Hi WikiTreers,

Welcome to a new installment of “Meet our Members.” It’s time to get to know another awesome member of our community: Meet Leslie.

Leslie CooperLeslie Cooper joined WikiTree in September of 2015. He is a prolific contributor, earning the Club 1,000 badge almost every month, and he’s active in our Australia Project.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

Charles Wombwell (1810 – 1860) and his descendants (early immigrants to the Colony Victoria), and my ancestors Cooper, Andrews, Boyd, Dickson, Furneaux, Griffiths, Hammond, Hisock, Hockey, Keogh, North, Reid and Whitcombe.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

Mainly Victoria Australia, and then to anywhere that family branches lead to.

When and how did you get interested in genealogy and family history?

Family history was not a point of discussion when I was growing up, so it was assumed that we had none. My Aunt Mavis gave me a handwritten copy of her research into her family history in the 1990’s, but nothing eventuated until my youngest daughter asked me to do some research into the family tree in June 2015. In September 2015 I joined WikiTree and have been busy ever since.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

Uriah Cooper (1807 – 1878) and Eliza (Hockey) Cooper (1808 – 1880) because they left Somerset England to seek a new life in the colonies. They first went to the Province of South Australia, then to the Colony of Tasmania, and finally settled in the Colony of Victoria.

Tell us about a brick wall you were able to break down or one you hope to bust through.

My Keogh ancestors from Ireland (James Keogh and Ann Devine) are my biggest brick wall. They had my GGGM in Sydney in 1856 and that is all the information that I have been able to find.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

Definitely my family, politics, science and the natural world …. I enjoy watching movies and TV shows, main genres SciFi and Drama (not much good comedy is now being produced).

How long have you been on WikiTree and what do you spend the most time doing? If you’re involved in a project(s), tell us about how you participate in it.

I joined WikiTree in September 2015, so just over 4 years. I have been expanding outwards via marriages from my family tree, creating new connected trees. My watchlist has grown considerably, and I am currently going through it making corrections and adding stickers where appropriate.

What brought you to WikiTree? In other words, how did you find us?

I found WikiTree when I did a Google search on my grandfather and his WikiTree profile appeared in the search results. I contacted Peter Knowles, the profile manager, who then created my profile and mentored me in the early days of my WikiTree adventure.

What is your favorite thing about WikiTree, or which feature(s) do you like the most?

I love the concept of building one family tree because DNA shows that everyone is related to everyone else, and the level of collaboration is amazing. Also, the fact that no one owns a profile, they just build on it for future generations.

If you could improve one thing about WikiTree, what would it be?

WikiTree is continuously evolving (as it should be), but it would be nice to be able to turn some features on and off depending on what one is doing at the time (like the way you can turn off profile pop-ups and country down-downs).

What is an example of how WikiTree has helped you with your genealogy or how you’ve helped genealogy with WikiTree?

WikiTree has helped because it is a great place to store the results of your research and sources so that you and others can access it in the future.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Everyone was a beginner at some stage. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and make mistakes. Always check for duplicate profiles when you create a profile. Always source information and show the source so that others can verify it.


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  6 Responses to “Meet our Members: Leslie Cooper”

  1. Hello Mr. Cooper,

    I’m very impressed with your professional genealogical skills. May I ask a question? I can’t seem to find the parents of Josias Cook(e) 1610-1673, He was a tavern owner and lived in Barnstable, MA area in Colonial America. He came over with the Winthrop Fleet after 1630 to Colonial America. He was the first Cooke in America.

    Thank you very much.

  2. Thank you for all your hard and dedicated work Leslie. Where would we be without you.
    Janice 🙂

  3. Well done Leslie. I have documented my Victorian Bates/Bell line which also goes back to colonial times
    Geoff Raebel

  4. Thank you Leslie Cooper! I am just a beginner with WikiTree and I do so much appreciate finding your research on the family. There is nothing more fun than for me than family research. Totally addictive.

  5. What a lovely bio. I am pleased to know the real you.

  6. I thank you for all your help. Most of them can’t put two family members down that they know to file. When I needed a simple marriage license of four names on each side I could not file. Always invalid it’s too late now. Most parties think what for to make me the poorest family on the earth.

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