Michael Cayley

Michael Cayley

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Michael F. Cayley
Born 1950s.
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Michael is a Magna Carta Project Project Co-ordinator.
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Michael Cayley is project contact for Philip d'Aubigny.


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One Name Studies

I am active in the following One Name Studies:

My Cayley ancestors had strong links with both Legard and Nowell families.


I do what I can to help with a number of Projects, including the Notables Project (which ties in with some contributions I have made to Wikipedia) and, since the summer of 2018, the Magna Carta Project.


I was educated at Brighton College, Sussex, England and St John's College, Oxford. I am a retired United Kingdom civil servant almost all of whose career centred on advising successive goverments on policy matters (frequently giving unwelcome advice!), helping draw up legislation, seeing new laws were properly introduced, and monitoring the effect of policies.

My Interest in Genealogy

I am descended from the first Cayley baronet, who was one of the Cayleys associated with Brompton, Yorkshire. I have an extensive set of data on people with the surname Cayley. I maintain a Cayley family history website at Cayley Family History.

I have been researching genealogy for almost 30 years, and my research goes back to medieval times. The person who started my interest was an eccentric and diminutive aunt who had inherited albums of old family photos and a set of family portraits going back to the 18th century, and who had gathered a collection of documents and letters from the 1790s to the first half of the 20th century, the most interesting of which the family donated to the British Library after her death. Despite her small size, my aunt was formidable; and from childhood I was not allowed to forget that facts, documentstion and stories about forebears were to be treasured. Cousins, near and distant, were often to be seen at her home and she hoovered up family information from them with avidity. Nowadays email makes that much easier, and one of the pleasures of recent years has been establishing email contact with cousins in other countires and exchanging data with them.

My work was based in central London, which meant I had access to some of the best repositories in the UK. Spending time off in them was welcome relief from the demands of high pressure jobs. By the time I retired, digitisation of genealogical sources had started, which was just as well, as I moved to a small island off the South coast of England - though I had amassed enough notes to keep me busy for a considerable time.

I am as interested in the social history ancestors’ lives reveal, whether they were poor or better off, and the incidents and stories that bring them to life, as in ‘who begat whom’.

For me a lot of the joy of genealogy is the research, especially when I track down a recondite source which solves a conundrum or which establishes links that standard genealogical reference works have missed. As those who enjoy travelling know, the journey can - with all its periodic difficulties - be as interesting as the destination. Along the way there is always something new to learn, and sometimes it is good to spend time on byways, or to postpone going to the originally intended destination and divert to somewhere different.


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Michael is a Wiki Genealogy Volunteer following these tags:
A variant on the Cayley surname
I often add categories to profiles I visit, and aim to include categories in all profiles I create
I have an extensive set of information on people with the surname Cayley, and maintain a family history website for the surname at https://cayleyfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/. I welcome queries and information about members of Cayley families.
I want to help link more people into the global tree
A small way in which I can improve Wikitree is to help with Data Doctor challenges
I am involved in the Magna Carta Project, which covers quite a lot of aristocrat profiles, and have worked on other profiles of aristocrats.
I am keenly interested in GDPR as it affects Wikitree
My Cayley ancestors have several links with Legards. I am adding to Legard information on Wikitree and have set up a Legard name study.
I do what I can to assist the work of the Magna Carta project
I regard it as essential to avoid incorrect automatic merges of profiles
I am undertaking a Cayley Name Study and among the Cayleys and those linked to them are several people who are notable. I have worked on the ancestry of some other notables. I have created or expanded a number of biographical entries of notables on Wikipedia.
I have Nowells in my family tree and am involved in the Nowell Name Study.
I have a Cayley one name study
I have done research on pre-1500 ancestors and related families. I am willing to help with pre-1500 research for England.
I have added numerous pre-1700 profiles, and sought to improve existing profiles. I am interested in Wikitree standards for them.
Even more so with GDPR, getting privacy issues right is vital for Wikitree.
I am involved in three One Name Studies
I am adding extensive UK information to Wikitree, particularly on members of the Cayley family and linked families.

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On 18 Apr 2019 at 10:55 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

Many thanks, Liz! You are a star.

On 17 Apr 2019 at 22:53 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Hi! I've added you as manager for Aubigny-100 & as his contact at Space:Trail Tracks. I also posted a comment to his profile that you're his contact. Here's the coding for the sticker that you can add to your profile (although it stays in the comments on his):
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On 9 Apr 2019 at 09:15 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

Thanks, Liz, that's great :-D

On 9 Apr 2019 at 03:19 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Hi! I just realized I never sent you the coding for this sticker. Feel free to edit it (for example, you can change the display choice for your name & you can also be specific rather than general - e.g., if you'd rather say you're a project coordinator, that's cool).
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Michael is on the Magna Carta Project leadership team.

On 27 Mar 2019 at 05:35 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:

Hi Michael,

I’m working with Eowyn to check-in with everyone holding the Project Coordinator badge to make sure we have the most up-to-date information. As a Project Coordinator badge holder, please can you let me know which project(s) you are currently coordinating and if you have a specific role as coordinator in those projects?

Many thanks,


On 22 Feb 2019 at 21:51 GMT Anonymous (Holland) Carroll wrote:

Thank you, Michael, for your work and comment on the profile of Mary Zouche-103. I am interested in this merge as Maud Zouche-64 and her husband, Robert Holand-65 are my 21st great grandpartents. :) So, of course, I am hoping Zouche-103 will be merged into Zouche-64.

Thank you for working to make WikiTree more accurate.

My Best Bettye

On 22 Feb 2019 at 17:11 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

Hi Bettye, how kind of to post a thank-you comment!

On 22 Feb 2019 at 17:08 GMT Anonymous (Holland) Carroll wrote:

Hi Michael

Thank you for proposing a merge between the profiles of Maud & Mary Zouche-103.

And, thank you, Michael, especially for the work you are doing to make the Magna Carta Project more accurate.

Best Regards, Bettye

On 29 Jan 2019 at 15:36 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Thanks for taking on Jabez too! You can either edit your current sticker to show them both or add a second sticker:
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Michael Cayley is the Gateway Guardian for Jabez Whitaker

On 28 Jan 2019 at 17:03 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Hi Michael! I updated the Magna Carta Project section of Mary's profile to note that you are the profile's Gateway Guardian. Here's the coding for a sticker that you can add to your profile (copy/paste from the e-mail version of this post). Feel free to change the display of your name to suit. Thanks!
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Michael Cayley is the Gateway Guardian for Mary Bouchier

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