Notables January 2019

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye

If you are interested in people who are famous, notable, noted, significant, important, historic, heroic, or otherwise fascinating, then the Notables Project might be for you!

The idea behind this post is for anyone who needs help with connecting Notables to the tree to post to this thread and ask for help.

Or if you just want to tell us whom you have successfully connected up.

Or if you even want to JOIN the Notables project and get a badge

Above is the Notables Project page where you can find unconnected Notables who have profiles and who need to be connected to the tree.

Please remember to concentrate on those Notables who have already passed (died), so that we can see their profiles. If you create a profile for a living Notable, that profile WILL GO UNLISTED and noone can see it except for the PM and anyone on the trusted list!

And remember - Notables should have a Wikipedia page at the very least to qualify. And they preferably should be DEAD!

Above is a list of those who have passed in 2018

Happy New Year!!!!

OK Link to this thread from the Notables page has been updated for January. I will have to remember to update that link every month!!

asked in The Tree House by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (520k points)
I've been adding television hosts as notables, including:

Bill Cullen

Peter Tomarken

Garry Moore (profile was already there, added more info)

Open for suggestions on others or willing to help on yours.
Hi Everybody,

I don't know if everybody knows who Alistair and Hetty Tayler are or were, but anyway, I checked and noticed that they were not here on wikitree, so I have added them, researched and connected and basically sorted their tree. They were Historical Writers, are on Wikipedia, and wrote The Book of the Duff's. I have done a bit of work on them, hope I've done the right thing and I wondered if I could get a critique from the group. Tayler-231 and Tayler-234.

I thought I had asked to join the group, but maybe I haven't. I added the tag but don't have a badge yet.

Hi, Could I be added to the Notables project? I'm interested in Notable Australians and Notable Women in History (possible new sub project).


Certainly Virginia. I'll have Scott get you a badge...

Scott? Scott? yoohoo?? LOL
Hello Virginia - Welcome to the Notables Team!
Sorry David - just saw your post about the badge. It has now been awarded. Welcome to the Notables Team!
Mike - you might try looking at this list:

I don't know how many of these have already been created, but it seems like a rather large list (330 when I pulled it up) of potential television personalities who have been game show hosts and it would be an interesting venture to create more of them and link them to the global tree.
Thanks Scott

Thanks for allowing me to add some notables that I have come across in my research.  I appreciate having the badge and being part of this project.  I will start by adding William Tyler Page a long time congressional page and author of the 'American Creed'.  Also will add to Notables two of the three Mormon witnesses to Joseph Smith's Golden Plates.

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Just found a Video that shows those celebrities who passed away in December 2018

The list includes names as follows - FYI

Ken Berry
Shan Goshorn
Jody Williams
Judy McBurney
Michael James Snyder
Paul Sherwen
Philip Bosco
Jael Strauss
Peter Armitage
Floyd Parton
Pete Shelley
Isiah Robertson
Larry Hennig
Rod Jones
Gordon Scholes
William Blum
Melvin Dummar
Alvin Epstein
Rob DesHotel
Bill Siegel
Jessica Starr
Nancy Wilson
Bill Fralic
Colin Kroll
Scott Matzka
Penny Marshall
Anca Pop
Bill Slater
Peter Masterson
Steve Dash
Norman Gimbel
Donald Moffat
Forrest Fezler
Paddy Ashdown
Jerry Riopelle
Nancy Roman
Penny Cook
Frank Adonis
Richard Arvin Overton
June Whitfield
Amos Oz
Ringo Lam

There are some other good links in the description box for this video as well.
answered by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (520k points)
selected by Paula Reinke
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I've created and connected a few (notorious) notables to the WikiTree, including:

John Christian Keener

Thomas Dixon, Sr.

I'd like to join this project.
answered by William Keener G2G1 (1.6k points)
My apologies for any delays - it's been a challenging month. The badge has been awarded. Welcome to the Notables Team!
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Pleading for someone or someones well-versed in Swedish and/or Syrian genealogy to help connect guitarist Tommy Bolin!

I've made good progress on Tom Evans (of the unspeakably tragic band Badfinger) but help would always be appreciated! He is not yet connected.
answered by Jessica Key G2G6 Mach 7 (77k points)
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I was surprised to see that there were Chief Justices of the United States without profiles, so I created them for Morrison Waite, Melville Fuller, Harlan Stone, and William Rehnquist.  I'll see if I can find connection paths for them-certainly any assistance would be appreciated.  They all seem to have early American roots (Rehnquist through his maternal ancestry), so that should help.

answered by Greg Lavoie G2G6 Pilot (160k points)
William Rehnquist will show as connected once the system updates.

Louis Philippe de Rigaud, Marquis de Vaudreuil, second in command of the French Navy under Admiral de Grasse during the American Revolution, is now connected to the tree.

Author Romain Rolland will show as connected tomorrow, through his marriage to Marie Clotilde Bréal who later married pianist Alfred Cortot.

(I want more easy connections like this one).

Thanks for catching that one, not sure how I missed the connection.  In other news, François Christophe Kellermann, Marshal of France, will show as connected once the system updates.

Good news about Kellermann. I'm wondering how many of the First Empire marshalls we have now (those marshalls who are encircling Paris).

It looks like we have seven of them, although I'm being generous in counting the profile of François Joseph Lefebvre in the total.

It is a profile intended for Marshall Lefebvre, so it counts. I'll put creating a free-space page for those marshalls on my to-do list (not before the beginning of February), some of them have quite interesting connections.
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I have finally finished updating the Free Space page for the Academy Award Winners with the film titles for each of the primary actor categories (Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress).

I'm now working to update all those who received Honorary awards as well, as I'm finding many actors/actresses in that group as well. As I'm adding them, I'm also trying to connect them to the global tree. It's a slow process, but I'm seeing progress. If anyone wants to help, feel free to jump in. Keep in mind the living winners will be a challenge, so try to focus on those who have passed away.
answered by Scott Fulkerson G2G6 Pilot (357k points)
In the column of "Real Name" of Karl Malden, there is a little mistake. You wrote the "Sukulovich", but it actually Sekulovich. And to be completely correct, his real name is Mladen Đorđe Sekulović :).

I finally found a valid connection path for Charles Boyer, who is connected as of this morning. Still got a lot of work to do to fill the profiles in the chain a bit more.

That's excellent news, Isabelle!
BTW - TY on Karl. I corrected it. One day when I understand more about the foreign characters, I may try to adopt the more interesting and likely more "accurate" version, but for now I'll settle for spelling the anglicized version correctly. Yet again, one of my limitations...
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I have at least three individuals that I have identified as Notables.  All have Wikipedia pages.  William Tyler Page the author of the American Creed should be listed as a notable.  The others are two of the three Witnesses to the Golden Plates found by LDS Founder, Joseph Smith.

I would like to join the project so I can add these profiles and others that I come across while working on WikiTree.

Best regards,

Scott Lee
answered by Scott Lee G2G6 Mach 2 (21.5k points)
Sorry for the delay - Welcome to the Notables Team!
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I have been working at creating a sticker for Outstanding Women, but while many agree it should be separate, some keep pointing to your project. Reading your introduction, I tend to agree. Could this be a subgroup of notables, such as in Woman's History? Thus they might be recognized as notables in one or two or more different ways, such as Hedy Lamarr who was an Actress and an electrical engineer, inventing the precursor to WiFi. And Marie Curie was a physicist and chemist, who was awarded two Nobel Prizes.They could be under other categories, but I truly believe that they should be recognized for their efforts to step out of the standardized role of women with Outstanding results to their country or the world. I would propose a sub-project of Outstanding Women to acknowledge the extra work they had to do to get around the bias against their sex in the workplace.

I added Shirley Muldoney as Roque-79 for variety. She is a race car driver and has won many awards in a sometimes all-male field. Yes, she has a profile in Wikipedia. If you would like to see it in Wikitree, I will add you to the trusted list since she is very much alive.

answered by Judy Bramlage G2G6 Mach 5 (53.4k points)
edited by Judy Bramlage

Here are their WikiTree profiles:

Heddy Lamarr

Marie Curiełodowska-2

and many more here and subgroups on this page

Yees, but this doesn't answer my question. Should Oustanding Women be a subgroup of Notables or even Historical Women or Not? Sorry I like specific answers. And yes, I know their profiles.

Sorry, i do not know the answer. I just wanted to help the others know that the profiles already exist, and they can see how they are coded, so they are better able to answer your question.  

Since you raised this issue, I have categorized about 100 profiles into the

category, so that at least all the these female profiles are grouped together.

I got this list of notorious female mathematicians from Chris Little. They should be added, if not here, and recognized for their work.

Tatyana Afanasyeva (1876–1964)
Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718–1799)
Grace Alele-Williams (1932– )
Annie Dale Biddle Andrews (1885–1940)
Winifred Asprey (1917–2007)
Hertha Marks Ayrton (1854–1923)
Nina Bari (1901–1961)
Ruth Aaronson Bari (1917–2005)
Charlotte Barnum (1860–1934)
Lida Barrett (1927– )[1]
Grace Bates (1914–1996)
Agnes Sime Baxter (1870–1917)
Alexandra Bellow (1935– )
Dorothy Lewis Bernstein (1914–1988)
Vasanti N. Bhat-Nayak (1938–2009)
Joan Birman (1927– )
Gertrude Blanch (1897–1996)
Lenore Blum (1942– )
Alicia Boole Stott (1860–1940)
Mary Everest Boole (1832–1916)
Valentina Borok (1931–2004)
Marjorie Lee Browne (1914–1979)
Kathrin Bringmann (1977–)
Mary Cartwright (1900–1998)
Sister Mary Celine Fasenmyer, R.S.M., (1906–1996) hypergeometric functions
Sun-Yung Alice Chang (1948– )
Émilie du Châtelet (1706–1749)
Fan Chung (1949– )
Marie Crous (dates of birth and death unknown, 17th century)
Marianna Csörnyei (1975– )
Marie Curie (1867–1934)
Maria Chudnovsky (1977– )
Ingrid Daubechies (1954– ) known for her Daubechies wavelets
Florence Nightingale David (1909–1993)
Agnes Meyer Driscoll (1889–1971)
Shakuntala Devi (1939–2013)
Tatyana Ehrenfest (1905–1984)
Karin Erdmann (1948–)
Jacqueline Ferrand (1918–2014)
Sarah Flannery (1982– )
Irene Fonseca (1956– )
Sophie Germain (1776–1831)
Shafi Goldwasser (1958– )
Marion Cameron Gray (1902–1979)
Mary W. Gray (1939- )
Christine Hamill (1923–1956)
Frances Hardcastle (1866–1941)
Louise Hay (1935–1989)
Euphemia Haynes (1890–1980)
Caroline Herschel (1750–1848)
Grace Hopper (1906–1992)
Susan Howson (1973– )
Hilda Phoebe Hudson (1881–1965)
Hypatia of Alexandria (died 415)

Carol Karp (1926–1972)
Linda Keen (1940–)
Barbara Keyfitz (1944–)
Frances Kirwan (1959–)
Nancy Kopell (1942– )
Sofia Kovalevskaya (1850–1891) for contributions to partial differential equations
Cecilia Krieger (1894–1974)
Krystyna Kuperberg (1944–)
Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya (1922–2004)
Judith Q. Longyear (1938–1995)
Ada Lovelace (1815–1852)
Jessie MacWilliams (1917–1990)
Dusa McDuff (1945– )
Winifred Edgerton Merrill (1862–1951)
Maryam Mirzakhani (1977– )
Susan Montgomery (1943– )
Cathleen Synge Morawetz (1923–)
Ruth Moufang (1905–1977)
Fotini Markopoulou-Kalamara (1971–)
Evelyn Nelson (1943–1987)
Hanna Neumann (1914–1971)
Florence Nightingale (1820–1910)
Emmy Noether (1882–1935)
Olga Arsenievna Oleinik (1925–2001)
Kathleen Ollerenshaw (1912– )
Raman Parimala (1948– )
Rózsa Péter (1905–1977)
Elena Cornaro Piscopia (1646–1684)
Vera Pless (1931– )
Marie Anne Victoire Pigeon (1724-1767)
Pelageya Polubarinova-Kochina (1899–1999)
Cheryl Praeger (1948– )
Marina Ratner (1938– )
Mary Rees (1953– )
Mina Rees (1902–1997)
Idun Reiten (1942– )
Julia Robinson (1919–1985)
Mary Ellen Rudin (1924– )
Alice T. Schafer (1915–2009)
Charlotte Scott (1858–1931)
Caroline Series(1951–) British mathematician
Nina Snaith (1974–)
Mary Somerville (1780–1872)
Bhama Srinivasan (1935–)
Irene Stegun (1919–2008)
Esther Szekeres (1910–2005)
Vera T. Sós (1930–)
Shakuntala Devi (1939–2013)
Éva Tardos (1957– )
Olga Taussky-Todd (1906–1995)
Chuu-Lian Terng (1949- )
Audrey Terras (1942– )
Theano (6th century BC)
Ulrike Tillmann (1962–)
Karen Uhlenbeck (1942– )
Marie-France Vignéras (1946–)
Claire Voisin (1962–)
Katrin Wehrheim (1974– )
Anna Johnson Pell Wheeler (1883–1966)
Mary Wheeler (1931– )
Melanie Wood (1981– )
Margaret H. Wright (1944– )
Dorothy Maud Wrinch (1894–1976)
Sofya Yanovskaya (1896–1966)
Good for you for adding them. I hadn't noticed that category. Shall I help you add some of the others? Why not make a list of them to add to your category and post it here. Then in two weeks of so, you can have some help in adding them.

but those I've listed certainly aren't limited to the USA. Marie Curie was Polish by Birth and French by marriage and in her work.
Pretty sure some of them are there already. I can recall working on Ada Lovelace in the past, or at least looking it over. But definitely a good list to work from.
Thanks. Now to get the sticker made. Even if is something simple without an icon that just says something like Ada Lovelace was an OUTSTANDING WOMAN because she was the first programmer.
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David Coverdale (Whitesnake, Deep Purple) got connected today, although his profile is private so it won't show.

Making some progress on Ian Curtis of Joy Division, but haven't connected him yet:
answered by Jessica Key G2G6 Mach 7 (77k points)
As usual - you really rock!
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My work this month was connecting Dr Albert Schweitzer and his cousin Jean-Paul Sartre to the global tree. Both were attributed the Nobel Prize - Peace for Schweitzer, and Literature for Sartre, which he declined.

Also found that there were existing profiles for the parents of actor François Périer, so I added him.

answered by Isabelle Rassinot G2G6 Pilot (241k points)

Painter Camille Pissarro is expected to show as connected after the next update.

Aww, thank you, Jessica!

I may have managed to finally connect Georges Pompidou (President of France 1969-1974) but this connection is so complicated I don't even know what I've been doing. Will check after the next system update to see if it worked.

EDIT - showing as connected as of this morning, January 10.

I started a profile for dancer and choreographer Loie Fuller, who eventually made most of her career in France. She is connected.

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Another British rock star I'm working on: Ronnie Lane of the Faces and Small Faces. He's had a profile on here for a few years but no parents connected until I started working on him yesterday. Any assistance would be appreciated.
answered by Jessica Key G2G6 Mach 7 (77k points)
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I have been adding Notables specifically inventors... well over 50 by now.

Can we add a sub category for Swedish Notables?
answered by Andrea Taylor G2G Crew (510 points)
I had to look into this one, as I was pretty sure this already existed. I was wrong, so it has now been created. I added Ingrid Bergman to the Swedish Notables list.

There might need to be some tweaking as the only ones I could identify (under category Sweden) that would be a part of this were the Monarchy. However, we might need to add other categories, such as Politicians, Entertainers, Inventors, Explorers, etc. if such exist. I'll have to take another look and see if I can interpret which ones make sense to add.

If we identify one of these, we should go to that category, edit, and Add [[Category:Swedish Notables]] to it and save.
Thank you. I have added this category to the profiles I have created that are considered to be notable Swedish persons (mostly inventors).
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Am continuing to work on profiles of Australian Army Generals, especially those who would be classified as Notable.  Although I have only created profiles for deceased persons, many are yet to be connected to the main tree.
answered by Kenneth Evans G2G6 Mach 3 (32k points)
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I joined up and created Increase Allen Lapham-685 in Dec. but haven't gotten a badge for him.  Also I asked if Charles Willard Lapham-636 would be considered Notable (he's not in Wikipedia but his house is) and never got an answer.  Did I do something wrong with them?  This was my first month of trying to join projects.

answered by Jennifer Lapham G2G5 (5.4k points)
Hi Jennifer,

He's an interesting situation, as there is little information to show his Notability other than the existence of a house. The house itself is Notable as it relates to it's unique architecture and historic relevance, but I couldn't find anywhere (other than vague references) as to what part he played in its design, architecture, or construction. I suspect if a Wikipedia article was created on him, laying out his life story, documenting his background with the Chicago Fire, showing his knowledge of architecture and his laying out of his design plans, and his work in constructing the home, then it would be clearer as to whether or not he would be considered Notable. However, with only some vague references to him, it's difficult to say at this time.
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Hi, Baseball Player, Warren Edward Spahn [Spahn-3]  Would he be classified as a notable?  He was a great professional baseball pitcher.
answered by Paula Reinke G2G6 Mach 4 (42.3k points)

He does have a Wikipedia page, so yes, under the rules, he does qualify as a Notable.
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I've been looking at the list of suggestion codes 568/569 (Wikidata unconnected profiles) for the English county of Sussex and have managed to connect 4 of them.
Frank Tees   who took part in the Dambusters raids during WW2
Edward Carpenter poet and writer
Lord Thomas Robert Dewar whisky distiller
Lord Leonard James Callaghan British Prime Minister during the 1960's.

Like most of the profiles included within these suggestion codes, all four of my connections were born elsewhere and retired to the south coast of England for their retirement years.

answered by Carol Keeling G2G6 Mach 3 (33.5k points)
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Michelle Meldrum (guitarist of Phantom Blue and Meldrum) should be connected once the database updates.
answered by Jessica Key G2G6 Mach 7 (77k points)
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Sorry for any delays - it was my 30th Anniversary this month, so I was trying to do many things all at once, and it ended up making me late to most of them. I hope I've caught up, but if I've missed someone, please let me know.

For my connections, I've been going back to Academy Award Winners and making sure I didn't miss any as well as taking another shot at connecting them again. I found a whole series of them that were given Honorary Academy Awards during one year, most for the "Spawn of the North" movie. This bunch was:

And the last I'm working on now is a Juvenile Academy Award to Deanna Durbin:

All that and I guess I still found time to add additional family members to my own tree and celebrate.
answered by Scott Fulkerson G2G6 Pilot (357k points)
Deanna Durbin should be connected to the global tree once the links update tonight. This was the easiest portion of this group, as they all had existing Wikipedia articles and were well-known enough that someone had done some of the research for me.

However, there were additional names that I knew were going to require working from scratch, and now comes the fun part of finding bits and pieces of these persons:

Devereaux Jennings (not the skiier, but he WAS the brother of Gordon Jennings - easy win there!)

Irmin Roberts (Paramount second-cameraman)

Art Smith

Harry D. Mills

Walter Oberst

Allen Davey (Cinematographer)

Devereux Jennings and Irmin Roberts created and connected to the global tree.

Art Smith is going to be a challenge. His IMDB doesn't show much:

I did find a potential candidate on the 1940 Census - living in LA, born circa 1903 in Iowa, married an Ohio girl named Eleanor, 2 sons Robert and Richard and a daughter Patricia. Can't fully read his job position, but it looks a lot like R***s Engineer Pictures

Looks even more likely - in 1930 he was also in Motion Pictures:

Looks like this is the one - Arthur Bell Smith - :)
Harry D Mills:

Walter Oberst

Allen Davey

At least I now have starting information for the last 4...

Started a profile for recently deceased composer Michel Legrand, who won 3 Oscars. Don't expect to see him connected soon, though.

I'm sure you'll give it your best, Isabelle! My solution would be to find a line he's married into that might be easier to research, but I'll admit that I know little about him so that may not be a reasonable approach.
He was married three times, the first two wives cannot be researched as they were/are not notable and born too recently to be researched conveniently - and there is a good chance they are still alive. The third one is said to be a descendant of the Gagarin princely family (not related to Yuri) but since she is living I do not wish to pursue that. His father was married several times - so far I've found the parents of wife #1 - Michel Legrand's mother, and there is another one who was born in the town where I live so it might be possible to check out her birth act, but this is it.
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Started the WikiTree Profile for Notable Artist, Agnes Lawrence Pelton.
answered by Noma Eddings G2G Rookie (260 points)
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James Ingram has died - aged 66

Winner of Grammys and several Oscar Nominations - R&B musician.
answered by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (520k points)
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I'd like to join this project, and solidify my TENUOUS ties to Thomas Vaughan, who served in the Revolutionary War, and to the Viking chieftain, Thorgil Sprakling, as well as any other notables I might find.

I'm fairly certain I'm related to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Taylor Swift, William and Viggo Mortensen, and Jessica Vaughan (, but I haven't even found tenous traces to them yet.

answered by William Vaughan G2G5 (5.4k points)
Stevie Ray Vaughn is on Wikitree, although his Vaughn line hasn't been traced back very far. Vaughn is a fairly popular Welsh surname though, and all Vaughns may not be directly related.
Thank you for the info!

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