Meet our Members: Azure Robinson

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Hi everyone!

Robinson-27225.jpgIt's time to meet another one of our Wonderful WikiTreers. This week's member is Azure.

Azure Robinson became a Wiki Genealogist in April of 2018 and is one of our Project Leaders. She currently co-leads the Ambassadors and Greeters projects and participates with the RangersMentorsMagna CartaPuritan Great MigrationCemeteries, and Religion - Jehovah’s Witnesses sub-project. During the big annual events she leads the Western Red Cedars team.

What are some of the surnames you are researching? 

Coordinating Peasley and Ihda One Name Studies as well as RobinsonGreniaBoushonWalenBuddGrebeHooverJones, MessengerAmesEvelandAnderson, and Harrison.

What are some of the locations you are researching? 

New York, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Washington.

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

I’ve always loved research and history so becoming my family’s self-proclaimed historian/archivist is very rewarding and interesting to me. My mother’s Peasley line leading to Waterman and Messenger has been known to me since I was a child. It was something her aunt, Adda (Peasley) Hughes, did. My father worked diligently at his family history and wrote a self-published book on it. His sister, my beloved aunt Naomi Lucy (Robinson) Anderson, also had done extensive research into her and her husband’s ancestry. I’ve been excited to take what I’ve learned from them and go further with what is available online.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

Favorite ancestor currently is my second great grandfather George Hamilton Ames. It’s been very interesting to learn about him. He took his family from Illinois and homesteaded in Nebraska in 1882, then the family moved to Washington State in 1892. The homestead records show all the hard work that was put into the property. Seeing such a micro view of history is exciting.

Tell us about a brick wall you were able to break down.

Recently, I was able to break through the brick wall I had for the parents of Moses Grenia who was actually Moise Grenier. He and his parents were already on WikiTree! They just needed to be merged and suddenly whole Quebecois lines opened up!

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

Ida (Stover) Eisenhower - As part of the Jehovah Witnesses project, I worked a little on her profile and learned more about her life. She was a very interesting lady, full of strength and faith. 

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I’m trying to learn a new programming language - Python and continue to try and learn French. I also love to cook, read, and knit, take photos, and write stories.

[Interview continues in comments.]

WikiTree profile: Azure Robinson
in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)

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

I joined in April of 2018. 

Religion - Jehovah’s Witnesses sub-project: Recently connected two of the Notable religious leaders, Joseph Franklin “Judge” “JF” Rutherford and Nathan Homer Knorr. Since the Witnesses had a location in Brooklyn, New York starting in 1908/9, I’ve created to-do lists for each of the 191019201930 and 1940 US Census. We are also working on adding Jehovah’s Witnesses that were victims during the holocaust, starting with the United States Holocaust Museum ID Cards.

Cemeteries - Last year started working on a cemetery a few miles from my home. It has almost 7,000 graves. There is a book that has a listing for persons buried there before 2007. So, I created a spreadsheet to cross-reference the WikiTree Profile, FindAGrave Memorial, and the entry in the book. I’ve been posting to a Facebook group about it and have gotten some great responses. Also, as photo requests are submitted on FindAGrave, I let the user know that I hope to have a photo soon, that it’s a work in progress and give them the link to the cemetery free-space page so they can see where I’m at. If I’ve already taken photos of that section I get the profile created (with the photo) and get the photo uploaded to FindAGrave with the WikiTree profile in the photo title.

In February, started greeting! Meeting new ones as they come to the site and learn about all WikiTree has to offer in addition to the wonderfully generous collaborative community has been invigorating.

In June, started working as a Ranger. Helping to keep the tree safe from “forest fires”. It’s been interesting to see what’s happening on the site. Just rangering a few days of the week for now. 

In July, started on another functional project, Mentors. Being able to help new members with something they are struggling with has been rewarding.

Also in July, I started leading the Ambassadors Project! It’s been a lot of fun getting to know more of the members and to try and get the word out about WikiTree.

Even though there are different teams (BloggersForums  Link BuildersMediaOn the GroundPresenters and Social Media)  members can be on more than one team. In fact, some of them go hand in hand, like Blogging and Social Media. Most bloggers have their blogs posting to their Twitter account for instance.

Members can contribute as much or as little as they like. 

For instance, if you are on Facebook, can you take a few minutes and click Like or make a comment on the Question, Profile, and Photo of the Week posts by WikiTree? If you are a Cemeterist, uploading photos of your headstones to FindAGrave, can you add the WikiTree profile id to the photo so that it points people to WikiTree? Sometimes the information on FindAGrave is incorrect, if you make suggested edits, can you take another minute and click the link to “Suggest other corrections” and point them to the source documentation on the deceased’s WikiTree profile? This will have some memorial managers adding the profile id to the memorial page.

What brought you to WikiTree?

I came across a profile of my 2nd great grandfather William Nelson Jones when I did a google search.

What is your favorite thing about WikiTree?

That’s a hard one because there is so much to WikiTree. 

*The collaborative community is what I love about it. For instance, there have been so many great apps created by members to enrich the experience here, the developers work with the users to work out bugs and make enhancements. The members are so generous and upbuilding, there was a lot of encouragement and support for getting pre-1500 certified and becoming a Project Leader. Thank you - Mindy Silva and Michael Cayley.

*The fact that the Honor Code specifically says, "We assume that mistakes are unintentional”. What a great attitude to have. 

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

For the Cemeteries project it would be nice to have the GPS info show on the image information: ”Original digital image”.

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

WikiTree has helped with my research by providing the collaborative community, the tools, and more sources. Learning from other members about their struggles and solutions, seeing my ancestry in a different way with the widgets and especially finding the Source Library!

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Check out the New Member How-To and the videos, take time to learn about the different features and tools of WikiTree, chat with other members and check out some example profiles before you start adding your family! Most of all, as others have said, take your time and have fun!

[Original interview posted 6 May 2019; updated 16 August 2020.]

Congratulations Azure. Well deserved! Thank you for all you do here at Wikitree.
Thanks, Azure for some great tips in this interview!  I do submit corrections on Find a Grave, but never thought about adding a Wikitree link.  I will be doing that going forward!
Hi Azure, It was nice to see you listed in my WikiTree Family News email.  We are 8th cousins once removed through Marmaduke Horseman.  It is always fun to find new cousins!

Cousin Judy
Thanks Connie! And thank you so much for all you do!
Hiya Barbara! You're so welcome! Would you like to join the Ambassadors Project as part of the Link Building team?
Hi Cousin Judy! It is fun! So nice to 'meet' you!
Sure.  You'll have to walk me through it once or twice.

3 Answers

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What a great interview, Azure!! We certainly are lucky to have you helping with those projects. You are a WikiTree gem!!
by Mindy Silva G2G6 Pilot (631k points)

Thanks Mindy! You are as well! Thanks for all your help, sister!  smiley

With this article being updated only days ago, it's so ironic because I came across Azure Robinson's profile just minutes ago on LivingDNA website where I told myself "that's clever that the username is Robinson-27225 on WikiTree".

So, yep, we are related on my maternal grandfather's Titus side (I see that I haven't linked his ancestors yet on this site as I'm pretty sure they are already present here, just needing to be linked.)

Hi Mark! Nice to 'meet' you!
+11 votes
Congratulations, Azure on being Member of the Week! Love your interview and I certainly enjoy working with you as a Greeter!
by Virginia Fields G2G6 Pilot (703k points)
Thanks so much Ginny! Enjoy working with you as well!
+7 votes
Congratulations, Azure, on being member of the week. You are a busy gal. I don't know where you find the time to fit it all in. And I am blessed to not only be able to work with you, but I found out today that I am related to you by 17 degrees!

Your interview was so interesting.

You did an awesome job, and I am so proud of you!
by Cheryl Hess G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
Thanks Cheryl! Really enjoy working with you as well! So glad you joined the Greeter Leadership team!

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