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If you are a fellow WikiTree user and you want to know why I recently edited a profile that you manage...
...then please be aware that as a Data Doctor I regularly review suggested improvements, particularly those related to Australia. I don't mean to offend or upset anyone with what I do. Please just know that whatever standards I apply to your profiles, I also apply the same to the more than 4,000-odd that I manage or am ‘Trusted’ on.
That said, please do alert me to anything that causes particular concern, or errors that I make. I am certainly not perfect.
However, please do not ask me to cease and desist simply because I am apparently unrelated to the subject of the profile or you. We are all related, even if we can't yet figure-out how! In any case, such a limitation is not mandated in our Honor Code and nor, in my view, is it in the spirit of the collaboration that enables WikiTree.
I could also rant about the importance of primary sources, unreliability of secondary ones and unsourced trees on Ancestry, FamilySearch, Geni, etc., but I won't.
If you want to know why I do what I do on WikiTree...
...then I believe that my passion for looking into family history seems to have been inherited. I have picked-up and built-on a great deal of work undertaken by my one of my older brothers in the 1980's. My paternal grandmother, Gert Jones, was also actively involved with the Scone Historical Society.
I am utterly fascinated by the extent of our connections to one-another and always pleasantly surprised when I find and add new ones.
I could also rant about the importance of primary sources, unreliability of secondary ones and unsourced trees on Ancestry, FamilySearch, Geni, etc., but, yet again, I won't.
If you just want to know more about me personally ...
...then please read on...
...... (tl;dr: I was born; I lived: I will die/ have died)
I was born while my family lived at Raymond Terrace in the state of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia. My Dad, Wilf Jones, was working on the Grahamstown Water Scheme near Raymond Terrace for the NSW Water Conservation and Irrigation Commission (WC & IC).
My Mum, Hazel Jones, hails from the Riverina. She met Dad at Wagga Wagga while he was in training with the Royal Australian Air Force during World War Two. They were engaged in late 1943, and married at Wagga Wagga in 1945, but settled at Scone in the Hunter Valley where Dad was born and grew up.
Dad joined the WC & IC after the War, initially working on Glenbawn Dam near Scone. After working on Glenbawn, and then at Grahamstown, our family subsequently moved to work on the construction of Keepit Dam (on the Namoi River near Tamworth), Wyangala Dam (on the Lachlan River near Cowra), and in November 1968 we moved north to Copeton Dam (on the Gwydir River near Inverell). I therefore attended three different primary schools although was fortunate to be able to complete my entire high schooling at Inverell High School. Sadly, I cannot state that I lived, "at every Dam place in New South Wales", although it certainly sometimes felt that way.
Around 1974, Dad was offered the role of 'Officer in Charge' when construction was completed so we ultimately moved from the 'temporary village' to the 'permanent village'. Dad was in charge when the Dam was officially opened by the Premier of NSW, Neville Wran. The house we lived in is no longer there but you will see where it once stood if you find the home on the very peak of the hill behind the office at the western end of the Copeton Dam wall.
The freedom afforded by basically living 'in the bush' in the 1970's was wonderful. I have many happy memories of roaming the scrub, building 'forts' and exploring new places. I also rode my bicycle a lot, including a couple of memorable day rides to Inverell and back (about thirty-five kilometres each way). Particularly in my late high school years, I spent much time with mates camping, bushwalking and canoeing. Our greatest achievement was walking, fishing, and canoeing the entire length of the Gwydir River from Copeton Dam down to the town of Bingara (around 50 kilometres). They were great times and I really came to appreciate the rugged beauty of the Australian bush.
My Dad retired in the early 1980's and he and Mum then moved to the NSW Central Coast.
Although I still consider myself a 'country boy' this is hard to justify given that I have lived more than half my life in the 'big smoke' Sydney suburbs of Blacktown, Cabramatta, Doonside, Milsons Point, and North Sydney. I have also worked or volunteered at Baulkham Hills, Blacktown, Chatswood, Mascot, North Sydney, Parramatta, St Leonards, although mostly in the Sydney CBD.
After finishing high school, I did some casual work at Copeton Dam and in the Copeton Dam State Recreation Area. I then attended Armidale Teachers College for 3 semesters before joining the Bank of New South Wales (now Westpac) in Inverell in 1979. I transferred to Sydney in the early 1980's working in the branches at Chatswood West and St Leonards before moving into the central training department.
In 1985 I joined QBE Insurance where I spent the bulk of my career and moved into human resource management. I later worked at Sydney Airport, Calliden Insurance, Parramatta Mission, and now at Tyndale Christian School.
I am married to Lee. We met while we were jointly leading a youth group at Cabramatta Anglican Church. We have two wonderful adult sons: one having recently completed a double-degree in environmental management and leadership; the other currently undertaking a PhD in computer science in the United States.
It may seem morbid, but I fully accept that I will not live in this world forever. Thank God!
However, I want to be sure that none of my hard work on WikiTree is deleted.
Therefore, in the event of my untimely demise or incapacity, and my consequent inability to arrange an orderly transfer of management, I hereby give this prior permission for any or all of my private profiles to be transferred to any interested WikiTree user.
First-hand information. Entered by Peter Jones at registration and later.
Paternal relationship is confirmed by an Autosomal Comparison match between Nora Towler (formerly Hoad) GEDmatch T406107 and her third cousin once removed Peter Jones GEDmatch T057831 showing: 3 matching segments, total segments >7 cM = 55.3 cM, largest segment = 26.7 cM, and estimated MRCA = 4.0
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Peter or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 111 markers, haplogroup R-M269, FTDNA kit #513739
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup U5b2a2b, FTDNA kit #513739
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Peter:
Family Tree DNA Family Finder , GEDmatch T057831[compare], yourDNAportal PET29cd672b, FTDNA kit #513739