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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 Cindy.

Cindy Lesure has been a member of our community since December of 2014.  She is remarkably friendly and cheerful which serves her well since she participates as a Greeter, Data Doctor and Messenger.

Surnames you are researching?

Lesure, Maust, Nieman, Talkington, Whitecotton, Williams.

Locations you are researching?

Pennsylvania, West Virginia for now.

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

I have been interested for the past 20 years, but never really did anything until AFTER my Mother died and I got this massive amount of paper records from her maternal line of Nieman.  My Aunt Helen had worked with various people through her church, browsing the newspapers & going to all the family reunions and gathering information from folks to create a document that contained about 3500 names.  On New Years Eve 2014 I started entering the information on WikiTree and the rest, they say, is history!  Been an addict to WikiTree ever since.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

Wow that is hard, but I believe it would be my paternal grandmother Jennie Whitecotton Williams who died from childbirth complications in 1916.  The records for her are extremely sketchy and the actual information I have on her profile I am not remotely sure of because there is so little information and there were never any photographs taken of her during her lifetime that I can find.

Tell us about a brick wall you were able to break down.

The brick wall that was broken down for me by going to G2G Forum and asking the question about my Dad’s brother, Willard ‘Bill’ Williams who went to Pearl Harbor in 1942 for the clean up and never came back.  His siblings all believed he died there because they never heard from him.  Doug Lockwood, WikiTreer hero of mine, found out that Uncle Bill not only did not die way back then, but thrived in Hawaii (who wouldn’t?) and did not die until 1999, seven years after my Dad died.  My Dad never got to know that his brother was alive & enjoying the Hawaiian breezes!  Uncle Bill actually married a Japanese lady and that is all I know…so far.

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

Amelia Earhart and I am not really sure why except she was always a hero of mine growing up.  I always thought it was eerie how she disappeared.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

Hmm, is there life outside genealogy?  Actually, I love gardening, photography, my two cats & my dear husband, but not in that order!  This is sort of outside genealogy, but every day I go to the WikiTree Family News email and post on Facebook who was born that day & share their tree.  My cousins love it!

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

As I said, I started in 2014 and I must go to the website at least once a day!  I do volunteer as a Greeter and Messenger & am a Data Doctor.  It is something I absolutely love!

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

I do love the new tutorial for brand new people and actively encourage new folks to go through it because it is a wonderful tool to get them started!  I also love the new FamilySearch Matches—I used it for the first time last weekend & found 3 cousins I never knew existed and am corresponding with them now!  The only thing I do not like is profile managers who are inactive & seem to feel they ‘own’ the profiles they created & do not want to share.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Biggest tip is go slow (not like I did) and go through the tutorial.  Ask questions & become involved in the G2G Forum.  When I first started I was afraid to ask questions & truly suffered because of it.  The biggest thing about WikiTreers is their willingness to help!

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

Take notes, record the stories your ‘elders’ tell you and be open to all those cousins out there!


 

 

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 Liz.

Liz Shifflett has been a member of our community since May of 2012 and is one of our wonderful Leaders.  She is very active in leading and co-leading several projects including our Louisiana Categories ProjectLouisiana Families ProjectMatchBot Monitors Project and Virginia Project. She oversees our weekly Saturday Sourcing Sprints and helps keep our Calendar up to date.

Surnames you are researching?

Tons! Genealogy and AADD is an exciting combination :D

I’ve worked on a lot of interesting Virginia names, such as Byrd, Lightfoot, Epes, & Stith, because seeing “Buckner Stith” in a vital record is too good to not go see if he has a profile where I can share what I found (only to find that Buckner Stith is not as unusual a name as I thought it would be, sucking me down a rabbit hole into a warren of Drurys, Stiths, Buckners and more).

The first trail I worked on for the Magna Carta project was for Maj. Robert Peyton, who I got involved with because I was trying to identify which Valentine Peyton was the father of my ancestor Robert Peyton, since all indications were it was Capt. Valentine Peyton d. 1751 but the Peyton Society of Virginia said it wasn’t (still working on that issue, but I’m finding exciting information in the Stafford County Order Book that was returned a few years ago to the Library of Virginia from New Jersey, where it wound up after “the Late Unpleasantness” as my grandmother called the War Between the States). But I digress. Back to surnames…

I work on my brick walls. (There’s always another one behind the one that comes down!) I have them collected under a personal category: My Brick Wall (Noland-165). Most recently the surnames McDonald/McDaniel (maternal) & Kilian (paternal).

I work on the early Virginia Harris families repeatedly, trying to straighten them out enough to figure out which is “my” Thomas from among the four (at least) contemporary Thomas Harrises in the same area. “My” in quotes because even though I’m looking for my lineal ancestor Thomas Harris, I know he’s not just mine. I will say that great things start happening when you post all you know about your brick wall, including any siblings & families of their wives and their siblings’ wives. And if profiles for them exist, check them out for new sources & also work on making connections. I’ve been working on early Virginia families for so long that I’m beginning to see the interlocking weave of marriages among families that made the cloth of Virginia colonial society. It also resulted in special challenges like two marriages between Robert Bolling and Ann Stith – 100+ years apart, the one Robert a descendant of the other. (That took a while to sort out, let me tell you! And it still isn’t fully resolved.) And adjacent families with children whose names are reverse of each other (although the habit of using the mother’s maiden name as a given name can help identify family lines… except they all do it and intermarry and every generation names their children after their siblings too). There I go digressing again. Where was I?

Oh – I was getting to a point! By working on your extended family lines, you exponentially increase the chance that cousins may find you with information about shared lineal ancestors you’d never had known about otherwise. I’ve had amazing breakthroughs via WikiTree’s private message and bulletin board system from both cousins & completely unrelated strangers offering information (and pictures!!). Working with fellow WikiTree members & new-found cousins on developing profiles, finding sources, and being good stewards for our ancestors’ profiles is incredibly rewarding. “WikiTree Love” is a real thing!!

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

I was totally addicted the moment I found WikiTree in May 2012, which was a month after my mom died, so it was a balm to immerse myself in my family tree, scrawny as it was (think Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree). How active. Hmmm…. too active? Put it this way, my New Year’s resolutions since 2013 have included “cut back on time spent in WikiTree”! Haven’t been successful with that one yet. And not that long ago I realized I was forgetting to check on some of my projects, so I created a “my projects table”. Check it out at the bottom of my profile page (there’s a link to it at the top.) And below the table are other tags I’d like to follow in addition to the 20 I do follow. Go ahead and look around. I’ll wait <grin>.

<Jeapardy! music>

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Be nice, be careful, be open-minded, be happy & have fun!


 

 

by Bob Fields

On May 13:
Birthdays:

Maria Theresa (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Joe Louis (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Stevie Wonder (Image Credit: WikiTree)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1221 - Alexander Nevsky, Russian prince and saint (d. 1263).
1717 - Maria Theresa, Austrian wife of Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1780).
1792 - Pope Pius IX, the longest-reigning elected pope (31 years) (d. 1878).
1842 - Arthur Sullivan, English composer (d. 1900) (Gilbert and SullivanThe Pirates of PenzanceThe Mikado).
1857 – Sir Ronald Ross, Indian-English bacteriologist and mathematician, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1932)
1883 - Georgios Papanikolaou*, Greek-American pathologist, invented the pap smear (d. 1962).
1907 - Daphne du Maurier, English novelist and playwright (d. 1989) (RebeccaJamaica Inn).
1914 - Joe Louis*, American boxer, wrestler, and actor; heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949 (d. 1981).
1922 - Bea Arthur, American actress and singer (d. 2009) (MaudeThe Golden Girls).
1931 - Jim Jones*, American cult leader, founder of the Peoples Temple, who killed 918 followers in Guyana (d. 1978).
1939 - Harvey Keitel, American actor (The PianoReservoir Dogs).
1950 - Stevie Wonder, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (“Superstition“, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life“).

Deaths:

Joseph Henry (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Cyrus McCormick (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Gary Cooper (Image Credit: WikiTree)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1832 - Georges Cuvier, French zoologist and academic; the “father of paleontology” (b. 1769).
1878 - Joseph Henry*, American physicist, academic, and inventor (b. 1797) (self-inductance).
1884 - Cyrus McCormick, American businessman, co-founded the International Harvester Company (b. 1809).
1885 - Friedrich Gustav Jakob Henle*, German physician, pathologist, and anatomist (b. 1809) (germ theory of disease).
1961 - Gary Cooper, American actor (b. 1901) (Sergeant YorkThe Pride of the YankeesHigh Noon).
2013 – Dr. Joyce Brothers, American psychologist, author, and actress (b. 1927).

Other Events:

Mexican-American War (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

German invasion of France (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Pope assassination attempt (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1846 - Mexican-American War: The United States declares war on Mexico.
1865 – American Civil War: Battle of Palmito Ranch: In far south Texas, the last land battle of the Civil War ends with a Confederate victory.
1912 – The Royal Flying Corps, the forerunner of the Royal Air Force, is established in the United Kingdom.
1917 – Three children report the first apparition of Our Lady of Fátima in Fátima, Portugal.
1940 – World War II: The German army crosses the Meuse, beginning the conquest of France. Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands flees her country to Great Britain. Winston Churchill makes his “blood, toil, tears, and sweat” speech to the House of Commons.
1981 – Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Ağcaattempts to assassinate Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. The Pope undergoes emergency surgery and survives.
1985 – Police release a bomb on MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia to end a stand-off, killing 11 MOVE members and destroying the homes of 250 city residents.
1992 – The Falun Gong movement had its beginning as the sect’s founder, Li Hongzhi* gives the first public lecture in Changchun, People’s Republic of China.

The individuals marked with “*” don’t have a profile on WikiTree yet. Please help grow our tree.

 

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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 Charlotte.

Charlotte Shockey has been a member of our community since November of 2014.   She is very active in several projects including our Ambassadors, Connectors and Data Doctors. She participates in the monthly Sourcerers Challenge, the weekly Saturday Sourcing Sprints and was one of the top winners in both our Source-a-Thon and Clean-a-Thon!

Surnames you are researching?

Shockey (Schäcke, Jäggi, Jäcky, Jäcob), Sperry (Spearry, Speary), Schindler, Brewer, Dyess, Bolick (Bolch), Lail (Lael, Lohl, Lale, etc), Brunson, Hyser, Tracewell, Darbyshire, Leach, Gardner, Kiblinger, etc., etc.

Locations you are researching?

Not really sure I’ve studied any one place more than another as long as my family lived there at some point in time.

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

I became interested in genealogy back in 8th grade when part of our Social Studies homework was to find out the origin of our surname and make the coat of arms. For Shockey it came up as English and since I couldn’t find the coat of arms I made my own “a lightning bolt hitting a key”. (Turns out that’s now the branding design for one of my cousin’s cattle.)

I didn’t actually start doing my genealogy until 2001 and found out the reason for not finding the Shockey coat of arms is because the farthest back version of the surname is now Jäcob in Switzerland. Due to moving around, several places in Switzerland then Germany, the dialects made the spellings different but all pronounced the same.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

My favorite ancestor is my 5th Great Grandfather, Isaac Shockey, a counterfeiter and adventurer. Last summer my cousin Sharon found a book that states that his brother Valentine wasn’t the only counterfeiter in the family he was just the leader of the Shockey Gang. Turns out Isaac and his brother, Abraham, were also counterfeiters in the gang. Now I’m on the search to find the plates that were unearthed from Valentine’s fields around the Mason-Dixon border. LOL

Tell us about a brick wall you were able to break down.

Years ago I was able to break down a brick wall for my Great Grandfather Orville Thomas Speary thanks to the Social Security application I purchased for him.  I had a feeling for these parents I found but couldn’t be sure until I purchased Orville’s Social Security application. I was so ecstatic when it came in and sure enough it was the parents I was looking at. Bonus, I got to see his signature. I have to say it felt great getting just a step farther up the Speary line. It wasn’t until I did my auDNA test and joined the Sperry group that I found anything farther on the Sperry line and ours seems the only one to have changed spellings.

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

Sonora Webster Carver, a daredevil who learned to ride diving horses during the Great Depression then relearned after she became blind due to an accident while diving. To me she was absolutely amazing, strong, and vivacious in the face of such amazing odds. Who wouldn’t want to be related to someone of that strength and daring.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

Wine, wine, and more wine! LOL. I’m an equal opportunity wine drinker, I’ll try anything at least once to rate it. My wine partner and I love going on the Georgia Wine Highway Week event every Spring. Beware in Virginia of the Peaks of Otter Winery’s “Kiss The Devil”, 30 different hot peppers! I feel like I’m still recovering from that particular tasting of two yrs ago. I’m also trying to learn more about wine to be more knowledgeable. If I can win the lotto I plan to open two wineries. One down here in Georgia producing fruit & vegetable wines under one name. Then open one up in Winchester, VA creating grape varietal wines under another name.

I also love to photograph things around me especially if I get the chance to go to any of the National Parks (stamp me!). I’ve danced for many years: ballet, tap, jazz, character, hip hop… and took a few ballroom classes. Traveling to new locations when funds permit it. Come on lotto! Recent passion is Cricut, now to just get my own heat press!

I absolutely love to read, mostly romances but lately I’ve enjoyed reading biographies such as Carrie Fisher’s Princess Diariest, Lauren Graham’s Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, Anna Kendrick’s Scrappy Little Nobody, Mary Tyler Moore’s After All and looking forward to reading my cousin, Eva Shockey’s Taking Aim.

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

I joined WikiTree on 13 Nov 2014 after my cousin helped me stumble across it one day, so now it’s like my dates are “Before WikiTree” and “After WikiTree”. LOL. Everyday I’m on my laptop I am on WikiTree. I love it! I keep trying to get other friends to join. I enjoy being a Greeter, the first person a new member interacts with. I always hope to give them a positive experience. I also love helping out with all the other projects I’m part of: Profiles, One Name Studies, DNA, Cemeteries, Data Doctor and Connector. Sometimes I don’t know if I have enough time in the day to do it all. LOL. Darn work for getting in the way. ;)

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

I absolutely love the collaborative nature of WikiTree as well as how friendly everyone is. I felt closer to other members after the 72 hours of Source-a-Thon and chatting it up in the hangouts. Almost like we came out the other side of a war closer together.  I’m not a very organized person at home with certain things but I love how organized WikiTree is with all the categories. I also love that I can get a feel for One Name Studies via WikiTree so one day I can join the One Name Study Guild and be a bit more knowledgeable.  Only thing not to love is the occasional WikiTree member who doesn’t want to collaborate.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

My tips for someone just coming to WikiTree is first check out the wonderful tutorial they recently created to help you through the wonderful world of WikiTree found in your confirmation message. I even learned a few things I didn’t know about from it. Second, if you decide to upload a GEDCOM just do your ancestors. This is a lot easier to maintain and then gradually start adding the descendants a person at a time as this will keep you from making too many duplicates to have to remember to merge later. Third, if you add your DNA tests to your profile… PLEASE make sure your profile is at the highest level allowed for living (not Public). Fourth and last, source, source, source! This helps disputes on merges.

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

Please don’t throw away all my hard work! :) LOL. Pack rat isn’t always a bad thing if well organized for future generations. Please continue working on the tree whether it’s ancestors or descendants so future generations will have a great start.

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