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OK, how do I get started?

I am allegedly related to Johnny Cash, but I've never seen any proof. Just a "second cousin twice removed" allusion.

As with most things, the mystery is probably more satisfying than the truth.


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OK, how do I get started?

I am allegedly related to Johnny Cash, but I've never seen any proof. Just a "second cousin twice removed" allusion.

As with most things, the mystery is probably more satisfying than the truth.

I know how that is, there is a persistent rumor on my mother's side that we are related to the outlaw James family. Specifically, Jesse James.

 

So far, my research fails to validate any of our James family rumors. I did find a likely James family (in the right place at the right time) that our James ancestor might have belonged to but that family bloodline does not seem to have any direct connections to the outlaw James family either. I still have not studied that James line much past the possible connection to my family's bloodline though, so it is still possible that there is a distant connection somewhere.

 

Believe it or not, my family is disappointed that I have not found any proof that we are descended from Jesse James. They think I must be missing something and encourage me to keep looking. 

 

 

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My mother-in-law's maiden name is James. I'm not sure about a connection to the outlaw but my brother-in-law does bear a stricking resemblence to the bike building Jesse James.
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My mother-in-law's maiden name is James. I'm not sure about a connection to the outlaw but my brother-in-law does bear a stricking resemblence to the bike building Jesse James.

My James bloodline are from 1880s Nebraska to 1870s Iowa, and probably 1860s Indiana. NE and IA are positive.

 

If that rings any bells we can compare notes if you want. 

 

 

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No bells ringing yet. I'm still working on my own line. A cousin x times removed traced my maternal grandmother back to 1000. I can only go back a few generations for my maternal grandfather. When I checked my great grand's parentage his father was listed as 'unknown Morgan'. The only free search links I have are Familysearch.org and wc.rootsweb.com.
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Does anybody know of any online resources that are free or that don't cost you an arm and a leg to investigate family history?  My great grandfather was full blooded german but my brother said he talked to a guy that put our family name as originating in Norway.  I'm just curious.

 

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Hi ya Sam. I've seen your handle around but don't believe we've ever talked.

I've got two resource links. Both are free but the second one is a bit limited.
http://www.familysearch.org
wc.rootsweb.com

Hope they help.

Oops. Forgot one you might like.
http://www.traceit.com


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Hi ya Sam. I've seen your handle around but don't believe we've ever talked.

I've got two resource links. Both are free but the second one is a bit limited.
http://www.familysearch.org
wc.rootsweb.com

Hope they help.

Oops. Forgot one you might like.
http://www.traceit.com


I check out http://www.rootsweb.web (same place that Quest listed above - but at the home page) from time to time. It is a free service supported by http://www.ancestry.com ... which is not free at all. In fact, the fees at Ancestry.com are rather heafty and makes me wonder if it is people like me that are paying for the free RootsWeb services.

 

Sometimes I will find things at RootsWeb that I cannot find at Ancestry.com so it is a great additional resource to research family trees.

 

 

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actually we are all related. who would have guessed.

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I'm looking for a free program so I can build my family tree on my own computer. The online ones are fine but I think it would be less confusing if I could do some of it off line. Especially considering that I found a few discrepancies in the 44 pages of text that my x times removed cousin did.
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Ancestry.com used to have a very good free tree program but I do not see it posted anywhere now. They may have discontinued the free program when they started the online trees.

 

I have an online tree account with them, and I do find it convenient for research but I know what you mean about wanting one offline too. I used Family Tree Maker 16. It is not free, but it is a very good program. It is on sale now for $31.96, if I remembered correctly. The full price is just under $40.00.

 

 

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Isn't Ancestry.com the on hosted by the Church of Latter Day Saints? If so, xeromem sent me a link for it.
Family tree program

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No, I think they are Mormons... which might explain the high cost of doing business with them.

 

By the way, your link did not work. You may have to link to their home page and let people fumble their way to their tree program, as I did. I did not download it, but I was able to find it… I think.

 

It does seem amazing to me that not everything written in English makes sense, but I think I found the right page.

 

 

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No, I think they are Mormons... which might explain the high cost of doing business with them.

By the way, your link did not work. You may have to link to their home page and let people fumble their way to their tree program, as I did. I did not download it, but I was able to find it… I think.

It does seem amazing to me that not everything written in English makes sense, but I think I found the right page.

MACJR



How odd. I was sent the link on another forum and that worked fine. Anyway here is the home page.
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