About me: I was born in Leicestershire, England and I have a background in science and technology education. I am an amateur potter (tile maker) and self-taught mosaicist. I have a wide interest in craft and own two kilns and several knitting machines. I also have Ankylosing Spondylitis, which is an inheritable, immune mediated, systemic form of arthritis which came from my dad.
Genealogy My interest in genealogy was sparked by my mother who mentioned that her ancestors came from Banbury but she didn't know why they migrated to Leicestershire. It then simmered for several years untouched, because I also have the name Smith in my tree which I felt would be difficult to research. I eventually had a potter around on the internet during a period of ill health, got bitten by it and the rest is (family) history.
I have a specific interest in recording English working class people and their occupations, particularly in north Leicestershire and it's connecting counties. I also have interest in the Canterbury and Banbury areas due to migration of people in my own tree from those places to Leicestershire. I love to source, and all of the information I record is source-led.
I currently have a specific interest in the following names:
I have very little interest in nobility or celebrity, who I think get enough attention as it is from others. I have recorded a few "Notable" people who I consider to be high achievers or who were philanthropists or beneficial to their community in some way. I do not have any interest in recording people who have achieved fame for fame's sake.
Important note To the Canadian man with Cullens in his family tree who sent me a couple of nice e-mails a while back, please can you resend them? They accidentally got deleted when I was trying to move them to a saved folder, I coughed and my hand wobbled. I wanted to reply but I've been unable to.
Just a polite note to say that if you mail me about anything, please be aware that I deal with thousands of pieces of information in a week and I have memory issues due to chronic illness so please, if you do need to mail me about something, please be as specific as you can because often I get messages from other people where I have no idea of what is being referred to. Once I've moved onto something else, I don't remember the details of the previous thing I worked on.
Polite note about the tone of e-mail messages: After having received rude and nasty toned messages to my e-mail address a few weeks ago, please be aware that if you communicate with me to my private e-mail address, I expect it to be done in a polite manner and neutral tone (or even a happy one!). Anybody not doing that will be referred via Problems With Members to Wikitree management or reported to their ISP in extreme cases. If your contact with me contains putdowns or worse still, veiled threats, don't be surprised if I object strongly. Happily the sort of people who are this rude are in a tiny minority.
I like receiving positive, happy messages and any information that may be relevant or new but I don't appreciate cryptic messages being placed on my profile or reprimands to my inbox from other members of the genealogy community. If something was done that is not to your liking, please feel free to change it back, it takes a couple of seconds to roll back a bio or change the contents of a box, far less time than it takes to e-mail me with your critque of my abilities.
This is a collaborative site and I am very diligent, I only ever add information that is backed up by evidence - i.e. sources - in the way that Wikitree asks but sometimes people can be testy about changes. Please remember the Wikitree rule which is to stop, drop and roll if you feel frustrated! By all means say "I've changed that back because of <insert fact here> and I wanted you to know" but let's keep it to an exchange of information, not trying to make me feel like rubbish, please.
A couple of times now I have had messages which include things like "I know you are only a volunteer" as though volunteer is some kind of low station. I am a private genealogist who has chosen to work on a public collaborative tree, the same as ALL active Wikitree members and ALL of them have the volunteer badge, it's a requirement of participating. This does not mean I have signed up to be spoken down to, so please be polite and respectful. I have even had someone comment on the (perceived) gender of my e-mail signature. Really, is that sort of rudeness going to get you anywhere? I use an anonymised webmail with a fictional signature to protect myself online and sometimes I forget to change the signature to my Wikitree persona when replying to messages from here, so if you don't think you got who you expected to get, that's why.
With all of that said, I am now going to get on with the genealogy. Whether or not you are a Wikitree member, if you want to send me some information or ask a (polite, relevant) question, please do, I welcome it. I don't bite, unless I'm growled at!
On 10 Apr 2019 at 19:36 GMT Catherine Mckeane wrote:
On 5 Apr 2019 at 20:10 GMT David Heyes wrote:
On 3 Nov 2018 at 15:09 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:
It's been a year since the England Project was re-ignited. Thank you for being part of this exciting journey!
We really appreciate all your contributions and hard work :)
We would love some feedback from you please. :)
Are you happy contributing with the team you are on, or would you like a change, or even add to another team?
If you are not already on a team, which one would you like to be on?
If you are not sure what is available, just ask, we are here to help :)
Are you still happy contributing to the England Project?
Please PM me through my profile and let me know how you are doing :)
Thank you :)
Wendy Leader England Project.
On 6 Jun 2018 at 16:23 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:
You have received the England badge for being an active member of the England Project.
On 4 Jun 2018 at 20:21 GMT Joan (Williams) Whitaker wrote:
I am pleased to let you know the Carol Keeling has agreed to be lead member of the England Connectors Team. Also, we now have new Connectors team page for the England Project. (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:England_Connectors_Team_Page) Please take a look and let me know what you are doing to help.
On 1 Jun 2018 at 16:11 GMT Joan (Williams) Whitaker wrote:
On 31 May 2018 at 16:03 GMT Joan (Williams) Whitaker wrote:
On 30 May 2018 at 09:16 GMT Joan (Williams) Whitaker wrote:
I am the new Project Coordinator for the Profile Improvement part of the England Project. I just wanted to say “Hello” and let you know that you can contact me if there is anything that I can help you with. I live in Yorkshire, have been interested in family history for over 20 years, and have been on Wikitree since February 2017. I have become addicted to it and need a fix of sourcing, error correcting or bio writing every day so that I don’t get withdrawal symptoms. Thank you for all the work you do for the Project. I am looking forward to working with you.
On 12 Apr 2018 at 18:05 GMT Helen Dawson wrote:
On 9 Apr 2018 at 22:45 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:
As Susie mentioned in our newsletter, one of us would check in to see how you are doing, so here I am :)
Firstly on behalf of us all, I would like to say a big thank you for all the hard work you are putting into the England Project. Your work connecting England profiles is greatly appreciated. We would appreciate your feedback and input on what you would like to see happening within the project as we move forward.
I would also like to ensure you are happy within the project. So if you want a change from connecting, please let me know.
Please feel free to post your thoughts in our Google Group, or you can send me a PM, either will be great.
On 7 Apr 2018 at 22:56 GMT Linda Barnett wrote:
Star this is the link you need to go to and The registration deadline is April 19, 2018, at 12:01 am. Note: Please post as an answer not as a comment. Thanks! https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/586403/will-you-participate
On 18 Feb 2018 at 10:33 GMT Susan (Hall) Clark wrote:
On 16 Feb 2018 at 02:04 GMT John Walker wrote:
On 14 Feb 2018 at 16:59 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:
I noticed that you have been busy working on Elliott profiles and wondered if you might like to add them to the on name study see:
Look forward to seeing you and your family in the study. Drop Alex an email he runs the study
On 23 Jan 2018 at 22:45 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:
Just a friendly reminder that voting for the WikiTreer Awards 2018 is open. If you haven’t already voted, click here to vote now. Voting closes at 11:59PM GMT on Sunday, 28th January. The exciting awards show will be live cast on Saturday, February 10th, 8PM GMT. Hope you can join us as we celebrate all the incredible contributions made this year.
On 9 Jan 2018 at 18:09 GMT David Hooley MA, Dip Ed wrote:
Wishing you all the very best, David.
On 9 Jan 2018 at 18:01 GMT David Hooley MA, Dip Ed wrote:
On 12 Dec 2017 at 11:59 GMT Hugh Sharp wrote:
I am re-investigating my Coverl(e)y Tree and have come across anomalies concerning the parents of my 4 x G/Grandfather, James Coverly b. 1770. Most people show them to be Richard Coverly and Elizabeth Burton, as have I, up to now. However Banns and Marriage records show Richard and Eliz. to be widower and widow when they married in 1791 - 20 years after the birth of James in 1770 and his brother Thomas in 1768. Jane Flintoff is shown on trees as his 1st wife, marrying him in 1780 (batchelor & spinster) - again well after the birth of Thomas and James. None of this makes sense and I wonder if there are actually two or even three Richards involved here. Date-wise the only child of Richard C and Elizabeth Burton to tie in would be the convict, Maria. Any ideas?
On 26 Nov 2017 at 13:03 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:
I’m Susie the new leader of the England Project. We are contacting all existing members of the project to find out how you are currently involved, and how you would like to be involved moving forward. Please have a look at the England Project page for more information, and then contact either myself or Gillian to let us know what you’d like to do, or if you have any questions. We can then list your interests, help you join the team in the Google group forum for England, and give you any help you might need to get going. If we don’t hear back from you we’ll assume you no longer want to be a part of the England Project at this time.
Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you,
On 11 Aug 2017 at 04:56 GMT Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy wrote:
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On 10 Jul 2017 at 22:53 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
On 10 Jul 2017 at 17:08 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
Please just keep rejecting the bad proposals.
Thanks! Liz, MatchBot MP
On 2 Jul 2017 at 11:22 GMT Keith Hathaway wrote:
I'd like to invite you to join in the "Weekend Chat" on G2G Today!
Share personal successes, stories about ancestors, tips, projects you are working on, or anything else you wish.
New members stop in and say Hello, introduce yourself, share your story, or ask for help.
Pilots, Mentors, and Leaders of all kinds please add something... your advice is always greatly appreciated.
Hope to see you there!
The current Weekend Chat is active until Monday July 3, 2017 (Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Catch up on what everyone is up to and say hi. IT'S NEVER TOO LATE!
On 20 Jun 2017 at 22:42 GMT Eowyn Langholf wrote:
|Gillian (Platts) Causier is a Wonderful WikiTreer.|
On 22 May 2017 at 12:09 GMT Hilary (Buckle) Gadsby wrote:
I also agree with your suggestion of a merge as I have proof of her parents in my Ancestry tree which has been updated since I joined WikiTree. Hopefully the other manager will agree with the merge. Thank you
On 16 May 2017 at 12:50 GMT Alison Wilkins wrote:
On 16 May 2017 at 09:14 GMT Peter Sandham wrote:
On 1 Mar 2017 at 10:13 GMT Ed Poor wrote:
Humphreys Familiy in America. Frederick Humphreys M D 1884 page 635 Fam 290
Pg 533 Fam. 186 May Humphreys marr. 14 Nov 1868 Elizabeth M Albertson 14 Nov 1865 archives.org download
On 20 Feb 2017 at 22:58 GMT Ken Wise wrote:
Fine, however you'd like to do it, just
please merge the. Thank You!
On 7 Feb 2017 at 19:10 GMT Rev Daniel Washburn Jones wrote:
"The biography seems to be completely unrelated to Hannah Bourne!"
Well, not "completely" unrelated, but close ... As I remember, my eyes were starting to cross at this point, so Thank You very much for the heads-up.
It's fixed now.
On 13 Jan 2017 at 19:15 GMT Anon (Snyder) Anon wrote:
Thank you for your comment. I am glad you caught it I am traveling but I will correct it. I totally missed it, you have a good eye for proof reading. If you catch anything else please let me know. Thank you again Jenny
On 18 Dec 2016 at 13:38 GMT J Robinson wrote:
On 12 Dec 2016 at 11:09 GMT Michael Kitchens wrote:
On 11 Dec 2016 at 02:17 GMT Norman Dodge wrote:
On 5 Nov 2016 at 13:44 GMT Isabelle Rassinot wrote:
On 20 Oct 2016 at 17:03 GMT David Hooley MA, Dip Ed wrote:
On 19 Oct 2016 at 17:22 GMT Isabelle Rassinot wrote:
On 28 Sep 2016 at 19:41 GMT Tony Lacey wrote:
Thank you for the merge attempts on the profiles of Edens-329 and Hyder-29. I just spoke with Bruce Lacy (profile manager) on the phone. He says that he was locked out of his email and has not been able to recover his wikitree user login information. I guess well have have to wait out the remainder of the 30 day default merge. Thank you again for trying to clear the duplicates.
On 13 Sep 2016 at 14:09 GMT Isabelle Rassinot wrote:
On 12 Sep 2016 at 13:48 GMT Laurie (Smith) Keller wrote:
On 3 Sep 2016 at 11:14 GMT Isabelle Rassinot wrote:
On 31 Aug 2016 at 22:02 GMT E. Lauraine (Smith) Syrnick wrote:
On 29 Aug 2016 at 13:46 GMT Tony Lacey wrote:
On 29 Aug 2016 at 12:36 GMT Tony Lacey wrote:
On 24 Aug 2016 at 21:13 GMT Dorothy (Cook) Coakley wrote:
On 20 Aug 2016 at 02:46 GMT Rev Daniel Washburn Jones wrote:
Haven't forgotten to do the clean-up, just temp. distracted by the many, many issues with this line ... dates up and down are way off, lack of sourcing hasn't helped and the mislabeling of locations has also added to the Big Fun of this project ... 8-)
I noticed you have "Breedon" as one of your tags ... The Stauntons' (Stoughton, Stauton) m. Breedons' and I'm wondering if you've run across any sources that may help?
On 17 Aug 2016 at 19:05 GMT Richard Hayward wrote:
Ricketts family duplication is due to 2 connections in that generation of Haywarrds-Ricketts Elizabeth(Betty) Hayward married Robert Ricketts while her brother Joseph Hayward married Eliza Ann Ricketts Roberts Sister
On 16 Aug 2016 at 09:38 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
Cheers, Liz (MatchBot MP - MatchBot Monitors Project)
On 12 Aug 2016 at 19:18 GMT Ron Vincent wrote:
On 11 Aug 2016 at 18:02 GMT Ron Vincent wrote:
On 9 Aug 2016 at 14:52 GMT Victor Wood wrote:
As an aside, I have several hundred, perhaps a couple of thousand, original photos of Battams, Batteson, Almond and related family members which I have recently started to scan and upload to my photo album at ogee.org.
On 8 Aug 2016 at 16:31 GMT Robin Lee wrote:
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On 3 Aug 2016 at 19:18 GMT Larry Arnett wrote:
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On 1 Apr 2016 at 14:20 GMT Shane Baker wrote:
On 23 Mar 2016 at 14:21 GMT Abby (Brown) Glann wrote:
On 27 Feb 2016 at 02:11 GMT Marlene Marx wrote:
Now that you have had a little time to try WikiTree, here are a few more features you may find useful (links work from your profile page):
If you have questions or problems with WikiTree, feel free to post a comment on my profile page or send me a private message.
Marlene, WikiTree Mentor
On 21 Feb 2016 at 12:04 GMT Barry Heritage wrote:
On 10 Feb 2016 at 21:22 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:
By signing the Honor Code you're telling the Wiki community you are a responsible Wiki genealogist.
Feel free to ask me via my profile page if you have any questions.
Have a nice journey on Wikitree,
Guy - Wikitree Mentor / Leader
On 9 Feb 2016 at 11:23 GMT Astrid (Schellenberger) Spaargaren wrote:
You are now a confirmed member of WikiTree! Thank you for volunteering.
Fantastic you like to help us with growing the World Wide Tree. :)
Have fun and ask for help if you need it! WikiTree members are always eager to offer guidance to a fellow genealogist.
If you need additional help, our Mentors Project is a friendly bunch of volunteers who will be glad to assist you with WikiTree-specific problems.
See you in the branches.
On 9 Feb 2016 at 10:44 GMT Gillian (Platts) Causier wrote:
On 5 Feb 2016 at 20:35 GMT Deborah (Réaume) Collier wrote:
The initial email from us has helpful links that get you started on WikiTree, which is not like any genealogy site you’ve ever used.
WikiTree is different because our goal is to have one profile per person, and that means we all work together as a BIG collaborative team!
What brings you to WikiTree? Do you have research you’d like to share? Are you interested in how your family fits into the big tree?
Welcome to the Family, we’re really glad you’re here.
Deborah, Greeter ( Georgia USA)