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 Kitty.

Kitty Cooper became a WikiTreer in June of 2013. She is a blogger, genetic genealogist, genealogist, programmer, retired web designer, speaker, mother, grandmother, gardener, dog lover, cat lover, and World Champion Bridge player.  She loves working with our DNA features.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

Munson (Monsen), Skjold, Wold (Norway to USA)

Thannhauser, Langermann, Reiner, Wittman (Bavaria to USA)

What are some of the locations you are researching?

Southern Norway – Hordaland, Vest and Oest Agder, Telemark and Buskerud

Bavaria in Germany, Munich, Floss, Eslarn

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

I was always interested in family history and would ask my parents for stories about my ancestors but I did not get serious about it until 1997 when (quote from my blog) “a beloved Aunt died with too many of her stories unrecorded. What happened was that I remet a second cousin who was a genealogist at her funeral. He showed me many charts of our ancestry. I had always loved listening to family stories from the older generation but now I felt that I had to preserve them. So I started a family history web site for my family with the pictures and stories that I collected.”

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

Anna Knutsdatter Aamot because I have her eyes …

“About Anne it is told when she moved to Tørjevollen, she had walked all the way from Rollag. Not only that, but she had been walking and knitting” as quoted on her profile.

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

I could never find the records for my great grandmother Maren Wold back in Norway. She was supposedly from Drammen, a city in the county of Buskerud. I searched through every church record in Buskerud that the LDS library had on film. Then one day I got an email from a Mike Wold who had found my family history site. He said I think my great-great-grandad was your great grandma’s brother. Here is the research and here are pictures of their parents (one of whom is Anna Knutsdatter Aamot). It turned out they had lived just over the border from Buskerud in the town of Skougar, which was in another county, Vestfold. Once I knew that, the records were very findable and I even visited the ruins of their home  in 2015 having made contact with my 4th cousins nearby (found with DNA).

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

Leonardo da Vinci, a true Renaissance person.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

My grandchildren, my dog, my husband, DNA blogging, gardening, bridge, crocheting, knitting, web design, programming, technology and I enjoy giving DNA presentations.

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

It looks like my first badge was June of 2013 so about 5 years ago. Mainly I add my extended family lines as I find new ones with DNA.

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

I was googling for one world collaborative trees I think or maybe someone told me. Anyway I joined three of them and use them all, trying not to play favorites. Each has something I like.

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

The DNA features. The link from GEDmatch to WikiTree. The fact that you do not have to log in to see trees.

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

Improve the navigation, only five top menu items each with far too may drop downs! Yuch.Make another level so each five had just five and they had up to five more.

Make it prettier and more compact responsive design.

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

I blog about WikiTree a lot and have popularized it among DNA lovers. I mention it in just about every presentation I give. When I make contact with a new DNA relative, I send them a link to my pretty WikiTree tree (usually either Dad’s or Mom’s since I generally know which side they are on since my dad was tested and they are different ethnicities).

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Don’t add a whole GEDcom, that can be overwhelming. Do just one small family line at a time or use WikiTree-X to copy over a person at a time. Always add sources.

You can read more of Kitty’s excellent DNA blog here:http://blog.kittycooper.com.  


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  4 Responses to “Meet our Members: Kitty Cooper”

  1. It looks like Kitty Munson and I are 32 degrees separated, but then again I think I am separated about 32 degrees from a lot of people, including the Queen of England. Is that unusual?

  2. How can you use dna? I charted my family and only one person could link me to distant relatives that I am cousins with according to ancestry dna but I can’t find a paper trail of him to his presumed dad.

  3. Kitty, here’s hoping you can help me!!! My 5GGM was Mary Munion whose husband, Wm Wriggins Sr was in the Rev War 1777-78 from Bucks Co., PA. I’ve been researching for about 20+++ years and had no idea I was even Swedish and when I figured out my 4GGF Stille Chew’s parents and then discovered Colonial Swedes Phila. This Nov., my sister and I did our DNA with Ancestry is there anyway I could place it here??? 22% Swedish and 5% finland/NW Russia!!! The swedes did a Census in Phila in 1658??? and I was related to 3/4 of them !!! Anyway, after the Rev War they wound up in Harrisonville, NJ where my family has been farming for 400 years!!! Best Regards, Cindy

  4. I am delighted to see the spotlight on Kitty. Kitty is a great ambassador for Wikitree and walks the talk. It turned out we share some common Norwegian ancestry, and she immediately offered some help on the dna side and later welcomed my contributions to a number of the Wikitree profiles that she manages. It’s great the way she gets the balance right between paying attention to her tree and doing the dna stuff. Hope I get to meet her in person one day!

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