Pam (Cormac) Cormac Smith
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Pam (Cormac) Cormac Smith

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Pam Cormac Smith formerly 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) Cormac Smith has Scottish Ancestors.
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Pam (Cormac) Cormac Smith is genealogies verbind aan Suid Afrika /is genealogically connected to South Africa
Pam was featured in a Meet Our Members Post on the G2G Forum!
This user is a native speaker of English.
Hierdie gebruiker het 'n basiese begrip van Afrikaans.

Genealogical Interests

All things/people genealogical.

Profile Improvement Voyager
Pam has completed the Profile Improvement Project's Voyage
Profile Improvement Voyage Guide

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:

A rabbit is peeping out of its hole, just daring you to follow it. Includes the words "Follows Rabbits Down Holes".
Follows Rabbits Down Holes

Some pretty cool ancestors

Catharina (van Palicatte) van Bengale) my 10x great grandmother Zacharia Jans (Visscher) Krugel 10x great grandmother

Free Space Profiles

Need some help creating Free Space Profiles? I totally love FSP's! This isn't an official WikiTree help page, just something that I threw together to help some people out. I figured that I'd try to spread the love of Free Space Profiles and would attempt to inspire you to create one for yourself. See my quick and easy Free Space Profile tutorial here.

My Biggest Brick Wall


My greatest brick wall, and I wish I could just crack it a little is my Cormac branch. 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 widower 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.

Advance Directive

Digital Afterlife
It may seem morbid, but in the event of my untimely demise I want to be sure that none of my hard work on WikiTree ends up being deleted. While I fully intend on being around to manage all my profiles for the next 80 years or so, in the event of my sudden death I hereby give permission for all of my private profiles to be transferred to any of the following slightly-active WikiTreers in my family, whether or not they are currently on the trusted lists:
  • Gillian (Roberts) Smith (first choice as she is an active contributor)
  • Samantha Jane Brownlie (second choice as she is an active contributor)
  • Sharon Cormac
  • Shannon Cormac
  • Lauren Cormac


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Just wanted to make a public acknowledgement to you for all your fantastic help and advice on profile improvement for Mary (McAllum) McAuslan (abt.1800-1876).

I have learned a great deal and am really grateful for this early opportunity to learn the ropes and not pick up any bad habits - as I already have far too many of them!

posted by [Living McAusland]
Ahh Chris, you're too sweet...I have far too many bad habits too, its an ongoing battle LOL
Hello Pam, I've decided the Profile Improvement Project just isn't for me. I will add stories as I can to profiles of my close relatives, but the formal in-line reference business is more than I can manage. Yes, I can learn how to do it, but it makes reading a profile in Edit mode extremely cumbersome. Thanks for all you do for this WonderfulTree! Jane
posted by Jane (Snell) Copes
hi Jane, I completely understand and I hear what you're saying, thanks for letting me know. Have you tried the enhanced editor? It has a lovely way of greying out the inline citations. Another thing that might help is that you could put the ref's on the line below and because of the way that the wiki markup works, the ref would show in the line above when in the view mode. Thank you so much for being a part of this wonderful tree!
Thank you kindly for the warm words of welcome. This is a beginning of sorts, so let's see how it goes!
posted by Mark Taylor
All the best in your search Mark! It's a never ending journey - and my humble bit of advice: Don't neglect the side branches - they help verify the info you've collected, lead to all kinds of connections, and they can be so much fun.
posted by Pam (Cormac) Cormac Smith
edited by Pam (Cormac) Cormac Smith
Thanks for your welcome to Wikitree! I read your posts, and I love your tips on how to file things digitally. I will try that. I have papers and notes everywhere. I am overwhelmed.
posted by J. Webb
Hi J

I know how you feel, it can be a lot to take in when you're new to the site. The best thing is to take it slow, work on one family unit at at time. Explore the site, test everything can't break it, and anything can can be undone (except merges, so always research and collaborate through any issues on those). Don't be shy, there are tons of people here willing to help if you just let them know you need it - the G2G is a super place to find them. I'm always here for you too, if you send me a private message I'll be able to respond via email, then you'll be able to email me anytime. You're never alone here 🦋

Thank you for your warm greeting and generous offer of help, should I have any questions.
posted by Anon Chase
I am confused and it seems like the more I read, the more confused I get. I have a lot of information about my family background, I need someplace to organize it. Someplace better than tabletops, beds, and floors. I would like to keep it mostly private for now. I have pictures, detailed stories and letters to add later. Of course I have some blank spots too. Do you have any suggestions?
posted by Diana Fletcher
Hi Diana,

I think you've come to exactly where you want to be to accomplish this task. I never realised it at the time, but that was what I needed too when I first started out with genealogy. I created files...many of them, and filled them with notes of all the people in my tree, and other peoples tree's too so that I could compare branches to see if there were any matches. I still have those files today, I don't have the heart to throw all that work out. But now that I have started using WikiTree more I realised that I don't need those files anymore. Here at WikiTree I can link to any other webpages on the internet, I can cite sources that are in precious Family Bibles that great aunts hold onto dearly, I can upload treasured photo's or transcribe letters (adding photo's of them too). I don't have to worry about mould or fishmoths or sun's lovely!

Here's some links that I hope will prove handy for you:

Uploading documents or images
Free Space Profiles (I have used this option to create special pages for letters where I have transcribed them and added photo's of the letters)
Adding links to other pages (either within WikiTree or externally on the web)

For privacy information see this page here: Privacy

I hope this helps!

Kindest regards, Pam

Thank-you so much for the welcome comment. It does make such a difference when wondering how to tackle a mega-website of this sort.

And then, coming to your page I can see lots of encouragement you give and helpful suggestions, like uploading documents and so on. So I just wanted to add my thanks to the pile :>) Laura James Sykes

posted by Laura James
Thank you Pam, for making me feel very welcome and that you or someone else at WikiTree can help with any question I might have about the site. Pearl Gentry
posted by Marie (Gentry) Hargis
Thank you Pam for letting me upgrade to a member. I will need more help I'm sure. I use Ancestry along with Family Tree Maker and is there any way of merging what I find here in this site into Family Tree Maker or would I need to write it down and then add to Family Tree Maker. Thanks again for having me.

Carol J

posted by Carol Jantunen
Hi Carol,

I'm so glad that you decided to upgrade and join us here at WikiTree!

Both Family Tree Maker and Ancestry offer the option to download a gedcom, which you can upload here at WikiTree. But you will still need to do the gedcompare process where you will need to match or reject each profile to other possible matches of profiles already on WikiTree.

Unfortunately, I don't know of any way to copy WikiTree profiles info over to Family Tree Maker. I usually find opening each site on a separate browser tab and then copying and pasting works quite well.

There is an app called WikiTree Tool Kit which I think might be what you're looking for. If that doesn't help then perhaps searching for, or asking your question in our G2G chat forum will yield more results?

I hope this helps, and have fun!

posted by Pam (Cormac) Cormac Smith
edited by Pam (Cormac) Cormac Smith
Hi Pam,

I've just 'found' your reply, sorry. Even though Genealogist A. Scott Atkinson tried to prepare his class, inspire us to step up to WikiTree, assure us that this step was our best place to store our proven work, I admit to being overwhelmed. Thank you for that now valued 'Greeting.' I'm grateful for each and every helping hand! And I'm intrigued at your comments/request/command to have your work, at your demise, bequeathed to those named goodness.....I had no thought to what happens to submissions upon the passing of the contributor. Where is that guidance? I didn't see anything of that ilk in the Tutorials.

posted by Carol (Rudd) Thompson
Hi Carol,

WikiTree is known for having quite a learning curve, so don't feel alone there. I'm here for you any time (just send me a private message and I'll get back to you as soon as I can), there really are no silly questions!

That bit at the bottom of my bio is called an "Advance Directive" - you can read more about those here

There are loads of really great guides/help pages. They can be found in the little menu at the top right under the title "help" which can be found by hovering your mouse over that word. Then a drop down list appears where you can click on "help index" or "help category" depending on which layout you prefer.

Welcome to WikiTree Carol, I hope you enjoy the site as much as I do!

Hi, Pam! I appreciate the warm welcome! It has taken me two months to be able to get back on here, but I look forward to learning this site and making great use of it! I LOVE the idea of an accurate world family tree! I wish you the best! -Erin
posted by E McMullen
Thanks Erin, I wish you all the best too!

I'm glad that you made it back, and I'm here if you need me. Don't be shy to explore as much as you can..there is a lot here. I 💚 that you love accuracy as much as I do LOL

From your friends at the Appreciation Team:

Congrats on the Super Star Badge!

posted by SJ Baty
Ahh thanks SJ and the Appreciation team 🤗

You all are just too awesome!

Thank you Pam for the warm welcome. I hope to be able to find some of my ancestors info on this site.
posted by Eleanor Jamieson
I hope you do too Eleanor 🍀
Thank you for the warm welcome to this site, and for your help with my question. Glad to have made my first wikitree friend!
posted by Tarra Reed
My pleasure T, and I'm sure that you're going to make many more WikiTree friends 😊
Thank you very much Pam. I would really like to find my anchestors, particularly my grand grand father's, father as I am not sure from which european country our "Brand" family is. I was told by my father that our surname was originally spelt "Brandt" as the German version, but that my grand grandfather lost the "t" as he became an employee of the British king. I would like to verify this if possible.
posted by Floris Brand Jr
Thank you Pam for the very generous welcome. I hope to discover many new and old relatives while using wiki.
posted by RO True
Dear Pam, thank you for your quick answering. You are so right: It's helpful and nice to have close relatives to share family stories and genealogical items. Willi Mohrbacher was one of the first who helped me in a great way when I started to be a genealogist in the year 2006. Thank you for setting him to the Trusted List! I appreciate it very much what you are doing for the WikiTree community!

Bye, greetings from Eva

Thank you Pam with the death information that you messaged me about for Colin Turing Campbell.


posted by Neil Campbell
My pleasure Neil, I love the newspapers - I know they're not great sources and need to be supplemented with birth, marriage and death records, but they sure do add some interesting bits. I have Campbells in my tree too...pretty cool to meet a possible cousin :)

Have a super day!

Thanks for your welcome, Pam. I think I may have found the right site.
posted by Edgar Richardson
Hi Edgar, I think you have too ;)
Thanks for the help Pam. I think I did it correctly this time.


posted by Marion Stewart
My pleasure Marion, and looks right to me, she's now married to John.

Have a lovely evening/morning.

Pat,Congratulations. By writing and improving 10 biographies in the Biography Builders Challenge, you are qualified to display our Achievement Sticker. Just add
Fountain Pen
Pam has written and improved ten profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.
to your profile. Keep up the good work.

Thanks, Bob

posted by Bob Keniston Jr.
Thanks a ton Bob! It's been a fun journey and am looking forward to writing more.
Hi Pam,

I just wanted to say thank you for welcoming Adam Mayer. He said he doesn't know much about his family - boy, is he about to become very enlightened! He just sent me a trusted list request for his grandpa, whose profile - along with several ancestors, siblings, cousins and all their spouses - was added by Eddie King while he was working on his own special project with the Holocaust project - the Ritchie Boys. Adam's grandpa is one of these incredible people! Of course, I immediately made Adam manager of his grandpa and all the rest of his family and will reach out to offer him help with these profiles.

Hi Gaile,

My absolute pleasure, I love greeting and am lucky to get the opportunity to do so. I'm really glad that I got to welcome Adam. I'm so excited that he gets to learn so much about his family, and what a family it is! He's going to be very lovely!

And thank you so much for being a part of that journey for him, for adding him as manager to those profiles, and especially for offering to help him. Stories like these are what makes it all so wonderful, and you have plastered a smile not only on Adams face, but on my own too.

Have a beautiful day, and I hope we chat again soon.


There are some special search sources, for Texas historical figures, which I did use for the Alamo Defenders and Signers of the Declaration of Independence. But they are only for historical figures. They would not yield results for current residents of Texas.


posted by Mary Richardson
Thanks a ton Mary, that sounds like interesting research! I did a quick search on familysearch for our new guest and found a tree which had just one contributor and linked to it in a message, I'm hoping she contacts the contributor as I'm sure they will have much to discuss. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question, especially since the US is not an area that I'm very familiar with in my own research.

Have a lovely day.

Kindest regards, Pam

Thank you Pam for welcoming me to wikiTree! Looking forward to the journey.
posted by Gerdina Oosthuizen
My absolute pleasure Gerdina, I'm so glad that you've come to join us here at WikiTree. We have a lovely community of South Africans here and many of our pre-1800 ancestors are already on here so I'm sure it won't take you long to connect your branches. If you need any help at all please don't be shy to let me know.

Welcome to WikiTree!

Pam Cormac I need a little help. New to wikitree but I’m on other sites. My DNA test isn’t back yet, I am Direct descendant of JosHitzReiff 1653-1750. His Great grandson is my Fourth Great grandfather. I tapped WikiTree for the relationship but it came back None. What do I do?? Ty for hearing this.

I am Sharon Smith238701

posted by Sharon Smith
Hi Sharon,

You need to create the line of ancestors until you meet up and connect with JosHitzReiff 1653-1750, then the connection finder will show the relationship. Start by adding your parents, or even just the relevant parent to help you get there, then add your parent's mother/father and so on until you reach the first already created ancestor so as not to create duplicates.

I hope this helps, if you have any problems or questions along the way don't be shy to let me know.

Thank you Pam for welcoming me to wikiTree,and offering help xx oh I am Julie street x
posted by Julie (Rainbow) Street
Hi Julie,

My pleasure! I'm glad you're making your way around WikiTree. I'm here for you anytime you need me.

Thank you, Pam for your welcome. I look forward to finding information on my relatives that I have never seen or heard about..
posted by Lyn Povey
Hi Lyn, I'm so glad that you've come to join us here at WikiTree! I hope you enjoy the site as much as I do, and I wish you all the best luck in your search, I love meeting new relatives and finding more about our ancestors too.
Thank you,Pam for your kind welcome. I am brand new to this and will need to familiarize myself with the basics. I appreciate your kind outreach.
posted by C Pastor
My pleasure C. Welcome to WikiTree, I'm glad that you've come to join us! WikiTree can be a little bit of a learning curve as you first start out - so never be shy to ask any questions. I hope you enjoy WikiTree as much as I do.
Hello, Pam and everybody reading!

Thank you for the warm and welcoming words.

I‘m Sabine and I just started my journey here on wikitree. I‘m from Germany and started looking up my familytree a few month ago. Until today I didn‘t knew there is such an amazing place like wikitree and I‘m excited to uncover lots of new stuff about my ancestors.

Nice to meet you all.


That's fantastic Sabine, I'm so glad that you've come to join us! We have a lovely G2G chat forum (that covers everything from appreciation, encouragement, research assistance, and just plain old chit chat), some great projects (from locations and time periods or events to biography writing, notables and so much more). Some interesting or helpful extensions, apps and tools ( the RootsSearch Tool ~ really handy), and things called Free Space Pages (like profiles but for things instead of people). I learn something new all the time.

It's lovely to meet you too!

Thank You for the Welcome to this wonderful Genealogy resource. I have lots to learn about how to find ancestors. Its fun once you find a piece to the large puzzle.

Keep up the Good Work Pam Best Regards,

posted by Marty Rowe
Thank you Marty. What you say is so true - it's load's of fun...beware though, you might end up getting as hooked as the rest of us before you know it LOL. Rabbit holes are real!!

There's tons of really great things on WikiTree so just give a shout anytime you want to learn something new. Welcome to WikiTree, I'm glad you've come to join us.

Hi Pam

Thank you for accepting me. I appreciate you will be available for help. Janice

posted by Janice Hamilton
Hi Janice,

My pleasure and I'm really glad that you've come to join us. I'll be here anytime you need me.

Hi Pam

Thanks for accepting me as a member. I am excited. I don't know where I have been but I saw your show for the first time this week. I have a brick wall with my AA research and I am praying I can get some help cracking the code. Now to peruse the site to develop an understanding of how to at lease use basics. Have a great day. E. Davis

posted by [Living Davis]
Hi E,

I thoroughly enjoy the WikiTree YouTube channel too, and try to catch it every week. It's great getting to know the community and I pick up little tips and tricks from it all the time.

The How-To pages link that was posted by Pip on your profile page at upgrade are brilliant, they'll explain everything that you need to know to get a great start on WikiTree. When you've been able to create your brick wall ancestor's profile and all his/her immediate family members that you know of, post your question to the G2G forum. Complete the profile as best as you can, and fill the biography with as much detail as you have about what you know, and also what you don't know, where you've looked and haven't found records, and any family stories..all this can help other researcher's in solving the mystery. Locations are very important too. When you post your question in G2G there is an extra box for you to paste in the URL for your ancestors profile, this is very handy as other WikiTree'ers will be able to click the link in your post and will be taken straight to your ancestors profile. There is also an additional box for tags, great tags would be surnames involved, locations and "research_assistance".

Never be shy to ask any questions, I'm here for you and happy to help wherever I can.

I'm so glad that you've come to join us here at WikiTree and I hope you enjoy the site as much as I do. Welcome aboard E! I hope to see you around.

I am writing this to let everyone know what a wonderful greeter Pam Cormac is. She has helped me so many times.

It seems like I always have another issue that I need to have resolved and she is right there to correct my mistakes. I don't believe that I always send a "Thank You" after I receive her reply to my problem and I am sorry for that. I appreciate all that you do for me Pam. THANK YOU JAN

posted by Janet (Boone) Trudeau
Ah, thank you Jan 💙

It's always a real pleasure!

Hi I'm finding this site commplicated
posted by Darren Anderson
Hi Darren, Don't worry ~ you're not alone, I hear this all the time. And for myself the same was true for a long time after joining. Then I really learned a lot from discovering all the goodies in the little menu bar at the very top right of your screen. Then I joined a few projects, and some people showed me some things that I hadn't really looked at before...then before I knew it I was (and still am) discovering all kinds of gems hidden in the plain look of wikitree. The best thing you can do to start with is read the how to pages that were posted on your page at upgrade. Next....ask questions, don't ever be shy, the more you ask the more you will discover. We try not to overwhelm new people with too much info, and we're also never sure of what your interests are. But if you tell someone what you'd like to learn more of they'll know what info to pass along. Your profile page is also a great place to store some of these handy links, especially while you're still figuring your way around. The best piece of advice I can give ~ ask questions ~ definitely. We're all volunteers here, and I think that's the best kind of's driven by passion!

I'm glad you've come to join us here at WikiTree, and I hope to see you around.

Hi I'm having trouble trying to find out my dad's real father is. I have tried asking living relatives but they won't tell me because they were told not to tell anyone by my dad's mother. That's where I have hit a brick wall!
posted by Darren Anderson
I'll post a comment on your page with some links for the DNA Project, I think DNA might just help you solve your riddle. Good luck!
Thank you for the time to answer my question. It was greatly appreciated.
posted by Donna Wiehaus
My pleasure Donna, I hope the links for the GEDcom pages helped.
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.
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.

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

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

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.


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.

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
Please stop by and say hi
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) Cormac Smith
edited by Pam (Cormac) Cormac Smith
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


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!!!


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!

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

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

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