Help:Contact a Mentor
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:
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 almost 20 years now. 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 35 years and have an extensive tree (almost 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 still living and tested their DNA. 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. I am also an active 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).
New Members Duplicates/Merging Sourcing
I am a southern California native currently living in Anaheim. Yes, in fact I do live right next to Disneyland. As a kid my mom tried time and time again to get me interested in genealogy but she was never successful. She very much cares who our third cousin twice removed is but to me it’s just a stranger who I have no interest in getting to know. However in 2013 for Mother’s Day I gifted her a subscription to My Heritage so she could bring her research to the modern age. Since she is not well versed in technology I was helping her input things when I discovered that genealogy is very much a large puzzle; which I love. So while my lack of interest in my relatives hasn’t changed my love of puzzles has kept me plugging away on the genealogical front ever since. If you have a puzzle I love filling in the missing pieces.
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.
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.
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.
Duplicates/Merging GEDCompare New Members Sourcing Styles & Standards
Hi, I’m Pam, I’m from South Africa (my time zone is SAST) and that’s where my roots are but I can also help with sourcing for England and Scotland. I’m an enthusiastic and passionate amateur genealogist with a love of helping people, so never be shy to ask me for help especially if you think that it might involve loads of questions over a long period of time. My favourite things to do on WikiTree are, sourcing, free space pages, formatting and inline citations, graphics and images, biographies, and connections. I’m also a greeter – because I love helping people!
Susanna de Bruyn - South African only.
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”
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
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.
Collaboration New Members Pre-1500
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
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.New members duplicates/Merging Suggestions/Data Doctoring DNA Adoption
I am a west coast, USA girl, born and bred, so if I call you dude (even if you’re not a dude), I apologize in advance.
I am a professional genetic genealogist and published author. The majority of the work I do is finding birth parents for adoptees and other cases of unknown parentage. My favorite feature of WikiTree is the fact it is a one world tree where we all share ancestors and can collaborate on them.
I have been researching my own family for 35 years, but my favorite thing to do is connect people and families. Digging deep into research from over 200 years ago is not my favorite thing, so breaking down old brick walls is not where I can be of use to you. But I love looking at tangled families (when there are look alike people) and untangling them or connecting people to existing family lines. I can help you understand how to use DNA as supporting evidence in your research.
As a greeter, and because I’m involved in so many projects, I have a great deal of knowledge on how to navigate WikiTree and its features.
I am a co-leader of the Adoption Angels project. If you need help setting up your profile as an adoptee or creating a profile for a family member who was adopted, I can help you understand the ins and outs of honoring both birth and adopted family as well as working with privacy issues.
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.
Ronel Olivier (South Africa / Afrikaans Only)
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)
New Members Sourcing Duplicates/Merging Styles & Standards Suggestions/Data Doctoring
I am from Northeast United States, Connecticut specifically. I got interested in researching my genealogy about 30 years ago. We had a family reunion with my father’s family and my uncle put up a big family tree chart, which got me ‘hooked’. I got whatever information he had for my father’s family. My brother-in-law had some of my husband’s family information. My son-in-law and daughter-in-law each had some information, so I am trying to work on all of the ‘parts’ of our family tree at times. I have used Brother’s Keeper to store my genealogy information on my computer. It is a shareware software and has lots of reports to be used. I have uploaded some family tree to ancestry, but I don’t keep an active subscription with them. I like wiki tree since it is free and everyone is helping to grow each other’s trees. I am slowly adding my own family profiles, deciding to not upload a gedcom, so I can be sure of fewer duplicate and better sourcing than I previously did. I have learned a lot on wiki tree by going through different errors on Data Doctor, working mainly on Connecticut and Massachusetts errors, which is where the majority of my relatives are from. I have helped others along the way, trying to understand some of the errors and how to fix them.
I enjoy helping others that have duplicated families, which have duplicated profiles between the families. I am also an 'Arborist' on WikiTree.
I am willing to help anyone. We can all learn by helping each other!!
New Members Sourcing Pre-1700 Styles & Standards
Hi Everyone. I am Liverpool born and bred, but now living in Scotland. I have 2 cats, 2 dogs 1 husband. I love to work with people who struggle with the WikiTree way of constructing profiles and those who have difficulty with the collaborative aspect of WikiTree. I have been there myself and realise that it can be very difficult to let others work on ‘my profiles’. Don’t WikiTree When Angry is a good phrase to remember. I am happy to help anyone with any question they have and if I don’t know the answer I can always find someone who does.
Isabelle Martin (French only)Multilingual
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.
New Members Sourcing Duplicates/Merging Styles & Standards Collaboration Pre-1700 Pre-1500
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
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.
Astrid Spaargaren (Dutch members only)
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. 💕
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.
New Members Sourcing Duplicates/Merging
My interest in genealogy started in my teens and then took a hiatus for a few decades. After those decades the discovery in family records of an 1885 manuscript on my paternal grandmother’s Bond family with the earliest parts turning out to be from 1750 and earlier rekindled my interest. Having retired from a job that had me traveling much of the globe for many years it fascinates me to now trace the origins of so many ancestors. Having lived, worked or temporarily stayed sometimes within the same villages or towns where some ancestors lived how I wish I had known of them when I was traveling. Sounds like a great excuse for more travel (after my second retirement, of course).
Before I retired, I spent 30 years as a programmer and database developer, but what I enjoyed the most was helping, training, and supporting users of the software I developed. I have carried the same philosophy to Wikitree. Teaching and assisting Wikitreers to realize what Wikitree has to offer and developing their skills is something I truly enjoy and I’m always willing to help.
New Members Sourcing Duplicates/Merging
I was born in Ontario, Canada, but moved to England when I married. My interest in genealogy didn’t really begin until the 1990s and my parents didn’t really know much about their roots. My mother’s family are Danish and my father’s family came to Canada from Norfolk, England around 1840. I discovered WikiTree a while ago, but didn’t do much the first year, due to work pressures. Since retirement, I have become very active on WikiTree, doing my own genealogy and as a member and Project Co-ordinator for the Greeters Project.
I love helping people and love hunting for sources. I am good at seeing both sides of the story. I am very pleased to have become a Mentor and really hope I can help others to enjoy and value WikiTree as much as I do.
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.New Members Sourcing DNA GEDCOMs Styles & Standards Multilingual
I was born and raised on Sugar Cane farm in North Queensland, Australia. I first started researching my Genealogy forty years ago before computers and certificate by certificate was the way to go. Twenty years ago I bought my first computer and entered every bit of information into Family Tree Maker. This then led me to Ancestry. Big mistake. I eventually found Wikitree in 2013 and uploaded a small gedcom. Around this time my father became ill and eventually passed away in 2016. During the time he was ill, I concentrated on Urquhart family research and spent many days researching the whole Urquhart family and showing my father. I have also started an Access database of my research. My paternal side is all Scotland and my maternal side is all England so I have joined the appropriate areas to help where I can. I have also joined the Australia Project to help there as I have thousands of relatives in New South Wales as well. I enjoy wikitree a lot and have worked my way around quite a bit of it over the past year, so I am always happy to help and answer questions about anything that I know. Seeing a well sourced profile full of interesting information is always a pleasure to see not to mention the little skeletons that spring out.
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.
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.
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