Hi WikiTreers,

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

Gordon and Gilly

Gilly Wood became a WikiTreer on 31 December 2012. She participates in many projects including the United Kingdom and New Zealand projects as well volunteers as a Greeter to help new members feel welcome to our site.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

Deane, Elliston, Ireland, Hart, Johnson, Sherman, Wood.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

(England) Essex, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, London. (USA) Massachusetts.

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

My professional genealogist brother helped and encouraged me throughout my childhood.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

My 3rd Great Grandfather Robert William Elliston who founded the Drury Lane Theatre in London and was Actor/Manager. He acted six times at Windsor for the King – (the King commanding 5 of the performances by order of the King). Various Books and Essays have been written about him including Chrisopher Murray’s “A Theatrical Biography” in which he mentions the two Essays by Charles Lamb on the Actor. RWE’s antics and exploits intrigued me . It has been quite an excersise in research endeavouring to locate all his numerous illegitimate children, various mistresses and at least one Bigamous Wife which apparently necessistated the need for him to adopt the Alias “Mr. Wilmot”! How many other of his sons and daughters are there yet to find I wonder!

Tell us about a brick wall you were able to break down or one you hope to bust through.

The father of George Wood circa.1745 d. 1817 St Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey, Age 72.

The problem being the very large number of people named George Wood at that time in the same location. Still a Brick Wall! Which George Wood is he I wonder!

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

Spinning and weaving and all woolcraft are my passion. I have also made jewelery, pottery and dabbled in art which runs in the family with my grandmother, mother and sister being artists. The artist Hector Caffieri is in my family tree.

How long have you been on WikiTree and what do you spend the most time doing?

This is my sixth year. I joined WikiTree 31 December 2012 however I accidentally deleted my email in 2014 so my Profile page says I was confirmed January 2014. Mostly I greet guests.

What brought you to WikiTree? (In other words, how did you find us?)

Googling about looking for genealogy sites.

What is your favorite thing about WikiTree, or which feature(s) do you like the most?

Greeting and assisting guests. It is very exciting helping others locate their ancestors.

If you could improve one thing about WikiTree, what would it be?

Make joining really easy and eliminate spam in a manner that doesn’t include the necessity to add tags.

What is an example of how WikiTree has helped you with your genealogy or how you’ve helped genealogy with WikiTree?

The relationship finder is a very useful tool indeed. It helps make sense of the previous generation links flowing directly down to the Member.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Instead of adding a Gedcom type in profiles one at a time – it is the fastest way to become familiar with editing!


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Hi WikiTreers,

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

Thom participates in many projects and is an especially great asset to our WikiTree Apps and DNA projects.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

I have decidedly shied away from researching brick walls – for now.  Obviously, one can get a headache quickly when one hits their head against a wall.  I will return to those challenges eventually but as I am still fairly new at this (17 months), there are lots of easier targets.  The Pulman family for West Yorkshire is one. The Brown family from Culpeper, Virginia is another, and I will soon be looking more into the Doggett family from Suffolk, England.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

It happens to be St. Patrick’s day today and I did have a pair of great-grandparents from County Kerry, Ireland – specifically the Kerry Head area.  I have done a lot of research here and will stop by the area this June as I am scheduled to get on a boat in Dublin headed to the Arctic at that time.  This area has turned out to be more historically fascinating than I would have imagined. I am also researching the Yorkshire, West Riding area in conjunction with the Pulman line mentioned earlier and helping with the town categorization

The next location will be Süd Tyrol and I will likely need to do much of the work on location as on-line records are quite limited and transcribed and indexed records even more limited.

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

I had some level of interest since childhood and took my first steps 25 years ago but as there was little interest in the rest of the family and I had little time to spare doing on-line lookups and/or mailing requests, I put it on the back burner.  A couple years ago, my step-son did a DNA test and my wife and I decided to do so as well and we got our results back a couple of months later. This spurred an interest but we were sailing around the world at the time and it was many months before we would be home to get started on genealogy, but when we did return, I delved into it almost immediately.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

I like to say my 64th great-grandfather whose 5th wife was a woman named Cleopatra but people always think I am joking and BCE folks, including Mark Antony, are no longer on WikiTree, so I will have to say my 3rd great-grandfather, Thomas Pulman, who had three wives (in series not simultaneously), fourteen children, packed everything up and moved to America ending up in Alexandria, Virginia with a farm next to Lord Fairfax’s farm.  The problem was the War of Northern Aggression (better known by the misnomer of the “Civil War”) started with troops crossing the Potomac and building a fort on his property. Lincoln came to his farm in 1863 after an explosion at the fort and a year later. The next year, a cannon ball from the fort killed two of Thomas’s grandchildren at his son’s farm a mile away.  Yet, through all the adversities in England, in migration, and in America, he was able to persevere.

Tell us about a brick wall you were able to break down or one you hope to bust through.

There are many that I hope to bust through but it would be nice to go further back in the Anderson line but the family was from one of the burned counties of Virginia so the records were probably used to light someone’s cigar during the War there.  As this is my paternal line, I have done as much DNA testing as today’s technology provides but there has been nothing.

How long have you been on WikiTree and what do you spend the most time doing?

I signed up in April of 2016 but did little until October of that year.  Lately, I have been spending most of my time building an application to diagram how the trees of multiple descendants intersect.  This will be most useful for DNA triangulation.

What brought you to WikiTree? (In other words, how did you find us?)

I was looking for several elements: (1) free, (2) wiki, (3) one shared tree with controls to manage malfeasance and misfeasance, (4) and collaboration features.  I would say WikiTree provides those and more (such as DNA hooks and synchronizing with other sites).

What is your favorite thing about WikiTree, or which feature(s) do you like the most?

The relationship finder.

If you could improve one thing about WikiTree, what would it be?

Add DNA information to the API.

What is an example of how WikiTree has helped you with your genealogy or how you’ve helped genealogy with WikiTree?

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that someone had added a court case to one ancestor and that case had tons of information about many of the family members.  I would never have come across this document on my own.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

If you see a pretty leaf and it won’t stick to the tree, sweep it into the fire pit and burn it.


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Hi WikiTreers,

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

Nicholas became a WikiTreer in May of 2016.  He’s active in several of our “roots” projects including Irish Roots, Jewish Roots and the Quebecois project.  Nicholas also spends much of his time on WikiTree adding and improving Japanese profiles.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

Some of the surnames in my family tree I am researching are LaPointe, Rainville, Hall, Prescott, Reddy, Fitzgerald, Simon, Venedam, Broussard and Feeley.

I am also interested in various Japanese surnames including Fujimori, Matsudaira, Oda and Hosokawa.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

The locations I am currently researching are Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and Japan.

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

My great-aunt would tell several stories about my family, including descent from the Vikings as well as traces of any Jewish heritage she might have inherited.  However, I was first interested in genealogy when I was doing a school project in seventh grade. My father’s family helped compile a family tree for me to present to the class.  I also got to present my patrilineal ancestry which can be traced back to the early 1600s.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

That is a good question.  I would guess my maternal grandmother.  According to my mother, I do resemble her in appearance.  I once met her during my family’s trip to New York in 1997.  She passed away shortly after I met her. Other than that, I do not remember the events of her life.  Had she lived today, she would have seen me become the person I am now.

Tell us about a brick wall you were able to break down or one you hope to bust through.

I would like to learn more about my great-grandmother Eva Hall.  Apparently, she had a genetic disorder that she might have passed to my grandmother, who then gave it to my father and then me.  Other than that, I do not know how that disorder might have originated. In fact, I am still particularly interested in finding her obscure family.  Also, I am trying to find out more about my ancestor Jean-Baptiste Venedam, besides the fact that he served as a soldier during the Napoleonic Wars.

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

I would guess King Richard III of England.  I have read some Shakespeare histories, including Richard II, Henry V and Richard III.  I am particularly interested in the lines of descent from royalty and nobility.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I am particularly interested in computer gaming, particularly Minecraft.  Also, I am in the process of learning the Japanese language. During my free time, I go out hiking and swimming.

How long have you been on WikiTree and what do you spend the most time doing?

I joined WikiTree in May 2016.  Since then, I have been adding mostly Japanese people as well as people of Japanese descent to WikiTree.

What brought you to WikiTree? (In other words, how did you find us?)

I was looking up several genealogy websites on Wikipedia and came across WikiTree.

What is your favorite thing about WikiTree, or which feature(s) do you like the most?

I do like connecting notable people to the main tree.  I use the Connection Finder to find the degrees of one person to another notable person like Queen Elizabeth II.

If you could improve one thing about WikiTree, what would it be?

I would have to improve on the name search index because it doesn’t recognize certain characters that were being search for, particularly Chinese characters.

What is an example of how WikiTree has helped you with your genealogy or how you’ve helped genealogy with WikiTree?

I did find several errors in my family tree, including several unsourced profiles as well as incorrect birth dates.  I have sourced several unsourced profiles including that of my ancestors, and I am sourcing many of the profiles I create as well.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

One thing I have to say is that if you are unfamiliar with WikiTree, once you find the necessary features, then you might get used to it.


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