Pam Cormac
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Pam Cormac

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Pam Cormac
Born 1980s.
Ancestors ancestors
Sister of [private brother (1980s - unknown)], [private sister (1980s - unknown)], [private brother (1990s - unknown)] and [private sister (2000s - unknown)]
[children unknown]
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Pam Cormac has Scottish Ancestors.
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Pam Cormac is genealogies verbind aan Suid Afrika /is genealogically connected to South Africa
This user is a native speaker of English.
Hierdie gebruiker het 'n basiese begrip van Afrikaans.

Genealogical Interests

All things/people genealogical.

I love WikiTree because it celebrates our connectedness in the best way - our shared familytree! And collaboration just makes it so much more fun. I've always loved history so I wasn't surprised when I was bitten by the genealogy bug.

I'd like to encourage anyone who wants to chat about our tree to contact me, I'm always available. I also love helping people, so if you have a question about how WikiTree works please don't be shy to reach out to me.

Projects that I'm currently busy with are:

My Biggest Brick Wall


This is my paternal line - the very name I carry - and yet despite all the milestones that I've met in all my other trees this one remains the most stubborn. It's my greatest brick wall, and I wish I could just crack it a little. I can find no record of Robert Cormac before his marriage to Sarah Jane Campbell on 30 Jan 1891, his parents are both deceased by the time of this marriage and are named in the record.

His parents are again named in Robert's Death Notice. However, I have found no other records to back up this information. Roberts parents are named as George Cormac (Plate Layer) and Mary Fraser (formerly Cormac, born Stephens).

I have researched every Robert *corm* born between 1859 and 1862 in the statutory registers on (there are 10), and he is not there. I can also find no record for a marriage between George *corm* and any Stephens or Stevens.

In the 1891 Scotland census Robert claims to have been born in Roslin, Midlothian, and according to the census, marriage, shiplist and death notice he was born in 1860-1861. He was also a widow at the time of his marriage to Sarah Jane Campbell in 1891, Coatbridge - residence Browns Building, Gartsherrie Road. In June/July 1891 Robert Cormac and Sarah Jane Campbell left Scotland and headed to South Africa aboard the Trojan.

An old family tale I was told a few times as a child was that Arthur David Cormac changed the family surname from Mc Cormack to Cormac when he immigrated to South Africa. I have been able to prove that Arthur was born in South Africa and had always carried the name Cormac, however I often find that family tales are like legends - rooted in truth but get distorted over time.

My grandfather Len Cormac (1936-2020) told me that when he was a young boy/man he would write to a cousin named Robert Watt in Scotland who was around the same age, Robert was the son of David and Helen Watt. I have a photo of David and Helen taken in about the early 1970's. This is the only clue that I have. Just a note that I'm not sure whether is relevant or not: a witness at Robert and Sarah's wedding was Robert Watt.

Any help on this tree would be greatly appreciated.


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Janet Boone Trudeau

Pam is Awesome. She has helped me so much. I am new to wiki tree and have been having problems that had me ready to just give up. She solved my problems and put me back on the right track. I know if I have any Issues in the future she will be there to help me. I am so pleased that she is my greeter. Thank you Pam for everything.

posted by Janet (Boone) Trudeau
Ahh Jan, that's very sweet of you to say. I'm glad that I'm your greeter too! It's my pleasure, besides you're easy to teach as well as a quick and determined learner. I hope that you enjoy WikiTree as much as I do.
posted by Pam Cormac
Thanks for showing Scotland as one of your interests. I know you are an experienced member of our community but If you haven’t yet done so, please join the Scotland project via the G-2-G topic. I hope you get a great deal of pleasure collaborating with colleagues in this great project. If you have any questions or wish any advice either send me a private message or email me.
Thanks Mark, I'll do that, I've been wanting to join the Scotland Project.

Have a super day, and thanks for messaging me.

posted by Pam Cormac
Hi Pam! So I've been merrily adding ancestors. (Find a Grave is a great resource for accurate dates!) But then I entered someone twice--can't imagine how I did that--so there are 2 IDs (Stevenson-8736 and -8737). It won't merge them, at least I can't figure out how. Should be easy since I created both, but the unmatched list doesn't want to find the other one when I'm in one profile, and vice versa. And I can't delete them! Help! Thanks--Cynthia Horen
Hi Cynthia,

I love find a grave too! and I'm really happy that you are finding your way around WikiTree so well.

Sorry, I'm not sure why the merge wouldn't work..but not to worry as I have now initiated the merge and the request should come through to you soon.

Let me know if you have any further hassles.

Kindest regards, Pam

posted by Pam Cormac
Hi Pam,

Thank you for helping me to get started at WikiTree. I have so much to learn and no doubt, will ask you many questions! SiouxB

posted by Sue Kingsbery
Hi Pam,

Thanks for the greeting.

I clicked on your name by chance and you could be the person that can help me.

My Grandfather was born in Rhodesia ,but all I have is what has been passed down to me, verbally.

It is a complicated story that I am willing to share with you.



posted by [Living Beck]
Hi Gail,

I have Rhodesian ancestors too, and would love to help you. Just send me a private message with the details and we can see what we can find.

Chat soon, Pam

posted by Pam Cormac
Hi Pam,

Thanks very much. I have added my dad and want to attach his death certificate as proof for the dates.

How do I do that?

PS: I have figured out our whole family tree back to 1735 in the Cape of Good Hope (11 generations) and have baptism certs and marriage certs as primary proof for everything so uploading images is something, I will want to be able to do.



posted by B Greyling
Hi Barry

When on your dad's profile, look at the large green tabs, they turn yellow/orange when your mouse hovers over them.

Green/yellow tabs

Click the tab labelled "Images". A new page will open. Now just below the same large green tabs will be "Do you have a photo or source image for YOUR DADS NAME [YOUR DADS WIKITREE ID]? Click here to upload it." Click on the "Click here to upload it" A new page will open where you can select a photo and enter in the details. For a source: At the bottom of the page select the radio dial button for source. Save.

As you get used to wikitree you'll probably want to learn about free space pages, as this is another way to upload sources and photo's to your tree...but more on that later, Just give me a shout anytime you're ready and I'll show you how to do that.

Many of the 1700 and 1800 South African profiles have been done so it probably won't be long until you have your branches attached to the greater South African tree. In SA we have some unique ways of working on WikiTree, a particular one is to please use the correct Country Naming as was used at the time of the event. Another one is Name fields on profiles. When posting questions to G2G that relate to South African profiles or sources use "South_Africa" as one of your tags as this will help researchers particularly interested in South Africa to see your post (do type the underscore).

Here’s a great page to help with resources South African Roots Sources, and maybe you'd like to join the South African Roots Project

I'm here to answer any questions, so please don't be shy.

I'm so glad to have another South African on wikitree! Happy hunting.

posted by Pam Cormac

I have uploaded a death cert as an image but want to link to it (The uploaded image) from the source reference (The number one source below) Is that possible?:

↑ Source will be added by B Greyling by 24 Nov 2020.

posted by B Greyling
Hey Barry,

I'll send you a private message, look for it in your email box.

posted by Pam Cormac
Hi Pam, thanks for the greeting, its great that there is someone to put questions to.

Cheers for tat Simon

posted by Simon Conway
It's a pleasure Simon, I'm happy to help anytime, you know how to find me! Have a super weekend
posted by Pam Cormac
Please stop by and say hi
posted by Pam Cormac
Hi Pam,

I have just found from MyHeritage site a family connection with one of your site members who is asking for information regarding his great great grandparents who lived in England in the 1800s. We share these great great grandparents. His great grandmother and my great grandfather being sister and brother. I told your WikiTree member( Mr Graham Bain) this and offered to him further information regarding the Church family history. He ask if I would join WikiTree and put a family tree on the site but I seem to be struggling to be able to commence entering a tree. Colin Church

posted by Colin Church
Hi Colin,

That is fantastic news! I'd love to help in anyway that I can, and I am so glad that you have come to join us here at WikiTree.

The first thing you need to do if you want to build a tree on the site is to upgrade to Family Member by adding your genealogy communication preferences. No worries here, as upgrading is free, as is everything on WikiTree.

I hope this helps, if you have any other questions please don't be shy to ask. I wish you all the best in the collaboration between you and your new found family member and wish you many more to come!

Take care, Pam

posted by Pam Cormac
edited by Pam Cormac
Hello Pam. I `m new on here and not very admin minded. Is there a step by step guide to what information I need to input and where; to actually be able to get help?


posted by John (Sides) Nicholson
Hey John,

You've done exactly what you need to do when you need help. How can I help you? I'm here anytime you have a question, and I'm not the only one..there are quite a few of us around! Reply to any message from the greeters or mentors who post a comment on your profile page or message any one of them directly. As time goes by you'll get more greeters posting messages to your profile.

I hope this helps, and don't be shy to ask any questions

Kindest regards


posted by Pam Cormac
Hi, Pam!

Thank you for your participation in October 2020’s Source-a-thon. Your contributions helped us to clear over 57,000 profiles that needed sourcing. This makes our Shared Tree all that much better.

Keep up the great work!

Pippin Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard

Top 10 Thank you for all your hard work Pam Go bokke

posted by Ronel (van Heerden) Olivier
edited by Ronel (van Heerden) Olivier
Thanks Ronel,

I'm so proud of our team..we're doing well. GO BOKKE!!!

posted by Pam Cormac

Good Luck and have lots of fun this weekend with the Source -a- Thon starting tomorrow

All contributions are appreciated and in the end we will all be winners, because our South African tree will be better !!

Thanks in advance for your help !!

Thanks Ronel,

Looking forward to it!

posted by Pam Cormac
Hey Pam I just joined.I have a public tree on and another one on family search.can my trees be loaded on to wiki tree.I hate to fill out all that info.again.thank you for having me.
Hi Pauline

I'm so glad that you've come to join us here at WikiTree!

Yes, you can load your ancestry tree on here if you export it as a GEDcom and then upload the GEDcom here on WikiTree. A little tip of advice - do small batches.

Here is a link to Ancestry's instruction on downloading a GEDCOM from Ancestry. It takes some time to download a GEDCOM. Once it has downloaded, you can then upload it on WikiTree. It will take some time to upload and you will get a message emailed to you when it is ready. The GEDCOM will not automatically populate your tree. It generates a GEDCOMpare report which you work through, either accepting or rejecting, suggested matches. This link is very helpful when working through your report GEDCOMpare Process. This is time-consuming, though can be worth it in the end. Unlike other sites, where there are many trees, WikiTree is a single tree, so checking before uploading will save you the effort of having to merge duplicate profiles later. This process allows you to look for existing profiles that can save you a lot of time later.

Once you have completed the match/reject review in the GEDCOMpare process, an Add button will appear beside the remaining records in your GEDCOM. That Add button will let you create new profiles without having to type everything. It is still a one by one process because the data needs to be reviewed for completeness and sources.

See this tutorial GEDCOMpare process, it's written by one of our mentors and I found it wonderfully helpful.

I hope this helps, any problems please let me know

Take care Pam

posted by Pam Cormac
Tune in for the WikiTree LiveCast - Tree Chat, talking about Sources and where to find unsourced profiles for the upcoming Source -a thon profiles. Hoag!YouTube:


Thanks Ronel, I unfortunately couldn't catch it live but was able to watch it later. Great advice and was totally worth watching.

Have a super evening

posted by Pam Cormac
Hello, Pamela!

Thanks for all the work you accomplished during our Connect-A-Thon 2020. It is amazing how many more profiles were created and added to our Shared Tree. You have every right to be pleased with your efforts!

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Welkom by die jaarlikse Help:Connect-a-Thon

Al die nuwe profiele wat jy maak hierdie naweek word getel. Die doel is om 'n profiel te gebruik wat nie gekoppel is aan WikiTree se hoofboom nie en dan al daardie familie by te sit wat jy kan opspoor. Die kompetisie begin om 14H00 vandag (Vrydag) Voorspoed en geniet dit

Welcome to the annual Help: Connect-a-Thon All the new profiles you make this weekend are being counted. The goal is to use a profile that is not linked to WikiTree's main tree and then add all that family you can find. The competition starts at 14H00 today (Friday) Good Luck and enjoy.

SA Springboks Connect-a-Thon

posted by Louis Heyman
Hi Pamela

Thank you for joining the SA Springbokke in the 2019- Source-A-Thon.

I have added you name and number to our team page and you are all set to go..

Here is the link to our chat page. Use it to ask questions or to just chat to other members and build some "spangees"

We are honored to have you on our team.

Go Bokke Go !!

I believe Jane Jack Cormac is my paternal grandmother. She married James Houston in Wick. My father James jr. was born in Wick November 5th 1919 and emigrated to North Bay Canada. My grandmother was also referred to as Jean Jack Cormac.
posted by Catherine Hurtubise
Hi Catherine,

I'm so sorry it's taken me this long to see your message down here..I'm really sorry we didn't chat! So how is your research going, were you able to find out anything about your Cormac? We should compare notes if you're still interested

Thanks so much for reaching out

Kindest regards


posted by Pam Cormac
Hi Pamela

I see that you just did the Pre-1700 Self-Certification. That's great! Also noticed you made 644 contributions to Wikitree, thank you! Here at WikiTree we like to have our members involved with others; collaboration is key!

Is there a particular time period, location, or topic you're interested in? Maybe you have some historically-significant ancestors?

Why don't you stop by the One Name Studies project, to see if there's already a name study for (surname) going on? The current leaders for that are Doug Lockwood and Alison Andrus. They would be happy to get you started.

Again, thanks for volunteering to work on Pre-1700 profiles!

Dorothy, Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Dorothy Barry
Welcome to the South African team for the Source-o-thon Pamela! Could I ask you to copy paste the picture of your registration number into an answer to this feed, please?
posted by Philip van der Walt
Thank you for the message and for volunteering to help grow our World Wide Family Tree. You are now a member of the WikiTree community. Please note we are trying to build one collaborative tree which means one profile per person. It is important to ensure no duplicates are entered as you add profiles to WikiTree.

If you need any help getting started check out the Help section or head over to the G2G forum. You might also want to check out the introductory WikiTree video that a member created.

Our Mentor Team are a friendly bunch of volunteers who will be glad to help with specific problems if you have any.

Good luck growing your branches, and thanks for offering to help with our shared tree :)

posted by Patricia Roche
Hi, I've been researching my family tree for a little while now and have seemed to hit a brick wall with two main branches. I'm particularly stuck with "cormac". Arthur cormac born 1907.03.02 durban natal married edna victoria may edwards, died 22.07.1970 is the earliest ancestor I know of, does anyone know of them? I'd be honored to help with any thing I can too.
posted by Pam Cormac
Wow, looking back 6 years is awesome!!!
posted by Pam Cormac
Hello Pamela!

Welcome to WikiTree! We're growing a FREE worldwide family tree.

A few suggestions to get you started:

1. Our Honor Code is a very important part of why our community is such a friendly place to grow your family tree so please read it and make sure you agree with our mission and our nine simple rules.

2. Feel free to ask a question at our G2G forum.

3. You might want to check out our How to Use WikiTree guide.

If you would like to contribute, leave a comment here on your profile and we would be glad to add you to our WikiTree community.

Hope you'll join us ~ Happy researching!