Veronica (Coat) Williams
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Veronica (Coat) Williams

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Veronica A. Williams formerly Coat aka Coates
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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.


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Biography

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 find it a fascinating area and a fabulous tool to use 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 finish...it's a lifelong journey... and a great excuse for overseas travel!!

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.

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.

As this page was becoming too cluttered I removed the ancestor table previously found here and have set up a summary page for all my DNA research. Please refer to my DNA Research Summary. You will find links to my DNA confirmations and the table outlining my progress. Please note that as at May 2020, of the 89 ancestors listed as being DNA confirmed, 43 are individual ancestors, with the remaining 46 being confirmed back to 'ancestral couples'. If you wish to go directly to my DNA Autosomal Confirmations category page, please click here.

If you wish to view my summary of my chromosome maps for my DNA you can see them at DNA Painter, by clicking here.

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

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

Blogs

  • genemonkey25, starting small in the 52 ancestors challenge. A new blog focussing on my genetic research;
  • 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.

Sources

  • 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. www.gedmatch.com, 20 Jun 2012.

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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
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
Hi,

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 Steve 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 https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Forbes-439. 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 https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Categorization] 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]

Rejected matches › Anne (Williams) James (1740-)

Veronica is 23 degrees from Jaki Erdoes, 22 degrees from Wallis Windsor and 22 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.