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 David.

David Urquhart became a WikiTreer in January of 2013.  He is active in many of our functional projects including as an Arborist, Connector, Ranger and Sourcerer.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

Urquhart, Bruce, Lambie and Cruickshanks in my paternal lines.  Pountney, Onions, Mayoh and Huckel in my maternal lines.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

Aberdeenshire, Inverness-shire, Ayrshire and Perthshire in Scotland, Staffordshire, Lancashire and Kent in England, and the Burdekin region where I live in Queensland, Australia. I have a particular interest in the discovery of the Burdekin River, explorers and people who opened up North Queensland. I am also interested in Ravenswood, where my maternal grandparents were born, which is why I have started a One Place Study of the area. I am also interested in the area around the Young District of New South Wales, Australia, where the Mayohs and Huckels emigrated to.

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

I first became interested in genealogy when I had to fill in a family tree for school. When I was working and finally able to drive, I renewed the interest.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

That would be Betsy Ann Holman nee Abbott. She first traveled to America, married, aged 37 years, back in England, emigrated to Australia in 1877, had four children, all born in Queensland, and she lived to almost 99 years of age.

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

While researching my Urquhart line in Scotland, I discovered that destroyed records in 1747 were blocking my research. I then researched all the Urquharts who were related, interacting and living in a particular area of Inverness, in Inverness-shire. This took about five years of any spare time that I had available. I then laid the information out on a large cardboard chart. I wasn’t sure how I could use the information until I learned about Cluster Fan Research in a blog. This proved that my ancestors were closely related to the Urquhart family of Newhall.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

My other interests are reading, mostly mystery and of course, any genealogy related books, music and mystery movies.

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 originally joined in 2013, but wasn’t really active until about two years ago. I have found WikiTree to be extremely addictive and move about where ever the distraction that I’m working on at the time takes me. I enjoy being involved in Projects because of the interaction and collaboration needed to improve WikiTree.

What brought you to WikiTree?

I was first on Ancestry, and then MyHeritage. The problem of navigation around the tree and increased errors showing up in my tree were driving me to distraction, so I searched for an alternative. I found WikiTree and I’m glad I did.

What is your favorite thing about WikiTree?

My favourite part of WikiTree are the interactive profiles with the linking ability.

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

While everybody likes to be acknowledged amongst their peers for a job well done, I believe there needs to be some form of reason for down votes initiated [in our G2G forum]. People also like to know why they are down voted. Maybe selected from a list and a cooling off  period added. Down votes certainly shouldn’t be as easy to do as they are now, and certainly not while in the heat of the moment. 

What is an example of how WikiTree has helped you with your genealogy or how you’ve helped genealogy with WikiTree?

WikiTree has helped me bring my genealogy to life by being able to have everything linked together in one place.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Relax and don’t sweat the small stuff. Use the help pages and ask questions. Save your links and enjoy the journey.


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  3 Responses to “Meet our Members: David Urquhart”

  1. Hi David,

    Thanks for the glimpse of your ‘self’. It is a joy to wiki with you! Virtual Hugs, Carol

  2. I agree that Wikitree is addictive, and I too tend to wander, led astray by a stange or different name. There are too many Johns and Williams, and Mary and Abigails. I love to veer off for a Onesipherus or Amittai just to see where it leads.

  3. Hi, David.
    Thoroughly enjoyed reading your tale of navigating the Sea of Records to family searches. If my pencil hasn’t lost it’s point nor it’s eraser, I’d wager that you are my 5th cousin, 8 times removed, of the wife of my 1st cousin, 7 times removed. That should qualify for bulk Christmas eCards….lol.
    Mark R Tarbell (a Leo) b.1950’s

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