Veronica (Coat) Williams
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Veronica (Coat) Williams

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Veronica A. Williams formerly Coat aka Coates
Born 1950s.
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Mother of [private son (1980s - unknown)]
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Fellows of the Society of Australian Genealogists
Veronica (Coat) Williams is a Fellow of the Society of Australian Genealogists, awarded in 2023.
Profile Improvement Voyager
Veronica has completed the Profile Improvement Project's Voyage
England Orphan Team
Veronica (Coat) Williams has completed the England Project's Post 1700 Orphan Trail I.
Veronica (Coat) Williams achieved the 15 For 15 award for completing 15 missions in our 2023 15 For 15 Challenge.

Whilst I had dabbled in drawing family trees as a child, I became very interested in genealogy shortly after my Uncle Laurie died and I was given some old family research papers by my Uncle Johnny in about 2006. Laurie had begun researching the family back in the early 50's and had gathered a lot of data about the family in Australia and extended family members. My Uncle Lionel was also a great early influence. I can recall many experiences in my early childhood, tramping around grave sites looking for headstones of interest or significance, receiving great accolades for any discovery from Lionel.

I initially focussed on trying to find our overseas roots and my paternal line. I had some great discoveries including finding three brothers on my CASSIDY line all transported as convicts to Australia in 1830, including one escapee!! How exciting and how sad not to be able to share it with Laurie.

It was a long hard slog back then when we had to wade through microfilm and travel great distances to find material. How wonderful it is today that so much information is so readily available on the internet. You will see me in other places with the username genemonkey! How funny that I picked that name, I must have known that down the track I was going to develop an intense interest in DNA research. I took my first DNA test in 2010 and have found it a fascinating research tool and a great way to validate your paper research.

In 2011, I completed a Certificate in Genealogical Research with the Society of Australian Genealogists whilst I was living with my husband in remote parts of Australia: Katherine, Alice Springs and Darwin. My aim had been to start doing research for other people when my own tree was finished. How naive! Does it ever's a lifelong journey... and a great excuse for overseas travel!!

In 2013, I joined Wikitree! I've been a member of the Australia project since 2014 and appointed leader in 2015!
Veronica (Coat) Williams is a member of the Australia Project.
Veronica (Coat) Williams is a member of the Australian Convicts Team.

In 2015, as a member of the Society of Australian Genealogists, I started co-ordinating a DNA Research Group based in Sydney, to help increase my knowledge of the fascinating field of genetic genealogy.

In 2016, I was appointed as the co-administrator for the FTDNA Coats Surname Project, co-ordinating the Family Finder (autosomal) results for the project.

In 2017, at the Clan Gathering in Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Northern Ireland I was appointed as the DNA officer for the Cassidy Clan. Work is slowly progressing. During this trip to Ireland we had the privilege to go to the top of Belmore Mountain, the 'alleged' scene of the crime of our convict ancestors, which led to their transportation to Australia in 1830. The event was covered by the BBC, much to my surprise! You can see the video here. Please join our Facebook Group if you have tested your DNA and have an interest in the Cassidy's.

In late 2019, I took over the role of administrator for the FTDNA Cassidy Surname Project and also established the FTDNA 'Brittons of Ireland ' Project.

In 2020, I joined the FTDNA County Wexford Ireland Project as a co-administrator.

In 2021, I joined the FTDNA Courtney Surname Project as a co-administrator.

In 2022, I established an FTDNA project for Moyriesk and Rathclooney in County Clare and am the project administrator.

In 2023, I was appointed as a Fellow of the Society of Australian Genealogists, in particular for my contributions in building the genetic research capability within the Society.

My ethnicity estimate below is based on the combination of my traditional research, confirmed by genetic research to date:

Veronica (Coat) Williams is 62% English.
Veronica (Coat) Williams is 22% Irish.
Veronica (Coat) Williams is 12.5% Prussian.
Veronica (Coat) Williams is 3.5% Spanish.

DNA Research Summary

I embarked on my DNA journey in late 2010. Since then I have been lucky enough to have had my mother and three of her siblings tested which has enabled me to utilise the Visual Phasing technique to be able to start to map my maternal segments back to my 4 maternal great grandparents. As far as my paternal side goes, I have limited testers to help me. I am an only child and have to go back to distant cousins on both my fathers maternal and paternal sides. Thank you to those who have helped me with this.

  • Maternal line is confirmed.[1]
  • Paternal line is confirmed.[2]

More information can be found on the following pages:

Our Australian Royalty

You may or not know that in Australia, having a convict in your ancestry is often referred to as 'Australian Royalty'! As part of the Australia project I have researched the convicts in our combined families and we are now up to 14! You can see a list of our convicts here.

Family Stories

  • It was always said that we had a family connection to the famous 'Liberator of Ireland' Daniel O'Connell. After many years of research and with many thanks to my 6th cousin Liam, the connection has been found via my 4th great grand aunt daughter of Roe Swyny who married Maurice O'Connell in 1791. Maurice is a third cousin to Daniel O'Connell but an even closer relation to Daniels wife Mary O'Connell, who is his 1st cousin once removed. Whilst somewhat distant and only by marriage, I expect it is not surprising that at the time the connection would have been a very proud one to have for most Irishmen!
  • Also said to be descended from Brian Boru on my mothers side; but isn't every Irishman!

Family Mysteries


  • genemonkey25, starting small in the 52 ancestors challenge. A blog focussing on genetic research associated with my family;
  • Genemonkey explains - An information source, created to support the new chromosome analysis course I am developing and presenting for the Society of Australian Genealogists;
  • DNA Sydney - An information source and discussion forum for members of the Society of Australian Genealogists DNA Research Group; and
  • rayver33 Here and There - Mainly an overseas travel blog, but it also incorporates The NT Sea Change, 40 places you must see before you die and the Harness Pilgrimage.


  • First-hand information. Entered by Veronica Williams at registration.
  1. Gedmatch one to one comparison confirmation of relationship 3571.5 cM match between Veronica Williams and her mother Joan, 2011.
  2. GEDmatch one to one comparison confirmation of second cousin relationship between Veronica Williams GEDmatch T350954, Private Coat; resulting in Largest segment = 48.4 cM, Total of segments > 7 cM = 217.4 cM and Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 3.0., 20 Jun 2012.

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Hi Veronica,

It is once again time for our annual Ireland Project check-in. Please respond within the next three weeks to let us know:

  1. If you would like to continue as an Ireland Project member. If your answer is yes, please tell us if you are happy with your current team, or if you would prefer to join a different one. If you are currently participating in more than one team we would appreciate you ranking them in their order of importance to you, from highest priority to lowest. This information will be helpful as we consider possible future changes to our team structure.
  2. In the past, the project has had a very minimal membership requirement (one contribution per year) for badged members to meet. Do you believe this is adequate, or should this requirement be increased? What do you believe would be a reasonable commitment to expect from all project members?
  3. How active have you been in the Ireland Project over the past year? Please choose one of the following options: a) I normally spend 1-5 hours per month helping achieve my team’s goals. b) I normally spend 6-10 hours per month helping achieve my team’s goals. c) I spend over 10 hours per month helping achieve my team’s goals. d) I am not able to contribute every month but have spent approximately ________ hours during the past year improving Irish profiles.
  4. Please provide feedback on any things you’d like to see the project do more of in the future.

You can respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. If we don’t hear from you within the next three weeks we’ll assume your interests have changed or you no longer are able to participate in the Ireland Project at this time, and your badge will be removed. If your circumstances change later you will be welcome to reapply for membership.

Many thanks for all that so many of you have contributed to the project in the past year, and very special thanks to those who answered the project’s call and gave generously of their time to be part of Team Seanchaithe during the most recent connect-a-thon. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

le dea-mhéin, Jen Hutton, Ireland Project co-leader

posted by Jen (Stevens) Hutton
Dear Veronica,

On behalf of the England Project, I would like to thank you for your commitment to the project's goals. Every single contribution you make helps improve English profiles!

The England Project Leaders like to touch base with each of our members periodically to make sure everything is going well. This is our formal annual check-in with you.

Are you happy to with your current project team choices? Would you like to join any other teams?

Also, we would really like to hear which team is currently your highest priority. If you are a member of more than one team, could you please rank them from highest priority to lowest? Thank you! If you don’t see yourself as being part of a team, please let us know.

We also welcome any feedback on things you would like to see the project do more of in the future.

I look forward to hearing from you. Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message.

On behalf of all the Leaders, thank you again for all you do and we look forward to you continuing to be a part of our collaborative and fun Project!

Kind regards,

Joan, England Project Leader

Hi Veronica - I'm looking for the Super Aussie Genies Channel on Discord!

I am a member of the Wikitree Server. I can see the wizards_of_aus team and the topical Australia (and Ireland) Projects...

Do I need an invitation to join the Super Aussie Genies Channel?

posted by Megan Tilley
Veronica, wanted to let you know that I took Big Y and have result of A935 haplo. Thanks
posted by Michael Cassidy
I'm back! Can we add 3–4 profiles to Jess Hill to get us started? I'm poking around looking for an obit on SAG or something, but getting hindered on Google by the younger investigative journalist. Do you know where I might learn about Jess's parents?
posted by Karen Lowe
Is she the Miss Jessie May Hill whose father George, brass founder, died in 1961 and they lived in Mount Pleasant?
posted by Karen Lowe
Veronica, I'm excited to serve as our team captain for the WikiTree Challenge with the Society of Australian Genealogists. Thanks for your help on our G2G registration post!

Mindy has added the Australia Project's guidelines and categories to our Challenge 2 space page. What might we add to the research resources for folks new to Australian research?


- Karen

posted by Karen Lowe
Not really into genealogy that much, but Australia project followers may be interested in my website dedicated to published OUT-OF-COPYRIGHT music by Australian creators who died before 1955
posted by Stephen Darby
Thank you for replying to the Anzac July check in, Vanessa. I have marked you as ACTIVE.

I am not sure when Anzacs became listed under Military and War. I know about the Anzacs, but not as well as you, since I live in Texas. The large, red WikiTree box of all wars including Anzacs are 2/3 way down this project page Here Mary

posted by Mary Richardson

On behalf of the leader of the Military and War Project, I am doing the six month check-in with Anzac members.. Have you been active in the Anzacs project in the last six months? Please note that it is a requirement for membership in the Military and War Project that you respond to these check-ins. To make bookkeeping easier, just click Reply to this message on your own page, add your reply, then Post the Reply. I look forward to hearing from you..

Many thanks,

Mary~ Project Coordinator, Military and War Project

posted by Mary Richardson
hi Veronica, just added new member to the Convicts team, Gary Hampton

Cheers, Margaret

Hi Veronica,

It’s time for our annual Ireland Project check-in! Please respond within the next two weeks to let me know:

  • If you are happy with the team you’re on or if you’d like to make a change. It is now required that all members with an Ireland project badge work on at least one of the project’s team(s), so if you’ve not yet signed up please do so in your reply to this check-in.
  • What you think the project is doing well, and what (if any) changes you would like to see us make? Are there any teams you would like to become more active in?
  • Would you be interested in helping to work on an Ireland Project newsletter?
  • Please give us some 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 for us to ensure you receive project communications? If you would like to join us on either one, Just let us know in your response and we will get you signed up.

Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. If we don’t hear from you within two weeks, we will assume you are no longer interested in participating in the Ireland Project, and your badge will be removed. If you wish to reapply for membership later, we will be happy to have you back. Many thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely, Jen Hutton, on behalf of the Ireland Project

posted by Jen (Stevens) Hutton
Dear Veronica,

The Profile Improvement Project (PIP) is performing its first annual check-in with our project members. We are in the process of transitioning to a team structure. There will be three participant PIP Teams to start -- The Maintenance Category Team, the Unknowns Team, and the Biography Team. There is also the Voyage Team who guide new Voyagers. See the Profile Improvement Project Teams for a brief outline of each team. Please let us know which team(s) you would like to participate in.

We would also like to invite you to join the email GoogleGroup and text chat Discord channel for our project. (When you request to join our GoogleGroup, please be sure to include your Wiki ID). You will find more information on the GoogleGroup.

We thank you for all you do to help the Profile Improvement Project and WikiTree. The Project’s mission is to:

Make profiles beautiful! We clean up messy biography sections and sources, and try to set standards for attractive, useful, and well-written biographies, starting with those we manage.

We know you’re working on profiles *smile* We would like to hear about successes you’ve had toward the Project’s goals. We would also appreciate any feedback you might have to help us improve the Project. Please share your thoughts in a reply to this comment or privately via private message to either of us.


Debi Hoag and Robin Shaules Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hi Veronica, thank you for ushering in the merger of two John MacNamara entries. By any chance have you found any direct relationship to John "Fireball" MacNamara, of County Clare (with a memorial in a cemetery in Quin)?


posted by Robert Schott

I doing the semi-annual check-in with all project members and I would like to verify that you’re still interested in being a member of the wonderful Tree Hugger Project / Appreciation Team. Please respond by private message and let me know. If you are not yet in the Google group where members communicate with each other, please sign up here:

Since I also want to update the task list at the same time, see it here and let me know in your reply which task(s) you are particularly interested in:

We really appreciate your contributions on WikiTree, and thank you for all your hard work. If you have any questions, please ask. We would also love to hear any feedback you may have for the project. I look forward to hearing from you soon! Dieter ~ Tree Hugger / Appreciation Team Project co-leader

posted by Dieter Lewerenz
Hi Veronica, I can't find any evidence of a de La Salle college in Haberfield, do you have a link? Was it maybe closed at some time?

Cheers, Margaret

Hello Veronica. I see that Gov. John Webster of CT is an ancestor of interest. I also see that a Benjamin Webster with YDNA J-L829 states he is a direct descendant.

My full biological brother John P. Webster's Y-DNA is J-CTS5368. He (and I) are also a direct descendant of Gov. John Webster of CT. These groups are both J but I have no idea if the two are related at all. Perhaps you can help. Is there a DNA study for Gov John Webster or CT Websters?

posted by Janice Webster
Hello Veronica,

The Appreciation Team Leaders are completing the six-month check in with all team members. Thank you for all your work thanking and appreciating WikiTree members.

I see you are signed up for: Surnames

Please let me know if you are happy with your current task, if you wish to do something additional or different, or if the Appreciation Team is no longer something you can keep up with. Thank you again on behalf of all the Project Leaders for everything you do.

Emma :-)

Hi, Veronica!

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
Hi Veronica, just to let you know i have added a new member, Janine Kenny, to the Free Settlers team. Cheers, Margaret
Hello, Veronica!

Thanks for all the work you accomplished during our Connect-A-Thon 2020. It is amazing how many more profiles were created and added to our Shared Tree. You have every right to be pleased with your efforts!

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Veronica, this has probably already been asked and answered but what is the duration of time that is covered for category "Born in the Colony"?

The duration of Colony of New South Wales extends from 1788 to 1900, and I would assume that all of the families would have actually been born in the Colony after the initial arrival of the family immigrants to Australia!!!

Megan in Sydney

posted by Megan Tilley
Hello Megan - sorry if I missed this question! We include as you suggest anyone born here (excluding Indigenous Australians) from 1788 to Federation.
Thank you so much for your response, Veronica!

I am laughing so much, now, because I forgot WHY I asked the question in the first place!!!

However, I will remember that it is the time until and up to Federation!

Megan in Sydney (still laughing...)

posted by Megan Tilley
edited by Megan Tilley
Hi there, Veronica!

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

The Global Cemeteries Project is currently undergoing our member check-in and wanted to verify that you are still active and interested in being a member of the project. Are you currently assigned to or working with one of our Cemetery Teams? If not, is there a particular Team or area you are interested in participating with? I would be delighted to help you get setup in one or more of our collaborative teams!

We use Google Groups for internal project collaboration, so if you are not yet setup for access feel free to submit a join request and we will get that approved as quick as possible. We also ask that members check their followed tags to make sure you are following the correct project tag (CEMETERIES) so you don't miss any discussions in G2G.

Last, but not least, we would like to thank you for all of your contributions to WikiTree and let you know that any ideas or suggestions for improvement you may have for the Global Cemeteries Project would greatly appreciated!

I look forward to hearing form you soon!

Steve ~Global Cemeteries Project Leader

posted by Steven Harris
Hello, Veronica,

I am interested to connect up with someone who is exploring Ann Forbes' DNA. Would this be yourself, or is there someone else who has taken this on? I have 6 family members connected to a cluster of Ann Forbes descendants (29 Ancestry matches). However, Ann is not our direct ancestor, and the connection is back a bit further....somewhere. Who would be interested to look at this further? Cheers Karen

posted by Karen Lodge
Hello Karen - If you mean Ann Forbes m Huxley I would be happy to help take a look at it. However the kits would need to be on a shared platform like GEDmatch to enable chromosome analysis. Send me a PM with the details. Veronica
Hello Veronica, Sometimes I look back at older comments and I'm thinking about your message to me posted 5th Oct regarding Irish townlands. I'd like to rephrase my thoughts. I agree 100% with identifying townlands when you can.

I commented about my perception that individual profiles should only be linked to the lowest category possible. I agree with only attaching individual to the lowest category possible. However, in my family. pushing down to townlands actually hides the relationships with family inside the same county.

posted by Steve Thomas
Hi Veronica, firstly, thanks for putting the stickers on Augusta Suffield Forrest's profile and sprucing up some of the links. I'm still learning how to embed links etc. In regards to her husband's Forrest Family, I have only done his father John Forrest's family so far and they are from Cork in Ireland. When Richard Forrest and Augusta came to Australia in 1839, Richard's father John and the rest of his family all moved from Cork to Chicago/New York about 1840.

I noticed that you have a fair few convict ancestors (Australian Royalty) as you put it, I also have 6 convict ancestors and one female ancestor that I suspect got sent out as a orphan poor house girl, Christian Gallagher who I have no idea how she came to be in Australia pre 1850.

Anyhow, thanks for your good work. Mark H.

posted by Mark Hutchinson
Hi Veronica,

Re Irish Townlands. I've joined the Irish Project and noticed your interests in co. Fermanagh. I don't share your enthusiasm for creating categories down to Townlands. I think the collections are too small. I'm looking for family connections in co. Cavan. I've identified family in 4 different townlands. The most useful category to collect them together is a Barony, but I'm happy with civil Parish. Regards, Steve.

posted by Steve Thomas
Hello, Veronica,

We are sorry to lose you as a member of the Connectors Project, but we understand that life gets busy and interests shift. Please know that you will always be welcome to rejoin the project in the future if you wish.

Thank you so much for your participation; we genuinely appreciate it.

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Hi Veronica,

On behalf of the Connectors Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let us know if you are still active. If you are active, please let us know in which ways you are currently contributing to the project.

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

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Michelle ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Veronica!

The Appreciation Team thanks you for all for your hard work for reaching 1000+ actually, over 1400!) contributions for the month July 2019. Onward and upward!

I gotta say, I love your profile pic!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Veronica

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in. We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the Categorization Project. Below is a quick checklist for active members. The project leaders would like you to make sure you have done the following:

1) Checked the] for ways to contribute.

2) Added Categories to the tags you follow.

3) PMed the project leaders with your email address to be added to the [1].

4) Bookmarked the [2] to monitor the project watchlist.

Thank you!

Karen ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Veronica

I have noted you are away and will not post any other messages until you are back

On behalf of the Categorization Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let me know if you are still active, and if so, in which ways you have contributed to the project, or a sub-project, within the last two months.

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

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Karen ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Wherever you are Veronica, thanks for adding to my tree. I have just joined the English Project and I am also on the Slav Project, Croatian sub category. So I guess I am a bit of everything as well. I have yet to finalise my family connection to Belgium. That's difficult. Also trying to link the English Smart family back to 1590 is not easy either.

Thanks again Carolyn Giles-3244 PS No problem about the marriage of Rosina and Thomas. I can cut and paste it from my source box on Family Search.

posted by [Living Giles]
Hi Veronica

It is a beautiful sunny day in Brisbane.

Just wanted to thank you for the wedding information re my Grandparents Thomas Percival and Rosina Dominish.

) Carolyn Giles-3244

posted by [Living Giles]