David Urquhart
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David Urquhart

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David J. Urquhart
Born 1950s.
Ancestors ancestors
Son of [private father (1930s - 2010s)] DNA confirmed and [private mother (1930s - unknown)] DNA confirmed
Brother of [private sister (1960s - unknown)] and [private sister (1960s - unknown)]
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Descendant of honored ancestors.
David Urquhart has an interest in Clan Urquhart, part of the Scottish Clans Project.
David Urquhart is a member of the Urquhart Name Study Project.
David Urquhart is a member of the One Place Studies Project.
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David has completed the Profile Improvement Project's Voyage
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David Urquhart is a member of the Scotland Project.
David was featured in a Meet Our Members Post on the WikiTree Blog!
Scotland's Tartan Trail
David Urquhart is a graduate of the Scotland Tartan Trail.
Scotland's Tartan Trail
David Urquhart is a Scotland Tartan Trail Guide.
England Orphan Trailblazer
David Urquhart is an England Orphan Trailblazer
England Orphan Team
David Urquhart has completed the England Project's Orphan Trail.
David has participated in 52 out of 52 weeks during the 2019 52 Weeks of Photos Challenge.
David has participated in 52 out of 52 weeks during the 2019 52 Ancestors Challenge.
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David Urquhart was born in Queensland, Australia
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David Urquhart has English ancestors.
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David Urquhart has Scottish Ancestors.
David Urquhart has Irish ancestors.
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David Urquhart has Spanish ancestors.
David Urquhart has French origins.
David Urquhart has German Roots.
David Urquhart participated with GB-Gen' during the 2018 Source-a-Thon, adding ' sources to profiles.
Secret Santa
David gifted some WikiTree kindness during the 2018 Secret Santa Swap!
David spends way too much time on WikiTree.
David Urquhart is participating with Windsor Warriors during the 2019 Clean-a-Thon, correcting 1020 suggestions.
David Urquhart participated with Windsor Warriors during the 2019 Source-a-Thon, adding 762 sources to profiles.
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David sourced the most profiles in the 22nd February 2020 Saturday Sourcing Sprint Challenge
David Urquhart participated with Twisted Thistles during the 2020 Clean-a-Thon, correcting 726 suggestions.
David Urquhart participated with Twisted Thistles during the 2020 Connect-a-Thon, and has added 106 connections.
I was born in North Queensland, Australia in the 1950's, part of the Baby Boomer set, a week before Cyclone Connie hit the district.[1] [2]
My grandparents Robert and Mary Urquhart purchased a Sugar-Cane farm in 1939 when my father was about 4 years old. Their next two years of farming, saw the crop decimated by two cyclones in two years. David and Ann Lambie were leasing the farm next door, at the time. David and Ann later moved to Rita Island, and purchased a farm there.
Windmill & Fordson Tractor
I follow the leadership of my parents, who grew up during WW2 with no money for luxury, and their parents, who were hard working, honest, members of the community, with ideals passed on from their parents, and then to their children. My maternal grandparents, who were of English descent, were quiet, peaceful, generous with their thoughts and ideals, until one made them upset or angry, which was a difficult achievement, in itself. My paternal grandparents, who were from Scotland, were similar, but also tough.
Airdmillan School.
I first went to Airdmillan State School and finally Ayr High School. Although blessed with a higher IQ, I never liked school much, as I struggled with Algebraic Formulas, and left after Grade 10 to work on the family farm.
After the farm was sold, when my parents were ready to retire, I owned a Mobile Phone Store for four years. Then I was a Level Two Traffic Controller for six years. I enjoyed the Traffic Control work, as it took me all around North Queensland, to places I probably would not have otherwise seen.
Walkabout Creek Hotel.
One of those places was McKinlay, Queensland, Australia, where the Walkabout Creek Hotel of Crocodile Dundee fame can be found, and where initial scenes of the 1986 movie were filmed, some nearby, at Cloncurry, and then later, at Kakadu National Park, in the Northern Territory.
Lately, I have completed a Genealogy course through distance learning at the University of Strathclyde.
National Flower of Scotland.

My DNA Descent
As a complete surprise, My FTDNA Ancient Origins study says that I am descended from:

  1. 14% Metal Age Invader.
  2. 40% Farmer.
  3. 46% Hunter Gatherer.

It also says that my Genetic Origins comprise:

  1. 48% England, Wales and Scotland.
  2. 34% Ireland.
  3. 11% Central Europe, which includes France and Germany.
  4. 7% Iberian Peninsular, which includes Spain.

My Favourite Quotes.
  • There is never enough time !!!
    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Timecop.
  • Keep the Ship out of the surf and spray or you will plunge to destruction !!!
    edited Homer quote, used in Battleship.
  • We are going to have so much fun !!!
    from an episode of Murdoch Mysteries.
  • Let's just DIVE in !!!
    from the movie Deep Blue Sea.
  • To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often !!!
    English Prime Minister, writer and soldier.
    Winston Churchill.
  • He who will not reason, is a bigot; he who cannot, is a fool; and he who dares not, is a slave.
    Scottish Poet.
    William Drummond.
  • We shall sooner have the fowl by hatching the egg than by smashing it !!!
    16th President of the United States.
    Abraham Lincoln.
  • Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit, And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief !!! Hamlet.
    English dramatist and poet.
    William Shakespeare.
  • Tempus fugit

My Wikitree Wilderness.
Queensland Timeline.
A History of Queensland Timeline.
Ravenswood, Queensland Place Study.
A study about Ravenswood and it's people.
Powney Name Study.
A study of the Powney family.
Mayo Name Study.
A study of the Mayo family.
Silver Link Stories.
Stuff about the Burdekin.
The ships they traveled on.
My Ancestors voyages to Australia.
My Brick Walls.
My Brick Walls.
Interesting People.
Interesting People.
Grey Street Ghosts.
The rest of my profile.
Australian Windmills.
Australia's Great Artesian Basin.
Urquhart Name Study.
A study on the Urquhart family.
The Davidston Diary.
A 17th Century Cluster Fan Research Study.
Cheyne Name Study.
A study on the Cheyne family.
Bruce Name Study.
A study on the Bruce family.
David's Where-Is-It.
My Where-Is-It Page.
The Aquarian Door Way.
The rest of my Wikitree Wilderness.

  • Winner of National Family History Month SAG WikiTree Challenge 9th August 2019.

My WikiTree Enduring Power of Attorney.
To aid WikiTree in the administration of my account should I be incapacitated, or in the event of my death, I, David J Urquhart, of Queensland, Australia, hereby give permission for all private and public profiles I'm presently managing to be transferred to community members on my trusted list or to the Leadership Team to be farmed out to any interested party or parties.

Free Usage.
Anybody wishing to use photographs, links, etc, uploaded or used by myself on any of the Profiles or Free Space pages which I manage or work on, are welcome to do so. I only ask that you leave a note or acknowledgement on the 'photograph' or the profile where you have used the 'photograph' in question.



    • Paternal relationship between David Urquhart and his father Ian is confirmed through Y-chromosome DNA testing. David Urquhart, FTDNA kit #269747, and his 4th cousin once removed, Living Urquhart, FTDNA kit #189205, son of Gordon Urquhart match at a Genetic Distance of 2 on 67 markers thereby confirming their direct paternal lines back to their MRCA John Urquhart. FTDNA indicates that the probability the two share a common ancestor within the last 7 generations is 92.39% and within the last 8 generations is 95.22%.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed with a GEDmatch AuDNA test match between David Urquhart, T692299, and his 1C2R, Noelene Conn, A427745, who both share a 13 cM segment on chromosome 9. Their MCRA's are William Mayoh and Betsy Huckel, gr. gr. grandparents of David and grandparents of Noelene. Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 2.9, based on a total of 274 cMs across 14 DNA segments. Predicted relationship reported by FTDNA: 1st Cousin-3rd Cousin, Confidence: High; based on sharing 299 cMs across 18 DNA segments.
    • X-Match relationship between David Urquhart and Hilary Carr is confirmed with a FTDNA Family Finder X-Match between David Urquhart, T692299, and Hilary Carr, A480516, who both share a 14 cMs X-Match on chromosome 9. Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 5.2, based on a total of 50 cMs across 11 DNA segments. Predicted relationship reported by FTDNA: 3rd Cousin-5th Cousin.
  1. Australia, Queensland - Birth Certificate > 1959 > David J. Urquhart > General Registry Office, Brisbane. Personal copy in the files of David Urquhart.
  2. Australia, Queensland - Baptismal Document > David J. Urquhart > 17 May 1959 > Registration No. 306A; Register kept at All Saints Anglican Church; Ayr; State of Queensland. Personal copy in the files of David John Urquhart.

See Also:


  • Peter James Mayoh' For his Mayoh, Huckel, Holman and Abbott research.
  • Glenda Dykes research, and published book for Huckel Reunion in 1988, "Pictures of Many Years"
  • GENE FORBES-HOOD, B.A. (Hist) Professional Genealogist and Photographer, now retired. for her help, patience and support with my Urquhart Research over the past five years or more.
  • Dr Dorothy Gibson-Wilde, OAM, BA, historian and author.
  • Richie Wright at Findagrave for his extra effort on working with my many submissions to Findagrave. At last count I have 21 memorials which I manage.
  • Bibliography, Success, A.>Success, ABC. 2014. "People Skills - Robert Bolton". ABC Of Success. Accessed January 16 2020. People Skills blog
  • Pare Hayward-Howie for creating the Abbotts of Kent Space page.
  • Citation Machine. net
  • Cite This, Chrome Extension.
    • "Creative Commons Australia". 2019. Creative Commons Australia. Accessed October 1 2019. Creative Commons. org
  • Pixabay's Photographs.
  • Wikimedia Commons.

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DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with David or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
  • David Urquhart: Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 500 markers, haplogroup R-BY166052, FTDNA kit #269747, MitoYDNA ID T11534 [compare]
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
  • David Urquhart: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup U5b1c1a, FTDNA kit #269747, MitoYDNA ID T11535 [compare]
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Hi David,

Just added another new member to QLD team, Maree Evans. Cheers, Margaret

Hi David, when you add the Notables sticker to a profile, could you use the parameter Australia, Notables, not Australia, as that adds the profile to category Australia which is top level (causes a DB error). Thanks heaps, cheers, Margaret.
Hi David,

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
Hi Amelia,

Thank you for your concern. I am happy exactly where I am, thank you. If I find myself needing to be elsewhere, I will ask and advise the appropriate area. If I were a Leader, I would be much more concerned with the inactive members, the problems thus entailed, and finding a solution. I often quietly, question the validity of spreading Leaders over the many Projects that they have an interest in, particularly when researching one's own tree is so extremely time intensive. Their time value would be better used helping find solutions to help the members needing their help, or maybe doubling the number of Leaders would serve WT better, and be much more advantageous as a whole. I have tried counting the different WT projects, and lost count at about 120, which speaks for itself. WT Leaders are overworked and way underpaid. Everybody always wants their life to be as they wish it, including descent from royalty. I read a piece a long time ago, in a "blog", which said, anybody who has a relative born in Britain, is descended from King Edward the Third, they simply need to trace it. "According to British geneticist Adam Rutherford, it is "virtually impossible" that a person with a predominantly British ancestry is not descended from Edward III. He has calculated that "almost every Briton" is "descended between 21 and 24 generations from Edward III". And by trace it, means with sources, not badges, or Ancestry Trees. I myself, have sent several emails to Ancestry telling them that several trees on the internet are inaccurate, and needed to be removed. This has happened, when I showed them, that I could prove that they were wrong. Too many cooks...not enough Indians, as they say... Cheers, David.

posted by David Urquhart
Hi David, just to let you know I've just added another new member, Nathan Johansen, to the Queensland team.

Regards Margaret


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 David

Wishing you a Happy and prosperous New Year. Thank you for all the work you have done to improve the English profiles on wikitree.

Just checking in with you to ask if you wish to remain a member of the England Data Doctor Team. Appreciate it if you could let me know

Janet and Derrick

England Data Doctor Team Leaders  

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hi David,

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

Heya, David -- given your interest in north Q, you don't happen to have knowledge of Maytown, do you? One article I read on Trove said it was "via Townsville", but I'm only coming up with is this, which seems a long way from being anywhere near T'ville. (Am trying to find a burial.) Would that qualify as "via Townsville", do you think? (The news article was discussing gold returns - and via does just mean "by way of".) Maybe there are no burial records. *sigh*
posted by Melanie Paul
Hi David, just to let you know I've just added another new member to the Queensland team.

Regards Margaret

Hi David, just to let you know I've just added a new member to the Queensland team.

Regards Margaret

David, you asked me questions about old data on abandoned profiles I adopted the other day to fix. Gimme a week. I've been trying to figure out why there's duplcate lines for days now... I found another while you were talking. That's 4. So it's beginning to be redirection issue:(
posted by Bree Ogle
Hello David,

The Australia Project leadership team are carrying out a check-in to see how you are going in the project and especially to thank you for all your work on Australian profiles on WikiTree. We really value your participation.

Please could you get back to me by private message to let me know if you are happy with your current role and team involvement within the project or if you would like to do something additional or different. Currently we have you down as the Team Leader for the Queensland Team and a member of the Assisted and Bounty Immigrants team. If you would like a change, you can check on the Australia Project page to see what other options there are.

It would also be great to hear any feedback and any suggestions that you have to improve the project. On a practical note, if you are a member of the google group, are you receiving messages ok?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Gillian, co-Leader, Australia Project

posted by Gillian Thomas
Hi David, just to let you know I've just added a new member, Robert Kopp, to the Queensland team.

Regards Margaret

Hello, David!

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
Thanks Pip,

Yes..an awesome effort by everybody !

posted by David Urquhart
Hi David,

Thank you so much for participating with the Twisted Thistles during the 2020 Connect-a-Thon! Here is a sticker code you can put on your profile, just add the double curly brackets {{ }} at both ends.

Connect-a-Thon|team=Team Twisted Thistles|year=2020|profiles=106


Sarah and Bobbie

posted by Sarah Mason
James Reid Stewart and Helen )Reid) Stewart, there are some interesting checks to be made here, when I can. Thanks for the heads-up.
posted by Colin Reid Stewart
What made you decide to alter the place of death from a certain (country) Queensland, to an uncertain (family knowledge) Townsville for my great-great-grandfather? Queensland, Australia is certain, and documented - and was not an error. Townsville, Queensland, Australia, is uncertain and not, at this stage, documented. The data fields contain what is certain. The biography contains a mixture of what is certain (documented, with sources), and uncertain (based on family knowledge and family stories). The family lived in the Ayr, Charters Towers, Townsville, Cairns areas, and I am not certain Samuel actually died in Townsville. I believe he did, but not with enough certainty to state such in the data fields. (Just because he was buried in a Townsville cemetery doesn't mean he died in Townsville. My mother's ashes were scattered in North Queensland, off Magnetic Island, but she did not die there. Her mother gets a mention on a gravestone in Belgian Gardens, but she did not die there, and she is not buried there.)


posted by Melanie Paul
What made you go looking for my great-grandfather's grave? I already had cited the cemetery records. (There was no find a grave memorial for him, or anyone else, until long after I created the profiles. And Dolly's is wrong.)
posted by Melanie Paul

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
edited by Bobbie (Madison) Hall

Hi David

We would love to have you join us in the newly formed England Team (Sandringham Strollers & Windsor Warriors) = Mighty Oaks  for the Connect-A-Thon

If you are interested in joining the new English team then sign up here Connect-A-Thon

Here is our chat page which just opened - Mighty Oaks Chat We will also be on Discord for live chatting.

This link is for the help page for the event  Help page

Look forward to working with you again

 Joan & Janet

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hi David, great profile page!!
posted by Gillian Thomas