Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley

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Geoff I. Riley
Born 1960s.
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Brother of [private brother (1960s - unknown)] and [private sister (1960s - unknown)]
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Profile last modified 7 Oct 2019 | Created 29 Apr 2019 | Last significant change: 7 Oct 2019
20:33: Geoff Riley edited the Biography for Geoff Riley. (Added 'number of sources added' to connect-a-thon sticker) [Thank Geoff for this]
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Geoff Riley was born in Lancashire, England.
England Orphan Team
Geoff Riley has completed the England Project's Orphan Trail.
Geoff Riley participated with Windsor Warriors during the 2019 Source-a-Thon, adding 46 sources to profiles.
Geoff Riley is participating with Windsor Warriors during the 2019 Connect-a-Thon, and has added 194 profiles.

Geoff was born in Bolton, Lancashire as the first child of Harry Riley and Eunice Howarth. He was educated to secondary level achieving 3 A-Levels and 6 O-Levels. He started a college course aiming to gain a Bachelor of Education degree but left after being offered a full time job in the computer industry.

Geoff was initially employed as a technician in the manufacture of computer peripherals but moved on to printed circuit board design (before CAD packages!) and then to programming.

After 20-something years in the industry Geoff was made redundant and found it impossible to gain a new position without a degree. He went on to study with the Open University gaining a Bachelor of Science (honours) degree in Computing. He has continued his studies, with the same organisation, and is currently working towards a Masters degree in Computing.

Geoff, having had a mental breakdown after his redundancy and repeated rejections by prospective employers, has been left with problems such as social anxiety and depression that further hinders employment prospects. Full time work has eluded him because of these mental problems. However, he found that he enjoyed volunteering, helping young people to learn how to 'code'. He has been running Code Clubs in schools and mentoring at Coder Dojos for a number of years.


Geoffs interests range from classical music to 3D graphics; his music tastes are quite eclectic and, after spending a time in the early 80s as a mobile disc jockey, has an extensive collection of vinyl and CDs; as a chorister in the church choir he has proven to be, what the musical director calls, a useful tenor.

Having spent so much time in the computer industry Geoff has, of course, a great interest in many aspects of computing. As a programmer he garnered skills in many different programming languages from the low level assembly code right up to modern scripting languages, and the appreciation for the development of new syntax and implementations means that he is often called upon to help other programmers. This is borne out in the teaching of young people the skills of programming through Code Club and Coder Dojo participation.

Geoff also enjoys computer art---after experimenting with various mathematical constructions for producing artistic graphic displays, he went on to experiment with the artistic possibilities of computer aided design and followed that through to 3D rendering of virtual objects up to todays CAD systems that could rival the early computer special effect graphics with ease on a home computer. Toward the end of the 90s Geoff contributed to a text book about the graphics programming language Processing. He additionally produced a couple of ebooks concerned with programming extensions to a popular 3D drawing package.

Geoff first began looking at his family history after stating at college. The death of his paternal grandmother in the weeks before commencement had affected him greatly and spurred him to start attempting to research. As a complete novice, progress was extremely slow---being long before the internet had been created let alone the on-line databases that now aid so many. With the advent of connected services he began to form better links and understanding of methods of research.

Computer packages such as the DOS program Brothers Keeper proved invaluable for pulling together different elements of family history into an organised presentation, helping to resolve issues that had escaped identification in his index card filing system where duplicate and redundant information was not always easy to spot. Graphical interfaces on modern packages such as Family Tree Maker, Legacy and Roots Magic make visualisation ever easier.


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My maternal surname line. Currently blocked at mother's father (James Francis Howarth). North West of England, possibly North Wales.
My paternal surname line. Mostly from the North West of England. (So far!)
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On 21 Jun 2019 at 09:58 GMT Peter Cameron wrote:

Hi Geoff,

Welcome to the Lancashire Team, I have added your name to the team page. If you have any specific interests in Lancashire feel free to add them there. I also look forward to seeing you around the Gedcom Team!

Peter ~ Lancashire Team leader

On 14 Jun 2019 at 20:12 GMT Debi (McGee) Hoag wrote:

Hi Geoff,

Congratulations on being Pre-1700 certified!

Because pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants, coordination is essential. Thanks for joining the England Project.

Debi ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

On 16 May 2019 at 21:32 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:

Hi Geoff

Great start, were the Member How-Tos pages helpful or did they leave you with questions?

Clicking your green tags shows members who follow that tag. Add tags other family surnames, for locations. The tags link you to the community sourcing & research options Information on tags is on page one of the How To pages.

We want to help you learn about the site and the community, hopefully you found the pages and links useful.

Questions click my name & ask in the comment box on my page or post in the G2G Forum (see Help top right of your Profile

Janet ~ Wikitree Messenger

P.S. If links do not work in an email from WikiTree click in the comment box in your profile

On 29 Apr 2019 at 03:37 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:

Hi Geoff!

A warm welcome to WikiTree. It is my privilege to confirm you as a full member. Now you can add your family to our Shared Tree!

Important: Check out our New Member How-To pages. They will save you time, energy and frustration as you add your family profiles.

Sometimes links don't work in emails. If that's happened to you, check the public comments on your profile as the links will work from there.

I hope you find your WikiTree experience as fruitful and enjoyable as I have. Please let me know if you have any questions. I'm always happy to help!

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree Greeter

On 29 Apr 2019 at 03:08 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:

Welcome, Geoff!

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, click the link to my name above, then send a private message or post a comment on my profile page.

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree Greeter

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

Geoff is 25 degrees from Thomas Edison, 36 degrees from Nikola Tesla and 29 degrees from George Westinghouse on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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