Quest for Great-Grandparents: Orbital Edition (Part 2)

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This week's great-grandparent challenge continues on from last week's. All of these astronauts are connected to the main tree now (thanks to you), but none of them have a full set of great-grandparents listed on WikiTree. (If you're wondering why Ed Mitchell isn't on this list, it's because he already has all 8 grandparents on WikiTree.) In order for us to add a list to the Relationship Finder Quick Links page, each person on it needs to have at least one line going back as far as their great-grandparents (and preferably all eight great-grandparents).

The task is to seek out, source, and add profiles for as many missing great-grandparents as you can find. As you take on an astronaut, and add a new great-grandparent, please post a message here, so we can keep track of how we're doing.

If you can add sources, photos, or biographies, add siblings, children, aunts, uncles, etc., or improve the profiles of these astronauts or their family members in other ways, so much the better!

If you run across an unsourced profile which is already on WikiTree and add one or more sources to it, you can count that source towards Sourcerers Challenge, if you're taking part in that. (And, if you happen to find an additional connection path for an astronaut whose family you're working on, that makes them all the better as a relationship finder!)

Name Great-grandparents Working on
Rick Husband 8
Bruce McCandless 8
Wubbo Ockels 8
Robert Overmyer 2
Ronald Parise 1
William Pogue 8
Sally Ride 8
Stuart Roosa 8
Dick Scobee 8
Alan Shepard 8
Charles Veach 8 Karen Tobo
David M. Walker 8
Ed White 6

in Requests for Project Volunteers by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (303k points)
edited by Greg Slade

P.S. I'm not a WikiTree Leader, and have no authority to assign points, credit, or anything like that. My intent with these challenges is for them to be a fun little break from whatever you're doing regularly. (Well, that, and preparing lists of different kinds of notables for the Relationship Finder Quick Links page.) There's no time limit, there are no prizes, and if you have fun finding and adding relatives, then you win. (And WikiTree wins in any case, because the more connected profiles we have, the better the tree is for everybody.)

P.P.S. If this challenge intrigues you, and you think you might like to try finding great-grandparents for other notable people so they can be added to the Relationship Finder Quick Links page, you can find other threads in this series on the How to increase a country's presence on WikiTree page.

This challenge is now 70.2% complete, and breathing down the neck of Quest for Great-Grandparents: United Kingdom Edition for first place overall. Just two more great-grandparents should be enough to push this challenge into first place, and 31 more great-grandparents will complete it.

I wouldn't say I'm working on anyone but Charles Veach now. Can we blank that out so others can be inspired to expand trees or bios?

This challenge is now 85.6% complete, and has rocketed into first place in terms of percent complete. Quest for Great-Grandparents: Orbital Edition (Part 1) is lagging well behind in 7th place at only 36.6% complete.

4 Answers

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I added one set of Great-Grandparents on to Ed White's tree, with sources and additional siblings.  The one remaining set may be a bit tough as they were both born in Switzerland.  But we do have the name of one of the two.  I have noted it on the profile.  I have removed myself as profile manager so any other interested parties can take them over.
by Craig Albrechtson G2G6 Mach 8 (80.4k points)
I almost forgot, the one remaining set of Great grandparents are the parents of Ed White's maternal Grandfather, William Haller.   According to Williams Death record, which can be found on ancestry, his fathers name is Rudolph Haller and his marriage record gives the name of his mother.   Hers is Anna Maria Gautsche.  But that is all I could find for them.

Thank you, Craig! yes

+3 votes

I added Rick Husband's other great-grandparents and attached some obituaries. I'll try to find another connection for him. Bonus points for anyone who wants to do some Italian research for him!

by Karen Lowe G2G6 Pilot (117k points)

Thank you, Karen! That pushes this challenge over 40% complete! yes

His Satterfield ancestors provide a closer connection.
Also did great-grandparents for Wubbo Ockels. Plenty of connections to be found in Nederland.
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I added the rest of Bruce McCandless' great-grandparents. I met him a couple of times in Colorado at astronomy events. smiley

by Karen Lowe G2G6 Pilot (117k points)

Wow! You're rocking this challenge! It's now at 51.9% complete. yes

And it's way cool that you met Bruce McCandless. I've never met an astronaut in person. (Although my brother, who visited the Kennedy Space Center [and didn't take me sad] at least brought me back an autographed photo of an astronaut.

I added the rest of William Pogue's great-grandparents.

Now this challenge is up to 55.8% complete. yes

It has just passed the Quest for Great-Grandparents: Royal Edition challenge, and now sits in third place.

And... Stuart Roosa's great-grandparents are all here.

Oh, wow! This challenge has now rocketed past Quest for Great-Grandparents: Australia Edition and is at second place in terms of percent complete, with 62.5% of great-grandparents now listed on WikiTree! laugh

Also Dick Scobee. This is like fish in a barrel, only more fun.
And Sally Ride just needs the profile manager to link up her tree or grant rights.

I'm glad you're having fun with this. That was my intent. Well, that, and adding new Relationship Finder lists, but people are only going to do stuff like this if it's fun. But apparently, you're having lots of fun, because it looks like you're on course to finish off this whole challenge on your own! yes

On Sally Ride, I don't know where the connection is that you want to make, but the Profile Manager for her family was online three days ago, so send her a private message, and she should respond when she sees it. (It's not like when a Profile Manager hasn't been online in years, or anything.)
Yes, I sent requests and profile comments, so I'm sure she'll be along soon.

This modern American genealogy is a great match for my skillset, and the Dutch was easy and fun too.
I added Alan Shephard's remaining great-grandparents the Winslows.
Sara linked up Sally Ride so all her great-grandparents are here. Hooray!

Woo-hoo! yes

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David M. Walker now shows a full set of 8 great-grandparents.
by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (303k points)

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