Linda (Groom) Prole

Linda (Groom) Prole

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Mrs Linda L. Prole formerly Groom
Born 1960s.
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Daughter of [private father (1930s - unknown)] and [private mother (1940s - unknown)]
Sister of [private brother (1960s - unknown)], and [private brother (1960s - unknown)]
Mother of [private son (1990s - unknown)] and [private son (1990s - unknown)]
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New Zealand
Linda (Groom) Prole lived in Putaruru, Waikato, New Zealand.


Born in Putaruru, New Zealand in 1963, raised in Waipu in Northland on a dairy farm along with my three siblings. Now living in Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty with my husband and 2 sons.

Have always been interested in genealogy which was piqued when I came across some of my closest ancestors already on Wikitree. My father had compiled a family history book over 10 years ago and I have taken the bull by the horns and expanded on that information with some corrections along the way and some "aha" moments.

A great many of my ancestors were pioneers, whether it be through emigration from England to South Africa in the mid 1800's to a land that was harsh and unforgiving, and then making the journey to New Zealand in the 1950's when the racial and political situation in South Africa was becoming tenuous; or the English migrants who came directly to New Zealand in the mid to late 1880's, a voyage of 90 days in sometimes not very pleasant conditions, to a land that was in it's infancy and so very different to the life they had left in the "homeland".

Then there was the Anglo-Irish side of the family, the Minchins; a family of 19 children (the poor mother died at the age of 43 no doubt from exhaustion). Such a large family creates a great many number of descendants and thanks to Dorothy Minchin-Comm for compiling a fascinating book "The Book of Minchin - A Family for all Seasons" which has been a great source of information and inspiration.

It was only since I started this journey that I found out I am descended from John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley, passengers on the Mayflower. A history that I would love to explore further.

Loving the collaboration that Wikitree enables and have had alot of contact from some amazing people who are delighted to finally have their ancestor profiled on a website that can be easily accessed.


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My maiden name. Descended from the Grooms who emigrated from England to South Africa in the 1800's then to New Zealand in the 1950's.
My paternal grandmother's mother's line.
Maiden name of my GGGrandmother Elizabeth Lanfear from Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, UK
Descended from Mayflower passengers John Howland, Elizabeth Tilley, and Henry Samson.
My Great Grandmother was born Gertrude Leonora Minchin in 1875 in Taranaki, New Zealand. Her father was John Minchin, one of 19 children of the Minchins of Greenhill, County Tipperary, Ireland.
My husband's line from Devon, England who emigrated to New Zealand in the late 1800's.
My Great Grandmother's line on my father's side. The Varty brothers emigrated from England to South Africa in 1853.
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Linda, making more than one thousand contributions in September added so much to the breadth and depth of our Shared Tree. The Appreciation Team thanks YOU!

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Linda, thank you for each of your more than 1000 contributions to our Shared Tree for the month of August 2019. All of your work makes our Tree all that much better.

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hello, Linda,

We are sorry to lose you as a member of the New Zealand Project, but we understand that life gets busy and interests shift. Please know that you will always be welcome to rejoin the project in the future if you wish.

Thank you so much for your participation; we genuinely appreciate it.

Fiona ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Fiona McMichael
Hi Linda

On behalf of the New Zealand Project, we are doing a periodic check-in with members. Please review the project page here, and if you feel you are able and would like to contribute to the project in the upcoming months, please let me know by commenting on my profile or sending a private message.

If you have other obligations or interests at the moment and would like to be removed from the project at this time, you will always be welcome to rejoin if you find yourself with more time and interest later.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Fiona ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Fiona McMichael
Hi Linda,

The Ireland Project (previously the Irish Roots Project) has now changed its structure into Teams. We require everyone with the Ireland Badge to be a member of at least one Team or Sub-Team and our google group. See for details. The Teams are :-

1. Categories Team
2. Counties Team
3. Managed Profiles Team
4. Membership Team
5. Profile Improvement Team
6. Topics Team
7. Diaspora

? Can you let me know if you’d like to stay on in the new project and which team(s) you’d like to join. Please also let me know your e-mail address so that I can get you added to the project’s Google Group or confirm you are already a member of the google group.

Many thanks,


posted by Maria Maxwell
Hi Linda!

Congratulations on making more than 1,000 contributions to WikiTree for the Month of May. We all appreciate your efforts to make our Shared Tree the best it can be. Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
From your friends at the Appreciation Team:

Congrats on the Super Star Badge!

posted by SJ Baty
Thanks for more detail and clean up work on the Kennedys - any details are all gratefully received

Cheers John L

posted by John Liddle
Hello! I've been adding to your Farakers - one of them married a Kirke lady. Indeed, I even met Ella Faraker (Faraker-19) once.


Hi Linda,

Thanks for all your work on Henry Minchin. My connection to the Minchins is a distant connection through the Maitland family. I've orphaned Henry so that you can adopt him.


posted by Laurie Cruthers

Linda is 23 degrees from Donald Howard, 17 degrees from Julia Howe and 17 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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