Stokes Genealogy: A site for all Stokes-related families
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About StokesGenealogy.com

Who is the site for?

This site is dedicated to all families with the last names Stokes, Stoaks, and any variation thereof. There are tons of us, and I'm pretty sure we're not all related, even to a distant ancestor. Stokes is apparently a place name, which means it could be applied to a number of completely unrelated people in history. For convenience, I'll use the name "Stokes" when referring to all families, it's shorter and simpler than saying "Stokes, Stoaks, Stoakes, De Stokes, Stoker, Stoke, Stocks," etc.

There are many Stokes-related websites online, and most of them are dedicated to tracing one's family back as far as it can possibly go. Obviously, this is a major goal for this site as well. But more, this site is intended to connect living Stokes family members with each other. Sometimes in our zeal to go back further and further in time to learn about our ancestors who are long dead, we forget that we have living family members, too—and a lot more of them than we have ancestors! I was recently looking at my own tree and noticed how many children my ancestors had—a couple with 10 children would have several dozen grandchildren and those grandchildren would keep reproducing like rabbits. So I did some very basic math based on a tripling of offspring every generation. If a man and woman were to get married in 1760 and have three kids, and those three kids were to have three kids, etc., it would look something like this (with numbers rounded to 25 years per generation).

I looked up some data on US life expectancy and came up with some very rough estimates. If you were white and born in 1940, you have a 49.4% chance of being alive today. If you were born in 1950, your chance is closer to 75.6%. If you were born in 1960, your chance is 88.7%. So let's take an average of the three and say that 71.23% of Generation 9 is alive today. So we've got about 4,673 people from Generation 9 alive. Using the same parameter of being white, if you were born in 1970, your chance of being alive today is 93.4%. For births in 1980, that figure hops up to 96.3%. So combining 1960, 1970, and 1980 data (yes, I used an overlap), your chance of being alive if you were born in Generation 10 is 92.8%. So we've got 18,265 people alive from that generation. Individuals born in 1990 have a 98.3% chance of being alive. Those born in 2000 have a 99.2% chance. The average of those two numbers is 98.75%. If we multiply the Generation 11 number by 66% to eliminate all the young children who shouldn't be online, then after factoring in the survival rate, we have about 38,485 people born after 1985 to work with in in Generation 11.

What does all that mean? It means that if you can track your ancestors down to 1760, there could be over 60,000 people out there related to you in some way who are actually alive today! Will you ever meet them all? Impossible. Will you ever even manage to track half of them down? Probably not. But wouldn't it be interesting to meet just a few people you'd never otherwise meet and find stories about your ancestors you never would have heard otherwise? With a few weeks of search I found cousins who live 1150 miles away from my house—until the day I located and contacted them I didn't know they existed and they had no idea that it was even possible for me to exist—they never knew their great-uncle had children!

Why does this site exist?

I started this site because of the trouble I've had tracing my own roots through the Stokes side of the family—I figure at some point, if people help contribute to the site, we'll all benefit and maybe I'll someday figure out who my 2x grand-parents were. This is a side-project—I'm not a full-time genealogist, so I expect progress will be slow and I would definitely appreciate help.

It's still the beginning!

This site will always be a work-in-progress, but right now I'm just getting started, so data is a little thin... any contributions of new information, documents, and photos are welcome!

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Read Who has the last name Stokes? for general information about the genetics of the Stokes family and read Who is listed here? for information about the range of individuals who will be included on this site.