Karen (Finnerty) Butler
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Karen (Finnerty) Butler

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Karen B. Butler formerly Finnerty
Born 1960s.
Ancestors ancestors
Sister of [private brother (1960s - unknown)]
Mother of [private daughter (1990s - unknown)], [private son (1990s - unknown)] and [private son (2000s - unknown)]
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This user is a native speaker of English.
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Karen (Finnerty) Butler has completed the England Project's Orphan Trail.
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Karen (Finnerty) Butler was born in Warwickshire, England.
Karen (Finnerty) Butler has Irish ancestors.
Karen (Finnerty) Butler participated with Mighty Oaks during the 2020 Connect-a-Thon.
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Karen Butler has completed the Profile Improvement Project's Voyage
Friday Date Night
I found a date for 6 profiles during Friday Date Night!

I shall be unavailable UFN because my computer has died and gone to silicon heaven


Karen was born in December 1964 [1] at 7.45 pm, at home she was 2 weeks overdue, which set the tone for her life as she is nearly always late for everything.

Karen has not done any DNA testing, nor does she have any plans to do so, as a personal opinion only, she does not trust them to be completely accurate and thinks they are a waste of time and money and with certain sites selling the information and passing them on without permission, although she does appreciate that they are necessary for some people.

Her ancestry is English, Irish and Scottish (when those elusive Finnertys can be found supposed to be from by Loch Lomand)

Karen has been told she suffers from Dyspraxia, which why she is so clumsy and uncoordinated, and why asking obvious questions does not occur to her - she can also be a bit OTT. She has a good sense of humour, some would say weird, which not everyone appreciates.

Karen describes herself as "unique", there is no-one like her, which she quite likes,

Karen will die at some point in time, but she plans on living forever, just to annoy everyone :-)

Karens no1 rule in life is never to take offence at anything - now if that isn't a challenge, I don't know what is :-) - it wastes too much time and energy

Karen also suffers with Metathesiophobia

Message for new members

We have all made mistakes when we started genealoging, some of us still do (guilty). Mistakes happen, they can be fixed, and whatever mistake you make you are not the first or the last to make it. I have probably made every mistake that can be made. "We want examples" I hear you ask, well, I made someone a father when he was 10, I married someone when she was 7, and I added someone as the wife and daughter of her dad, my latest error, was to have someone christened 6 years before they were born.


Karen is obsessed with genealogy, she also likes crosswords, reading, knitting, she also likes music, opera, rock,classical, punk, blues and soul. Her favourite music is from the 60s-80s. Her favourite singer was Klaus Nomi [2]

Surnames in my tree

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Surnames_in_my_tree, a WIP


Arthur Ladbroke Wigan3rd cousin 8x removedAuthor & GP
Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace1st cousin 3x removedCrime writer, war correspondent, journalist, novelist, screenwriter, and playwright
William HillHusband of 4th cousin 3x removedBookmaker
Alfred Sydney Wigan4th cousin 7x removedActor

NameRelationshipCrime sentence
John Porton 5x great uncleEmbezzlement12 months
Sarah ProffittWife 3rd cousin 7x removedLarceny1 calendar month

Sgt Ernest Colley2nd cousin 2x removedWW1WarwickshireYpres
Abraham Ball6th cousin 2x removedWW1LeicestershireMesopotamia
Henry Newman4th cousin 2x removedWW1South StaffordshireSurvived
Albert Caulcott5th cousin 3x removedWW1North Staffordshire France
Frank Adams husband of 10th cousin 2x removedWWIIAustraliaSurvived
Robert Maughan husband of 2nd cousin 3x removedWWI Northumberland Fusiliers, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment, Home Wounded - survived
Tom BeetHusband of 3rd cousin 1x removed WWI Royal Field ArtilleryFranceSurvived


  1. Birth certificate (cos it's me)
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klaus_Nomi
  • First-hand information. Entered by Karen Finnerty at registration.

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Just joined the site and got a very nice feeling of welcome. Kinda didn't expect that so thanks for the welcome. I'm learning about genealogy tools and was pointed here. Going to take my time easing into all of this.

Regardless, thanks.


posted by Tim Morgan
Hi Karen,

We would love to have you join the Mighty Oaks for the Connect-A-Thon. The event will start on Friday, April 22nd, at 8 AM (EDT) and run until Monday, April 25th, at 8 AM (EDT). You do not need to participate full time.

If you are interested in joining us then please answer the G2G post here Connect-A-Thon Registration remember to mention you would like to join the Mighty Oaks. There are just a few days left to sign up for the event.

Look forward to working with you again

Janet & Joan Co-Leaders for the Mighty Oaks

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hi Karen,

It’s time for our annual Ireland Project check-in! Please respond within the next two weeks to let me know:

If you are happy with the team you’re on or if you’d like to make a change. It is now required that all members with an Ireland project badge work on at least one of the project’s team(s), so if you’ve not yet signed up please do so in your reply to this check-in.

  • What you think the project is doing well, and what (if any) changes you would like to see us make? Are there any teams you would like to become more active in?
  • Would you be interested in helping to work on an Ireland Project newsletter?
  • Please give us some feedback on the use of google group and discord. Do you use one or both of these? If you don’t use either of them, what is the best way for us to ensure you receive project communications? If you would like to join us on either one, just let us know in your response and we will get you signed up.

Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. If we don’t hear from you within two weeks, we will assume you are no longer interested in participating in the Ireland Project, and your badge will be removed. If you wish to reapply for membership later, we will be happy to have you back. Many thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you!


Jen Hutton, on behalf of the Ireland Project

posted by Jen (Stevens) Hutton

Thank you for contributing to the December 2021 Sourcerers Challenge! As you know, every source added to an unsourced profile improves our One Tree. Thank you for taking time from your own family history to help others.

Nan, WT Appreciation Team

posted by Nan (Lambert) Starjak
Hi Karen,


We would love to have you join the Mighty Oaks for the Connect-A-Thon. The event will start on Friday, January 14, at 8 AM (EST) / 1pm GMT and run until Monday, January 17, at 8 AM (EST). You do not need to participate full time

If you are interested in joining us then please answer the G2G post here Connect-A-Thon Registration remember to mention you would like to join the Mighty Oaks

Look forward to working with you again

Janet & Joan Co-Leaders for the Mighty Oaks

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hi Karen,

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! Mike Christmas, England Project Leader

posted by Michael Christmas
Thank you Karen for the welcome. I'm looking to find out more about my great grandmother (go back about 20 generations), Mary Greene, a purported witch in Salem. There have been stories in my family for generations. My paternal family is Vermont born and raised since the 1600s. I believe the origin is Canadien and possibly French.
posted by Peg Greene
Hi Karen

Well, it was a fun weekend, we hope you enjoyed yourself. Thank you for joining us. It is appreciated. The combined score for our teams was a fab 9,296 up 419 on last year, well done. The total overall figure was 56,972 profiles sourced.

Check your personal figures here - https://wikitree.sdms.si/Challenges/SourceaThon/TeamAndUser.htm (gives you a target for next year’s event)

Thanks again for this weekend, we look forward to working with you again

Joan & Maddy

Hi Karen

We would love to have you join the Mighty Oaks for the Source-A-Thon. The marathon starts Friday, October 1 at 8 AM (ET) and ends Monday, October 4, 8 AM (ET) but you don't need to participate the whole time

If you are interested in joining us then please answer the G2G post here Source-A-Thon Registration remember to mention you would like to join the Mighty Oaks

Look forward to working with you again

Janet & Joan Co-Leaders for the Mighty Oaks

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hello Karen! I'm new to ancestry research and guess you could say it started as mild curiosity. But I can't seem to resist going down every rabbit hole. I've definitely come across some interesting history. Sometimes it seems impossible to find out who that "someone" is/was (I think this is what you refer to as the "brick wall" relative?). I look forward to learning as much as I can. And I appreciate a resource that's as vetted as it can be. Thank you.


posted by Amanda Thomas
Thank you so much, Karen. I guess I will start back to basics. I have trouble getting my sources to show.

Louise Busby Gibbs

posted by Louise Busby
Karen, thank you for the welcome. I am looking forward to accessing Wikitree's resources for clarifying my ancestry in the McNally and Guimond families. I am new to genealogical research and am just getting up to speed.

Harry McNally

posted by [deleted]
Thank You Karen for you nice greeting,
posted by David (Longmore) David
Thank you for being so he first to greet me on my journey! I look forward to seeing what I can accomplish and I'm so happy you made me feel less nervous
posted by Jacqalynn Parsons
Ms. Karen, Thank you. I am old and need time to figure out how to navigate this site. I have 35 years of research in my Williams family branches going back to 1585 in Wales. My ancestors have been here since 1638. Just need to learn how to post data here.

Regards, Danny Edmond Williams

posted by Danny Williams
Karen- how exciting! Best wishes - I'm sure you're going to have a lovely weekend, too!
Hi Karen,

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

Thank you Joan, I am already part of the England Project and the Ireland Projects 🤗 xxx

Hi Karen

Thank you for joining the Mighty Oaks for the Clean-A-Thon and congratulations on your work during the CAT what an amazing result for the Mighty Oaks we added 32,841 . Altogether the teams fixed a grand total of 233,558 profiles suggestions. We hope you had fun while cleaning the tree.

See you later in the year for the Connect-A-Thon

Janet & Joan

Co-Leaders for the Mighty Oaks

Karen, I've posted my name, but do not understand how to post my parents information. I don't understand this. Could you help explain it? Very appreciative!

Lisa Rose (Stoner) Stoddard [email address removed]

posted by Lisa (Stoner) Stoddard
I love your bio, Karen! What a great sense of humour!
posted by Sara Mosher
Hi Karen,

I just got a message from you. Wikitree has be down as female. I'm male. Can you change this as I want to enter my Y DNA results. Thanks Kevin Terry

posted by Kevin Terry
I hope you have a nice Easter as well, Karen! :)
Thank you Karen for my thank you concerning Alexander Cooper. I enjoyed reading your "bio", and your sense of humor!
Hello Karen, Thank you for the new member greeting and offer to help with the inner workings of wikitree. I do have a question. I was linking family members and came across a great-uncle who had an existing profile. I linked to it, but it has some errors. I can't edit it because it is a private profile, even though he passed away in 1971. I notified the profile manager twice, but have not heard anything back. What is the next step in this situation? Thank you.


posted by Bryan Lawson

Hi Karen

We would love to have you join the Mighty Oaks  for the Spring Clean-A-Thon

If you are interested in joining us then sign up here Clean-A-Thon Registration please mention you would like to join the Mighty Oaks

Look forward to working with you again

 Janet & Joan

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hi Karen,

Thanks again for the virtual hugs this morning. It's been a beast of a month. Thank goodness it's almost over. I'm sure March will be much better. :)

I wanted to tell you that one of your "greetees" replied in the wrong place: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Van_Wyk-739.



posted by Claire (Chapel) Nava
Thanks, Karen, Onward and upward!!!!
posted by Wanita Bates
Hi, Karen. I appreciate your willingness to help. What do I need to do to add my family tree? Thanks in advance. Elaine
posted by E Nichols
Hi Karen

Thanks for getting back to me so quick. A girl after my own heart. It will take awhile to learn how this site works. I am not the best at computer stuff. Debbie

posted by Debbie (Kuhnen) Grove
Hi Debbie, you are very welcome, and it is lovely to have you here with us. I do understand, that was how I felt when I first joined, then soon everything just clicked into place, and I hope it works the same way for you.

I am her to help you whenever you need it

Take care and have fun

Karen 🤗

Hi Karen,

Thanks for your message. I appreciate the offer of help, I will need it. Pre- 1700 is very confusing, especially when a lot of them have the same Christian name. I will check out the project page and let you know if there are any problems.


Hi Karen, thanks for the welcome - I'm in Leamington Spa, England and researching Langrish surname - my great grandmother was Ellen Dodd nee Langrish - she lived in Southsea, Portsmouth with my great grandfather Albert Edward Dodd and they had at least 6 children - my grandad was their only son Francis Albert Dodd.

Thanks again for your welcome Mick Spicer ne Dodd

posted by Mick Dodd
Hi Mick,

You are very welcome, I know Leamington Spa we used to go there a lot when i was younger, and I am just across the water from Portsmouth. I have added a couple of profiles with the surname Dodd, I think I have some more on my Ancestry Tree, I must have a look and see if any of the names you mention are on there.

Take care

Karen 🤗 xxx

I have been doing a little here in there with my tree since 1776. I never realized that in Census and other sources Sometimes they do not use full first names. After search in vain for my Isaiah I found info under Ira, Lavinia is sometimes listed as Veany. It takes persistence time and time again. Learning a lot in just a few weeks. Jim
posted by Jim Pace
Hi Jim,

Yes, I have also found that, and that dates and ages are also they can be off by quite a few years, unreliable, with names, errors can be made by the transcriber due to some of the writing being hard to read, some will only have initials. One more problem I have found is that some people will put a christening/baptism date a birth date, and as not everyone was christened/baptised as a baby that can also throw your research out by quite a few years.

I am here to help you whenever you need it

Take care and have fun

Karen 🤗

These should both work. The first is the preferred.

House, Coorparoo, Queensland


House, Coorparoo, Queensland

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
edited by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hi Karen,

Thanks for your message about joining the Greeters! I would be delighted to join you all. Just send me a message with the next steps.

Best, Lauren

posted by Lauren Hopkins
Hi Lauren,

That is good news, I shall send you a pm later xxx

Hi Karen,

Thanks for your Welcome message. First, please excuse my poor English writing. I am more familiar with French. I have a lot of informations about my ancesters (up to the 17th century), but I can't add anything to my page on Wikitree. Is there a reason? I am 100% ok with sharing informations that could help other relatives or friends about my family. On the other hand, I don't understand why I would have to pay a membership fee for helping and informing others. Have a Good day! Pierre Vigneault

posted by Pierre Vigneault
Karen thank you for your note on Pre-1700. I look forward to collaborating. I also look forward to helping on U S Presidents. I am also following up with the North America Project as you suggested.

Question: Should I add the tag to my profile North America. If so then I have question? When I signed up and listed those for tag it said I could do up to 20. However it aonly would appear to accept 10. I deleted one so I could add and it won't seem to add past 9 now, or does it take awhile for the system to add it? Thank you in advance.


I am not sure if this where I should post this, but I made a change to my profile (different birth last name - legally changed when married). I did that several days ago and am not sure how long I should wait before becoming worried that nothing has happened. Any idea how long this usually takes?

posted by Thomas Zucker-Scharff
Hello Karen... The surname Buttler got my attention but not any other names  !!? Can you explain please?

Best wishes Sam

posted by Sam Mackie
Hello Karen,

I noticed that you used the Challenge Tracker to track a change during a recent Saturday Sourcing Sprint. Please consider officially joining us for the Saturday Sourcing Sprints. You can find information, including how to join, on the Sprints Help page.

No pressure, every profile with a source makes our WikiTree better. Your work will continue to be included in the Tracking Sheet's Unregistered total at the bottom of the help page if you do not register.

Your work is appreciated. Thanks for sourcing!

Alex - Sourcerer Sprint Co-facilitator

PS If the link does not work, you can find a working one in the public comment I left on your profile.

posted by Alex Stronach
Thanks for all the sourcing you did this year, Karen!
Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Blue Skies Milestone
Karen reached the Blue Skies milestone by sourcing 50 profiles in the December 2020 Sourcerers' Challenge
posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Thank you for your sweet comments on the signin page! :)
Hi Karen,

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.


I noticed you chose our Integrators Challenge this month (October 2020), thank you!  

And if you can please add your question that you will be working on or the profile marked "needs profiles created" for the challenge. Thanks.  Note: if you participate in November, you will need to sign in again for the new monthly challenge when posted on the G2G fourm

Got a question, see this page:https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Space:Integrators_Project_Challenge_Outline&public=1   and ....

 https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Integrators_Challenge#How_the_Challenge_Works   Also, you can put a sticker on your profile You can do so by adding the words Integrators Challenge with the {{ }} in front and back, in your biography.

Thank you and Good Luck!! Dorothy,  Integrators Project Coordinator.

posted by Dorothy Barry

Hi Karen

Thank you for joining the Mighty Oaks for the Source-A-Thon (SAT). Congratulations on your work during the SAT. Its an amazing result for the Mighty Oaks, we sourced 8,887. Altogether the teams sourced a total of 57,577 profiles on wikitree. We hope you had fun while building the tree.

We are looking forward to working with you for another Thon soon.

Janet & Joan


Can you provide me a way to send you a private message? Thanks! Ian

posted by Ian Chisholm
Thank you for contacting me Karen. Much Appreciated.
Dear Karen

His Portuguese, with the help of the translator, possibly online, was quietly understandable (understandable). I hope you can understand my bilingual messages, with the help of the online translator. Regards! Leônidas ;)

Olá Karen Seu portugues com ajuda do tradutor possívelmente online, ficou tranquilamente entendível (compreesível). Espero que voce possa entender minhas mensagens bilingues,com ajuda do tradutor online . Um grande Abraço.

Dear Karen

Thank you so much for informing me of my mistake. I'm correcting. I ended up merging two people into a third. What a mess. Gradually I will correct. Thanks!

Olá Karen Muito obrigada por informar de meu equivoco. Estou corrigindo. Acabei mesclando duas pessoas em uma terceira. Que grande confusão. Aos poucos irei corrigindo. Um abraço.

Thank's for the lovely welcome message Karen. It does seem a little bit daunting to be honest, a little more work than Ancestry and other sites, but I will persevere. I look forward to the collaborative part of the site the best. Seems full of helpful people like yourself. Thanks again. Paul
Hi Karen, I have my first problem. I created a person, Burlinson-75, then found she already existed in someone's tree, Burlinson-3. I managed to merge the 2 after contacting the owner. However now, Burlinson-3 shows that there is a half-sister, Burlinson-75, and I don't know how to get it correct. Can you advise? Thanks!

3 hours later. I think I have sorted it now. Perhaps you could double check?


Thank you for the three welcoming posts. I think I've finished for the day but I have a lot to do so I'll be back soon. Take care, thanks again. Monte

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