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Lee's Trees

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A Brief Introduction
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Lines I am currently studying include Lee , Swart, Tolmie, Wilkinson, Blodgett, Webster, Taft, Robbins, Wing, Shedd, Tryon, and many, many more.  See the surname index above.

There are several areas on the site which you can navigate to, depending on how you would like to view material.  Though by no means complete, you can view a graphic family tree, called a pedigree by clicking
here, or on the menu bar above. (click each to see the difference - the first is internal, the second, above, is external) You can view individuals' information with notes and references, or you can view family sheets showing spouses and their offspring.  You can see my ahnentafel, an ancester table that goes back 6 or 32 generations.

This website covers the Genealogical lines of
my paternal and maternal Grandparents , Newell Byron Lee and Dorothy Emma Swart; Howard Franklin Taggart and Julia Elizabeth Webster, respectively, all of whom lived as adults and passed away in Rutland, Vermont, and their ancestors, based on information I have found mostly on other genealogical websites, and through information from their other descendants.  Some of the information should be taken with a grain of salt, but I have tried to note sources where I have found them.  I have only recently become interested in who their predecessors were. 

On this site , you will find those ancestors, and where I have found them, the descendants of those ancestors, so that the result would be, as far back as I can determine, a man, who would be, for example, my 10th great grandfather, and his wife, and all his children, and all of their spouses and children, so that at the end of that line, you would find one of my grandparents, or a very distant cousin.  One line has been traced back 25 generations to the 9th Century. You can do a search for people, places and events right here, for anything on the site.

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If you think about it, keeping in mind that any child has two parents, and each of those parents had two, then you can extrapolate from that, that when one reaches back from the present to the preceding  generations, multiplying each level by two, (my parents x 2= my grandparents = 4 x 2 = my great grandparents = 8 x 2 = my great great grandparents = 16 x 2 = my great great great grandparents,  and so on until you have multiplied ten generations of great grandparents, each person has exactly 4096 10th great grandparents (say great 10 times and then grandparent - trust me, this is easier).  Then lets just say that, on average, each of the 2028 pairs had on average 4 children (remember, it was not uncommon for each of those pairs to have 8-12 children when many hands were required to support a family), counting the number back to the present results in an astronomical number of distant cousins.  It's this hunt which is fascinating; for me, if I encounter a famous person along the way, its incidental.  Finding a horsethief is just as rewarding as finding a saint.  Finding a picture is truly worth the proverbial thousand words.

How many of us can say we know who are great grandparents were, let alone our great great grandparents?  I know the identity of all 16 of my 2nd great grandparents, lacking  one, and missing 4 of 32 of my 3rd great grandparents.  Of some, I know quite a bit, but of most, I know very little.  The stories of these not so far removed folks is not so unrecoverable, if I  give it more time and get extremely lucky.

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Updated June 12, 2008