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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by Bob Fields

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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Greetings fellow WikiTreers! Welcome to the February 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 Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand

We’re excited to announce that Ayn Rand was the winning profile in last month’s “Connection Combat.” Thank you to Doug Lockwood and the other Connectors for adding her genealogy in Connection Combat: Ayn Rand vs. James Joyce.

Ayn Rand was a Russian-American novelist and philosopher. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism.

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

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

New Connection Finder Features

You may have noticed some new faces in our Connection Finder starting last month.

We’ve made a few changes to it so we can incorporate two new fun connections each week.

To make room, we removed A.J. Jacobs for now.  Also, we used to have both the current Connection Combat winner and the previous one. Now there is only the current winner.

The two new faces each week:

First, the WikiTreer who is featured in our Meet our Members blog post each week. (If you would like to be featured, feel free to contact Eowyn!)

Second, the Example Profile of the Week.  If you haven’t seen it yet, we now have an Examples Gallery to highlight some of the best profiles on WikiTree.  These come from the Collaborative Profiles of the Week that we’ve been doing for the last two years as well as winning profiles from Connection Combat and Notable Knockouts.

This week you can see how you are connected to this week’s featured member, Kitty Smith, and the featured profile from the LDS ProjectLucy (Mack) Smith.

Profiles Now Indicate Half-Siblings

When looking at a profile, you can now easily see which siblings are full and which are half.  Also, if you mouse-over the word “half”, you can see specifics about why the other person is a half-sibling. (e.g. “X has a father but Y has no father” or “X and Y both have fathers but they are different.”)

Example:

10,000,000+ Profiles Connected

As pointed out last week by WikiTreer Ellen Smith, WikiTree now has over 10,000,000 profiles that are connected to each other.  That means that 10 million of the 13 million people on WikiTree are connected within 100 degrees of each other. Help us connect the other three million!

Research Note Boxes

Example of Research Note Boxes on a Profile

The community has been working hard to determine what sort of templates we should have and how they should look and be used. Most recently, we finalized what we’re calling Research Note Boxes.

Research Note Boxes highlight important information about the current state of genealogical research related to the person or WikiTree-specific work that needs to be done on the profile.

They are for information that’s deemed so important that anyone who sees the profile should see the research note, even if the viewing user is not a WikiTree member.  These include things like Unsourced, Estimated Date and Uncertain Existence.

Learn more about the specifics of Research Notes Boxes here.

Send an E-Card!

If there’s a living person in your birthday feed,  there are now easy links at the bottom of the message for sending an e-card.  It’s a great way to remember your family member on their special day!

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.  This Saturday will be a special LiveCast coming to you from RootsTech in Salt Lake City, Utah!  Mags and Julie will be chatting with Kitty Smith and Peter Roberts about DNA and WikiTree.

If you missed last Saturday’s LiveCast with Chat with Aleš Trtnik, Database Errors Project Leader (WikiTree Plus) and WikiTree Team Member, you can still view it and any others you might have missed via the LiveCasts YouTube channel.

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.

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! Just follow the tag “question_of_the_week” to get the new question each week.

We recently asked What one (or more) genealogy-related statement would you like added to your obituary?

Here are just a few of the fun answers we received:

  • “I am sorry if I got your information wrong on WikiTree but you didn’t leave me much to go on!!!” - Dorothy Barry
  • “To Future Genealogists: This obituary meets guidelines set forth by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG). Dates, locations and family connections have all been verified through primary source documentation.” - Alison Andrus
  • “He didn’t have much Census, but he loved his genealogy. He will now go and find a grave.” - John Noel
  • “He’s gone to check his profiles in person.” - Chris Hampson
  • Here lieth Ros,
    Genealogist, because
    Though Heaven-bound
    Where angels sound
    Her sources say she was - Ros Haywood

Meet Our Members

We featured some of our great leaders last month in our Meet our Members spotlight! If you haven’t had a chance to get to know them a little better, now you can.

Julie Ricketts: Julie has been a member of our community since 2011. She is co-leader of the Greeters project and active in the G2G forum as a Moderator.

Michael Stills: Michael has been a member for several years now! If you’re active in our forum, you’ve likely seen his friendly, helpful, encouraging posts there.  He might be our best cheerleader.

Ronel Olivier: Ronel has been a member since November 2014. She’s made so many fantastic contributions, particularly to our Dutch Cape Colony and South African Roots Projects.

Tree-Tips

  • Family History Photo of the Week Nominee

    Remember point VI of our Honor Code: We respect copyrights. We don’t knowingly copy information that’s owned by someone else. If we ourselves want to preserve a copyright, we’re clear about what’s copyrighted so others don’t accidentally copy it.  If you aren’t sure about a copyright on something, you can post to our G2G forum.  Our members are great about helping figure out whether something should be used and how.

  • Do you wonder when you should communicate before making a change? Be bold or be polite? Here’s a great help page with some of the ins and outs of Communication Before Editing.
  • Have you changed your e-email address? Be sure to update it on your WikiTree profile. Here’s other helpful information about email and WikiTree.

Community Accomplishments

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

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: Karen BrubakerCindy (Williams) Lesure and Jamie Nelson!

Project Updates

New Projects

  • British Home Children Project. This is a project about the British home children who were sent to from Britain from the mid 19th and mid 20th century to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa It is a sub-project of the UK Project, the Canadian History project. “From the late 1860s right up to 1948, over 100,000 children of all ages were emigrated (from Britian) right across Canada to be used as indentured farm workers and domestics. Believed by Canadians to be orphans, only two percent truly were. These children were sent to Canada by over 50 organizations including the well-known and still working charities: Barnardo’s, The Salvation Army and Quarrier’s, to name a few.”- British Home Children in Canada Mags

One Name Studies

Project Spotlight – LDS

lds.gifThe LDS Project focuses on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, including Mormon founders, LDS Pioneers, the Mormon Battalion, the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and prominent members past and present.

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

Don’t Miss These!

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. Last month Carol Keeling was the winner, connecting 13 new branches to our tree!  To join in the December 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.

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

Sincerely, The WikiTree Team and Leaders

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