Meet our Members: Karen Stewart

+27 votes

Hi everyone!

Meet_our_Members_Photos-55.jpgIt's time to get to know another one of our wonderful WikiTreers. This week's member is Karen Stewart.

Karen joined WikiTree way back in 2010 and was a very early signer of the Honor Code, in 2012. She's a member of our US Black Heritage Project and also enjoys participating in several of our ongoing challenges

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

Rohrbough, Cutright, Martin, Morgan, Goff, Riddle.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

Both sides of my family tree have deep roots in what is now West Virginia. Some of the counties of interest include Upshur, Ritchie, Harrison and Gilmer counties.

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

I’m lucky enough to have a great Genealogy section at my local public library. In the mid-90’s I discovered a book written about my Rohrbough family and my growing interest took off from there. 

Who's your favorite ancestor and why?

I enjoyed learning more about my maternal 3rd great-grandfather. David Morgan. He was born in 1806. He married his second wife in his 70’s and fathered a child. That child lived until 1967. 

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

I would love to have proof for the parents of Caroline Simmons Riddle, wife of George Washington Riddle.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

Reading mystery novels, knitting, quilting and many other crafts.

How long have you been on WikiTree and what do you spend the most time doing?

I signed up in December, 2010, did a little off and on and then took a very long break. Retirement gave me more time to get to know WikiTree and renew my interest. Right now, I’m working on adding new profiles for the US Black Heritage Connecting Challenge, doing the weekly Data Doctors Challenges, sourcing with the Sourcerers and occasionally helping with the weekly Challenge profiles. I started a Rohrbough One Name Study but have not finalized plans for that project.

What is your favorite thing about WikiTree?

I like the feeling of helping get profiles added to the tree in case a future descendant comes looking for them on WikiTree. 

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

I sometimes feel frustrated when looking up terms in the Help area.

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

I have learned so much about good practices in sourcing from WikiTree. Knowing that I can find an answer to just about any question on G2G is good, too. 

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Look at some of the featured profiles to see what has been done in the past. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Don’t be shy about asking for help.

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

11 Answers

+12 votes
Congratulations Karen on being nominated for Wonderful WikiTreer of the week.

It is nice to read a little bit more about you.
by Dieter Lewerenz G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
+9 votes
Congratulations, Cousin Karen, on your Wonderful Wikitreer award, and thank you for all you do for our tree.  It is always interesting to hear about member's work.  We are ninth cousins, once removed, through our Westfall ancestors.
by Mark Weinheimer G2G6 Pilot (409k points)
+10 votes

Nice to meet you. 

Karen and David are 8th cousins twice removed

by David Williamson G2G1 (1.1k points)
+10 votes
Hi Karen,

Thank you for all the work you've done on Wikitree.  Your work is very valuable to me, and everyone out here.  We share the same 16th Grandmother, Catherine Seton (before 1478).
by Lori Kirby G2G Crew (770 points)
+10 votes
Congrats, and Thank You for all of your wonderful Wikiwork! I think we share a 16 times Great Grandmother (Mathews-26) if I'm not mistaken. Small world, huh? lol
by Brent Manners G2G Crew (920 points)
+8 votes

It's so great to know more about you Karen! Thanks for all you have done to grown the USBH profiles at WikiTreesmiley

by Emma MacBeath G2G6 Pilot (790k points)
+8 votes

Thank you Karen for your work on WikiTree and for sharing a little about yourself with us all. smiley

by Rosalie Neve G2G6 Pilot (104k points)
+7 votes
Bravo Karen! Very well rounded and excellent background... looking forward to collaborating with you in the future on a USBH sub project.

Thank you for your contributions to the USBH Project mission.

by Gene Ellison G2G6 Mach 2 (24.1k points)
+6 votes
Hi distant cousin Karen! We are 18th cousins 4x removed through Maud Mortimer de Verdun.

I enjoyed reading your profile and fully agree with you as to WT helping with good sourcing practices! Thanks much for all your hard work on the Black Heritage Project!
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (521k points)
+6 votes
Wow ! 20th Cousins twice removed ! C'est Bon Magnifique ! Superb Advice !
by Gerald Baraboo G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
+3 votes

So happy you interviewed Karen. I have seen her name for years and she really has done a lot here at WikiTree smiley

by Maggie N. G2G6 Pilot (881k points)

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