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 Jeanie.

Jeanie joined our community in May of 2014.  She’s a great asset to our Puritan Great Migration project and is the Project Coordinator for our Native Americans project.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

Thornton, Rowell, Coote, Bowker. I also do research on Native Americans, specifically those with mythical connections.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

My ancestry is 100% British Isles, so both England and Ireland, and New England. My mother is Irish, as in immigrated from Ireland in the 1950s, so her whole ancestry is Irish. My father’s mother was born in Manchester, England.

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

I was sorting through my parent’s photos and asking who is this, who is that, intrigued by all these family members who I knew little about. I started an Ancestry.com tree to see how they were related to me and never looked back. Before I knew it, I had subscriptions to half a dozen genealogy sites, piles of papers all over the house, scribbled notes, and cryptic messages filled with dates, and a very puzzled husband who just wanted to know if he was going to get dinner.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

I left this question till last. I love them all, I really can’t choose just one. If I was forced to chose, it would likely be a PMG ancestor (Puritan Great Migration). I have to admire their bravery in crossing a very large ocean in a very small boat for a destination for which they knew very little, to create a new life for themselves and their children. That being said, I doubt I would be their favorite descendant.

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

My biggest brickwall was a Thornton ancestor. In 1905 a book was published on the James Thornton Family. I descend from one of his sons who the book identified as one Samuel Thornton. I was never able to find any information on him and none of the published info made sense. Finally after reading about 1,000 pages of unindexed New Hampshire land deeds and probate records, I found what I was looking for. I am descended from William, son of James, not Samuel. The author of the book was wrong.  Happy day!

If you could pick one person in history to be related to, who would it be and why?
Someone really, really rich?  Humm, it would probably be a really strong woman. Maybe Eleanor of Aquitaine. I have always admired her strength in a very, very male world. She stood out at a time when most women were anonymous.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I love writing. In addition to writing two family history blogs, I just finished my first novel. It is currently being edited and I hope to have it published by January. I live in south Texas, so I garden all year long. I love to travel, although I try to sneak in some genealogy on my vacations.

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

I joined WikiTree in 2014. I log on everyday.

Are you involved in projects/challenges?

I am part of the PGM project which I love. I have so many PGM ancestors, which really surprised me when I discovered them. I am also a Coordinator for the Native American Project. I have no Native ancestry, so it’s a bit unusual, but I love the challenge, especially  myth busting. I am  pre-1500 approved, a very difficult profile group to research correctly. Researching people in each of these projects presents its own unique challenge. I guess what I really love about genealogy is that it is hard. I think if it was easy, I wouldn’t love it half as much.

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

I think what got me into WikiTree was the G2G [Genealogist-2-Genealogist Forum]. I was surprised by the responsiveness of other members and their willingness to help. I have taken some genealogy courses on sourcing, which is a big thing for me. I love that WikiTree really pushes for sourcing of genealogical claims. There isn’t much I don’t like about WikTree. Waiting on merges makes me a little crazy!

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Be patient. Create some G2G tags and follow the questions. I made a few mistakes in the beginning, creating duplicates, etc., but found everyone very forgiving of my errors. Stick with it and you will be well rewarded for your efforts.

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

Life is short, live each minute.

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  4 Responses to “Meet our Members: Jeanie Roberts”

  1. What a great profile! Love learning more about you; you’re a great partner on both PGM and NA.

  2. Hi Jeanie,
    I’ve been surfing thru the Wikitree page, saw your interests. We have similar heritage, for sure. FWIWD, my ancestors include the Hinckleys nad the Lothrops/Lathrops, whoc ame across on the Neptune in 1634. They landed at Scituate, and then on to Barnstable, which was more “hospitable”! At any rate, if you feel that there is any interest, please feel free to contact me at jvharris@gmail.com.
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  3. Great profile! I loved your comment about wishing to be related to Eleanor of Acquitaine. One of the coolest moments for me was when my research landed me as a descendent of the amazing Eleanor. I prefer to skip over her son and go straight to her! Genealogical research is so much fun, and so illuminating!

  4. Hi Jeanie;

    It is surprising. I checked the connection finder, and found that I am related to you through my Grandmother, Grace Jenuine, (Davis-1814). My mother Katy Jenuine Jordan is her daughter. I also just out of curiosity checked my connection with Miles Standish, and I am related to him in the same way, through (Davis-1814). This I a great project, I had never known this information before. It floored me when WikiTree stared putting the connections to people that you could check. I fount that I was related to Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Isabella, though 20 degrees of separation. Thank you for all you do!


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