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 Greta.

Greta Moody became a WikiTreer in October of 2017.  She’s one of our awesomely friendly Greeters and also enjoys working with our Cemeteries Project.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

I am researching a lot of names and I have a space for the complete list of surnames I’m researching in alphabetical order, it is linked on my profile. I will name some of them: Moody, Shropshire, Taylor, Walker, Grubb, Kinnick, Inman, Mayes, Hazelwood, Cooper, Kinkead, Dixon, Elam, Hileman, Spoon, Ivy, Mathes, Smith, Wheeler, Williams, Hodges, Stewart, Conkin, King, Carter, Harrison, Howell, Kidwell, Gray, and Bridges.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

I’m researching a lot of locations. I will name some of them: Tennessee (East Tennessee specifically), Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany, France, Italy, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Hungary, and Poland.

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

I have been interested in both genealogy and family history since middle school but have been researching since the late 1990’s, when I was in high school. My interest has increased even more since my mom passed away in 2017. I have found out a lot more family tree information since she has been gone. Since finding more information out about my family tree, I have realized that I love history when I didn’t use to as a child.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

1.) Benjamin Harrison V: Benjamin is my 6th great grandfather. Benjamin is a founding father of the United States and he signed the Declaration of Independence. He is an ancestor of two U.S. Presidents: his son William Henry Harrison and great-grandson Benjamin Harrison.
2.) Elizabeth (Bridges) Mayes: Elizabeth was always strongly opposed to slavery. I love that fact about her. Elizabeth is my 4th great grandmother.
3.) James Wesley Inman: James is not my favorite ancestor but his profile was my favorite ancestor to work on. I found out a lot of information and I added all of the information to his profile. He is my 2nd great grandfather. My maternal grandmother and my mother never knew what happened to him. We just knew he left after my 2nd great grandmother’s funeral and no one saw him again. I discovered what happened to him once they both passed away. He was mysterious in my opinion. It turns out he married twice more and had more children. James didn’t tell his other two families about his first family he had, which was my family. This sums up what his profile is about.
4.) Katherine (Roet) Swynford: Katherine is my 21st great grandmother. The House of Beaufort descended from John Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, and his mistress but later wife, Katherine, from their illicit union.
5.) James Stewart: James is my 17th great grandfather. James is known as King James IV of Scotland and James of the Iron Belt. He was a popular king. My lineage is through one of his mistresses, Margaret Boyd. They had two illegitimate children. James’ wife was Margaret Tudor.

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

Mindy Silva is actually trying to help me break down my brick wall of Catherine Hodges. Catherine is my 5th maternal great grandmother. I know her exact birth and death dates thanks to a Williams Family Bible scan on Ancestry. Catherine was born on November 23, 1790 and died January 7, 1859. I manage her memorial on Find A Grave. Catherine married Francis Williams in Grainger County, TN in 1806.

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

According to the relationship finder, I’m related to several people in history. However, I wish that I was related to Albert Einstein or that I would find a relationship to him. I have always found him eccentric, and interesting, and I love science.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I have lots of different interests besides the ones I’m about to name. I enjoy knitting dishcloths, listening to music, watching tv, and many more things. If you want to know more, send me a message. I love talking to people with common interests.

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 have been on WikiTree since October 17, 2017. I spend a lot of time creating and editing profiles, greeting members, and finding out relationships through the relationship finder. I greet in the Greeters Project. I joined the Palatine Migration Project because I have ancestors that were part of it and I added a few more ancestors to the project. I’m in the Cemeteries Project. I create free spaces for cemeteries and categorize ancestor profiles into the cemeteries and their locations.

What brought you to WikiTree?

I love genealogy, DNA, ancient ancestry, and family history. I was searching for free genealogy websites and I found WikiTree.

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

My favorite thing about WikiTree is the relationship finder and being involved in projects. I enjoy connecting people to the big family tree. I also enjoy merging profiles.

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

I would improve the DNA function. It would be cool to see a list of my DNA matches. It would show people on WikiTree (ancestors and members) that share my DNA. It would even show DNA matches to help solve brick walls.

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

I have helped connect my ancestors to other profiles on WikiTree. I had a WikiTree cousin that sent me info on our ancestors in the mail. He copied the info he had and sent it. I enjoy finding information out about my ancestors and having it mailed to me. I use a cell phone to get on WikiTree because I have no computer so I have to have ancestor info sent by mail.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

I think reading the New Member How-To is the best way to figure WikiTree out. New members should feel free to ask questions and get a response. I get asked questions because I’m a greeter and I’m always willing to answer all questions.

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