Tim Varney
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Tim Varney

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Signed 28 Feb 2018 | 27248 contributions | 1293 thank-yous
Tim C. Varney
Born 1970s.
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Son of [private father (1940s - unknown)] DNA confirmed and DNA confirmed
Brother of [private brother (1970s - unknown)], [private brother (1980s - unknown)] and [private brother (1980s - unknown)]
[children unknown]
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Profile last modified | Created 27 Feb 2018 | Last significant change: 1 Apr 2021
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Tim is a Friend (Quaker) researcher.

Tim Varney is a self-identified history geek who lives in the Center Square neighborhood of Albany. He has also been called a pinball wizard and a duck enthusiast. When he asked his father to describe him for this bio, his father said, "You're my most interesting son."

He's proficient in JavaScript and has written Chrome extensions to help him hunt down genealogical clues. Maybe somedays they'll be public.


  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by a 23andMe test match between Tim Varney and Lynn Brooks, half first cousins. Their most-recent common ancestors is David K. Varney. Predicted relationship from 23andMe: First to Second Cousin, based on sharing 529 cM across 18 segments.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by a 23andMe test match between Tim Varney and Matthew Varney, siblings. Their most-recent common ancestors are Jeff Varney and Judith (Weyland) Varney. Predicted relationship from 23andMe: Siblings, based on sharing 2779 cM (half-identical) across 60 segments and 901 cM (fully identical) across 33 segments.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Tim Varney and William Hager, first cousins twice removed. Their most-recent common ancestors are their great grandparents, William H. Miller and Mary (Clinkhammer) Miller. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 3rd–4th Cousin, based on sharing 146 cM across 9 segments.

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Saturday Sourcing Sprint Logo
Tim sourced the most profiles in the Feb 13th, 2021 Saturday Sourcing Sprint Challenge

Congrats Tim! You scored the highest with 161 profiles sourced on the Feb 13th, 2021 Saturday Sourcing Sprint!

posted by Alex Stronach
Hi -11th Cousin.

Enjoy Wiki.

Greetings, cousin! It's always nice to meet relatives, no matter how distant.  :-)
posted by Tim Varney
Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Royal Effort Milestone
Tim reached the Royal Effort milestone by sourcing 500 profiles in the January 2021 Sourcerers' Challenge

Thanks, Tim!

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Saturday Sourcing Sprint Logo
Tim sourced the most profiles in the Jan 9th, 2021 Saturday Sourcing Sprint Challenge

Congrats Tim! You scored the highest with 104 profiles sourced on the Jan 9th, 2021 Saturday Sourcing Sprint!

posted by Alex Stronach
Hi Tim, with the changes you made to Aaron Garrison (Garrison-3) he now seems to be a match with Aaron Garrison (Garrison-4133). I know that Garrison-4133 is the father of John Garrison, but I have done no research on other children that Aaron may have had. Do you have any documentation to verify that Ezra and John are both sons of Aaron?

I Just realized a difference. It is not Garrison-3, it is Garisson-3. The last name is not the same as the gravestone, yet the other two entries (Garisson-1 and Garisson-2) do seem to have a reason for spelling the name as has been done. I am very uncertain that there should be a connection to the find-a-grave records.

posted by Vern Peterson
edited by Vern Peterson
Hi Tim- thanks for editing Lydia (Leland) Gilbert's bio by adding the children she had with Joseph Gilbert (I just hadn't gotten around to doing it). I have been searching for formal proof of her existence for a while. Maybe you can discover more. She is my 4th great-grandmother. I know a lot about her without being able to prove it! I was also able to corroborate some things using the The Leland Magazine as well, but no NY records seem to exist.

Thanks, Mary

posted by Mary Landers
Hi Tim. We are 10th cousins, once removed through Richard Blood. Nicholas Finkel (Finkle) is my third great grandfather on my grandmother’s (Nellie Finkle) side.


James (Jim) Burt

posted by James Burt
Tim, Thanks for your hard work. I am interested in William Fosdick ( born 1741) .

I'm fairly new to Wikitree.

Don Swift

posted by Don Swift
Hi Tim,

I noticed that you used the Challenge Tracker to track a change during December's Sourcerers' Challenge. Please consider officially joining us for the Sourcerers' Challenge. You can find information, including how to join, in this month's G2G post.

No pressure, every profile with a source makes our WikiTree better. Your work will continue to be included on the Tracking Sheet even if you do not register.

Your work is appreciated. Thanks for sourcing!

Debi - Sourcerers' Challenge Facilitator

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hi Tim. I see you edited the biography for James Sharkey (1820 - 1908) He was my Great great Grandfather. His son John Sharkey (1843 -1903) was the father of James Charles Sharkey (1868 - 1939). His daughter Helen A Sharkey (1910 - 1981) was my mother; she married (James) Raymond Snyder (1908 - 1989. I have 7 brothers and sisters, mostly in NY and Massachusetts.

I wonder ifyou are related? If so, where might we intersect with a common relative? Thanks for editing. I lived in the Albany area most of my life, and much of the family is still in the area.

posted by John Snyder
Hi Tim.

I saw that you edited the bio for one James Terry of Long Sutton, Hampshire, England, born 1611.

The Long Sutton Terrys are my paternal-line family, so I had a few questions. Particularly, 1) do you know who James's parents are? and 2) Are you connected to this family yourself?


-Aaron Bittner

posted by Aaron (Terry) Bittner
Hi there, Tim!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared (nearly 2000!) made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hello Tim, You are the manager of the Rebeckah (Ricketson) Russell (1681 - 1751) profile.

I just noticed your last name is Varney. In Nov 2017 someone messaged me that he had stopped by a roadside and photographed a small cemetery, Farmington Road, Rochester, Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States, called the Varney Family Cemetery. I did the page and the profiles but he had no interest in having his name on it. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Varney_Family_Cemetery Would you have any interest in managing this page? I have several large projects and probably will not do more with this. Thanks for listening. Shirley

posted by Shirley Davis
Sure. You can add me as the manager. I should be able to figure out how those people connect to the greater tree.
posted by Tim Varney
Hi Tim,

Thanks for having a big heart and adopting the Orphaned Profiles. This After Adopting Orphans FAQ explains the special attention those profiles need.

I noticed that a good number of the profiles need GEDCOM cleanup. One of our mentors created a YouTube video that explains her process. I recommend adding links to the profiles of family members, rather than removing as recommended in the video.

Let me know if you have any questions on how to find and record sources, merge duplicates, clean up gedcom biographies, and interpret the Suggestions report. I'm here to help!


posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hi Tim, Could you check on a death date for the following Jeremiah Gifford ? https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Gifford-178

In my records I have 10 February 1734 in Dartmouth, but I did not record my source for where I found that date, and it is much earlier than 1771, the year presently on his profile. Thank you in advance !

Hi Sandie. I took a look at the Dartmouth monthly meeting records and I didn't find a record of his death. He may not have been a Quaker. However, at least 5 of his children were Quakers. In the marriage records of his children, there is no reference to him being deceased. Had he been deceased, at the time of the marriages, it would have specifically been noted. The marriages were Gideon (1730), William (1741), Sarah (1744), Isaac (1746), and David (1747). He was noted as a witness at Gideon's wedding. I don't know if one must be a member in order to count as a witness.

Anyway, the best I can do is say that he died after 1747. I'll do some spot checking and see if I can find any other references to him. It's difficult because there isn't an index.

posted by Tim Varney

Thank you for the merge proposal of Benjamin Howland. I will be submitting a request to Find A Grave concerning the DOB, since the stone clearly confirms what you have from the meeting scripts. I accidentally changed yours (I changed it back) and then approved the merge. Keep it up!


posted by Matthew Thompson
Hi Tim, I have a Benjamin Varney in my children's paternal grandmother's family tree, through the Gifford/Boyce family. He was the 2nd husband of Lydia nee Noble, whose first husband was Luther Boyce/Boise. I created a profile for him but have not yet taken time to check into his Varney Lineage, but plan to now ! :) https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Varney-1200
Tim, thank you for updating Jonathan's bio. I corrected my family information by dbl checking as to what I have. It was a typo at my end. I verify Wikitree updates to my information & sources. This process is greatly appreciated. Btw....I have Varney's in my tree....probably cousins.
posted by Kevin Hoeg
Hi Tim,

It's almost time for the 2019 Source-A-Thon, and I'm excited to be on the Mid-Atlantic Team with you! Good luck with your sourcing tis weekend, and have fun. ~ Star

posted by Star Kline
Hi Tim,

Thanks for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz!

Because pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants, working within the projects which coordinate them is essential. You can learn more about joining the community in How To #3 and in the Project FAQ.

Use the Pre-1700 Projects list to find one or more which best fit your research focus. Review the project pages to learn how to collaborate with the project members and for special profile and sourcing guidelines.

Let me know if you have trouble finding projects which fit your focus. Click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page.

Debi ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hi Tim, Thank you for the note and question(s)!

Here is what our Sources help page says. It has lots of ideas: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Sources

The Sources Style Guide shows how to enter sources in the biography.

Our primary vision is to build a collaborative tree with just one profile per person, so please make sure to look for duplicates on WikiTree before adding a profile. Having dates and locations attached to every person assists in our mission as well - if you have pre-1700's ancestors to add please read our Pre-1700 profiles info.

We also have a Help Index with links to topics you may have questions on.

And I'm here to help too, just ask!

David ~ WikiTree Mentor

posted by David Selman
Hi !

Thanks for joining us! I’m David, a WikiTree Mentor. Hope you're enjoying our site.

Did you have fun learning your way around WikiTree?

I just wanted to check in and see how things are going. Do you have any questions I can answer?

Thank you, David ~ WikiTree Mentor

posted by David Selman
Hello Again,

You've been a member of WikiTree for about a week now so I thought I would check in to see how it's going. Have the How-Tos been helpful or left you with questions?

I want to help! Click my name, send me a private message or ask in the comment section of my page. Sometimes links don't work in emails. If that's happened to you, check the public comments on your profile. The links will work from there.

Cindy ~ WikiTree Messenger

PS To find reliable sources for your profiles, go to the Family Tree & Tools tab; select Genealogy Research and scroll down near the bottom of that list and select Research with RootsSearch. There are over 20 websites to access from there. Give that a try!


I am pleased to confirm you as a full member. Now you can start adding your family members.

WikiTree is quite different from other genealogy sites. So, we've put together a guided tour to help you learn how to make your way around more easily.

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Next week you'll hear from a Member who will check in to see how you're doing and answer any questions you might have.

I hope you love the features here as much as I do. Happy searching!

Emma ~~ Wiki Greeter

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