Michael Butler
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Michael Butler

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I am slowly working my way up the family tree. I have done direct line and their children up to my 5th great grandparents (apart from a few brick walls). As I am researching and writing profiles as I go I am only adding 1 or 2 people a week, so I have enough relatives to keep me goiing for about 300 years.
Michael J. Butler
Born 1950s.
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [private sister (1940s - unknown)], and [private sister (1950s - unknown)]
Father of [private son (1970s - unknown)], [private daughter (1980s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1980s - unknown)]
Profile last modified | Created 12 May 2017
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New Zealand
Michael Butler lived in Howick, Auckland, New Zealand.
New Zealand
Michael Butler lived in Wellington, New Zealand.


Michael Butler participated with The KiwiCrew during the 2020 Clean-a-Thon.

Michael Butler was born at Howick in 1951. His parents are Desmond and Ailsa Butler. At the time of his birth they were residing in Minerva Tce, Howick. Ailsa's parents Frank and Lily Irvine had farmed the area. After World War II the farm was subdivided and each child received a piece of land as a gift. Ailsa received hers when she married. Howick in 1951 had a population of 2112. By 1970 that had increased to 10,850. [1]

In 1956 Michael started school at Howick District High School. In 1961 Pakuranga College was built and the District High School renamed Howick School. The next year Owairoa School was established as the third primary school in the rapidly growing town and Michael was a founding pupil of that school. In 1964 Michael started attending Pakuranga College. In 1970 he started study at Auckland University. During his second year at university Michael left the family home and started flatting. While university was a great success socially it was not so academically. In 1972 Michael gave up study.

In 1973 Michael left Auckland. After a year in Wellington he moved to Dunedin. In late 1974 he and Lynley Brown moved to Wellington living initially in Wallace St, Mt Cook. On 28 Jan 1975 Michael and Lynley married. In late 1975 they purchased a house in Mt Victoria in jointly with Alison Dye Michael's sister.

In 1977 Michael started training as a COBOL programmer at New Zealand Post Office. Since then Michael has worked as a programmer at NZ Dairy Board, Telecom, Westpac and ANZ recently celebrating 40 years of COBOL programming.

The marriage ended in 1980 but Michael remained in Mt Victoria until his second marriage also ended in 1991. After a winter in Brooklyn Michael moved to Island Bay where he lived until 2020 when he moved to Levin.

A big change in Michael's lifestyle came in 1991 when Kate persuaded Michael to get a dog. For the 26 years since dogs have been a major part of Michael's life. Michael has competed in dog agility throughout the length of the country. In 2011 Michael and Rapid, a border collie did a 2326km walk around South Island raising funds for NZ Cancer Society. A more modest walk of 1200km along the east coast of North Island with Idol and Toby was commenced in 2016. The finish was delayed 12 months when Michael broke his leg with a bit over half completed. This was finished in 2017.


  1. 'HOWICK', from An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock, originally published in 1966. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/1966/howick (accessed 20 Apr 2019)
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  • Paternal and Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Michael Butler and his sisterAlison Dye. Their MRCAs are their parents, Stanley Desmond Butler and Ailsa Lillian Irvine. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: Immediate family, based on sharing 2630 cM across 60 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.

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It’s time for a Project check-in!

Scotland Project Leaders check in with you at least once a year to see how you are doing. With the changes happening around the world, we understand that life is hectic right now.

What are you planning to work on for the Scotland Project this year? Are you happy with the team(s) you part of, or would you like to make some changes?

This time round, we’re also looking for feedback on the use of Google Group and Discord. Do you use one or both of these? If you don’t use either of them, what is the best way to ensure you receive Project communications? If you would like to join us on Google Group or Discord, let us know in your response.

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hi, Michael!

Thank you for your participation in October 2020’s Source-a-thon. Your contributions helped us to clear over 57,000 profiles that needed sourcing. This makes our Shared Tree all that much better.

Keep up the great work!

Pippin Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
WikiTree says we are 15th cousins...not bad for opposite sides of our planet. Enjoyed your profile of the week.
posted by T Stanton

As a member of the Scotland Project, we'd love to have you join the Twisted Thistles in the upcoming Connect-a-thon the weekend of July 17 - July 20. If you'd like to join us and help to develop our ever-expanding Scottish tree, please register on the G2G post here and be sure to mention you'd like to be on the Twisted Thistles team for Scotland.

We also have our team Chat page posted here.

Hope to see you there!
Bobbie & Sarah
Twisted Thistles Co-captains
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Hi there, Michael!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hello Michael,

My name is Sarah and I’m the Project Coordinator for the Scotland Project. As you may have heard, we have merged the Scottish Clans project into the Scotland Project. I am contacting you today to find out if you are interested in continuing with us under this new format. If you would like to go forward on the Scottish Clans Team, please reply and let me know which clans you have been working on or would like to work on. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Sarah Mason, Scotland PC

posted by Sarah Mason
Hi Sarah

Here I have to display my ignorance. I am working on my Dunn ancestors from Angus (Dundee, Logie-Pert and Friockheim) and Blacks from Fife but I have no idea which clan they are. I will keep working on them from time to time. The Irvines who I am also descended from have been well documented by other people.


posted by Michael Butler
Hi, Michael

We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the New Zealand Project.

Please click here to submit a short Member Interest Form to help us organize and coordinate collaboration.

Thank you!

Fiona ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Fiona McMichael
Hello, Michael,

As part of a revitalization effort for the New Zealand Project, we are checking-in with members to see if they are planning to remain active and make project-specific contributions in the upcoming months.

If you have other obligations at the moment and would like to be removed from the project at this time, you will always be welcome to rejoin if you find yourself with more time and interest later.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

Please respond by commenting on my profile or sending a private message. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Fiona ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Fiona McMichael
Congratulations on making more than 100 contributions to WikiTree for the Month of May!

We all appreciate your efforts to make our Shared Tree the best it can be.

Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!

Shannon Thomas

WikiTree Appreciation Team

Hi Michael and thanks for your post on G2G.

I’ve added the Scottish Clans Project badge to your profile. If you click on the badge it will take you to the full list of our members. I’ve also added your name to our members interest page. Here you can let others know what you are working on.

Thanks for joining, enjoy and good luck with your research.


posted by Maria Maxwell
Hi Michael and thanks for your message on G2G.

I've added the New Zealand Project badge to your profile. If you click on the badge it will take you to the full list of our wonderful members. Click on New Zealand Project will take you the first page of the project. Scroll down to Member Interests. I've added your good self.

Thanks for joining enjoy and good luck with your research.


posted by Maria Maxwell
I’m sorry I can’t answer your observation. That’s a question for Arthur, as he has rejected the match:

Profile manager: Arthur Courtney private message [send private message] Stickland-54 created 18 May 2015 | Last modified 30 Jan 2018 | Last tracked change: 30 Jan 2018 23:44: Arthur (Welsford) Courtney rejected a match of Stickland-54 and Stickland-104. [Thank Arthur for this]

posted by Debra Davies
Thanks Michael for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz.

Because pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants, working within the projects which coordinate them is essential. Please ensure location data matches date of profile and avoid abbreviations. Citations & links for sources enable verification of data please add from wiki ID go to Research to find sources

Use the Pre-1700 Projects list to find one which best fits your research focus, whether time period, location, or topic. Read the goals and tasks of the project and join if it is a good fit.

Add the project tag to your Following list to keep up to date on any activity

Any questions let me know

Janet ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
By the way, if you get a "Page Not Found" error when you click the link, you can find a working version in the public comments on your profile.


posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hi Michael,

You've been a member of WikiTree for about a week so I thought I would check in to see how it's going. The New Member How-Tos are for you to work at your own pace. If you had a chance to review any of it, was it helpful?

If you have questions about how WikiTree works, I'm here to help. Just click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page. I'll get back to you by the end of the day.

Debi ~ WikiGreeter

PS Did you discover that the surname tags on your profile are clickable links? Each will take you to a page that lists any members who research the surname and a bunch of links which might be helpful. You can add more tags, up to 20 total.

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Butler-12579 and Butler-14364 appear to represent the same person because: I added myself as Butler-14364 and then found the match to Butler-12579 in your tree
posted by Michael Butler

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