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 Sarah.

Sarah Mason became a WikiTreer in September of 2017.  She’s quite active in many of our projects, particularly as a Connector, Data Doctor and Project Coordinator in the Scotland and Nebraska projects.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

Mason, Gore, McGannon, Stewart/Stuart, Peniska, Micklam, Jimerson, Sharp(e), Lynch, Cain, Mosely, Becker, Dietrich

What are some of the locations you are researching?

I am currently the Project Coordinator for the Scotland Project and also for Nebraska, within the United States Project. Research of my family has led me to many places. However, the Mason Name Study has really led me all over the world. I enjoy challenges and learning how to use the internet to research in different places.

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

I have always been interested in my family history, but I didn’t have the time to really work on researching genealogy until fairly recently. While I had a few school assignments, in all levels of my education, that encouraged me to ask questions of my family, I did not seriously start my research until 2017. This is also when I joined WikiTree. This community has taught me nearly everything I know about genealogical research.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

Susannah (Burnet) Mosely (Burnet-187) is one of my all time favorite ancestors. I love that she was so unabashedly intelligent and strong willed during the times she lived in. I really want to thank everyone who has collaborated on her WikiTree profile. I would know nothing about her, if not for the awesome researchers here.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

My day job in normal times is usually as a cook. I love gardening, and nature-watching. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Arts with a minor in English (emphasis on literature). But, I almost went into science, taking classes toward a biology degree in a Wildlife Ecology program. I have a lot of interests.

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

I joined in September of 2017. I am definitely involved in a lot of projects. Recently, I’ve been focused on the Scottish Clans transition into a team of teams in the Scotland Project. I am the Scotland Project PC, as well as Membership Coordinator for the Scottish Clans Team, Team Leader for Scotland Connectors, and a member of various other Scotland teams. I am also the Project Coordinator for the Nebraska subproject of the United States Project. In One Name Studies, I coordinate the WikiTree studies for Mason, Gore, and McGannon. I also participate a bit in a few others. I do a lot of Profile Improvement in the course of my WikiTreeing also. I try to source at least one unsourced profile a month. I am an active Connector, and also Data Doctor.  For a more complete list of all the projects I am involved in, visit my profile page.

What brought you to WikiTree?

Once I decided I wanted to work on my genealogy, I looked at a lot of different sites. I read articles. It didn’t take me long to find WikiTree.

What is your favorite thing about WikiTree?

I really love the whole concept of the single shared global tree.

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

I think it would be wonderful to see more “Orphan Trail” type teams for the projects. I believe a lot of people are here to learn and orphan trails are so incredibly helpful to learning how to research in a particular area.

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

All of my genealogical knowledge of my family past my great grandparents is due to my collaboration with the WikiTree community.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Be patient with yourself. The learning curve is real. Find that Help page that tells you what you need to know. Ask the questions you will inevitably have. There are a lot of wonderfully helpful people here. If you run into someone who is less than helpful, just keep looking and you will find the helpful ones quickly enough.

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  2 Responses to “Meet our Members: Sarah Mason”

  1. Message for Sarah Mason:

    My grandfather, William Luebke, was a homesteader in Pierce, Nebraska. If you want more information, please contact me.

  2. Hi Sarah,
    It looks as if we are 13th cousins once removed! It’s exciting to find someone on Wiki Tree that I am related to!

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