Ben Molesworth
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Ben Molesworth

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My interest in Wikitree, is firstly to accurately trace back each line of my family tree, finding and providing as many sources, stories and photos as I can, as far back as I can. Secondly, coming back down through the tree, making as many connections to other families as possible, trying to connect to as many cousins as I can. If you have information which connects in with my family. I'd love to hear about it. I also love when cousins are interested in getting involved too. Cousins have been my greatest resource for stories that I hadn't heard before. I am willing to share management of profiles, if you can demonstrate that you have vested interests as a descendant. Feel free to post a message below.

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Ben G. Molesworth
Born 1970s.
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Son of [private father (1950s - unknown)] and [private mother (1950s - unknown)]
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Hi Ben,

The Australia Project leadership team are carrying out our annual check-in to see how you are going in the project. We'd really like to thank you for all your work on Australian profiles over the past year! We think we've made great progress in 2020/21 with your assistance.

Please could you reply to this message, to let us know if you would like to stay on in the project and if you are happy with your current role and team involvement. If you would like to do something additional or different, take a look on the Australia Project page to see what other options there are.

It would also be great to get any feedback or suggestions that you have to improve the project.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards

Margaret Haining Membership Coordinator

Thank you Margaret. I would be pleased to continue on as I have been. I have been struggling with current events, to get a lot done, I am continuing to plod along with improvements to Australian profiles.

Actually. I was wondering the other day. As far as Victoria is concerned, would it be unreasonable to make a request to Ales, to include all the townships from the Victorian BDM Abbreviations page. Also further to that, whether it would be possible for Victorian profiles, to automatically have those townships come up as Suggested locations, if we typed in those "Abbreviations, Victoria". It would make it easier for us Victorian's, on the occasions when we don't know where the abbreviations are pointing to.

posted by Ben Molesworth
Thank you for responding to the check-in message, and for your ongoing contributions to WikiTree and the Australia Project, they are much appreciated!

Are you talking about the drop-down location search when you add a place of birth, death, marriage? If so, they come from Family Search, I believe, not from the WT system. Or do you mean something different?

Regards, Margaret

When we attempt to type in a location, for Location of Birth, or Marriage or Death, it comes up with an auto complete list of locations, which we can click on, to auto complete the location. This also seems to pull locations in line with the location systems which Ales has in place.

I think firstly, the Victorian BDM Abbreviation page, could help Ales to have a complete list of town locations, available for the auto-complete fields. But also I was thinking, before I became aware of the Abbreviation page, I often didn't know what an abbreviation stood for, and so just left the place, as the abbreviation, as given in the Vic BDM site. Perhaps we could get the Victorian locations entered from the Abbreviation page, and maybe, if we type in the location, (looking for an auto-complete response) as the abbreviations given, that WT could be arranged to recognise the ABB, Victoria, and auto offer the complete Town name, based on the list of abbreviations.

I hope that is a little clearer. I'm not sure if Ales is even aware of that Abbreviations site, or if adding towns like that, is something that is handled by you on the Australian pages.

posted by Ben Molesworth
The auto complete list that comes up when entering data into the BDM location fields comes from Family search,

The listings Ales uses for the Data Doctor suggestions are different, he keeps listings of acceptable values that won't create an error, eg. a location xxxx, Victoria or xxxx, Colony of Victoria, or xxxx, Victoria, Australia would all be ok, but xxxx, Vic, Australia would attract an error (suggestion).

There was talk in the google group a while back of getting FS to add the Australian locations with colony instead of state before 1900, (I know that's not what you're suggesting) similar to how the uk ones are done, but no-one volunteered to take it on. I'm not sure what the process would be with FS, you can add a new place, but again, that's not what you are saying.

Maybe worth you raising it in the google group?

Cheers Margaret

Hi Ben and Margaret,

Sorry to chime in here, was just reading about this area of place names and I am not a great subscriber to the FS suggestions at times as there are often incorrect. Ben has a valid point with the Victorian place names. The Vic BDM abbreviations place names is a good resource, but also that often does not have all the correct information either or sometimes does not have the abbreviation. I totally agree with the idea of 'Colony' names etc, especially with those of convict origins where they were transported to Norfolk Island, New South Wales Colony - as this is never an option, it needs to be typed. That also goes along with Tasmania being Van Diemen's Land first. That would be great if it was available as an auto suggestion too. The other thing I was thinking about was when you have an actual address of a birth or death it being able to accept the house number, street, suburb etc. ie. put in 5 Smith Street, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia and it would still auto generate the suburb, State, Country as normal but also accept the address. Just a thought!. Thanks for all the work you do. Ben is my inspiration cousin! Keryn

posted by Keryn Keane
Some great thoughts though Keryn. I'm not sure if Margaret is the right person for it, but she is certainly extremely knowledgeable, and a great help. It may even be worth mentioning that point in a G2G at some stage. It's probably been mentioned before. I know I've seen it raised before.
posted by Ben Molesworth
Ben and Keryn, the drop down suggestions and location field names have been discussed in G2G at different times, there are many differing opinions and preferences. I'm planning to do a post about location field names in the project google group this week, so watch out for that.

Cheers, Margaret

Regarding Emily Bourman-41. I grew up near Mintaro. It should be possible to answer the G2G Bourman Australia brick wall question. I make note that Mintaro sat on one of the main routes to export copper ore from the Burra Mine. I suspect that Fred Bourman was one of the many drivers of bullock drays that carried ore before the steam trains reached Burra in 1870.

I am amused by the high capability of Wikitree users that have responded to Gary Bourman's question with a lot of good information.

posted by Steve Thomas
Hi Ben, I think the best suggestion for your category request is to use this form, and include the link to your G2G post. It goes to the Categorization Project leader, who will give you an answer. I'm happy to do all the routine Aussie ones, but I'm not sure where this would fit into the existing structure.

Cheers, Margaret

Thank you Margaret. I agree. I just wasn't sure where to send it, considering I wasn't sure who should handle it either. Thank you for the link, and for your help.
posted by Ben Molesworth
Hi Ben, which category did you want the name changed? Category: St Arnaud, Victoria is already spelt with the "St"

Cheers, Margaret

Hmm. Thank you Margaret. I was sure it was coming up as Saint yesterday. But it is certainly St today. Thank you for the great job you are doing. I'm hoping that it is helpful, my trying to find as many details as I can, when putting in a cemetery request. If it helps speed up your job. Thank you again.
posted by Ben Molesworth
All good, what you are doing with the category requests is great, thank you. Cheers, Margaret :)
Ben, awarding you another Family Star. It's such a great collaboration we have going. I'm so lucky to have found a cousin on Wikitree that is like minded and resourceful and a keen eye for accuracy. Onward and updward! Kez.
posted by Keryn Keane
I didn't know you could award the Family Star a second time. Thank you for that. You've been doing a fantastic job though too Keryn. You've been making the profiles look much much better.
posted by Ben Molesworth
Well blow me down if you can't add the Family Star again...Oh well...It's added again in the Virtual universe!. At least we know you're a family Star multiple times. As far as the profiles formatting, you know that's just me as a stickler for correctness...:)
posted by Keryn Keane
Just a quick request, if a cemetery category (or any category) doesn't already exist, ie. you get that banner message when you save your edit, don't add it to the profile, unless you are going to complete the category creation. It gives you a "red" category on the profile, and adds to the category error list. Much easier to just add the request to our page, as you have been doing. I've fixed up Skipton cemetery so it's all good now.

Thanks heaps, cheers, Margaret

Hi! Just a reminder to change {{Sandbox Liz4 to {{Relationship Sticker & {{Sandbox Liz5 Sticker to {{Connection

I still have coding that works to show Relationship & Connection in my Sandbox pages, but I won't for much longer & it is different than the coding in the live pages. When I was testing the changes, I opened my profile page in one tab and edited it in another. By comparing a preview of the edited page to the live page in the other tab, I could see what changed. See examples on Template: Relationship Sticker & Template: Connection Sticker to get the coding to change the image (or change to an image of your choosing... image=).

Cheers, Liz

P.S. No, I don't know that you're using the old template on your page because I can see your page. I can see that you are because the "pages using the template" link from Liz4/Liz5 says you are. Liz5's also says it's being used on Russell-3909, Molesworth-181, Molesworth-182, Molesworth-183, & Molesworth-447.

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
edited by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Ben and Zoe are 16th cousins once removed

Ben Molesworth and Zoe Cochrane are both descendants of Henry (Scrope) le Scrope.

posted by Zoe Cochrane
Miri thinks you are a
wonderful wikitreer
Ben Molesworth is a Wonderful WikiTreer.

(I agree.)

posted by Melanie Paul
Hi Ben.

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

Hi Ben, my iPad wrote wrong on the family star I have you should have say amazing work not American work

Sorry I will work out how to correct it Wish you a wonderful day Susan

Ah. I thought the America was funny. I'm not worried about it. Thank you for the honor. I appreciate it.

Just wish I could get my head around it more at the moment. So much I want to do, but just a little limited at the moment.

posted by Ben Molesworth
edited by Ben Molesworth
Hi Ben! Thanks for joining the LiveCast earlier. I've been poking around your trail to Albini-39 that Special:Relationship found... I think I posted in the Chat that Scrope-28 was badged by the project. I did the RF from you to him - - and have just added some info to profiles on (and off) the trail:

Cheers, Liz

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Hi, Ben!

Thank you for your participation in October’s 2020 Source-a-thon. Your contributions helped us to clear over 57,000 profiles that needed sourcing. This makes our Shared Tree all that much better.

Keep up the great work!

Pippin Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Ben,

The Australia Project leadership team are carrying out a check-in to see how you are going in the project and especially to thank you for all your work on Australian profiles on WikiTree. We really value your participation.

Please could you get back to me by private message to let me know if you are happy with your current role and team involvement within the project or if you would like to do something additional or different. Currently you are on the Victoria team. If you would like a change, you can check on the Australia Project page to see what other options there are.

It would also be great to hear any feedback and any suggestions that you have to improve the project. On a practical note, if you are a member of the google group, are you receiving messages ok? Also do you have Australia as one of the tags you are following on the G2G? Don't forget to add it in if you don't have that tag yet.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards

Margaret Haining Membership Coordinator

Thanks for the heads-up on the two wives of Henry Alexander Beale. ie. Alice Myrtle x 2.

Alice Myrtle was married again after Henry died. She married Jim Ross and it was a childless marriage. I really had no need to include it in the tree so I removed her as a wife. I hope that was OK. Cheers... Graeme

posted by [Living Beale]
Benjamin, the Appreciation Team thanks for you for efforts toward making our Shared Tree the best it can be with your 1000+ contributions during August 2019. You are an important part of what we are all about!

I also appreciate your work on the Trembath's, as I remember struggling with several of the early ones.

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
I like Your profile, Your research delving, yet relenting. Keep up the conquest
posted by Rodney Rarick
Thanks for the guidance. Yes, I now get what you mean.

Do need to do the children and am rechecking the needed data before creating the profiles.

posted by Bob May
Hi Benjamin, welcome to the Australia Project. We are really glad you have joined us. Don't forget to add Australia to your tags, so that you can follow discussions about Australia on the G2G.
posted by Gillian Thomas
Hi Benjamin,

Thanks for choosing the Ireland Project.

The Ireland Project (previously the Irish Roots Project) has now changed its structure into Teams. We require everyone with the Ireland Badge to be a member of at least one Team or Sub-Team and our google group. See for details. The Teams are :-

1. Categories Team
2. Counties Team
3. Managed Profiles Team
4. Membership Team
5. Profile Improvement Team
6. Topics Team
7. Diaspora

? Can you let me know which team(s) you’d like to join.

Many thanks,


posted by Maria Maxwell
Hi Benjamin,

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,


posted by Anon (MacLeod) Anon
Hi Benjamin, I've just made some changes to Affleck-248 (Harriet Affleck/Bridges/Molesworth). The records I've found say her first marriage was to John Thomas Bridges instead of ST Bridges as it currently stands (eg, Is ST Bridges a different person or should it be changed to John Thomas?
posted by Rhys Fogarty
Hi Benjamin!

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
FYI, concerning the Iwardby question, these days Wikitree automatically places links to any G2G discussions about a profile, in the top right corner so we don't need to post a separate message about it on the profile any more.
posted by Andrew Lancaster