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 Nan.

Nan Lambert joined us at WikiTree in July of 2013. She loves Data Doctoring and is active in many of our projects, including Military and War and Categorization.  Nan also has a one name study for her Lambert surname.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

Lambert (my paternal line), Starjak (my late husband’s surname), and Bandy (in my paternal line, Bandy research gave me a huge clue to an ancestor for whom I had little hope of finding information).

What are some of the locations you are researching?

Johnson County, Illinois; Monroe County, New York; Landulph, Cornwall; and trying to learn how to research in Slovakia.

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

I became interested as a teenager. My Mom would tell me about her grandmother and great-grandmother, both of whom married men with a not-very-common surname.  I thought there had to be a story there – and there was!  She also had two maiden names for her great-grandmother, another story.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

My Ggg/grandpa Hezekiah Lambert.  For one thing, I love the name.  And he was so much a man of his time.  Moved west to have the opportunity for more land; lost a son in the Civil War; lost his first wife early and married again, having a second large family.  He was a farmer, a justice of the peace, and a blacksmith.  And now his descendants are all over the country, all ages, all professions.  I like to think he would be pleased with us.

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

I hope to someday find my great-grandfather Philip Reynolds.  He was apparently adopted sometime between his birth in 1853 and the 1860 census.  And then he abandoned his wife and children in the early to mid-1890’s.  So, I don’t know where he came from, or where he went.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I love to read, especially mysteries, urban fantasy, and historical fiction.

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

I joined WikiTree in the summer of 2013.  I really can’t say what I spend the most time doing, because I bounce around a lot (short attention span).  These days, I’ve been spending the most time on data doctoring, and on a small project I started to build profiles of the victims of the Cherry Mine Disaster in 1909.

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

I don’t remember, but I’m very glad I did find WikiTree!

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

Can’t give you just one!  I love that there is only one profile per person, and that everyone can contribute.


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