Meet our Members: Pam Dale

+28 votes

Hi everyone!

It's time to get to know another one of our wonderful WikiTreers. This week's member is Pam Dale.

500px-Meet_our_Members_Photos-32.jpgPam became a Wiki Genealogist in June 2018. She is active in many of our functional projects including Greeters, Data Doctors, Sourcerers, Connectors, Notables and her favorite, the Cemeterists.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

SO many, but let's go with Dale, Huff, King, Lovelace, Lowe, Martin, McGhee, Oakley, Philabaum and Redd

What are some of the locations you are researching?

Kentucky, Ohio and East Tennessee. 

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

Officially, it was in 1994. My daughter had to do a family tree for a school project. I went to my grandparents for information, which led to being connected to a distant cousin (Carolyn "Sissy" Perkins Hale) that did genealogy (I didn't even know what that was!). She took me under her wing and taught me the ropes. Unofficially, as a young girl my Papaw would take me with him on Decoration Day to clean and decorate the graveyards around us in Montgomery County, Kentucky. As we cleaned he told me who the people were and things he remembered about them.

Who's your favorite ancestor and why? 

My great grandmother, Virginia Beatrice Martin Oakley. She married at 15. Her husband Jack didn't have much to offer but a share cropped farm and hard work but she was a good wife and gave him 6 children in 8 years, two of which passed before she did. A third one passed around the same time and was laid to rest in her arms. She died of Typhoid fever at just 27 years old, leaving Jack with three small daughters to raise alone. Every story I have heard tells how sweet and soft spoken she was. In her pictures she is smiling but there is that hint of sadness in her eyes that showed me how strong she must have truly been. (Grandpa Jack was pretty strong too. After all that pain and loss he was able to find love again.)

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

My current brick wall is Hanasak Maupin Welch. I can't find anything, anywhere to lead me to her parents! 

I was stuck on my great-great-grandfather, Christopher Philabaum. I discovered that his given name was actually Christian which opened up two more people to search for. I found them which led to four more.

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

Patsy Cline. She was smart and sassy not to mention super talented! Her ability to love was on a level I'd love to achieve. 

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

Is there more to life than genealogy?! Seriously though, I love spending time with my family especially when we can get outside and enjoy nature. 

(interview continued in comments)

WikiTree profile: Pam Dale
in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)

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

I've been "Wikiing"  for 2 years 8 months 27 days! I'm a Wiki Greeter, I'm involved with Data Doctors, Sourcerers, Connectors, Notables and my baby, the Cemeterists Project. I'm part of the Maupin one name study and am considering starting a name study or two myself. I love finding and building cemeteries on free-space pages for the people to be laid to rest, especially the young ones. 

What brought you to WikiTree?

I was working on my Great, Great Grandfather (George Washington Dale) and was googling him when WikiTree came up. It had him listed with his parents but no spouse or children. I couldn't leave his life incomplete could I?! I got accepted to his trusted list and 4000+ profiles later I'm still here.

What is your favorite thing about WikiTree, or which feature(s) do you like the most?

I love that we are all sharing one tree and working together in harmony! Ancestry is too divided and FamilySearch doesn't enforce sourcing so my tree over there is a mess. 

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

When adding new people to Wiki, I would set it up where birth and death location are put in BEFORE the system scans for duplicates. 

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

It's taught me the importance of having sources. I love the quote "Genealogy without sources is Mythology."

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Don't leave your leaves blowing in the wind! Connect everyone you add to the global tree if possible and check your suggestions list regularly.

11 Answers

+17 votes
Congratulations, Pam, and thank you for all you do on WikiTree and the G2G.  I enjoyed learning more about you and your work, here.
by Mark Weinheimer G2G6 Pilot (172k points)
+14 votes
Congratulations Pam! Your interview answers are wonderful - especially "Is there more to life than genealogy?" Kind of my philosophy also!!
by Virginia Fields G2G6 Pilot (604k points)
+12 votes
Congratulations Pam!  What a great interview, Thanks for everything you do here!
by Melissa Jamison G2G6 Mach 1 (14.8k points)
+6 votes
It's nice to meet one of my cousins.
by David Hughey G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
Thank you!☺️
+7 votes
What a lovely interview Pam, it's great to get to know you more! I also had to chuckle at the "interests outside of genealogy" answer, it's just too true.

Thank you for all the hard work you put into are amazing
by Pam Cormac G2G6 Mach 2 (26.6k points)
Thank you Pam!
+5 votes
Great interview, Cousin Pam!
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)
Thanks Pip!
+4 votes

This is a great interview Pam, and there is life outside genealogy!!!! You do marvellous things on WT, and have become a great asset to the greeters gang, it is a pleasure to work along side you, and you do know that you are not allowed to leave us smileyheart xxx

by Karen Butler G2G6 Pilot (132k points)
Thanks Karen! I'm not planning on going anywhere!

Phew, that's a relief, I can put my trainers away now, I got them out just in case I was going to have to chase you and bring you back smileyheart xxx

BAA HAA HAA! This is what I saw in my mind when I read your reply, Get'er Done!

+5 votes
Great interview Pam.  Loved the "Geneology without sources is Mythology".  Ain't it true!!

PS We're 17th cousins through [[Markham-125|Robert Markham]]
by Brad Cunningham G2G6 Mach 2 (28.6k points)
+4 votes

What a wonderful interview, Pam! It is nice to know more about you. I am happy that we have the chance to work together.smiley

by Laura DeSpain G2G6 Pilot (299k points)
Thanks! I'm glad we met to Laura!
+3 votes

Hey Pam!  Congrats on the Member of the Week!  We are 9th Cousins, twice removed.  I enjoyed reading your interview, and so love that quote: "Genealogy without sources is Mythology."

Thanks for the plug for the Maupin Project too!

by Bartley McRorie G2G6 Mach 3 (33.6k points)
Thanks and you're welcome Cuz!
+2 votes
Conratulations Pam for being member of the week. That is an interesting interview.

Thank you for all you do on WikiTree.
by Dieter Lewerenz G2G6 Pilot (700k points)
Thank you! ☺️
Thanks! ☺️

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