Greg, I recently started the journey of searching for my ancestors and you have contributed some great documents from my 4th Great Grandfather Rev. Neill Johnson and his son John Johnson. The diary of their journey on the Oregon Trail was such an interesting read! I am so glad I found it on your site! I have found little information on my 3rd Great Grandfather Lysanus (LB) so it was neat to see a small mention of him being on the Oregon Trail with the family! I just wanted to give a big ‘Thank You’ to you!
Hi Laurie – thanks for contributing to my web site. There are two people with the name James Douglas in my family tree. One, born 1288 is a 21st great granduncle (21ggu). The other, born 1265, is a 5th cousin 22 times removed (5c22r). Please note that I got this information from a source that is riddled with errors, so could be completely erroneous.
Both James Douglases are in the ancestry of Ruby McCormick Beard Tuggle, whose husband, Paul Butler Tuggle was the son of Thomas Tuggle and Annie Helm. That’s the Douglas connection to Helm in my family.
Thanks for the kudos. I have SO much more to learn! 🙂
Ann-Marie Werher referred me to your site. She has been in touch with you in the past, as we are related through the Tuggle-Helm connection. I was wondering if you can tell me how your family is related to James Douglas. I saw his name on your RootWeb data base. I would like to know if there is a connection to our family tree or if this is a lineage not connected to our branches of the Helm tree. If you can answer that, I would be most appreciative.
You have an amazing site, and are a gifted researcher. You’ve obviously put in a lot of hours on it.
Thanks for any info you can contribute to my question.
Hello to all and thanks Greg for all your research it has helped to go along with what my family has. I am the great great grandson of John Bennett, he was born to Israel Bennett and Jane Carr, Cherokee county, or possibly he was the son of their daughter Susan we are stuck at this point since he was born when Israel and Jane were about 55 yr old. So I am still trying to figure out more. We have yrs of research ànd gravesite work to share, we are still looking for jane carr’s grave and susan bennetts grave anyone with knowledge can reach me at
Thomas Bennett, St Pete fl, 727-343-0293, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for dropping in. I don’t know if we are related. You might start out by checking one of the many free family tree services like Rootsweb.com (click on the “Family Trees” button at the top of the page and enter a name in the Surname, Given Name boxes right under “More than 640 million names on file”. You’ll usually get more possible matches to your family line by entering a name of an ancestor who died more than 50 years ago. Look for trees with documentation (there’s a lot of bad info out there, so documentation helps sort out the bad from the good – more evidence is better). FamilySearch.org is pretty good, too, though there are lots of errors there as well – again, look for trees with good evidence. Ancestry.com is pretty good, too, if a bit expensive (I don’t know your budget, so pardon me). There are lots of other web sites that offer similar services to Ancestry at comparable pricing.
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