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