Welcome! This website was created on Jan 28 2012 and last updated on Jul 27 2017. The family trees on this site contain 25565 relatives and 4747 photos. If you have any questions or comments you may send a message to the Administrator of this site.
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?" To properly answer this question, we started this
genealogical project to identify those people who contributed to our current day DNA besides
those ancestors we knew about.
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 back to the 1600's
where many family lines transverse the Sandhills Region and other parts of the American
Colonies more than 100 years before the American Revolution and the creation of the United
"You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are
to them.”(Bishop Desmond Tutu)
This genealogical research started out with a focus on certain family lines that exposed tangled
roots with many others. This revelation caused our efforts to grow well beyond the "so-so-many"
people 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 their roots.
"Other things may change us, but we start and end with family."
In availing the family trees, we used information from highly reliable, creditable, and
respectable sources. We reviewed more than 50,000 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, such as; England, Ireland, Canada, Eastern Europe,
Scandinavia, Italy, France, Germany, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Belize, Barbados, Honduras,
Russia, Panama, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Cuba. 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
“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 less 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 in allowing 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 star-studded
DNA video featuring Henry Gates in the "Useful Links" area below. This video is about an hour
long--so sit back, enlarge the screen and enjoy it. (NOTE: Family members will see a reflection
of our effort and can learn a lot from the correlating experiences in this video.) "Voices of
the Sandhills" and other recommended videos are provided in the "Genealogical Research & DNA
References Playlist" and this section also includes several links to Overhills," (the Rockefeller
Estate) where many ancestors worked.
"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)
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.
“Every king springs from a race of slaves, and every slave had kings
among his ancestors,"(Plato)
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. 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), 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 in 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 in 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
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 into the database.
After registering, provide this site administrator with your GEDMATCH ID#. Your participation is
"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.
"The kind of ancestors we have had is not as important as the kind of
descendants our ancestors have.”(Edgar Watson Howe)
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.