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 Susie.

Susie MacLeod became a WikiTreer in April of this year and is one of our friendliest members. She is an active Greeter and Messenger, and a member of the Notables, Profile Improvement, United Kingdom, US History and Southern Colonies projects.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

MacLeod, Hudson, White, Stainback, Lorentz, Grier, Burt and Blount

What are some of the locations you are researching?

West and South Eastern North Carolina; Devon, Essex, Middlesex, Hertfordshire and London Boroughs in England. Although a current search on behalf of my cousin’s wife as taken me to Raj India which has been fascinating.

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

I am adopted and so I’ve always wanted to know more about who I was and where I came from. Growing up in England with an English family, yet knowing I was American, made it particularly important to me. Thankfully by the time I had been reunited with my birth mother’s family my grandfather had written seventeen volumes of detailed genealogical research which he shared with me. From that point onwards I was hooked. I’ve been seriously invested in it and also in helping others find ‘who they think they are’ for about ten years.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

Probably Eleanor of Aquitaine. She had to cope with such a lot in her life. She was one strong woman and I’m all about strong women.

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

I’m looking for my birth father and have nothing to go on but DNA. It came as quite a shock in June to discover through DNA that the person I had thought was my father for twenty six years isn’t my father at all. You hear stories about this kind of thing happening to other people but you never expect it to happen to you. So yeah, that’s my biggest brick wall.

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

Gosh there are so many possibilities here. Nancy Astor maybe? Another strong woman. I love the fact that she was the first female Member of Parliament here in the UK. I also love the fact that she used her wonderful home of Cliveden to host political parties for the social elite. The conversations that must have gone on!

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I’m currently writing my first novel. I love to read historical fiction, do a plethora of different crafts (currently working on patchwork owls to sell for charity), baking, and am a Friend of Bletchley Park where the enigma code was cracked.

How long have you been on WikiTree and how active are you?  Are there any projects/challenges are you involved in? What do you enjoy doing?

I joined WikiTree at the beginning of April and it feels a bit like I fell down a rabbit hole into a whole new world. I love it here and spend many hours a day doing one thing or another. I’m a Greeter, Messenger, and member of the Notables, Profile Improvement, United Kingdom, US History and Southern Colonies projects. I love them all and wish I had more hours in the day to do them justice.

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

I love the community here. The spirit of collaboration and desire for accuracy are what drew me to WikiTree in the first place. The selfless way in which people give of their time and energy to help others just warms my heart. I’ve learned so much from everyone. It’s been a very steep learning curve.

Sure I’m not a fan of people getting their feelings hurt and misunderstanding each other on G2G sometimes, and I certainly think there should be greater accountability when it comes to voting up and down of posts / changing starred answers / flagging posts, but apart from that I love it all. It makes you want to do better, help people more, and give quality answers. After all, we’re one big family and don’t all families argue sometimes?

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Take your time and read everything. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Google “WikiTree, followed by your question” when you can’t find something and the answer usually pops up. Save loads of bookmarks in a place you will find them. Remember we are all in this together and above all else have fun on the journey.

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  4 Responses to “Meet our Members: Susie MacLeod”

  1. Hello Susie,

    Just a note to say thank you for the work you do, and that we are related! : )

    Blessings ~ Marci

  2. This is all new to me. But I started my genealogy journey in May and have been totally absorbed since. My father and his brothers started their family search, but couldn’t totally agree on everything. So now with my dna test I should be able to find my right great great grandfather. So comments from others is good.

  3. Has anyone spent time talking to Susie? She is so fun to talk to! I could spend hours at it. Susie is hard working, kind and fun. And smart and hard working. I could go on…. :-)

  4. Hi Susie, Welcome to WikiTree! I noticed one of the names you are interested in and that is Burt. I’m a descendant of the Burt family and would enjoy sharing data with you.

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