Meet our Members: Pamela Culy

+15 votes

Hi Everyone!

Meet_our_Members_Photos-8.pngIt's time to meet another one of our Wonderful WikiTreers. This week's member is Pamela Culy

Pamela became a Wiki Genealogist in August of 2018 and is one of our amazing Adoption Angels!

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

  • Culy (pronounced phonetically Kyoo-lee, or Cue-lee), a very old surname brought to England by the Normans in 1066. My direct ancestor was Benjamin Culy from Lincolnshire.

  • Lawson, the family from Gateshead, Durham, England and Sir Ralph Lawson, the Baronet of Brough (or Burgh) Hall, Yorkshire.

  • MacCormac, the family from South Uist, Inverness-shire, Scotland.

  • Wiley, the family from Dumfriesshires, Scotland.

  • Vaughan, Sir John William, Earl of Carbery, born 1596 in Rye, Sussex, England, who came to the British Colony of Virginia in 1619, married in North Carolina, and started a branch of my family.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

  • England for the Culy, Lawson and Vaughan surnames.

  • Scotland for the MacCormac and Wiley surnames. 

  • Prince Edward Island, Canada, where the MacCormac family emigrated to from Scotland.

  • United States, Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina, where ancestors emigrated to from England and Scotland.

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

When I found out that my biological father was not the person my mother claimed, I used DNA testing to identify my paternal family. I had to build a family tree to isolate my mother’s relatives from any paternal DNA matches. Once you are bitten by the genealogy bug, who wants to stop?

Who's your favorite ancestor and why?

Permelia Nebraska Vaughan, because she had a pioneering spirit.  She crossed the American West by wagon train, with her family, following the Oregon trail. She met her husband, George Clement Culy, in northern California. They were one of the founding families that started Steamboat, Oregon. She had ten children, only one of which died as an infant. Permelia is a fine example of what women can manage under primitive conditions.

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

My brick wall is my Great-Grandfather, Marcus Jackson Lawson, who abandoned his family and was not heard from again. He suffered from the drink, was a sporadic provider, and often absent on a binge. It is likely he became indigent and was buried in a pauper’s grave somewhere in West Virginia. I have not been able to verify where he went, and when or where he died.

[Interview continues below.]

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

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

Maria Salomea (Skłodowska) Curie (1867 - 1934), because she was a tenacious scientist who continues to be an inspiration to women throughout the world. She was full of discoveries and improvements in chemistry and medicine. She walked in a man’s world as though she was rightfully born into it. She was much admired by our American Suffragettes. 

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I love to cook, read biographies, watch science fiction movies, do sudoku puzzles, and play the card game of bridge.  

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

I have been on WikiTree for two years. I spend most of my time volunteering as an Adoption Angel, assisting adoptees and children with unknown parentage find their biological families. I like building family trees and researching, so I am not the first angel the applicant meets, rather the “closer” who walks that long road with the applicant until we identify their biological parents. I get satisfaction “paying it forward” to someone who faced the same hurdles as I once did.

What brought you to WikiTree?

I was doing a web search on my mother and came across a profile my nephew had done on WikiTree. His information was a bit off, so I requested that he let me be a co-manager so I could improve her profile. 

What is your favorite thing about WikiTree?

My favorite aspect of WikiTree is the sharing of knowledge among genealogists. It certainly has made me a better researcher and family historian. I am grateful to all WikiTree’ers who have helped me grow my skills. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with things I must learn to do better and faster. I am reassured that someone, or several someones, on WikiTree will share their knowledge and help me further my abilities.

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

No more HTML!  It is fine to be HTML-based, but how about doing it in an automated fashion, such as submitting the profile information in text-based form, and having the site suggest formatting? Then we could simply make slight changes.  Our profiles would have a much similar look and feel.

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

  • The merge request is a great tool!  Every time I receive or send a request to merge, I learn something new about my ancestor. WikiTree’s goal to create one tree is unique. And the sourcing requirement keeps us all honest. One cannot fudge someone’s life for long on WikiTree.

  • I have helped WikiTree by being part of a core service, Adoption Angels, that helps drive members to the site.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Ask for and take as much help as you need. I was not good at sourcing until I came across WikiTree and its sourcing mentors. I have turned to G2G many times with questions or problems, and always get help within hours.

I am not adopted but i was wondering if you could help me find more information about my dad.

Annmarie Taylor - I'd love to help you in any way that I can.  Please private message me from my profile page.  Include details about your situation and I'll direct you from there, okay?

5 Answers

+9 votes
Bravo Pamela! I love your answers and I'm inspired by your willingness to help others.
by S Leeland G2G6 Mach 5 (59.7k points)
Thank you Shanna!  I miss you in our monthly meetings :-(  Come back soon!
+9 votes
What a great interview. It's nice to "meet" you, Pamela. Thank you for your beautiful generosity as an Adoption Angel.
by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
Thanks Chris!  I'm really honored to be part of the Adoption Angels team.
+9 votes

Oh my gosh, I just learned I've been pronouncing Culy incorrectly this whole time! 

It has been the greatest pleasure to work with Pamela who serves so many behind the scenes through Adoption Angels. She's very generous with her time and knowledge. And she never hesitates to help me get organized within the project.

It was great to learn more about you, Pamela. And now I'll say your name correctlylaugh

by Emma MacBeath G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
No worries, Emma!  No one pronounces our last name correctly.  You are in good company.  But thanks for even trying to remember... lol!
+9 votes

Just love "meeting" Pamela!smiley

by Maggie N. G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
Thank you, Maggie! Have a great day!
Maggie said what I was thinking. I loved reading your story, Pamela.
+3 votes
Congrats Pamela!

Pamela has been an active teammate on Southwest_Sunshiners for every quarterly weekend team event, and we value her conversation on our lteam's ive Facebook Messenger chat.
by Russ Gunther G2G6 Mach 9 (91.1k points)
Thank you, Russ, for the kind words.  We have a great team!

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