Edison Williams

Edison Williams

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Edison Williams
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Guild of One-Name Studies
Member 7695
Edison Williams is a Project Member of the Texas Project.

Interested in a great, broad range of subjects. Alas, master of none.

Random Facts

  • Have annoyed many people at several universities
  • Used to do some teaching; that's why I can tend to get all "lecturey" in G2G
  • Worked at both entrepreneurial startups and Fortune 500s
  • The profile photo was not taken this year
  • Published in unexpected places, like Oxford University Press...but absolutely nothing anyone would want to read
  • Speaking of, one of the few people I know who owns a hardcopy of the Oxford English Dictionary...all 16 volumes and 42 shelf-inches of it (1st edition, 1978 reprint; a shame the 1989 2nd edition was the last that will see physical print)
  • Own a set of cufflinks given to me by a former Vice President of the United States
  • Manage the Guild-registered Threlkeld One-Name Study; and here on WikiTree
  • Administrator for the McCollough, Pollard, Teasley, and Threlkeld Surname DNA Projects at Family Tree DNA
  • Blog at CountingChromosomes.com
  • Aggregate daily genealogy and genetics news at TheTribune.News
  • Contributing editor to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG)
  • Had dinner once with James Watson and Francis Crick
  • Every time I think I can finally spell "DNA," I learn something I didn't know
  • Recent gig: director, voice and dialogue, and extras casting for the Paramount Pictures' movie, A Quiet Place (no, not really; but if you saw the movie, that gave you a chuckle)

Most Memorable Quotations

"I started out highlighting all the quotable passages in this blog post. I gave up when I noticed that most of the text was being highlighted."
       —Elizabeth Shown Mills, writing on 11 Sep 2018
           about my blog post, "Genetic Genealogy and
           the Dunning-Kruger Effect"
"Hominem unius libri timeo; not only to the man of one book, but also to the man of one idea, in whom the sense of proportion is lacking, and who sees only that for which he looks."
       —Edward Everett
"The creative mind flourishes best when it is apparently wasting time. Shakespeare, we are told, was habitually idle between plays."
       —J. Robert Oppenheimer
"Ed is the most serious man in the world. His frown lines have frown lines. Clint Eastwood learned to squint from watching him. He has a black T-shirt with an arrow pointing at his face that says, 'I'm with the nihilist.' When he's in a cheerful mood, he listens to Orff's Carmina Burana. He considers Søren Kierkegaard to have been a stand-up comedian. Webster's has his photo beside the word 'dour.' Oh...wait. No, I'm thinking of somebody else. Never mind."


  • First-hand information, entered by Edison Williams. Don't trust his memory, though; it used to be very good, but he's been losing functional neurons every year....

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Followed Tags
Edison is a Wiki Genealogy Volunteer following these tags:
Because I've been missing info I need!
Because...autosomal DNA and...because "auDNA" is standard here. It's just really really difficult for me to write "auDNA".
The most complex type of human DNA to study has, by a factor of magnitude, more test takers than any other. This brave new world of genealogy will continue to evolve.
Currently admin four FTDNA projects. Occasionally write about genetic genealogy at Counting Chromosomes.
Tag started by Peter Roberts for Jonny Perl's cool utility, DNA Painter.
Founded in 1999, it was the first of the Big 3 companies to test DNA for genetic genealogy purposes.
GEDmatch.com is the handiest free tool for basic autosomal DNA comparisons depuis avant le pain tranché.
One of my four grandparental surnames, research on which has been rejuvenated by a WikiTreer's random act of kindness.
Looked at recent G2G tags. "Mitochondrial" had almost 3x the number of uses as "mtDNA." Who knew folks preferred to write it out?
Every woman instinctively knows it's part of a grand plan that the vast majority of yDNA is junk, and that the father's mtDNA is rejected at fertilization. Well, mostly and almost always. But let's not get into that here....
Guild of One-Name Studies member 7695. I'm interested in all WikiTree can bring to the table to further that concept.
Because, well, TEXAS. And because I had ancestors here before the Republic, including an alcalde, two officers in the war for the Republic, a chief justice appointed by Sam Houston, an aide to James W. Bullock, and a senator of Texas's Sixth Congress.
Surname included in the Threlkeld One-Name Study
Admin of the Threlkeld Surname Project at FTDNA and the Threlkeld One-Name Study here. We need more members! It primarily investigates yDNA and the paternal lineage, but is open to anyone with the surname in their family tree. Join today!
Surname included in the Threlkeld One-Name Study
Multiple lines arrived here in the 17th and early 18th centuries; have multiple ancestor patriots who fought in every conflict the nation has seen; and I qualify for the Sons of the Republic of Texas.
The 3rd most common surname in both the U.S. and Great Britain. Makes research soooo easy....
Y-STR and Y-SNP testing is changing faster right now than any other type of DNA test.
Because it isn't always tagged as "Y-chromosome"

DNA Tested
Edison Williams's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Edison or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
  • Edison Williams: Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 111 markers, haplogroup R-BY3332, FTDNA kit #28630
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
  • Edison Williams: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup H4a1a1a, FTDNA kit #28630
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Edison:

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On 28 Nov 2018 at 04:58 GMT Tim Campbell wrote:

Thank you for catching the space in my Gedmatch kit#. Turns out that was preventing it from linking Gedmatch and Wikitree.

On 20 Nov 2018 at 17:39 GMT Susan Keil wrote:

LOL! No ... I love it.

On 20 Nov 2018 at 03:52 GMT Susan Keil wrote:

Hi Edison, Would you mind taking a look at the following G2G post and offering a response? I'm not going deep enough for the person asking ... Thank you!


On 14 Oct 2018 at 16:56 GMT Mary Richardson wrote:


If you are interested you can place this on YOUR profile page

Edison Williams is a Project Member of the Texas Project.

On 4 Oct 2018 at 01:09 GMT Susan Keil wrote:

Thank you very much for the research notes you provided on the new Z1a page! Your contribution and support is greatly appreciated.

On 16 Jun 2018 at 19:57 GMT Brad Foley wrote:

Putting. The. Phone. Down. Now.

Backing. Away. Slowly.

Thanks for the virtual pint. It really did calm me down.

On 20 Jan 2018 at 00:02 GMT Edison Williams wrote:

:-) No, no, Mary; I was thanking you for the congratulatory note! I'm simply an enthusiastic kinda guy!!! (I thanked Dorothy for the Star in December...but she gave it to me on Christmas Day, and I was a bit late doing so.) And I apologize again for not being as active in the Texas Project as I'd intended. New Year's resolution! Oh, wait; needs another exclamation point!!

On 19 Jan 2018 at 23:21 GMT Mary Richardson wrote:

HI Edison

You missed the point. The Congratulations are to you for being awarded the Family Star badge. I did not award it. Another person did. I look forward to reading about the Threlkelds wherever you find them. More on another note to you.

Mary - Appreciator Team

On 19 Jan 2018 at 22:40 GMT Edison Williams wrote:

Thank you, Mary! There is an...um, er...explanation for the "new" biography. Since I obviously can't reveal it publicly, a private message is inbound.  :-)

On 19 Jan 2018 at 21:00 GMT Mary Richardson wrote:

Hi Edison--

Congratulations on being awarded the Family Star badge. It is well deserved.. Others have also noticed your contributions, both in Texas, for your family. Thanks for your contributions on g2g. Hmm I see you are also a Data Doctor.

Naturally I was intrigued by your biography and wanted to read what is marked out... Could that be Texas related?

Enjoy that Family Star!

See you in the twigs and branches of WikiTree!

Mary - Appreciator Team

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