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 Lizzie.

Lizzie Griffiths became a WikiTreer in October of 2016.  She is one of our newest Project Leader and is currently helping with the England and Titanic projects.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

Batman (my maiden name of Bitton, Gloucestershire), and my wonderful ancestors named Morris, Evans and Pugh in Wales. On my mum’s side Haworth and Butcher.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

My research is focused mainly in England and Wales. I’m from the North West and particularly love researching the Northern Counties of England.

My personal passion is in the histories of Cheshire and Lancashire, where I live and where many of my family members are from.

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

Now that is a long story; this yet still unfinished profile is him, Walter Haworth. He’s the only reason I’m now a genealogy addict! I loved my nana but she was an odd lady and she never kept anything and we knew nothing about her. We (me and mum) found this and another photo that we think were the only things she had from her father, wallet photos from WW1. We had no idea who he was. Just penciled on the back ‘W.Howarth, Rhyll St. killed 1917’… once I went on this journey I wanted to follow the others.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

I’m torn. I would say Walter for the reasons above, I can’t believe to this day that we found him. But my Welsh side calls me to my great grandfather Hubert Pughe. He is known as Taid Pughe in the family. He was a lieutenant in the army in WW1 stationed in Africa. He married my great grandmother, Lizzie, on his return from service. They were sweethearts before he left and he sent her letters and postcards and gifts (including a coconut, with a stamp on it, her address written on the shell). He became the head master of the local school after the war and was active in the Eisteddfod. He tragically died in a hunting accident in 1929 when my grandmother (Nain) was only nine years old. The love my family still have for this man (who they never met) to this day is overwhelming. I’m so proud to be his great granddaughter. He was a hero in his community.

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

My Welsh ancestry is brick walls are everywhere, I mean how many Thomas Evans were born in Llangollen or the surrounding areas about 1816?

My most recent victory on a huge brick wall was helped by some wonderful friends I’ve made on WikiTree, where a long disputed record had stopped research on my mum’s paternal line. All because one Census got his name wrong we didn’t know if GGx3 was Thomas or Samuel. He’s Samuel. My wonderful friends in the England Project helped me prove that 🙂

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

I honestly don’t know the answer to this question, it’s really bugging me. We are all related somehow, and I can’t pick everyone 🙂

My husband has just suggested Buddy Holly. Apparently I get quite emotional about such an amazing talent dying so young. He’s is right, I absolutely love Buddy 🙂

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I work full time, and love genealogy but when I’m not doing either of these things I’m on holiday. Hubby and I like to ski, but we like hot holidays too; he’s a water sports freak, and I’m happy on a beach with a book! When we are at home we are lucky enough to live on the sandy coast of North West England so we go walking on the beach or go shopping in Chester or Liverpool and of course going to North Wales for the day.

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 for about 3 years. I didn’t join a project until about 18 months ago when I joined the England Project. I took the Orphan Trail and had the opportunity to be the Coordinator for English Counties and Membership. Recently I have been delighted to have been nominated for, and accepted the role of WikiTree Project Leader. I am embracing this new role and responsibility, currently co-leading the England Project. I also recently joined the Titanic Team as Project Coordinator and it’s a wonderful Team to be part of.

What brought you to WikiTree?

I googled my husband’s family; none of my (known) family were here but a google search brought up my husband’s family branch that emigrated. I was intrigued and never looked back! To be honest I’m not sure sometimes why I keep my paid accounts!

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

Favourite thing… Community! This is without a doubt the most collaborative community in genealogy. I truly feel like I have a family here.

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

I’ve never generally come up with problems using WikiTree, sometimes I struggle to find things but someone always knows where to find them. My bookmarks are my best friend. The best thing I’ve been part of on WikiTree is the Orphan Trail and I think all countries should have one, it builds relationships and increases collaboration.

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

Both 🙂

As my brick wall question mentioned, project collaboration broke down a long standing brick wall for several of my family on my Bennett branch. This would never have gone any further without a collaborative effort of England Project members.

I want to give back to the same community that helps me and others so I try to help where I can on G2G. I love supporting people who request help in England who may be a bit scared, lost or overwhelmed by WikiTree. I also love working with new members who want to contribute more and contribute as Team Leaders or Coordinators.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Simply put: Use G2G, ask lots and lots of questions, join a project to work alongside. Be yourself and be friendly and you will make firm genealogy friends and enjoy every minute of it.


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  3 Responses to “Meet our Members: Lizzie Griffiths”

  1. Hi,

    I am 31 degrees from you. I was wondering if there was a way WikiTree might post famous people or other whom WikiTree members could check their degrees of connection with?

    Thanks,

    Mark

  2. thanks for sharing the info.

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