Hi WikiTreers,

Carole's family at Coba in 2013

Welcome to a new installment of “Meet our Members.” It’s time to get to know another awesome member of our community: Meet Carole.

Carole Partridge has been a member of our community since September of 2013 and is one of our Leaders.  She co-leads our Greeters Project is quite active in many other projects such as MentoringDatabase Errors and the Arborists. She is also involved in our Sourcerers challenges.

Surnames you are researching?

Bedell, Brainerd, Crews, Crone, Glazier, Gregory, Hakes, Hughson, Partridge, Sanders, Savell.

Locations you are researching?

Dutchess, Rensselaer, Washington, Broome, and Suffolk Counties in New York; The Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts; Smith and Tyler Counties in Texas.

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

I think my interest in genealogy came from a love of solving puzzles combined with an appreciation of good stories.

Vague family lore was always a part of my life growing up, but aside from the story of “Bull” Smith on Long Island, I never knew who the stories referred to. I heard tales about an Irish furniture-maker who stowed away on a ship to come to America, and also heard about a Confederate soldier in a POW camp during the Civil War, where conditions were so bad that he only survived by eating insects like grasshoppers. (I can now guess who those men may have been.)

As an adult, I dabbled in genealogy off and on, and even got “semi-serious” for a while in 2005 and 2006. But when I reached the point where I needed to begin traveling and/or sending off for information, I didn’t have the time or the money. I finally got serious in 2013, when my kids were almost through college, and my job demands had lessened. Now I’ve thrown myself into it, attempting to make up for lost time.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

That’s a very difficult question! I’ll say my paternal grandmother, because she was quite an unusual person for her time, and I was lucky enough to get to know her. She started college at Vassar around 1910, but had to withdraw when her father died; her uncle said that women “were like cattle”, and didn’t need to be educated. She then worked her way through Columbia University, became a teacher, and didn’t marry until she was 34. She and my grandfather had three children, and had been married almost 60 years when he died. She was very proud that she had met Eleanor Roosevelt.

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

I don’t know that I’ve broken any down yet. Last year, my deceased great-grandmother actually erected a new one for me in an audiotape from 1963. She blew away all the traditional genealogies for her father, by saying that his maternal grandmother was a completely different person than we thought.

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

Anyone who already has a complete, well-sourced genealogy. I’d love to have at least one family line proven!

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

Reading, knitting, gardening, hiking, travel, visiting friends and family.

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

3 1/2 years. I’m very active as co-leader of the Greeters Project, and not active enough in adding my branches to the Big Tree. I’m also a Mentor, Arborist, and Puritan Great Migration project member.

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

Love: The Honor Code. It’s the reason I joined. I dream of one giant tree that will eventually incorporate the latest research on every ancestor we know of.

Don’t love: Spending time cleaning up GEDCOM imports rather than researching and documenting ancestors and their families.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

1. Learn how to format source citations as soon as possible. (Don’t wait three months to learn how to use a ref tag, like I did!) Otherwise, take it slow to begin with. You’ll want to run all over the place, but it’s better to be methodical.

2. Not specific to WikiTree: Do whatever you can to interview older relatives, preferably with a digital recorder. David Rencher says that living memory is the greatest existing repository of genealogical information.

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

Don’t throw away all those papers!

 You can see more of Carole in the Greeters Project LiveCast.


 

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  2 Responses to “Meet our Members: Carole Partridge”

  1. Glad to hear I’m not the only one who had no idea about reference tags! I think it was over a year for me. I’m still adding it back to some of my older profiles!!!

  2. Hi Carole
    Thank you for the time you took to introduce yourself and share your views with us It is so nice to get to know the person behind the name.
    Have a awesome week

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