Meet our Members: Margaret Allison

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Hi everyone!

imageIt's time to meet another one of our Wonderful WikiTreers. This week's member is Margaret Allison.

Margaret became a Wiki Genealogist in August of 2019. She is involved with our New Zealand and Scotland projects.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

I am concentrating on my father’s family as my mother spent 50 years researching hers – Dickson, Cumming, Lockhart, Ligate/Ligget, McLean, MacDonald, MacKay, MacRae, FraserMackenzie, McKinnon, Jamieson

My mother’s Scottish family name are Thomson, MurphyRoddick, Carruthers, Farish (with many spellings), Waugh, Harvey, Oliver, Turnbull – and the English ones are Welch, Pearson, Read, Ansley, Browning.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

Scotland and Ireland, mainly Ulster – the family in New Zealand is well documented. But I have cousins all over the world where Scots emigrated.

When and how did you get interested in genealogy?

From age 8 I was interested in history (my mother had taught history). While other children did arithmetic sheets at school (I had done all years in my first year), I was allowed to do projects on whatever I liked. Science and history were my main interests. My mother was doing genealogy from the time that I was born, so it’s in the blood! Initially it was to find her father’s family as he had been adopted by his aunt. But her mother’s family became her main passion, one of New Zealand’s pioneering families. When I travelled, I visited registry offices to get information for her.

Who's your favourite ancestor and why?

Hannah Dickson, my father’s paternal grandmother, after whom he was named as was I. She was born about 1831 in Castleblayney, Monaghan, married in Liverpool, England to a much older man as his second wife, emigrated with him to the Colony of Victoria where my grandfather was born, then came with her daughters to New Zealand after both her sons had emigrated there. What a story she could tell! I would like to ask her who her family is as we are still discovering them through DNA matching and much research.

Tell us about a brick wall you hope to bust through.

My father’s line has proved to be very difficult because of the long generations meaning that I DNA match people 2 or 3 generations away from me. But recently I had a breakthrough with my 2xgreat grandfather, finding many DNA matches to two siblings who I believe, from circumstantial evidence, are probably his siblings. More research is to be done to confirm this.

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

Ada, Countess Lovelace, the first person to write a computer program. I started programming computers in 1965. And Marie Curie, a woman scientist, as I am.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I dance, having started ballet when I was six. Sixty-one years ago I started Scottish country dancing and am still involved. I have been a tutor for 35 years teaching classes and at schools. I have been involved in managing dancing through serving on Club and Region committees. I am currently President of my Club and Treasurer of my Region. I also like music and gardening.

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WikiTree profile: Margaret Allison
in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (2.0m points)

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

I joined just over a year ago, just in time for the Source-A-Thon. I am a member of the New Zealand Project, and have contributed to profiles for women who signed our Suffrage petition in 1893 (which includes my paternal grandmother and maternal great grand-mother), All Blacks and other notables. I have entered profiles for my own family and both my husbands. I am also a member of the Scotland Project and have worked my way up the Tartan Trail, graduating at Level III. As most of my ancestors came from Scotland, I spend much time doing Scottish profiles.

What brought you to WikiTree?

I was being shown records on MyHeritage for my 3xgreat grandmother that were incorrect. So I joined so I could correct her parents. That was the first task I did. Then I was on a huge learning curve as I entered my family’s profiles.

What is your favourite thing about WikiTree?

The ability to be able to write biographies about people, rather than just have data. Plus knowing that I am contributing to research that others can use after I am no longer here.

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

Preventing people adding profiles without sources and biographies. I see a name of interest, look it up; there is hardly any information and the source is a family tree, often on Ancestry for which the link does not work.

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

I have found a couple of cousins on WikiTree. For one, we are collaborating to try and find our connection which is probably back in the early 1700s.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Read the help information and a few biographies before you start. And keep reading them as you learn more. There is always some new feature I am discovering.

Hi Allison just wondering if you have yet done my 3 x great grandmother ?  she signed the Suffragette petition
are we related? I have Ainsley, Ansley its sometimes spelt
thanks Jackie
 PS I do wish there was a copy paste option, this prevents me from commenting, as its a lot quicker

Hi Stoddard - following your practice of greeting people by their surname. Give me your 3xgreat grandmother's full name, place of residence and WikiTree ID, and I can check on the website for the Women's Suffrage Petition. Or better, why don't you check yourself.

I can only check if we have the same family if you give me a link to your tree on this site.


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Hi!!  My grandfather was Theodore brassard, a descendent of Gideon Estabrooks Perkins .... my grandpa researched his line for 25 years before his death.  I have a dna test on 23-and me ... i am new to geneology research!
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