I join you as a student of life (still with a passing grade). As such, this introduction is not yet a genealogical profile, but a more appropriate social one. I still provide sources, via examples culled from Wikitree members' profiles. Shouldn't we all agree to try to do better?
I assign my well-sourced genealogical biography to my successors. For now, my genealogical tree begins with my DNA-proven parents. It seems I have advanced far enough in life to prove scientifically I am who I think I am. This is my one and only published scientific proof.
I owe a great shout out to each of my relatives who preserved essential, private, otherwise unrecoverable facts from family documents, and then connected it all together into a family tree. I am building on their efforts.
Also thanks to all family researchers, who have researched so thoroughly the treetops of my tree, creating an information-rich environment for goings-on four centuries ago.
I want to pay forward this head start, and WikiTree seems the best platform for such an endeavor, because I can envision it as one of the last bastions of restraint and scholarship in an increasingly 'facts don't matter' world. (Of course all is temporary, and being a .com site, the founders are suggesting a take-the-money-and-run eventuality, so keep your GEDCOM files high and dry.)
I have authored other blurbs on Wikitree:
I have been doing genealogical research on my ancestors for three decades, and DNA research for the past 15 years. I've done my share of prowling through courthouse basements, through unorganized boxes of documents at historical societies, through LDS-provided microfiche, through old historical volumes offered freely on the Internet, and through old cemeteries with indecipherable MIs.
DNA has taken my research far afield, discovering how I got here by learning about the location and life conditions of my paternal genetic 'tribe' at intervals over the last 70k years.
More recently, I spent early years in semi-rural Connecticut, middle school in rural Colorado, and then became a permanent, citified left-coaster (formerly purplish, but now deep blue): high school in SoCal, college in Bay Area, career in SoCal, retirement in Pacific NW.
After a college degree in mathematics, I enjoyed a career (42 years) in computer software, most of the final two decades on contract at JPL, while raising a family in SoCal. I have two children and one grandchild by my first marriage, and acquired three more adult children and six more grandchildren by way of my second wife, Debby. We now enjoy the retired life, in a house by the Sound.
Small ball (baseball terminology) describes my introverted approach to life, finding success by doing the small things well. As a retiree, I have a lot of time to follow my passions. Find me now digging on the Internet, satisfying an insatiable curiosity about all the happenings on planet Earth, including researching my family's ancestors.
I sign up for Projects on Wikitree with good intentions, but I am so busy puttering around at this and that, that I seldom find myself inspired to actually put in the extra work. Besides the 800+ direct ancestral profiles that I manage here, I have all my other interests to tend. But Project leads, don't give up on me. I typically take small bites to start, but once something clicks with me, I'm all in, at least for a few hours.
When not at my omputer pretending to work, find me photographing birds, tutoring grandchildren, restoring an old sports car, enjoying reading and taking online courses, walking/running with Moby (our bandit pooch - thieves shoes and socks), riding my bicycle through forest and field on trails re-purposed from old railway rights-of-way, watching streaming movies on big screen most evenings (our escapist entertainment treats), maintaining house and garden, enjoying life out and about, all shared with Debby.
Wait, there's more!
Blogs and other online formats:
Online Classes (undergrad-level, online, free, some prior knowledge assumed):
Have you taken a DNA test for genealogy? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.
On 6 Jun 2018 at 22:03 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:
You have received the England badge for being an active member of the England Project.
On 7 Apr 2018 at 21:03 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:
I am just checking in to see how things are going.
I know you are busy beavering away on the Orphan Trail, and on behalf of the England Team, I wanted to thank you for all the TLC you are giving to the England Orphans.
Once you have finished the trail, I will get back with you and help you find your niche in the Project.
If you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Wendy Project Coordinator for Welcome and Integration.
On 22 Mar 2018 at 17:54 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:
Did you know there's a Spring Clean-a-Thon organized ? It will last 72 hours in the weekend of 21-23 April 2018, a big event here you can register and since you're a member of our project perhaps you want to join us and have some fun ? Here's our Flying Dutchmen Clean-a-Thon Team
And..that's not all, we also will have our Dutch Roots Hoogovens Hotshots Challenge next week from 27 March – 2 April, so if you want to have some fun and work on something different for a change, you're very welcome to join us !
Greets from the Netherlands ,
The Dutch Roots Project Team :)
On 3 Mar 2018 at 01:09 GMT Gillian Thomas wrote:
Congratulations and a warm welcome on joining the England Project! Your badge also joins you up to the United Kingdom project– see United Kingdom Project Page. We are delighted to have you as part of the team. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and don’t forget to add England and United_Kingdom to your tags.
On 14 Jan 2018 at 15:42 GMT Melissa McKay wrote:
We have been working on setting up the Portal World-the Netherlands Project so now it's official.
On that page, we have a member sticker and category that you can add to your own profile and a tag for following us on G2G.
Here are the Portal pages we need some help with. We would ask that you send a Trusted List request for the portals you wish to work on or are interested in.
Thanks for joining and hope to see or hear from you soon :-)
Greets from Portal World the Netherlands,
On 12 Jan 2018 at 12:48 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:
Greets and keep up the wonderful work you do Weldon it's appreciated !
On 8 Dec 2017 at 23:59 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:
I was wondering if perhaps you would be interested to work on the Portal World-The Netherlands with Melissa and Bill and hopefully more members ? I was thinking maybe we can make it a sub Project of the Dutch Roots Project, where you all can add or work on more specific things related to the Netherlands you would like to see added there or work on.
If you are interested just add your name to the list and let me know, or you can of course contact Melissa or Bill directly.
Greets from the Netherlands,
On 23 Nov 2017 at 11:01 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:
There's an important Dutch Roots Project G2G, please check it out, we would love to see and hear from you there !
The Dutch Roots Project Team :)
On 1 Sep 2017 at 20:50 GMT Jan Terink wrote:
Did you know there's a new Source-a-Thon 2017 (first register here) organized for 30 September - 2 October 2017? A huge event, to keep things organized we are going to work with teams again. Since you're a member of our Project, perhaps you would like to join ourTeam Flying Dutchmen Team to help and source and improve Unsourced Netherlands profiles ?
We sure can use some help and you can win prizes, but the best thing of course is we are going to work on this together, get as many as possible Unsourced profiles Sourced and improved and have a lot a fun ! :)
The Dutch Source-a-Thon Team
On 7 Apr 2017 at 15:43 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:
It's spring so time for some cleaning, perhaps you would like to help ?
Greets from the Netherlands,