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Sunday 21 July 2019 This may be myy last contrbution to WikiTree. Woke up this moring unable to seeanything but a blur out of my right eye, my left eye being virtually useless, as you can see by my typing.

Diabetes has caught up with me, sooner than I expected. I or my son will update this with any news.

Feb 2020 - sight is slowly returning to my right eye, and I'm due to have an operation on it at the end of the month. (Postponed due to coronavirus) Heart surgery in the meantime has slowed up progress with the eye. I was lucky. The anaesthetist for my eye operation in August didn't like the sound of my heart so referred me to my cardiologist who vetoed the operation, saying I might not survive the general anaesthetic, and I had a heart operation instead. If I hadn't have gone blind I might not be here today! I'm back on WT with renewed enthusiasm! Albeit at a slower pace as I can't read my textbooks.

March 2020 - lockdown here in France means that I can concentrate on adding more names from my database to WT, and trying to reduce the Unsourced and Suggestion lists for Bedfordshire. I can truthfully say that WT is helping to maintain my sanity during this difficult time.


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Hi David,

On behalf of the England Project, I would like to thank you for all your contributions towards the project's goals over the past year. Every English profile we improve helps!

The England Project Leaders are currently doing our six-monthly check-in with all project members.

Are you happy to with your current project team choices? Are there other teams you would like to join or become more active in?

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.

Many thanks!

Amelia, England Project Leader

posted by Amelia Utting
Hi David,

I would like to thank you for all your contributions towards the goals of the England Project during the past six months. We've achieved a huge amount during this period and we couldn't have done it without you and our other project members.

As the England Project Leaders, we are completing our six monthly check-in with all project members.

Are you happy to stay in your current project teams? Which teams are you most active in? Are there other teams you would like to join or become more active in?

Also, do you have any feedback on what the project is doing well and anything we could do better in the future?

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

Many thanks!

Joan, England Project Leader

Hi David

The United Kingdom Project has not been active since 2018 and we are now completely closing it down. We are removing all UK project badges. If you still have an interest in the UK and have not already joined another project, then you will need to join the England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales Project by answering one or more of their G2G posts. If your interest is in the British Isles and British Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories, then please contact me directly.

Regards Joan

Sorry to hear of your medical problems. I am 76 and I am heading down the same path as yourself. I woke up one morning and I had lost my hearing in my good ear so now I have one good eye and one ear with diminished hearing. So much for enjoying our golden years. I hope all works out for you Mr. Cooper.
posted by William Fox Jr.
Good luck with your health issues, David. You’ve certainly made many contributions to WikiTree. Lucky to have you here!
posted by Sara Mosher
Thanks very much for your kind words Sara.

When you've been virtually blind you don't half appreciate sight!

Much appreciated.

posted by David Cooper
edited by David Cooper
Hi David,

We have not received a reply from you regarding the message we recently sent about England Project. We hope you are OK. We realise that your interests could have moved on, and so if we do not hear from you by the end of December we will presume that you wish to be removed from the Project. You will be welcome to rejoin us at a later time if you wish.

Joan, Amy & Lizzie.

Sorry Joan, forgot to reply.

I"m very happy concentrating on Bedfordshire and would like to continue in the role of leader of Beds if I may. It fits one person just nicely, I try not to spend more than 12 hours a day on WT as I don't want to strain my eyes having gone blind for 7 months in 2019. For that reason I was forced to stop all WT activity including Google Groups and Discord while I waited to see if my sight came back. Fortunately the specialist hospital in Toulouse was right and it was partially restored in February. But I haven't picked up on Discord etc again, not that I used it much anyway. The admin side of WT doesn't do a lot for me; I prefer researching or tidying up Bedfordshire profiles, which I suppose is admin of a sort! I am always mindful that my eyes could go again at a stroke and I don't want to get too involved in more than Bedfordshire in case the worst happens again .

So that's the position so far as Beds and I are concerned. Beds Unsourced are as good as any county, suggestions get cleared immediately if I can understand how to fix them which isn't always the case, and it bugs me that I ca n't connect more unconnecteds and even more so when as happened last week I spent a full day connecting a tree of 2 people! It was a name in my part of Beds! It's nearly midnight in France and almost time when I turn into a pumpkin.

Thanks for all your hard work

Best regards


posted by David Cooper
Hi David,

It's that time of the year again: check-in time! As England Project Leaders, we like to check in with you every six months or so to see how things are progressing. Back in May, we didn't ask for a response due to the rapid emergence of Covid-19 because we understood that people's lives were changing rapidly. While we are still living in a Covid world, we do need to hear back from you this time around.

First of all, how are you doing? What are you currently working on? Are you happy with the team(s) you're in, or would you like to change things up?

Secondly, we're looking for some feedback on the Google Group and our Discord server. Do you use either or both of these? If you don't use either, why not? Do you have any suggestions on how we can improve participation and collaboration, either generally or for you personally?

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Joan, Amy & Lizzie.

Hi David, Thank you for completing all those certain/uncertain buttons for me. I rarely even see them so I'm going to have to make a concerted effort to look for them in future! Thanks again!
Hi Christine, I find I have loads where I didn't tick the boxes when I created the profile. IF WT ever has a purge and adds them all to the Suggestions report we'll be totally overwhelmed. I wish I could see the point of them. I only did them as they're a quick and easy boost to my contributions and I'm a bit low this month as I spent 10 days in hospital having tests to find out why I kept blacking out, and then having a pacemaker fitted which seems to have fixed the problem. But ten days looking at a hospital ceiling is pretty boring, but at least I lost some weight as the food was awful. Ten pounds in ten days! Too much. Are you still spending most of your time on Kent or have you other other counties that you work on. Beds is a bit quiet at the moment so I've been adding a lot of my own database where I keep coming across branches that I've missed. Keeps me inside in the cool as It's been very hot here in Carcassonne. A nice cold beer is usually very welcome!

All the best


posted by David Cooper
David How are there 2 profiles ? Carter.
posted by Debbs Anderson
Hi David,

Your England Leaders are completing the six monthly check in with all team members. I wanted to thank you for your work on English Profiles. These are unprecedented and difficult times, and we understand as Project Leaders that your situation may have changed somewhat in the last few months. What we are all able to/ wish to contribute on Wikitree has changed. Please let me know if you are happy with your current role and team choice or if you wish to do something additional or different. Thank you again on behalf of all the project leaders for everything you do!

Kindest Regards, Amy Utting

posted by Amelia Utting
Thanks Amy,

Yes I'm fine with everything as it is. Bedfordshire is just fine for me.



posted by David Cooper
Thank you for your hard work while you aren't well. When someone presents info,etc. It means a lot. Thank you again and take care.

This is Carl Miller. Don't give up on diabetes. I've had it for over 20-years now; last 10-yrs on insulin. I use My eyes to gauge my blood-sugar !! My eyes get blurry when My sugar is too low !! I'm in My nineth year now but still able to type !!

P.S. I also use blood test strips !!!


posted by Carl Miller
Thanks for your words of encouragement Carl. Much appreciated. Having been effectively blind for six months makes me appreciate the slow return of sight even more, even though it's far from perfect. But I can see the screen if I bit vaguely some days. At least I can see well enough to do some genealogy even though I can't read my text books. I was due to have an operation on the ey-e at the end of March but I postponed it. Just didn't fancy the 65 mile trip each way to the hospital in Toulouse in a taxi with possibly two other passengers when we were in lockdown. Not a good idea!

Having had major heart surgery in September I'm just grateful to be here.

Stay healthy.

Thanks again


posted by David Cooper
Hello David,

I'm sorry to hear (read) about your ailments. I hope you will get better soon. I am responding to your Buckeley/Buckley merge. First I can not merge until I get to my Buckeley/Buckley ancestors. In which case I have 3 different family lines. One which does not belong to me genetically, but does have some connection to me. The other 2 lines, I have not completed as yet. One family is from Ireland and the other is from England. My English line is from Rev. Peter Buckeley/Buckly/Buckely and his 2 wives, Alice and Jane. All 3 have Royal descent. Rev. Peter was from Connecticut. The other 2 families are from Ireland/England. I need to get to that point in my tree to make a merge. Thank you for the request. Julie Lowell

posted by Julie Lowell
I live in Connecticut and we have a couple Buckleys that are lawyers in case you're wondering.
Glad to hear you're doing better
posted by Thomas Wheeler Jr
Many thanks Thomas. Sight's not back to where it was last July, but I can manage!
posted by David Cooper
Terribly sorry to hear your news, David
posted by D Merrilees
Sorry to hear your news.
posted by Jenny (Marthick) Gray
Hi David,

On behalf of the England Leaders, I wanted to say a huge thank you for all your contributions towards the project in the past six months as a Team Member for Bedfordshire and Norfolk. We've achieved a great deal during this time and we couldn't have done it without you.

Are you happy to stay in your current teams and the project as a whole? Are there any other teams you'd like to join? What are we doing well, and what would you like to see us doing differently moving forwards?

Please respond to this message via e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks,

Susie, England Project Leader :-)

Hi David!

The Appreciation Team thanks you for all for your hard work for reaching 1000+ (actually, over 1200!) contributions for the month July 2019. Onward and upward!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi David,

We realise the time has come to dissolve the UK Project in favour of the individual country projects of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

We are checking in with all UK badge holders to find out which country project(s) you would like to be in so you can collaborate with other members, have the opportunity to select which team(s) you would like to join, and so we can ensure you have all the correct badges.

Please respond by PM to let us know which country project(s) you would like to be in. Please don’t assume we know. We are effectively starting from scratch to make sure no one falls through the cracks.

Once you have done this, the Coordinator for Membership in the relevant country project(s) will be in touch to help get you situated.

Many thanks,


Hi David from Lin Starke. I did note your previous request to Change Elizabeth Bennets surname to unknown, I have been trying to sell my house and arrange the ourchase of a new place. I have buyers conditional on their finance coming through and today got the signed documents approving my purchase of their place. It's a busy time and I will stay busy until aftrer moving is done. In my new place I will have two wxtra rooms so will be able to spread records out better to work with them. Thanks for your patience, Lin Starke
posted by Lin (Barwell) Starke
Hi David, I haven’t looked at Wikitree for some time, sorry about that. George Marshall’s death record says that he was born at Bedford but when he enlisted in the Taranaki Militia he state that he was from St Albans. Apparently his aunt brought him up so he could have gone under her surname while he was young. Thanks for all your work so far. Very much appreciated. His father and older siblings supposedly went to America after his mother (French Jewess?) died after his birth.
posted by jAN (Marshall) Andrews
Hi David, I would give you a great compliment for your splendid investigation in the 'Smart' family. It's really impressive what you've found out. You proved to be a very good Genealogist.
posted by Margreet Beers
Hello, David!

Very well done on your making 1,000 or more contributions to WikiTree in June 2019! We commend and appreciate all of your time and effort in helping to grow and perfect our Shared Tree. Keep up the great work!

Pip Sheppard ~ WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi, David, re Ester Freeman you may be right as to her maiden name of Mayers, but I really dont know. If u wish a merge I am ok with it , thanks Gay

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