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Ray Hawkes

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Ray G. Hawkes
Born 1960s.
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Son of DNA confirmed and [private mother (1930s - unknown)] DNA confirmed
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Ray Hawkes spent 30 years working in the IT industry and is now retired. He enjoys the intellectual challenge of trying to discover the histories of family members long past from the available records and learning about the histories of the places where they lived and worked.


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  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Ray Hawkes and his second cousin. Their most-recent common ancestors are their great grandparents, Frank Westwood and Maggie Knowles. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 2nd Cousins, based on sharing 239 cM across 13 segments.
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Ray Hawkes and his third cousin. Their most-recent common ancestors are their great great grandparents, John Wilson and Elizabeth Poynter. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 3rd Cousins, based on sharing 137 cM across 5 segments.
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Ray Hawkes and his third cousin. Their most-recent common ancestors are their great great grandparents, Edwin James Cushion and Emma Grubb. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 3rd Cousins, based on sharing 175 cM across 8 segments.

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Hi Ray,

May I add a link to your Descendants of Andrew Kernohan genealogy page to the research section of the Kernohan One Name Study. I think it will help a lot of researchers. Thanks, Eleanor Colson

Hi Ray,

I wrote to you recently as part of the England Project's six-monthly check-in with our project members. I have not heard back from you. I hope you are well.

If you could please drop me a quick note to confirm whether you are still interested in the project and wish to remain an active member, that would be very helpful.

If we do not hear from you within the next 2 weeks, we will assume you are no longer active in the England Project and remove you from our list of project members. You would be most welcome to re-apply to join the project at a later time by signing-up on the project’s G2G welcome post.

Many thanks!

Ian, England Project Leader

posted by I. Speed
Hi Ian. I am still interested in the England project although recently I have not been able to spend as much time on WikiTree activity as in the past. I am still working through profiles I previously created to improve them and add missing relatives.

I am particularly looking at the West Midlands and Cotswolds region at the moment.

posted by Ray Hawkes
Thank you for getting back to me Ray. It sounds like you are keeping busy. Thank you for being part of the England Project!


posted by I. Speed
Hi Ray!

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 team/s? Which team/s 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!

Ian, England Project Leader

posted by I. Speed
Hello Ray,

Your name came up on the DNA list, but you clearly don't need most of the information, so here's a super abbreviated version of the message:

Thank you for adding your DNA to WikiTree . :)

Here is a link that will tell you more about how DNA kits are used on WikiTree: Getting the Best from DNA

Your fellow WikiTreer,


posted by Claire (Chapel) Nava
Hi Ray,

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,

Amy, Joan & Lizzie.

posted by Amelia Utting
Hi Amy. I am doing ok. Real life has meant I have not been able to spend as much time on WikiTree projects as I hoped this year and I am mainly just reviewing profiles I manage and trying to improve them and improve other profiles I come across where I can add value.

I am happy to stay aligned to the current teams I have chosen. I review the Google group discussions fairly often but I don't use Discord. I used Discord while doing some project work for Irish roots which required close collaboration but I haven't had a need to do that recently. Ray

posted by Ray Hawkes
Hi Ray,

That's perfectly understandable! I actually just had my second of eight final exams today before I graduate, so I definitely understand how life can keep you busy :)

I'm pleased to hear that you're happy with your current teams and that you keep up to date with the Google Group :)

Regards, Amy

posted by Amelia Utting
Hello Ray

Your England Leaders are completing the six monthly check in with all team members. Thank you for your work on English Profiles and your work in the Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Categories teams.

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.


posted by Jo Fitz-Henry
Hi Ray,

I have just been looking at the Westwood branch of your family. I am convinced that they are somehow related to the Westwood's that appear in my husbands line. Unfortunately I cannot find any evidence to make a proper link. Please have a look at the profile of Thomas Corbett. I think Mary, the mother of Timothy Westwood might be the sister of Thomas Westwood. I cannot find any proof. Let me know what you think.


posted by Joan (Williams) Whitaker
edited by Joan (Williams) Whitaker
Hi Joan

Thanks for getting in touch. It is an interesting theory, but the reason I haven't added Mary Westwood to WikiTree is I know nothing definite about her. She was clearly residing at Tipton in 1807 when her son was baptised but that is all we know. Assuming she was aged between 17 and 27 when he was baptised that means she was born between 1780 and 1790. There were at least 14 Mary Westwoods baptised in Staffordshire not far from Tipton between 1780 and 1790 (none in Tipton) and she could be any of them. By the way, in the profile for your Thomas Westwood you state he was born in 1780 but you don't know that. He married in 1805 and 25 is a reasonable estimate of age at marriage but he could have been born any time between 1760 and 1788. There are no baptisms of a Thomas Westwood at Tipton in that period but there were more than 15 in other nearby Staffordshire parishes and he could be any of those. Unfortunately Westwood is a common name in that part of Staffordshire and it is very difficult to separate the families before the 1820s.


posted by Ray Hawkes
Hi Ray,

The England Project Leaders check-in with the members every six months to see how people are getting on. How are you doing? I notice you've dropped out of the Orphan Trail. Is there a particular reason for this? I'd love to have your feedback.

One requirement for membership in the project is that you contribute to a team at least once every six months. Are you willing to rejoin the Trail or would you prefer to leave the project for now and focus on other things? If you do the latter you'd be most welcome to rejoin later on.

Please respond to me via e-mail.

Many thanks,

Susie, England Project Leader :-)

posted by Anon (MacLeod) Anon
Please see my response to your comment on the page of Edward Pennington. Thanks!
posted by Allen McGrew
Hi Ray, I noticed that you recently created John Archdale which is a pre-1700 profile. You may find it useful to review the Pre-1700 Help page, specifically regarding citing a reliable source when you create a pre-1700 profile. Please could you add a source to that profile as soon as convenient. Thanks so much!
posted by Gillian Thomas
Hi Ray,

Thanks for your note on the profile of William Penn regarding his children. We welcome members to make sourced changes to the profile.

Debi ~ co-leader of the Friends (Quakers) Project

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Ray, every contribution to WikiTree improves the quality of our Shared Tree. The Appreciation Team thanks you for all your efforts by making more than 1,000 contributions during the month of September.

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Ray, every one of your more than 1000 contributions for the month of August 2009 adds to the improvement of our Shared Tree. Thanks so much for all of your efforts.

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Ray!

The Appreciation Team thanks you for all for your hard work for reaching 1000+ contributions for the month July 2019. Onward and upward!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Ray!

Congratulations on making more than 1,000 contributions to WikiTree for the Month of May. We all appreciate your efforts to make our Shared Tree the best it can be. Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Ray, Good to see you, hope you return. You have this JOhn McManus but I see you didn't list the McManus surname as one you study.

We have a long line back to 1700 and before in Antrim, proved. Wondering if you are interested? Patience is a virtue, wikitree is wonderful but needs perseverance :) Barb

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