Family History and Genealogy
Is the Wil(l)banks name dying? It could be. My research is finding that the name of Wilbanks and Willbanks is becoming less common with each new generation. After the Civil War, there were thousands of Wil(l)banks families from South Carolina to Texas. Now there are barely hundreds. In my own branch of the family, my brother and I are the last of the Wilbanks family. I have no first, second or third cousins with the last name of Wilbanks. It was at the age of 32 that for the first time in my life I had met one other person with the name Wil(l)banks. All the Wilbanks/Willbanks today in the United States are related; being descended from one of 6 soldiers, a combination of brothers and cousins, of the American Revolution.
Hello, my name is Robert M. Wilbanks IV, and of course, I am a Wil(l)banks.
Let me tell you a little about myself and about the Wil(l)banks research that I have been doing. I began researching genealogy in 1977, at age 13, and I have been continuing this research ever since. After graduating, in 1992, from Arizona State University with a B.A. in History, I have been attempting to establish a career as a professional genealogist. That effort has had its ups and downs. After a 10 year hiatus, I am carefully attempting to get back into genealogy personally and professionally.
Over the years I have been gathering extensive information and doing extensive networking on the Wil(l)banks family. In 1989 I began a Wil(l)banks family records and research newsletter entitled Wil(l)banks Trees. The purpose of the newsletter was to keep everyone informed on the continuing research efforts of the Wil(l)banks family history, as well as sharing information and connecting and keeping in touch with distant and long lost cousins.
Unfortunately, a variety of factors forced me to discontinue the newsletter, Wil(l)banks research in general, and over the years I have been unable to respond to a large number of e-mails and letters from Wil(l)banks kinsman researching their Wil(l)banks family history.
It is my hope that this website will be the best, and an easier, forum by which to share the wealth of my Wil(l)banks research. Please go over it thoroughly and come back from time-to-time to look for additions and updates.
So, I have been doing extensive research and work on the Wil(l)banks family for over 35 years now. I had become the leading authority in this country on the Wil(l)banks family in America. While I may no longer be considered the leading authority, I definitely have a wealth of knowledge, material and insight. Eventually everyone comes to me for help on their branch of the Wil(l)banks family. I hope that I can help you.
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