Derek Allen
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Derek Allen

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Signed 30 Jan 2013 | 35479 contributions | 606 thank-yous
Derek F. Allen
Born 1950s.
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Father of [private daughter (1980s - unknown)] and [private son (1980s - unknown)]
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Hey, Derek-

I'm unsure if you're aware of this or not, but, assuming I'm not mistaken, your cousin Keith McDonald appears (based on information in the New York Times obituary, & further records I've pulled up) to have been the father of the recently-deceased Ian McDonald (who I know for founding King Crimson, an old favorite band of mine- was really quite upset when I read of his death). Some folks in the Notables Project already created Ian's profile when I came around to look for his tree, but hadn't added any relatives yet. Given that this is your family, any privacy settings & all that are, of course, entirely your prerogative, but I was wondering if you'd like to attach Keith as his father- no worries, if not.

I also found a number of members of Ian's mother's family, all of whom are unconnected, but are unfortunately set as private by a user who hasn't been active on WikiTree for over ten years, so I'm going to see if they are able to be opened up.

I hope you're well. Best regards,

T.L. Koehnline

posted by Thomas Koehnline
Hi Derick,,, Received your message about Elizabeth Howard and leaving her maiden name in place for now. Sorry to have interfered with your method of keeping track!! Made me smile!! I automatically change Current Last Names when I see a marriage connection. A habit born out of frustration when looking for Matches and getting woman after woman listed with their maiden name but when the profile is viewed their Current Last Name should be their married Last Name. If I happen to come across any more of your profiles will definitely refrain from my automatic impulse. Enjoy developing your Family tree. Be warned it becomes addictive!!! Big Smile!!!
posted by Margaret Ann Mc Nutt
Re James McAra convict Tasmania. I have passed his headstone several times, it is in good condition.
posted by Bruce Mcara
Thanks for letting me know. A great deal about James’s life is unclear but at least we know where he is now!
posted by Derek Allen
Thanks for being so quick to help me, Derek. You have hoisted me over some hurdles that have been frustrating me for a very long time in my quest to identify my British-born family. I can't thank you enough.


posted by David Allen
Hi Derek,

Thanks for taking responsibility for the Orphaned Profiles. This After Adopting Orphans FAQ explains the special attention adopted profiles will sometimes need from their profile managers. One quick way to find the profiles you adopted is by searching your Contributions List for the word "adopted" and "manager." You can find a quick link to your Contributions List in the My WikiTree dropdown menu.

Let me know if you have any questions on how to find and record sources, merge duplicates, clean up GEDCOM biographies, and interpret the Suggestions report. I'm here to help!


PS If you have any GEDCOM cleanup to do, there is a tool that can help with the formatting so that you can concentrate on the research. You can read more about it in the WikiTree AGC FAQ.

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hi Derek!

Thank you for adding your DNA Test information to your profile on WikiTree. Your information will be propagated to the profiles of your parents and your ancestors within about 24 hours of being added. It will also propagate to the profiles of the descendants of your ancestors, so they may see your information under the heading "DNA Connections" just as you can see theirs.

Getting started with DNA outlines how to proceed to use your DNA test information on WikiTree and DNA is a link to a collection of links about WikiTree's many features involving DNA.

The DNA Connections list on your profile will provide a visual way for you to find potential relatives on WikiTree who have also added their DNA test information. Using DNA tools at sites like, if you find a relative that matches your DNA sufficiently and you have genealogical sources for the intermediate relationships, you can mark the specific parental relationships back to the most recent ancestor that you both share as "confirmed with DNA." For details, guidance, and examples of how to properly document DNA confirmations, see DNA confirmation.

To get the best results, begin adding sourced profiles for your ancestors until you can connect to ancestors already in WikiTree. If you have exhausted what you know on one line, it can sometimes help to add what you know on another line. The more branches you are able to add the greater the likelihood of finding potential cousins to match with. The process of identifying which branch elements of DNA relate to will better enable you to find matches that relate to the particular branches you are researching.

Let me know if you have any questions and have fun!

Cheryl ~ WikiTree Greeter

posted by Cheryl (Smith) Hess
I want to congratulate you on your Community Star Badge you received on April 19, 2020.

John Williams

posted by [Living Williams]
Thank you John, I do my best...
posted by Derek Allen
Hi Derek

Thank you for your question please see

<reference/> under source is key in the listing of them when used inline. There are three things that must be on a profile the biography heading, the source heading and the <reference/> directly under thesource heading if any are missing it produces an suggestion on the error list

Hope this answer your question and you can assist in clearing the error suggestion.

This is the link to the list from John's profile

Appreciate your work on the tree

Regards Janet

Data Doctor

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hello Derek,

Thank you for creating this tree as it gives me a good source for confirming my mother's direct descendance from the Plantagenet family, through Margaret (Manners) Heneage. She is my 12x gr-grandmother and herself the granddaughter of Anne of York, Duchess of Exeter, the sister of Edward IV and Richard III.


Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As I always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader

posted by Guy Constantineau

just a word (late) to congratulate you on the contributions you made during the month of November. Whatever the quantity, they are all important.

Your work is appreciated.


Guy Constantineau

posted by Guy Constantineau
Offfer of collaboration from David Hooley.
Hello Derek,

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 10, 2017 (Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Catch up on what everyone is up to and say hi. IT'S NEVER TOO LATE!

posted by David Selman
Welcome to the Notables Project! Be sure to check out the Notables project page to see some of what we do, our To-Do lists which have folks who need added and connected to our Global Tree, and please add the Notables tag to your G2G feed. Remember, all Notables should be set to the most liberal privacy level possible and be sure to add the Notables template. Thanks for joining us!
posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
Hello Derek, Out of interest could you have ancestors centred around the Monmouthshire area with sirnames including Brown, Hathaway, Ward, Blunt, Richard, Bowen to name a few! Regards Frances Woods. My grandmothers name was Ruby Evelyn May Woods. Formerly Ward. Bye.
posted by Frances Woods
Hello Derek,

I'd like to invite you to our "Weekend Chat" post on the G2G forum!

New members... say Hello and introduce yourself.

Leaders, Mentors, Pilots, and Greeters please join in and share your wisdom.

Everyone is welcome!

posted by Keith Hathaway

I noticed your new Club 100 badge.

Congratulations ?

Keep up the nice work,


posted by Guy Constantineau

Rejected matches › Derek J. Allen

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