Gillian  Thomas

Gillian Thomas

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Gillian Thomas
Born 1950s.
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Daughter of [private father (1920s - 2000s)] and [private mother (1920s - unknown)]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
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Profile last modified | Created 25 Jan 2013 | Last significant change: 21 Mar 2018
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Gillian Thomas has English ancestors.

I was born and grew up in Sydney, Australia. I have been doing family history now for nearly 20 years. All my family lines migrated to Australia (mainly Sydney) from the British Isles (England, Scotland, and Ireland) between 1835 and 1870. I have 1 convict in my tree and an ancestor from Unst in the Shetland Islands. Many of my ancestors came to Australia as "Assisted Immigrants", courageously grasping the opportunity for a better life. One line of my family was in Barbados during the 17th century and early 18th century. They were all adventurers.

Nearly all my family lived close to the sea, and that must be why I love the water. My Thomas family lived in Falmouth and St Mawes in Cornwall, which is almost as beautiful as Sydney with its harbour. My husband and I have a yacht which we live on when we aren't working.

I have travelled over to the UK twice now to do more research and to visit the places where my family came from. I spent time in the National Archives at Kew, and various County Record Offices. But most of my research has been done on the internet. Hooray for the internet!

I still have some intractable dead ends. I love collaborating with others to try to break through my own and others mysteries.


  • First-hand information. Entered by Gillian Thomas on 17 Jan 2017.

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Gillian is a Wiki Genealogy Volunteer following these tags:
Focusing on WWI at the moment, especially my relations. So many stories!
Thomas surname particularly, but more than happy to help out anywhere. Building my expertise in duplicates and merging
Anything in Australia, but especially New South Wales, and early settlers to Australia.
I’m keen to help with categories! It’s such a great tool for organising on WikiTree.
I'm starting off connecting up profiles on WikiTree that link to my family tree.
I want to collaborate to get rid of errors
Leader of the Worldwide Disasters Project, which honors and remembers those who died or were involved in natural and man-made disasters.
I am a Leader for the England Project. I have particular interest in Cornwall, Devon, Kent, Lancashire, Somerset, Essex and Staffordshire.
The G2G is such a great genealogical resource. I am glad to support it by contributing as part of the Integrators Project.
WikiTree Leader
I am a mentor on WikiTree so want to follow relevant G2G questions
Following the discussion about merges in the G2G
I am happy to contribute to the issues raised by others around merging profiles on WikiTree
Thomas Name Study and Walter Name Study
Happy to assist with pre-1500 profiles - db errors and merging etc
I have numerous ancestors from Scotland - especially Edinburgh, Dundee, Kirkcaldy, Stirling and Port Glasgow.
Sources are essential to a credible profile and links. I am 100% in there to improve sources where I can.
My Thomas ancestors came from Breage in Cornwall, moved to St Mawes then Falmouth, then migrated to Sydney Australia. I am generally interested in researching Thomas's from Cornwall.
I am part of the United Kingdom Project and it is also where my ancestors originated.
I am with the Thomas Name Study.... (say no more...) also the Walter family of Piercefield Monmouthshire

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  • Gillian Thomas: AncestryDNA, GEDmatch A516097, Ancestry member gill1010

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On 21 Mar 2018 at 09:45 GMT Michelle (Bairfield) Brooks wrote:

When the England Project takes management of - go ahead and remove me from the Trusted List. I held this profile, instead of orphaning it, to help protect it. So I am fine with being removed.

Edit: disregard - I added you as manager and removed myself.

On 21 Mar 2018 at 02:42 GMT Teresa Langford wrote:

Is there a time when someone would be removed as a profile manager?

On 2 Mar 2018 at 10:12 GMT Ken Wise wrote:

Wow! Even though our families have been on opposite ends of the Earth for several generations, we are 18th cousins once removed, with 236 common ancestors! Howdy Cousin!

On 1 Mar 2018 at 00:06 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Loved the blog interview! And pleased to find that we're connected - 25 degrees apart - and related! "Gillian and Liz are 16th cousins once removed" (via John FitzAlan, K.B.)

On 28 Feb 2018 at 15:15 GMT Mary Richardson wrote:

Hi Gillian

Please award a Worldwide Disasters Badge to She signed up on g2g post.


On 28 Feb 2018 at 14:45 GMT Mary Richardson wrote:

Hi Gillian

Please award a badge to She has an ancestor died in a shipping disaster, Halifax. She signed up on my g2g post.

thanks... Mary

On 10 Feb 2018 at 16:44 GMT Lianne Lavoie wrote:

Hi Gillian. I don't want to get in the way since I see you are already working on this, but I believe Hanover-178 should be merged into the PPP Hannover-24. If you look at the dates and names it's clear that this is meant to be the royal family the Hanovers. There are some family connections that will need to be broken; it would appear that James Town thinks he's descended from King George IV.


On 4 Feb 2018 at 15:21 GMT Rita A Gerrard wrote:

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To:WikiTree 4 Feb at 15:05 Hello Gillian, thanks for your message. My apologies for not replying to anyone. I had a bad xmas with shingles and a nasty cold. It took a while to recover. However, now we're in February am feeling ready to get started. I have been reading all the wiki messages and feeds since the start of this new phase and marked some for my attention - like possible family links elsewhere - Dorset for instance. I have had a good trawl through the orphans and decided my best and sensible choice is with a PEASE, I have selected Robert PEASE 40. bc 1485 Gt Baddow, as I have unearthed much historical documentation on him and his family, this information will be of help to the PEASE family pedigree.

I will endeavour also to add more to my PEASE side, there is a minor problem with that, i.e. un-determined ancestor between 2 or more cousin lines from the same paternal ancestor. I can discuss this with someone later.

Best wishes,

rita a GERRRD

On 25 Jan 2018 at 17:42 GMT Taylor (Fritz) Worthington-Gilchrist R.N. wrote:

Gillian thanks for taking on the leadership position! Taylor

On 24 Jan 2018 at 17:43 GMT Henry Walters wrote:

Thank you, Gillian, for the amazing work you are doing to increase our knowledge of our ancsters!

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Queen Elizabeth II Gillian is 25 degrees from Amelia Earhart, 51 degrees from Stephen Hawking, 18 degrees from Jamie Nelson and 16 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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