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 Deb.

Deb became a WikiTreer in May of this year.  She is a Data Doctor, a Sourcerer, and an Integrator. She also participates in the 1776Latter-day Saints (LDS)Puritan Great Migration (PGM), and Notables projects. She likes doing the sourcing and Data Doctor challenges, and loved the Source-A-Thon (she came in third!).

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

A few of the names I’m researching are, Lewis, which is my maiden name but only because my grandfather took his stepfather’s surname, Borquez and its variations, which would have been my name had my grandfather not become a Lewis, Western, which is my mother’s maiden name, Smith (oh joy), which belongs to my maternal grandmother, Hubbard, for my paternal grandmother and Durham, for my husband and our children. I’ve left a lot out, of course, but those are the nearest and dearest.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

Massachusetts, Vermont, England, Scotland, Spain, Mexico, Utah, and Arizona are prominent locations on my father’s side. My mother brings us Michigan, Canada, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Cornwall, England. From my hubby’s family I get Virginia, Illinois, and Oklahoma. I would love to break through to Europe with his lines; especially the Durhams but they’ve always been a stubborn lot.

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

I can’t recall a time when I wasn’t interested in family history. I always loved listening to the stories my family members told about events that took place before I was born. I’ve since learned that some of those tales should have been taken with a very large grain of salt but that’s part of the fun of discovery.

The genealogy seed was planted pretty early as well because my paternal grandmother’s family was with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the time of Joseph Smith. My aunt has what she calls “The Big Black Book of Hubbards” with family history and lineages. I’ve dabbled on and off for many years but it was probably about 20 years ago that I began to get more serious about researching and not just take someone else’s word for it. I’ve found many errors in our big black book of Hubbards.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

I have temporary favorites at times, usually the one I’m heavily into researching at the moment, but in the end I always seem to come back to my third great grandmother, Caroline Eliza Nickerson. She was born in 1808 in Vermont and her story is very compelling. She traveled to New York with her parents and siblings to join Joseph Smith and other early Mormons where she met and married her first husband, Marshall Moore Hubbard, my third great grandfather. Marshall died in Michigan while there to sell property, leaving Caroline with four small children. She married twice more, suffered many hardships, and lost several children during her journey to Utah. She became a much revered teacher in Utah and died there at the age of 81. I’ve been working on her biography but don’t have it on WikiTree yet. There’s a wealth of material to sort through and digest.

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

Aside from the issue of tracing my husband’s family back to Europe that I mentioned earlier, one of my most frustrating brick walls involved my mother’s paternal grandfather. His name was Glen Western but he was raised by a family named King. He ultimately adopted “King” as a middle name. I tried for years to find his biological parents but kept coming up short. Just a few weeks ago I stumbled upon a brother who was fostered by another family and, unlike my great grandfather who always listed the Kings as his parents on official documents, he used the names of his biological parents on his Social Security application. Eureka! Now I’m hoping there is a birth record for my grandfather where his bio parents’ other two children were born. I know his parents’ names now and that’s a start; one step at a time.

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

I’ve always been fascinated by the scientist, Marie Curie. A woman so prominent in the sciences was and still is, to a large degree, unusual. I would love to find out I was related to such a pioneer.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I spend some of my time working as a Social Media Community Specialist for the mobile division of a large company. I interact with our community on several social media platforms as well as moderate and interact on our community forums.

When not working or looking for the dearly departed, I read a great deal, crochet, knit, cook, and enjoy various water related fun, but my favorite pastime is playing with my grandchildren.

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

I became a WikiTree member in May and I’m on daily. I’m a Data Doctor, a Sourcerer, and an Integrator. I’m also a member of the 1776, Latter-day Saints (LDS), Puritan Great Migration (PGM), and Notables projects. I like doing the sourcing and data doctor challenges, and loved the Source-A-Thon (I’m not sure I’ve recovered yet, though). Can’t wait for the Spring Clean-A-Thon!

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

The moment I found WikiTree and read about the premise behind it, I knew I’d found my genealogical home. I’ve been so frustrated over the years by “junk” genealogy and mistakes in lineages and relationships that get perpetuated through lack of due diligence. Yes, I realize there are plenty of mistakes on WikiTree but the idea that we communicate with each other and work together to correct those mistakes while striving to provide proof for all of it means that I never have to see my great grandfather married to his son’s mother-in-law on WikiTree or argue with people who insist he was married to her simply because they’ve seen it on 50 other trees.

There isn’t a lot I don’t like. I wouldn’t mind having more data fields for things like burials and baptisms but I do fully understand why there aren’t. I can deal. I probably wouldn’t complain if the fields were arranged differently so that all the fields relating to birth and death were together; all the fields relating to names were together, etc. I imagine that too would be more trouble than it’s worth to alter. Compared to the things I love about WikiTree, these are minor inconveniences.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?  

Take it slowly at first. Enter your first generations by hand to get a feel for it before even thinking about a big GEDCOM upload. Make sure you have the first profiles you enter fully sourced before you move on. Trust me; you’ll be glad of it later. As you go, read, read, and read! The help pages are full of useful information and instruction. Above all, ask! There are so many knowledgeable and helpful people on WikiTree that are willing to drop their own research to assist you with navigating the site or do some sleuthing for you if you just can’t find that one piece of evidence you need. I have seen so many people find the link they have been missing simply by posting a question in G2G. It’s inspiring to see the lengths many WikiTreers will go to in order to help someone else.


 

 

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 Helmut.

Helmut has been a wonderful WikiTreer since February of 2014. He is engaged in some projects such as our One-Name and One-Place Studies, as well as the Czech Roots project for which he is the Project Coordinator.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

Jungschaffer is a pretty rare name, so far everybody found with it could be documented as family. I’m still trying to find unconnected Jungschaffers. Other names are Klabouch – some family members in the USA changed the spelling to Klabough – and Sitter.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

My ancestors come almost exclusively from Southern Bohemia, all the way back to the earliest surviving church books. There are a few outliers, mostly people coming to the area after the Thirty Years’ War, and one twig from Moravia.

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

I grew up in a family that had been expelled from Bohemia as ethnic Germans after WWII – and at the same time still having cousins living there. This got me interested in our family history and the history of Bohemia very early on.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

There are really no distinguished ancestors in my family, workers and farmers all, their only historic traces were the church book entries of their births, marriages and deaths. Maybe one exception: my great-grandfather Franz Sitter, he worked in the brewery in Budweis/České Budějovice …

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

My direct line of Jungschaffers developed out of a family named Schaffer. The oldest member, Mathias, is documented only through his death and the births of his children, no marriage, no birth record. He is estimated to be born in 1668 based on his age at death and church books exist from 1615 on so there ought to be some record hidden in there. Family names at this time changed, some records were with given names only, and the records contain quite a few different towns and villages, all in chronological order but sometimes without the village given, so hopefully completing a comprehensive record of all births in the village in question will reveal some helpful pattern.

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

Nobody in particular, but being almost exclusively of German and Czech extraction I’d wish I could discover some family connections to other cultures (fat chance, I have almost all lines documented to the early 17th century without much possibility for older records).

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I like traveling, preferably to some mountain areas where I can get some vigorous mountain hiking in – nothing beats relaxing with a good glass of wine after a day up in the mountains (bucket list: hiking the Via Alpina). Some classical music in the background and a good science fiction novel wouldn’t hurt either.

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

I found WikiTree early in 2014. As I am still working full time the amount of contributions to the tree has been up and down over these months and I’m still cleaning up and sourcing some of my original GEDCOM uploads. I do follow G2G regularly which is pretty much the only aspect of WikiTree I can do easily during work. I have been engaged in some projects such as One-Name- and One-Place-Studies, Czech Roots for which I am the project coordinator, and Global Outreach. Every so often I’ll come about a (unrelated) person of interest to me with poor documentation and can add some sources and family members, mostly with German background and utilizing some German sources otherwise not so easily accessible.

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

I very much appreciate the emphasis on documentation and the discussions about various aspects of genealogy in G2G. Also, the many projects allow the pursuit of interests often different from one’s family alone.

One of the downsides of WikiTree is the tremendous amount of unsourced, poorly documented, and sometimes fictional profiles still hanging around from the early years and the slow pace of clean-up. Another issue is the inability or difficulty to accommodate other than Anglo-American names: no middle names but multiple given names in many cultures, name order for East-Asian names, compound last names, single names etc. And of course my pet peeve: all those Germans born in counties, states, and countries that didn’t exist yet when they were born.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Go slow, take it easy, follow G2G, and ask questions; there are many helpful hands on board.

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

Understand your history and it will help understanding the present.

 

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 Isabelle.

Isabelle became a WikiTreer in June of 2016. She is active as a Connector and in our Notables and European Aristocrats projects as well as a participant in the Saturday Sourcing Sprints and Data Doctor Challenges.   Isabelle has also been instrumental in starting up the new French Roots project.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

I’m not researching any surnames in particular, at least not connected to my family. I’ve never found a Rassinot who was not a descendant of my great-grandfather, so a Rassinot name study would probably be one of the smallest in the world!

What are some of the locations you are researching:

Most of my research for WikiTree is done to make connections, especially in France and Belgium. I’m interested in all locations in France, but more familiar with my native Vexin (covering part of the present Oise and Val d’Oise départements) and the area around Poitiers where my children’s father is from. I actually love looking for places on maps and hunting for historic location names.

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

After my grandfather died, my parents were given his family papers and photos, and that included his parents’ “family booklet” (livret de famille). That is an official little book given to couples at their civil wedding ceremony. This booklet contains the marriage details and later children’s births are also inscribed there (family booklets still exist, and when my children were born, we had to take the family book to the hospital to be filled in by the civil servant when the children were registered).

I was so excited over the booklet (first time I saw the names of my great-great-grandparents!) that my parents agreed to take me to the mairie (town house) to do some more research on the family. I was already interested in family stories before – my grandfather’s family especially – but this booklet was the starting point of my research. At the town house the secretary showed us the registers, how to use the 10-year indexes, everything I needed. I took the habit of going there every week and stayed quite late. The secretary used to go upstairs to his living quarters and leave me free range in the archive room. Of course this was only possible because I was raised in the village where my father had been raised, and his father, his grandparents and most of his ancestors had lived all their life there. So there was a double bonus – I could do all my research just by walking down to the town house, and because it’s a small place it was much less informal than in a city. After a few months my mother and I traveled to Lille to look for her ancestors and it was much less fun.

After the tutorial given by the municipal secretary at Liancourt-Saint-Pierre I got my second lesson in a letter from a cousin. I was worried about the father of my great-grandmother, as her birth record showed he was 70 when she was born. He told me not to worry about that but rather cross-check everything I could find about him, because registers could contain errors and it was always better to have a source for the birth and the marriage and death. So that took care of the importance of sources, and I was lucky to learn very soon that trying to go as far back in time as possible, as quickly as possible, was not the way to go and that consolidating every fact was more important.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

My great-great-grandmother Euphrasie Constance Chappart, the daughter of a shoe-maker in Liancourt-Saint-Pierre, because nearly all her ancestors were also from Liancourt and I was able to build her a nice tree all by myself as a teen. For the others I had to travel, or wait until the archives were online.

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

I have lots of brick walls, and the one I reasonably hope to break through is in Switzerland. This will need either a change – archives being made available online – or travelling to Switzerland myself. I have just a little information from cousins in Switzerland who made some research on the Crausaz family.

My great-great-grandfather Jean-Baptiste Rassinot was a foundling – born in Paris in 1823. I tried to research him but hardly got anything. The Paris archives were destroyed in 1870 and his file was lost, so all we know is that he was taken in charge at Saint-Vincent de Paul Foundling Hospital as a newborn, christened and given to nurse to a woman named Victoire Sagnier in Franvillers, near Amiens. He must have been a tough little guy, travelling from Paris to Amiens at the end of December on a horse-cart ! We suppose he went somewhere else as soon as he no longer needed a wet nurse, because he’s not in the Franvillers census. He was recorded as son of Marie Rassinot but there is nothing left of her, she probably died in Paris long before 1860 and we have no clue where she came from. I’d love to find out more of where Jean-Baptiste was between 1823, when he was sent to Victoire Lagnier, and 1846, when he arrived in Liancourt-Saint-Pierre.

A brick wall I did break though was the Dronkers-Martens family. They are ancestors of my maternal grandmother, who was part Belgian through her father. I had very little about them when someone – Daan Dronkers – wrote about an ancestor of mine, Emile Bernard Dronkers-Martens – saying he was curious about him because he had studied the Dronkers family and thought he had all the Dronkers descendants covered, but that was the first time he heard about Emile Bernard Dronkers-Martens and did I know more about him? And added: the Dronkers family is from Lillo, near Antwerp. It was very motivating to work with someone else and inch by inch we found Emile Bernard’s father, and his grandparents, and finally the Lillo connection and proof that “my” Dronkers-Martens were a branch of “his” Dronkers. It’s hard to describe how exciting the breakthrough was!

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

It is an intriguing question because my ancestors are really very, very “ordinary”. There is a saying – a special French genealogist thing, maybe – that “everybody is descended from a beggar and a prince”, well, many of my ancestors were very poor but I’ve yet to find a prince among them ! There is a possible connection with nobility in my mother’s ancestry. We go back to a woman named Marguerite Duranel, who lived in the 17th century and may be the grand-daughter of a Catherine Cotteel, who definitely has noble ancestry, the van Pradelles family, themselves descendants of the Saint-Omers. I say maybe because though I’ve seen the connection in umpteen trees I’ve never seen a real source to confirm it. If it is true there must be a good source, somewhere, probably in the notarial archives, a testament or marriage contract. Anyway, some genealogies –  obviously mis-interpreting recent research by Thomas Delvaux – make them descendants of a daughter of Louis de Dampierre and Marguerite de France who was King Philippe V’s daughter. Which is impossible – Louis de Dampierre and Marguerite de France had only one child, a son – but I would have loved the link to the last direct Capets, “les Rois Maudits”!

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I am raising three teen-age daughters and have a full-time job, which doesn’t leave so much time for other hobbies. I’m giving far too much time to genealogy as it is!

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 found WikiTree a little more than one year ago while researching the in-laws of a cousin, Robert Crausaz, who emigrated from Switzerland to Canada and the U.S.A. in 1913. He had a profile on WikiTree and I decided to contact the profile manager, David Wilson, saying I had more information on his origin. I got the kindest and most encouraging welcome – and stayed. I’m fairly active and check in everyday. I got even more hooked after the source-a-thon – it happened about three or four months after I joined – when I discovered I could actually stay logged in and contribute for most of the week-end without it being the end of the world! The first project I got involved in was Connectors, from there I started connecting Belgian and later French branches, and then Notables, which led to the Notables and Euro Aristo projects. I also participate in the Saturday Sourcing Sprints and Data Doctors Challenges now and then.

There are three WikiTree-ers – Emma McBeth, who started it all, Greg Lavoie and myself with a huge challenge: to launch the French Roots project, which already has about twenty members and we hope to become a top-level project soon. The project means to complement the existing France-related projects like Quebecois, Huguenot Migration and others (of course I forget some, sorry) and cover the ancestors who stayed in France and are not in the scope of those projects. As well as the people with French Roots but who do not match any of the existing projects. And of course those who are still in France – there are not many of us yet on WikiTree but we hope to attract more with the project. One of our tasks will be to develop French-language help pages. We have already set up a few pages, more for descendants who are not familiar with how to research in France: lists of resources, help pages on how to research French archives. We also created a list of French (or French Roots) Notables profiles who need help and right now we are busy organizing France sub-categories, both re-organizing existing categories in English and setting up the French language category structure.

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

The biggest strength of WikiTree and what makes it so attractive, is the one-person-one-profile rule. All the other sites have up to dozens of duplicates representing the same person and you’ve got to browse them all to find out which have quality research. Having just one profile as a reference is really incredible and that’s why I never looked back (I used to be a Geneanet adept, actually still have a huge tree there, with only a tiny fraction of it on WikiTree). So collaboration is the best thing on WikiTree, but it can be quite difficult sometimes. While exploring existing French genealogies on WikiTree I found that many of them are virtually unsourced. This is always a problem, but when a genealogy connects remote descendants to very famous noble or royal family sources are especially crucial, and most of all for the couple of generations that make the connection between the nobles and the emigrants. I’m afraid several  lines of ancestry look fairly fishy – actually I’m confident some of them can’t be correct – and what to do with them is a real problem. Most of the time the data has been innocently copied to WikiTree, maybe through a tree collected on another site, turned into a gedcom and uploaded to WikiTree. I’ve had contact with many descendants who try to come back and source them but it can be pretty difficult, especially if you don’t read French! When you’re working alone on your genealogy it’s so easy to remove a mythical character or connection. On a collaborative site it’s a much more complex exercise!

Another complex issue is internationalization. I’m still annoyed that Aliénor d’Aquitaine has “Eleanor” as First Name at Birth, which for a francophone is a bit jarring.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Nothing original: take your time, start with the most recent generations and source them properly (it’s not easy!) before moving on to earlier ancestors.


 

 

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.

 

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 Robynne.

Robynne became a WikiTreer in December of 2016.  She is a member of the Notables ProjectThe Connectors Project, the Great War Project as well as AcadianUKNew Zealand and Australia projects. She leads two One Places Studies and five One Name studies.  Just recently she started participating in the monthly Sourcerers Challenge.  Robynne is leading the Kiwi Crew team in our upcoming Source-a-Thon!

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

On my side – Burrow, Stephens, Pellew, Thompson, Fairbairn, Evans, Stone. Sideways names include Bolt, Littley, Smerdon, Parsons and Spiller all from Devonshire. These names have all married into my Devon names. On my husband’s tree, mostly Duclos, because that name has a huge brick wall that no one seems to be able to break.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

For my tree, Devon and Cornwall in England, and various parts of Scotland. New Zealand of course. My husband is Acadian so most of his family comes from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in Canada, and some from Quebec which is a challenge since I don’t read or speak French. LOL

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

Several things really. One was my paternal great grandmother having two different surnames. Another was my mother discovering that she was adopted and I suddenly lost half my family. It took me quite some years to persuade her to get her original birth certificate. I already had an interest in history, and eventually I inherited some papers from one of my great uncles after he died. Naturally I never met him. It was extremely hard to do any genealogy from New Zealand without having to travel to the UK to find the records. Thank goodness for the Internet!!

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

I don’t really have a favourite ancestor. I do have a favourite cousin that I admire. Her name is Jessica Watson and she is from Australia. Both of her parents are kiwis. She is currently the youngest person to sail around the world on her own, which she did in 2009-2010. She made this trip unassisted and non stop. She was 16 during her 10 month voyage. She turned 17 just a few days after her trip ended. I wish I had had the guts to do something big like that.

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

My most frustrating Brick Wall Ancestor is John Burrow who is possibly from Devonshire in England. I know everything about his life from the year he got married (1817) to the year he died (1839 - aged 73) but before 1817 is a complete and total blank!! No one in my family has been able to find anything new on him since his name was first discovered on the tree back in the 1980s.

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

Actually I’d like to be related to Lady Diana Spencer’s family. I recently discovered that a 3rd cousin of mine is also a 6th cousin to Lady Diana, and I am not. This makes me a little jealous!!

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

Reading mostly. Watching movies. Looking after my son and husband. I am a SAHM – stay at home mom. Mostly because we all have chronic illnesses that have to be managed.

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 just after Xmas in Dec 2016. The person of the week in that last week of December 2016 was Sir Brian Barrett-Boyes who was a well known heart surgeon from New Zealand, although he spent the last few years of his life in the USA. His first wife was my father’s cousin and the information about her was quite sparse. I just HAD to sign up and get her details right, and then connect me with her. I find myself being on WikiTree pretty much every day. I am so addicted – to the community as well as the genealogy.

Let’s see. I am a Project coordinator for those British Home Children Project, which covers children who were sent to Australia and New Zealand. I am the Team Captain for the brand new Kiwi Crew team. This appears to be the first ever  Kiwi Team for challenges, sprints and source-a-thons. I am a member of the Notables Project, The Connectors Project, the Great War Project as well as UK, New Zealand and Australia projects. I have 2 One Places Studies and 4 or 5 One Name studies. I also joined the Acadian Project since my husband is of Acadian ancestry. And today I just started the monthly Sourcerers Challenge.

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

I LOVE the community and G2G. I had not been planning to get involved with G2G, when I first arrived. I just wanted to get my tree online and connected up so I could find some cousins. But I ventured out into G2G, read a lot including the warnings not to upload the GEDCOM, answered a few questions, won a best answer and I was hooked. I haven’t stopped since. I do think that baptism and christening dates should be added, especially for the English and Scottish as well as French Canadian (Catholic) records because those are just as valid as the dates of birth.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

While it did take me several weeks to manually add my ancestors into WikiTree, almost all of them are now online and connected to the global tree. It was very satisfying to type them in, find the sources, or find new sources if I had to, and get to know them all over again.


 

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