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 Tanya.

Tanya Lowry became a WikiTreer in May of 2018.  She loves adding sources to profiles and has been a steady recipient of our Club 1,000 badge.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

I am researching DeGraff and Lowry, mainly.  But extend that as I go along.  I don’t tend to limit myself and I research all possibilities no matter whose family.  Some others are Hibbert which was inadvertently changed to Francis (hubby’s family), Mogg, also in-laws.  I passed Bull onto my eldest daughter but I am still going to research it and Bryant for my younger two who lost their dad (my Ex) 4 years ago.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

Canada, US. Holland and France are also on the list however those countries present language issues. The United Kingdom is in there too.

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

Ultimately, I was writing down the names  of family and asking the grandparents about their families since I was about 13…which is now… 44 years ago. Mainly, because I was adopted and I wanted to know who these people were that were raising me (hence all the surnames I have).  I personally know the mess that can be made when engaging in genealogy.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why? 

My favorite ancestors tend to be those who were met with challenges and overcame them.  No one in particular. 

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

Just the other day,  discovered something that was under my nose but I couldn’t see that connection in the MyHeritage program that I had been using – that being that the family I only thought was living near the same Lowrys were actually connected to my brick wall.  This may mean that a relative of that family sent the boy to live with this family…perhaps not.  Regardless it was great to “see” it.  The system is wonderful for making connections.  I may have been staring at it forever and never seeing it!  I hope eventually I will discover the parents of Robert Lowry born in Ancaster, Ontario in 1847!

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

I consider myself related to everyone. If I were to choose, I’d say, it would be great to be related to the Dali Lama.  Why?  Because of my draw to Tibet and the challenges that man has had to go through from being usurped from his homeland to leading a people without a country.  That takes a lot of tenacity and patience and love. 

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy? 

Interests outside of Genealogy?  LOL…no I do have some,  I love Latin dance, collecting and working on cars with my hubby.  I like making costumes but don’t get to do that often anymore. My latest interest is now a breeding pair of Collies that we own. I actually have tons of interests, because life is precious and I want to experience it all!

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 am kind of like a butterfly, I flit around from profile to profile and then another profile leads me to something else and mostly it’s all about sources or bringing Find A Grave together with WikiTree. I tried a project, but wow, it’s just not my forte, and not fun at all. I am not a person who cares about accolades…so I just do whatever I can. I encourage others to join WikiTree and I offer to help them and whomever with finding sources and growing the stems of the tree if possible.

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

I think I joined back in September. I wanted somewhere to store my tree, in case my surgery went sideways.  It did not. But one never knows. I found WikiTree online when searching for a public place or idea to put the info I had gathered safely into.

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

I like the suggestions section and refer there frequently to fix profiles. I sometimes get wrapped up in the GEDCOM trying to just get it up and then I get distracted and so I go there, and pull more from my computer which doesn’t come through the GEDCOM.

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

The GEDCOM thing. It’s not newb friendly. It took me a while to figure out how to get it to do more work for me…but it still is as above. My sources have to be relocated and entered manually. The inability to get responses fast enough in regards to closed profiles is sad. I personally think that there’s going to be a ton of duplications in 100 years. A big mess. At least it’s there and it sure does help find most of the older duplicates.

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

WikiTree is a program where I can see the errors or duplications easier that were on my computer. It helps with the big picture too (see brick wall issue above). I think WikiTree is a must have in every home and more people ought to utilize it. Even if one can’t see the private relatives it’s a good place to keep a tree free forever, which makes me happy knowing that whatever happens to me, that info will help explain my path and my research will be intact.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree? 

Know that if you persevere that you eventually will have profiles old enough that others can help you source…if you ask and sometimes even if you don’t. But remember it’s no longer Your Tree.  It’s OUR Tree…and it’s a fabulous one to boot.  Join us, you won’t regret it.  😊


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  6 Responses to “Meet our Members: Tanya Lowry”

  1. Hi Tanya. I noticed your name and know there are Lowry in my tree.They are through Hazzard Wilcox Jr 1772-1831. Their daughter Mary Wilcox married John Lowry Sr. 1799-1867.I am on familysearch Not sure if they are related to Robert Lowry but there are many Lowry in their tre

  2. Tanya… all grest comments.
    I’ve been doing family research
    for many years & still haven’t
    made myself sit down & figure
    out the GEDCOM mess. So, is it
    worth it? I wish WikiTree wouldn’t
    allow people to even download
    GEDCOM. Anyway, thanks for
    sharing your thoughts.

    • it is worth it, but it’s not just a download, it’s more of a match thing first. To prevent duplicates, then it becomes a one at a time entry system, and that forces you to make sure you have sources, unless it’s a unsourced family tree…mainly because of privacy for the newer family members…there are usually no sources per se.

  3. Thank you for sharing Tanya. It looks like you have taught yourself so much in a short period of time with
    WikiTree and how to use it for your family tree. Love your positive outlook on life and family.

    I have been working on my family tree, and hit dead end/brick wall…surprisingly, I found a biological father that wasn’t the man who raised me whom I believed was my biological father. Both men, I will take them both for fathers even though I never knew the one, but the father who raised me will always be my Daddy! I haven’t gone further in my search for my tree specifically because the new biological cousins are keeping me a secret for now……so I am trying to do my family tree using my sisters dna and looking for my
    Daddys family and where they came from (he was orphaned at age 9-10 and never knew his parents). Tough task to do, but I am trying slowly to find the answers.

  4. Lynn,
    That is a tough one…it sucks when you are a “secret” I don’t stand for that kind of thing in adoption. Not in the least. I prefer open, honest and authentic. I hope you find all the pieces of the puzzle. If you ever want to brain storm, let me know. Blended families…no shame in being part of one. Secrets just cause identity issues!
    hugs!

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