I've been doing genealogy research for over 20 years, my focus is on the southern US but will happily research ancestors anywhere in the US. I will locate every record I can using various websites and archives both on and off Ancestry including your states historical online archives, among others. I will focus on locating documents but will also build out a small family tree for the ancestor including spouse, children, and parents if possible. Here is a link to my family tree on Ancestry if you'd like to see the work I do: Ancestry tree . I'll have results for you in one week.
For $25 I can help you with your DNA research, I can discuss this with you on a case by case basis to determine your needs and see if I'm able to help you. I'm familiar Ancestry, FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA), MyHeritage, Gedmatch, DNA Painter, and 23andMe.
I’ve been translating German church records from nearly 175 years ago for about a year and have posted here before as I learned to read spidery old handwriting.
I’ve discovered that the first main families of my town intermingled and hence I have one very large local family tree. There are a few families not fully connected in yet that are “floating”, but feel free to check it out.
I’m planning on taking a picnic with my dog to the graveyard to take pictures of the headstones and family plots for the tree and visit some of the individuals whose entire families and descendants have been traced and uploaded to the tree.
Edit: it’s only on ancestry right now but when it’s finished I can export a GED ? File if anyone has family around here.
I had the idea to keep track of everyone in my new village, and keep full family trees and see how much all the starting families would mix up.
At first, I also tried to record when a child was born, but it seemed impossible to reconcile the game years with the speed at which people age in the game. So here's how I keep track of "time":
For family names, i've just decided that the children of the first generation simply kept their father's first name as family name. example: Pierrench was one of the 12 first adults, his son is called Xzavie Pierrench. This was also necessary because I've already had 2 people having the same first name twice. And this also basically makes "Nobility houses" (I've also added real coats of arms to each family).
To make things also more "medievalish" and interesting, I also gave the starting population nobility titles. The oldest person in the village was crowned King, while all other people recieved the Great Duke title.
Just a thing I should note about the nobility titles, because I applied some weird rules to them that only I know about, and probably aren't at all how they would've worked in history:
In retrospect, I should probably just have given ONE king title, ONE duke title, ONE count title and ONE Baron title to 4 arbitrary villagers, with the rest of them commoners, but I'm commited to this for now.
I'm not very far yet, as only 3 people have died of Old Age so far (IIRC, I'm in about year 10-13). I plan on keeping this up, might make another thread in a few weeks/months (depending on how long I can keep this up, because I just realised I'll also have to keep track of when houses become empty again because the original owners died).
I've kept everything in an actual genealogy program, and here are some charts! (more speci... keep reading on reddit ➡
My biological family is dead. I was raised in foster care, and so my friends are my family. I met my late husband in college. He was just raised by his mother, who had abandoned him and later died (no adoptive family). As an adult, I've looked into both trees and our biological ancestors are, to put it mildly, really dangerous people and/or dead. My late husband and older son died in a car crash.
My daughter is in kindergarten and she, more accurately me, was supposed to do a family tree project for school. I tried speaking to her teacher that this was not going to be a Pollyanna report, but she is one of those people that can't comprehend that sometimes family is a dark subject, and insisted that it needed to be biological. So, I did it.
Some of them, like her father and my son, I have actual information for aside from that they're dead. But for most of my family and her paternal family, I literally only have birth date, death date, when they would have had their kids, and cemetery information, unless they were cremated.
It was supposed to have 10 pictures, but most of the pictures I have of any ancestors are just headstones. I made a trip when my husband and I first married to take pictures of the headstones, so I included those in there. I only have 3 pictures total of my biological family, and most of them are group shots where I could only label maybe 3 people. I don't have any pictures of my late husband's family from before me and my kids, but I put some of the old ones in there too.
So while the other kids had long family trees, my daughter was basically introducing the concept of death to her kindergarten class. Now I'm getting slammed with calls from other parents, the teacher, and the principal. They're appalled that I allowed such a "morbid" report and are saying I traumatized their children. I don't think I did anything wrong. They wanted a report on her biological ancestors, I gave it, and kept it G-rated. I just didn't lie that people were alive when they weren't. I don't raise her to think that death is taboo or something to be ashamed of anyway. Death is part of life. Most of her/my family is dead, so talking about family just means talking about death, and it's just something you have to accept. AITA?
I was looking at the Smith family tree and I was surprised to see they have four generations already loaded in there. They also have relationships established with their neighbors.
Idk, I think it's just a really nice touch that helps you get into a real story line.