|About Sandhills Genealogical Society Family Trees
NOTICE TO ALL SANDHILLS FAMILY TREES USERS: Do not load any new stuff
into the system at this time. Due to growth pains and technical issues, we are making a few
changes. These changes should not drastically affect your use of the site. The ‘Story’ section
below is being redesigned and rewritten. The pics and data files are being re-
categorized/indexed. So pending a future notice, email your photos and all new family member
information to the administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org). The administrator will load your
stuff directly into an offline database. Make sure you tag & identify all information as required
in the “EDITING” subsection below. Any information you load directly into the site will be
overridden by updates from the offline database. At this time, we will not update the database
from this TribalPages website. By not following the instructions provided here will result in your
information not being updated and possibly lost. ***YOUR COOPERATION IS APPRECIATED***
OUR INTRODUCTION WITH A BLESSED GREETINGS TO YOU,
ACTS 17:26 says: “And from one blood HE made the whole world of humanity
to be dwelling on the whole surface of the Earth..” (Sources: King James Version;
Aramaic English Bible; American King James; Webster Bible Translation; Jubilee Bible 2000, &
Before undertaking this initiative, we knew about 'so-so-many' people from Virginia, North
Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and other parts of the Eastern United States going
back to the mid-1800's. Sometimes events in life spur questions about family history and ethnic
heritage that maybe difficult to answer - - ACCURATELY, SUFFICIENTLY, and TRUTHFULLY. Reflecting
on thoughts by Thich Nhat Hanh (a Vietnamese Monk); "If you look deeply
into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors.
All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of
each of these people."These thoughts got our minds to wonder: "What is it we do
not know about ourselves?" Who were these people that contributed to the formulation of my DNA?"
"You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you
are to them.”(Bishop Desmond Tutu)
Like many families, we got answers to most of our questions and other family information from
our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and all the local ancestral storytellers in our
communities. The focus was on known family lines. Further pursuits would expose tangled roots
with many other family trees. And of course, we heard the shocking phrase "things we don't
want to talk about." These revelations caused our research efforts to grow well beyond the "so-
so-many" people we thought we knew to awaken us to a multi-cultural and cross-ethnic heritage
that includes Native American, European, African, and Asian ancestors. This "melting pot"
realization then took us on an amazing journey discovering relatives in our family trees and
"The kind of ancestors we have had is not as important as the kind of
descendants our ancestors have.”(Edgar Watson Howe)
At this website you will find our ancestors and their descendants. Some were here on this land
in the beginning. Others came later. For a few, we were able to trace roots before the 1600's
where many family lines transverse the Sandhills Region and other parts of the American
Colonies many years before the American Revolution and the creation of the United States.
"Other things may change us, but we start and end with family."
In availing the family trees, we used information from highly reliable, credible, and
respectable sources. We reviewed more than 100,000 relevant sources to validate our findings
and connect the dots from the U.S. Census, state census, county records, birth certificates,
death certificates, Quaker Meeting Minutes, family bibles, collaboration with other researchers,
books, newspapers, Facebook, the Internet, and other public sources. We also used publicly
available information from other countries. After folding and blending all of the information
collected, there's a chance some of the things may contain an error or mistake. If you find any
information that is wrong, or it does not make any sense, let the Administrator know about it.
“Genealogy without documentation is mythology.”
The U.S. Census was and is a major source of information used in this project. The last year of
released U.S. Census Data was 1940. In acknowledging this fact, a family lineage may not include
members born after 1940. If you want to show those missing members for a more current and
complete family line, please provide the missing family member information. With family members
pruning and sprucing-up their branches, this website will have fewer errors.
In addition to the conventional research approach above, many family members engaged some science
by taking DNA tests. On an average, the test results identified about 1,000 DNA inter-
related relatives for each participant. We were able to further validate using "GEDmatch.com"
database other relatives who independently participated in separately administered DNA tests with
other service providers. Many of these family members have consented to allow selective elements
of their DNA test results be presented in a revised section of this genealogical study.
To better understand how DNA is used in genealogy, it is suggested you view the recommended
videos provided in the "Referenced Video Information on Genealogy & DNA
"under the "Useful Links" area below.
We would like to extend our sincere warmth, love, and most cheerful greetings to our DNA
matched relatives from the West Indies (Barbados, St. Lucia, Puerto Rico, Cuba-via Canada, Trinidad
& Tobago, the Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Jamaica, Belize, Honduras, Panama, Columbia, Mexico &
the Yucatan), Canada, Ireland/Wales/Scotland, Switzerland, New Zealand, England, Kenya, India,
Ethiopia, Middle East, North Africa, Liberia, Brazil, Nigeria, Japan, China, Korea, Australia,
Philippines, Europe, Spain, Portugal, and other yet to be connected countries.
“Every king springs from a race of slaves, and every slave had kings
among his ancestors,"(Plato)
Call-out to Family Members
If you are a registered family member, you can edit all data for a direct lineage (parent-
child) and make corrections yourself. If you are not a registered family member, it is suggested
you register with the Administrator. For privacy and security reasons, any recommended correction
or change(s) from an unregistered family member or guest must either be sent by email, comments
in the guest book, or comments to the Administrator.
"Not to know what happened before we were born is to remain
perpetually a child. For what is the worth of a human life unless it is woven into the life of
our ancestors by the records of history."Cicero, (106-43 BC)
Site Security & How to Get a Guest Pass
This website employs strong security features in safeguarding its contents. It is our
established practice to restrict access to family members and guests only. All information on
a living relative is protected. Unregistered family members and guests with a desire to look
around should click the contact Administrator button or link and request a pass. You can have
peace of mind and comfort in the fact, the site host--TribalPages (TP) will not sell your email
address. It is important that after you set up your password you should not share it with
Getting Around The Sandhills Genealogical Society Family Trees
ADDING, UPDATING OR EDITING RECORDS.
FAMILY MEMBERS PLEASE READ--IT IS VERY IMPORTANT YOU FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS.
BE ADVISED: You must do your own research. You know your family members better than any of us.
(We can only assist you.)
When editing or adding new information, you must be able to connect to a person already in the
database. Until future notice, email your photos and your new updating family information
directly to the administrator. Please follow these instructions. If you are adding a new family
group, it is strongly recommended you provide enough data for two (2) generations. You MUST
provide full names (AKA's-if known), the name of places lived (state and/or county), and dates
for birth and death (if expired). Your best guess will do - - we use "ABT" (about) or "EST"
(estimate) to indicate the entries are not exact. YOU MUST provide names with all photos. If you
need help or additional guidance, contact the Administrator. Due to the size of the database,
any record of a person missing this required information or a "stray" record entry WILL BE
DELETED. For additional information on editing click the "Edit" button and then "Help."
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND.
When you search the database, a few individuals may appear to have no connection and you may
wonder--Why are they shown? You can trust in the fact we found a connection and someone "knew"
someone around that time. Our main goal is to show your branch on the family tree traced as far
as possible down to its "roots".
Here you will find the living and deceased family members together. In some instances, you will
find there are several people with the same name that lived around the same time. This was due
in part to the "pass-down" naming convention used early in our family history. Our ancestors kept
names of their parent and siblings in the family by naming newborn children after them. So, when
searching for someone it is a good idea to have a date when that person was probably born (we
used a date range of + or - 5 years in most cases). If you find the information shown is not
totally right, or just plain wrong, or a living person is listed as dead, let the Administrator
know what is wrong.
HOW TO BROWSE THE DATABASE.
After you sign in to the website, there are several ways to browse. Clicking the Tree button
under the View Tab graphically shows the relationship of a selected person to their kin.
Clicking the Family Button under View tab shows the person you have selected in the center,
with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above the selected person is the father
and mother and below are the children. Clicking the Ancestor Chart under the People Tab shows the
person you have selected on the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right
are the parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. Clicking the Descendant Chart shows the
person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the
children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Want to know how you are related to anybody? Click on the Relationships tool. Do you know who
your second cousins are? Find out by clicking the Kinship Relationships Tool. Click on Reports
to see Ancestors or Descendants Reports from 4 up to 7 generations. You can select a name from
the list on the top-right menu bar and generate various Reports for each name in your family
tree. Click on Printable to see beautifully designed charts in PDF plus other formats.
In addition to the charts and reports, we have Photo Albums, the Events list and the
Relationships tool. Family photographs can be organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's
photographs can be accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Family
groups should create a NEW photo album for its family members. (You must not place any pictures
in the Default or Main Album - that album is for the website Administrator use -
ONLY.) You can keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries on the Events list.
Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month.
In browsing this website if you find any areas needing improvement please tell us.
Way Forward & Future Plans
A Blog link will be provided soon. If you have a story you would like to share about your
family lineage--write it up and contact the Administrator. However, before you send anything
to make sure you do your research to verify and confirm the information you have (please
include complete names, dates, and places). Keep in mind most information can be confirmed or
verified against public records and other sources.
We are now collecting and matching DNA data among relatives. If
you want to participate, please go to gedmatch.com and upload your DNA results to the database.
After registering, provide this site administrator with your GEDMATCH ID#. Your participation
is greatly appreciated.
"It's not what we inherit from our forefathers but what we leave for
our children."(Anthony Brandt)
You should know, we routinely interface files and information from other genealogical search
engines with this database. Using this process, this site will continue to be a work in-
progress in connecting our ancestors to their descendants of today.
We have plans to publish our first edition in hard print and are in the process of collecting
photos. If you have any photos you want to submit; please name tag each individual, date it,
and tell us where it was taken--if you can.
It is our desire you found this website informative and rewarding! Come back and visit often
in the weeks to come. As we said before, it's a work-in-progress and will present a host of
new features in time.
Please leave any comments or suggestions you may have in the Guest Book.
Go forth with our love and may the LORD GOD Bless you abundantly.
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