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Mentors are experienced Wiki Genealogists who are happy to help others resolve their WikiTree problems.

To contact a mentor, click on their name, then send them a private message from their profile page.



The following people are currently active Mentors:

Henry Chadwick

I started in genealogy with the records that were left to me by my grandmother, who did a lot of genealogy work in the 1930s. Originally. I did my work with Family Tree Maker and and had a family tree with about 2000 entries. I also worked on the genealogy of my late wife, who had Eastern European ancestors, so that I could create a family tree for my children and grandchildren. When I discovered WikiTree in 2012, I jumped on board with both feet and uploaded my entire family tree. I am still working to edit the profiles that were created at that time from my GEDCOM. If I were to do it over again, I would upload the files in much smaller pieces and correct them as I went along, but I didn’t know any better at the time. By now, I think I am pretty good at editing or creating a decent profile and I think that I could be helpful to others who might have problems with WikiTree.

Dorothy Coakley

Dorothy Coakley is a retired San Francisco Public Library librarian. Having spent her career helping patrons, she is very grateful to have found a home among the Mentors where she can continue to help newcomers to avoid the many "newbie" mistakes she made after coming to WikiTree.

Eva Ekeblad

I'm Swedish. I'm retired. Only started with genealogy in 2011, but have learnt reading the handwriting in old church records quite well. I have been a WikiTree member since February 2016, finding the site a useful tool and an interesting social environment. I spent a decade in the 70s-80s as a home maker, then went into teacher training - but ended up as a researcher in education instead, working in computer related projects for about fifteen years. The last years of my working life I did support and courses for the users of the web publication system of Göteborg University. I don't like GEDCOMs. I don't do DNA, because I don't need another obsession.

Maryann Hurt

I'm from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, my time zone is AEST Australian Eastern Standard Time. I started researching my family history in January 2014 with a trial at another online genealogy site, quickly became disillusioned, looked for alternatives, found and joined WikiTree a few weeks later. I love the one collaborative tree for one big family concept and am happy to help other people finding their way towards joining their leaves and branches to our tree.

Paula J.

I was born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA in a little rural area called New Prospect on Lake Bowen. I live in Savannah, GA on Wilmington Island, which is Eastern Standard, or Daylight Time. Feel free to ask me for any type of help and contact me anytime. I have a very demanding full time job but usually answer within 8 hours. EST

Michelle Ladner

Robin Lee

I live in California in the midst of "Gold Country". I have worked with many of the pioneer gravestone projects and have access to records which are not yet digitized. I an co-leader of the Arborist project, so, I have some great clues on how to find matches and fit your family branch into the big tree. I am retired, so I do have time to help with new members. I have had a lot of experience with new members. Seems like it wasn't that long ago that I was a new member. So, if you are confused or just need some coaching. Let me know. PST

Susie MacLeod

I live in Hertfordshire, on the outskirts of London, England. I've been an avid amateur genealogist for a number of years and am now working towards a Masters in Genealogy, Palaeography and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. Being on the doorstep of London, I am a regular reader at the British Library and the National Archives in Kew, along with a number of of local archives in Hertfordshire. On WikiTree I lead the England Project, am active in a number of others, as well as leading a Hendy One Name Study, and a One Place Study for Shenley, Hertfordshire, England. I love WikiTree, particularly the collaborative environment and pursuit of excellence. I also love helping people figure out where they fit in to the global tree. So if you're a bit lost, feel free to contact me. GMT.

Michael Maranda

New to mentoring but not new to wikis or genealogy. I lead the Italian Roots project and am helping launch a Slavic Roots project. I'm originally from NY, but now reside in Ann Arbor, MI.

Marlene Marx

Vicky Majewski

Hello everyone! I am originally from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. I moved to Australia at the age of 25 and have spent the last 13 years living in and around Darwin. My time zone is UTC +930. My genealogical experience is mainly with US and Irish records, but I am happy to help with anything and everything - please don't hesitate to ask!

Ronel Olivier

Ek is gebore en getoë in sonnige Suid Afrika. My missie is om so veel moontlik Suid Afrikaanse profiele onder, die "South African Roots" projek, 'n plekkie in die son, hier op WikiTree te gee. Ek is slegs deel van WikiTree vanaf 2014 en omdat ek nog goed onthou presies hoe verlore ek in die begin gevoel het bied ek my hulp aan om ander te help en te bemagtig. Vra dus gerus - ek is tot jul diens :-) I was born and bred in sunny South Africa. My goals are to help build a global tree with as many South African profiles as possible. Giving each and every profile a place in the sun, to commemorate there joy and sorrows. If I can assist in any way please don't hesitate to ask.

Carole Partridge

I have roots in New England, so I know a lot about the Puritan Great Migration and Massachusetts in the 1600s. I’m also an arborist who has some recent GEDCOM importing experience. You can usually find me online between 5 and 10 PM Mountain Time. MT

Lee Russell

I am a retired computer system manager for a large data warehouse currently residing in Pittsburgh. Over the years I amassed a Family Tree of over 8,000 names (and growing) and discovered WikiTree. I was enthralled with the concept of a Global Family Tree. Started adding using the old gedcom upload/import system and now the new wonderful GEDCompare. I would like to help you from when you create your gedcom file through to the import stage and subsequent Profile editing that can come after the import. Proper preparation makes the job so much easier.

David Selman

Texas born and raised! And, yes, I wear cowboy boots. Located in the CDT / CST time zone. Have been seriously interested in our family’s genealogy for the last ten years. Our parents never shared the story about their ancestors, and, as most, I never thought to ask them until it was too late. I found WikiTree and have not stopped since. Thanks to the help index and other Wiki Volunteers, Leaders and Mentors, I was able to find my way around.

I am a Greeter, Volunteer Coordinator, and Mentor, Pre-1700 certified, and involved in several projects.

I'm honored to be a Mentor. It seems only a short time ago I was a new member. Feel free to ask me for any type of help and contact me anytime. I try to get back to your request for help as soon as possible. Thank you, David

Liz Shifflett

I found WikiTree in 2012 and was instantly addicted. I'm online pretty much every day between noon and midnight (Eastern time zone of the United States). While I am still learning genealogy, I have gotten pretty good at Wiki coding and editing profiles. I also work with the Magna Carta and Cymru projects, and understand (and appreciate) the flexibility of WikiTree's guidelines for Name Fields that allows projects to refine them as needed. So give me a holler if you need help with presenting info in a profile or have questions about what the Last Name at Birth field should be (for example, "ferch Madog" might be the answer for a Welsh ancestor, and "Marston" for Sir Ralph de Marston). If I don't know, I'll know (or find out) who to ask!

M. Silva

I was born and raised on the West Coast, but have lived in Kentucky (EST) since 2014. I started on my own genealogy as a teen, not finding much. Now, with so much online, I've made great headway. I work with New England and Revolutionary records the most, though I'm comfortable with many others. My current projects on WikiTree are PGM, US History, 1776, Data Doctors and a One Place Study (Tiverton, RI). Outside of WikiTree I take photographs for FindAGrave, and help prospective DAR members find records.

I'm honored to be a Mentor, and looking forward to helping others keep WikiTree wonderful.

Ellen Smith

I got engaged with genealogy as a side effect of taking a 23andMe DNA test in about 2011. I'm now reasonably well-versed in the basics of DNA genealogy. Most of what I know about traditional genealogical research I've learned as a result of my involvement with WikiTree since joining in 2014. I'm in the United States in the Eastern time zone and most of my genealogical experience is in that same time zone, where my ancestors have lived since the 1700s or earlier (New England, New York, and Pennsylvania, particularly the Puritan Great Migration, New Netherland Settlers, and Palatine Migration projects). I have been working and experimenting with the Gedcompare 2.0 process introduced in September 2017, so I am fairly knowledgable about it. I respond to many questions in the G2G forum, which is a great resource for quick answers to many of the questions that newcomers have. If you contact me, please include "Wikitree" and "Mentoring Request" in the subject line so I'll recognize the purpose of your message. My hours of online availability are a bit unpredictable, so I may or may not respond quickly to your message.

Jillaine Smith

Researching my family since 1998. Professionally helped others 2009-2016. Specialties include colonial New England, old German script, merging, source citations, evidence analysis, profile cleanup, myth-busting.

Susanna de Bruyn - Leader

Hi everyone, I’m not a person of many words. I joined Wiki Tree in Febr 2014. My interest in genealogy started with my own family history and soon developed into nonstop research. I can’t help to remind myself of my struggle when I started here. For this reason I offer help to any WikiTreer in need. These are my mottos: “Education is the key to success” and “Persistence pays off”

Hi almal, ek is nie ‘n mens met baie woorde nie. Ek het by Wiki Tree aangesluit in Februarie 2014. My doel was om my eie familie geskiedenis deeglik neer te pen. Spoedig het die stokpertjie verander in ‘n volskaalse navorsings projek. Daaglik word ek herrinder aan my gesukkel toe ek begin het. My doel is om “WikiTreer” te help. My leuses: “Onderrig is die sleutel tot sukses” en “Aanhouers wen”

Doug Straiton

Hi. I am Scottish and living in Singapore (UTC +8) at the moment. I have a keen interest in military history and the period c. 1000 AD to Napoleon particularly. My regional focus is on Scotland and its interests and the HEIC and South East Asia. Scottish Army until the Union and then early British Army units and involvement. I known my way around coat of arms. Like most Scottish families my family tree interests touch most Scottish families at some point. If your interests lie in these areas or you have any questions drop me a note. I know my way around most early years Euroaristo. I'll do what I can to help or lead you in the right direction.

Gillian Thomas

I am happy to help out with anything you are unsure about as you get used to working on WikiTree. This might include manually adding profiles, adding parents and children, adding sources, merging duplicates, adding biographies to profiles and communicating with profile managers of profiles you are interested in. I remember how complicated WikiTree seemed when I first started, so please feel free to ask me any question.

I am in Australia, so if you’re in a different time zone, that’s why you might not hear from me promptly. But I am active on WikiTree every day, so I will get back to you!

Aleš Trtnik - Team member - Slovenian only

Sem iz Ljubljane, Ukvarjam se z računalništvom in sem član razvojne ekipe WikiTree-ja. Tako da lahko pomagam glede česarkoli na WikiTree-ju.

Cindy Williams Lesure

I joined WikiTree on New Years Eve 2014 and have been addicted ever since. I have always loved mysteries and I can get my mystery fix just by searching for sources! My husband says I hang out with dead people, but I see each profile as a vibrant person just wanting their story told! I am in Florida, so I am in the Eastern time zone.

Since I am a Greeter and Messenger, I am all about helping new WikiTreers in finding all the incredible tools that are available to make our genealogy lives easier. I am a Data Doctor and have some insight and experience with cleaning up confusing profiles. Mostly, I just want to make sure that others can feel the same comfort of our community that I have come to feel and to enhance the genealogy work with collaboration by assisting and ensuring others become part of the community.

David Wilson

We all had problems with the WikiTree learning curve when we started. Many questions are answered in the searchable Forum of Genealogists Helping Genealogists (G2G) and also in the Help Index.

If you need a bit of personal help like I received when I was new, drop me a note. I'm in time zone UTC-6 or -7. My state does not observe DST.

Ron Woodhouse

Although born in the England, I now live in southern Spain, which is GMT+1. UK genealogy is of special interest, but happy to try and assist with any help you require.

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