It's time to get to know another one of our wonderful WikiTreers. This week's member is Denise Hunt.
Denise became a Wiki Genealogist in December of 2019. She is very active in our Scotland Project and is currently the regional coordinator for Central and East Scotland.
What are some of the surnames you are researching?
Sinclair, Urquhart, Gibson, White, Malcolm, Coventry, all from Scotland; Alden, Hunt, Ferry, Nightingale & Shepherd all from England; Nielsen from Norway (although I don’t have much on this one) and Hahn from Prussia or Lithuania.
What are some of the locations you are researching?
All of Fife especially around the Leslie and Inverkeithing areas, Kilmorack, Inverness, Perthshire and Rossshire; Norwich and Isle of Wight in England.
When and how did you get interested in genealogy and family history?
I’m really not sure because I started in the 1990’s but I think my interest was peaked when I found out my father was adopted by the Hylton family from Whanganui, New Zealand and Mum had a photo of Hylton castle in England. As time has gone on, I haven’t done much on the Hyltons but discovered all the facts about Dad’s birth parents and then to discover Dad’s father was adopted as well! Then I discovered who his birth mother was and I’m away into Sinclairs in Scotland.
Who's your favorite ancestor and why?
I don’t really have a favourite – everyone’s life is interesting to some degree; the jobs they did, the poverty they experienced, the number of children that died, those that survived, the odd police report on wayward ancestors – all fascinating. No skeletons in our cupboards, I share them all! Also the bravery of those who travelled away from family and a life they knew to the world down under in New Zealand. A very resilient lot.
Tell us about a brick wall you hope to bust through.
I have a few but the one who alludes me the most is John Urquhart, born around 1792-6 in Gairloch, Rossshire who lived in Kilmorack, Inverness. After years of research, I found his death certificate and, oh the disappointment! Where his parent’s names should be, was a huge question mark. I sat and looked at it for ages.
If you could pick one person in history to be related to, who would it be and why?
I would have loved to be related to Jesus, sit at his feet and listen to him speak, travel with him and see how he changed the world.
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