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 Cory.

Cory Fulmer joined WikiTree in February of 2018.  She is active in several projects including the Czech Roots, Sweden and Norway projects and is often in the top 10 of our weekly Data Doctor Challenges.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

Tuma, Mott, Vasilakes, Snidow, Collen, Bender

What are some of the locations you are researching?

A large part of my recent ancestry comes from Minnesota, which is where I was born. Branching backwards from there, I’m always digging in Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut. Even further back, I am looking in Sweden, Norway, England, Wales, Germany, Greece, and the Czech Republic.

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

I have always had a strong love of history of any kind. It was my favorite subject in school and I even thought about becoming a high school history teacher for a long time. I enjoy reading and learning about anything history related even to this day. I’m not picky… if it’s history, I’ll read about it! Similarly, I have a strong love of my family. Genealogy is the perfect marriage of two of the big loves in my life. I have dabbled in genealogy since high school, off and on.

However, it wasn’t until about 10 years ago that I began to become serious about genealogy. I really started asking my mom a lot of questions about the family and she told me to get in touch with her cousin. She has been doing the family history since before I was born. So, we have been a great genealogy duo since.

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

From the moment I started doing our family history, my big brick wall was my Bender branch. My cousin had only been able to research it back to my 3rd great-grandfather, William B. Bender (1816-1896). We both scoured the internet, made phone calls, sent emails, and yet we could not find anything on his parentage. I had a strong feeling he was related to a Sgt. Christian Bender in Bethlehem, NY, but we could not find the missing link. After many years of searching in vain, I contacted a researcher in NY and she was able to find the list of children to Christian’s son, William K.’s probate records. Online I had searched the wills, but this list was not included! It was able to prove my William B. was Sgt. Christian Bender’s grandson and opened up a number of generations backwards on his grandmother’s side.

My current brick wall is my Vasilakes branch. I have family history of my great grandfather that was written by his daughters that detailed his life from Urla, Asia Minor to Minnesota, USA. I know the names of his parents and siblings, but I have very few dates. The family was largely torn apart when the Turks invaded Smyrna during the Greco-Turkish War. A couple of the family members were killed, one died trying to swim to safety, one daughter died at the age of 16 from cancer during this time, and the rest fled to safety. It wasn’t until many years later that my great-grandfather found that some of his family survived the attack and was still living. Because of the great turmoil in the area of Turkey and Greece, as well as the reluctance of the culture to divulge personal information freely, it has been very hard to get any information on my Greek ancestry.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I love reading, crossword puzzles, and my flowers. I grow African violets and Christmas Cactus inside and have loads of different kinds of daylilies in my outside flower beds. I also quilt in my spare time.

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.

I am a newbie! I just officially started on WikiTree on November 12th of this year. I am involved in the Data Doctors, Czech Roots, 1776, Sweden and Norway projects right now. I am helping to build profiles on my ancestors using church records and census records, when available. I am also taking part in the weekly Data Doctors challenges to help clean up profiles across WikiTree.

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

I have used WikiTree as a helpful guide for years. I have been able to find additional information and their sources on many of my ancestors thanks, in large part, to WikiTree.

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

I really like the G2G forum. It helps clear up questions I might have on any given thing related to anything WikiTree! It also allows me to help further when I can by answering questions others might have.

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

There is certainly a large learning curve when it comes to WikiTree. It is not as simple as just adding people to your tree. It would be nice if there was more of a tutorial when you are first signing up and adding people to help you learn the guidelines a little better. This would help down the line to reduce the number of errors that may need to be fixed.


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  3 Responses to “Meet our Members: Cory Fulmer”

  1. Cory, my cousin, has a genealogical photographic memory and knows just where to find the information. She has taken our family tree and brought it to life with the belief that we are because of what they were.

  2. At some point we are distanly related Im way further down the line my Greart Grandmother was a Haggerty and on another Genelogical page is decsened from Sarah Sutton threw some Read or Reeds some how were cousin cousins.

  3. Hi Cory,
    I got your name from Amos Gallaher genealogy. My mother’s branch is Gallaher, Amos Hardin of Wayne county Tenn.

    Shoshanah Theodorou

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