Hi! I’m Eowyn, the WikiTree Forest Elf.
"Calling her a Forest Elf enables us to be vague about her responsibilities. This is important because she does so ... darn ... much ... including an overall responsibility to make sure that things that need to get done by the team get done. If we wanted to be more professional-sounding we could call her a team manager or general manager.
One particular thing she does is manage GEDCOM imports. Indiscriminate GEDCOM imports would be the one sure way for WikiTree to become just another dark and confusing forest of often-copied, poorly-sourced family trees instead of one collaborative, ever-improving tree.
She has many years of genealogy experience, starting at a young age when she was tagging along with her mother who was volunteering at a family history library, and including three years as a professional genealogist.
Eowyn is incredibly cheery and positive, which comes in darn handy when dealing with an irate new member demanding to know why their 50,000-person family tree that stretches back to Adam and Eve can't be imported.
As mentioned, GEDCOMs aren't all Eowyn does. That's really just the start of it. Using some sort of elven magic, she somehow finds time to edit and write for our blog ... host our Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and other social networking pages ... greet and mentor new members ... ... initiate and lead a bunch of projects ....
We've stopped trying to track everything she does. It's a fool's errand for a mortal."
And I love dead people. I know…weird right? (Well maybe not so weird here on WikiTree, eh? :D )
They fascinate me. I love learning their stories about who they were and where they came from.
For me, every time I find an ancestor it’s like finding a little piece of my own puzzle. I was adopted when I was a baby but about 8 years ago I found my biological mother. I’ve been so blessed to be able to learn about both my biological and adoptive ancestors. It’s helped me understand that I’m a part of something so much bigger and more beautiful than just myself.
I'm happy to assist anyone in their own research in any way I can so feel free to shoot me a message. Besides, I love making new friends.
Through family history we discover the most beautiful tree in the forest of creation—our family tree. ~J. Richard Clarke
I was born 10 May 1978 in Espanola, Rio Arriba, New Mexico. My biological parents are Carlos Ramos and Laura Kim Thacker. I was adopted on 16 May 1978 through LDS Family Services by Dever Langholf, Jr and Joan (Richards)Langholf.
NOTE: I have had my DNA tested but it is not linked to this profile because I'm linked to my adopted parents, not my biological parents. My GEDmatch ID is M075449 and my haplogroup is J1. You can see my biological profile here.
My father joined the military when I was about 2, making her an Air Force brat. When he left the service 12 years later, I was still a brat. And yeah, even now - still a brat.
I was fortunate to have lived in many places including New Mexico, Utah, Korea, Maryland, England and California. I learned to speak Korean fluently while we lived there, but alas, when we moved to Maryland, there was not much need for a 7 year old to speak the language and now I only remember a few words. Even after she left home at 18, I couldn't stop wandering and have spent time in Arizona, Ohio and Michigan as well.
I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Contrary to popular belief, I do have hobbies and interests outside of genealogy but most of them tie into it in some way, like history, road-tripping, cemetery hopping, anything military related. I do love making new friends and getting to know people so don't be shy.
When I'm not Forest Elf-ing on WikiTree I also:
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