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Kelly Wheaton on Twitter
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Wheaton Wood:A Genetic & Genealogical Forest


Northern California, USA

Tell us a bit about your genealogy/family history journey

A half century of unconventional research began with a marriage and a Family Search magazine article. You can read more here:

Favorite food or beverage

Dark Chocolate

Surnames of interest

Too many: Wheaton, Mosier, Moser, Henager, Henninger, Paden, Lundberg, Coats, Sheldon, Franklin, Merritt, Geary, Brome, Kirk, Beauchamp, Griswold. Several Wood or Wiods, Smith, Jones. 

If you could meet one person from your family tree that died before you were born, who would it be and why?

My great grandmother Mary Lulu Paden Mosier. I have gotten to know her through her diary and she’s a kindred spirit. See my blog post A Soprano’s Aria. I want to ask her why she married my uncouth, cruel, a-hole grandfather Frank. Was she trying to escape being the oldest taking care of her siblings, just to end up with 8 children of her own? So many questions….

Genealogy pet peeve

Elitism, snobbery, greed. Racism, & classism. Gatekeepers & inflexibility.

Favorite place where you’ve traveled

Lewis & Harris Scotland; Breitenau, Wörnitz & Weissenkirchberg, Baveria, Germany; Rehoboth, Swansea, MA; Little Compton, Kingstown, Rhode Island; Warwick, Beoley. Broadway, England; Cwrt & Powys. Wales…. ed,

From a genealogy/family history research perspective, what would you have done differently?

 Ignored the experts and not feel bad about it. Embrace my intuitive approach. Write more stories and focus on the families that call to me.

What are you currently working on and what’s next?

Finishing up publishing chapters of Lulu’s Diary.. working on Sheldon origins in England. And whatever happens to inspire me in the moment. Always reorganizing, revisiting and writing.

A trip back to England would be nice if I can afford it and Covid-19 allows.

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