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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RootsTech 2018 Now Open for Registration

International has announced that registration to RootsTech 2018 is now open. RootsTech is a popular 4-day annual family history and technology conference where individuals and families are inspired to discover, preserve, and share their family roots, heritage, and stories. The conference will be held February 28 to March 3, 2018, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, go to RootsTech.org.

In 2017 the growing event attracted more than 26,000 attendees in-person from all 50 U.S. states and more than 35 countries. Family Discovery Day, a free 1-day event held on Saturday as part of the conference, is also open for registration.

RootsTech 2018 will offer attendees a full lineup of inspiring and well-known keynote speakers; over 300 informative sessions, including hands-on computer labs taught by industry professionals and leaders; interactive activities and helpful exhibitors in the expo hall; and entertaining evening events. All are designed to inspire and empower personal family discoveries.

INNOVATION SHOWCASE

RootsTech 2018 officially begins on Wednesday, February 28, with class sessions beginning at 9:30 a.m. The all-new general session begins at 4:30 p.m. Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International, will be the keynote speaker. Following Rockwood’s address will be the all-new Innovation Showcase. The Innovation Showcase will feature the best new technology in the industry from around the globe. RootsTech is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Innovation Showcase from the public. The public can nominate its favorite family history related app, product, or service by using #RootsTechInnovation on Facebook or Twitter, or visit the Innovation Showcase page at rootstech.org. The submission deadline is October 15, 2017.

The showcase also offers attendees the opportunity to interact and connect with industry influencers, executives, and investors. Online viewers will also be able to vote for their favorite product or service during the live showcase event on Wednesday. (See RootsTech 2018 Grows to 4 Days, Introduces New Innovation Showcase.)

FAMILY DISCOVERY DAY

Registration for Family Discovery Day is also now open. The event takes place on Saturday, March 3, 2018, and is designed for families and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This free and fun 1-day event includes inspiring messages from Church leaders; engaging classes for families, youth, and young single adults; and evening entertainment to inspire and help families and members discover, preserve, and share their family connections. Family Discovery Day attendees will also have access to all the interactive activities and exhibitors found in the RootsTech Expo Hall. Event details, including speakers and classes, will be made available soon at RootsTech.org. Registration is required.

PRICES

Early bird discount pricing is available for a limited time on 4-day passes at just $169 (a $100 discount). Single-day RootsTech passes are also available for $99. A 4-day Getting Started pass is only $69. All passes include access to the popular Expo Hall and morning keynote sessions.

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About RootsTech

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

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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 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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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 Dorothy.

Dorothy has been a WikiTreer since November of 2014 and has been very active. She has made over 1,000 contributions almost every month for years. She is currently a Greeter, RangerIntegrator, ModeratorVolunteer Coordinator, and Project Coordinator. She also coordinates six One Name Studies.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

Barry, Fleming, TaftLaflamme and Cavanaugh.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

Connecticut, Rhode Island, Canada, Ireland and France.

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

Back in Sept 2014, I started out with contacting my known cousins, some which I haven’t talked to since high school. I made myself a flow chart and tried connecting the dots if you will. I also received a family bible (belonging to my father) with some photos that really helped with my father’s ancestry during that time. The bible had his cousins’ names in it as witnesses to his marriage to my mother back in 1940.  I had a friend who used Ancestry.com so I started searching there, but you had to be a paid member. I did get some hints but not for long. I did the 30 day trial membership and worked many hours that month collecting all I could. Then that ended. I did some more searching online and found WikiTree. What sold me on WikiTree was you could ask questions on the G2G forum and other members would help research and submit their findings.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why? 

A lady with the same name as my mother and myself: Dorothy (Dolly) Berry also known as Barry. She was born 1901, native of West Village, Manhattan, New York. Dorothy was committed to helping poor people, street people, and particularly addicts. She helped start a 12-Step NA group in New York City, with Daniel L. Carlsen. They also started it in the New York Federal Prison System and called it Narcotics Anonymous. She was ordained as a minister in the Salvation Army in 1927. In 1945 she was named director of the Salvation Army’s Eastern Territorial Correctional Service Bureau for Women, a post she held until she retired in 1964. In 1959, she received the New York State Welfare Conference Direct Service Award for her help to women who have been in trouble with the law. Dorothy had obtained the rank of Brigadier General with the Salvation Army. She was affectionately called “Brigadier Dolly”. Maybe that’s why I wanted to join the Women’s Army Corps a week after I graduated from High School. (I ended up serving 20 years).

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

When I first started I ran into problems connecting my father to his ancestors because I had limited information. When I got past his father and grandfather, I couldn’t find any more out so I posted on the g2g forum and gave what  information I had: Frank Barry was born in Canada in 1824. He was married to Margarett (Unknown) Barry. Frank is the Father of Frank BarryMary BarrySelina (Barry) LambertPeter Barry and Eliza Barry . The 1880 United States Federal Census Record Census & Voter Lists shows daughter Selina Barry (then 22) with her brother Frank Barry (then 26), and other siblings living with their parents.

Well that Frank Barry turned out to be Francois Baril with the same children and dates of birth on another census from Canada only their last names were Baril.   On 7 Sep 2016 at 18:01 GMT Bob Ladouceur wrote: Barry-1283 and Baril-148 appear to represent the same person because: They are the same person!! Needless to say we had a lot of conversations through emails about that, and finally I decided that it was possible, although it dashed my hopes of being connected to a Barry family in Ireland. Instead the Baril families came over from France to Canada.

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

Mary Ludwig Hays better known as ”Molly Pitcher” because of her heroism & deeds during the Battle of Monmouth during the American Revolution. Molly’s job was to carry water to soldiers and artillerymen, often under heavy fire from British troops. During that time however, Molly’s husband was carried off the battlefield from heat exhaustion, so she took his place at the cannon, and for the rest of the day, continued to “swab and load” the cannon according to legend. She became known as “Sergeant Molly”!

 What are some of your interests outside of genealogy? 

Since I am retired military I am heavily involved with several veterans groups here in the area. They keep us busy especially helping other veterans in need, volunteering at food banks, fund raising for good causes like scholarships for children of active duty personal to go to college, memorial day, flag day veterans day and other activities in the community.  I also work with those who train service animals to help veterans with PTSD, and other medical needs. In addition I helped with missing persons organizations to search for or get the word out about a missing loved one.

 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 have been on WikiTree since Nov 2014 and I have been very active obtaining over 1,000 contributions now almost every month for about 2 years. I am currently a GreeterRangerVolunteer Coordinator, and Project Coordinator. I have (6) One Name Studies and belong to the Integrator project and serve as moderator on the g2g forum to list a few. Oh and working on database errors!!  I enjoyed researching and building up the “Women’s Army Corps” Category to about 83 members now under the Military and War Project. Lately I enjoy working on the g2g forum as moderator and assisting with the “weekend chat“.

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

I love the g2g forum as I mentioned. I like the way profiles are set up. I like the fact you can add pictures, memories, connect with freespace pages, have a watchlist, and that you can edit, revise, add to and fix up your profiles to tell the story of your heritage.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree? 

Try to get as much information you can before adding a new profile. Always start off with your immediate family then go to grandparents, great-grandparents etc. Look for sources like Find A Grave, Census reports, obituaries and other articles from newspapers, talk to other relatives to confirm what you already know and to brainstorm for new information. Google is your friend as well. Even if you just have a name and year of birth and death, put that in the search bar, you might be surprised what comes up. I have found articles of relatives military service, work experience, obituaries, business accomplishments etc. It works. You just have to play detective and work with the bits and pieces you get and build you a profile.


 

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