Meet our Members: Jutta Beer

+17 votes

Hi everyone! 

500px-Meet_our_Members_Photos-40.jpgIt's time to meet another one of our wonderful WikiTreers. This week's member is Jutta Beer

Jutta became a Wiki Genealogist in July of 2020.  She is a Team Leader in the Wales Project, and also participates in our Categorization and England projects.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

I'm mainly researching Armstrong, Sutton, Scheffauer, Beer, Johns and Adams at the moment. 

What are some of the locations you are researching?

I've been digging around in Northumberland in the Haltwhistle and Hexham areas for my side of the family. My husband's side of the family are almost exclusively from North Devon.  I am also doing local research in Carmarthenshire tracing the families of people who lived in our house.

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

About 15 years ago my mother gave me a handwritten family tree which had been compiled by a distant cousin during the 1970s. I didn't do much with it for a long time but about 4 years ago I felt I should get it online and my journey began.

Who's your favorite ancestor and why?

My great grandfather Fullerton George Gordon Armstrong. He was an inventor, engineer and entrepreneur. He built an aeroplane and flew it a short distance before crashing. He invented a shock absorber and built up a business in Beverley, Yorkshire.  My plan is to make a freespace page about him and the business.

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

My major brick wall has been the Austrian side of my family as I had no contact with them since my teens. Recently though I made contact again and now I am researching Austrian records - my German is rusty but the information on the church records is very detailed so well worth the effort.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I enjoy making 1/48 scale miniatures as well as reading crime fiction and sci-fi.

 (Interview continues in comments.)

WikiTree profile: Jutta Beer
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 on WikiTree since July 2020. When I'm not working on my own branch (twiglet) of the tree I am involved with 3 teams; I'm a team member in the England Project in the Northumberland County Team, a team member in the Categorisation Project in the Maintenance Team and I was recently made Team Leader for the Carmarthenshire Team on the Wales Project.  I mainly spend my time Sourcing, my favourite thing.

What brought you to WikiTree?

As with many people, a random Google search for a person. I loved the concept of the single global tree and the collaborative nature of it and I signed up straight away.

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

I just took part in my first 'thing, the Spring Cleanathon. I absolutely loved it. 

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

A search for people in a location regardless of name. Not everyone has been categorised. (Shout out for the Categorisation Team!)

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

WikiTree has helped me to understand how to source properly and helped trace family back much further (1461) than I would have been able to do on my own, thanks to work done by other Wikitree-ers.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Do an Orphan Trail. I wish I had done it sooner. I learnt so much from the process and my Trailblazer Hilary Gadsby.

4 Answers

+7 votes
Congratulations, Jutta, on your recognitioon as member of the week, and thank you for all you do for our tree.  It is great to hear more about your work.
by Mark Weinheimer G2G6 Pilot (261k points)
+8 votes
Congratulations Jutta on being nominated as Wonderful WikiTreer of the week.

It's interesting to learn a little more about you and good luck wit the research of the Austrian records and your Austrian ancestors.
by Dieter Lewerenz G2G6 Pilot (893k points)
+5 votes

Congratulations, Jutta! It is nice to learn more about you. I look forward to seeing you around the tree.smiley

by Laura DeSpain G2G6 Pilot (319k points)
+4 votes
Congratulation on being nominated.
by David Hughey G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)

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