I discovered WikiTree recently and love the idea of working with others to build one interconnected and, hopefully, well-researched tree for all of us. I have a lot to learn and am open to suggestions!
I began as a home economics teacher in grades 5-12, followed by working as Education Coordinator for Coats & Clark, providing workshops on new fabrics and sewing techniques. This was followed by several years as an educational video producer (long story!) and then opening a consulting business helping schools and colleges with instructional technology. All of this eventually led to being Director of Distance Education (online learning) for a Pennsylvania Community College until retirement.
I was never a big history buff - until the DAR asked my Dad to speak at the dedication of the burial site of a Revolutionary War patriot. Then we learned for the first time that we are descended from that soldier. Wow! That sparked curiosity because now I could see how historical events applied to my ancestors, their lives and decisions.
I began to explore the family history several years ago, but gave it up for a while after finding so many poorly researched online family trees. I know we have long lives in my family, but when I saw that one of my ancestors was born in 1784 and died in 2003, I lost all interest in what others had posted.
When a cousin asked a few years ago about that Revolutionary War ancestor, I decided to try again, using those wacky trees only as clues to research further. After connecting with two previously unknown distant cousins and collaborating to correct a long-standing error copied from one online tree to another, I caught the genealogy bug for real! I love finding the stories of their lives, not just documenting who begat whom and when.
On 5 Aug 2017 at 13:04 GMT Roger Cronrath wrote:
On 19 May 2017 at 21:49 GMT Jack (Wilcox) Delmar wrote:
On 17 May 2017 at 17:51 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:
On 10 Sep 2016 at 21:15 GMT Paula J wrote:
On 3 Sep 2016 at 01:36 GMT Kitty (Cooper) Smith wrote:
There are category links to add to your ancestor's profiles and research links to learn more about your family. The Project is a good way to consolidate the WikiTree ancestors with historic connections to the years of 1773 (Boston Tea Party) to 1789 (ratification of the U.S. Constitution.) All patriot, loyalist, Hessians, French, Native Americans or any other profiles with a connection to these years should be linked to an appropriate category in the Project.
If you haven’t already, please set your preferences for your Tags Followed to include 1776 Project and any other tag terms that you wish to follow: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Special:FollowingSome categories have a template (SAR) to add at the top of a biography. If not, add a category link by putting the category name such as
On 9 Apr 2016 at 22:36 GMT Diane (Sell) Bezeau wrote:
On 6 Mar 2016 at 20:33 GMT Star Kline wrote:
By the way - great idea including an image of your ancestor's signature when you don't have a photo! I need to see if I can do that with some of my profiles.
On 26 Jan 2016 at 04:57 GMT Nancy (Noll) Kolinski wrote:
On 26 Jan 2016 at 04:53 GMT Nancy (Noll) Kolinski wrote:
On 10 Nov 2015 at 23:54 GMT Denyse Baham wrote:
Thanks for your message. Henry Benfer is an ancestor of my nephew, James Napp. So that makes you and my nephew 6th cousins. :-)