Andrew Turvey
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Andrew Turvey

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Andrew Turvey
Born 1970s.
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Andrew Turvey was born in 1977, the son of Peter and Margaret Turvey in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe).[1]


  1. Birth certificate in possession of Turvey-154
  1. Andrew Turvey, the great great grandson of Aaron Duffield (abt.1788-1842)'s son Thomas Duffield (1840-1905);
  2. The daughter of Frederick Edward Jones (1925-2018), who is the great grandson of Aaron's daughter Ann Eliza Duffield (1835-);
  3. The grand-daughter of Violet (Bell) Lay (1916-2000), who is the grand daughter Ann Eliza Duffield; Two segments are shared between all three people of 15.5cM and 11.8cM respectively.

Family History Interest

I have been researching my family tree since about 1985 - and things have changed enormously since then! At first, I had a few hundred names, mostly derived from conversations with great aunts and uncles and family bibles that had been passed down the generations.

I restarted my research in 2009, when my first child was born. Initially I wanted to create a printed family tree as a keepsake, but I quickly discovered the power of the internet, in particular the digitised census records on ancestry and the various pedigrees online. In a short timescale I quickly expanded my tree into over 5,000 names.

Having been an active contributor to Wikipedia since 2005, it made sense for me to join a free wiki, so I chose the then-largest one, WeRelate. [1] I have been active there ever since, expanding my genealogical work beyond my own family to also cover a "surname study" for my own surname, Turvey, and my mother's surname, Tulloch. [2][3][4] I have also managed to link my mother's ancestry to scottish noble families and, through them, to scottish royalty and most of the royalty of europe. So my family tree now tops more than 10,000 people!

In 2016 I started using WikiTree. The main drivers are the apparent financial problems on WeRelate, accompanied by a growth rate that has ground to a halt and a lack of development.

My experience of WikiTree (so far) is largely positive:
- the size is significantly larger, and this has already meant I have had many more family connections than on WeRelate - comparable to my experience of Ancestry
- the approach to older genealogy is more nuanced than the blanket prohibition on WeRelate, albeit there are significant quality complaints on both
- there is the same desire for quality genealogy, but WikiTree seems to have more positive ways to achieve this
- the manual entry is easier, in particular avoiding the unwelcome "family" type between individuals
- they have found a good solution for including living people but showing them with degrees of privacy. It also means they can merge the "User" and "Person" namespaces (which are separate on werelate), which has significant benefits

The downsides are - so far - manageable, although I'll have to see whether they become more of a problem as time progresses:
- it's still too difficult for the average genealogist to get involved, I think, and much harder than commercial equivalents. That will - at some stage - limit its development potential
- WikiTree X was a fantastic tool, but it stopped working one day for me and my repeated messages on that have fallen on deaf ears
- Perhaps reflecting this, it seems much harder compared to other wiki communities (wikipedia, werelate) to make suggestions and get a hearing. Partly I imagine this reflects the commercially-owned status.
- The community in turns seems much more hierarchical. Users are told they must collaborate with projects on pre-1700 profiles (which I dutifully do with zero benefit). Project leaders set conditions which members have to fulfil to join and then arrogate rights to control certain profiles. Does this result in a better quality website? Perhaps, but I find it quite tiresome myself.

I am looking forward to my time on this site and hopefully the overall good experiences will continue!

My Ancestors Research Statistics

Many thanks to SJ Baty for providing the template, and to the developers of the Ancestor Explorer App:

My Ancestors Research Statistics
Gen. No. Relation to me Total Possible Profiles On Wikitree Sourced Open Descendents
4Great Grandparent888tbc
52nd Great Grandparent161616tbc
63rd Great Grandparent3231 (97%)31tbc
74th Great Grandparent6438 (59%) 33tbc
85th Great Grandparent12845 (35%)tbctbc
96th Great Grandparent25635 (14%) tbctbc
107th Great Grandparent512 33 (6%) tbctbc
118th Great Grandparent1024 19 (2%) tbctbc
129th Great Grandparent2048 6 (0.3%) tbctbc
1310th Great Grandparent4096 8 tbctbc
1411th Great Grandparent9192 10 tbctbc
1512th Great Grandparent18,384 7 tbctbc
1613th Great Grandparent36,768 5 tbctbc
1714th Great Grandparent73k 5 tbctbc
1815th Great Grandparent146k 9 tbctbc
1916th Great Grandparent292k 10 tbctbc
2017th Great Grandparent584k 17 tbctbc
2118th Great Grandparent1.17m 24 tbctbc
2219th Great Grandparent2.34m 35 tbctbc
2320th Great Grandparent4.68m 48 tbctbc

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DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Andrew or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
  • Andrew Turvey: Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 838 markers, haplogroup I-FTA63717, FTDNA kit #IN102286
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
  • Andrew Turvey: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test, haplogroup H1, FTDNA kit #IN102286
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Andrew:
  • 100.00% X DNA 100.00% Andrew Turvey: Family Tree DNA Family Finder, FTDNA kit #IN102286

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Hi Andrew,

Thank you for your commitment to the England Project and its goals in 2023. Together we are making English WikiTree profiles the best they can be!

I'd like to share our end-of-year 2023 Newsletter. You can read it here: England Project Newsletters. We hope you enjoy reading about what we have achieved in 2023.

On behalf of all the England Project Leaders, we wish you a peaceful, productive and enjoyable 2024!

Best wishes,

Steve, England Project Leader

posted by Steven Whitfield
Hi Andrew yes Wikitree is great. I am gradually adding and hopefully connecting all of my branches. Yes if you could add me as well for the Dennys.


posted by Melanie Furne