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 she 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 17 years, and has one 15 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.
Notables I have connected
NOTABLES I Have Helped to connect to the Global Tree.
My favourite American Author Notable [Helene Hanff ] is now connected to the Global Tree.
My favourite Kiwi Actor Notable [Sam Neill] is now connected to the Global Tree
My own cousin Jessica Watson who is still considered to be the youngest ever to sail around the world non-stop and unassisted.
My favourite NZ-born Australian-based Actor [Russell Crowe] is now connected to the Global Tree.
My favourite sports people to watch at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics were the American Twins [Phil Mahre] and [Steve Mahre]. They are now connected to the Global tree
I was able to help get one of my favourite American actors [Richard Dean Anderson] connected to the Global tree.
I was able to connect Eurythmic Singer [Annie Lennox] to the Global Family Tree, thanks to the WDYTYA episode that Annie made in 2017.
I have also connected English Actor [Charles Dance] to the Global Tree.
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]
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.
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
I did participate in the 2017 event for the [Kiwi Crew team] I had a blast. The Hangouts were the best part. The Kiwi Crew came in Second Place, mostly thanks to Lucy, Charlene, Paula and Kirsty. They were the top sorcerers for the team.
I am thrilled to announce that the Kiwi Crew team came in at second place in the team race and that Lucy Lavoie, who was an honorary Kiwi, won the individual race having sourced the highest number of profiles.
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
Have now connected several other notables to the world family tree - namely Russell Crowe, Martin Crowe, Helene Hanff, Sam Neill, Nigella Lawson, Annie Lennox, Charles Dance, Peter Blake, Sidney Crosby.
I have decided to do a One Name Study for the surname Pellew. I have one female ancestor who was born out of wedlock and she had the surname Pellew as her middle name. I really want to know who her father was.
Robynne, I come to really enjoy the French Canadian cousins of my husband I've met on Wikitree. I used to think his tree was more difficult to work on than mine, but now his is so much bigger than mine. I need to break down some of my own brick walls to get more connected as well as getting more of my cousins and other relations in to build the connections.
Hi Robynne I just wanted to say "Congratulations" on becoming one of the newest Red Badged "Generous Genealogist", You have so many achievements to carry on into 2018, way to go! Also love your update on your biography and encouragement to others with your newest 52 Ancestors for 52 Weeks Challenge for 2018. Thank you!!!
How would I do that? How would I add a LINK for my space page to the WEEKLY THREAD- the one that says Week One - Start- How do I do NOT make a new space page each week. One space page for all your entries is fine - as long as each entry is labelled, week 1, week 2 etc. How do I do that? This is for both pages I asked about on G2G.
Regarding my message on the New Zealand Project page, you misunderstand. Think about it as if you add the Notables project to the trusted list of say Bill Gates for example. In order to do sao you require the email of the notables group in order for it to happen. This is what I was asking in regards to our group.