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 Kathryn.

Kathryn Lake Hogan became a WikiTreer early on in December of 2010.  She’s the owner/founder of Looking4Ancestors and enjoys participating in our Sourcerers and Bio Builders Challenges.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?


What are some of the locations you are researching?

Ontario, Canada; New Jersey & New York, USA; Lincolnshire, Staffordshire, Pembrokeshire, UK.

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

When I was a Girl Guide leader in the 1990s, the other leader and myself decided to teach the girls how to trace their family trees for their Heritage badge. However, we had to learn how to trace our own family trees first. It wasn’t too long after when my interest in family history became a passion. Then I discovered this hobby could become a job. I took online genealogy classes with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, and graduated in 2011 with two Professional Certificates in Genealogical Studies for English and Canadian research.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

Only one? Currently, my favourite ancestor is my paternal great-grandmother, Fanny (Crawford) Lake. She had a challenging childhood growing up in Boston, Lincolnshire in the late 1800s. Her mother, Sarah Ann (Stainfield) Crawford, died when Fanny was 12 years old. Life was really quite hard for Fanny. Researching Fanny in the records and through family interviews shows how her mother’s death at an early age left an indelible mark on Fanny throughout all her life. Unfortunately, Fanny’s father, Frank Crawford was not a nice man, and had a hard time keeping a job. This, too, affected Fanny.

I think Fanny is my favourite ancestor because she had such a tough life. I always wonder how things would have turned out for Fanny had her mother lived longer.

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

I was finally able to break down a brick wall on maternal side of the family. For the longest time, I wasn’t able to ‘kill off’ my great-grandmother,  Anne (Davies) George. Her name was too common in Pembrokeshire, Wales. I couldn’t pinpoint the correct Anne George in the death registrations. I wasted money on ordering death certificates for the wrong person. However, with the release of the 1939 Register at Find My Past I found the clues I needed to break through my brick wall and finally locate where Anne died. It wasn’t Pembrokeshire.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

Reading, watching Netflix, and going out for lunch with friends.

How long have you been on WikiTree and how active are you?  Are you involved in projects/challenges? Which ones? What do you enjoy about them/what are you working on?

I’ve been on WikiTree since 2010. I’d like to be more active than I am, unfortunately, I rarely have time to work on my own family history. Two projects I try to keep up with on a semi-regular basis are the Sourcerers Challenge and the Bio Builders Challenge. Both help me build my ancestral profiles so I can share them with other family members who aren’t family historians.

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

I love there is only one profile per ancestor. I love that most WikiTreers are serious about wanting to work collaboratively and create well sourced profiles for our ancestors. I love the monthly challenges to help us achieve that.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Take the time to search for your ancestors on WikiTree before uploading your Gedcom file. This helps eliminate duplicate profiles, and will further save time and effort. If you want to be involved in the management of your ancestral profiles, ask the profile managers to add you.

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

Love and forgiveness – share both abundantly.


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  2 Responses to “Meet our Members: Kathryn Lake Hogan”

  1. [...] of the Week: Kathryn Lake Hogan, a professional genealogist who has been a WikiTree member for eight years. “I love that most [...]

  2. Dear Kathryn: Can you cover an Irishman from East St,LouisMO.or Ill,not sure how it”s divided?Time period of 1860 to 1880. Would be kind enough if to give rates. This is not the area you work.Thank you for your time and trouble it’s
    appreciated. Regards ,Richard E. Raso.

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