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.
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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On 18 Apr 2019 at 10:55 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:
On 17 Apr 2019 at 22:53 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
On 9 Apr 2019 at 09:15 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:
On 9 Apr 2019 at 03:19 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
On 27 Mar 2019 at 05:35 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:
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?
On 22 Feb 2019 at 21:51 GMT Anonymous (Holland) Carroll wrote:
Thank you for working to make WikiTree more accurate.
My Best Bettye
On 22 Feb 2019 at 17:11 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:
On 22 Feb 2019 at 17:08 GMT Anonymous (Holland) Carroll wrote:
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:
On 28 Jan 2019 at 17:03 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote: