I am interested in communicating with
anyone who shares the same genealogical or historical interests.
Here is my family tree.Ancestors
I would love to meet new cousins and relatives - from New Zealand, Australia, USA, UK and possibly Canada. The more people who do DNA tests, the more likely this will happen. My DNA test is on My Heritage and Family Tree DNA if you want to do a comparison. Thank you.
Robynne (Thompson) Lozier participated with Kiwi Crew during the 2019 Scan-a-Thon, scanning and uploading 56 items to profiles.
Robynne was featured in a Meet Our Members Post on the WikiTree Blog!
Robynne (Thompson) Lozier lived in Putaruru, Waikato, New Zealand.
Robynne (Thompson) Lozier lived in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.
Robynne (Thompson) Lozier lived in Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.
Robynne (Thompson) Lozier participated with Kiwi Crew during the 2018 Source-a-Thon, adding 300 sources to profiles.
Robynne (Thompson) Lozier was a Weekend Chat Guest Host 1-3 June 2018.
Robynne (Thompson) Lozier was a Weekend Chat Guest Host 13-15 July 2018.
Robynne (Thompson) Lozier was a Weekend Chat Guest Host 27 - 29 July 2018.
Born and raised in New Zealand. Spent 3 years in a pacific Island country as a teenager while parents were missionaries. Back home in New Zealand, completed high school and dropped out of University.
Drifted for a number of years from job to job, never quite managing to make anything into a career. Went online in 1998 and eventually met a man in a chat room with whom I had a lot of things in common.
Got married in New Zealand in the year 2000. Just one week later, left NZ and moved to Canada. Went through 6 years of immigration limbo while the case was being processed, but eventually was successfully approved as a Permanent Resident. Has now been married for 20 years, and has one 18 year old son.
Robynne has been doing genealogy a lot more seriously since she arrived in Canada because she finally has access to the internet 24/7. She has also spent time working on her new husbands family as well. Catholic records are much better kept than Protestant records.
Was finally able to add [Sir Peter Blake] - a Notable Kiwi Sailor and Yachtsman - to the Global tree.
Finally added the best Canadian Hockey Player [Sidney Crosby] to the global tree.
I have helped to get the Actor [Warwick Davis] - Best known as Wicket the Ewok and Willow - connected to the Global Tree.
Have connected up New Zealand Author Mona Anderson to the Global Tree.
Back in 1994, 5 members of one family were murdered in their home in Dunedin, New Zealand. The one survivng family member was out that morning delivering newspapers. Upon his return to the house, he found his family all dead and called the ambulance and police. He was later arrested for their murders and sentenced to life in prison. Several years later this young mans lawyers appealed to the privy council and won a second trial for the accused. He was acquitted in the second trial due to the miscarriage of justice from the police. The family members had their profiles added to Wikitree back in February 2016. But they were not connected to the global tree. Today (21 Oct 2017) I have connected the Cullen-Bain family to the global tree. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Bain-1193 https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Cullen-1100
I have also connected one of my all time favourite American Olympic Gymnasts to the Global Tree - [Mary Lou Retton]
I was finally able to connect both the TV actress Michael Learned and the 1970s Australian Singer Helen Reddy to the Global tree. Michael's son married Helen's daughter. Helen passed away on 29 September 2020 in Los Angeles.
Jan 2018 - Have just connected the TV actress Emily Deschanel (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Deschanel-1) to the Global tree. I did not need to create her profile. That and the rest of her family - her sister Zooey and parents - were all created back in 2015 but never connected!! Now they are finally connected!!
January 2018 - There was a small Music Challenge in January 2018 for the weekend chats. We had to pick a member of a 1980s HEAVY METAL band, do their ancestry and then post their profile plus a video of one their songs from their group for the next weekend chat. I wanted to do QUEEN, because I have been working on Freddie Mercury's family tree for several years. But QUEEN is not considered a HEAVY METAL band? You want to know why? Because they use a piano. Freddie often played a piano at many of Queens stage performances and in their videos. I was not happy about that, so I chose the Heavy Metal band KISS instead. Yes the fellows with the greasepaint masks. I ended up doing the Drummer [Peter Criss]. It took a while to get started but once I got into the spouses (Peter was married 3 times) the records just started flowing!!
February 2018 - I recently picked up a biography about the British Actress, Maggie Smith. Her profile was already on wikitree but she had NO Ancestors. So I have made made it my job to read the biography and find her some ancestors which I have done. She was already connected to the Global tree via her ex-husband.
Feb 2018 - Over January and February I had been working on getting Ron Howard - actor from Happy Days, and now Director of such brilliant movies as Apollo 13, and the Robert Langdon series from the books by Dan Brown - connected to the Global tree, but I got stuck on one missing relative. Today a newbie (who has been on wikitree for just under one month) found that missing relative and made the connection!! So Ron Howard is now FINALLY connected to the global tree!! He is also descended from King Edward 1 of England!!
March 2018 - After 6 months I was finally able to connect the childrens author, Arthur Ransome, to the Global tree. He wrote the Childrens Series known as Swallows and Amazons.
March 2018 - I was finally able to connect the Carpenter family island (50+ profiles) to the Global tree. I had been working in this for 6 months or more and now finally it is done. I do confess that I got a little help with sources from Carol Keeling (Winton-239) but I had already done most of the work. Karen and Richard Carpenter are now both connected to the Global Family Tree. Karen - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Carpenter-7448 Richard - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Carpenter-7912
July 2018 - I have added in the family for well known and very popular Kiwi TV Game show host, Selwyn Toogood. He created the game show called Its in the Bag in the 1940s and was the host of this TV game show for some 40 years - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Toogood-332
Oct 2018 - I was finally able to create and post the profile for the first New Zealand born Medical Doctor to obtain a Medical Fellowship in England. He does not have a Wikipedia page, but there is a very detailed biography of this doctor online. His name was William Ledingham Christie - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Christie-3226. He may or may not be related to me, since I too have the Ledingham name in my ancestry. I am still investigating this possible connection.
December 2018 - I discovered the BBC reality TV series on Youtube this month. It's called Fake or Fortune. It covers the journey of 2 people who are looking for lost works of art!! One of the episodes delved into the Art stolen by the Nazis during World War 2, and it mentioned the famous painting Woman in Gold by Gustave Klimt. The woman in this portrait was Adele Bloch-Bauer, a wealthy Jewess whose family were forced to leave Austria after the Anschluss of 1938. Adele's portrait was stolen by the Nazis and hung in the Belvedere Gallery in Vienna. Adele's niece, who fled to California in 1940, spent many years trying to get back several Klimt paintings that her family had owned, including the Woman in Gold. Maria Altman was finally successful in 2006. She died in 2011. And when I discovered that she was not on Wikitree, I created her profile. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Bloch-408
31 Dec 2018 and 1 January 2019 - Sister Wendy Beckett passed away on 26 December 2018, so I decided to do her family tree. She was well known as a teacher of Art History on several BBC documentaries in the 1990s. Wendy's Profile was connected to the Global tree in September 2020. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Beckett-1446
1 August 2019 - Finally got around to creating a profile for Helene Hanff's best friend, the actress Maxine Stuart. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Shlivek-1 It took me just 2 days but Maxine is now connected to the global tree!!
26 Aug 2019 - Currently working on the profiles for Yvette Williams and her spouse Buddy Corlett. Yvette is a notable New Zealander who was the first FEMALE Kiwi ever to win an Olympic GOLD medal - when she won the Long Jump event at Helsinki in Finland in 1952. Now connected to global tree - Nov 2019 - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Williams-78619
26 Sept 2019 - Now working on the family for John Taylor Gatto who was very much involved in the American Public Education System as a teacher in NYC for 30 years. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Gatto-72
21 December 2019 - Have connected Thomas Hoving - Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC - and author of the books - Dancing with the Mummies and King of the Confessors - to the Global tree. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Hoving-131
27 Dec 2019 - Added Alexander Christie Cameron - an unsung hero from New Zealand who has his own entry in the Encyclopedia of New Zealand (1966) even if he did not have a Wikipedia page. Connection should be updated in the next 24 hours. PS - Alexander was the nephew of Dr William Ledingham Christie, another notable whom I connected to the global tree in October 2018 - see above. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Cameron-9706
6 January 2020 - Currently working on connecting the Notable American - Louise Hay - who was all about using the power of affirmations to help one recover from bad lives. Louise is now connected!! https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Lunney-137
6 February 2020 - I have been reading a book - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - and its had some genealogical information in it. I discovered that Henrietta and her family already had profiles on Wikitree, but they were still unconnected. These profiles were created back in 2015!! Keeping in mind that Henrietta was black, and this is Black History month, I found a white ancestor who was already on Wikitree, and I just needed to connect them up. So I did. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Pleasant-156
28 Feb 2020 - I started working on the ancestry of one of my most favourite singers - Laura Branigan. She had a number of platinum records on the early and mid 1980s. Songs such as Gloria, Self Control (my favourite) and Solitaire.
12 April 2020 - I discovered the Alvarez family of California so I am currently collecting sources and details about them. There are 4 generations of Notables and 1 Nobel Prize winner in this family!! https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Alvarez-1581
22 May 2020 - I came across George Mitchell of New Zealand, a career soldier and later an MP, (Member of Parliament), who turned out to have a Wikipedia page and yet while he had a profile he was not connected up to the global tree. So i found his parents and siblings and now he is connected!! https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Mitchell-15466
January 2018 - One of my most favourite countries in the world now has its own project which I prompty joined. That country is MALTA. Malta is located in the Mediterranean Sea and it has the most fascinating history, culture, architecture, archaeology and language I have ever seen. The Space page is here -- https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Malta
March 2018 - Joined the Scottish project and became Coordinator for Orkney and Fife Counties. I have ancestors from both these Counties. Have also made a Space Page for Orkney but not a page for Fife - Not yet!! Need to do some research. Orkney Page
March 2018 - I was just awarded a nice shining new Global Outreach project badge because I volunteered to help cleanup the WDYTYA category. WDYTYA = Who Do You Think You Are - a very popular celebrity genealogy TV Series for which there are currently 3 versions running - UK, USA and Australia.
November 2020 - I have at long last created profiles for 2 people whom I am very surprised are not already on Wikitree. I fell in love with Rare Books and Collecting soon after arriving in Canada and spent most of the early 2000s years reading up as much as I could. Sadly I could never afford to purchase these rare books but i loved reading about others who collected and sold these books. 2 of the most interesting sellers I came across were Leona Rostenberg and Madeleine Stern in NYC. So I have at long last created their profiles. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Rostenberg-4 https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Stern-1627
52 Ancestors and Photos for 52 Weeks
Have successfully completed the 52 Photos challenge for 2019 and the 52 Ancestors Challenge for 2020. Am taking a break in 2021.
I have done a DNA test from FT DNA based in Texas, and mailed the package back to the Lab. Now we have to wait for the results. Date - 17 April 2018. Test Results Complete - 3 May 2018. That was FAST!!!! 97% European - which breaks down to - 72% British, 22% East European and 3% Scandinavian.
I'm still in shock over these results. As you can see on my tree, I do have 3 grandparents who are all of British ancestry. So that leaves my unknown maternal grandfather to be of East European ancestry?? I have done a bit of research and I learned that a number of families from Hungary did immigrate to NZ and they settled in Invercargill in the years between the wars (from 1918 to 1939). This immigration was probably due to the Austro-Hungarian Empire break up after World War 1. Date - 10 May 2018
My MyHeritage Ethnicity Results
And these are my results from My Heritage. My Eastern European has been replaced with Scandinavian or Viking. That supports all my Scottish and Orkney ancestry. No Matches yet, but those will come. Date - 19 May 2018 75% Irish, Scottish, Welsh, 21% Scandinavian, 2% Baltic, 1% Middle Eastern
Most of my top matches on both FT DNA and My Heritage seem to be focusing on a specific irish family that I am not familiar with. It is possible that my mother's father was Irish. I cannot pinpoint which member of this Irish family might be my grandfather, until my mother gets her DNA test results. Due in July or August 2018. For now we can only wait. Date - 30 May 2018
My mothers DNA results have finally arrived. This is my mothers Ethnicity estimate from My Heritage. 86% Irish/Scottish/Welsh, 7% English, 3% East European, 2% Central Asia and 2% Ashkenazi Jewish. The central Asia estimate tends to match my Middle Eastern estimate. The East European estimate is covered by my Baltic estimate. The Jewish estimate is a complete surprise. I don't seem to have inherited that part. Date - 20 July 2018.
My mother was finally able to meet up with her second cousins. They definitely do look alike with similar mannerisms and personalities, and some interesting genetic traits in common. The most interesting one being the Hair that goes grey early in life. That seems to be a Ryan trait. So we finally have proof of Mum's Biological family. I have at long last been able to attach my mother's profile to her fathers profile. The second cousin has joined wikitree and will enter her DNA details to support the link between me, mum and her. Date - 14 October 2018.
My mother also met one of her new first cousins from her fathers side. We are still waiting on some DNA tests to eliminate 2 of the brothers from the cousins parents generation, in order to confirm who my mothers father actually was. Date - 25 January 2019
Maternal relationship is confirmed by a MyHeritageDNA test match between Yvonne Thompson and myself. Their most-recent common ancestor is Jean Stephens the mother of Yvonne Stephens and the grandmother of Robynne Lozier. Predicted relationship from MyHeritage: Mother based on sharing 49.8% (3,528.6 cM) across 23 shared segments
Paternal and Maternal relationship is confirmed by a MyHeritageDNA test match between Robynne Lozier and her sister Trisha Thompson. Their MRCAs are their parents, John Norman Thompson and Yvonne Thompson. Predicted relationship from My Heritage DNA: Siblings, based on sharing 36.9% (2616.5 cM) across 44 shared segments.
First-hand information. Personal Knowledge from Robyn Thompson, edited after registration.
Title - Les Descendantes et Descendants de Prospere Desjardins dit Lausier - Author - Andree Dumont Losier - Publisher- Dictionaire Genealogique de 'Association des Familles Losier - 2006 - Francophone edition - Page 44
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Robynne or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Robynne:
Robynne (Thompson) Lozier:
Family Tree DNA Family Finder, GEDmatch T076658[compare], yourDNAportal ROB76dff6b0, FTDNA kit #IN29595
Autosomal DNA Test, GEDmatch T076658[compare]