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David Morley

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David Morley
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Recently a very special thing happened to me. My great-great grandfather's telescope found its way to me. He was a career sailor, eventually a ship's captain, and he used this telescope to find his way around the oceans of the world. After his untimely death, this object was stored by his family members, kept as a memory of his being. Over time it was passed from one family member to the next; it went for a journey to New Zealand, where he had lived for a time, and did much of his sailing.

And then it found its way to me. I, too, sail, though in a smaller way than he, and I know that it is his salt water in my veins. Now I look through the same lens as he, and objects distant seem much closer than before.

Did that telescope find its own way to me? Do objects have a memory, a purpose, a sense of ownership? Did it find its own way to the light again, to a place where the descendant of its owner might again hold it to his eye and regard the world with its aid?

Or was this the doing of a series of concerned custodians? Each of them holding a cherished object in their care for a time, then passing it to the next in turn? Surely my time will come in turn to pass this keepsake to the next in turn.

Surely genealogy is both of these things: a lens that makes distant things much closer and more meaningful, and a cherished keepsake that is passed from one custodian to the next, to keep alive and living the memories and deeds of those who have gone before us.

If genealogy tells us all one thing it is this: every single one of us is the sum of their two parents, and their four grandparents, and their eight grandparents, and their sixteen great-grandparents, and so on, and so on. And that is the same for every single one of us - we are each the collective input of every single myriad ancestor that has gone before us. We are each custodian for a time, and then we must pass it forward. Genealogy is the story of each of us, and all of us.

Erratum - (Wikitree tells me that I am directly descended from William the Conqueror, 28 generations before.) Perhaps it is a sign - even a Badge, if you will - of one's coming of age on Wikitree, when one corrects the errors of others, and consequently disproves one's own pedigree.......

June 2020 - A further shining example of Family History connecting to Family Present came to light recently. A family member who fathered a daughter in France shortly after WW1 was unable to maintain contact with this child when he returned to Australia. He took the secret of her existence to his grave with him. We were recently contacted by this daughter's granddaughter, who had located us by a DNA test, and a mystery spanning a century and two hemispheres was finally unravelled.

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Hi David,

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 David,

Welcome to the Germany Project. Please read the Germany project page add GERMANY to your list of followed tags, and can you please send me a private message with your email address so i can add you to our Google Group. The group is where our project communicates.

Thanks for joining, I look forward to working with you.

Kylie Haese ~ Germany Project Leader

posted by Kylie Haese
Hi David,

Your England Leaders are completing the six monthly check in with all team members. Thank you for all your work on English Profiles and in particular your work in Yorkshire Team.

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.


Hello - still here - snooping around the Neville family at the moment.
posted by David Morley
Hi David,

I sent you a message a while ago on behalf of the England Project Leaders and have yet to heard back from you. I hope you are well.

One of the requirements of membership in the England Project is that you respond to the six-monthly check-ins.

If I don’t hear from you in the next week or so I’ll assume you no longer wish to be in the project and go ahead and remove you. You would, of course, be most welcome to rejoin at any time via the G2G sign-up post.

Best wishes,

Susie :-)

Hi David,

I'm looking forward to working with you on your merges. I have sent you an email.



posted by SJ Baty
Hi David,

On behalf of the England Leaders, I wanted to say a huge thank you for all your contributions towards the project in the past six months as a Team Member for Yorkshire. We've achieved a great deal during this time and we couldn't have done it without you.

Are you happy to stay in your current team and the project as a whole? Are there any other teams you'd like to join? What are we doing well, and what would you like to see us doing differently moving forwards?

Please respond to this message via e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks,

Susie, England Project Leader :-)

David thx for adopting! Much appreciated and always a pleasure!
posted by Bree Ogle
Hi David,

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,


Thank you for the source and improvements on Thomas Metcalfe.

Since the info added on this edit appeared to be from FOSTER instead of the source you added, Wandesford, I reworked it. As you can see I also made minor, mostly cosmetic, improvements on many other sources and links.

Colllaboration is fun and makes for better profiles as new additions can be inspiring.

posted by Pat (Fuller) Credit
Hi, David. Thanks for your prompt response. Since the situation under discussion was a Countywide phenomenon I cannot see that dividing it up by parishes is possible. Best perhaps to leave it be even though these tenant farmers were all in the same boat.
posted by C. Mackinnon
Hi. I've done a lot of work on the East Riding of Yorkshire, especially the farming community of the Wolds most of whom seem to have been loosely related. It appears to have been a very specific group of farmers whose way of life was described vividly in the poem "The Sailor" written by one of their sons. I was collecting them together in a category which I had called "Wolds Farmers", not very well organised I will admit, but there, though awaiting work. There is material available about their relationship with the landowners and their problems with the banking system and with oneanother. Today the category was removed from the profiles. May I not categorize them together? Just a little bit miffed.
posted by C. Mackinnon
Hallo David,

you have recently changed a number of profiles of my ancestors born, married, or died in Snaith and Cowick parishes (they are now one civil parish) from East Riding to West Riding of Yorkshire. But Wikipedia states that they are in East Riding, and does not mention their ever being in West Riding. Goole, on the other hand, is now in East Riding, but historicaly was in West Riding, according to Wikipedia. Do you have a source for making the change from East Riding to West Riding for Cowick and Snaith? I trust that you do. If not, then i shall change the Riding back to East for those profiles that are related to Snaith and Cowick. The civil parish of Cowick and Snaith was part of the Goole Rural District in the West Riding of Yorkshire only between 1894 and 1974. In 1974 it reverted to East Riding. It is confusing, for that corner where the Stones and Hall families come from borders on the North, East and West Ridings of Yorkshire, and borders have changed somewhat. Thank you! Albertus

Concerning De_Hotham-7 it seems there are 2 questions about the wife: her name and her parents. Concerning the first point I have noticed these 2 names were for some reason often confused in the north in this period. Concerning the parents Betham and Dugdale do not name her parents, so unless you find other sources the one you found seems right? However it is interesting that Constable says she remarried.
posted by Andrew Lancaster

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