Having grown up in orphanages, I've always been extremely curious about my roots, so in 2001 I began researching my genealogy.
I (Justin) went through my family tree and compiled a list of surnames from which I descend directly:
Paternal (Dad's side):
Smith, Fenson/Fensom, McCarty, Piper, Sloan, Reed, Carey, Kelly, Ward, Songer, Clark, Sandefur/Sandifur, Rawson, Butler, Davidson, Churchman, Morris, Johnson, Perrin, Yates, Clevenger, Sprague, Wood, Anderson, Fink, Brookman/Bruckmann, Hess, Angstadt/Angstatt, Good, Schaefer, Kuhn, Duvall, Guthrie, Harvey, Adams, Swain, Aldrich, Cook, Barrett, Brooks, Glover, Perne, Wilson, Greene, Crosby, Woodhall, Perkins, Chipman, Pierpont, Towne, Tubbs, Kirk, McDonald, Barstow, Blood, Robbins/Robins, Willey, Jones, Campbell, Benjamin, Cannon, Reeve, Martel, Ambler, Thompkins, Shipp, Durham, Copeland, Daily, Holloway, Martin, Novell, Brigham, Brackett, Blower
Maternal (Mother's side):
Swafford, Sexton, Gibson, Collins, Music/Musick, Setzer/Setser, Hensley, Coleman, Ledbetter, Woods, Boyd, Rowes, Shell/Schild, Arney, Bovey/Povey, Jones, Brown, McDougal, Read, Roy, Personett, Bott/Pott, Feigley, and possibly Blackburn and Allen
Kaylen Chambers Smith, by whom I also have two beautiful children, descends from these surnames directly:
Chambers, Spencer, Spicer, Yax, Syre/Cyr, Murphy, Leach, Morrison, Etcher, Burns, Blodgett, Gardner, Bayse, Merriam, Johnston, Davidson, O'Kelley, Hane, Turner, Massey, Owen, Parsons, Royce, Kelly, Johnson, Root, Woodbury, Sharp, Breed, Goldstone, Burgess, Tompkins, Baker, Allen, Wells, Knight, Griggs, Warner, Coffley, Napper, Goodale, Hubbard, Ellingwood, Dodge, Hale, Herrick, Palgrave, Dow, Strathern, Lumsden, Copeland, Ellsworth, Ellis, Jenks, Chase, Bowerman, Richmond
Leazenby, Olson, Gudmunson, Hildre, Beach, Jorgensen, Andersen, Årsund/Aarsund, Andrew, Burkett, Helland, Bailey, McConnell, Livingston, Nichol, Keeler, How, Dean, Martin, Gronhaug
My ex wife Maureen Joan Inglis Farley, by whom I have two beautiful children, descends from these surnames:
Farley, Evoy, Kennedy, McGloin, Sheehy, Hanon, Wood, Knox
Inglis, Ellis, Marshall, Mitchell, Ward, Bolton, Halliday, Reid, Fowler, Kerr, Duffy, McEwan, Lafferty, Ramsay, Little, Speck (which was originally something else in German), McCallum, Docherty, Sinclair, McAra, Drysdale, Wood, Fraser, Lang, Logan, Cochran
I generally only maintain memorials of people to whom I or my children are related but I would be happy to transfer memorials of individuals not in my or my children's direct line to people who are more closely related.
One clarification on Find A Grave Guidelines: the Guidelines only state which memorials MUST be transferred upon request. They are not "rules" that state that you cannot transfer them if someone requests the memorial. If a transfer falls outside of the Guidelines, you can still transfer the memorial - you just do not HAVE to. See the difference? Too often people take these as hard "rules" that indicate that no transfer outside of the Guidelines can EVER take place. This is just not the case. If you do not believe me, ask Find A Grave.
I am all about accuracy and thoroughness. One small favor I ask: If you would like an edit made, please send me a message after you enter the edit into the memorial via the usual method. That way I can process the edit in a timely manner. I do not always notice that I have edits. I am very busy working on several lines. If you are closely related to the person in question, why not ask for a transfer? I firmly believe that if you are more closely related, then you should manage the memorial. I do not understand why people would refuse to transfer a memorial to a relative.
My ancestry.com user name is atratvs (Smith - Chambers Family Tree), my gedmatch.com autosomal kit # is A480869 and my Family Tree DNA Y-DNA and autosomal kit # is B9950. My Y-DNA haplogroup is R1b-A7297 (R1b1a1a2a1a2c1a4c2a), and my mitochondrial (maternal) haplogroup is H5a-T152C! and traces to Trossingen, Germany.