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Old 11-06-2009, 08:09 AM
 
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So who here at City Data has traced their family tree be it paternal, maternal or both??

We had our paternal family tree done back in the 1980's and so we know that our great patriarch ''William I'' left the port city Plymouth in Devonshire SW England on a ship in 1789 and came to America (South Carolina) to be a tobacco sharecropper.

Anyone else on here??
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Black Hammock Island
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My mother's side was done in the 1960s/70s (England to Plymouth Colony and Mass Bay Colony 1600s); I finished my mother-in-law's in 2007 (France to Canada in the 1700s to America in the late 1800s); I haven't touched my father-in-law's just yet (England to SC? 1700s? with Swedish and Cherokee lines mixed in); I'm currently working on my father's (from ? to Portsmouth NH area in 1600s, with others from England to Mass Bay Colony in the same time period). I had hoped to 'publish' my father's tree by Christmas - which isn't going to happen because my database is a tangled mess of branches.
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:39 AM
 
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Was your Tree done professionaly? I did mine through Ancestry.com and I don't know if I "buy" everything I found.. For example I got back to the 600's Some of the names I did try to verify and am pretty confident, but some are just "too good to be believed"
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:54 AM
 
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Was your Tree done professionaly? I did mine through Ancestry.com and I don't know if I "buy" everything I found.. For example I got back to the 600's Some of the names I did try to verify and am pretty confident, but some are just "too good to be believed"
lol no, I don't "buy" it all either. In many cases I'm confident with most of the information I've gathered back to the mid to late 1500s, and only because I pay close attention to the sources quoted. Once you move before that timeframe, the info is just too sketchy and yes, too good to be true in many cases. The number of times I have have found the same perpetual untruths about one of my family lines linked to royalty makes me laugh. Or that my Jeffrey the Original's father was James from Scotland - also not true and yet it still shows up everywhere all the time (the professionals in the US and in the UK have searched and not found Jeffrey's origin.)

My trees were done by me (just an amateur), and I rely extensively on ancestry.com etc to get the ball rolling. But I rarely take that info as definite and cast in cement, and afterwards will go to other sources such as Vital Records and censuses and birth/death certificates to confirm or deny the ancestry.com data.
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Old 11-06-2009, 09:18 AM
 
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So what you're saying is that I'm not really related to Charlemagne???
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Old 11-06-2009, 09:24 AM
 
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Was your Tree done professionaly?
Who are you asking ??? .

I know that my aunt (Dads sister) paid to have it done professionally back then in Charleston as it wasn't very hard to dig up the marriage, birth and death certificates since my paternal family stayed the same 4 county region around Charleston for 200 years and so we got a very good detailed report of names, dates and locations etc. all the way thru to my paternal Grand Dad who was born in 1915.

To this day i have tons of paternal relatives who reside in South Carolina/Georgia that i've never met and i probably never will get to meeting them all.
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Old 11-06-2009, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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So what you're saying is that I'm not really related to Charlemagne???
A few years ago, a mathematician at Dartmouth [I think] proved [mathematically] that EVERY person of Western European descent shares ONE common ancestor.....Charlemagne......

Hi Cousin
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Old 11-06-2009, 11:01 AM
 
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A few years ago, a mathematician at Dartmouth [I think] proved [mathematically] that EVERY person of Western European descent shares ONE common ancestor.....Charlemagne......

Hi Cousin
Hi cousin :-)

My "royal" line was supposed to go back somewhere and connect up with Princess Diana's line -- it doesn't (or I should say no one has actually proved it). So, I stopped practicing the royal wave.

6 FOOT 3 - I'm envious that you had the good fortune of excellent documentation. It's so frustrating to have ancestors who wouldn't let grass grown under their feet long enough to establish decent roots.
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Old 11-06-2009, 11:06 AM
 
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Hi cousin :-)

My "royal" line was supposed to go back somewhere and connect up with Princess Diana's line -- it doesn't (or I should say no one has actually proved it). So, I stopped practicing the royal wave.

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Mine [allegedly] does the same....it connects to the spencers [Lady Di and Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill] which also makes Elizabeth Andrew Borden a 6th cousin as well as Humphry Bogart and Lady Godiva.
Fun to talk about but I haven;t proven it yet.
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Old 11-06-2009, 11:25 AM
 
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So what you're saying is that I'm not really related to Charlemagne???
lol

ancestry told me I was cousins with George W and George H Bush. Not sure if I believe that. Not sure if I WANT to believe that.
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