I research people because it's one of the things I'm good at. I've taught writing and research, so I naturally have my own ideas about what constitutes a well-cited, well-researched. and well-written biography.
I love our copyright laws, and attempt to uphold them, although I am annoyed that Sonny Bono extended them in such an imprecise way. Life was easier before he did that. I mean, it's easy for most people, since they don't care about copyright, but it's not as easy for me because I do. This means that you will not find the full text of obituaries published after 1922 on any of my profiles unless I wrote the obituary myself. And since anything original I write on Wikitree is likely to be grabbed and posted on Find a Grave or another Ancestry website without any attribution to me or indication of the source, I write sparingly on Wikitree. Taking someone's words and photographs without attribution is theft, but Ancestry doesn't care.
I like to research vets. This does not mean that I like every veteran. For example, I am not fond of pedophiles and wife beaters. Being a veteran doesn't excuse those activities.
I like to help people, but I don't like to be thanked.
I like breaking through brick walls, especially when I rescue a woman from obscurity. It's difficult to research women because a) society didn't bother to put them in many records and b) they keep changing their surnames.
Wikitree works best for extroverts. I am an introvert.
I stick around Wikitree in spite of being reminded, every few months, that Wikitree isn't for everyone--in other words, they're saying, Wikitree is probably not for you. I am certain that Wikitree is not for me, and yet I will hang around until the day I am evicted. I like the idea of having just one profile for a person. I like sources.
My Ancestral Lines
A few of them, anyway.
Bowman. James Bowman had a lot of kids. Obviously, I need to learn more.
Coulter. Apparently, two Coulter brothers came over in the 1600s. Later, an ancestor of mine married his first cousin. Therefore, even though this line does not fascinate me, I am descended from two lines of Coulters.
Crook. My ancestor, William J. Crook, joined the Union Army during the Civil War. Still wishing I could find where his father, James, ended up, and that I could find better information on his ancestry.
Deaton. Sarah Deaton was my great-great-grandmother. People have stretched this line backwards aways.
Lindsey. Ah, John Lindsey, if only your mother had named you Thaddeus or Jebediah--maybe then I could figure out which John Lindsey you were.
McCullen. I've just started researching this line.
Mullen. What happened to James Mullen?
Palfreeman. At last a unique surname, but this family lived in Wayne County, Illinois, where the courthouse burned down. Rats.
Smith. This line is a little mysterious, and may forever remain that way, since, hey, they're Smiths. Even so, I've made progress.
Taylor. My Taylor married a Smith. I think that her brother married a Smith sibling of her husband. I wish they all had interesting first names, but I've made some progress.
Thompson. Joseph Thompson lied about his age and lied about being at Gettysburg, and he made my great-grandfather become a coal miner at the age of 8 or 9, but apparently otherwise he was a nice enough guy.
Van Dyke. Wikitree has stretched this line back to New Netherland, which is cool.
White. Another common surname, the same Wayne County, Illinois, burned courthouse, and yet I've recently had some breakthroughs on this line.
Whitson. A Whitson married a White. Some recent progress made.
Wilcox. This line goes backwards aways, not through my own efforts.
Wills. I haven't found it easy to research my Wills line. Sometimes there's confusion between the surname and the product.
Wilson. Based on DNA, I have a Wilson ancestor and lots of Wilson cousins.
Wurts. Thankfully, the brothers who came to the US from Switzerland changed the spelling of their surname; thus everyone in the world with this surname is most likely related to me.
Thus far, I have four Union ancestors, both paternal and maternal. I'm also working on Colorado vets.
J. Crook's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with J. or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with J.: