Gillian (Platts) Causier
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Gillian (Platts) Causier

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Gillian Causier formerly Platts
Born 1960s.
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of [private father (1920s - 2000s)] and [private mother (1930s - unknown)]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Mother of [private daughter (1990s - unknown)]
Profile last modified | Created 5 Feb 2016 | Last significant change: 1 Aug 2020
00:06: Admin WikiTree added the July 2020 Club 1,000 badge for Gillian (Platts) Causier. [Thank Admin for this | 1 thank-you received]
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About me: I was born in Leicestershire, England and I have a background in science and technology education. I am an amateur potter (tile maker) and self-taught mosaicist. I have a wide interest in craft and own two kilns and several knitting machines. I also have Ankylosing Spondylitis, which is an inheritable, immune mediated, systemic form of arthritis which came from my dad.

Genealogy My interest in genealogy was sparked by my mother who mentioned that her ancestors came from Banbury but she didn't know why they migrated to Leicestershire. It then simmered for several years untouched, because I also have the name Smith in my tree which I felt would be difficult to research. I eventually had a potter around on the internet during a period of ill health, got bitten by it and the rest is (family) history.

I have a specific interest in recording English working class people and their occupations, particularly in north Leicestershire and it's connecting counties. I also have interest in the Canterbury and Banbury areas due to migration of people in my own tree from those places to Leicestershire. I love to source, and all of the information I record is source-led.

I currently have a specific interest in the following names:

  • Platts, particularly from Worthington, Leicestershire and surrounding hamlets/villages and particularly those people who worked with stone, clay or brick, or who were miners, but also wheelwrights, hatters, glovers, lacemakers, potters or gardeners.
  • Davenport, particularly from Bagworth and Donington Le Heath, Leicestershire, Walsgrave, Warwickshire and Bilston, Staffordshire who mostly worked in coal mining.
  • Wilkins, stonemasons from Banbury district.
  • and of course I'm still interested in all of the other names in my tag list.
  • I do a spot of 'connecting' now and then of various other names, always using primary sources.

I have very little interest in nobility or celebrity, who I think get enough attention as it is from others. I have recorded a few "Notable" people who I consider to be high achievers or who were philanthropists or beneficial to their community in some way. I do not have any interest in recording people who have achieved fame for fame's sake.


Important note To the Canadian man with Cullens in his family tree who sent me a couple of nice e-mails a while back, please can you resend them? They accidentally got deleted when I was trying to move them to a saved folder, I coughed and my hand wobbled. I wanted to reply but I've been unable to.

Just a polite note to say that if you mail me about anything, please be aware that I deal with thousands of pieces of information in a week and I have memory issues due to chronic illness so please, if you do need to mail me about something, please be as specific as you can because often I get messages from other people where I have no idea of what is being referred to. Once I've moved onto something else, I don't remember the details of the previous thing I worked on.

Polite note about the tone of e-mail messages: After having received rude and nasty toned messages to my e-mail address a few weeks ago, please be aware that if you communicate with me to my private e-mail address, I expect it to be done in a polite manner and neutral tone (or even a happy one!). Anybody not doing that will be referred via Problems With Members to Wikitree management or reported to their ISP in extreme cases. If your contact with me contains putdowns or worse still, veiled threats, don't be surprised if I object strongly. Happily the sort of people who are this rude are in a tiny minority.

I like receiving positive, happy messages and any information that may be relevant or new but I don't appreciate cryptic messages being placed on my profile or reprimands to my inbox from other members of the genealogy community. If something was done that is not to your liking, please feel free to change it back, it takes a couple of seconds to roll back a bio or change the contents of a box, far less time than it takes to e-mail me with your critque of my abilities.

This is a collaborative site and I am very diligent, I only ever add information that is backed up by evidence - i.e. sources - in the way that Wikitree asks but sometimes people can be testy about changes. Please remember the Wikitree rule which is to stop, drop and roll if you feel frustrated! By all means say "I've changed that back because of <insert fact here> and I wanted you to know" but let's keep it to an exchange of information, not trying to make me feel like rubbish, please.

A couple of times now I have had messages which include things like "I know you are only a volunteer" as though volunteer is some kind of low station. I am a private genealogist who has chosen to work on a public collaborative tree, the same as ALL active Wikitree members and ALL of them have the volunteer badge, it's a requirement of participating. This does not mean I have signed up to be spoken down to, so please be polite and respectful. I have even had someone comment on the (perceived) gender of my e-mail signature. Really, is that sort of rudeness going to get you anywhere? I use an anonymised webmail with a fictional signature to protect myself online and sometimes I forget to change the signature to my Wikitree persona when replying to messages from here, so if you don't think you got who you expected to get, that's why.

With all of that said, I am now going to get on with the genealogy. Whether or not you are a Wikitree member, if you want to send me some information or ask a (polite, relevant) question, please do, I welcome it. I don't bite, unless I'm growled at!


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Thank you, Gillian, for the awesome Susannah Platt adds.
posted by Mary E. Gossage
You are most welcome. There were/are Platts's and Dennis's in my local area (Midlands) so when I saw your profiles, I took a peek at them and noticed there was a source that applied to the other two Dennis sisters.
Hi Gillian, thanks for adding some of the Hoe family. I am related to the Hoe family from Hose. Robert and Richard founded Robert Hoe and Sons who were pioneers in the printing industry. I am descended from Robert's sister Sarah

Richard March Hoe is a notable.


Gillian I noticed you have an interest in Walsgrave, Warwickshire. Is the same Walsgrave that is now part of Coventry? I have some transcriptions of Warwickshire Poor Law records that you might be interested in.

Lesley x

posted by Lesley Murray
Hi Gillian, thanks for the welcome. I do have subscriptions to various sites and I do have a very large tree stored on my own computer that does contain sources from my research of +20 years. I literally slapped up my direct lines over the weekend as I had some spare time. This was mainly to give me direction of what I wanted for the basis for this tree here and also to link to many existing pieces of research back in 1740s Cornwall. I will start adding things slowly as with working full time (still) I'm usually shattered in the evenings and I'm often with my family at points during weekends. I need to retire to do the things I enjoy but probably wouldn't be able to afford to do the things I enjoy lol Lesley x
posted by Lesley Murray
Gillian, making more than one thousand contributions in September added so much to the breadth and depth of our Shared Tree. The Appreciation Team thanks YOU!

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Gillian, 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!

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi ,

On behalf of the Connectors Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let us know if you are still active. If you are active, please let us know in which ways you are currently contributing to the project.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Michelle ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Gillian!

In July 2019, you made 1000+ (actually, over 2200!) contributions to our Shared Tree! I commend for your time and effort. Keep up the great work!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hello, Gillian!

Very well done on your making 1,000 or more contributions to WikiTree in June 2019! We commend and appreciate all of your time and effort in helping to grow and perfect our Shared Tree. Keep up the great work!

Pip Sheppard ~ WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard

You’ve done an immense amount on Hawkins today. Are you a relative or a good samaritan? Either way, thank you. There's been a lot of careless work done on the name. Mine is the Southold/Wading River branch in New York State.

posted by Jennifer Lapham
Hi Gillian

Thanks for your comment on Platts-1704 and Platts-34. They are different people. Their fathers were brothers. My confusion is which one married John Prescott (Prescott-34).

posted by Steve Gilson

Gillian is 27 degrees from Cecil B. DeMille, 26 degrees from Rosalie Neve and 24 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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