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.
Chase 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 Ancestry.com and built out a tree there. I pretty quickly moved over to WikiTree, however.