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 Peggy.

Peggy Watkins became a WikiTreer in July of 2018.  She’s the Team Leader for our British Columbia Project and loves sourcing and data doctoring!

What are some of the surnames you are researching? 

Watkins, Oatman, Wheeler, and Powell are the closest direct relations but I am also working on my Snell family from upstate New York who were part of the Palatine migration and adding to my son’s Norwegian family.

What are some of the locations you are researching? 

Both coasts of Canada, New York, Michigan, Norway.

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

I started out about ten years ago but took a break. When I discovered WikiTree, I got back in big time! Not sure what the exact trigger was but I love learning and digging into history.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

I have to go with Lavinia (Walker) Watkins. She left Ireland as a teenager to follow her brothers to North America, leaving everything she knew and loved behind. She homesteaded in the Kootneys in British Columbia, a tough and demanding life. And my dad has told me stories about her; her stories, her good humour and her laughter.

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

I am already related to everyone, right?

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I enjoy making art, printmaking, photography, collage, and more.

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.

It has been just over a year. I try to mix things up so I can stay engaged and learn new things. Sometimes I am working on my part of the tree, sometimes I am helping improve other people’s profiles. I am really obsessed with sourcing, do a little data doctoring, and participate in challenges. I recently took on the role as team leader for the British Columbia Project and started work as a Ranger.

What brought you to WikiTree?

I was looking for a new and better way to create an online family tree.

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

I think it might be the community. I think of it as social media with a purpose! You meet interesting characters that all enjoy the same hobby but otherwise come from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

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

It would be great if the web site navigation was more intuitive and info was easier to find.

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

It has focused my work and helped me to be more thorough and methodical.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Go Slow — It is not a race! Take your time to build your tree one profile at a time. That way you learn a lot and get better results. And dive into projects or challenges, it is what makes it fun!

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