Jonathan was born in Washington DC, in Walter Reed Hospital, where many past presidents have been treated. His father was a dermatologist and enlisted in the Armed Forces. He was stationed in DC, and then moved with the family to Frankfurt, Germany. Jonathan's love of all things German was from that experience of being a child there at a young age.
Next Dr. Richard Gardner was stationed in Fort Ord, CA, which has since become non-military. After a couple years there, the Gardners got out of the army life and moved to Bellingham, WA. His father set up a private practice clinic for dermatology in Bellingham, where Jonathan grew up from 2nd grade until high school. He went to Biola University and graduated there with a degree in Intercultural Studies in 1988.
Next he spent two years in Osaka, Japan, teaching English as a Second Language. From there, he entered graduate studies at the University of Texas in Arlington and got to meet his cousins Robert Gardner and two sons who lived nearby in Duncanville.
From high school, Jonathan was keenly interested in his roots and was entrusted with all sorts of documents and family genealogy charts by his Great Aunt Esther (Gardner) Rainville on his father's side and his Uncle Roger on his mother's side.
This interest lay dormant until he learned of Wikitree from his cousin Alison. Now with an interest in making all his genealogical treasures available to all his family, he is making some progress, bit by bit.
In 2000, Jonathan became an Orthodox Christian, having been raised Protestant, and a year later, he headed off to a monastery. He took his vows in 2004 and became a full monk of the Orthodox Church. At that time he was given the name "Father Martin"--a name well loved as it is his mother's maiden name, his brother's middle name and his cousin's first name.
He currently lives at a monastery on Vashon Island, WA, in the Russian Church Outside of Russia, which is part of the Moscow Patriarchate.
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On 10 Sep 2018 at 23:19 GMT Juha (Niskakoski) Soini wrote:
On 24 Dec 2017 at 13:07 GMT Butch Smith wrote:
Thanks for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz!
Because pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants, working within the projects which coordinate them is essential.
Use the Pre-1700 Projects list to find one which best fits your research focus, whether time period, location, or topic. Read the goals and tasks of the project and join if it is a good fit.
Add the project tag to your Following list to be kept up to date on any activity that occurs for that project.
Can't find what you're looking for? Let me know, and I can make some suggestions! :-)
Butch ~ Pre-1700 Greeter
On 24 Aug 2017 at 16:04 GMT Cindy (Williams) Lesure wrote:
We've made a change in how the tutorials are sent to new members. Instead of weekly messages you can now work at your own pace, so this is the last message.
How is it going so far? Have the How-Tos been helpful or left you with questions?
We want to help! Click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page.
Cindy ~ WikiMessenger
PS Sometimes links don't work in emails. You can always find a link that works in the public comments on your profile.
On 17 Aug 2017 at 17:55 GMT Shirley (Strutton) Dalton wrote:
You've been here for several weeks now! We hope your profiles are starting to come together and that you've enjoyed getting to know all of us a little better.
You're probably getting a good feel for the collaborative nature of WikiTree by now. We know that collaboration isn't always easy. So, we've put together a few pointers that can make working in this type of environment a little easier: How to be a Successful WikiTreer.
As always, your questions are welcome!
On 10 Aug 2017 at 22:01 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:
It's time for your next stop on the guided tour. This week, we'd like to show you How to Join in the Community. Plenty of opportunities to get involved through social media, our forum, and projects.
Be sure to check out the One Name Studies Project to see if anyone has started a project for one of the surnames in your family. Don't see one? Follow the instructions for starting your own!I
For your family research you might like to explore active projects to find a project to aid your research.
Please let me know if you have questions. :-)
Janet, Wiki Messenger,
On 4 Aug 2017 at 17:46 GMT Cindy (Williams) Lesure wrote:
You've been here a week now, and we hope you enjoyed your first stop on your guided tour of WikiTree and were able to make good use of the things you learned.
Our next stop will give you some pointers on how to make your profiles stand out: How to Edit a Profile.
As always, your questions are welcome! If the above link does not work from your email, please go to your profile in the public comments and it will work from there.
Thanks, WikiMessenger Cindy
PS-Good work so far! Have you noticed on ancestor profiles on bottom right is "Research" where you can get sources and more information? Give it a try!
On 28 Jul 2017 at 14:36 GMT Michelle (Saucier) Ladner wrote:
I just wanted to check in with you to see how things are going. If you have any questions about WikiTree please feel free to contact me. Michelle~WikiTree Mentor
On 27 Jul 2017 at 03:51 GMT David Selman wrote:
You are now a confirmed member, and you can get started adding your family members. As we've said, WikiTree is quite different from other genealogy sites. So, we've put together a guided tour to help you learn how to use it. Your first stop is How to Start Climbing Our Tree.
Tomorrow, you'll hear from a Mentor who will check in to see how you're doing and answer any questions you might have.
Next week, you'll get another message with your next stop on the guided tour.
You can also meet some of our members by joining in the fun with our Question of the Week in the G2G forum: “Are you related to a Magna Carta Surety Baron?”
David ~ Wiki Greeter
On 27 Jul 2017 at 03:41 GMT David Selman wrote:
Welcome to WikiTree! The email we just sent has helpful links to get you started.
WikiTree is different than other genealogy websites because our goal is to have one profile per person, and that means we share ancestors and work together as a BIG collaborative team!
What brings you to WikiTree? Do you have research you’d like to share? Are you interested in how your family fits into the big tree?
When you confirm your email address, you’ll be given an opportunity to volunteer to help document our collective family history. Use the Tags and comments to tell us about your genealogical interests. When you volunteer, one of our Greeters will confirm your membership. Then you'll be able to add your family to the tree!
We’re really glad you’re here.
David ~ Wiki Greeter