The Other Disneys
My name is Dorothy Cameron Disney Darby
|We are not related to
the direct branch of Walt Disney. I was always told that, so have no expectations there.
Although we did get a free trip to Disneyland with my Aunt Dorothy back in the 60's. She
was writing an article about us all.
I suspect one Disney from the England branch went to Ireland and then immigrated to Canada whence Walt Disney's family branch started.
I started out to write a book myself, about my traumatic childhood. I became sidetracked when I started digging thru my fathers personal papers and pictures for material and came across a "family tree" of sorts.
There they were, relatives I had never known existed back when I was a child. A very few relatives I knew about; like my name sake Aunt Dorothy but I really didn't "KNOW her", just her name . I met her once or twice but I think was kept away from her "influence" (so I remember my mother saying). But THAT is another story.
|So for the last few
months I started digging thru GEDCOM records on the Internet and finding what worked for
me and what didn't. I did start using a GEDCOM family tree program but soon found that it
had its drawbacks. If I missed a relative, then adding them was a problem. There was no
room to "insert them" in the proper order and I had already experienced family
members being out of order on my internet researching. So I decided to put it down on
paper, or to be more exact... .rtf files.
I was able to go back as far as 1667, to a William Disney in England.....then got sidetracked with the Zirkle family who I can trace back also to the 1600's, who immigrated to America about the same time and crossed our paths by marrying into the Disney's.
The Zirkles were a prolific family having from 10 to 16 children in a family so you can imagine the paths I took. I am still not thru tracing all of them. The Disney's were easier and easier still was the Van Sants. My grandmother.
|I have had some
tremendous fun piecing together this puzzle of the Disney family and what or who was my
father and had quite a few surprises. I am an analyst and like to do research and dig to
find facts. I am curious about everything. I am just surprised I never got into this
before. But I do tend to get sidetracked because I just want to learn everything. I even
worked for a Detective Agency at one time (my dream job) but they had to shut down the
business and sadly I had to find another job. I thought it was my dream job and I was well
suited for it, because I love to dig thru facts and I am highly organized.
This is a work in progress. I will be posting the family trees as I get them finished and into a GEDCOM format also.
My Father My Mother Brothers & Sisters My Grandparents Aunts & Unk's My Ancestors
Disney Main Branches:
Disney Minor Branches
Darby Main Branches
Darby Minor Branches
This search box is linked to the family trees I have submitted to http://www.rootsweb.com