I am NOT a professional genealogist, just
an amateur who's
been doing this a long time. I enjoy using personal &
websites to share what I've learned in nearly half a century.
More details follow below but here's my experience in brief:
- First Interest - About 1961 I became interested in family history. My father's family has been doing genealogy for over 100 years.
- Serious Research - In 1970 I began doing serious genealogical research.
- In the early 1990s I wrote 2 books on my family's history. At
the same time I uploaded my family history to the available websites
(some of which was in error).
- Genealogy Software
- I purchased a home computer and the PAF genealogy software for DOS.
I have since purchased and obtained the latest upgrades for PAF
(until it's end), RootsMagic, Legacy, Ancestral Quest, and Family Tree
Maker. For a bit of the History of PAF, CLICK HERE.
- DNA Testing
- I've tested with 3 different testing companies. In 2001 my wife
and I first had our DNA tested with SMGF. In 2008 I obtained my
results from Genetree. I have since tested multiple tests with
both FTNDA.com and Ancestry.com. I have had my yDNA tested at the
highest levels. I have also tested my mtDNA and autosomal DNA
- in the mid 2000s I began purchasing and creating personal websites to
gain a web presence for all my family's genealogical research.
Much of our research is now available online at multiple websites
publicly and privately owned. As an administrator of the Vincent
DNA Project, my fellow researchers and I have collaborated personally
with other web managers and project coordinators to increase our web
presence and let people know of our discoveries. Our goal is
simply to share what we know at no cost to others and to help others
avoid some of the frustrations we've been faced with while trying to
History & Genealogy
I began doing family history
research in 1970. I've
self-published 2 family
history books. My wife and I served twice as volunteers
(missionaries) for the Family History Dept of the LDS Church. From
2007 to 2008 we
were in Worldwide
Support (software support). From 2011 to 2012
we were in Data Quality (database support). Both times I was
an assistant zone leader.
Click HERE to learn more about Ron's volunteer service as a missionary in LDS Family History.
My personal family
history website is MyKinFolks.org.
Seay, Pace, Warren,
Farmer, Blake, & Smith.
The info posted there is not as accurate as I would like.
Until I correct it you may find more accurate info posted on Wikitree.
I also have a public tree on Ancestry.com named the "Ron Vincent
Family Tree" for which you'll need an Ancestry.com subscription whereas
my trees on MyKinFolks.org, Wikitree.com and FamilySearch.org are free.
My Vincent Lineage website is VincentFamily.org.
My surname lineage is:
W.G. Vincent (d.1993), Oakley Vincent (d.1955),
Aaron Vincent (d.1901),
John Vincent (d.1871),
Vinson (d.1791), John Vinson (d.1787),
John Vinson Jr. (d.1727), John Vincent
My 23 page pedigree
is available HERE.
2001 was my first involvement with DNA research for family history.
To see my DNA experience, CLICK HERE.
I've taken all the tests available for genealogy DNA
- My mother's line (mtDNA)
- The autosomal test, which is also called Family Finder (atDNA), and
father's line (yDNA). This one has been the most helpful to me.
am an administrator of the
DNA Project at FTDNA.com.
Family Photos and Blog
On of my projects has been to post all our
old family photos in a "Cloud" folder for family
members to get full-sized photos and historic stories.
I've created a Family Photo Blog to share them.
If you're interested in doing the same, please email me for
for My Genealogy, DNA,
other such Information
genealogy sites (I own these
- my personal lineage website
- my personal genealogy website
Websites (where some or
all of my ancestry can be
- no login required
Family Tree - a free, no-strings account, login required for
- paid account required (username is "vincentsfamily")
- login required for editing but not for viewing
- link to my Findagrave profile
Websites (on which my yDNA
& mtDNA can be
found. Autsomal DNA is on FTDNA.com & GEDMatch):
FamilyTreeDNA.com/Groups/Vincent - our Vincent Surname DNA Project
Rons Relatives - a small family DNA project that I manage
- my yDNA on YSearch, User ID is "AS8K2"
- my mtDNA on MitoSearch, User ID is "AS8K2"
at GEDMatch.com, my User ID is "FB3604"
to 2014-03-07 - my detailed DNA history