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 Katie.

Katie Goodwin became a WikiTreer in February of 2018.  She really enjoys working on profiles of her direct ancestors and is also one of our Rangers. Twice a week she takes a shift to help protect our shared tree!  If you are attending RootsTech this year, come and meet Katie at our booth!

What are some of the surnames you are researching? 

Murray, Goodwin, Chamberlain, Wilson, Barnes, Mason, Shields

What are some of the locations you are researching? 

Various areas in north Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee; Wood County, Ohio; Isle of Wight, England

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

In 2009, I was in my fourth year of college and decided to procrastinate by building my family tree. I was lucky to have several living grandparents and a great-grandmother to help me get started. My great-grandmother in particular had a lot of interesting stories and photos to share. I was hooked in no time!

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

I don’t think I can pick an overall favorite! My favorite person to research has been my husband’s great-great grandmother, Alice Augusta (Newbery) Goodwin, a British Home Child. She’s interesting to me because she was a recent immigrant – rare in our families – and involved in a lesser-known and tragic piece of history. I finally saw a photo of her last year and it was a very special moment.

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

Currently working on a very stubborn brick wall. George E. Murray from northeastern Alabama/northwestern Georgia was supposedly orphaned around the time of the Civil War. My friend, Jen, and I are hoping DNA can point us in the right direction.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I really like to bake and take nice photos. 

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

I’ve been a member for almost two years. Currently, most of my time is spent improving and adding profiles of my direct ancestors. I am a Ranger so I have two shifts a week that I really enjoy. It’s always fun to spot unusual names in the activity feeds!

What brought you to WikiTree?

I was searching for 1) a free site 2) where people could see my work without logging in and 3) looked like it was going to be around for a long time. I also liked the biography section and the focus on sources.

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

I love the community! I have encountered so many generous and knowledgeable WikiTreers. The quarterly community challenges are some of my favorite weekends of the year.

As for features, I think the Relationship Finder is a really powerful tool. I wish more people knew about the “Explore More” feature.

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

I’d LOVE to be able to reorder photos on the sidebar! To use Alice as an example, I want to see her lovely face at the top instead of the death certificate and funeral card I uploaded earlier.

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

It’s been a great help to see how others tackle tough research problems and brick walls. Joining WikiTree really inspired me to improve my skills.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Take it slow. Read the New Member How-To pages. Start by adding a few family profiles manually, and get comfortable with how sources are handled. Look around at a variety of profiles and be inspired by what’s possible on WikiTree. If you ever need help, don’t hesitate to ask on G2G!

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  4 Responses to “Meet our Members: Katie Goodwin”

  1. Hi my name is ‘ Carol Ann Keeling I’ve read your profile and our connection is Henry the eight , I’m related to Altmeyer,Pastorious, and many others Karrambaur, Speicer zBayldolf,Allen plus many more.

  2. Katie, I just joined Wikitree. I note your surname and the location of your ancestors in AL and GA. I also have connections to that geographic area. Maybe we should compare notes. I have my DNA results and will post it as soon as I am moved from Guest to full member.

  3. Hello:

    After seeing you featured as a member this week I checked to see our connection. I do this every week.

    We are 12th cousins three times removed with 150 Common ancestors and 20 degrees separated.

    I noticed on the Connection descendant list that the red letters “DNA” show up for the top two people of your family in the list.

    Would you please tell me what the DNA designation means? I have seen this on only a few of the 16,000 + surnames in my tree.

    Thank you for your time.


    Jim Walker


  4. Hi Katie

    What you are doing is awesome, thanks. I just happened to come upon Thomas Muirson 14 degrees – Henry V111
    Thomas Muirson was my Great Grandfather. so..15 is: Kenneth Basil McKenzie-Muirson (Thomas’s son, my Grandfather)
    16. Ian McKenzie-Muirson (Kenneth’s son, my father ) 17 is Kaye Eleanor McKenzie-Muirson (myself) if you would like to add it thanks. If I may ask, what made you do the link to Thomas Muirson from Henry V111?
    I am trying to do some research on my Grandmother (Kenneth’s wife) but I have come to a standstill. Her name was Eleanor Ethel Land Rupert. I have her parents names: George Land Rupert & Eleanor Ann (nee Cole) I have a few dates etc
    (I have heard that there are connections back to the Prussian Royal Family. By the way I am in New Zealand, A little bit of guidance would be appreciated, Thank you,,Kaye

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