Gillian Thomas
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Gillian Thomas

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On WikiTree, I am a co-Leader of the Australia Project, the Indigenous Australians Project and the Arborists Project. I'm passionate about the 'overall health of our single World WikiTree'.

Recently I've been learning more about using DNA in genealogical research. I love WikiTree for sharing my own research and collaborating with others about genealogy.

Gillian Thomas
Born 1950s.
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Gillian Thomas was born in New South Wales, Australia
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Gillian Thomas has English ancestors.
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Gillian Thomas has Scottish Ancestors.
Gillian Thomas has Irish ancestors.

I was born and grew up in Sydney, Australia, the eldest of 3 daughters, of wonderful parents. Looking back, I had a very fortunate childhood, with lots of beach holidays, camping and bushwalking. I loved reading and still do.

After finishing school, I attended Sydney University, and trained as a primary school teacher. I spent several years working with troubled adolescents and young people, and graduated as a psychologist.

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Gillian Thomas is a member of the Indigenous Australians Team.
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Gillian has completed the Profile Improvement Project's Voyage
Scotland's Tartan Trail
Gillian Thomas is a graduate of the Scotland Tartan Trail III.
Gillian Thomas participated with Sandringham Strollers during the 2019 Connect-a-Thon, and added 255 connections.
Gillian Thomas is participating with Sandringham Strollers during the 2019 Clean-a-Thon, correcting 347 suggestions.
Gillian Thomas participated with Sandringham Strollers during the 2018 Clean-a-Thon.
Gillian Thomas participated with Sandringham Strollers during the 2018 Source-a-Thon, adding 151 sources to profiles.
Gillian was featured in a Meet Our Members Post on the WikiTree Blog!
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Gillian participated in the England v Australia Ashes Challenge.

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.

I have travelled over to the UK theee times now to do more research and to visit the places where my family came from. I've spent time researching in the National Archives at Kew, and various County Record Offices.

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

My progress with my own research:

Gen. # Direct Relation to Self Dates of Birth Matches # # Identified in WikiTree % Identified in WikiTree Total # Total # Identified Total % Identified
2grandparent1880s to 1900s1st Cousins44100.0%66100.0%
3great grandparent1850s to 1880s2nd Cousins88100.0%1414100.0%
42nd great grandparent1810s to 1850s3rd Cousins1616100.0%3030100.0%
53rd great grandparent1760s to 1820s4th Cousins323196.9%626198.4%
64th great grandparent1730s to 1800s5th Cousins644875%12610986.5%
75th great grandparent1700s to 1760s6th Cousins1285845%25416766%
86th great grandparent1660s to 1740s7th Cousins2564517.5%51021241.5%
97th great grandparent1630s to 1720s8th Cousins512326%102224424%
108th great grandparent1570s to 1680s9th Cousins1024306%20462747.5%

Table formatting accessed at Table of Known Ancestors page. Thanks Karen!


  • First-hand information. Entered by Gillian Thomas on 17 Jan 2017.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Gillian Thomas and her mother Pamela Walter. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: Parent/child, based on sharing 3453 cM across 66 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Gillian Thomas and her paternal uncle Living Thomas. Their most-recent common ancestors are her grandparents, Sydney Thomas and Doreen McCormick. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: Close family - 1st Cousins, based on sharing 1729 cM across 70 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.

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Hi Gillian!

On behalf of the England Project, I would like to thank you for all your contributions towards the project's goals over the past year. Every English profile we improve helps!

The England Project Leaders are currently doing our six-monthly check-in with all project members.

Are you happy to with your current project team choices? Are there other teams you would like to join or become more active in?

We also welcome any feedback on things you would like to see the project do more of in the future.

I look forward to hearing from you. Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message.

Many thanks!

Ian, England Project Leader

posted by I. Speed
Hi Ian,

I'd love to stay in the England Project, please. I'd like to continue on the Arborists Team, and I seem to be on both the Cornwall and Lancashire teams too, which is fine. If I'm still on any other teams, it would be best be taken off them. I don't have as much time as I'd like to work in England, but will contribute where I am able! No other feedback... the England Project - leaders and members - are fabulous. Thanks for all your hard work!! Gillian

posted by Gillian Thomas
Thank you Gillian! You are also listed in the Connectors Team, so I will arrange for you to be removed. Thanks, again, for being part of the England Project!


posted by I. Speed
Dear Gillian,

The Profile Improvement Project (PIP) is performing its first annual check-in with our project members. We are in the process of transitioning to a team structure. There will be three participant PIP Teams to start -- The Maintenance Category Team, the Unknowns Team, and the Biography Team. There is also the Voyage Team who guide new Voyagers. See the Profile Improvement Project Teams for a brief outline of each team. Please let us know which team(s) you would like to participate in.

We would also like to invite you to join the email GoogleGroup and text chat Discord channel for our project. (When you request to join our GoogleGroup, please be sure to include your Wiki ID). You will find more information on the GoogleGroup.

We thank you for all you do to help the Profile Improvement Project and WikiTree. The Project’s mission is to:

Make profiles beautiful! We clean up messy biography sections and sources, and try to set standards for attractive, useful, and well-written biographies, starting with those we manage.

We know you’re working on profiles *smile* We would like to hear about successes you’ve had toward the Project’s goals. We would also appreciate any feedback you might have to help us improve the Project. Please share your thoughts in a reply to this comment or privately via private message to either of us.


Debi Hoag and Robin Shaules Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Robin (Dodge) Shaules
Hi Robin and Debi, thank you for your lovely message. It's a great idea to have teams for the PIP. I'd like to be part of the maintenance team, please. I wasn't able to access the link to the Teams page, but I have a bit of an idea what it will entail. I do heaps of sourcing and generally cleaning up profiles, so I think I'll fit in that team ok. I also couldn't get to the link to the google group, but will definitely join up once I have the link. Gillian
posted by Gillian Thomas
Hi Gillian,

Thanks for getting back to us. We're glad that you want to join the Maintenance team. I don't know why the two links didn't work for you but I'll include them again below, along with the link to the Maintenance team page. Maybe they'll work for you from here. Please let me know if you have any further trouble accessing them.;;

Hope you have a good day,



posted by Robin (Dodge) Shaules
edited by Robin (Dodge) Shaules
Thank you Gillian for all your hard work on the Humphreys descendants!
Hello Gillian! Hope you are well and had a happy holiday season :)

It's time for our annual Scotland Project check-in!

This year we are hoping to learn what our membership would like to accomplish over the next 12 months. In case you aren't aware, this year is WikiTree's "Year of Connections" and the Project's leadership would like to contribute to this in as many ways as possible.

We would appreciate it if you would share your thoughts and ideas with us on how we can accomplish this goal. We would also appreciate it if you would provide some feedback on our existing goals, including:

  • If you have not yet signed up to help on one of the project's teams, which team(s) would you be interested in joining?
  • How often should we provide a Project Newsletter?
  • Have you participated in the Tartan Trail? If not, is this something you'd be interested in doing?
  • Do you have a question(s) that we could add to a Frequently Asked Questions page?
  • Any suggestions or ideas you have on ways to improve the Scotland Project in general

We continue to communicate with our Project members via Google Group (official) and Discord (unofficial), as well as G2G. You may also reach out to any of the Project leaders via WikiTree's internal messaging system at any time.

Thank you for all you do to help the Scotland Project become a knowledge hub for Scottish genealogical research! We wish you all the best in 2022!

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hi Amy, thanks for your message. I would like to stay on in the Scotland Project. Working in Scotland is one of my enjoyments :) I think I am on the Shetland team, although I don't get to work there much. I don't know if I am on any other teams, but I do Arborist work in Scotland a lot. My main other area is working on linking back early immigrants to Australia to their family in Scotland, wherever that might be. Maybe down the track there might be scope for a team for that... also for immigrants to other countries? I love getting a newsletter, but just as someone has time to do it. You're all doing an amazing job. Thanks for all your hard work.
posted by Gillian Thomas
Hi Gillian,

I noticed that you removed a match on Augusta S. MORRIS. Can you tell me what it was, and do you have any info on him or his family? He was my paternal gr- grandfather who deserted his family after my grandfather was born.

posted by Cari (Bennett) Rowland
Regarding shriver 484 merge , John william shriver. this merge was done last March. Quin ressler ok’d it. I messaged him to find out what happened, u r the 3rd person proposed and executed this merge. I keep messaging him to find out why this has happened again and again. I also messaged wikitree saying there’s an issue and no one cares . It’s almost a monthly occurrence
posted by Melissa Shriver
Hi Melissa, I completed the merge about 10 days ago, so it's now merged :-) I think it may have got moved back to an unmerged match before. Anyway, all good now!! If I can help you with anything else to do with merges, please feel free to contact me again.
posted by Gillian Thomas
Hello! We aren’t cousins but are 24 degrees apart through my polygamous early Mormon ancestors from England. So that’s fun, cheers!
Hi, Gillian, you set an Acadian merge proposal to an unmerged match. I could not find any comment about why they aren't a match, as there is no conflicting information. Boudreau-251 and Boudrot-29. Could you tell me what is your concern about this match so we can correct it? Thank you,

Cindy Bourque Cooper, Leader, Acadian Project

posted by Cindy (Bourque) Cooper
I have no formal records that far back. It was suggested to me when I entered Samuel 156. The dates and names look the same. I'm new at this so I'll go with your suggestion. My source for Samuel came from my father's cousin Stephen Milgate. Back in the 60s he travelled back to Kent and produced a family history which was passed on to me. It starts at Thomas son of Thomas and Sarah nee Tyler baptised 25 April 1743 at Appledore Kent.
posted by Peter Milgate
Hi Gillian,

I would like 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!

Amelia, England Project Leader

posted by Amelia Utting
Hello Amelia, thanks for your message! I'm working in England all the time, but not focused on a specific county or topic. I think I'm currently on the Profile Improvement / Arborists team and that's probably the best place for me to stay, if that's ok. Maybe I'm on the connectors team too - but if so, I think I should step away from that team. I think you're all doing an absolutely incredible job in the England Project - leadership and members. Brilliant work by all!
posted by Gillian Thomas
Hello Gillian - thanks very much for suggesting a merge of Corrie-354 and Corrie-175. They are indeed the same person. I am already in touch with the manager of Corrie-354 (were are both Corrie descendants). We'll work out between us what to do with the merge. Thanks again. Rick
posted by Rick Nelson

I love the tab menu on your Aus. Project Page. I've looked in G2G and can't find the code for that. Can you share it? Thanx, Babs

posted by Babs Deacon
Hi Gillian,

The United Kingdom Project has not been active since 2018 and we are now completely closing it down. We are removing all UK project badges. If you still have an interest in the UK and have not already joined another project, then you will need to join the England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales Project by answering one or more of their G2G posts. If your interest is in the British Isles and British Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories, then please contact me directly.

Regards Joan

Hi Gillian. How are you?

Thank you for suggesting Merge of Chippendale 7 & 102, I had matched for merge & i assume once other manager agree's this merge will take place. Can i also ask your advice for contacting another manager for another link i have come across for my family ancestors. I have sent them 3 emails via Wikitree both pubilc & private to request to be placed on their trusted list to enable me to link imfo they already have on my family.However i have not as yet had any luck with any feedback. Are there any more ways of contacting these managers to enable sharing of content, so we are not entering duplications of same person? Thank you. Have a nice day. Kind regards Phil Chippendale

posted by Phillip Chippendale
Hi Gillian,

Thank you for adding the father for Lt. General Thomas Maxwell. of Barbados. I was unable to edit the information I had previously submitted because of pre 1700s certification. Thomas' mother was Margaret Applewhaite. Grateful if you could add.

posted by L.e. (Rudder) Salazar
Hi Gillian,

Thank you very much for finding the christening record for me, I appreciate you taking the time to search for it, you are a superstar ⭐, I didn't think about the spelling error in her name 🤗 xxx

Hi Gillian,

I wasn't looking for any more work at all, but thank you for proposing a merge between Schunke-11 and Schunke-12. Do you have any family connection?

posted by Steve Thomas

It’s time for a Project check-in!

Scotland Project Leaders check in with you at least once a year to see how you are doing. With the changes happening around the world, we understand that life is hectic right now.

What are you planning to work on for the Scotland Project this year? Are you happy with the team(s) you part of, or would you like to make some changes?

This time round, we’re also looking for feedback on the use of Google Group and Discord. Do you use one or both of these? If you don’t use either of them, what is the best way to ensure you receive Project communications? If you would like to join us on Google Group or Discord, let us know in your response.

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hi Amy, I’d love to continue in the Scotland project with the Arborists and Shetland. Happy with the current communication. Thanks to all the leadership team for your inspirational work.
posted by Gillian Thomas
Hi Gillian,

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, Gillian!

Thank you for your participation in October’s 2020 Source-a-thon. Your contributions helped us to clear over 57,000 profiles that needed sourcing. This makes our Shared Tree all that much better.

Keep up the great work!

Pippin Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Here's a new member from Maitland - I thought I'd point him out since he doesn't have AU tags:

posted by Karen Lowe
Gillian I can't agree a merge of the TWO Henry Halliwell's due to the wrong father being attached, The Father claimed is actually the Grandfather when the Father/ Grandfather is unattached I can then agree the merge otherwise I have to reject :( - My reasoning if I allow the combination of the two individuals with different Fathers and to put as an unmerged match just adds to the errors. When someone else comes along, they could take the INCORRECT father to be the correct one. I've puzzled over this a LONG time.
posted by Heather Jenkinson
Hello, Gillian!

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 Gillian,

If you're not going to be engaged elsewhere, as a member of the Scotland Project, we'd love to have you join the Twisted Thistles in the upcoming Connect-a-thon the weekend of July 17 - July 20. If you'd like to join us and help to develop our ever-expanding Scottish tree, please register on the G2G post here and be sure to mention you'd like to be on the Twisted Thistles team for Scotland.

We also have our team Chat page posted here.

Hope to see you there!
Bobbie & Sarah
Twisted Thistles Co-captains
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Hi Gillian can you please add me to the McCormick/McCormack study

Kind thanks

posted by Lisa Kilduff
Hi Gillian,

Your England Leaders are completing the six monthly check in with all team members. I wanted to thank you for your work on English Profiles and particularly your work in the Arborist, Connectors, Cornwall and Kent teams and your leadership of the Sandringham Strollers.

These are unprecedented and difficult times, and we understand as Project Leaders that your situation may have changed somewhat in the last few months. What we are all able to/ wish to contribute on Wikitree has changed. Please let me know if you are happy with your current role and team choice or if you wish to do something additional or different. Thank you again on behalf of all the project leaders for everything you do.


Hi there, Gillian!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared (over 300!) made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard

Hi Gillian

A huge thank you for all you did this weekend in the Clean-A-Thon and congratulations on adding 367 fixes to our total score of 11, 803 everyone is appreciated brilliant team work Thank you

We hope you had fun and we look forward to you joining us for the next Thon

All the best Janet 

Sandringham Stroller Co Team Leader


posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
As a "Tree Hugger", I want to congratulate you on receiving your trophy badge for being a winner of the 2020 Scan-a-Thon challenge.

John Williams ~ WikiTree Tree Hugger


posted by [Living Williams]
Hi Gillian,

The Global Cemeteries Project is currently undergoing our member check-in and wanted to verify that you are still active and interested in being a member of the project. Are you currently assigned to or working with one of our Cemetery Teams? If not, is there a particular Team or area you are interested in participating with? I would be delighted to help you get setup in one or more of our collaborative teams!

We use Google Groups for internal project collaboration, so if you are not yet setup for access feel free to submit a join request and we will get that approved as quick as possible. We also ask that members check their follwed tags to make sure you are following the correct project tag (CEMETERIES) so you don't miss any disucssions in G2G.

Last, but not least, we would like to thank you for all of your contributions to WikiTree and let you konw that any ideas or suggestions for improvement you may have for the Global Cemeteries Project would greatly appreciated!

I look forward to hearing form you soon!

Steve ~Global Cemeteries Project Leader

posted by Steven Harris
Hi Gillian,

I put in a Request for merging this profile. But I have yet to get a approval. We just completed a merg with Arden, we are fixing some issues involved with profile that was merged hope this helps.


Hi Gillian

I am just checking in with you as a member of the Lancashire Team. We are entering the last 8 days of the England regional go Green Challenge reducing the suggestions, unsourced and unconnected numbers. On the 13th the Northern Region were in the lead for the challenge with drop of 16,728!

As your regional cheer leader - I am encouraging everyone to go go go

Good luck Janet :)

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Please add me to the McCormick Project.

Regards, Mike

Charles E. McCormick II

posted by Charles McCormick II
edited by Charles McCormick II
Incredibly great work during the 2020 Scan-a-thon! Our Tree has been enhanced by your efforts to preserve photos and documents, Gillian.

The Appreciate Team THANKS YOU!

Pippin Sheppard Appreciation Team Member

posted by Pip Sheppard
edited by Pip Sheppard
It's been a while but I thought you might like to peruse - 1859-1945 Gertrude Alleyne dau of Bouverie

You wrote: Hi Tony, Gertrude was born in 1859 in St Vincent. Please could you open up her profile. Thanks posted Jun 25, 2018 by Gillian Thomas Cheers Bert

posted by [Living Bizzell]
Thanks Gillian for the work with the aborigine profiles, and LOL Wikitree showed you had handed them to ME but on further investigation it was to the Australia Project in which I participate! Thanks again for your incredible contribution. Love your work :-)

Richard Robinson

posted by Richard Robinson
Hi Gillian,

I posted a message for you on the page of Thomas Stanton.

posted by Alan Pendleton
Hi Gillian

Scan-A-Thon Registration is open, please register

Thanks look forward to working with you again


posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hi Gillian,

On behalf of the England Leaders, I wanted to say a huge thank you for all your contributions towards the project in the past six months as a Team Leader for Arborists and Team Member for Kent and Cornwall (as well as being an amazing Co-Leader with us all time). We've achieved a great deal during this time and we couldn't have done it without you.

Are you happy to stay in your current teams and the project as a whole? Are there any other teams you'd like to join? What are we doing well, and what would you like to see us doing differently moving forwards?

Please respond to this message via e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks,

Susie, England Project Leader :-)

I have no DEFINITIVE sources other than a free search engine at Not sure if it's still available.
posted by Tom Coley
Hi Gillian, I am not pre-1500 certified. yet. Could you please add Pudsey-13 and Pudsey-14 as the children of William Pudsey (Pudsey-31) and Eleanor Montfort (Montfort-219), so the merges will show the correct parents? Thanks for all your hard work on this line.
posted by Alan Pendleton
posted by Tom Coley
Go ahead Gillian, I'm OK with it!
posted by Tom Coley
Hi Gillian,

I see you posted a message about the profile of John Archdale on my page less than 15 minutes after I created his profile. Perhaps you could be courteous and patient enough to give a profile manager sufficient time to write the biography and save it before posting a message (which I frankly found offensive) on their page. It is in our Honour Code. See: And yes I am Pre-1700 certified.

posted by Ray Hawkes
Hi, Gillian,

I see you left a message for John Childs relating to the months-old unmerged matches of Childs-647 & Childs-337 (and similarly Childs-645 and Childs-336). I am guessing there has been no action since - what might be the next step? Thanks, Russell

posted by Russell Gerrard
Hi Gillian,

I didn't seem to get notification of your messages on my page until this last one. I don't have a lot of time to spend on wikitree at the moment, but do enjoy getting the messages and seeing what others are doing, which occasionally inspires me to do something too.

posted by Michael Dufty

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