
Broadly Northwestern European 26.8%
Southern European 4.5%
Balkan 2.2%
Iberian 0.7%
Broadly Southern European 1.6%
Broadly European 1.2%

Sub-Saharan African 0.6%

West African 0.6%

East Asian & Native American < 0.1%

95.61% Western European (shows British Isles)
4.39% South Asia (shows India)

New FTDNA MyOrigins (percentages under 1% are not shown)
    53% European Coastal Isles (shows British Isles)
    40% European Northlands (shows Scandinavian)
    5% Eurasian Heartland (shows Afghanistan)
    2% Anatolia & Caucasus (shows Turkey)

75% British Isles
7% Finland
6 % Scandinavian
11% SE European

And here's a comparison with World9 DODECAD
0.27% Amerindian
0.50% East_Asian (this would also suggest Native American)
0.87% African
72.79% Atlantic_Baltic
0.75% Australasian (Oceania)
0.01% Siberian (this would also suggest Native American)
13.60% Caucasus_Gedrosia
10.40% Southern (European/Mediterranean)
0.83% South_Asian

This is a map of the latest Ancestry Beta Ethnicity Estimate , followed by DNALand.com

This is my Chromosome painting from 23 showing the .1 Native American on the beginning of Chr 20 and the large African Segments on Chr 8 & 10

How many Ancestors have I found? (Only counting ancestors with Full names)




2) Parents



3) Grandparents



4) Great Grandparents



5) 2nd Great Grandparents



6) 3rd Great Grandparents


32    100%

7) 4th Great Grandparents


54     84%

8) 5th Great Grandparents


88     68%

9) 6th Great Grandparents


131   51%

10) 7th Great Grandparents


195  38%



530   51% overall

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