Hi all. My name is Mary and I have been researching my family history for about 2 years or so. I have a couple of brick walls I would like to break through and hope to do so eventually.
I currently live in NJ with my daughter but my family is from NYC - mostly within the outer boroughs.
New to the site, relatively new to genealogy and happy to have found this genealogywise. I've been doing research off and on, mostly off, for about a year now. I've done a DNA test, I'm on ancestry, family search, and GEDMatch.
I hope to connect with distant and maybe not so distant relatives to share information, photos, histories. I love hearing from folks so even if it ends up we aren't related we could end up friends and you can never have enough of those!!
Hello, I've been researching family history and genealogy for about 10 years. I made the mistake of picking first the SUMNER surname of my mother's real father; she was adopted and raised by a CUPP family. All I recalled her saying about her father was "He's from Missouri and his mother was Fanny TREMAIN." I should have started with a family that had more research done so I could check myself against census records and other facts as I went along, but oh well. I did discover the wonderful online message boards where I came across several knowledgeable as well as generous cousins. When I seemed not to be getting anywhere very fast on my own, however, I went back to my husband's TATUM, REED, EDWARDS, DRAKE, HANNA and related families which are in some cases pretty well-researched and started with what his mother had given him: a small, battered manila folder with some newspaper clippings, an old funeral program, a few genealogy charts, and several old documents that turned out to be original indenture papers for one ancestor. This got me going very well as it turned out. Then I worked at my childrens' father's family information as it was well-done and I learned how to read descendancy charts, family group sheets, etc. Then I got Family Treemaker. After that I started back on the SUMNERS by doing library research and ordering census records and family maps via InterLibraryLoan. Also read many books and bought a few. "Who's Your Hoosier?" is one of my favorites. Then became interested in DNA research (I had studied DNA and RNA in Jr. High BSCS Biology in the 60s but never dreamed that the Human Genome would be mapped in my lifetime) and got my husband involved in the TATUM Y-DNA PROJECT at FTDNA, where I tested as well. It's all addictive, and I have learned more about the US and its history from genealogy and DNA research than I ever learned in school. Now I've been tackling Scandinavian research in order to learn more of my father's family in Norway.
Welcome to GenealogyWise Paulette!
Thanks! I hope I wasn't too much of a gabber...
Where your Sumner be from ? I have a few in Kentucky and Oklahoma.
My ancestor Samuel Sumner was born in North Carolina abt. 1786. He married Sarah Jane Clark b. abt. 1789 NC. They did live in Kentucky for a while, I think Floyd County, KY.
I've only traced back to 1848, Williamsburg, Whitley County, Kentucky, Nathniel Sumner and his wife Martha Meadors. Any connection ? They were off on a "side branch" in my tree so nothing shows in my Ancestry Autosomal DNA test for their names.
Wow, you get surnames from your ancestry autosomal DNA tests? That's cool. I don't have any Nathaniel Sumner or Martha Meadors, sorry.