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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 on this page, then send them a private message from their profile.



The following people are currently active Mentors:

John Atkinson

New Members Sourcing Duplicates/Merging Pre-1500 Pre-1700 Styles & Standards

I am a recently retired librarian, working mostly in university libraries. Born and raised in Australian state of South Australia and currently living in Queensland but ancestors emigrated to New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and some extended family in Tasmania and Northern Territory. Most of my pre-Australian heritage is English, with a smattering of Irish, and supposedly Scottish and Welsh. I’m mostly familiar with sources from Australia and England, but my library skills mean I can sometimes track down sources from other places.

At the age of 13, I became fascinated by royal and noble genealogy, mainly because of how intertwined they were/are, and it has become a life-long obsession. Consequently, I co-lead the European Aristocrats Project, and along the way have realised that I need to learn how to find and read pre-1500 sources, if I really want to be serious about studying their genealogy. This is still an ongoing challenge.

SJ Baty

Sourcing Duplicates/Merging Styles & Standards

I started out in genealogy about 22 years ago with a desire to know where my ancestors came from. I knew very little, didn't expect much at the time, and I have been pleasantly surprised at how much I was able to discover. My family and I have been living in Spain for 3 years now so I'll be especially able to help anyone in one of the European time zones. I studied history at university and I feel that I can help out with sourcing, writing biographies, and merging/consolidating data. At Wikitree I'm active in many projects and serve as coordinator for a few as well. I enjoy meeting and chatting with other genealogists on the G2G forum and I like to help out where I see that I can. I am always willing to answer questions and I look forward to helping.

Missy Berryann

Sourcing Pre-1500 Pre-1700 Styles & Standards

I was born and still live in New Jersey (EST). All of my colonial American ancestors, found so far, came from England and a couple from Scotland. They all landed in New Jersey, New York and the New England colonies/states. I do have a maternal 2nd great grandfather who came from England in 1861 and a set of maternal 2nd great grandparents who came from Sweden in the late 1800s. I grew up always interested in hearing stories [about my ancestors] from my grandparents and my great aunt. I took everything I had learned from them and started researching our ancestors in the mid 1990s. My genealogy research did not turn into a daily obsession until after I joined WikiTree, however. I have been active on WikiTree for a few years. I am a member of the United States Project, the England Project, the Scotland Project, and the Sweden Project within the Nordic Project. My genealogy expertise is probably sourcing, especially in pre-1900 Swedish research. I am pre-1700 and pre-1500 certified, a Sourcerer, Data Doctor, a new Leader (I co-lead The Nordic Project) and now Mentor. Always feel free to contact me for help.

Karen Butler

Duplicates/Merging GEDCompare New Members Sourcing Styles & Standards
I was born and raised in Birmingham, England. I now live on the Isle of Wight. I am a caretaker for my disabled husband. My ancestry is English/Irish. I started working with genealogy 13 years ago. My mild curiosity quickly became an addiction. My main role is as a Greeter, which is very rewarding knowing that I am helping people. My weak point is DNA. I am a member of England project, Irish Roots and Volunteer Coordinators. I am able to deal with all types of people, pleasant or unpleasant. I can relate very well with people who suffer depression.

My one rule in life is: I never take offence at anything, and I like to use humour whenever possible.

Susanna de Bruyn - South African only.

This user can contribute with an advanced level of English.
Hierdie gebruiker se moedertaal is Afrikaans.

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”

Laura DeSpain

New Members Sources Styles & Standards pre-1700

I was born and raised in the south-eastern US -- South Carolina. A true Carolina girl. My time zone is EST/EDT. I have been interested in my own family’s genealogy for well over 20 years. I have always had a curious nature feeling the need to understand and figure things out.

I am involved with several projects and I am Team Leader on two of them. I enjoy seeing other people succeed. I am a Greeter and often work with new members helping them learn how WikiTree works. I spend a lot of time sourcing and building biographies. If you have any questions or need help please feel free to contact me.

The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing ~ Albert Einstein

Hilary Gadsby

New Members Sourcing GEDCompare

I was born in England but have lived in Wales for over 28 years. My research has been almost exclusively in England. I have been on WikiTree for 10 years and am actively involved in several projects, but mostly England and Wales. I have been a Greeter for a large part of my time on WikiTree. I am also a regular participant on Mondays with Myrt and am a Geneablogger and member of the Guild of One Name Studies.

Day (Pendleton) Garwood

New Members Sources Duplicates/Merging

I was born in England and still live there now, producing music, ringing bells and writing the odd piece of software (mainly games).

I have been interested in genealogy since 2006, but have had an on/off relationship with it due to the fact that I am blind, and so am very limited on the records I have access to. I found WikiTree in March 2021 and it changed my life. Its open, shared, collaborative and friendly environment is amazing.

While the majority of my ancestors are English, I do have Scottish, Irish and Manx roots as well. I also have distant cousins in Canada, the States, Australia and New Zealand. As well as being a mentor, at the time of writing (October 2021) I am a greeter and am a member of a few other projects.

Please feel free to contact me if there is anything you need help with.

Laurie Giffin

New Members Sources Duplicates/Merging Pre-1700 Styles and Standards Multilingual
This user is a native speaker of English.
Cet utilisateur parle français à un niveau comparable à la langue maternelle.

As a small child, I remember pumping my grandmother for information and stories about the olden days, and my enthusiasm hasn't waned. A retired Human Resources professional, I enjoy helping others achieve their goals. I was born in France, but I have deep roots in Atlantic Canada and New England, and some of my immediate family are Québecois and First Nations. I am familiar with the challenges related to finding sources for these ancestors. I am co-leader, leader and participant in related projects, and contribute to some of the name and place studies. I am fluent in English and in French and can help members understand what is written in either of those languages. When I first joined WikiTree, many of my ancestors already had profiles, and my experience may be helpful to others who need to open the channels of communication, gain access to a locked profile, merge duplicates or sort out conflated information.

Lizzie Griffiths

New Members Sources Collaboration Styles & Standards Pre-1700

I was born in London but I’ve lived, since I was 3 years old, in the Northwest of England. I would describe myself as a fairly competent amateur genealogist who found Wikitree and fell in love with a community that collaborates and supports each other. I work in England and Wales Projects mainly, and also within Global Distasters on The Titanic Project. I like to help anyone, I keep an eye out on G2G when people ask for help, and I’m always happy to help anyone who needs a bit of advice (we all do now and again), trust me no query for help is ever too big or to small.

Deb Gunther

New Members Sources Duplicates & Merging GEDCOMpare

I am a lifelong resident of Wisconsin, USA, where I worked as an engineering and project manager until my early retirement. I started my genealogy journey when I was a teen, recording my grandpa as he told tales of the roaring (19)20s and growing up in the lumberjack camps of central Wisconsin. Eventually I traced his father's ancestry back to the 1600s in Rhode Island, which amazed and delighted us. I also have some family and resources in Polish and English research, and can speak a bit of Spanish and French (not fluently). I joined the Data Doctors, and that's where I donate most of my time here on WikiTree, clearing up some of the more tricky errors in profiles. If you find you've been stuck on a problem for more than 5-10 minutes please feel free to reach out to me, don't think you have to continue struggling. I can often clear it up quite quickly, or direct you to someone who can.

Darlene Hill

Duplicates/Merging DNA Pre-1700 Pre-1500

I'm Texas born but spent the majority of my childhood years in Colorado. After college, I moved to Florida, where I spent 20 years before missing my mountains. I've lived in British Columbia, Canada for over 20 years. I have always loved to travel, so I spend about six months a year doing just that . . . I have been working on my genealogy for 40 years and have an extensive tree (75,000+ people) on ancestry. I got interested in genetic genealogy through helping a cousin prove a connection with mtDNA in 2002. I'm fortunate to have both of my parents DNA tested. I focus the bulk of my research these days on genetic genealogy working with autosomal DNA and mapping segments. I also spent several years researching medieval genealogy exclusively and fell in love with it. Upon discovering Wikitree, I was asked to lead the European Aristocrats Project and am now also a leader of the Medieval Project. In addition to those, I am the leader of the Nantucket Founders Project and the Kirkland One-Name Study as well as Co-Leader of the U.S. Southern Colonies Project, the United States Project, and the U.S. Pioneers Project. I am also a member of several other projects. I enjoy assisting others with their research and monitor the G2G forum seeing who needs help with what. As to time zone that I'm in: November to April, I'll usually be UTC -5 (aka Eastern US time zone); May-October I tend to be UTC -7 (Mountain US time zone).

Isabelle Huth - French Only

New Members Sources

I'm French (from Lorraine). I fell into genealogy about twenty years ago. I can help new members on Wikitree, especially French new members. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me. I will guide you as best as I can. Je suis française (de la Lorraine). Je suis tombée dans la généalogie il y a une vingtaine d'années. Je peux aider les nouveaux membres sur Wikitree, et spécialement les nouveaux membres français. Si vous avez des questions, n'hésitez pas à me contacter. Je vous guiderai du mieux que je pourrai.

Darren Kellett

New Members Sources Duplicates & Merging

I was born in New Zealand with English, Irish and Scottish heritage mostly with relatives going to places like Canada, United States, Russia. I got the Genealogy bug through my dad's cousin who researched and wrote a book about my maternal grandmother's father. I have been involved with multiple projects with my main one's being Data Doctors, Categorization, New Zealand, Connectors and Sourcerers.

I am based in timezone GMT+12.

Robin Lee

Collaboration Sourcing DAR New Members

I live in California in the midst of "Gold Country" on PST. I have worked with many of the pioneer gravestone projects and have access to records which are not yet digitized. I am the leader of the US Presidents Project and love to help people validate their connections to US Presidents . I am also a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and can help with Patriot Ancestors. I am also experienced in Pre-1700 sources, and can help with Pre-1500 qualifications. 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.

Dieter Lewerenz

Dieser Benutzer spricht Deutsch als Muttersprache.
This user can contribute with an advanced level of English.
New Members Duplicates/Merging Sourcing Pre-1700

I was born in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany and since 1985 I live in Lower Saxony. My time zone is Central European Time, CET / Central European Summer Time, CEST. I am a retired police officer and have been doing genealogical research since 1987. I became involved on WikiTree in 2020 and am active in several projects. In the Germany project, I am the Project Coordinator for collaboration in the G2G forum and for Translation, and the Team Leader for the Translation Team and the Schleswig-Holstein Team.

I am very familiar with German sources as well as the frequent territorial changes in the territory of the former Holy Roman Empire and often travel to various archives in Northern Germany. I am happy to help others and willing to answer questions.

Doug McCallum

New member help Sourcing DNA Styles & Standards Duplicates/Merging

I’m a retired software engineer and have been working on genealogy for nearly 40 years. I started after asking an aunt about the family history and have been hooked on doing genealogical research ever since. About 10 years ago, i decided to stop doing genealogy and become a genealogist.

I have lived in Colorado for more than 35 years, went to school in Texas but grew up in Massachusetts. New England and Canadian Maritimes are where I have the most experience. I’m currently a Project Coordinator for the Categorization Project and a Team Leader for the Canada Managed Profiles Team.

Scott McClain

Sourcing Styles & Standards Pre-1500 Pre-1700

I was born in New Mexico, USA, but grew up mostly on army posts and air force bases overseas. My family lived in Eritrea, Italy, and Germany before we returned to Texas where I finished school. I practiced law for many years in Atlanta where I still live (EDT/EST). I'm retired from that now and pursuing my second career as a WikiTree genealogist. It doesn't pay as well, but it's a lot more fun.

Between my wife and me, our children’s ancestors include early colonials from New England to the Carolinas, 20th century Italians, Croats, and Poles, and some Irish and Jewish refugees thrown in for good measure. I love solving knotty research problems and helping others do the same. My goal is to always try to see things from another point of view. I look forward to helping however I can.

Peggy McReynolds

New member help Sourcing Duplicates/Merging Pre-1700

I first became interested in “family history” about 2010, from curiosity about 3 small family cemeteries in NorthWest Arkansas. It took me nearly 5 years before I discovered WikiTree and realized it was a perfect fit for me. The people are incredibly skilled and friendly and their contributions seem never ending. And what an incredible G2G forum!

I’m a retired Architectural Engineer (University of Kansas) and met my husband in college. While I’m comfortable in the computer environment, I haven’t written a program since 1982. (Yes, technology has changed a bit in the past 40 years.) We lived in the Kansas City Area immediately after our retirement and then moved to northwest Georgia in the spring of 2019. We love the new climate here; still get to experience all the seasons but “winter” doesn’t seem harsh.

There’s so much depth to WikiTree, there will always be more to learn. I enjoy guiding new members who are trying to accomplish their WikiTree goals, I often learn a lot too.

Betty Norman

New member help Styles & Standars Sourcing Pre-1700

I was born and raised in South Carolina, but moved to Texas years ago; that's where I live now. My mind and my heart still return to the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina, that part once known as District Ninety Six. It was there I first heard the fascinating stories of long-ago and was told "No, there's no way to find out any more..." So it was only in recent years that I began to study genealogy and learn the true stories of my family. I love research and I love writing, so it was natural for me to want to document the stories of my ancestors. I also remember that it isn't easy getting started or figuring out "how." Sometimes a helping hand is all it takes!

Susie Officer

New member help Sourcing Style and Standards Pre-1700 Pre-1500

You can learn more about who I am from my profile. I love guiding people and my family tell me I am very patient but that I spend too much time on WikiTree! I’m an early adopter when it comes to technology so know my way around a computer (PC and Mac). There is much to learn about how to get things done on WikiTree and I find I discover new things every day. I am constantly learning how to improve the research I document and how I engage with WikiTree members.

Ronel Olivier (South Africa / Afrikaans Only)

Hierdie gebruiker se moedertaal is Afrikaans.
This user can contribute with an intermediate level of English.
Deze gebruiker heeft basis kennis van de Nederlandse taal.

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 te gee. Ek is 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 :-)

Ronel is beskikbaar om alle lede van Suid-Afrika te help asook diegene wat meer gemaklik voel in ons moedertaal, Afrikaans.

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.

Ronel is available to help all members from South Africa and also those who feel more comfortable speaking Afrikaans.

Austin Pérez (Spanish Only)

Este usuario tiene el español como lengua materna.
This user can contribute with an intermediate level of English.

David Randall

New Members Sources Duplicates & Merging Styles & Standards Pre-1700

I was born and raised in Southern California but moved to Texas a little more than a decade ago. I worked for many years in social services before opening my own education center for adult-learners. I technically retired several years ago, although it would be false to state that I no longer work, as I am now a full-time live-in caregiver for my aging mother and autistic sister. I have been an enthusiastic genealogist for more than four decades, and in all this time my passion for the hobby has never wavered. One of my greatest joys is helping others to discover this same passion for themselves and I am always excited to help others in whatever way I can.

Isabelle Rassinot (French only)

Cet utilisateur a pour langue maternelle le français.
This user can contribute with an advanced level of English.

Le français est ma langue maternelle (je suis française et vis en banlieue parisienne), contactez-moi si vous avez des questions et que vous êtes plus à l'aise pour discuter en français.

New to mentoring and here to provide help for French-speaking members who struggle with English.

Azure Robinson

New_Member_Help Sources GEDcompare/GEDcoms

I was born in Beaverton, Oregon at the home of family friends. The last of nine children, with the oldest being 21 years older than me! I was one of those kids that sat on the floor listening to the parents (and older siblings) talk while everyone else was outside playing. Learned to love genealogy from my father and his sister who were writers and genealogists. I love helping others figure out something new or to help with research. I’m a firm believer in giving someone the benefit of the doubt. Honored to be here! I live in New Mexico so am in the Mountain time zone.

David Selman

New Members Sourcing Duplicates/Merging Styles & Standards Collaboration Pre-1700 Pre-1500 Suggestions/Data Doctoring
Texas born and raised! Located in the CDT / CST time zone. Have been seriously interested in our family’s genealogy for the last 25 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 Leaders, Mentors and Volunteers, I was able to find my way around. I am a WikiTree Project Leader, Co-Leader of the Mentors/Mediators and G2G Integrators Projects, Greeter, Ranger, G2G Moderator, Pre-1700 Greeter, Project Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Pre-1700 and Pre-1500 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

Ellen Smith

Collaboration GEDCompare DNA
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 since it was 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.

Pam (Cormac) Cormac Smith

New Member Help Sourcing Duplicates & Merging GEDcompare Pre-1700 Styles and Standards

Hi, I'm Pam, and am from South Africa, so my time zone is SAST. I've been on WikiTree for a while and am always keen to learn something new - luckily for me, WikiTree gives me loads of opportunities to do exactly that. I struggled for a long time on my own before I realised what a wonderful community this is and that there was no need to battle along by myself. Don't be shy to ask for help....we all remember what it's like to learn something new.

Astrid Spaargaren (Dutch members only)

Deze gebruiker heeft het Nederlands als moedertaal.
This user can contribute with an advanced level of English.
Dieser Benutzer hat sehr gute Deutschkenntnisse.

My name is Astrid, I am half Dutch, half German, product of WWII, feeling 100% Dutch. And I love to help anyone out that starts here at WikiTree. I experienced WT not as a Tree but as a Jungle at my start. Maybe because of language as well. We are all here to find out about our ancestors. WikiTreers love to help. Soon you might be a helper too!

I am an active member of the Dutch_Roots_Project (now the Netherlands Project) for about 5 years now. I fell in love with WikiTree because I love that we need to add reliable sources here. No one likes an untrue/fake/false family line. But I had no clue how to find reliable sources! Everything can be learned as long as you meet a sweet helper. I found many!

As I started here I felt ignorant, as it is so different from other genealogy sites. On my second day, I was invited to join the Dutch Roots Project but as I felt ignorant I did not join the Project. What add could I be? A week later, still not getting all at WikiTree, and sort of feeling lost, I decided to join the Dutch Roots Project after all. That was the best decision I ever made.

I got lots of help, for months, as I wanted to do things right from the start. :D (Please do not look at the profiles I made the first year. They probably still look bad!) But I really like to pass that help on. I still know how it felt here at the start and how wonderful it was so many here were willing to help!

As we share ancestors, sometimes we may feel uncomfortable as others work on "our" profiles, but at WikiTree we share profiles. Collaboration is the word here. :)

If you need help with any Dutch (not to be confused with Deutsch as that is German) ancestors feel very free to contact me. I can not guarantee you get all answers but I can show you where to look. At least I can show you where to find reliable sources.

Last quote: Asking for help is the hardest thing to do. Helping out is easy.

The more help you ask for, the faster you understand WikiTree, and the more you can help others. 💕

Mijn naam is Astrid, Ik ben half Nederlands, half Duits, voortkomend uit WWII, maar voel me 100% Nederlands. Ik hou ervan om iedereen die op WikiTree (WT) begint te helpen. Ik voelde WT niet als een boom maar als een oerwoud toen ik begon. Misschien ook door de taal. We zijn hier allemaal omdat we onze voorouders willen vinden. WT-ers willen heel graag helpen. Wie weet ben jij binnenkort ook een WT helper!

Ik ben een actief lid van de Dutch_Roots_Project (heet nu Netherlands_Project) ongeveer 5 jaar nu. Ik werd verliefd op WT (WikiTree) omdat we betrouwbare bronnen moeten toevoegen. Niemand will een niet kloppende/fake/valse familie pedegree. Maar ik had geen idee hoe die betrouwbare bronnen te vinden behalve via WieWasWie en hoe die toe te voegen aan profielen? Maar alles is te leren zolang je maar iemand tegenkomt die je lief helpt. Ik vond heel veel hulp. Maar van een heel veel!

Toen ik hier begon kreeg ik een invitatie van de DRP om lid te worden. Ik had geen enkel idee hoe of waar betrouwbare bronnen te vinden. Dus waarom zou ik lid worden, ik was van geen waarde. Na ongeveer nog een week op WT, nog steeds dingen niet snappend, sprong ik in het diepe en werd lid van de DRP. Dat was de beste beslissing ooit.

Ik kreeg hulp voor lange tijd, ik wilde dingen goed doen vanaf de start. Als je nu naar mijn eerste profielen kijkt zijn ze waarschijnlijk zooooo fout! :D MAAR ik wil de hulp die ik kreeg graag doorgeven. Ik weet nog steeds heel goed hoe ik me hier voelde toen ik begon. En hoe bijzonder was het om zoveel hulp te krijgen.

We delen voorouders hier @WT, soms als een ander dingen veranderd op "onze"profielen kan dat fout voelen. Realiseer je "onze/mijn" profiel bestaat niet op WT. Samenwerking is het motto hier. Maar als iemand in jouw ogen een profiel ruineerd, neem contact op met mij. Oplossen via op een aardige en beleefde manier werkt het beste.

Als je hulp nodig hebt met Nederlandse profielen (niet te verwarren met "Deutch" profiles (=German profiles), Nederlandse profiellen/ancestors voel je vooral heel vrij om me te mailen. Ik kan niet garanderen dat je alle antwoorden krijgt waar je op hoopte maar ik kan je helpen om te zoeken waar en hoe,voor betrouwbare bronnen.

Laatste opmerking: Om hulp vragen is heeeeeeeeeel lastig. Om te helpen is heel makkelijk.

Hoe meer hulp je vraagt hoe sneller je WT snapt. Hoe meer anderen jij weer kan helpen. 💕

I. Speed

New Members Sourcing Duplicates/Merging Pre-1700

I am an Australian living in Japan. My ancestry is mostly English and Scottish with a dash of Irish, Channel Islands and who knows what else. My main research focus is England and Australia. I am a member of the England Project and enjoy researching the 1500-1700 period. I am familiar with English research resources and can help newer WikiTreers to learn how to find and cite reliable sources.

As a co-founder of the Accessibility Angels Project, I am committed to reducing barriers for people who are blind or have low vision, limited mobility or similar disabilities, so they can find their way around WikiTree’s webpages and contribute to the single family tree.

I am a lawyer by training. However, I don’t give legal advice on WikiTree about copyright laws and related issues.

Gillian Thomas

Duplicates & Merging New Members Sourcing

I'm from New South Wales in Australia and have been doing my family history for about 25 years. I am more experienced in doing genealogy in Australia, England and Scotland, where most of my family came from, but can help out with any English-speaking country. I've been on WikiTree now for a few years and love what can happen when people collaborate on a shared tree. I enjoy making sure that duplicates are merged together and that the right parents are connected to the right spouses and children. Having completed - and highly recommending - the Profile Improvement (PIP) Voyage and the Scotland Project Tartan Trail, I'm pretty confident with most aspects of creating great profiles, including writing biographies with inline sourcing and adding categories and stickers, although images aren't my forte! Ask me if you don't know what the PIP Voyage and Tartan Trail are :-) I'm not an expert on the genealogy of Australia's First Nations People but I'm a co-leader of the Indigenous Australians project, and would be really happy to work with you if you are researching your Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander family history. I'm also a co-Leader of the Australia Project and the Arborists Project.

Stephen Trueblood

New Members Sourcing Duplicates & Merging Pre-1700 Profiles Styles and Standards

I was born in Pasadena, California. My childhood was peripatetic and now I live in London. I am married to a lady from Hong Kong and we have three children. By profession I am a geologist.

I am a proud American whose ancestors can be divided into fourths: 1. The Quakers. Pre-1700 arrivals in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, later moving to Indiana; my paternal grandfather. 2. The Louisianians. Acadians and others descended from the earliest ships arriving in Nova Scotia in 1610. Plantation builders, lawyers, doctors, newspaper editors; my paternal grandmother. 3. The late-comers. Poor farmers arriving in the 1860s from Scotland and Germany; my maternal grandfather. 4. The Great Migration ancestors. Puritan arrivals on the Mayflower and Governor Winthrop's fleet; my maternal grandmother. With that background I am particularly focused on helping with the link from the colonies back to the mother countries; it's endlessly fascinating if often frustrating.

Amy Utting

New Members Sources
I live in Auckland, New Zealand, though I have ancestry predominantly from the British Isles and the rest of Europe. I have been interested in genealogy for several years now, though I only began to consider myself an amateur genealogist once I started to find my feet and figure out where I stood within the spindling branches of our tree. When I first joined WikiTree, I was hardly active—I felt daunted by the experience and knowledge of those around me and within the community. After beginning to reach out to the community, I've started to truly find a home within WikiTree and I do believe that the community of WT is the greatest out of the genealogy websites currently available.

I am a member of a number of projects, and I try to be as active as I can be while juggling school work and my collection of books. I like to think that I'm a helpful and approachable person, and I'm always happy to try and help wherever I can—and if I can't, I try to find someone who can. I've grown a lot since I joined this marvellous community, and much of that is thanks to the brilliant members of it, so I'm thrilled that I'm now able to give back to say thank you for the patience and support I've been given. Living where I do, I'm in GMT+12 (except Daylight Saving), but I'm almost always available.

Joan Whitaker

New Members Sourcing Styles & Standards Duplicates/Merging Pre-1700

I have lived in Yorkshire, England all my life. I have been researching my family for over 30 years, spending many hours trawling through information in record offices in the early days. My family never left England, so that is where all my research is located. I joined WikiTree in February 2017, and have become totally addicted to it. I love sharing my research and helping with others with theirs. I work mainly in the England Project and the Disasters Project. Many of my ancestors were coal miners and I have developed an interest in coal mining disasters, especially those that occurred where my family were. Its a privilege to be a WikiTree mentor and I hope I can help.

Kathy Zipperer

New Members Sourcing Styles & Standards

I was born in Ohio, lived in Michigan, went to college in Tennessee, met my husband in Rhode Island at a math conference, and we now live in Georgia. As far as I can remember, I’ve always been interested in my ancestry and have taken on the roll of keeper of family names and dates (which is what I used to think genealogy was).

I’m currently an active Data Doctor, where I make corrections nearly every day, and a somewhat active member of the Southern Colonies Project focusing on the state of Georgia (USA) where I currently live. I really love WikiTree and like to explain parts of WikiTree profiles to anyone who will listen. I’m excited to help new WikiTreers get better!

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