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 Karen.

Karen Butler became a WikiTreer in June of 2016.  She is active in several projects, including the England and Worldwide Disasters projects, and is one of our wonderful, friendly Greeters.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

I am researching, Richardsons from Birmingham and London and Getterick from Manchester and Ireland. The Finnertys/Coopers/Lallys from Ireland are my brick walls, I am looking for a bigger sledgehammer to break them down.

What are some of the locations you are researching:

Mainly from Birmingham, where I was born, and Ireland, which is my brick wall, I need a bigger sledgehammer to break this one down, Australia and America.

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

It is a subject that I have thought about doing on and off. I was watching a Who Do You Think You Are programme and saw the link to Ancestry.co.uk, so I decided to have a go and see how far I could get. That was 12 years ago, and I haven’t stopped. One of my mother’s cousins had been doing research into the family and she gave me a lot of help and information. What she didn’t tell me is how addictive genealogy can be. Even now after so long, each new name I find is as exciting as the first.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

I would have to say my grandparents, who gave me the love I needed as a young child, and I used to spend a lot of time staying with them when I was young, and I always had a great deal of fun staying with them.

If it comes to names then I would have to say the husband of my 5th cousin 3x removed, because he has the most fabulous name I have ever heard, Cluse Cluso Clues Daft.

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

I haven’t managed to break down my brick walls yet. My 3x great grandmother Ann Hole from Plymouth, Devon, I would love to find more information regarding her family and my Irish ancestors, who are being very elusive.

How long have you been on WikiTree and what do you spend the most time doing?

I signed up in June 2016 but did little to begin with. It wasn’t until the following year I really got into adding to the site. I spend most of my time transferring names from the Ancestry site onto here. I also do greeting of new members, which I find very enjoyable. I like helping people, in the way I was helped when I started. Also with some of the questions I have been asked, the new members are helping me. By finding the answers for them I am learning with them, and if I cannot find the answer then other members of the team are very helpful with providing them.

What brought you to WikiTree? (In other words, how did you find us?)

I saw a link to it on another genealogy site, so I decided to give it a go. I thought it would be like all the other sites, but it is much better.  I found I was dealing with real people and would get an answer to my question, not just an automated general reply.

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

I like the relationship finder. It gives you a link to people you never thought you would be related to. The G2G forum is very helpful with answers, and everyone is so friendly and helpful. I have made some real friends through the site.

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

This is just a silly quirk of mine but I don’t like the months abbreviated. I like them written out in full.

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, because I am always learning.  The projects I have joined, for example the England Project, taught me a lot about biographies and sourcing, which has helped me improve my profile biographies.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether it is a Greeter or on the forum, even if you think your question is trivial, others may have the same problem. We are all here for the same reason, and there is a wealth of knowledge within the membership. Don’t get upset by making a mistake. Others (most likely me) have made the same mistake before you, and others will make the same mistake after you. You are not alone.

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  3 Responses to “Meet our Members: Karen Butler”

  1. Thank you for being one of our friendly greeters Karen! They are a newbies first interaction with the welcoming atmosphere of WikiTree! 🙂

  2. Hi, Karen Butler. I’m Tanya Kasim and I see that we share some common ancestors with the surname Ramsay! What a small world!

  3. Just curious if Butler is your maiden name or married name? It is my married name and I haven’t done much research on my husband’s side, but do know they came from the UK. Who knows, maybe we’re related!

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