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Meet Some WikiTreers

There are thousands of generous genealogists on WikiTree. Here are just a few. For more, read some of the comments members have left each other when awarding a Family Star, Community Star, Super Star, Generous Genealogist Red Star, Blue Star or Green Star, or the wonderful_wikitreers posts in G2G.

Every genealogist here is unpaid. "We are all volunteers, from the heart," as member Maggie N. puts it.

Saundra Stewart

Saundra Stewart
Saundra is busy in the Ohio Project profiling early settlers. "Right now I'm in Jackson county which led me to create a special category for Welsh Settlements in Ohio. That is a perfect companion to the African American Settlements in Ohio which I started to record the freed slaves who relocated in the state." [interview]

Mindy Silva

Mindy Silva
"I usually split my time up between cousin collaboration, projects such as PGM (Puritan Great Migration) and Data Doctors, Mentoring and Greeting help, and browsing through G2G. Lately, though, a lot of my time was spent working with Susie MacLeod on the new Portugal Project. [interview]

Bonnie Saunders

Bonnie Saunders
Bonnie is the Spain Project coordinator and enjoys the weekly challenges. "I have had several people contact me via WikiTree about specific ancestors, asking for information or scans, and they in turn have provided me with all kinds of useful data, anecdotes and pictures that have enriched the profiles I've posted." [interview]

Steven Tibbetts

Steven Tibbetts
Steven is active in our G2G (Genealogist-to-Genealogist) Forum and weekly Data Doctor Challenges. "When I first joined WikiTree the only family I knew went as far as my grandparents. ... Now I'm finding relatives from the Mayflower and even earlier." [interview]

Amy Utting

Amy Utting
Amy is active in the Irish Roots and New Zealand projects, recently became a Mentor, and investigates suggestions for cleaning up our shared tree as a Data Doctor. "Not only do I get a great sense of satisfaction from helping cleaning up what I can, but it's also immensely satisfying for my OCD." [interview]

Juha Soini

Juha Soini
Juha leads the Finland Project, helps improve our shared tree as a Data Doctor, and generously helps new members as a Mentor. [interview]

William Foster Jr.

William Foster Jr.
William leads the Virginia Project and is an avid user of our DNA features. "Whenever I find DNA connections, one of the first things I do is try to get them to create a profile on WikiTree and help them connect it up to the rest of the tree along the path to our shared ancestor." [interview]

Pip Sheppard

Pip Sheppard
Pip is active in the 1776 and US Civil War projects. "Before I joined WikiTree, I was slack on sources ... Now, I realize that that attitude isn't good enough, especially when I am responsible to all the other WikiTreers who are working so hard to get things right." [interview]

Edie Kohutek

Edie Kohutek
Edie is active in our G2G forum, enjoys participating in challenges, and is working on a Frazier One Name Study. "I think G2G is my favorite thing because it is where the WikiTree community comes together to discuss issues and resolve problems.  It is what sets this genealogy site apart from all others." [interview]

Wendy Sullivan

Wendy Sullivan
Wendy Sullivan is one of our friendly Greeters and co-leads the England Project and Spain Project. "There are so many wonderful people involved in these projects, who are giving so much of their time .... I am very privileged to work alongside them all!" [interview]

Joan Whitaker

Joan Whitaker
Joan leads the Profile Improvements Team in the England Project and is active in the Mining Disasters Project. "I like working with other people and sharing information," writes Joan. "I love the way that people on WikiTree come together and help each other." [interview]

Sandy Patak

Sandy Patak
Sandy was a top scorer in our 2018 Spring Clean-a-Thon and is very active on WikiTree as a Cemeterist. "I spend most of my time adding ancestors and uploading pictures of tombstones. As a Cemeterist, I am trying to complete the task of matching the photos with people." [interview]

Dave Rutherford

Dave Rutherford
Dave volunteers with the Rangers, Canadian and UK projects. "I have been astonished at the number of folks who have contacted me over the years [through WikiTree] ... I've worked with folks from Chengdu, China to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Every day is a new adventure. I don't know who I will hear from when I turn on my computer!" [interview]

Dr. G. Moore, Lt. Col.

Dr. G. Moore, Lt. Col.
Dr. Moore is active in the North Carolina Project. He is currently researching and improving the profiles of Revolutionary War veterans as part of an Iredell County One-Place Study. [interview]

Robin Kabrich

Robin Kabrich
Robin has been a WikiTreer for five years. She's active in Military and War projects, including the US Civil War Project — she has paternal great-grandparents who fought on opposite sides. [interview]

Loretta Corbin

Loretta Corbin
Loretta is an active Data Doctor and co-led the Southern Super Sweepers in our recent Clean-a-Thon. Her advice for new members: "Don't be afraid to ask questions, we have all been a newbie at one time or another. You will be surprised how much you will learn if you allow others to help you." [interview]

Kenneth Evans

Kenneth Evans
Kenneth is active in the Cemeteries and Australia projects. He appreciates that with WikiTree all his research is in one place — and this one place is accessible to everyone. [interview]

Gilly Wood

Gilly Wood
Gilly has been on WikiTree for six years. She's an active Greeter who welcomes new members to our community. And sometimes she goes much further than a simple welcome. "It is very exciting helping others locate their ancestors," says Gilly. [interview]

Thom Anderson

Thom Anderson
Thom is active in our DNA and WT Apps projects. He is developing an application to diagram how the families of DNA matches overlap to help you confirm relationships. [interview]

Carol Keeling

Carol Keeling
Carol helps with Sussex County for the England Project and works as a Data Doctor and Connector. "Having started to build my tree over 35 years ago, uploading my research to WikiTree has encouraged me to revisit each person ... as I work through them I feel more confident that it is proven to be correct, and will be freely available for other researchers to use." [interview]

Nicolas LaPointe

Nicolas LaPointe
Nicolas is a member of the Irish Roots, Jewish Roots, Quebecois projects, but is now spending most of his time adding and improving Japanese profiles. [interview]

Chris Ferraiolo

Chris Ferraiolo
Italian Roots project coordinator Chris has this advice for new members: "Don't be afraid to ask questions in the G2G forum. There's no such thing as a stupid question ... You're never alone on the site. Have a good time. Make friends and have fun exploring." [interview]

Nan Lambert

Nan Lambert
Nan has been active on WikiTree for five years. "These days, I've been spending the most time on data doctoring, and on a small project I started to build profiles of the victims of the Cherry Mine Disaster in 1909." [interview]

Lance Martin

Lance Martin
As an "unfocused researcher," Lance appreciates that WikiTree enables him to pursue his interests while keeping everything organized for himself and others in the future. "The most important thing is to have fun finding your place in history," he says. [interview]

Gillian Thomas

Gillian Thomas
Gillian co-leads the UK and England projects and the Worldwide Disasters Project. "My favourite thing about WikiTree is that we are creating a whole genealogical resource for the future. ... I am excited to be part of bringing that vision to life." [interview]

Michelle Ladner

Michelle Ladner
Michelle shares her six years of experience on WikiTree by helping "newts" and "newgs" as a WikiTree Mentor. Michelle says that mentoring inspires her to be a better genealogist herself. [interview]

Kitty (Munson) Cooper

Kitty (Munson) Cooper
Kitty is a leading genetic genealogy blogger and a champion for the combined power of DNA testing and a single family tree. "I blog about WikiTree a lot," says Kitty, "and mention it in just about every presentation I give." [interview]

Kristina Wheeler

Kristina Wheeler
Kristina enjoys participating in the Black Sheep Project and reviewing WikiTree+ suggestions. "WikiTree got me back into genealogy again," writes Kristina. "It is what the genealogy world needed, a place to preserve the legacy and humanity of who we are." [interview]

David Douglass

David Douglass
David is the Magna Carta Project coordinator. "When I first started as a new member I made all kind of mistakes," says David. "A very knowledgeable mentor gently turned me around and once I started doing things the WikiTree way I found that my profiles looked better, were more accurate and my research skills improved because a mentor cared enough to help me." [interview]

Kathryn Lake Hogan

Kathryn Lake Hogan
Kathryn is a professional genealogist who has been a WikiTree member for eight years. "I love that most WikiTreers are serious about wanting to work collaboratively and create well sourced profiles for our ancestors," she writes. And she loves "the monthly challenges to help us achieve that," such as the Sourcerers and Bio Builders challenges. [interview]

Marty Acks

Marty Acks
Marty has been making over 1,000 contributions to WikiTree every month for three years. He's active in the Scottish Clans and Sourcerers projects, and has found the Data Doctor suggestions "rather consuming as of late." This year he started speaking about WikiTree at local genealogy groups. [interview]

Jillaine Smith

Jillaine Smith
Jillaine was one of our first project leaders and helped develop many of our style rules and policies. She co-leads the Puritan Great Migration project and actively participates in the Native Americans project and in our G2G forum where she's been called "a blessing" to our community. [interview]

Mary (Brandt) Jensen

Mary (Brandt) Jensen
Mary is active in the Denmark and Categorization projects. "I evaluated several genealogy websites in searching for the right one," says Mary. "I was particularly interested in finding one that encouraged proper sourcing and that truly encouraged collaborative genealogy. WikiTree is it." [interview]

Barbara Shoff

Barbara Shoff
Adoption Angel and WikiTree Ambassador Barbara works on Brady DNA connections in a Facebook group and gives presentations on WikiTree at local libraries. [interview]

Greg Slade

Greg Slade
Greg was inspired by AJ Jacobs, author of the newly-released book "It's All Relative," to join WikiTree and help connect our global family. Greg's a two-time winner of the Connectors Challenge. [interview]

Leanne Cooper

Leanne Cooper
Leanne is the creator of this video introduction to WikiTree. "I love that WikiTree is such good cousin bait," she writes. "I have had many people contact me about the profiles that I manage, often to provide me with additional information. I’ve connected with many distant cousins through WikiTree." [interview]

Jean (Thornton) Roberts

Jean (Thornton) Roberts
Jeanie is active in the Puritan Great Migration and Native American projects. She admires her Puritan ancestors for "their bravery in crossing a very large ocean in a very small boat for a destination for which they knew very little, to create a new life for themselves and their children." [interview]

Greg Lavoie

Greg Lavoie
Greg is active in the French Roots Project where he's currently focused on the Presidents of France, French Notables, and Ancestry of Catherine de Baillon sub-projects. [interview]

Roland Arsenault

Roland Arsenault
Roland co-leads the Acadians Project. He loves the "never ending series of puzzles" in genealogy, and how WikiTree's open web-based model means that our ancestor's puzzle pieces can connect with world history. [interview]

Natalie Trott

Natalie Trott
Among her many activities, Natalie helps categorize profiles by the cemetery in which the person is buried and answers questions about categories in G2G. [interview]

Deb (Lewis) Durham

Deb (Lewis) Durham
Deb is an active Sourcerer. "The moment I found WikiTree and read about the premise behind it, I knew I’d found my genealogical home," writes Deb. "I've been so frustrated over the years by 'junk' genealogy. There are plenty of mistakes on WikiTree but we communicate with each other and work together to correct those mistakes while striving to provide proof for all of it." [interview]

Helmut Jungschaffer

Helmut Jungschaffer
Helmut appreciates the "emphasis on documentation" at WikiTree and often helps with German sources that are inaccessible to others. He also leads multiple surname projects and the Czech Roots Project. [interview]

Karen Tobo

Karen Tobo
Karen has been a member since 2011 and has made 100,000+ contributions. She's an active Connector who helps make the world a smaller place by growing out family connections for strangers until they meet on our global tree. "Making new connections is my favorite thing to do on WikiTree! I enjoy seeing how we all relate." [interview]

Isabelle Rassinot

Isabelle Rassinot
Isabelle is active in Saturday Sourcing Sprints and Data Doctor Challenges and is helping start up a French Roots project. Do you have ancestors from France? Join Isabelle! [interview]

Susie MacLeod

Susie MacLeod
Susie is one of our friendly Greeters. She bridges the Atlantic as a member of the UK and US history projects. "The spirit of collaboration and desire for accuracy are what drew me to WikiTree," Susie writes. "The selfless way in which people give of their time and energy to help others just warms my heart." [interview]

Robynne Lozier

Robynne Lozier
Robynne is currently active in the British Home Children Project and as leader of the Kiwi Crew in the upcoming Source-a-Thon. "I find myself on WikiTree pretty much every day," she says. "I am so addicted — to the community as well as the genealogy." [interview]

Dorothy Barry

Dorothy Barry
US Army veteran Dorothy is active in our Military & War Project, as a Greeter, and in many other corners of our community. She's leading the Southern Super Sweepers in this year's Source-a-Thon. (In the Clean-a-Thon they took fifth place and Dorothy as an individual took fourth.) [interview]

Sarah Rojas

Sarah Rojas
Sarah is a new WikiTree Leader. She leads the Arborists who seek out duplicate profiles and help WikiTreers with merges. "I love helping people and figuring out problems," she says. [interview]

Keith Hathaway

Keith Hathaway
Vermont karate instructor Keith is a moderator in G2G and one of the friendliest WikiTreers you'll meet there. He's also our community's superfan. Witness his WikiTree poem and the new WikiTree t-shirts he's embroidering himself. [interview]

Rubén Hernández

Rubén Hernández
Rubén participates in our Mexico Project and can be found in our G2G forum almost every day generously answering questions to help other genealogists learn to use WikiTree. "I can't stop WikiTreeing," he admits in his blog interview. [interview]

Alison Andrus

Alison Andrus
Alison currently leads the US History Project, an umbrella for many smaller projects. In her blog interview, Alison writes "I have met the most wonderful, caring and kind people on WikiTree you will ever want to meet. They are so generous with their time and talents, I have learned so much and feel so humbled." [interview]

Ellen Smith

Ellen Smith
Ellen is an outstanding, generous genealogist in G2G and everywhere else she participates. "It's been wonderful to experience how collaborative genealogy in WikiTree makes all of us better genealogists," she says. "Collaboration on our shared ancestors encourages us to share information and to hold each other to high standards." [interview]

Kay Wilson

Kay Wilson
Wonderful WikiTreer Kay is especially generous in answering DNA questions on complex issues such as using DNA to scientifically confirm family trees. "I love the collaboration with distant cousins who are working on the same ancestors," she says. "I love the wonderful DNA tools available to us on WikiTree." [interview]

Laura (Pennie) Bozzay

Laura (Pennie) Bozzay
Laura is very active on WikiTree, including in the German Roots Project. She recently made contact with a cousin in Germany thanks to WikiTree's DNA partnership with GEDMatch. [interview]

Ros Haywood

Ros Haywood
Ros is involved in a dozen projects, including six surname projects. "I have been on WikiTree since 2011 and am very active (I'm on it several times a day for several hours at a time). There's always something new to do!" [interview]

Jacqueline Girouard

Jacqueline Girouard
Jackie has been an active WikiTreer since 2014. She's a leader in the Acadians Project and Louisiana Families Project. One thing she loves about WikiTree is that she always has "something constructive to do with her time every single day." [interview]

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Campbell Braddock
Campbell is still a teenager but has made over 12,000 WikiTree contributions including work on an extensive Braddock surname study. "If I'm not sleeping, eating, working or painting a picture, I am on WikiTree." [interview]

Mel (Gilbert) Lambert

Mel (Gilbert) Lambert
Mel is very involved with the Military and War Project and is one of our amazingly generous and patient Mentors. Mentors are volunteers who give one-on-one help to other members who are having trouble with WikiTree's many complexities. "I love the collaboration, shared knowledge and the friendliness of our WikiTree members." [interview]

Debi (McGee) Hoag

Debi (McGee) Hoag
Debi is an active Greeter, Ranger, and Sourcerer. She co-leads the Quakers, Profile Improvement, and Greeters Projects "I love that there's a way for us to work together to record all our findings, both accurate and inaccurate, so that the most complete depiction of a person can be developed." [interview]

Summer (Binkley) Orman

Summer (Binkley) Orman
Summer is heavily involved in the Volunteer Coordinators and the Tennessee and Slavic Roots projects, and has now taken leadership of the Rangers, the vitally-important members who help us all by watching for "forest fires." [interview]

Lucy (Kelleher) Lavelle

Lucy (Kelleher) Lavelle
Lucy is the Source-a-Thon and Clean-a-Thon #1 top scorer. In her blog interview she writes, "I love how friendly and helpful the WikiTree community is — almost every conversation I have with WikiTreers feels like a warm hug!" [interview]

Cindy (Williams) Lesure

Cindy (Williams) Lesure
Cindy is a friendly Greeter and a cheerful Data Doctor. On New Years Eve 2014 she started entering information on WikiTree. Now, she says, "I must go to the website at least once a day! I volunteer as a Greeter and Messenger and am a Data Doctor. It is something I absolutely love!" [interview]

Liz (Noland) Shifflett

Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Liz has been a leading member for five years. She makes innumerable contributions including leading the Louisiana Project, Virginia Project, MatchBot Monitors, and Saturday Sourcing Sprints. "I was totally addicted the moment I found WikiTree in May 2012, which was a month after my mom died, so it was a balm to immerse myself in my family tree." [interview]

Charlotte Shockey

Charlotte Shockey
Charlotte was a top winner in both the Source-a-Thon and Clean-a-Thon. "I enjoy being a Greeter, the first person a new member interacts with. I always hope to give them a positive experience. I also love helping out with all the other projects I'm part of. Sometimes I don’t know if I have enough time in the day to do it all. LOL. Darn work for getting in the way." [interview]

Bea Wijma

Bea Wijma
Bea is one of our leading Dutch members. She's been instrumental in the Dutch Roots, New Netherland Settlers, South African Roots and Cape of Good Hope projects. Bea confesses, "I'm a WikiTree addict. 'Wicked Tree' is how my family members sometimes (joking) name it." [interview]

Emma MacBeath

Emma MacBeath
Emma, the second-place finisher in the 2017 Clean-a-Thon and leader of the winning team, "A Rose by Any Other Name." Emma is a Greeter, an Adoption Angel, and a project coordinator for the DNA Project. [interview]

Mags Gaulden

Mags Gaulden
Mags is one of the single most important leaders in our community. Currently she's most involved in the First Peoples Project and in reorganizing the DNA Project. Check out one of the WikiTree LiveCasts she hosts on YouTube. [interview]

Carole Partridge

Carole Partridge
Carole co-leads the Greeters who help make WikiTree "the most polite and friendly website on the Internet." See Carole in this YouTube LiveCast. "I dream of one giant tree that will eventually incorporate the latest research on every ancestor we know of," says Carole. [interview]

Bob Keniston

Bob Keniston
Bob is a Ranger and Data Doctor, and has been active in the Sourcerers, Bio Builders, and Connectors Challenges. See Bob in this YouTube LiveCast. "I enjoy the collaboration and assistance that you get when you join WikiTree." [interview]

David Selman

David Selman
David is a Texas Cemeterist and Volunteer Coordinator. He's one of our most helpful members and loves recognizing others' accomplishments in our G2G forum. "I especially like the friends I have made here [and] being able to ask for help with anything and always getting an answer." [interview]

Robin Lee

Robin Lee
Robin co-leads the Arborists and US Presidents projects and our Pre-1500 Certification process. See Robin in this LiveCast on YouTube. "What I love most about WikiTree is that it is a community, where we share what we know willingly and we gain when others gain. I have done a lot of volunteer work in my life and by far, this is the best environment that I have worked in as a volunteer." [interview]

Dorothy (Cook) Coakley

Dorothy (Cook) Coakley
Dorothy is an Arborist, Mentor, and Connector. She says everyone should presume that they are a cousin. Which, of course, they are, they just haven’t met yet! [interview]

Peter Roberts

Peter Roberts
Peter co-leads the DNA Project and leads a Bahamas Project. See Peter in this YouTube LiveCast on DNA usage. "From genetic genealogy I have learned that we are indeed all cousins of each other to some degree. So everyone is related to everyone else. The quest is to find what traditional genealogical records exist to help reveal HOW some of us are related." [interview]

Kitty (Cooper) Smith

Kitty (Cooper) Smith
Kitty is the co-leader of our DNA Project and 1776 Project, and leads a Smith One-Name Study. She's been active in the new Saturday Sourcing Sprints. See Kitty in this YouTube LiveCast on DNA usage. [interview]

Michael Stills

Michael Stills
Michael is a G2G forum moderator and 1776 Project co-leader. He's a great Ambassador for WikiTree, often giving presentations in his local community. Michael leads the way in our Presenters group, helping other WikiTreers share the love. [interview]




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