Meet our Members: Elaine Weatherall

+30 votes

Hi everyone!

500px-Meet_our_Members_Photos-14.pngIt's time to meet another one of our wonderful WikiTreers. This week's member is Elaine Weatherall.

Elaine became a Wiki Genealogist in May of 2016. She is very active in our US Black Heritage project and also participates as a Cemeterist and in our WikiTree Challenge.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

I'm researching Scoggins, Graves, Moak, Wallace, and Weatherall, all in the Southern United States. I research Cross and Warner in the Northeast.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

Pontotoc and Lincoln counties in Mississippi; Abbeville and Richland counties in South Carolina; Culpeper, Virginia; Rutland, Vermont.

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

My grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles would take me to visit family cemeteries as a child; we even traveled from Texas to Mississippi to do so once. I remember going to the Andrew Moak homesite and cemetery near Bogue Chitto; there was a replica of his cabin in the local library. My family also had a couple well-researched genealogy books that I would leaf through, on the Weatheralls and Moaks.

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

I would love to know the father of James P Scoggins. I have his mother, but his father must have passed away early on; I don't know the parents of James' mother, either. And although James died in 1914 in Texas, I can’t find a death record for him. His siblings' death records only record the mother and not the father. I’ve attacked the problem from different angles, and haven’t exhausted all of them, but getting close!

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

Too many …. I have a printing press that’s stored since it’s not safe for kids, it will make a reappearance some day soon! I am conversant in French, learned some Korean in school, and am now teaching myself a bit of Hebrew.  I also love gardening and hiking with my husband and kids.

(interview continues in comments)

WikiTree profile: Elaine Weatherall
in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)

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!

6 Answers

+17 votes
Congratulations Elaine on being nominated for Wonderful WikiTreer of the week.

It's interesting to learn a little more about you.
by Dieter Lewerenz G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
Thanks, Dieter! I appreciate your work, too, and your encouragement for all of us!
+13 votes

Congratulations, Elaine, on your recognition as WikiTreer of the week, and thank you for your work on our tree.  I enjoyed learning about your work, here on the tree, and applaud your work on the US Black Heritage project, I, too, share your interest in other languages.  Thank you for a great interview.

by Mark Weinheimer G2G6 Pilot (379k points)
Thanks for the kind words, Mark! The more languages on WT, the better :)
+12 votes
Elaine is an amazing Team Leader for USBH Heritage Exchange's program and is helping to shape the work we do which will benefit descendants for generations. She is so amazing to work with too!

It was wonderful learning more about you Elaine. I didn't know you and I had learning languages in common. My most recent is Russian.:-)
by Emma MacBeath G2G6 Pilot (784k points)
Aw, thanks Emma! You are so great to work with, too! Russian, you say? I’ve got a great activity for you, just as soon as you’re done with all your other WT projects..... ha ;-)
+5 votes

Congratulations Cousin,

Relationship Finder lists us as 13th, 3x cousins.

Looks like you may be a fellow Texan.yes

Thanks for all the work you are doing.

by Stuart Awbrey G2G6 Mach 1 (12.6k points)
Hi Stuart! Yes, I’m from Texas and still have a lot of relatives in East/Southeast Texas. My grandfather was also from Texas and served in the Army-Air Force, but was about a decade older than you.
+5 votes
Hi Elaine, we are 10th cousins through MRCA Frances (Watson) Wheeler! I enjoyed reading your interview. It was neat to see that you learned some Korean in school! I lived in Korea for a year, then Japan for 2 years teaching for the military. I learned some Korean, and the alphabet, in a Korean preschool that was downstairs from my apartment!

Your background and work on WikiTree is impressive!
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (511k points)
What a neat experience, thank you for sharing! I’d love to visit Korea someday.
+1 vote
Well done Elaine! Nice to learn more about you! I can speak a bit of French. It was one of my best subjects in school. Keep up the good work on WT.
by John Tyner G2G6 (6.2k points)

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