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 Azure.

Azure Robinson became a WikiTreer in April of 2018.  She participates in our Magna Carta and US History projects and loves cleaning up suggestions as a Data Doctor.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

Robinson, Grenia, Boushon, Wallen, Budd, Grebe, Hoover, Jones, Peasley, Messenger, Ames, Eveland, Anderson, Harrison, Ihda.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

New York, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Washington.

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

I’ve always loved research and history so becoming my family’s self-proclaimed historian/archivist is very rewarding and interesting to me. My mother’s Peasley line leading to Waterman and Messenger has been known to me since I was a child. It was something her aunt, Adda (Peasley) Hughes, did. My father worked diligently at his family history and wrote a self-published book on it. His sister, my beloved aunt Naomi Lucy (Robinson) Anderson also had done extensive research into her and her husband’s ancestry. I’ve been excited to take what I’ve learned from them and go further with what is available online.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

I’d have to say it changes. But, currently and mostly, it’s my paternal grandfather, Firman Joseph Robinson. I didn’t take advantage of the few times I saw him while he was alive and I’ve loved getting to know him through his family history. He was only about nine when his father died and he helped his mother take care of the farm and his five younger brothers. He moved from Iowa to Washington State and was part of the first congregations in Washington for the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion. He had strong faith and steadfast integrity. He was a lumber grader at Weyerhauser in Raymond, Washington.

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

Currently working on:  Mary M “Polly” (Millard) Peasley.

Born New York, United States, 1 Mar 1811. Died New London, Outagamie, Wisconsin, United States, 20 Jan 1881. Originally had a notation that her maiden name was Martin. No source for this maiden name. The Martin father most list as her father with a wife, Sarah Turner, did have a Mary born the same year, however, she died as a child. DNA with Lydia Hammond’s brother, Daniel Hammond’s descendant may help prove this relationship. The maiden name Martin may have been an error due to there being another John Peasley whose wife was Mary Martin further up the tree. Found an Ira Millard in Mary’s Will of 1881, family trees show that her brothers name was Ira and he lived in the same county as Mary.

Successfully broke through: George Ferris Anderson.

Born Indiana, United States, 6 Jan 1876. Died Retsil, Kitsap, Washington, United States, 4 Jun 1965. My mother never knew for sure who her grandfather was. For years I’ve been researching to prove whether it was the father listed on her mothers birth certificate (Robert Harrison) or her grandmothers’ previous husband (Henry Rabanus). Her mother was born one month after her grandmother married Harrison and family gossip always led us to believe it was Rabanus. There was never very much information on Harrison so couldn’t find his siblings or parents.

Mom’s DNA test was done on both 23andMe and AncestryDNA. Finally, I got a clue because she had multiple cousin matches that showed Harrison as the family line. I still couldn’t make it work until I looked at the date of birth of one of the children. It was the same as Harrison. When I researched more I found his and his second wife’s application to a Veterans home that showed the correct parents and the second wife I had down as Harrison’s second wife!

For a period of time, including both marriages and 1920, 1930, 1940 Census he listed himself as Robert Harrison and his parents as George Harrison and Priscilla Peddicord. But his actual name was George Ferris Anderson and his parents were George Anderson and Priscilla Harrison (her mother’s maiden name was Peddicord).

That one document on Washington State Digital Archives provided the majority of proof with the DNA backing it up!

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

Abraham Lincoln. I wrote about him in school and have always been interested in him as a person.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

Photography, Writing, Coding and Cooking. Just learned how to knit and am a voracious reader.

How long have you been on WikiTree and what do you spend the most time doing? If you’re  involved in a project(s), tell us about how you participate in it.

Since April 24, 2018. I’ve been working on breaking through brick walls, adding descendants of 3rd and 4th grandparents so I can find/match up with cousins on other genealogy and DNA websites. One of the projects I joined is the Data Doctors Project. Started by cleaning up errors in my managed profiles and have started to clean up profiles in my Watchlist. I was excited to be part of the Spring Clean-A-Thon!

I just started a new Free Space Project for Jehovah’s Witnesses to focus on the history of the religion, impacts to religious freedom in the United States and the persecution of Witnesses during the Nazi regime, including those who survived or died in concentration camps.

What brought you to WikiTree? (In other words, how did you find us?)

I came across a profile of my 2nd great grandfather William Nelson Jones when I did a google search.

What is your favorite thing about WikiTree, or which feature(s) do you like the most?

The collaborative community.

If you could improve one thing about WikiTree, what would it be?

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you first join up. … I just started clicking around and saw the GEDCOM import capability and didn’t think much of it. Just did the upload and started matching where I saw matches. I didn’t realize how bad the imported source citations from ancestry.com were until I started editing my profiles. And then it took awhile to figure out the best way to write them up. … I’ve added several cousins to WikiTree and when I send the invite, I’ve included the following text:

If you are interested in more about WikiTree, I’ve included some information below.

If you sign the Honor Code page, it opens up more options:

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Special:Honor_Code

You can add tags to your profile page:

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/____________

  1. Click on Add in the upper right-hand corner of the page
  2. Click on Followed Tags (adding at least 12, gets you a Volunteer Badge) which allows more functionality

To add your DNA Test information

  1. Click on Add in the upper right-hand corner of the page
  2. Click DNA Test Information
  3. Select your test from the drop-down:

(if you have questions about GEDMatch, let me know! )

Here’s my profile if you want to see an example of the different badges, DNA confirmation information, followed tags, etc. (I’ve got a tag for surnames and things like Magna_Carta and Mayflower as one of my lines is traced through to both of these.)

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Robinson-27225

Here’s a profile of one of my ancestors that shows how source citations are written (in the Edit tab of the profile)

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Hoover-3966

If you’d like to upload your GEDCOM file:

        1. Click on My WikiTree in the upper righthand corner
        1. Click GEDCOMs

Here are the different member types:

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Member_Types

What is an example of how WikiTree has helped you with your genealogy or how you’ve helped genealogy with WikiTree?

WikiTree has helped with my research by providing the collaborative community, the tools, and more sources. Learning from other members about their struggles and solutions, seeing my ancestry in a different way with the widgets and especially finding the Source Library!

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Take time to learn about the different features and tools of WikiTree, chat with other members and get some examples of good profiles before you start adding your family!


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  3 Responses to “Meet our Members: Azure Robinson”

  1. We really appreciate Azure’s hard work and meticulousness on our family tree!

  2. Good Luck,my dear young lady Azure.Best wishes,Shalom,and God bless you.

  3. Wish you were Scottish.

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