Meet our Members: Chase Ashley

+31 votes

Hi WikiTreers!

It's time to meet another one of our Wonderful WikiTreers. (Yes, we've moved this from the blog to G2G.) This week's member is Chase Ashley.

Ashley-1950.jpgChase became a Wiki Genealogist in March of 2015. He spends a lot of time on Puritan Great Migration profiles and most recently created the helpful Ancestor Listmaker app

What have you been working on recently on WikiTree?

For the past couple of months, I actually haven’t been doing much genealogy because I’ve been working on my WikiTree app, Ancestor ListMaker.

What does Ancestor ListMaker do?

Ancestor ListMaker allows you to generate a list of your ancestors (or the ancestors of any other person with a profile on WikiTree) up to 20 generations back or a list of your ancestors up to 20 generations back who fall into different categories, such ancestors who were part of the Puritan Great Migration, participated in the American Revolution, immigrated to Australia, were born or died in a particular location, or whose profiles are “orphans” or are “unsourced.” You can include generation and ahnentafel numbers on all the lists, and all lists can be downloaded so you can open them up in a spreadsheet.

How did you come to make Ancestor ListMaker?

I was looking for an easy way to create a spreadsheet to keep track of which ancestor profiles I should work on, and I was also thinking it would also be nice to be able to get a list of all my PGM ancestors. I had a moment of insight when I figured out that I could probably create an app that did both. I’d done some software coding as a hobby off and on for more than 40 years, but I had to learn how to do a lot of new things to put the app together. Once it started working, I realized that it would be easy to add the ability to generate lots of other types of lists besides PGM ancestors, so I’ve kept on adding them. It’s been very gratifying seeing how much people like the app.

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

Both my parents were into it a bit and, in fact, I was named after an ancestor on my father’s side who had fought in the Revolutionary War. But I didn’t really start getting into it until 2013 or so when I had to help one of my daughters on a project where she had to do a presentation about an ancestor. Since I couldn’t find most of my parents’ materials, I started on and built out a tree there. I pretty quickly moved over to WikiTree, however. 

WikiTree profile: Chase Ashley
in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)

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

I’ve been on WikiTree since March 2015. I think, like most people, I bounce around at lot, but I’ve spent a lot of time in the past couple of years in and around my Puritan Great Migration ancestors. I like to find a PGM ancestor whose profile needs some work, get my line of profiles up to the PGM ancestor in good shape, try to improve the PGM ancestor’s profile to the fullest extent, and then see how far back into England I can trace the ancestors. More often than not that involves debunking and disconnected unsupported parents somewhere along the line, but sometimes it results in a breakthrough.

What brought you to WikiTree?

I came to WikiTree because I was looking for a place where my work could be shared with others and might have some lasting benefit.

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

I like the freedom it provides to create true genealogical profiles with inline sources, rather than just cookie cutter chronologies or lists of events.

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

I’d like to be able to add profiles to my Watchlist without having to get a Profile Manager to add me to the Trusted List. Being able to watch profiles and get notifications when there are changes to them is crucial to maintaining the quality of profiles and preventing them from being degraded by bad edits. 

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Review top quality profiles, find a style you like, and try to emulate that. And focus on using quality sources and knowing what kinds of sources are more reliable and which less so.

5 Answers

+10 votes
Congratulations Chase! And thanks for creating a very useful app.
by Tommy Buch G2G6 Mach 3 (36.8k points)
+12 votes

Review top quality profiles, find a style you like, and try to emulate that.

Great advice!  Great interview!

by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (920k points)
+6 votes
Thanks so much for the great app.
by Kathy Zipperer G2G6 Pilot (263k points)
So pleased with the new app you created, Chase - thank you so much.

I'm so glad you're on the PGM team, it's good to work with you.
+3 votes
Chase, we're 9th cousins through common ancestor Thomas Burnham. Thanks for the VERY useful app, the sound advice about emulating top quality profiles, and the VERY useful help with the Lawrence profile!
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (249k points)
+2 votes
Thank you, Chase, for creating the fabulous Ancestor Listmaker app, for all your excellent contributions to PGM profiles, and for the great advice in your interview. You are a Wonderful WikiTreer indeed!
by Traci Thiessen G2G6 Pilot (116k points)

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