I was physically born in London but never lived there. My father was in the Royal Air Force so as a young child I lived at four different bases in England.
In 1988 my mother took a role as an evangelist in Quarry Bank, West Midlands, settling down to provide some consistency to my schooling. I did well, taking my Mathematics and Art GCSEs early, and being invited to join Mensa at age 12. My main interest was computer games, and I spent most of my teenage years programming in my bedroom, to the detriment of my social skills.
My parents had been using the shortened surname Mills, but when I turned 18 and had to register for official documents, I used the Broughton-Mills surname that appeared on my birth certificate.
My middle name was given in memory of my late uncle, whom was killed when a car hit his bicycle.
In 1999 I began studying a degree in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Derby which was the only place in the country offering a dedicated degree in this subject. I remained in this small city for 14 years, enjoying the capability to walk everywhere (about 6 miles per day), thus I never learned to drive. I feel it is important to stay physically active to offset time spent sitting at a computer.
In 2003 I began working in finance for the National Health Service, until 2010 when all 300 staff in my company were made redundant. Feeling insecure about the future, I developed an interest in self-sufficiency and, subsequently, ascetic lifestyles including veganism and Buddhism. I did 6-month stints at several companies over the next few years, but none were going to be suitable in the long-term, especially in light of my new priorities.
In 2013 I sold all my possessions except a backpack of clothes and my laptop computer and began a lap of the UK as a full-time live-in volunteer with organisations such as WWOOF and Workaway. This included the opportunity to visit Inishlacken island in Galway, which once belonged to my great great great grandfather Coleman Broughton. I spent 2014 volunteering in the Canary Islands, 2015 in Bulgaria, 2016 in Greece, including a month in a Syrian refugee camp, and have now been in France since 2017. By the end of 2018 I have helped over 60 host families/communities/temples with work including gardening, renovations, and English teaching.
I became interested in genealogy because people would ask about the origin of my double-barrelled surname, so I decided to find out. Some of my favourite ancestors are a one-armed cowboy, a dragoon that kidnapped his wife, and a morbidly-named couple.
(Note: I joined WikiTree in 2013, not 2015 - it changed the date when I edited my name.)
Originally I didn't subscribe to paid genealogy websites because I was often living at hosts with no internet connection, so I exclusively used free online records when I got the chance. However, I now prefer to use the free websites (such as FamilySearch and National Archives of Ireland) over paid ones because it ensures that every fact I find can be viewed and verified by anyone else, and encourages me to do deep Googling to find uncommon sources. I also find that most of the info on paid sites has been entered by users who cite no sources, and is therefore full of errors which are then duplicated by everyone else.
I prefer WikiTree because I fully embrace the idea of collaborating on a single global family tree. Because anyone can access these profiles via Google search, it means that often I will enter a branch, and then some distant cousin will come along to clarify details and add personal memories and photographs.
It is ridiculous to keep your tree in a private Word document or personal website that very few people will see when the alternative is just entering the whole thing on WikiTree where millions of people can view and improve it. People protest "but they're MY family", as if they "own" these long-dead ancestors that are actually shared by hundreds of descendants. It's much better to collaborate on "our" tree than "my" tree.
I appreciate it when cousins send me additional details about people I've entered, but it would be better if you just edited the information on WikiTree yourself. These pages are for everyone, you don't need permission to make changes, but you do need to cite the source of the information. It doesn't need to be in a fancy technical format, you are welcome to just write "According to my aunt, his family were Scottish". But do let me know if you're intimidated by using the website, because I'd hate for you to withhold information, so I am always happy to assist.
I confess, most of my biographies are bare because I'm not especially interested in the people themselves, I like the detective work of triangulation (example). My motivation is to connect branches to each other and to the global tree. For example, I'm excited when I see that an Irish ancestor died in Brazil, because it's a potential opportunity to connect families on different sides of the globe.
You can compare against my DNA results at FamilyTreeDNA, GEDmatch, and MyHeritageDNA.
The relationship between Philip Broughton-Mills and John Mills is confirmed as child/parent based on Family Tree DNA autosomal tests showing a shared 3384 cM across 22 segments.
FamilyTreeDNA assigns me the following ethnicity, which is divided evenly between my parents:
Have you taken a DNA test for genealogy? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.
On 28 Dec 2018 at 22:28 GMT Jack Day wrote:
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On 21 Feb 2018 at 12:28 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:
Thanks you for your response about the proposed merge. I cannot access things like emails but forwarded the merge to someone who can. The profiles will be reviewed and you will possibly get another message from someone else.
Appreciate you getting back to me so quickly
On 23 Jan 2018 at 22:47 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:
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On 31 Dec 2017 at 22:58 GMT Sam Land wrote:
The proposed merger of Ann Dobbins (Skiles-635) and Anna Dobbins (Skiles-636) cannot be accomplished because it is required to merge the larger profile number into the smaller profile number. Make this change and it will go through. Sam
On 21 Dec 2017 at 01:33 GMT Nicole Blumer wrote:
This Profile came up in the Challenge of the week report “ Investigate Find-a-Grave suggestions ”- 571 FindAGrave - Link without Grave ID- because the ready-made citation copied from the bottom of the FindAGrave page has no direct link that opens the page so it shows . So I changed it and because I added the burial place, there was a Repeated use of the same source in the same profile. (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Sources#Repeated_use_of_the_same_source_in_the_same_profile)
The Page is no turned back to the state before, with the change of the repeated source and the direct link (Grave ID Link) to the page. I hope this works for you this way, otherwise it can be changed again.