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.



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 17 Oct 2016, Of the 56 ancestors listed as being DNA confirmed, 29 are individual ancestors, with the remaining 27 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 to the following ancestral couples:

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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Followed Tags
Veronica is a Wiki Genealogy Volunteer following these tags:
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?

DNA Tested
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 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.

On 5 Nov 2017 at 03:06 GMT Steve Thomas wrote:

Hi Veronica,

I think I've completed enough homework to show that one of my GG-grandmothers was assisted by the Earl Grey scheme. Her name was Elizabeth "Bessy" (Donovan) Crush.

Is it OK to identify her as part of your project?

Regards, Steve.

On 25 Oct 2017 at 08:42 GMT Mary (Bramlett) Owens wrote:

Thank you very much.

On 16 Oct 2017 at 20:57 GMT Diane Darcy wrote:

Hi Veronica,

Thank you for your message, is there other steps I have to take to become part of the Australia Project? I had already added Anzacs to my followed tags and would like to be a part of this project but aren't sure what are the next steps I need to take. I know how to find the correct sources for Anzacs etc and have added correct information & sources to the profiles I have come across while working on unsourced profiles etc. I have ancestors (free settlers) who arrived in the 1850's, but they were just ordinary hard working people - no one important from a history point of view. I'm not a member of Facebook and don't really want to join. I'm happy to keep working on the Australian section of the Suggestions Report and also the Australian unsourced profiles.

On 11 Oct 2017 at 13:56 GMT Kathryn (Chandler) Hatcher wrote:

Hi Veronica. Thanks for the warm welcome.. looks like I am going to be busy researching for a while. IO have learnt so much in the last week

On 7 Oct 2017 at 04:59 GMT Donna (Cusack) McAleese wrote:

Hi Veronica

Looking forward to adding to the Australian Early settlers project and adding DNA to the paper trail shortly. Waiting for my samples to arrive at the testing facility in the US and be processed.

The self-proclaimed first free settler of King George's Sound, Diggory Geake, is one of my line. Diggory had no surviving children however, so I am from his brother Thomas' line through his daughter, Elizabeth who married John James Herbert (arrived 1842).

I also have early settlers for SA in my linage. No convicts transported as such, but my Grays spent time in prison in the UK for poaching.

On 4 Oct 2017 at 06:17 GMT Mary Davis wrote:

Thank you for the greeting!

On 24 Sep 2017 at 02:34 GMT Nora (Johnson) Jenkins wrote:

Hello Ms Williams, thanks you much for the greeting. Look forward to finding out information and from there filling in missing links.

On 20 Sep 2017 at 04:31 GMT Diana Johnson wrote:

Miss Veronica, can anyone here say what happened to Carl Freitag? He was Uncle Paul's youngest son.

Kenneth Lee - eldest Ella Lorraine - next Paul Compton- third Carl ?

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