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 Janet.

Janet Wild became a WikiTreer in April of 2015. She is involved in the community in many ways including as a Project Coordinator for the Data Doctors, a Team Leader in the England Project and a Team Captain of the Sandringham Strollers.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

The main ones on my side of the family are Langridge, Cassidy, Yates, Elgey,  Elliott and Redhead. On my husband’s side are Wild, Pearson, Partington, Leigh and Dowbiggin.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

I am research a few for my side of the family: Northumberland, Hampshire, Isle of Wight crossing into Surrey and Cork in Ireland. For my husband’s side (the Wild side) I’m exploring Lancashire.

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

In October 2007 I joined another site and started adding the family. My mother did a few trips with my aunt up to Northumberland to revisit where they lived as young children and during WWII before moving to Wales. She passed the unsourced tree she had created on to me and I added those not already on the tree to the site I was using at the time.

I joined WikiTree in 2015 and never looked back. I am spending time to work on mum’s side of the family as she has been unwell for some time and loves it when I show her where we are up to now and the evidence there is to support her original details.

Who’s your favourite ancestor and why?

My Grandmother, she was larger than life and would give her last penny away to help out, even though she had little of her own. She was a great cook, a frugal housekeeper and a great listener. She is missed by all my sisters and I as Gran looked after us almost every summer holidays as we spent time exploring the Isle of Wight. She was a great community figure and her funeral was very well attended.

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

Queen Elizabeth the first, she was a strong and determined women and a great leader. I recall my University tutor asking why she featured in my Master Degree dissertation and I said because she was truly a leader. My Masters degree is in Strategic Management. I still have and read a book, Elizabeth First CEO of England. She is an example to all of us who are in a job that needs leadership not micro management.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

Gardening, we have a lovely big garden, mainly lawn, shrubs and perennials, to keep the maintenance down. We overlook fields with horses running in them, so we get to admire them without the upkeep now.

Walking, we live in Cheshire and have some stunning places for a daily ramble locally or just a short drive away.

Reading, only genre I do not read is horror. Biographies are sometimes heavy going so they are more pick up put down reads. I sew and embroider not as much as I used to as the eyes are not as sharp as they were once.

I can link all these interests into history, visiting the castles, grand houses here in England.

How long have you been on WikiTree and what do you spend the most time doing? If you’re involved in a project, tell us about how you participate in it.

Since 4th September 2015 so over 3 years now. I took early retirement from the National Health Service in 2015. On 3 days of the week I greet or follow up new guests, volunteers and the newly certified Pre-1700 volunteers.  I work as a Data Doctor as one of the project coordinators and the England Team Leader for the Data Doctor project so most days will see me doing a little something for this project. This work connects to the England, (Surrey County member) United Kingdom and Irish Roots projects.  All of this links into the Profile Improvement team, biography building, sourcing and appreciation work. I just love it and the sense of achievement once a profile is genealogically defined and a life story has been told.

What brought you to WikiTree?

I came across the site when researching the Yates branch of the family and discovered my father’s cousin had added this branch of the family to WikiTree. We had meet a few years before and talked about the family. Since then we have worked together to build up these profiles, well it’s still a work in progress really.

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

I love the collaboration, sharing and support from other members. I am definitely an information sharer, the sharing of what we find and leave behind in the profiles we create and build, the clues we leave for others to build on, the laughs we share as we tell our ups and downs, the camaraderie that helps when we just need a boost or have issues to resolve, that keep us on our toes.

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

One of the biggest questions I get asked is about Gedcom imports and Gedcom Compare. There have been vast improvements and I am not sure we can make the process any easier but there is a general misunderstanding on the value of a Gedcom.

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

Asking questions in the G2G forum is simply wonderful. It is a link into the community and there is usually someone who will answer your question.

I feel my biggest contribution to WikiTree is improving profiles. I have managed to link up with three different branches of the family. It is great to see when a connection into another element of the tree occurs.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Take it slow, build your branch one profile at a time, source and add text to tell the person’s life story before you move on.

Ask your questions as often as you want in the G2G forum, no such thing as a silly or stupid question. Make use of the community it is there for you.

Check your suggestion list regularly as parameters change as the site develops.


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  One Response to “Meet our Members: Janet Wild”

  1. Sameul Jenkins Vassar is my 5th GG. => William Cranton Vassar => Eli W Vassar => Eli W Vassar => Charles C. Vassar => Joe G. Vassar => Harold G. Vassar

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