The Kelley-Wentz Project
Please do not take the research I have worked on for years and post it to your own site or submit it as your own work, without first checking the research yourself, to prove it is correct. We are all capable of making mistakes and there may be mistakes within my research. If you have questions please contact me by using the contact page.
Welcome to our family history pages. Look at the nams in the left hand column and click on the name link to the family line you want to view. If you have any questions about any of the family lines I have researched please contact me by using the contact page. I have had contact with many of the present day descendants from many of these lines and we continue to work on these lines to improve documentation.
By its nature, this website is considered a secondary source. The information comes from a variety of sources, original and secondary. You are encouraged to verify any information found here that pertains to your family line. Every attempt has been made to document accurately the family lines on these pages. Corrections and additions are always welcome. I continue to search for new information on each line and would be happy to share the data that I have.
This site is a work in progress, so please bookmark it so you can check back often to see if there is any new information. Please remember these are family lines from both sides of our family, my husbands lines and my lines. I've added lines for both of our previous spouses as well so that our children from those marriages will have the data on both of their lines.
For me, since my lines go back to the early 1600s in North America, genealogy personalizes history for me. I feel a closer connection to the events I read about in school. It also gives me a sense of perspective. When I read about the hardships, tragedies, and triumphs of my ancestors, it makes me realize how realively easy I have it, and fortunate I really am. And it gives me a real sense of debt and gratitude.
It gives me a lever to pry simple questions about me out of my own parents. What do my parents and I have in common here? We now know that, if family history is to be saved at all, with all the "old folks" passing on, the time is now or never, and I want to save what I can while I can. If, years from now, someone in the next generation wants to REALLY dig into the family stuff, at least I have given him or her a good, solid, scaffolding from which to begin, preferably with lots of interesting family stories too.
I do genealogy to leave my mark. I would hate to think I passed through this lifetime without leaving some sort of mark so that other people know I passed. I continue to do the work, sorting it all out, filing it in the appropriate places, and for me that is leaving my mark.
What started out as a simple project has now become all consuming. One of the nicest things to happen from this research is I now spend hours and hours talking to my family about my "finds" as opposed to talking about their health or the weather. I enjoy playing detective and sharing my finds with any and all relatives who care to have the information.
Mostly though, I enjoy it. To tell other people why is difficult. I love puzzles, solvable puzzles, the kind of history the digging entails. For me it's more of an addiction - ok, I'll be honest, it's an obsession. It seems like I have climbed every courthouse step in the state Missouri, as well as the surrounding states, but I'll keeping climbing those steps until I can't.
The main focus of my genealogy research has been my Kelley, Parker, Rector and Lee families. I currently have 5800 documented members of these families, and am in the process of adding/updating profiles on WikiTree to include them all.
Created 5 July 2017 with RootsMagic Genealogy Software