Hi WikiTreers,

Welcome to  another installment of “Meet our Members”! It’s time to get to know another awesome person who is part of our outstanding community. Meet Doug:

Doug is the top poster in our G2G Forum and very helpful answering questions there.  He also leads our Integrators Project as well as our One Name Study project.


I’m listed on WikiTree as Douglas Lockwood. I go by Doug. My Dad named me for his hero, General Douglas MacArthur. I feel very blessed to be able to participate in this interview. Over a year ago, I received a liver transplant due to a genetic disease. I’m told I only had  several days to live at the time of the operation. Since then I have dedicated my life to helping others as I am able. Currently, the best I can do is help others by answering their questions on G2G. As I continue to heal I hope to do more.

Surnames you are researching:

I search all names related to my family tree and that of my beloved wife. The prominent names in my tree are Lockwood, Turse, Bowers, Granger. A little further back are the names Grinrod, Corn, Straut, Conklin, Rudlum, Federlichner, Lauth, Wood & Mellor. The prominent names in my wife’s tree are Schiffhauer, Woodruff, Barnes, Stokes, Wunder, Selby, Braddock, Trimble & Merritt.

Locations you are researching:

My Lockwood line has origins in and around Brighouse, Yorkshire, England. My mother’s Toers/Tuers/Turse line originates around Amsterdam, Netherlands. Both lines were immigrants to northern New Jersey and southern New York. My wife’s lines originated in the German/Swiss Alps and England/Ireland. They all immigrated to southern New York and southern New Jersey.

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

I guess I owe my interest in genealogy to being an incorrigible child. I’m told I “mouthed off” a lot to my Mom. After getting my mouth washed out with soap, or whatever the appropriate punishment was, I would normally get banished to my room for a few days. With nothing else to do, I started reading all the history books my parents had put in my room.

Considering my track record for banishment, it did not take long for me to develop an intense interest in history. It was not long after that I started asking my parents about our history. To my amazement, neither of them knew much at all about their family beyond their grandparents.

It wasn’t until the late 1990’s that I started my research. Eventually I ran across the Guild of One Name Studies which listed a Lockwood study. I checked it out and found people in it that I recognized. For me this was like finding the Holy Grail. From this study I have found cousins, lots of info to build on and the best is yet to come.

Albert Lockwood

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

My Dad. He is my hero. He had a hard life growing up in the Great Depression. He served in WWII and was highly decorated while serving as a tail gunner in the B 29 bomber City of Trenton, named after his hometown of Trenton, NJ.

He went on to become a very successful aviation engineer working as a civilian employee of the U.S. Navy and retired with the equivalent civilian rank of rear admiral. He was a very intelligent, selfless, humble family man.

Tell us about the brick wall you most want to tear down.

I imagine most of us have more than one including me. However, if I have to pick one I would have to say finding the truth behind the parentage of my 3x great grandfather John Lockwood (1793-1868).

Apparently, records say he is the illegitimate son of Mary Lockwood. No father listed in birth record. I recently received an email from a cousin in England explaining that a persistent story in his family is that John was fathered by Sir Thomas Lister, 1st Lord of Ribblesdale. He went on to say that the Lister family paid the way for the Lockwoods (several dozen) to move to the states in the 1850’s.

I find that to be an interesting story, but how do I find out the truth? I have taken the appropriate DNA tests, but do not have any samples to compare. The last direct male Lister heirs died in war before 1920. I guess some things will have to be left to speculation.

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

Jesus …how cool is that???

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I had a swimming scholarship in college and still love to be involved with competitive swimming, officiating, etc. Also, I have been a landscape designer for over thirty years and love gardening, especially with flowers and vegetables. Aside from that I am learning to play the guitar, although I doubt Eric Clapton(one of my favorites) has much to worry about; and I love history and science(I was born in Philadelphia, PA and live in Williamsburg, VA – two cradles of American history). Hopefully, soon I will have grandchildren to indulge.

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

I joined WikiTree on November 6, 2013. It took me a month or two to get the hang of it. Once that happened I became very active. Now the only time I’m not on-line several hours a day is when I don’t feel well or have appointments.

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

As I think most people would say, the friendly atmosphere and spirit of collaboration are quite infective. WikiTree has given me a way to pursue genealogy and communicate in a positive way with people around the world. I don’t know how much more I could ask for. I also love the free space profiles. Being able to create silly things like a page dedicated to my many cats is very meaningful to me, as well as, a page dedicated to my Dad’s military career.

The only thing I don’t like is the rare occasion that emotions run high….life is too short.

Oh, I almost forgot – I’m still having a heck of a time figuring out all the fancy coding you can do to make profiles really stand out.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Be patient.

It takes a little while to figure out all the neat things you can do, stay positive and no matter what….be polite, we’re all striving for the same goal..

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

Please don’t laugh at all the mistakes I made trying to piece our family tree together. Document your life because it comes and goes before you know it.


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  8 Responses to “Meet Our Members: Douglas Lockwood”

  1. Hello Doug, I have just read your page on “Meet Our Members” and found it interesting. I have only been a WikiTree member for just over 12months but it took ME a few months to get into it and I am still learning.

    Best wishe to you and your family.

    Roger Bates

    • Thank you Roger for the kind words & thank you for joining the One Name Studies Project. I’m looking forward to our group collaborating to breakdown some brick walls for each other.

  2. Hi Doug
    I just read your wonderful share about your life and search for your ancestors. A liver transplant WOW. Every day is a gift now. I had a similar illness at 41 and changed my life. Went to college and became an RN at 47 years old. I only worked 10 years but now I can feel accomplished in something I’m proud of. Make sure you walk several miles a day so the steroids do not destroy your knees. I have replaced 2 of my joints due to avascular necrosis caused by prednisone.
    So you also hit a wall with your name. We have also in our family. Same time frame as your 3Xgg. Ours is Samuel Bagley b: 1794 or 1795 in Cutler, Maine. All info only comes from the census. He marred Sarah Barnes and she is well documented. 2 years ago I went to Cutler and found the records were all destroyed in a fire for that time frame. DNA has proved to be a difficult thing to count on. Two brothers in the family have different results??
    Anyways, Thanks for sharing
    Jean Bagley

    • Hi Jeanne

      I appreciate the advice & kind remarks. Fortunately I haven’t taken prednisone in a year. It sounds like you have some interesting family history too. If only walls could talk. Who knows, maybe someday a long lost cousin will have some answers.

  3. Hi Doug,
    Glad to hear you are doing well after such major surgery.
    I was in London for a week several years ago and looked up the Guild of One Name Studies to find out if any of my ancestors were on their list. The name Gilbert was so I left word that I would like to contact the person doing this study. Several weeks after I returned I got a letter stating that the researcher had died and that his family didn’t care about the research and had destroyed all his work. I was appalled but that was that.
    I found only one of the names you are researching to be on my family list. It is Trimble. Your wife and I are probably cousins.
    Keep up the good work.

  4. Hi Rosemary

    How unfortunate to find out that all that great Gilbert research was destroyed. If you would like to start study at Wikitree we will be more than happy to assist.

    I’d love to know more about your Trimble line. Maybe we can make some connections.

    If I can ever help with your research, please let me know. My wife & I both have many family lines that go back over a thousand years.


  5. A big long over due hello and hug. We grew up together. Our parents Leroy/ Peggy & yours Albert/Joan hung out together. Of coarse you & Jennifer were stuck with the 4 of us! What fun we had in New Jersey growing up together. Everyone on our family side has been asking about you lately especially Donald Vallerie Sr. in Ridgefield. I talk with him frequently through out the years and recently asked me to try to track you down. He would love to hear from you.
    Myself I have been living in Colorado for almost 35 years. Love it. I visit the family ever other year or so. Life has been good.
    Would enjoy hearing from you.
    Your second cousin – Pamela

  6. Hi Doug- I found your name on One Family too as I noticed you have been doing research on your Lockwood name.
    fyi: I found an old litho by Arthur F Tait in an old frame in Florida. ( I’m a picker.) On the back, someone hand wrote a note stating her/his father, Charles Lucey Lockwood, lived nearby in Yorkshire England. It APPEARS to be a family memento or message. I don’t know if this is a relative of yours. I’d be happy to send you a photo. Might be an interesting connection.

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