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 Campbell.

Campbell Braddock became a WikiTreer in March of 2015.  He is active in several projects including Notables, Profile Improvement and New Zealand and he heads up the Braddock One Name Study.

What surnames you are researching?

I am researching the Braddock surname. I created the Braddock Name Study (BNS) in mid 2015. First the study was called “Connecting All Braddocks” but was later renamed as the “Braddock Name Study”. I was 16 at the time; my goal was to connect all Braddocks and still is. This sounds impossible but I did connect many families together and group them in clans.

At the start of 2017, I created a detailed WikiTree Braddock List on Google Sheets to keep track of all profiles. This is like a big tick sheet and shows if profiles have been Braddock Name Study approved, if there are birth and death locations/dates, if location categories have been added, if they are sourced or not, who the profile managers are, dates profiles were created and so on. This list gives the true number of Braddock profiles on WikiTree with 404-errors and merges taken away.

What locations you are researching?

I am mainly researching in English speaking countries, however, I do have Dutch ancestors.

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

I first created a family tree on paper in June 2011. I was 13 years old when I created this family tree with the help of my father and auntie. Some relationships were incorrect and there were many mistakes. I assure you that they have now been corrected.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

My favorite ancestor is my great-grandfather Jonas Archibald Braddock II, known as Toffee and Archie. He was born on 13 May 1868 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England and married three times (divorce, widowed then his death). Jonas’ occupation was as confectioner and farmer. He traveled the world and migrated with his family to New Zealand in 1930. Once there,  he bought a farm and held annual sports days. Jonas died aged 91. He is my favorite ancestor because he was a conscientiousness man with the will power to get things done.

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

My mother left for Australia when I was 9 years old. I had no contact with that Smith family for many years. My Uncle Smith gave me the phone numbers of my grandparents in November 2016 (first time I have spoken to them), both divorced. Grandfather Smith didn’t want to talk to me but my grandmother helped me break down a brick wall. Grandma has lost some of her memory but she did remember her parents’ nicknames and her grandmother’s maiden name – Newland. I was very lucky to find my grandmother’s cousin on WikiTree. I have now lost contact with my grandmother.

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

Joseph Mallord William Turner, (1775-1851), is one of my favorite artists and it would be great if we were related. The Fishermen at Sea (1796) is my favorite oil painting. It was hard to pick someone for this question, however, Joseph’s paintings are detailed with the emotions that make each painting unique. He’s not the most famous person, but Joseph is going to be on the next Bank of England £20 notes.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I am an artist and like being creative with designing furniture, posters and websites. I made a large LED Braddock sign and love creating model buildings.

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

I joined WikiTree on 21st March 2015 (over 2 years and loving it).  If I’m not sleeping, eating, working or painting a picture, I am on WikiTree. I average about 13 hours a week if I’m not busy. I have contributed over 12,000 contributions and received 1,000 thank yous.

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

Collaboration is the best, but it wouldn’t work if there wasn’t the Honor Code.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Start out slow, protect your private information and don’t create a profile without a source. Geni is not a source.

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

Keep my research alive, and remember the ones who created you.


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  3 Responses to “Meet our Members: Campbell Braddock”

  1. Thanks I really enjoy all the finds you found in the family. So guess somewhere along line were also related. Thanks Again for all the work you did. Lewis

  2. Congrats on all of your research. Good luck with your future endeavors. I am happy to be connected to you by 28 degrees.

  3. Hi Campbell, nice Bio and Info. Well done, we also share the same home town (Oamaru) school (WBHS) and as of yesterday, the same ancestor, via the Whittingham Family.

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