Valorie (Cowan) Zimmerman
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Valorie (Cowan) Zimmerman

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Signed 31 Jan 2015 | 3348 contributions | 48 thank-yous
Valorie A. Zimmerman formerly Cowan
Born 1950s.
Ancestors ancestors
Sister of [private sister (1950s - unknown)]
Descendants descendants
Mother of [private son (1970s - unknown)], and [private daughter (1980s - unknown)]
Profile last modified | Created 27 Jan 2015
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Third-generation Washingtonian. I've lived in King County, Washington USA all my life, and love it here. My husband Bob and I raised our kids here, and now have a grandson too. I'm a life member of South King County Genealogical Society and lead the SKCGS Publicity team.

I grew up south of Issaquah, and attended Issaquah schools kindergarten through high school. Clark Elementary (5 years), Sunny Hills and Sunset schools for one year each, Issaquah Junior High and Issaquah High School, class of '71. Later I got a chance to attend Green River Community College, earning my AA in 1987? or so. And finally, a year at the UW in Anthropology and Women's Studies.

Besides genealogy, I read everything, and love technical writing. Active member of both the Kubuntu and larger KDE community which produce and distribute free software (Linux). Active and enthusiastic PFLAG member.

You'll find my online trees at Rootsweb, MyHeritage and here at Wikitree.

I love people, art, drama, music, drawing, painting, pottery, photography.


Date: 3 MAY 1953
Place: Renton Hospital, Renton, King, Washington, USA
Latitude: N47.481545
Longitude: W122.193512


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My genealogy blog and index. I also publish a Linux blog and have edited two books for KDE.

Other links to my stuff all over the web are at

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Hi, Valorie. I'm Anderson-16961. I don't know anything about my Kaiser ancestor. It is just a name listed on my great-grandfather's marriage registration. We know nothing of his family.

I have a lot of German heritage besides my great-grandparents.

You're welcome, Valorie. I hope the two are one in the same. I love finding these kinds of connections!
posted by Laurie Cruthers
Valorie thank you for the badge. I have been really enjoying finding my roots. I believe this journey explains so much about who we are in so many ways that you would never expect !
posted by Genny (Brody) Espinosa
Hi Valorie, Good to make your acquaintance. As your tree expands on Wikitree, you will find many more such collaborations. Wikitree is wonderful for these.

I have pretty much finished entering the Coppin's. They are only distantly related to me, and that by marriage. And I shall soon be bumping up on my 5000 limit and needing to divest profiles. So if you would like to be profile manager for these profiles, just send a trusted list request for one of my Coppin's and I will transfer them. Otherwise I will likely just be 'orphaning' them anyway.

posted by Dave Rutherford
I see you mentioned Kitty Munson-2224 Cooper on your introductory paragraph. Just wanted to save some confusion. I am Kitty Cooper-1 Smith and I met the other lovely Kitty about a year ago.  ;-)
posted by Kitty (Cooper) Smith
Welcome! We are so glad you are here! Please let me know if you are interested in joining our WikiTree DNA Project: or our public page at

Please set your preferences for your Tags Followed to include DNA on the GenealogistToGenealogist (G2G) feed:

If you are adding any DNA tests to profiles on WikiTree, please be sure to add the tests to the actual test participant's profile, and that the Privacy is set to show the participant's Family Tree tab.

We also encourage you to join our Google+ Community for DNA discussions, questions and new information:

posted by Kitty (Cooper) Smith
Hello Valorie ,

Thank you for joining WikiTree. As a WikiTree Mentor I am available to answer any questions or help solve any issues you may be having.

How To Use WikiTree is a good starting point, and the Help Index is an important place to find out how to do most tasks.

Do you have Royal Ancestors? They are already here on Wikitree! Rather than create duplicate profiles for them, please contact the EuroAristo Project to discuss connecting your family line to their profiles.

Feel free to ask me via my profile page if you have any questions.

Sally ~ WikiTree Mentor

posted by Sally Stovall
Excellent, thank you, Valorie -

You're now a member of the WikiTree Community.

Please note we're 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'd like any help, see the help section from the menu, top right, or visit the G2G forum. You might want to check out this 5-minute introductory video a member created.

Our Mentor Team is a friendly bunch of volunteers who will be glad to help you.Thank you for helping to build our shared tree!

- Gilly

posted by [Living Wood]
Hello, WikiTree community. I've been researching my genealogy and family history for about 30 years, but only recently did a DNA test. Kitty Cooper recommended WikiTree as a great way to use the DNA test results in a public tree. I love the idea, and would like to help out.
Hi Valorie -

I noticed you uploaded a GEDCOM; thank you so much! Here's a link to a great step-by-step explanation of the process, including screenshots that you might find helpful.

The help pages give lots of information about the process, good to start with 'Before you import a GEDCOM'.

- Alison

posted by Alison Andrus

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