Greetings fellow WikiTreers! Welcome to the June 2017 edition of News from the Tree, our monthly report on new features and changes around the site, notes on community leaders, tips, etc.

What’s New?

Have you Checked your Weekly Connections in the Connection Finder?

Every week you can find two new connections in our Connection Finder.

Summer Orman

Each Tuesday, we showcase a WikiTreer in a Meet our Members feature on our blog and they also get spotlighted in the Connection Finder for that week.

This week it’s Summer Orman.

Summer has been a WikiTreer since March of 2016 and is one of our newest Leaders. She leads our Volunteer Coordinators and Tennessee projects, co-Leads the Rangers and Slavic Roots projects and is an Ambassador and Data Doctor. You can learn more about her here and check the Finder to see how you are connected!

We also highlight what we call an Example Profile of the Week.

These profiles are top-notch and meet the styles and standards criteria that the community has agreed upon. The notable whose profile is used as an example is also featured in the Connection Finder for that week.

Spotlighted this week is Sir Winston Churchill, (1874-1965) from the World War II Project and United Kingdom Project.  See how you are connected!

And of course you can always see your connection to our standard connection anchors, Queen Elizabeth II and Kevin Bacon.

Follow the tag connection_finder for weekly updates on connections.

New Improvements to Search and Matching

We just released a round of improvements, mostly to our search and matching functions.

1.) Secondary Sort.

As you may know, you are able to sort search results by first name, last name, birth date, death date, or profile manager.

Now you can also do a secondary sort, i.e. order the sorted results by first name, last name, birth date, death date, or profile manager.

For example, if you search for John Smith and you sort by first name, that will put all the Johns apart from those with John as a middle name. You can then order all the Johns by birth date or whatever you prefer.

Secondary sort has also been added to Watchlists (here’s yours) and surname index pages (e.g. Smith).

Note that on surname index pages you have to break out of the default (cached) view to see all the sort options. Then the sort options are on the right.

This feature was requested in G2G by Bob Keniston.

2.) Matching for “Unknown”.

As some advanced WikiTreers have commented on in G2G in the past, our search engine ignored people with the last name “Unknown”. We were afraid that matching Unknowns with each other and with others would provide too many irrelevant results. Now that most profiles have dates this isn’t as much of a danger.

The way we’ve done it now should be an improvement and help catch duplicates that were being missed before.

3.) Improved Handling of Two-Word First Names.

Finally, we should now be doing a better job matching two-word first names. For example, “Marie A”, “Marie A.”, “Marie Anne”, and “Marie-Anne” should now match with each other over other Maries and Annes.

We’ve also been working on improving the matching of two-word last names and last names with periods, hyphens, spaces, etc. Soon we should do a better job matching St. Laurent with St Laurent, St-Laurent, etc.

New “Ancestors” and “Descendants” Buttons

You can now view family trees and descendant lists without leaving a person’s main profile page.

Look for the “Ancestors” button next to the person parents’ names and the “Descendants” button next to their children’s names, e.g. on https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Whitten-20

Note that they will only appear if the person has grandparents or grandchildren. For example, Chris Whitten’s profile has an Ancestors button but not a Descendants button because he doesn’t have grandchildren. A descendant list for him wouldn’t show anything that isn’t on the main profile page.

A little extra feature: putting your cursor over a parent’s name will show the grandparents. Mousing-over a child’s name will show grandchildren.

Question of the Week

Have you participated in the Question of the Week yet? Every Monday a genealogy-related question is posed to community members in our G2G Forum. You can join in the fun and share a little about yourself and learn about your fellow WikiTreers! Follow the tag “question_of_the_week” to get the new question each week.

We recently asked “What do you do to honor the veterans in your family tree?”

Here are just a few of the answers we received:

  • For those veterans who passed away that are on my watchlist  I try to make sure they have their categories listed on their WikiTree profiles for what branch of service they were in, awards received and for what war they were involved in. For those relatives still living, I try to let them know of Memorial Day remembrance programs going on in their area by email or on Facebook. Like for where I live, we have a program at our veterans park with guest speakers, music and red roses given out to Gold Star mothers. We also have an honor guard posting the appropriate flags, 21 gun salute and taps. I myself as a veteran have done the invocation prayer and served on the honor guard for these events! ~ Dorothy
  • For Veterans Day, my sister and I (both Veterans) go to free lunch and drag our husbands (not Veterans). We sit there for more than an hour and have fun “catching up.” No one tries to rush us out even though its crowded. My workplace places flags on Veteran’s graves for Memorial Day, but I can’t bend over far enough to do that unfortunately. I like the idea of fixing up profiles for Memorial Day and Veterans Day. I may go to the Long Island National Cemetery and take photos after my lovely co-workers have placed the flags. ~ Lucy
  • Here in Canada, my family honours Rememberance Day, November 11th, with moment of silence on the 11th hour & 11th minute, meditation/reflection and/or prayer (for those of us of a faith). We wear poppies for at least a week ahead of this day. Sadly, we have lost track of our families personal contributions and don’t attend services held. Thru the collaborations of research here on wiki tree, I am hoping bring to a stronger light, the service of all our countrymens (past, present and brothers &sisters over the borders) to my children and hopefully extended family. I already feel closer to my great grandfather having explored some of his personal records from WWI. ~ Kim
  • Here in New Zealand we honour our war veterans on ANZAC Day which is commemorated on April 25th each year.  It honours those New Zealand and Australian troops who died during the battle which began the land phase of the Gallipoli Campaign of the First World War, as well as all NZ army, air-force and navy personnel who have been involved in conflicts since. Personally I updated my “Roll of Honour” which is part of my family website in recognition of the sacrifice those family members made. ~ Lesley
  •  I was just starting out in genealogy and was working on my biological lines and adoptive parents lines. I knew I had two older siblings and started searching and posting on websites, both genealogy and adoptive.  A year and a half later  I received an email that said, “I think you’re looking for me, I’m your big sister” Sure enough it was. ~ Shelly

Who’s New

We’re pleased to announce three new WikiTree Leaders:

Family History Photo of the Week Nominee

Summer Orman has been with us since May 2016.  She says about her interests and hobbies “Spending time with my family is #1. I also love genealogy, DNA studies, history, music, writing, reading, making polymer clay jewelry, painting, sewing, crocheting, knitting, playing violin and piano, and last but most definitely not least… being on WikiTree!”

Mel  Lambert has been WikiTreeing since November of 2015.  Here’s what she loves about WikiTree: “I love the collaboration, shared knowledge and the friendliness of our WikiTree members. I believe we are all interconnected, which is proven by our DNA. WikiTree makes using DNA so much easier than the other sites out there. Oh, and it is FREE, which appeals to the thrifty side in me.”

Debi Hoag joined our site, just before Mel, in October 2015. Her advice for new members is “Start slow and source as you go because it’s so much more fun to be able to move to new research once you’ve got your people in. Have patience, with yourself and others as we all work together to create this one big shared tree. Remember, we’re all cousins and we love our family!”

Tree-Tips

  • Have you explored your Anniversaries page yet? There you can find birthdays, wedding dates, and death date anniversaries from your Watchlist. For non-living ancestors, some members like to honor a special day by sharing the person’s profile or photo on Facebook or another social network. For living family members’, some like to send an e-card.
  • Are you interested in ways to get more involved in the community? We need you!  Look at our Volunteers Needed page to see what opportunities are out there.

Community Accomplishments

Top 10 contributors for last month: WikiTree Club 1000 April 2017

  1. Tanya Jacobberger (12,974 edits in May)
  2. Keith McDonald (8812)
  3. Elizabeth Winter (8478)
  4. Gregory Rose (8464)
  5. NJ Penny (8237)
  6. Stephanie Ahles (8190)
  7. Esmé van der Westhuizen (7020)
  8. Catherine V (6906)
  9. Cindy Lesure (6612)
  10. Michael Sheffield (6541)

Super Star recipients (recognized by a Leader for extraordinary contributions that go far beyond what is normally seen on WikiTree): 

Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication: Russ GuntherB. W. J. Molier and Isabelle Rassinot!

Project Updates

Project Spotlight: The Rangers

pgm.gifOne of the essential groups in our community is the WikiTree Rangers. These are the members who take responsibility for protecting our free, shared tree in one or more hour-long shifts per week.

Rangers serve and protect the community in a vital way simply by being on duty and staying alert. We watch for metaphorical “forest fires” started by:

  1. Vandals intentionally causing damage.
  2. New members accidentally doing harm.
  3. Unexpected technical problems.

Rangering is easy!  You simply check some key activity feeds every 10 minutes or so. If you spot a “forest fire,” you report it.

We need a Ranger on duty 24-7! Would you like to help?

If you would like to participate, click  here to join.

If you have an interest in Croatia, you might want to check out the newly created Croatian Roots Project.

Don’t Miss These!

Challenges/Contests

sourcerer.gifSOURCERERS CHALLENGE:  Far too many profiles on WikiTree don’t have any sources. This challenge is about correcting that with census data, BMD records/index references, family bible references, military documents, land documents, wills, etc. Each month we’ll post in G2G to start up the month’s challenge. To participate, go to this G2G post.

connectors.gifCONNECTORS CHALLENGEThe goal of the Connectors Challenge is to see how many individuals you can connect to our global family tree.  To join in the June Challenge, go here.

photo_of_week.gifFAMILY HISTORY PHOTO OF THE WEEKIf you love old photos or if you have photos in your own family collection that you love, you can share them in our Family History Photo of the Week Facebook group so they are nominated for our Family History Photo of the Week Contest!  See also Criteria for Selection and DisqualificationSee previous winners here.

You might also want to check out our Saturday Sourcing Sprints, Biography Builders Challenge and the new Military Challenge.

WikiTree Calendar

Stay up to date with all the latest challenges, contests, LiveCasts and upcoming events via our Calendar.

Thanks for all you do, WikiTreers. You’re the best.

Sincerely, The WikiTree Team and Leaders

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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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On April 15:

Birthdays:

Henry IV (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Leonardo da Vinci (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Nikita Khrushchev (Image Credit: WikiTree)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1367 - Henry IV [Bolingbroke] of England, who deposed Richard II, the first Lancaster Plantagenet and the first King since the Norman Conquest whose mother tongue was English (d. 1413).
1452 - Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, and architect (d. 1519).
1684 - Catherine I* of Russia, Polish-Russian Empress, second wife and successor of Peter the Great*, the first woman to rule Imperial Russia (d. 1727).
1741 - Charles Willson Peale, American soldier and portrait painter (d. 1827).
1841 - Joseph E. Seagram, Canadian businessman and politician, founded the Seagram Company Ltd (d. 1919).
1843 - Henry James, American novelist, short writer, and critic (d. 1916) (The Turn of the ScrewThe Portrait of a Lady).
1874 - Johannes Stark*, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1957) (Deutsche Physik under the Nazi regime).
1894 - Nikita Khrushchev, Russian general and politician, 7th Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1971).
1912 - Kim Il-sung, North Korean general and politician, 1st Supreme Leader of North Korea (d. 1994).
1933 - Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress (d. 1995) (Bewitched).
1990 - Emma Watson*, English actress (Harry Potter film series).

Deaths:

Abraham Lincoln (Image Credit: WikiTree)

RMS Titanic (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Pol Pot (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1632 - George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore, English politician, English Secretary of State, chartered and colonized Maryland as a Catholic refuge (b. 1579).
1865 - Abraham Lincoln, American lawyer and politician, 16th US President (b. 1809).
1912 – The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. 1517 of 2,227 passengers and crew die, including:
Thomas Andrews, Irish businessman and shipbuilder (b. 1873).
John Jacob Astor IV, American colonel, businessman, and author (b. 1864).
Benjamin Guggenheim American businessman (b. 1865).
Ida Straus* (b. 1849) and Isidor Straus* (b. 1845), German-American businesspeople and politician.
1949 - Wallace Beery, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1885) (The ChampTreasure Island).
1980 - Jean-Paul Sartre, French existentialist philosopher and author, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1905) (Being and Nothingness).
1989 - Hu Yaobang*, Chinese soldier and Communist Party leader (b. 1915).
1990 - Greta Garbo*, Swedish-American actress (b. 1905) (Mata HariGrand HotelNinotchka).
1998 - Pol Pot*, Cambodian general and politician, Khmer Rouge leader and mass murderer, 29th Prime Minister of Cambodia (b. 1925).

Other Events:

Battle of Formigny (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

McDonalds (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Tienanmen Square Protests (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1450 - Hundred Years’ WarBattle of Formigny: The French nearly annihilate English forces, ending English domination in Northern France, and the capture of the remaining English strongholds in Normandy.
1783 – Articles of peace ending the American Revolution are ratified.
1861 – American Civil War: President Abraham Lincoln calls for 75,000 Volunteers to quell the insurrection.
1892 – The General Electric Company is formed.
1923 – Insulin becomes generally available for use by people with diabetes.
1945 - Bergen-Belsen concentration camp is liberated.
1947 - Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball’s color line.
1955 - McDonald’s restaurant founding: the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Illinois.
1989 – Upon Hu Yaobang*’s death, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in China.
2013 - Two bombs explode near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264 others.

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

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Greetings fellow WikiTreers! Welcome to the March 2017 edition of News from the Tree, our monthly report on new features and changes around the site, notes on community leaders, tips, etc.

What’s New?

See your connection to Ben Kingsley

Ben Kingsley

We’re excited to announce that Ben Kingsley was the winning profile in last month’s “Connection Combat.” Thank you to Jamie Nelson and the other Connectors for adding her genealogy in Connection Combat: Bobby Fischer vs. Ben Kinglsey.

Ben Kingsley is an English actor with a career spanning over 40 years, during which he has won an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Each time there is a new winner they are featured in our Connection Finder.  This means you can check your connection with Ben Kingsley here.

Follow the tag connection_combat to know when a new competition starts.

Question of the Week

Have you participated in the Question of the Week yet? Every Monday a genealogy-related question is posed to community members in our G2G Forum.   You can join in the fun and share a little about yourself and learn about your fellow WikiTreers! Follow the tag “question_of_the_week” to get the new question each week.

We recently asked “What are some of the most treasured mementos you’ve been able to collect?”

Family History Photo of the Week Nominee

Here are just a few of the answers we received:

  • The Mourning Veil of my Great-great-grandmother and a picture of her wearing it. Each one came from a different branch of the family.  Also a piece of linen woven for the shroud of my great-great-great grandmother from the flax grown on her son-in-laws farm. - Linda Stienstra
  • The item that helped me connect my parents to the Cavanaughs was my mother’s bible that was given to one of my aunts after she passed away. In it was the names of the witnesses and the dates of my parents marriage which triggered the search for the Cavanaugh connection including phone calls to my older brother who confirmed the relationship. That lead to the finding of my father’s own mother’s connection and the eventual connection to the overall WikiTree family tree. - Dorothy Barry
  • One of my most treasured possessions is a very old emerald cut aquamarine birthstone ring that was my maternal grandmother’s.  It is in a beautiful old setting unlike anything I’ve seen in modern jewelry.  I’m not sure where she got it.  My mother had it when my grandmother passed in 1976 and she handed it down to me.  I keep it put up for safe keeping and take it out once in a while to admire it. - Amy W
  • My great grandmother, Ellen Walter was presented with a silver teapot by her local church congregation in Howlong New South Wales. It is beautifully engraved with the following:Mrs Robert Walter
    In Grateful Remembrance of
    Her Loving Devotion to
    St Thomas Church Howlong
    From the Congregation
    March 13th 1925Somehow it ended up with me. I am delighted. - Gillian Thomas

New Team Member: Julie Ricketts

Almost every active member of our community will recognize the name Julie (Fiscus) Ricketts.

She’s been a member since 2011 and has gotten really involved over the last few years. She’s been an essential part of two of our most important projects: the Greeters and the Mentors. You might know her from her posts in G2G, including the Question of the Week. You may have seen her with Mags Gaulden on the new WikiTree LiveCast video chats.

If you don’t know Julie, check out her “Meet Our Members” interview.

As a team member, her first responsibility will be to help the Volunteer Coordinators Project.

We’ve had this project going for a few years and a lot of good people have been involved with it, but we still feel like there’s a lot more we can be doing to introduce members who are willing to volunteer their time and genealogical research abilities to projects and other places where their help is needed. (If you might want to help with Julie with this — volunteer to help coordinate volunteers — e-mail her at Julie@WikiTree.com.)

Julie will also be heading up what we might call “QA” (Quality Assurance) if we were a big corporation. Since we’re not a big corporation we’ll put it in plain language: bug tracking and testing.

Tree-Tips

  • Family History Photo of the Week Nominee

    Remember point VII of our Honor Code: We give credit. Although most genealogy isn’t copyrighted, researchers deserve credit for the work they’ve done.

  • Make sure your tags are up to date!  Sometimes there might be new tags you want to follow so you can keep up on discussions or there’s a new surname you want to get updates on.  You can manage your tags here.
  • One tip for being a successful WikiTreer? Always be courteous. Even in the G2G Forum. Even when other people might not be.

Community Accomplishments

Top 10 contributors for last month: WikiTree Club 1000 February 2017

  1. Catherine V (12,970 edits in February)
  2. Carrie Quackenbush (7883)
  3. Esmé van der Westhuizen (7572)
  4. Stephanie Ahles (7375)
  5. Ronnie Halford (5286)
  6. Michael Maranda (5223)
  7. Gregory Rose (5147)
  8. Donna Hale (5057)
  9. Bobby Robichaud Jr (4519)
  10. Isabelle Rassinot (4426)

Super Star recipients (recognized by a Leader for extraordinary contributions that go far beyond what is normally seen on WikiTree): 

Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication: Susan (Goldmark) LaursenCharlotte ShockeyDonnie Blackstone and David Hughey!

Project Updates

New Projects

  • Austrian Project:  Their aim is to support research and collaboration on profiles of Austrian Heritage or Origin, and to foster connections among researchers with common interests and the development of shared resources to advance these aims.

Project Spotlight: Arborists

arborist.gifWikiTree Arborists are volunteers who have taken on the mission of improving the overall health of our single world WikiTree. In particular, Arborists seek out and merge duplicate profiles.

If you would like to participate, click  here to join.

Don’t Miss These!

Challenges/Contests

sourcerer.gifSOURCERERS CHALLENGE:  Far too many profiles on WikiTree don’t have any sources. This challenge is about correcting that with census data, BMD records/index references, family bible references, military documents, land documents, wills, etc. Each month we’ll post in G2G to start up the month’s challenge. To participate, go to this G2G post.

connectors.gifCONNECTORS CHALLENGEThe goal of the Connectors Challenge is to see how many individuals you can connect to our global family tree.  To join in the March Challenge, go here.

photo_of_week.gifFAMILY HISTORY PHOTO OF THE WEEKIf you love old photos or if you have photos in your own family collection that you love, you can share them in our Family History Photo of the Week Facebook group so they are nominated for our Family History Photo of the Week Contest!  See also Criteria for Selection and DisqualificationSee previous winners here.

Weekly LiveCasts

Have you watched one of the weekly LiveCasts yet? They’re fun and informative.

WikiTree LiveCasts are weekly live video chats about WikiTree. Join in and chat with MagsJulie and whomever happens to be sitting in with them.

For the most part, LiveCasts will take place every Saturday at 3 p.m. EST.

If you missed last Saturday’s LiveCast with Chat with Abby Glann, Team Member and Connectors Project Leader, you can still view it and any others you might have missed via the LiveCasts YouTube channel. This coming Saturday, join Mags and Eowyn here as they chat with Julie Ricketts and Carole Partridge about the Greeters Project.

If you would like to be featured on a LiveCast shoot Mags or Julie a private message.  To get details on upcoming LiveCasts, go here.

WikiTree Calendar

Stay up to date with all the latest challenges, contests, LiveCasts and upcoming events via our Calendar.

Thanks for all you do, WikiTreers. You’re the best.

Sincerely, The WikiTree Team and Leaders

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by Eowyn Langholf

The Corbet-40 9 (L to R): Michael Stills, Peter Roberts, Chris Whitten, Abby Glann, Kitty Smith, Julie Ricketts, Eowyn Langholf, Karen Tobo, Mags Gaulden

It all started a couple days before the RootsTech Conference officially kicked off.  Julie Ricketts, Michael Stills and I all arrived the Tuesday before the conference began and hit it off as old friends, even though we hadn’t seen each other in a year, since the previous RootsTech took place.  While we talked about many things, the conversation inevitably circled back to WikiTree, as it usually does when you get more than a couple WikiTreers together.

Michael mentioned to Julie and I that he thought it would be cool if, using the Relationship Finder on WikiTree, we could figure out a common ancestor for every person that would be a part of the RootsTech team this year.  Of course Julie and I agreed it would be awesome and sure enough, the next day, Michael sat down to see if he could find the patriarch of our RootTech family.

Here’s Michael explaining how he found our common ancestor:

During one of our many discussions about WikiTree at RootsTech, it dawned on me that we might be able to find a common ancestor for everyone working the WikiTree booth.  WikiTree’s relationship tool has made it easy to check for cousin connections with others on WikiTree.  In fact, many of us have started documenting the relationships we have with our collaborators on our WikiTree profile page.  But I remembered that the Relationship Finder allows you to add three more profiles to the calculation.  This ability is a result of Peter Roberts’ work on comparing DNA relationships.  

Since there were nine of us, it seemed like this was going to be a daunting task, however the complete opposite was true.  I first ran the relationship tool against Julie Ricketts, and then added 3 more team members by inserting their WikiTree ID in the Advanced Filter box for a total of five members. I ran two iterations of the Relationship tool, each with five of the team members, since there are nine of us, that meant I would have an over lap of one person if I ran five each time. 

After the first iteration, I looked at the top 10 results and tried to remember them as I ran the second iteration, then I looked for a common ancestor.  First up was John Savage II, which we initially thought was correct, but after double checking comparisons, we realized that Peter Roberts, ironically, was only a cousin line and not a direct descendant. 

Then I checked a Strange surname line and again some of us were only cousins.  So rather than trying to remember, I wrote down the five top common ancestors in a grid comparing Team member to common ancestors. Next I ran a different combination of the first iteration and I once again compared the results to a new combination of the second iteration, making sure I included all team members after running the two iterations.

It was then that I discovered we all descended from Sir Robert Corbet.

From that moment on we decided that RootsTech 2017 would hereafter be referred to as the Corbet-40 Family Reunion.

At our team dinner, Thursday night, Michael clinked his glass, as one would when one has an important announcement to make, and proceeded to fill in the other members of our team on what we’d discovered.

His speech:

Esteemed colleagues, honored guests, dear friends and family. Listen close, for the story I am about to tell you is of special interest to you all.

Imagine if you will, a Patriarch of two children, one boy and one girl. As life is want to do, these children gave forth more children. And is the habit of life this continuted for 800 years until nine descendants found each other in common cause to unite all of humanity in a single family tree.

Improbable you say, but I say it is true, for all you present tonight are direct descendants of this Patriarch, Sir Robert Corbet the Sherrif of Shropshire, born about 1234 in England.

Welcome to the Corbet-40 Family Reunion.

Now, while the facts of WikiTree may be disproven, the Truth of WikiTree remains, that we nine are family is true.

So a toast my cousins.

Corbet-40 Coat of Arms

Of course we couldn’t have a family reunion without a coat of arms and a motto.  The obvious choice for motto? “Onward and Upward.”

Julie and I had way too much fun creating a coat of arms.

The values of the coat of arms are Collaboration, Free, Respect and Accuracy.

T-shirts for everyone next year? :)

To see if you are related to our common ancestor, you can try Corbet-40 in the Relationship Finder.  Sir Robert is also featured in our Connection Finder this week so if you don’t have a direct relationship to him you can check to see how you are connected to him!

 

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