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 Robynne.

Robynne became a WikiTreer in December of 2016.  She is a member of the Notables ProjectThe Connectors Project, the Great War Project as well as AcadianUKNew Zealand and Australia projects. She leads two One Places Studies and five One Name studies.  Just recently she started participating in the monthly Sourcerers Challenge.  Robynne is leading the Kiwi Crew team in our upcoming Source-a-Thon!

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

On my side – Burrow, Stephens, Pellew, Thompson, Fairbairn, Evans, Stone. Sideways names include Bolt, Littley, Smerdon, Parsons and Spiller all from Devonshire. These names have all married into my Devon names. On my husband’s tree, mostly Duclos, because that name has a huge brick wall that no one seems to be able to break.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

For my tree, Devon and Cornwall in England, and various parts of Scotland. New Zealand of course. My husband is Acadian so most of his family comes from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in Canada, and some from Quebec which is a challenge since I don’t read or speak French. LOL

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

Several things really. One was my paternal great grandmother having two different surnames. Another was my mother discovering that she was adopted and I suddenly lost half my family. It took me quite some years to persuade her to get her original birth certificate. I already had an interest in history, and eventually I inherited some papers from one of my great uncles after he died. Naturally I never met him. It was extremely hard to do any genealogy from New Zealand without having to travel to the UK to find the records. Thank goodness for the Internet!!

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

I don’t really have a favourite ancestor. I do have a favourite cousin that I admire. Her name is Jessica Watson and she is from Australia. Both of her parents are kiwis. She is currently the youngest person to sail around the world on her own, which she did in 2009-2010. She made this trip unassisted and non stop. She was 16 during her 10 month voyage. She turned 17 just a few days after her trip ended. I wish I had had the guts to do something big like that.

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

My most frustrating Brick Wall Ancestor is John Burrow who is possibly from Devonshire in England. I know everything about his life from the year he got married (1817) to the year he died (1839 – aged 73) but before 1817 is a complete and total blank!! No one in my family has been able to find anything new on him since his name was first discovered on the tree back in the 1980s.

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

Actually I’d like to be related to Lady Diana Spencer’s family. I recently discovered that a 3rd cousin of mine is also a 6th cousin to Lady Diana, and I am not. This makes me a little jealous!!

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

Reading mostly. Watching movies. Looking after my son and husband. I am a SAHM – stay at home mom. Mostly because we all have chronic illnesses that have to be managed.

How long have you been on WikiTree and how active are you? Are there any projects/challenges are you involved in? What do you enjoy doing?

I joined WikiTree just after Xmas in Dec 2016. The person of the week in that last week of December 2016 was Sir Brian Barrett-Boyes who was a well known heart surgeon from New Zealand, although he spent the last few years of his life in the USA. His first wife was my father’s cousin and the information about her was quite sparse. I just HAD to sign up and get her details right, and then connect me with her. I find myself being on WikiTree pretty much every day. I am so addicted – to the community as well as the genealogy.

Let’s see. I am a Project coordinator for those British Home Children Project, which covers children who were sent to Australia and New Zealand. I am the Team Captain for the brand new Kiwi Crew team. This appears to be the first ever  Kiwi Team for challenges, sprints and source-a-thons. I am a member of the Notables Project, The Connectors Project, the Great War Project as well as UK, New Zealand and Australia projects. I have 2 One Places Studies and 4 or 5 One Name studies. I also joined the Acadian Project since my husband is of Acadian ancestry. And today I just started the monthly Sourcerers Challenge.

What are some of the features/aspects of WikiTree that you love/don’t love as much?

I LOVE the community and G2G. I had not been planning to get involved with G2G, when I first arrived. I just wanted to get my tree online and connected up so I could find some cousins. But I ventured out into G2G, read a lot including the warnings not to upload the GEDCOM, answered a few questions, won a best answer and I was hooked. I haven’t stopped since. I do think that baptism and christening dates should be added, especially for the English and Scottish as well as French Canadian (Catholic) records because those are just as valid as the dates of birth.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

While it did take me several weeks to manually add my ancestors into WikiTree, almost all of them are now online and connected to the global tree. It was very satisfying to type them in, find the sources, or find new sources if I had to, and get to know them all over again.


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  One Response to “Meet our Members: Robynne Lozier”

  1. Congratulations Robynne and thanks for all your contributions.

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