Veronica Anne (Coat) Williams

Veronica (Coat) Williams

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Veronica A. Williams formerly Coat aka Coates
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Veronica (Coat) Williams is a member of the Earl Grey's Famine Orphan Scheme 1848-1850 Project.

52 Ancestors - 2018



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'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 recent clan gathering in Enniskillen, Fermanagh I was appointed as the DNA officer for the Cassidy Clan. Work is yet to commence. 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.

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 two 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 27 Nov 2017, of the 61 ancestors listed as being DNA confirmed, 33 are individual ancestors, with the remaining 28 being confirmed back to 'ancestral couples'. If you wish to go directly to my DNA Autosomal Confirmations category page, please click 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 13! 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. Isn't every Irishman!

Family Mysteries

  • Who is my paternal grandmothers father? A DNA research project.


  • 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.


  • 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 GEDmatch T350954 and her mother Joan GEDmatch T485376, 2011.
  2. GEDmatch triangulated group consisting of Veronica Williams GEDmatch T350954, Private Bradley A649583, and Private Bradley T663831sharing approx 15cM segment on Chromosome 3, 6,100,000 - 13,200,000, 2015.

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Veronica is a Wiki Genealogy Volunteer following these tags:
Enjoying the personal challenge to do more about documenting my ancestors and their genetic challenges!
To hear whats new
Project member of several sub projects.
Looking to connect families from Fermanagh Ireland
Looking to connect families from Fermanagh Ireland
I am looking to confirm my paternal line, which includes variants such as Coate/Coats/Coates. Y-dna tests suggests we may be linked to Bennett/Locke and Seymour surnames. Can you help solve the mystery?
Help me break down my brick wall, looking for Courtney/Courtenay's who have DNA tested to help identify my family line
Looking to utilise DNA to validate my paper research.
Project Leader for the Earl Grey Famine Orphan Scheme 1848-1850
Searching for the possibility that this family were French Huguenots.
Wanting to be informed of all Wikitree improvements!
Particularly interested in Cassidy/Britton from Fermanagh, Murphy/Sinnott from Wexford, Sweeney/Hanrahan from Clare, Bateman/Kennedy/Alphonso from Limerick. Courtney too, but whereabouts unknown!
Interested in tracing the Laundon family back to France, but mine are stuck in Leicestershire! Can you help?
My grandfather used to say if you met a 'Paice' we were probably related to them. The inference being there were so many of them! Why are there so few on Wikitree???
From County Clare, Rathclooney, Clooney, Moyriesk, Clonroad Beg, Drumcliff. Possibly connected to the Mahon family?

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Veronica Williams's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Veronica or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA. Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line: It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Veronica:

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On 8 Apr 2018 at 02:51 GMT Linda Barnett wrote:

Hi Hi Hi I would like to invite you again this year to join the 2018 Spring Clean-a-Thon and join the Team Tennessee Volunteers 2018 Spring Clean-a-Thon this year I am going to be the leader like I was for Team Tennessee 2017 Source-a-Thon. I will also be the leader of Team Tennessee Volunteers 2018 Source-a-Thon too this year. Notice the change in the name of the team. Here is our free space page: It is April 21 - 23. You need to register for this by April 19th that is the last day to register.

Star this is the link you need to go to and The registration deadline is April 19, 2018, at 12:01 am. Note: Please post as an answer not as a comment. Thanks!

On 10 Mar 2018 at 03:13 GMT Cheryl (Beebe) Yoke wrote:

I have Mt DNA J1c5a and would like to trace my matrilineal line as far back as I can and learn their stories, then share that information with my daughter and her daughters.

On 15 Feb 2018 at 03:27 GMT Bazz Hoey wrote:

please refer to biog edit note re direct family members of Hoey/ Shaw.

On 3 Feb 2018 at 21:55 GMT Kimberly (Curtis) McComb wrote:

Thank you for helping me out with the 52 Ancestors category on my Nanny's page (Weaver-8111). I'm trying to learn how to use categories correctly :)

On 22 Jan 2018 at 08:59 GMT C. Mackinnon wrote:

HI. Only just found your message re Paice family in Hampshire. Pretty sure we are not related. We are getting old and one of life's joys nowadays is exploring those parts of Hampshire we have never visited. Mostly small villages, take the camera, photograph the church etc. Find a pub. I print up the category of a useful looking place and off we go. To that end I have been adding categories to Hampshire profiles which is probably what you have noticed. Perhaps I'll get some pics for you once the weather improves. I note you have some Census returns for Fareham where we go often. If you add the addresses to the profiles I might be able to help there as well. Fareham didn't suffer much from the bombing!

On 9 Jan 2018 at 04:43 GMT Linda Barnett wrote:

Can you add that also to mine that I had add under Linda Barnett Barnett-3517 Veronica. Here is mine that I put in she is open" Can you do the same for her as you did for rest for week 1.

On 2 Jan 2018 at 20:05 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:


Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As I always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader

On 30 Nov 2017 at 21:31 GMT Steve Thomas wrote:

Hi Veronica,

Thanks for editing the profile for Bridget O'Connor. It was a good idea to distinguish Clare, South Australia from Clare, Ireland. Regards, Steve.

On 15 Nov 2017 at 09:18 GMT Steve Thomas wrote:

Hi Veronica,

Bridget McGee arrived in 1851 and wasn't part of the Earl Grey scheme. I then found Bridget O'Connor who was.

Thanks for your assistance, Regards, Steve.

On 13 Nov 2017 at 05:52 GMT Steve Thomas wrote:

Hi Veronica,

I'm doing my best to add names to the Earl_Grey project. Working backwards from a newspaper funeral notice, Bridget McGee arrived in SA as a 19 year old in 1849. I haven't found any other family or names on a passenger list, but will keep you advised. Regards, Steve.

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