Veronica (Coat) Williams

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% German.
Veronica (Coat) Williams is 3.5% Spanish.
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 5th October 2018, of the 82 ancestors listed as being DNA confirmed, 42 are individual ancestors, with the remaining 40 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. 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
Joint Project Leader.
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.
Actively using WATO to test out various theories, as well as mapping all my triangulated matches. See my profile page (scroll down to DNA Research Summary) to link to my current chromosome map!
Project Leader for the Earl Grey Famine Orphan Scheme 1848-1850
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 30 Nov 2018 at 13:53 GMT Stephen Coates wrote:

Veronica,thank you for publishing your photos,much appreciated,I have very good features the same.your a Diamond.

On 14 Nov 2018 at 22:17 GMT Michael Stills wrote:

Welcome to the Mac interest group Veronica. We’re not very active these days as most people of figure out the difference between Mac and windows and what they have to do to adjust. Let me know if you have any questions.

On 1 Nov 2018 at 08:36 GMT Maryann (Thompson) Hurt wrote:

Hi Veronica

I am still interested in being part of the Australia project but I do not use facebook.

Sorry to hear about your Mum, too. It is very hard.



On 29 Oct 2018 at 00:44 GMT Leigh Taffe wrote:

Thanks, Veronica. I have added the tag. I requested to join the Australian Convicts Project months ago and never heard anything. I pretty much gave up until a recent post on G2G when someone inquired about it. Is it possible for me to get a project member badge?

On 28 Oct 2018 at 08:37 GMT Deborah (Smith) Talbot wrote:

I’ve tried on several occasions to add the Australia tag to my profile but it just won’t go in.

On 24 Oct 2018 at 00:19 GMT Margaret (Gale) Haining wrote:

Thanks Veronica for adding me to the Australia project, I am already a member of the facebook group. I have a few convicts and early settlers in my extended tree that i will be adding progressively as I get sources organised.


On 7 Aug 2018 at 16:55 GMT Natalie (Durbin) Trott wrote:

It's been a week since we first contacted you about the Categorization project. If I don't hear from you by August 14, I will assume that you don't wish to be part of the project any longer and will remove the badge. I thank you and look forward to hearing from you.

Natalie, Categorization

On 2 Aug 2018 at 19:16 GMT Sherry Porter wrote:

Hi, Veronica

I'm Sherry, This is my 1st trip through wiki not really sure what I'm doing but I would like to get started and see where this will take me.

On 31 Jul 2018 at 15:15 GMT Steven Harris wrote:

Hi Veronica,

I’m Steven, coordinator of the Categorization Project. Please have a look at the revamped Categorization Project page, specifically about the new team approach. Members will be now be part of the Maintenance Team. Project Liaisons and leaders will be involved in the Vision and Collaboration team.

Please contact me within the next week to let me know if you would like to remain an active member of the project. If I don’t hear back from you I will assume you no longer want to be a part of the Categorization Project.

On 26 Jul 2018 at 12:44 GMT Amanda Myers wrote:

Hi Veronica and thank you. I followed the instructions on the Australia Project page, answered the G2G post to join, added Australia to my tags etc a few weeks ago and nothing happened. I have been going thru the groups error list and connecting orphaned profiles. Working on Ricketts-426 at the moment

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