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Nelda L. Percival 






Nelda Lorraine Percival nee Gilpin

Nelda is the webmistress for the Lost Colony Research Group website.

In 1998 Nelda started researching family genealogy and from there, she saw a need to manage several mailing lists and message boards. She has managed as many as 30 mailing list and matching message boards at one time.  


She developed AMREV-HESSIANS mailing list's Website to honor John Merz the founding father of's matching mailing list.

She created, developed and updates monthly a church website in England.

Nelda, at present, manages 5 mailing lists and 18 message boards at and 3 mailing lists at She is presently a member of 20 other (Low activity) mailing lists at and corresponds worldwide with genealogists looking for connections into her massive genealogy research or advice on research.

She created a Gilpin Surname Worldwide Genetic & Genealogy Research Project, which is a section of her personal website.   


In 2005, to help identify members of her own genetic family she created the Gilpin DNA project at FamilyTreeDNA, a web based company out of Houston, Texas, USA.

She created and manages the Gilpin DNA website. 


In 2009 she became a member of the One Name Study Guild, in England, (GOONS). Member number 5139 - Gilpin surname 

Personal Information:

Nelda attended school in Grays Harbor County, Washington, USA.  She acquired a GED in 1969, before attending Tacoma Technical College, Tacoma, Washington.

She was a member of the U.S. Army for close to 14 years, enlisting in 1973 and medically retired in 1987. Over the years, not only was she stationed in the lower continental United States, she was stationed in Germany, South Korea and Japan. Nelda believes that you can learn more about a country if you visit the areas that are not geared to the military. She spent most of her off duty time among the natives of each country.

In 1995, she attended Jacksonville Community College for Accounting.  Transferring in 1997 to Texas State Technical School in Waco, Texas, for Commercial Art and Advertisement, she graduated in February of 1999 with a 3.65 average.

While at Texas State Technical College, in 1997 she was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, an international academic honor society, became a society officer and was subsequently listed in the "Who’s Who of Two Year Colleges of 1999".

Nelda is a retired Staff Sergeant and has 3 children, 4 grandchildren, one step-grandchild and 2 great grandchildren. Nelda rides a 250cc motor scooter.



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The art work on this website is my (Nelda L. Percival) original art work and has not been released to any person or organization other then for the use of Lost Colony Research Group and the store front owned by the same. My art work has never been part of the Lost Colony Center for Science and Research's property. My art used here and at the store front was drawn precisely for the projects run by Roberta Estes and ownership has not been otherwise released. This project also uses the artwork of Dr. Ana Oquendo Pabon, the copyright to which she has retained as well. Other art works are the copyrights of the originators and may not be copied without their permission.
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