SELF FAMILY OF THE WEEK
NOTE: Much of the information presented on this page represents the conclusions of several independent Self Family researchers. It is presented here for discussion purposes ONLY. This information is not proven and should not be used in your pedigree charts unless you yourSelf can verify its accuracy. Most of us have used the same documentation to arrive at similar findings; because those documents are familiar to all of us, they will not be listed here. Connections that are totally our own will be so indicated. It's our hope that you will open your old trunks and Bibles and offer new documentation to prove or disprove what is presented, and, of course, all theories and speculation will be welcome as well--they will at least give everyone a place to start.
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Some families on "Family Record Online" have not been
part of "Self Family of the Week"
A List of these families will appear during the week between the end of the Fifth Generation and the beginning of the Sixth Generation
Please change your own records, as we will change ours.
THIS WEEK'S FAMILY
WHERE IS MY LINE?
Some cousins have written to say that they haven't yet seen their
presented on this page. The answer is that despite all their excellent
research, we are still unable to connect them to Robert Selfe--even by
a preponderance of "best evidence." Right now, we are listing
Self families that we believe to have a connection back to our earliest
known progenitor--and this may not be true, either, so please feel free
to voice your opinions about the families we present. Some of the major
lines are still missing a link somewhere, and will be presented later
with the hope that someone will be able to tie them in with the others.
A few were selected for publication in our (now defunct) quarterly online
Newsletter. You can also visit
Loose Ends section of our SelfSite
at RootsWeb where unconnected Selfs are listed by state and county.
Families discovered after their genealogical order in our records
will be shown at a later date and assimilated into the lists of
In answer to several questions we've received regarding "The Self Family of the Week," some of our information has come from a set of charts that was sent to us a few years ago. Several of them are handwritten, several typewritten, and at least one is a mixture of the two. Whoever created them must have spent a lot of time on researching and piecing together the various early Self families in Virginia. They represent many hours of thought and logical deduction. Most unfortunately, they are unsigned and contain no sources.
If you are the author of these charts, if you know who compiled them, or if you have a copy in your possession and know exactly where they came from, please contact Webmaster.
THE IMPORTANCE OF GIVEN NAMES
The early Selfs named most of their children the common (and
names popular in their day, many of them of Biblical origin. However,
were also some very unique first names that were passed on through
generations. When a name found consistently in one branch of the family
suddenly appears in a seemingly unrelated line, it may serve as a clue
to a link that was previously unnoticed. Most especially in cases where
proper and indisputable documentation may never be unearthed, it may be
possible to conduct other types of research (visits to cemeteries,
with family members, etc.) based on these given names. Comparing the
names in a list of children born to two identically-named fathers can
pinpoint which family belongs to your specific line. One word of
the Selfs quite often used their middle names instead of their first
and nineteenth-century Census takers were known to record middle names
and even nicknames instead of the given names of family members.
DNA testing has been around for a while now. It has been used
successfully to verify the relationship evidence left by a suspected
criminal to that individual. It has also been used to verify
paternity. And in recent years, it has been used to confirm
relationships between people who share a surname such as "Self."
Each of several tests narrows down similar markers in the tissues of
two persons to determine how closely related they are. Something
is missing, though. We can match individuals to each other, but
we cannot determine which person was their common ancestor without
similar tissue from our ancestors. Until that can be
accomplished, genealogical DNA is still not an exact science--perhaps
better than "best evidence" but not as conclusive as a paper trail.
Please contact Webmaster to discuss your theories or offer proof relating to this Self Family of the Week.
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