The Big Tree

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Welcome to "The Big Tree" which shows the facts I've documented about the three branches of my family tree: my mother's, my father's and my step-father's.  My goal is to include only the information for which I've got reasonable documentation.  I manage this information offline using Gramps and periodically upload new versions to the web site.

Due to the time and hosting space required, I do not upload photos or scans of documents.  However, I do maintain copies offline whenever possible.

Interested researchers and family members may request an account in order to see details on living individuals and facts tagged private.  In addition, source citations are currently available only those with accounts, as some of the text associated with a few citations has information on living people.

Note for those of you coming to this web site through links on Find A Grave or other sites: this is not the best way to contact me for things not directly related to the trees presented here.

This family tree was last updated on October 28, 2019. There are 2,057 surnames in this family tree. If you have any comments or feedback please contact Philip Weiss.

August 22, 2018 - 5:16:01 p.m.
William Lewis and Catherine Ryan descendants
September 29, 2019 - 7:30:51 p.m.

The newest update (uploaded 29 Sep 2019) includes descendants of William Lewis and Catherine Ryan, 230 in total.

May update - Starting on Ryan descendents
May 30, 2019 - 10:52:57 p.m.

May's update concludes the major work I plan to do on the descendants of Patrick Parker and Mary Murphy.  I will fill in here and there when I learn new facts, but I don't plan to spend much effort filling out the branch.  There's enough in there now that nearly all descendants should be able to recognize a parent or grandparent to see if they connect.

I have started on similar work for the descendants of Deborah Sheedy and her two husbands, John Ryan and James Carey.  I'm hoping that somewhere in this research as well I will find clues as to where in Ireland the Ryans came from.    I've seen locations attached to them on internet published trees, but no evidence to back those up.  I hope to find some.

March update
April 1, 2019 - 7:17:45 a.m.

Continuing to add more Parker descendants.  Frank Parker's branch is relatively complete, and the update includes more descendants of Julia Parker Kenefick.

New Iowa Parker updates
January 1, 2019 - 5:30:28 p.m.

The December 2018 update fills out a lot of details on descendants of Patrick Parker and Carrie Ulrich who lived in Iowa.


December 5, 2018 - 5:38:23 p.m.

The latest update includes more information on James Leland Parker's family and descendants, who moved to Saskatchewan about 1911. has a pretty good run of the the Leader-Post, which most of this latest information is pulled from.

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