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)]
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Account confirmed 17 Jan 2017 | Gillian's 32212 contributions | 2350 thank-yous received
Profile last modified | Created 25 Jan 2013 | Last significant change: 9 Aug 2018
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Gillian Thomas has English ancestors.
Gillian Thomas is participating with Sandringham Strollers during the 2018 Clean-a-Thon.

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.
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 9 Aug 2018 at 15:22 GMT Davina Dodds wrote:

Hi Gillian, Thanks for the input, I did have that added on ancestry but haven't had the chance to add here. Are you a descendant of Henry Collis as well?

On 1 Aug 2018 at 23:50 GMT Natalie (Durbin) Trott wrote:

Hi Gillian,

Please have a look at the revamped Categorization Project page, specifically about the new team approach. Members will be now be part of the Maintenance Team. Project Liaisons and leaders will be involved in the Vision and Collaboration team. Just wanted to inform you of changes in our project. Thanks, Natalie

On 30 Jul 2018 at 07:24 GMT Ian Mitchell wrote:

I think you are right about the John warbys being one. I did have a bit of trouble unravelling all this. Being part of a polygamous religion as well as 'interesting' family relationships it has been a bit tricky.

On 29 Jul 2018 at 22:44 GMT Laurie Cruthers wrote:

Hi Gillian, Stumbled across a photo of Kingsford Smith's Southern Cross plane in Library and Archives Canada. It's in the public domain so added it to the profile, but please delete if you don't feel it's suitable. Nice profile BTW! Laurie

On 24 Jul 2018 at 04:31 GMT Leslie Cooper wrote:

Re Sleep: Absolutely OK to add profiles to trees. That is what WikiTree is for. If there are others, feel free to add them.

On 26 Jun 2018 at 12:16 GMT Benjamin Molesworth wrote:

What an amazing job you have done Gillian, adding flesh to so many Molesworth profiles over many hours. Thank you so much for the hard work you've put in. Ben.

On 15 Jun 2018 at 17:08 GMT Joan (Williams) Whitaker wrote:

Hi Gillian,

The England Project Profile Improvement Team Page for the Arborists has now been completed.


On 30 May 2018 at 08:48 GMT Joan (Williams) Whitaker wrote:

Hello Gillian,

I know you do not need my help, but I thought I would still send you the message I am sending to the other Profile Improvers on the England Project.

I am the new Project Coordinator for the Profile Improvement part of the England Project. I just wanted to say “Hello” and let you know that you can contact me if there is anything that I can help you with. I live in Yorkshire, have been interested in family history for over 20 years, and have been on Wikitree since February 2017. I have become addicted to it and need a fix of sourcing, error correcting or bio writing every day so that I don’t get withdrawal symptoms. Thank you for all the work you do for the Project. I am looking forward to working with you.

Regards Joan

On 12 May 2018 at 07:35 GMT Stephen Heathcote wrote:

Thank you very much for your advice on the Heathcote profiles. That seems exactly right: I will proceed as you suggest. Best regards, Stephen.

On 6 May 2018 at 05:27 GMT David Douglass wrote:

Gillian thank you for the posts you made on the profile of Thomas Wyatt. Your post drew my attention to this profile, It is in need to attention from bio to children's questionable relationships/dates. I will be talking to Liz about the work that needs to be done to correct some of the problems with this profile.

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