If you could pick one person in history to be related to, who would it be and why?
After pondering this for quite a while (this is the last question I have answered, after finally putting it off until my subconscious could come up with a suggestion), I chose James Clerk Maxwell, a Scotsman, who laid the foundation for our understanding of electricity and magnetism. I chose him because I have always had a love for science, and was familiar with his work, and he was Scottish. As it turns out, we share a common ancestor (we are 20th cousins, six times removed per the WikiTree relationship finder) with my branch by way of my favorite ancestor.
What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?
I enjoy photography, mostly landscape and wildlife (but am considering doing some graveyard memorial work).
I own a pontoon boat and do occasional fishing.
I enjoy travel and recently made a ‘bucket list” trip to Chile. I enjoyed that so much I plan a return, hopefully in November, with my children.
I maintain a website for the AA district office in Florence and continue to be interested in computers and programing.
How long have you been on WikiTree and what do you spend the most time doing?
I joined WikiTree in November of 2018 and have spent most of my time researching the many branches of both my and my wife’s family trees. I tend to get distracted rather easily, so have fleshed out quite a few branches just building profiles for relative’s children, then their children….
I Joined the Scottish Clans Project in December of 2018 and worked on unsourced profiles and GEDCOM cleanup. I joined the Scotland project as well and self-certified for pre-1700, and just this summer, completed the Tartan Trail, which I started in May. I subsequently volunteered for the lead on Scotland projects Dumfriesshire Geographical Team, and on the Clan Graham team. I am just getting my feet wet on both projects, starting by improving the team pages.
What brought you to WikiTree?
While researching my family, a Google search turned up a profile maintained by a cousin. I liked what I saw and signed up that day!
What is your favorite thing about WikiTree, or which feature(s) do you like the most?
This is a difficult question to answer, because I like everything about WikiTree: The Wiki architecture, the advanced editor that makes inline citations so easy, the shared common tree, the emphasis on verifiable sources, and most of all the wonderful community. If forced to pick one, I would choose the community, because that makes all the rest possible.
If you could improve one thing about WikiTree, what would it be?
On the profile edit page, in the “Edit Family” column, the names each have a collection of action buttons (glyphs) like “copy ID”, family group sheet, etc. It would be very useful if a button for “copy WikiTree Link” could be added. This would save having to open the family members page just to copy the link so it could be used in the Bio.