Michael Cayley

Michael Cayley

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Michael F. Cayley
Born 1950s.
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Wiki Genealogist April 2020 Club 1,000 Team Leader Mediator WikiTree Project Leader England Project Member Project Coordinator Magna Carta Project Member Quakers Project Member One Name Studies Project Member Pre-1500 Super Star Generous Genealogist -  Green Star Generous Genealogist - Blue Star Community Star Notables Project Member European Aristocrats Project Member Connector Generous Genealogist - Red Star Family Star
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Michael Cayley is project contact for the Magna Carta Illustrious Men


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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 am co-leader of the Magna Carta and Quaker Projects, and on the Managed Profiles team of the England 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 over 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, documentation 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.

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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I have proposed, and completed, quite a lot of merges, and try to keep an eye on proposed merges from a Magna Carta Project perspective
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 a member of the England Project managed profiles team
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 am a leader of the Magna Carta project
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 am involved in three One Name Studies: Cayley, Nowell and Legard
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.
As a Project leader i ought to follow this tag
I am a leader of the Quakers Project
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Hi Michael,

Your England Leaders are completing the six monthly check in with all team members. I wanted to thank you for your work on English Profiles. These are unprecedented and difficult times, and we understand as Project Leaders that your situation may have changed somewhat in the last few months. What we are all able to/ wish to contribute on Wikitree has changed. Please let me know if you are happy with your current role and team choice or if you wish to do something additional or different. Thank you again on behalf of all the project leaders for everything you do!

Kindest Regards, Amy Utting

posted by Amy Utting

Thanks again for jumping in to help with Susannah Palmes Avery. This should clear up not only my Walworth lineage but clear up the confusion with her lineage to Anne Humphrey. Been rather active on Wiki with my favorite coffee shop closed for the virus so I also want to express that I hope you and your family are safe and stay well. David Leighr (Leighr-1)

posted by David Leighr
Ops apologies re misspelling your name


posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hi Michael

I am just checking in with you as a member of the Yorkshire Team. We are entering the last 8 days of the England regional go Green Challenge reducing the suggestions, unsourced and unconnected numbers. On the 13th the Northern Region were in the lead for the challenge with drop of 16,728!

As your regional cheer leader - I am encouraging everyone to go go go


Good luck Janet :)

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
edited by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hi Michael,

On behalf of the England Leaders, I wanted to say a huge thank you for all your contributions towards the project in the past six months as a Team Member for Managed Profiles and Pre-1500 Prep. We've achieved a great deal during this time and we couldn't have done it without you.

Are you happy to stay in your current teams and the project as a whole? Are there any other teams you'd like to join? What are we doing well, and what would you like to see us doing differently moving forwards?

Please respond to this message via e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks,

Susie, England Project Leader :-)

posted by Susie MacLeod
Michael, every contribution to WikiTree improves the quality of our Shared Tree. The Appreciation Team thanks you for all your efforts by making more than 1,000 contributions during the month of September.

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

PS: Enjoyed reading about your "formidable" aunt!

posted by Pip Sheppard
Michael, thank you for each of your more than 1000 contributions to our Shared Tree for the month of August 2019. All of your work makes our Tree all that much better.

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Sorry about my typo on William Hody, who I'd momentarily confused with his father. If you look at what WikiTree claims about his offspring (dubious names and dubious marriages), you may feel some editing would be beneficial?
posted by [Living Bethune]
Welcome to being a leader here at WikiTree, Michael!
posted by Maggie N.

Congratulations! Welcome to the leader group. If you need any help, please don’t hesitate to ask. We are so happy to have you!


posted by Paula J
Congratulations on being awarded a Leader badge Michael!
posted by Jo Fitz-Henry
Thank you Michael for your work on the Cloptons
posted by Anon (Snyder) Anon
Thanks for your help on Webb-2452!
posted by Lori Harlan

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