How long have you been on WikiTree and what do you spend the most time doing?
I have participated in the US Black Heritage Project for a year, and am now a leader for the Project’s Heritage Exchange. We are working to document enslaved people, often through records connected to the slaveholders, who had most of the written paperwork. I also participate in many of the Challenge weeks. I’ve learned so much about new sources in the US and elsewhere, and appreciate the camaraderie on Discord. I’m so grateful to our guests for participating. I also chip in on the Cemeteries Project, usually in Texas, and am on the Cornbread Catchers team for the various 'thons.
What brought you to WikiTree?
It’s been so long, I can’t remember! Likely Google several years ago. It did take me time to get accustomed to WikiTree, but I’m so glad I’m here and recommend it to everyone!
What is your favorite thing about WikiTree?
I love meeting all kinds of people, it’s amazing to be in contact with cartographers, IT experts, grandmothers with the family "secrets," you name it! Also, all the apps are useful, and unique to WikiTree; I have yet to really take full advantage of them!
If you could improve one thing about WikiTree, what would it be?
My understanding is that you can’t simultaneously search for a person (option #1 on the search page) and also search text within a page (option #4) If I’m wrong about this, someone let me know. :)
What is an example of how WikiTree has helped you with your genealogy or how you’ve helped genealogy with WikiTree?
I have met fairly close cousins sharing my surname who I didn’t know previously.
I do my best to provide good research and sources for what I work on (and if it's wrong, I'm sure someone will come along and fix it!) About my brick wall ancestor; I’m glad I’ve recorded the sources I have on WikiTree, because many people on other sites have a father for him who is incorrect, based on available sources as well as DNA (best I can tell, I'm not very skilled in DNA research yet). I was actually one of those people, too, until a few years ago when a professor corrected me, and I’ve been on a quest for the truth ever since!
Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?
Read the how-to pages, check your suggestion lists, try out the Bio Check App! And most of all, have fun!