Hi WikiTreers,

Photo drawn by Emma's son

Welcome to a new installment of “Meet our Members.” It’s time to get to know another awesome member of our community: Meet Emma.

Emma MacBeath has been a member of our community since September of 2016.  She is very active as a Greeter, an Adoption Angel and our DNA Project co-leader.

Surnames you are researching: McBeth/MacBeath, Moon, Davis, Starr/Starika—Danielson, West/Adams, French, Durand—Sexton, Lambert, Jeffs, Heskett, Anderson, Marr, Kump and Bowman just to name the first couple of generations

Locations you are researching: Scotland, England, California (Gold Country especially), Norway, French Canada, Slovenia, Gottschee Austria

When and how did you get interested in genealogy and family history?

My mother, her sister and my paternal grandparents have researched our family for as long as I can remember. I caught the bug at the age of 12. It was like being a detective for me —looking for clues and solving mysteries. I still find it to be like reading the best mystery novel of all time!

Last year, I also caught the DNA bug and began adding it to my research. I then chose to go professional. It was the biggest “aha” moment of all time when I realized this was the profession I was meant to have. I have been working for clients over the past year and am currently working towards becoming a BCG certified genealogist with an emphasis on DNA.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

My favorite ancestors are the strong women who stood tall and made drastic changes in their lives even though it was not accepted at the time: Maria Emaline who refused to live with her Mormon husband when he took additional wives because she felt multiple wives was not an acceptable practice; Elizabeth Ann who divorced her abusive husband and started a new life with her children; Etta Mae who stayed strong through incredible adversity and lived to an old age. I love reading the stories of the women who faced hardships and won.

Tell us about a brick wall you were able to break down.

Anna Clarinda Havens (My 3rd great grandmother) was a brick wall for me. I was unable to find out more than her approximate birth and death dates until I met a DNA cousin. This cousin had done extensive research in the New York archives on the Havens family and not only has the line fleshed out, but the sources to back it up. I might not have broken this wall if she hadn’t been a DNA match on Ancestry and if I hadn’t contacted her.

If you could pick one person in history to be related to, who would it be and why?

Jane Austen. She was an incredible and accomplished woman of her time and we are both authors. I am related to an Elizabeth Bennett though!

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy? Is there life outside of genealogy?

I write novels for children and young adults (have 2 published and working on another right now), love spending time with my family and friends, reading, gardening, and encouraging others in their pursuits.

How long have you been on WikiTree and how active are you?

I started in September 2016 and have become increasingly active since then. I became a greeter within 30 days after joining and was hooked. I can’t get enough of Wiki Tree and I can often spend an entire day working on various projects on the Tree.

What are some of the features/aspects of WikiTree that you love/don’t love as much?

I love the collaboration and meeting like minded genealogists, the fact that we are all trying to connect to one big tree, the many projects meant to help us grow our trees, the fact that all profiles should be accurately sourced and most of all THE SPIFFY BADGES! / I wish more people would teach themselves what correct sources are and then put them throughout their trees. I see dozens of profiles daily with other people’s Ancestry trees listed as the only source.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Look at everything, click on every link and simply play around. Then start adding your tree a few profiles at a time. If you have questions, don’t be shy and ask in G2G. Once you are familiar with WikiTree, volunteer for one of the projects. You will be glad you did.

If you could leave one message for your descendants, what would it be? Keep the family tree research going!


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1367 - Henry IV [Bolingbroke] of England, who deposed Richard II, the first Lancaster Plantagenet and the first King since the Norman Conquest whose mother tongue was English (d. 1413).
1452 - Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, and architect (d. 1519).
1684 - Catherine I* of Russia, Polish-Russian Empress, second wife and successor of Peter the Great*, the first woman to rule Imperial Russia (d. 1727).
1741 - Charles Willson Peale, American soldier and portrait painter (d. 1827).
1841 - Joseph E. Seagram, Canadian businessman and politician, founded the Seagram Company Ltd (d. 1919).
1843 - Henry James, American novelist, short writer, and critic (d. 1916) (The Turn of the ScrewThe Portrait of a Lady).
1874 - Johannes Stark*, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1957) (Deutsche Physik under the Nazi regime).
1894 - Nikita Khrushchev, Russian general and politician, 7th Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1971).
1912 - Kim Il-sung, North Korean general and politician, 1st Supreme Leader of North Korea (d. 1994).
1933 - Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress (d. 1995) (Bewitched).
1990 - Emma Watson*, English actress (Harry Potter film series).


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RMS Titanic (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Pol Pot (Image Credit: Wikipedia)











1632 - George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore, English politician, English Secretary of State, chartered and colonized Maryland as a Catholic refuge (b. 1579).
1865 - Abraham Lincoln, American lawyer and politician, 16th US President (b. 1809).
1912 – The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. 1517 of 2,227 passengers and crew die, including:
Thomas Andrews, Irish businessman and shipbuilder (b. 1873).
John Jacob Astor IV, American colonel, businessman, and author (b. 1864).
Benjamin Guggenheim American businessman (b. 1865).
Ida Straus* (b. 1849) and Isidor Straus* (b. 1845), German-American businesspeople and politician.
1949 - Wallace Beery, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1885) (The ChampTreasure Island).
1980 - Jean-Paul Sartre, French existentialist philosopher and author, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1905) (Being and Nothingness).
1989 - Hu Yaobang*, Chinese soldier and Communist Party leader (b. 1915).
1990 - Greta Garbo*, Swedish-American actress (b. 1905) (Mata HariGrand HotelNinotchka).
1998 - Pol Pot*, Cambodian general and politician, Khmer Rouge leader and mass murderer, 29th Prime Minister of Cambodia (b. 1925).

Other Events:

Battle of Formigny (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

McDonalds (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Tienanmen Square Protests (Image Credit: Wikipedia)











1450 - Hundred Years’ WarBattle of Formigny: The French nearly annihilate English forces, ending English domination in Northern France, and the capture of the remaining English strongholds in Normandy.
1783 – Articles of peace ending the American Revolution are ratified.
1861 – American Civil War: President Abraham Lincoln calls for 75,000 Volunteers to quell the insurrection.
1892 – The General Electric Company is formed.
1923 – Insulin becomes generally available for use by people with diabetes.
1945 - Bergen-Belsen concentration camp is liberated.
1947 - Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball’s color line.
1955 - McDonald’s restaurant founding: the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Illinois.
1989 – Upon Hu Yaobang*’s death, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in China.
2013 - Two bombs explode near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264 others.

The individuals marked with “*” don’t have a profile on WikiTree yet. Please help grow our tree.

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Four sons of Herbert and Emily Begbie. (From top): Gordon, Alan, Campbell, Donald


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1865 - Erich Ludendorff, German general and politician, who led the German military war effort in World War I (d. 1937).
1898 - Paul Robeson, American singer, actor, and activist (d. 1976) (Show Boat).
1905 - J. William Fulbright, American lawyer and politician (d. 1995) (Fulbright Program for fellowship).
1926 - Hugh Hefner, American publisher, founded Playboy Enterprises.
1954 - Dennis Quaid, American actor (The Right Stuff).


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Francis Bacon (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Frank Lloyd Wright (Image Credit: WikiTree)











1483 – King Edward IV of England dies. Edward V (aged 12) succeeds his father, but is never crowned, and disappears, presumed murdered, after incarceration in the Tower of London.
1492 - Lorenzo de’ Medici, Italian ruler (b. 1449).
1626 – Sir Francis Bacon, English jurist and politician, Attorney General for England and Wales (b. 1561).
1959 - Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect, designed the Price Tower and Fallingwater (b. 1867).
2011 - Sidney Lumet, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1924) (12 Angry MenDog Day AfternoonNetwork).

Other Events:

Surrender at Appomattox (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Bataan Death March (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Mercury Seven (Image Credit: Wikipedia)










1413 - Henry V [Lancaster] is crowned King of England.
1682 - Robert Cavelier de La Salle discovers the mouth of the Mississippi River, claims it for France, and names it Louisiana.
1865 - American Civil War: Robert E. Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia (26,765 troops) to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, effectively ending the war.
1867 - Alaska Purchase: Passing by a single vote, the U.S. Senate ratifies a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska.
1881 - Billy the Kid is found guilty of murdering the Lincoln County, New Mexico, sheriff and is sentenced to hang.
1916 - World War I: The Battle of Verdun: German forces launch their third offensive of the battle, one of the largest battles of the war.
1940 - World War IIOperation Weserübung: Germany invades Denmark and Norway. Vidkun Quisling seizes power in Norway.
1942 – World War II: The Battle of Bataan/Bataan Death March: U.S. forces surrender on the Bataan Peninsula, in the Philippines.
1959 - Project Mercury: NASA announces the selection of the United States’ first seven astronauts, whom the news media quickly dub the “Mercury Seven“.
1968 - Martin Luther King, Jr. is buried in Atlanta after his assassination on April 4.
2003 - Iraq War: Baghdad falls to American forces; Iraqis turn on symbols of their former leader Saddam Hussein*, pulling down a grand statue of him and tearing it to pieces.

The individuals marked with “*” don’t have a profile on WikiTree yet. Please help grow our tree.

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Betty Ford (Image Credit: WikiTree)











1605 - Philip IV of Spain, King during the Thirty Years’ War and the height and beginning of the decline of the Spanish empire (d. 1665).
1732 - David Rittenhouse, American astronomer and mathematician, first director of the US Mint (d. 1796).
1875 - Albert I of Belgium, leader of Belgian army during World War I (d. 1934).
1892 - Mary Pickford, Canadian-American actress, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded United Artists (d. 1979).
1904 - John Hicks*, English economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1989) (consumer demand theory).
1912 - Sonja Henie, Norwegian-American figure skater and actress (d. 1969).
1918 - Betty Ford, American wife of Gerald Ford, addiction activist, 40th First Lady of the United States (d. 2011)


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Pablo Picasso (Image Credit: WikiTree)

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217 - Caracalla*, Roman emperor, is assassinated. His reign was marked by domestic instability and external invasions. He granted Roman citizenship to nearly all freemen in the Roman Empire (b. 188).
1364 - John II of France, king during the Black Death, created the Franc, captured by the English at the Battle of Poitiers and later ransomed for an enormous sum (b. 1319).
1861 - Elisha Otis, American businessman, founded the Otis Elevator Company (b. 1811).
1973 - Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter and sculptor (b. 1881).
1993 - Marian Anderson, African-American operatic singer (b. 1897).
2013 - Margaret Thatcher, English lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1925).
2013 - Annette Funicello*, American actress and singer (b. 1942).

Other Events:

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WPA (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Grace Hopper (Image Credit: Wikipedia)










1513 – Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon claims Florida for Spain.
1935 – The Works Progress Administration is formed when the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act becomes law.
1942 – World War II: The Japanese take Bataan in the Philippines.
1942 – World War II: Siege of Leningrad: Soviet forces open a much-needed railway link to Leningrad.
1959 – Computer manufacturers, users, and university people led by Grace Hopper meet to discuss the creation of a new programming language that would be called COBOL.
1994 - Rock singer-musician Kurt Cobain of Nirvana is found dead in Seattle at age 27 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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