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The Self Family in the United States
Almost every Self researcher is in agreement on one thing: Olde Robert Selfe was the progenitor of the Self family in the United States. But very few researchers concur on two other points: what happened before he came to America--and then what happened after that. A documented figure in Virginia from the mid-seventeenth century, Robert Selfe is believed to have been descended from Walter Selfe of Cripplegate, London, England. Though many Selfs in the United States can trace their line back several generations, there is usually a "missing link" somewhere that keeps them from making a definite connection to Olde Robert Selfe. The greatest obstacle to concrete proof is the lack of documentation--sometimes it just didn't exist, or it was lost, or it doesn't contain enough positive information, or it was destroyed in the inevitable courthouse fire.
This "Family Record" site is a compilation of those families presented on our "Self Family of the Week" page, part of our main Website, Self Portraits. These are families that appear to be descended from Olde Robert Selfe in the indicated lineage--but this may or may not be true, especially in the early generations. If your line is not yet part of this presentation, please go to the "Loose Ends" section of SelfSite at RootsWeb. SelfSite is a work in progress, so you may need to visit frequently as new Self branches are added there. From time to time, we may "backtrack" to add a family or line that is out of sequence. When this happens, we will announce it on "Self Family of the Week," and the information will be added to this page.
Much of the information on this site 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. Some of the connections shown here are simply based on theories offered by cousins and are nothing more than suggestions and places to start--there is little or no documentary reference material to back it up. While we don't guarantee the accuracy of any of the material on this site, we will gladly put you in touch with all of our corresponding cousins who are researching your line. We thank all those, too numerous to mention, who have contributed information. And we welcome your file or gedcom--please write to us if you have not yet submitted your own Selfs to our database.
We are in the process of revising our connected files. A great deal of new information is being added. Following the completion of the "John Line" in the "Self Family of the Week" Seventh Generation pages, we will go back and fill in many of the blanks from earlier days. In the meantime, though we will still feature a new family each week, we may not be able to link back to the previous generation until we begin updating. As a result, the "Family Record" is suspended until we can update with new material. Please be patient. Thank you!
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This page was last updated on October 20, 2013