[Editor’s Note: Nae is one of our newer supervisors as well as Assistant Project Leader on our brand new Mentors project.  She is also very active as an Arborist and with our Scottish Clans Project.]

Hi WikiTreers!

Welcome to our third installment of “Meet our Members”! It’s time to get  to know another awesome person who is part of our outstanding community. Meet Nae:

What surnames and locations are you researching?

Lockhart, Dent, Sheldon, Foltz, Long, Farley, Fuoco, Barrett, Keiser, Smith and others.

A large part of my research is focused in colonial Virginia, Maryland, New York and Connecticut, Scotland, and the UK, but really, whereever it takes me.

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

It’s just part of me. History has always been an interest, I have always gravitated to the older generation to listen to the stories. I started researching family history thirty years ago. At that time, that meant road trips and sifting through the dust of ancient court houses and libraries, and now, a great deal can be accomplished in the middle of the night, when the house is quiet, and you are still in your robe.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

It would have to be Captain James Lockhart. Captain Lockhart has come down through the family stories and researchers stories, since 1677 when he arrived in America, and researchers have yet to accurately track down his ancestry to the correct line in Scotland. Some are pursuing the DNA route. I haven’t done that, as yet, but I do believe he is of the line of the Lockhart’s of Barr, which may or may not play out in my life time.

Tell us about the brick wall you most want to tear down.

There are many more than one. Besides Captain James Lockhart, another one is Matilda Grant Cheuvront. Matilda was born around 1780, and died about 1803. She is buried in the Good Hope Masonic Cemetery, Goodhope, Harrison County West Virginia, USA. She married Aaron Charles Cheuvront, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Ellsworth Cheuvront. (And talk about a brick wall, Joseph Cheuvront!)

The stories have her death shortly after the birth of Isaac Cheuvront in 1802. (It has also been rumored that she was a relation to General U.S. Grant. As yet, there is no substantial proof to date, but that’s how family stories are sometimes.)

I thought for a time that she was possibly related to Belinda Grant Cheuvront who married Aaron’s half brother, Thomas Cheuvront, but that has been disproved. Belinda was daughter of Chapman Grant, and he is another brick wall.

There are more than a few of these walls in my tree.

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

This one made me think. There are so many great people out there as I am learning daily. Anne Marbury Hutchinson. Anne has stayed in my mind, since I ran across her. I admire her story, not about the religious aspect, but the fact that Anne stood up for her rights as a person, in a male dominated society. She refused to recant, and was banished from Boston as a result. Her resolve, and obvious intelligence (according to statements from those at her trial) in the 1600s is unheard of. The subsequent death of her and five of her fifteen children in New York is tragic, but the revocation of her banishment by the Massachusetts legislature in 1945 indicates that she is not forgotten.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I usually am a voracious reader, anything I could lay my hands on, including the back of a cereal box if nothing else. WikiTree has used up those needs at the moment though. I love to garden and landscape, in other words, I love to play in the dirt. Always have, and always will. I enjoy keeping up with sports and Nascar, but I don’t follow either as much as I used to. History has always been an interest, and I started compiling information as a teenager.Then life got in the way, but I am back in it now.

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

I found Wiki Tree in February of this year after a few forays with other online programs. I liked the format, and with the collaboration, it has been wonderful to link up with other family members, because, really, if your tree joins up with another profile, odds are that manager is related to you, unless they just have a big heart and adopted the profile.

I am far too active. To quote Vic Watt, “It’s addictive.” I probably contribute upwards of three thousand entries (not profiles but additions/changes/merges) per month. I have an arbor (real wood one for an entryway) I started to construct in May, and with other contributing factors, but I will attribute a lot to Wiki Tree, it’s only partially completed. Too active. 🙂

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

I love the fact that this is truly a collaboration. Research is in constant progression to reach a common goal of knowledge and sources, resulting in mutually agreed upon decisions regarding information and in some cases “educated guesses”.

I love the autonomy it gives to be able to work where you want. If you find information on another profile, you can contribute and also that others can contribute your research. If everyone gets together and shares their information, it would save a lot of time and duplicate research.

I don’t love the learning curve. There is so much information about the process for simple things like merges that take time to discover and as I like to say “Gee, if I had only known that earlier”. But that’s where the Mentors Project we’ve recently started will come into play.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Take a moment and review the active participants, and reach out to someone. Ask for help. Any of the project participants are willing to help you or answer questions and if we don’t know the answer, we will find one or direct you to the person who does.

Keep in mind, that if you find a “duplicate” of someone in your tree, that the other manager(s) have an interest, probably because they are related to you!

Document everything! If you find a thread of information, add it to the profile, and NOTE where you the information came from, because all these threads will make some cloth, and then you might be able to have enough information to create a picture of the person. My old notes, handwritten, interviews, research, mostly have the information of the source, but the one that doesn’t is the one I need.

There is a lot of information out there, but it needs to be taken with caution. If the information doesn’t provide sources that can be double checked, then you can NOT assume that it is accurate. If you use this information, be sure to note that it is not verified.

If you could leave one message for your descendants, what would it be?

Follow your dreams and your interests. Take some moments to converse with your family, especially the older generation, because the wisdom and information they have is irreplaceable.

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  2 Responses to “Meet our Members ~ Nae”

  1. Nae, you are an inspiration and a great help to many of us. Thank you for all of your WikiTreeing and all of your suggestions and research! Loved this article!

  2. Nae, a lot of what you say really resonates with me. I having been looking for she’s for somewhere to put all my research so it’s not lost in the future, wikitree is great for that. Love your uk banner, just had two weeks there and it amazing how many variations of the keep calm logo I’ve seen in the intervening time!

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