Rob Pavey
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Rob Pavey

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Signed 6 Jun 2020 | 7521 contributions | 131 thank-yous
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I have been researching my family tree for over 10 years, mostly on I joined WikiTree in June 2020.

I have been a professional software engineer since 1981. I retired from full-time work in 2019.

I am the developer of the WikiTree AGC browser extension (see and the Wikitree Sourcer extension (see

I am interested in sharing research and collaborating, especially on the Pavey family. I have a blog about the Paveys here: One of my Pavey ancestors that I have done the most research on is Pavey-343.

Rob Pavey
Born 1960s.
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Son of [private father (1920s - 2010s)] DNA confirmed and [private mother (1920s - 2000s)]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
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England Orphan Trailblazer
Rob Pavey is an England Orphan Trailblazer
England Orphan Team
Rob Pavey has completed the England Project's Orphan Trail III Pre-1500 Prep.
England Orphan Team
Rob Pavey has completed the England Project's Pre-1700 Orphan Trail II.
England Orphan Team
Rob Pavey has completed the England Project's Post 1700 Orphan Trail I.
Rob Pavey participated with Mighty Oaks during the 2020 Connect-a-Thon.
Rob Pavey participated with Mighty Oaks during the 2021 Clean-a-Thon, correcting 1,067 suggestions.
Rob Pavey participated with The Mighty Oaks during the 2021 Connect-a-Thon.

Rob was born in San Luis Obispo, California, USA to English parents. The family moved back to England when Rob was less than a year old and Rob grew up in Hertfordshire and Sussex.

Rob studied Mathematics and Computer Science at University.

Rob started work as a software engineer in 1981.

In 1996 Rob moved from England to the San Francisco Bay area.


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Thanks! I don’t remember if it was covered in the video or not but, does the extension handle a proper citation for a source that comes from via an ancestry subscription? Same question for genealogybank?
posted by Chris Pederson
No neither of those sites are supported yet (unless they are a record on that references those sites). I plan to start adding more sites soon - I'm currently making it as robust as possible on the sites it currently supports and working on the Safari version.
posted by Rob Pavey
I watched the video yesterday on Wikitree Sourcer. Unfortunately all of my mobile devices are Apple and can't use the extension. So, I'm trying to access it on my laptop. I can't seem to find it to load it. I apparently closed it on my phone so lost the instructions. Help.
posted by Chris Pederson
Hi Chris,

Here is the link to the WikiTree Sourcer FSP: And to the G2G post: I am working an a Safari version. Cheers, Rob

posted by Rob Pavey
I saw you were featured. We are 12th cousins, once removed. Joanne Chardstock is our MRCA.
posted by Carol (Snow) Milne
Cool that we are related! So you have East Devon roots too!
posted by Rob Pavey
Shocking I am 86% English and my ancestors settled in America starting 1620. I am about 6% from Devon according to LivingDNA. Devon ancestors Hosmer on my mom's side and believe Buckland on my dad's side although my parents are 9th cousins so have a lot of common royal ancestors.
posted by Carol (Snow) Milne
Hi Rob

Well, it was a fun weekend, we hope you enjoyed yourself. Thank you for joining us. It is appreciated. The combined score for our teams was a fab 9,296 up 419 on last year, well done. The total overall figure was 56,972 profiles sourced.

Check your personal figures here - (gives you a target for next year’s event)

Thanks again for this weekend, we look forward to working with you again

Joan & Maddy

Thanks for creating the WikiTree Sourcer. It has certainly helped me in this weekend's Source-A-Thon.
posted by Charles Platt Jr.
Hi Bob

I wrote to you recently as part of the England Project's six-monthly check-in with our project members. I do not seem not heard back from you. I know you are active within the project, but can you confirm that you are still happy with your current teams.

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.

Many thanks!

Joan, England Project Leader

Hi Rob

I would 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 teams? Which teams 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!

Joan, England Project Leader

Hi Rob


Hi Rob

Thank you for joining the Mighty Oaks for the Clean-A-Thon and congratulations on your work during the CAT what an amazing result for the Mighty Oaks we fixed  32,841 suggestions. 

Altogether the teams fixed a grand total of 233,558 profile suggestions.  We hope you had fun while cleaning the tree. 

For the template to add to your profile go to  you will need to amend it to this year. See the Mighty Oaks page

See you later in the year for the Connect-A-Thon 

Janet & Joan  

Co-Leaders for the Mighty Oaks  

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hi Rob hope you are enjoying the spring clean a thon and glad we are on the same team! :)

Halfway through cleaning I realised I hadn't looked at my own suggestions report. Have you cleared out your own suggestions? I can see some of your profiles on the father/ mother status not set suggestion so I think that's some easy stat wins there!

Best, David

posted by David Mortimer
I am researching the history of Dinder which was one of the Rodney estates because I used to live there and I have lived in several places with Rodney links. Does anyone have any information about the 13th or 14th century Rodneys?
posted by Richard Loxton
Hi Richard, I researched George Rodney (abt.1508-1586) for the England Project Orphan Trail. I mentioned Dinder as part of that using this source:

I haven't researched the Rodneys further back though.

I would check Somerset Wills for several spellings of Rodney/Rodeney etc:

posted by Rob Pavey
edited by Rob Pavey
Rob, I'm finding on AGC that lines for ::Source and :::Page are getting separated so we wind up with a whole paragraph of just page numbers divorced from their sources. I can give a demo or suggest a profile.
posted by Karen Lowe
Hi Rob,

Congratulations on your Pre-1500 badge! Please make sure to add pre-1500 to your followed tags. Also, you may want to take a look at our Medieval Project. Your efforts would be welcomed.

posted by Robin Lee
Hi Rob,

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,

Lizzie, Amy, Joan

England Project Leaders

Hi Lizzie (and Amy and Joan),

What I'm currently/recently working on:

  • I am currently working on OT2 with Jo as my trailblazer.
  • I am part of the Devon team but haven't really done anything related to that team.
  • I am planning to join the Managed Profiles team at some point at Jo's suggestion.
  • I have been working on my early Pavey ancestors in Yarcombe, Devon.
  • I have also developed a Chrome Extension for cleaning up GEDCOM profiles (since I started off importing from my Ancestry tree)

I use the Discord server regularly. It seems to work quite well, although the channels could perhaps be organized better. When I was working on my Chrome Extension (WikiTree AGC) I wasn't sure how to let people on the England project know about it.

I am subscribed to the Google group but don't really use it.

I really appreciate the focus of the England Project and the OT.

Cheers, Rob

posted by Rob Pavey

Hi Rob

We would love to have you join us in the Mighty Oaks  for the fifth Source-A-Thon

If you are interested in joining us then sign up here

Here is our chat page is open - Oaks Chat We will also be on Discord for live chatting.

This link is for the help page for the event  Help page

Look forward to working with you again

 Janet & Joan

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
edited by Janet (Langridge) Wild
I would love to join in but I will be traveling for most of September - Oregon road trip!
posted by Rob Pavey
Hello, Rob!

Thanks for all the work you accomplished during our Connect-A-Thon 2020. It is amazing how many more profiles were created and added to our Shared Tree. You have every right to be pleased with your efforts!

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard

    Hi Rob

Thank you for joining the Mighty Oaks for the Connect-A-Thon (CAT). Congratulations on your work during the CAT what an amazing result for the Mighty Oaks we added 12,615. Altogether the teams add a  grand total of  60,128 new profiles to wikitree. We hope you had fun while building the tree. 

See you next year or before for the Source-A-Thon 

Janet & Joan  

Co-Leaders for the Mighty Oaks

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hi Rob,

Thanks for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz and joining the England project!

Pre-1700 ancestors can be shared by many descendants, so collaboration is essential. You can learn more about joining the community in How To #3 and in the Project FAQ.

Use the Pre-1700 Projects list to find all the projects if your interested in joining another project.

Have questions? Ask in the comments section of my profile.

Remember to cite reliable sources in pre-1700 profiles you manage, or edit. (See:

David ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

PS Links sometimes do not work in email; if that happens, use the link in the public comments on your profile.

posted by David Selman
Hi Rob!

Thanks for joining us! I hope you're enjoying our site and our community. I just wanted to check in and see how things are going. Has the New Member How To Pages been helpful or has it left you with questions?

It's great to have you on board. Enjoy your time here, and good luck growing your branches. If you need help be sure to use the "reply link" for this comment so that I will be notified. You can also click my name to send a private message, or post a comment on my profile page.

Cheryl ~ WikiTree Messenger

P.S. To find reliable sources for your profiles, go to the Family Tree & Tools tab; select Genealogy Research and scroll down near the bottom of that list and select Research with RootsSearch. There are over 20 websites to access from there.

posted by Cheryl (Smith) Hess
Hi Cheryl,

I have joined the England team and I am enjoying following their Orphan Trail to get up to speed. I will probably get back to my tree and importing my GEDCOM tree after that.

Cheers, Rob

posted by Rob Pavey
Hi Rob!

Thank you for adding your DNA Test to your profile on WikiTree. Getting Started with DNA will tell you more about how DNA kits are used on WikiTree.

DNA at WikiTree provides a visual way for you to find others who have tested and have the potential of having common ancestors. It normally takes 24 hours from adding a test, or adding a new ancestor, or ancestor’s descendant, for WikiTree to display your name and test results on your ancestors and their descendants’ profiles for potential cousins to compare results with.

Have fun!

Cheryl ~ WikiTree Greeter

posted by Cheryl (Smith) Hess
Hi Rob,

One of our mentors created a tutorial for the GEDCOMpare process that I found very helpful. I hope that you will too.

If you have any questions about how WikiTree works, let us know by using the "reply" link under our comments or by clicking our names to visit our profiles. From there you can leave a comment or send a private message.

Debi ~ WikiTree Greeter

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Thanks for the help Debi, the tutorial has some useful info.


posted by Rob Pavey
Thanks for your note, Rob, and I'm glad it was useful.

Please do let me know if you have any questions about how WikiTree works, even if they seem minor. My rule of thumb when I started was to search for an answer for five minutes, then reach out to my Greeters, and then resume searching. I might have found the answer before they got back with me but they sometimes offered a different way of doing the same thing which was easier. We are always here to help.

See you in the branches,

Debi ~ WikiTree Greeter

PS We have a research tool that makes finding reliable sources easier. I use it all the time and it helps me remember different places to check. To give it a try, go to the Family Tree & Tools tab; select Genealogy Research, scroll down near the bottom of that list, and select Research with RootsSearch (use your WikiTree email & password). There are over 20 websites to access from there. You can read more about the tool in the RootsSearch FAQ.

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Thank you for signing the Honor Code, Rob.

I see that you have had your DNA tested, congratulations! Getting Started with DNA will tell you more about how DNA kits are used on WikiTree.

DNA at WikiTree provides a visual way for you to find others who have tested and have the potential of having common ancestors. To get the best results, you need to continue adding sourced profiles for your ancestors until you can connect to existing profiles in WikiTree. If you have exhausted what you know on one line, try a different one. 24 hours after you connect to an existing profile, your test will have populated on the profiles of your ancestors and their descendants, where others with potential matches may also appear.

Let me know if you have any questions, and have fun!

Azure ~ WikiTree Greeter

posted by Azure Robinson
Welcome Rob

I am pleased to welcome you to the WikiTree family, your contributions will go a long way to joining the world together.

I would suggest starting with the New Member How-To pages, they will save you a lot of time and frustration.

I am here to answer any question you have, no matter how trivial you may think it is. There is no such thing as a silly question. Please add as much information as you can, it all helps to turn a “name” back into a person. I hope you enjoy the site

Happy tree climbing

Karen ~ WikiTree Greeter

P.S. If links do not work in an email from WikiTree, try them from the comment section on your profile page.


This is just a note to say hi and to let you know that I'm available to answer questions about joining WikiTree.

To contact me, be sure to use the "reply" link for this comment so that I will be notified. You can also click my name to send a private message, or post a comment on my profile page.

Karen ~ WikiTree Greeter

P.S. If links do not work in an email from WikiTree, try them from the comment section of your profile

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