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 Hoy became a WikiTreer in April of 2014.  She is very active as a Project Coordinator in our Data Doctors Project.

What are some of the surnames you are researching? 

Michaud, Garrett, Scarborough

What are some of the locations you are researching?

Quebec, Canada, Texas, USA

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

My father has always told us stories about his family coming from Quebec to Maine and then to Louisiana. When he told us he’d found ancestors back to the early 1700s, I was hooked.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

I’m not sure there is just one.  I have a cluster of Garretts, brothers, uncles, fathers, who served in the Civil War, many with Gordon’s Regt, Co. D, Missouri.  (One was my great-great grandfather.) One died in Alton. Some made it home. One of them served for the North (which I’m sure made for awkward holiday dinners).  I’ve seriously considered writing a novel based on them.

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

My brick wall is Leonard Garrett b 1759 in Maryland.  He’s a Revolutionary War veteran. I’ve found a brother and sister, but can’t, for the life of me, find his parents.

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

If my theory is correct, I’m related to everyone in some fashion or another.   

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy? 

Writing novels, making artistic graphics. I taught myself video skills to promote my novels.  So glad to put them to use here.

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’ve been on WikiTree since 2014.  I used to spend my time here upgrading the almost 3000 profiles I manage.  However, since becoming a Data Doctors Project Coordinator, I work almost exclusively on producing Suggestion Videos for the group.  (I think I’m married, but haven’t seen him in a while.)

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

 I honestly can’t remember.  I’ve slept since then.

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

I really appreciate the one profile for one person concept.  Other sites have developed Gregorian knots for family trees, which makes my left eye twitch.

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

I wish there were a more effective way to show people the availability of all the help here, by mentors, help pages, videos, G2G forum, etc.  I’m not sure what else could be done besides showing up on their doorstep…

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 develop my sourcing skills.  So much can be discovered by one small sentence in one lone document.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Jump into G2G with both feet and read, read, read.  They’ll discover common mistakes, easier ways to do things, a new site for sources, and meet a ton of great people.


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  One Response to “Meet our Members: Karen Hoy”

  1. I really appreciate your YouTube video on Merging. Heart felt thanks; I’ve stumbled across a line that needs a lot of work, and your help/tips/insights have been an enormous blessing. All the best from Debra Jones, Western Australia

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