Meet our Members: Pam Cormac

+24 votes

Hi everyone!

It's time to meet another of our Wonderful WikiTreers. This week's member is Pam Cormac.

500px-Meet_our_Members_Photos-24.jpgPam became a Wiki Genealogist in August of 2014. She's one of our friendly Greeters and is involved in our Cemeteries Project. She is also actively helping with South African profiles.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

Currently I’m busy with the Gammies, it started a couple of weeks ago when I began the PIP Voyage with Isobel (Gammie) Fordyce’s profile. While researching I thought I had a duplicate and so reached out to a few people that I could see were clearly researching the same names and location. Tony Pope responded and together we are finding, sourcing and merging as much of the branch as we can.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

Mostly South Africa, England and Scotland, just a smidgen in the USA and Australia.

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

I started in about 2012/2013 after my grandfather inspired me with all his stories. He didn’t know much about his family tree so I wanted to help him find out.

Who's your favorite ancestor and why?

Catherine Carlin (Kerr) Foulis is probably my favorite, she was married to a diver on the HMS Gamtoos at the time of her death. She was only 26 when she died. I think it was the photo of her that captivated me. That photo had me stumped for the longest time because she’s wearing what looks like a wedding dress and on the bottom is a signature from the photographer stating Durban, I eventually decided to search Scottish marriage records and finally found it there, and not in Durban where I had at first thought that it would be.

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

Francis Petrus (Bezuydenhout) Bezuidenhout (abt. 1833 - 1916) is probably one of my favorite broken walls. Many researchers on the internet had his parents named but I couldn’t connect on WikiTree without a baptism or something to link him to his parents (who already had profiles on WikiTree). Leon Bezuidenhout was able to find a reference of a very possible baptism and from there we were able to link him to his parents. I posted a question in the G2G forum and on Keith Meintjes’s South African genealogy group looking for an image of this baptism which is often normal for South African research so that residences and witnesses can be checked. I got great responses from both groups but the image wasn’t available yet. This wall isn’t totally gone as more research is required because the dates on the grave and age of death in the Civil Death still casts doubt.

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

Any heroine who changed history or was a ground breaker... ohhh Anne Bonny! I love the rebels and she was a Cormac.

[Interview continues in comment below.]

WikiTree profile: Pam Cormac
ago in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

Not much lol. I dally in a bit of gardening and baking, and I love to cook. My hubby is a herb farmer so I always have a variety of fresh herbs. And of course, I love spending time with my family. I work from home on a freelance basis so I have lots of free time for WikiTreeing.

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

Firstly, there’s greeting. I love doing that. The gang is fantastic and irreplaceable. They’re like my online family.

I am currently undertaking the PIP Voyage. Debi is my guide and she’s amazing. I have learned so much from her. My favorite part must be citations and formatting.

I’ve been involved in the South Africa Project for a while now where I get to add sources to unsourced South African profiles, and recently met another awesome WikiTree’er who has been mentoring me through error suggestions and I’m starting to make my way through errors on open South African profiles.

I joined the Cemeteries Project and maintain two local cemetery pages. I do take photo requests if anyone would like pics.

I joined the Notables project when I added Princess Charlene’s profile, but that will not be viewable until after she passes, and I hope that won’t be for quite some time.

I’m also on the Ambassadors project and promote WikiTree at every opportunity. I’ve been on WikiTree since 2013.

What brought you to WikiTree?

I was googling an ancestor one day and saw a WikiTree profile. I can’t even remember now who it was. I instantly loved the idea of a one world family tree with only one profile for each person. I also loved the ease of collaboration.

What is your favorite thing about WikiTree?

The one world tree and collaboration without a doubt. I love the RootsSearch tool and the maps feature, although really the more I learn about WikiTree the more I love it. The community is awesome.

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

My answer would have been the descendants view but then I recently found Topola Genealogy Viewer. WikiTree is full of wonderful people contributing freely to our shared family tree. It makes me enormously proud to be a part of that. I wouldn’t change anything about WikiTree. Together we can do anything.

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

WikiTree has helped me immensely in my research. The collaboration is unbeatable and so valuable. It’s also a great way to organize my research and I love the way you can add anything to the bio and personalize it. I also love that you can link to any other WikiTree profile in the bio, even if they are unrelated. It helps to tell a much fuller story about a person’s life since they all lived at the same time in the same places – their lives would have interacted. I’m more interested in going sideways in my branches rather than straight up. I love connecting branches.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Don’t be shy to ask questions. Your greeters are a great place to start, they can point you in the right direction. You have to have a account, that’s essential. Take your time, accuracy is key. Start with learning how to source, add them to your profiles and when you’ve added everything that you can from familysearch post your question to G2G and link your ancestor’s profile so that others can see who you’re taking about and what you’ve got. When you’ve been on WikiTree for a while and decide that you’re seriously interested in taking your research to the next level find a project that specializes in what you’re interested in, WikiTree has loads of great projects from bio building, to data doctors, greeters, location based projects and one name studies… there are so many I couldn’t remember them all.

I am proud of Pam. She assisted me with tombstone photos in Cato Ridge, South Africa.

Pam even went back to the cemetery and church in Cato Ridge to make better photos in different weather and light conditions.

You are a real GEM!

It is lovely to see that you are recognised as a Wonderful Wiktreer.

Wishing you many more years on Wikitree.

With warmest wishes from Spain,

Ahh thanks Carolina, I'm really glad that I could've helped, and am so chuffed to have met you. Wishing you many more years on Wikitree too!

heart It works both ways!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend. 

10 Answers

+13 votes
Thanks for introducing us to Pam.  Pam is a great member of wikitree!
ago by Linda Peterson G2G6 Pilot (418k points)
Thanks Linda! And thank you for all the "Suggestions" training, you're a real gem and such a treasure to WikiTree
+12 votes

Lovely interview Pam, very interesting, and so glad you are with the greeters, you are amazing, and such a lovely lady heart xxx

ago by Karen Butler G2G6 Pilot (124k points)
Thank you "mama hen", I couldn't have done it without you! If any of you reading this decide to join the greeters I hope you get Karen Butler, she's amazing.
+11 votes
Great job, Pam! I love your interview, absolutely wonderful!
ago by Laura DeSpain G2G6 Pilot (253k points)

Thank you my fellow greeter smiley I'm so glad to be working with you. You're always the first with such wonderful advice. Thanks for everything that you do, you inspire me everyday.

+12 votes

Nice to learn a little more about you Pam smiley

(oh and we are 21 degrees apart) 

ago by Rosalie Neve G2G6 Mach 5 (55.3k points)

Seriously?..oh I have to go check that out right now, what fun! Thank you Rosalie, I can't wait to read your one when it's your turn wink. Have a super day my friend!

+10 votes
Great interview, Pam!! Thanks for all you do on WikiTree!

28 degrees from you and 26th cousins once removed!!
ago by Azure Robinson G2G6 Pilot (176k points)
Thanks..Oh wow Az, we share an ancestor! That is awesome.
+8 votes
Great to "meet" you Pam.  I loved the interview, full of love for the one tree family!. I agree that the collaboration is one of the best features (benefits?) of WikiTree, but also I'm thrilled that you have encouraged newbies to ask lots of questions.  Great work Pam!

PS: 19 degrees from you and 27th cousins through [[Dreux-31|Robert (Dreux) de Dreux]]
ago by Brad Cunningham G2G6 Mach 2 (20.5k points)
edited ago by Brad Cunningham

Great to "meet" you too Brad, always exciting to meet a cousin, and thank you for your kind words.

I'll be sure to check out Robert (Dreux) de Dreux's profile!

+7 votes
Thanks for introducing yourself Pam; an interesting interview.
You are a great asset to WikiTree.
ago by Dieter Lewerenz G2G6 Pilot (220k points)
Thanks Dieter, you are too kind, there are so many people - like yourself - who are a daily inspiration to me, this is a beautiful community to be a part of. Thank you for everything you do on WikiTree too (big hug)
+2 votes
Yea for Pam! I am so glad to see her recognized. I’m especially proud to work with such a dedicated Greeter!
ago by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.0m points)
oohhh Pip, you make me blush..I'm proud to work with you!!!
+1 vote

Hi Pam

Love the interview and get to know more about your journey with Wikitree.

We are 6th cousins twice removed!!

Pam Cormac and Esmé (Pieterse) van der Westhuizen are both descendants of Philip Botha.

ago by Esmé van der Westhuizen G2G6 Pilot (119k points)
Thanks Esme, and wow, that's a close connection, awesome!  I'm off to go read Philip Botha's profile now. Have a super day, and thank you for reading it. I'm a big fan of your work.
+1 vote

Hi Pam

wonderful interview. Thank you for all you do on Wikitree and Congrats on member of the week! smiley


ago by Andrew Simpier G2G6 Pilot (138k points)

Thanks Andrew smiley

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