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 Rick.

Rick San Soucie became a WikiTreer in February of 2012. He is active in several projects including Quebecois and French Roots and he enjoys participating in the Data Doctors Challenges.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

San Soucie and its variants; many Quebecois names (Biron, Saillant, Sturm, Benoit, Brunnelle) that I am finding in my ancestors; Molm and Nusbaum.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

Quebec; Hudson Valley New York, New England; Minnesota; Sioux City, Iowa.

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

I first got interested in genealogy and family history when, in high school, I “interviewed” my paternal grandfather and started learning about our family history. Several years later I was lucky enough to visit the LDS library out in Salt Lake City, where I spent hours navigating the stacks of books on Canadian Genealogy.  I fell in love.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

William James, who appears to be my oldest ancestor with the Sansoucy name.  He came from England to Quebec in the 1600’s.

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

I have started research the Desloge family, who I grew up near in St. Louis.  They have a storied history, back to France, that I want to link to the WikiTree global family.

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

I think it would be nice to be related to Nicholas Copernicus.  He was an astronomer, physician, economist, diplomat, classics scholar and jurist.  He was crucial in the development of the theory that the earth rotated around the sun.  I studied both Physics and Economics in college.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I love to cook, whether for my wife and our family of seven children, or for large groups (of 100 people or more).  I also enjoy travelling, especially to see family scattered across the country.

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 joined WikiTree in 2012, but was basically inactive until early 2018, right after I had my DNA testing conducted.  I have worked on my family ancestors, building profiles and documenting sources for them. I am particularly interested in my Quebec family, using the Drouin documentation as a primary source of information.  As I build my Quebecois history, I am finding I need to learn about the French families they came from, so I expect to expand my knowledge of French genealogy. I am also participating in a number of the Data Doctor Challenges, and the recent Source-A-Thon.  I like being able to contribute to the overall health of the WikiTree profiles. In the future, I would also like to get involved in the support and care of the WikiTree system.

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

I enjoy using the Relationship to Me function, displaying how I am related to other profiles.  I like the TAGs feature on my profile, which allows me to customize my daily feed. I also admire the efforts of Aleš Trtnik and his team who are constantly working to improve the quality of the WikiTree database.

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

In the Error List Suggestions used for Data Doctor Challenges, it would be nice to show, on each line that displays, when a profile was last updated, real time.  This would allow a user to skip a recently updated profile when working through the suggestion list.  I find I often go into a profile to make a change, only to find that someone has already modified the profile.  The real-time update would allow me to bypass completed profiles.

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

I have found my sourcing has improved tremendously since working in WikiTree. And my French has improved as I read more and more Quebec documentation and genealogies.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Read the WikiTree Honor Code; Read the WikiTree Help Files; Read the WikiTree Honor Code; Learn how to source; Read the WikiTree Honor Code; Find a WikiTreer to mentor you; Read the WikiTree Honor Code; Participate in Challenges; Learn how to use the G2G system and follow the G2G feeds.


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  One Response to “Meet our Members: Rick San Soucie”

  1. A number of my relatives have roots in Quebec: Joseph Berza’s father was Ignace Louis Pierre Berza (born May 1, 1683 at St. Michel d’Yamaska Parish, Diocese of Trois Rivieres, Canada; died November 5, 1758 at New Roads, Pointe Coupé Louisiana), and his mother was Angelique St. Laurent (born ca. 1687 in New Roads, Pointe Coupée, Louisiana; died February 15, 1738 in Richelieu, Quebec, Canada.)
    François Guillory was the son of Simon Guillory (02-16-1646 to12-06-1696) and Louise Bouchard (1646-1703). They were married 11-06-1667 in Montreal. Simon Guillory was christened on February 16, 1646 at the church of St. Sauveur in Blois, department of Loir et Cher, France. He was the first Guillory to reach the New World. He died by drowning in Sault St. Louis, Canada across the river from Montreal on December 6, 1696. He is buried in Sault St. Louis, Montreal Canada.
    Source Citation
    Institut Généalogique Drouin; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Drouin Collection; Author: Gabriel Drouin, comp.

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