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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.


Don Howard

Don Howard
Don is a Sourcerer and member of our Germany and Notables projects. "I like WikiTree because high standards of sourcing are promoted, and there are a lot of group activities." [interview]

Claire Nava

Claire Nava
"I've been on WikiTree for just over five years. I have gone as far back as I can with most of my direct ancestors, so now I'm volunteering with the Greeters. ... My new current favorite is being a Data Doctor. I was an English teacher for a number of years, so it's nice to use my detective and proofreading skills to help people strengthen their profiles." [interview]

Brad Cunningham

Brad Cunningham
"I spend a lot of time on the Dorset, Somerset, & Cornwall teams in the England Project. ... I have to say that I believe one of the best things about WikiTree is the Orphans Trail. I hope that one day it will be something that everyone who joins WikiTree will take to start their journey." [interview]

Sarah Mason

Sarah Mason
"I am the Membership Coordinator for the Scottish Clans Team, Team Leader for Scotland Connectors, and a member of various other Scotland teams. I am also the Project Coordinator for the Nebraska subproject of the United States Project. In One Name Studies, I coordinate for Mason, Gore, and McGannon." [interview]

Mark Sutherland-Fisher

Mark Sutherland-Fisher
"I look after around 4,000 profiles of members of my extended family. I have the privilege of being a member of the leadership team of the new Scotland Project with special responsibility for Scottish Clans and Scottish Nobility. I therefore spend roughly half my time on WikiTree encouraging and supporting other members, especially those newer to genealogy, and the other half improving profiles." [interview]

Jackie Prentice

Jackie Prentice
"Apart from my One Place Study of Kirkby, Lancashire, I am part of the Cemeteries Project where I concentrate on military graves within the Moray area of Scotland. I have recently begun to learn Connecting with the help of the wonderful Carol Keeling. My main focus at the moment is being the Project Membership Coordinator for the Scotland Project." [interview]

Becky Troth

Becky Troth
"I joined WikiTree fairly recently, in May 2019, so less than a year ago, and I am addicted! I was quickly introduced to the fantastic England Project and their wonderful Orphan Trail. I'm now the team leader for the England Project's Shropshire Team, Shropshire being very close to my heart, and I have started two one-name studies, Troth and Elcock." [interview]

Cheryl Skordahl

Cheryl Skordahl
"I couldn't say enough about how much I enjoy the Puritan Great Migration Project. Our two leaders are fantastically encouraging and helpful. ... I'm also active in the United States Project, Profile Improvement Project, and 52 Ancestors. I've found my WikiTree home among the fabulous genealogical friends within these projects." [interview]

Greg Clarke

Greg Clarke
Greg is active in Canadian projects and WT Apps. He also enjoys our quarterly marathon events. ("The Clean-a-Thon and Source-a-Thon are my favourites.") Lately he's been developing and sharing great apps including Relative SpiderWebs. [interview]

Michael Schell

Michael Schell
Palatine Migration Project member Michael likens WikiTree to a collaborative jigsaw puzzle where the pieces you're putting together eventually connect with the pieces others have put together. "That process of hooking up is the funnest part about jigsaw puzzles and also the funnest part about WikiTree." [interview]

David Urquhart

David Urquhart
David volunteers as an Arborist, Connector, Ranger, and Sourcerer. "I have found WikiTree to be extremely addictive and move about whereever the distraction takes me. I enjoy being involved in projects because of the interaction and collaboration." [interview]

Paula Franklin

Paula Franklin
Paula is active in the Global Cemeteries, Categorization, and Data Doctors projects. Her advice to new members: ask questions in G2G. "Remember, it is not your tree or my tree, but our tree, and each and every one of us has a vested interest in improving and sourcing it. We will be happy to help you." [interview]

Todd Stanton

Todd Stanton
Todd is a Project Coordinator for the Rhode Island and Westward Ho projects. "I am now working with one local county historical society which has decided to use WikiTree as its platform for building profiles of its early county residents." [interview]

Peter Roberts

Peter Roberts
Peter co-founded the DNA Project and leads a Bahamas Project. "From genetic genealogy I have learned that we are indeed all cousins of each other to some degree," says Peter. "The quest is to find what traditional genealogical records exist to help reveal HOW we are related." [interview]

Danielle Liard

Danielle Liard
Danielle leads the Québec Team in the Canada Project and is a major contributor to Québécois projects and categorization. She loves the collaboration on WikiTree. "We often don't have access to all the same sources ... asking about something on G2G gets some amazing answers." [interview]

Margaret Summitt

Margaret Summitt
Margaret enjoys practicing "Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness" and making connections for others on WikiTree. She's a frequent participant in the casual weekend chat. [interview]

Bill Sims

Bill Sims
Bill has earned both "52 in 52" badges — for sharing 52 photos and 52 ancestor profiles in 52 consecutive weeks. "When I first started participating in the WikiTree project I got a little frustrated as there were so many options," says Bill. His advice to new members: "take advantage of the tutorials, don't be bashful and ask the experts questions. They are always eager to help." [interview]

Wendy Taylor

Wendy Taylor
Wendy helps coordinate the Greeters Project, which she sees a "24 hour service desk" for new members. She enjoys "helping other people make the most of WikiTree." [interview]

Katie Goodwin

Katie Goodwin
Katie joined WikiTree in 2018 because she was looking for "1) a free site 2) where people could see my work without logging in and 3) looked like it was going to be around for a long time." She now helps protect our shared tree during two shifts a week as a Ranger. [interview]

Greta Moody

Greta Moody
Greta is a Greeter, a Cemeterist, and a member of the Palatine Migration Project. "I think reading the New Member How-To is the best way to figure WikiTree out. New members should feel free to ask anything ... I'm always willing to answer any questions." [interview]

Astrid Spaargaren

Astrid Spaargaren
Astrid is a Dutch Roots Project member and one of our friendly, welcoming Greeters. "It took a while before I was able to make nice profiles at WikiTree with links to reliable sources, images, etc. But fortunately I received the best help ... people are all volunteers here, equal and very friendly." [interview]

Julie Ricketts

Julie Ricketts
Julie is one of our community's most committed and generous volunteers. Julie co-leads the WikiTree Mentors and volunteers as a Mediator. "The most fundamental thing that I love about WikiTree is the One Profile Per Person philosophy. The more I work in this sort of environment, the less I understand why anyone would want to work on their family in any other way." [interview]

Walter Howe

Walter Howe
Walter Howe is a dedicated researcher of the Howe surname and participates as a WikiTree Ranger, Data Doctor and Connector. "One thing I enjoy doing on WikiTree is finding a newly entered, unconnected Howe and then researching and linking the person to the greater tree." [interview]

Mags Gaulden

Mags Gaulden
Mags is a leading member of WikiTree's DNA Project. "I LOVE WikiTree's DNA features! WikiTree does things with DNA that no other genealogy site does, we combine community, collaboration and we do DNA the 'backwards' right way. We post DNA testers to the ancestors' profiles!" [interview]

Lizzie Griffiths

Lizzie Griffiths
Lizzie helps lead the England and Titanic projects. "This is without a doubt the most collaborative community in genealogy. I truly feel like I have a family here." [interview]

Joan Whitaker

Joan Whitaker
Joan co-leads the England Project and is active in the Mining Disasters Project. "WikiTree has made me a better genealogist. Since joining I have improved my researching skills, and now look for information in places that I would never have thought about before. My research is documented better and my ancestors have become real people, rather than just names." [interview]

Peggy Watkins

Peggy Watkins
Peggy is a team leader in the British Columbia Project. Her favorite thing about WikiTree is the community. "I think of it as social media with a purpose! You meet interesting characters that all enjoy the same hobby but otherwise come from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives." [interview]

Cari Starosta

Cari Starosta
Cari contributes to the German Roots and Holocaust projects and enjoys helping with unsourced and unconnected profiles. "I love the collaborative spirit on WikiTree. I love that everyone can contribute to all profiles." [interview]

Cheryl Hess

Cheryl Hess
"My favorite thing about WikiTree is how close you can become to people that you have never met. By working together in G2G, or maybe working with the "Greatest Gang" (Greeters), or coordinating with other members to find sources, it really does feel like everyone is working together toward one goal." [interview]

Margaret Haining

Margaret Haining
Margaret is active in the Data Doctors, Australia and Categorization projects. "So often, especially working on other sites, family history seems a bit lonely ... here on WikiTree you have access to all sorts of profiles across the world, and can 'talk' to as many or as few people as you choose, from all over the world, all on a similar journey." [interview]

Frank Santoro

Frank Santoro
Frank is a team leader for the Italy Project. "I like to go through the G2G postings looking for members with Italian heritage to see if I can help them beef up their Italian lines. I've gotten a couple of Generous Genealogist awards for the contributions I've made to help folks break through brick walls." [interview]

Tanya Lowry

Tanya Lowry
"WikiTree is a must have in every home ... it's a good place to keep a tree free forever," says Tanya. It makes her "happy knowing that whatever happens to me, that info will help explain my path and my research will be intact." [interview]

Michael Cayley

Michael Cayley
Michael is co-leader of the Magna Carta and Quaker projects. "I love the way we work together. We all have different areas of expertise and knowledge, and different skills and interests. Between us we can create something better than any of us could do individually." [interview]

Hilary Gadsby

Hilary Gadsby
Hilary has been a member for 8+ years. She leads the England Project's help desk and coordinates county teams for the Wales Project. She's also one of the generous Greeters who welcome new members. [interview]

Shannon Thomas

Shannon Thomas
Shannon Thomas has been a member since 2013. She's active in our Profile Improvement Project, helps protect our tree as a Ranger, and shares the WikiTree Love as a "Tree Hugger" on the Appreciation Team. "WikiTree has given me many new ancestors, has helped me make genealogy friends, and I have learned a lot about research." [interview]

Virginia Fields

Virginia Fields
Ginny volunteers as a WikiTree Greeter and participates in the Southern Pioneers and Virginia projects. "I love the ability to collaborate; WikiTree is the first genealogy website that successfully promotes working together for the good of all." [interview]

Melanie Paul

Melanie Paul
Melanie is currently working on unsourced profiles for the Australia Project. She particularly likes contributing to ANZAC veteran profiles. She appreciates being part of a collaborative community. "If we get stuck on something, or need to understand something, there's usually someone else who knows what we don't." [interview]

Jeff Timmons

Jeff Timmons
Jeff is currently attempting to identify and document all the descendants of his known ancestors. "For a few of my third great grandparents, I have identified and documented close to 1,000 descendants of each." [interview]

Jim Angelo

Jim Angelo
"I did an extensive search to find what I thought was the right combination of an online, free-to-all, comprehensive genealogical database; sufficient but unobtrusive governance; and a collegial, congenial, cooperative atmosphere in support of mutually-shared objectives. WikiTree was the clear winner." [interview]

Patricia Ferdig

Patricia Ferdig
"Currently, I'm working on adding profiles, biographies, and sourcing the casualties from Arrow Air Flight 1285. I've also recently joined the Cemeterists and enjoy tromping through cemeteries for pictures, then researching and writing up a history of the cemetery." [interview]

Deb Durham

Deb Durham
Deb is co-leading the new Volunteer Coordinators project and the Appreciation Team (the "Tree Huggers"). "There quite simply is no other genealogy site that even comes close to the atmosphere of shared goals, helpfulness, and inclusion that WikiTree offers." [interview]

Alexis Nelson

Alexis Nelson
Alexis is an Adoption Angel and a member of the US Civil War, 1776, Quakers projects. Recently she's been "having the best time ever" doing the 52 Photos and 52 Ancestors sharing challenges together with a cousin. [interview]

Traci Thiessen

Traci Thiessen
"I'm co-coordinator of the Perkins Name Study with Clyde Perkins who recently added new WikiTree profiles for all the Perkins men who were killed in Vietnam along with their military information, etc. I then wrote their biographies and tried to connect them to the global tree." [interview]

Leif Kristensen

Leif Kristensen
Leif coordinates the Norway Project and helps protect our shared tree as a Ranger. "I like the WikiTree focus on quality research, and the promise to keep the data around. ... And of course it's a great community here, which I love being a part of." [interview]

Alex Stronach

Alex Stronach
Alex helps coordinate Saturday Sourcing Sprints. "In the beginning, I didn't really grasp the WikiTree ethos ... now it's become my favorite genealogy site to work with. The other sites have their pros and cons, and I'm not dismissing them, but once you get the hang of it, WikiTree is where it's at." [interview]

Keith Cook

Keith Cook
Keith is a member of the Military and War and Sweden projects and operates two one name studies. He likes to improve profiles on his Watchlist by sequence of birthdays. "Whenever I get a weekly WikiTree email, I go down the birthday list for that week." [interview]

Azure Robinson

Azure Robinson
Azure participates in our Magna Carta, US History, and Data Doctor projects. She recently started a free-space project on Jehovah's Witnesses. [interview]

Leslie Cooper

Leslie Cooper
Leslie is a prolific contributor, earning the Club 1,000 badge almost every month, and he's active in our Australia Project. "I love the concept of building one family tree ... the level of collaboration is amazing." [interview]

Amy Gilpin

Amy Gilpin
Amy is a Project Coordinator for the Irish Roots Project and a Team Leader for the Cemeteries and Categorization projects. "I work with an amazing group of people here on a regular basis. They are friendly, encouraging and helpful and it's unlike any other genealogy site I've ever participated in." [interview]

Janet Wild

Janet Wild
Janet is one of our friendly Greeters and she's active in the England and Irish Roots projects. She is the Team Captain for the Sandringham Strollers in the upcoming Spring Clean-a-Thon. Janet loves the "collaboration, sharing and support from other members" on WikiTree. [interview]

Bart Triesch

Bart Triesch
Bart is a member of our Westward Ho and German Roots projects. "Much of my time is spent on improving my sources and adding to them," writes Bart. "I have developed genealogy colleagues from all over the world. We collaborate constantly, chipping away at shared brick walls." [interview]

Thomas Fuller

Thomas Fuller
Thomas leads a Fuller One Name Study and is a Sourcerer for the Michigan Project. "I try to whittle away at Unsourced Michigan profiles. ... Involvement at WikiTree has taught me to have high standards on sourcing and documentation." [interview]

Fiona Gilliver

Fiona Gilliver
"After doing as much as I can with my own family," says Fiona, "I'm now working on connecting, sourcing and writing the biographies of New Zealand settler families as part of the New Zealand Project." Fiona will be competing in the Spring Clean-a-Thon with the Kiwi Crew. [interview]

Caryl Ruckert

Caryl Ruckert
Caryl enjoys Biography Builders challenges and is currently growing the Scots-Irish and Ulster Scots project. "I started my family tree at a subscription site and I really wasted so much time chasing wild geese. ... The tools available and the members at WikiTree make me a better genealogist." [interview]

Kylie Haese

Kylie Haese
Kylie is a member of the Australia, Global Cemeteries, and German Roots projects. "I am Project Coordinator for the Oceania cemeteries team for Global Cemeteries ... I am quite passionate about making graves easily accessible to family researchers." [interview]

Jelena Eckstädt

Jelena Eckstädt
Jelena is a member of the German Roots, Slavic Roots, and Canada projects, and often creates a profile for the Notables Project when a celebrity passes away. "I really like the collaboration aspect of WikiTree, the collective knowledge that pours out in G2G. ... When I see that someone needs something in German, I always try to help." [interview]

Kay Sands

Kay Sands
Kay is a Data Doctor, Sourcerer, and Mayflower Project member. Like many of our generous genealogists, she often chooses a random profile to improve. [interview]

Rodney Long

Rodney Long
Rodney helps out as a Data Doctor and enjoys our G2G Q&A forum. "I have time set aside every day just to read the questions and answers. I do not think there is a day goes by that I do not learn something. In addition, members are very willing to help and give guidance when they are asked." [interview]

Louise Halpin

Louise Halpin
Louise "fell in love with the concept of one person, one family, one tree, one world!" She enjoys Saturday Sourcing Sprints and working on the genealogy of Chester A. Arthur and Rutherford B. Hayes for the US Presidents Project. [interview]

Alison Wilkins

Alison Wilkins
Alison has been a WikiTreer for five years. She likes to "flit between profiles" sometimes using Special:Anniversaries to choose an ancestor who was born, died, or married on this day. Now she is trying the new 52 Ancestors challenge to select profiles to improve and share. [interview]

Robin Helstrom

Robin Helstrom
Robin coordinates North American cemeteries for our Global Cemeteries Project. "It's so thrilling to me to be able to connect with other users and to see my work is making a difference not only for myself, but for the genealogy community in general." [interview]

Herb Tardy

Herb Tardy
Herb spends most of his time "either answering questions on G2G or chasing rabbits through the Unsourced list. I like working on 'nobodies.' ... As one of my favorite fictional detectives, Harry Bosch, says, 'Everybody counts, or nobody counts.'" [interview]

Paula Hawkins

Paula Hawkins
Paula Hawkins participates in Military and War projects and enjoys G2G Integrators and Data Doctors challenges. "This is how I learn and have fun at the same time." [interview]

Sharon Caldwell

Sharon Caldwell
Sharon is active in the South African Roots and United Kingdom projects. She appreciates how WikiTree collaboration leads to genealogy that is "way more accurate than on any other family tree site." [interview]

Rick San Soucie

Rick San Soucie
Rick is involved in the Quebecois and French Roots projects. "I also participate in a number of the Data Doctors Challenges ... I like being able to contribute to the overall health of WikiTree profiles." [interview]

Doug McCallum

Doug McCallum
Doug is active in the Canada Project with a special focus on Prince Edward Island. He's also doing a project to document the World War I soldiers of New Brunswick. [interview]

Skye Driggs

Skye Driggs
Skye is currently transcribing church records and creating profiles for people in her ancestors' Polish/Ukranian village. "This is the first time I broke out of my comfort zone ... In piecing together this great big puzzle, I have found more generations of ancestors." [interview]

Gigi Tanksley

Gigi Tanksley
Gigi participates in the Westward Ho!, Southern Colonies and Louisiana Families projects. "Everyone has something valuable to contribute to WikiTree no matter who they are or what their background is." [interview]

Carolyn Martin

Carolyn Martin
"I joined WikiTree in February of 2015, and have been addicted ever since. After I got my family entered, I joined the Cemetery Project and eventually set up free space pages on about seven cemeteries. I would go take photographs, then research the people and set up profiles on them if they weren't already on WikiTree. ... I love the idea of a One World Tree." [interview]

Paula Cullen

Paula Cullen
Paula is a Sourcerer, Connector, Data Doctor. "I love the collaboration on WikiTree and the fact that it allows you to correct longstanding genealogy errors that are propagated by other websites .... It also provides great cousin bait which has led to me finding out some interesting stories about my ancestors." [interview]

Fran Weidman

Fran Weidman
Fran enjoys sourcing — she was the top-scorer in the 2018 Source-a-Thon — and connecting people to our global tree. "I love being a part of the England Project and have met so many wonderful people that share the same passion." [interview]

Gaile Connolly

Gaile Connolly
Gaile enjoys enriching profiles "with as many sources as I can find and writing biographies as full as I can." She especially enjoys doing this collaboratively. "I find it so rewarding to work on profiles with other members. My very best experiences have been working on military heroes." [interview]

Peggy McReynolds

Peggy McReynolds
"Most of my time is still spent improving profiles and developing new WikiTree skills. In the past few months I've been using G2G more often. I enjoy getting to know other WikiTree members that are regularly using the forum; what an incredible mix of people willing to help." [interview]

Steven Harris

Steven Harris
Steven coordinates the Categorization Project and is very active in our Genealogist-to-Genealogist (G2G) Forum. "I don't think that there is any site available that would compare to the community here. ... I now spend most of my time helping others with their genealogy, either through collaboration in projects, or through simple searches of resources that I have available to me that others may not have access to." [interview]

SJ Baty

SJ Baty
SJ is a Project Coordinator for the Spain and Early Pennsylvania Settlers projects and volunteers as a Data Doctor, Sourcerer and Ranger. "I was very turned off by the sites that are happy to take the research I've done, and then charge a subscription to sell it to my cousins. ... Once I tried WikiTree, I was hooked. It is open, fosters collaboration, and I believe it will be here in the long run." [interview]



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