Gilly M. Wood aka Elliston
Born 1940s.
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Sister of [private brother (1930s - unknown)], [private sister (1940s - unknown)] and
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Mother of [private daughter (1980s - unknown)]
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Gilly Wood was born in England.
This user is a native speaker of English.

Gilly is the daughter of Brigadier Lionel Johnson Wood, C.B.E. Her involvement in Genealogical Research began with encouragement and assistance from her older brother, a Professional Genealogist in London.

She was born in 1947 in Sussex, England. The family moved to Austria in 1950 to join her father who was there commanding troops. The family lived first in Millstatt,

Our First Residence in Austria which was on the edge of the lake in Spittal.

The family next moved to Vienna,

Our Resisence in Vienna

Both the above Residences were later converted to Hotels. The family returned to England and settled in Claygate, Surrey.

After the home in Surrey was sold the family said their goodbyes and from Southampton embarked on the RMS Rangitoto bound for New Zealand via the Panama Canal visiting Curacao and Pitcairn Island on route. (The original intended route via the Suez had to be abandoned in view of the unrest in that region at the time).

By the time she had reached her teens Gilly had attended a total of nine different schools!

She was married to Gordon Noel Elliston as his 2nd wife.

Wedding: Gordon & Gilly (2nd Wife)

They were married at the Glenfield Salvation Army Citadel in Auckland, New Zealand. Their daughter and three grandchildren were born in New Zealand.

Gordon's Profile is here [1]

In 1992, when Hong Kong was leased to Britain, Gilly and her daughter travelled there to stay with Gilly's brother Dick and his wife who lived at that time on the Island in Stanley Bay.

They joined Gilly and her daughter as they travelled from Hong Kong to Thailand, [although on separate planes], first to Pattaya, then to Bangkok after which Gilly and her daughter journeyed on to England.

In 2004 Gilly bought a house in Lancashire. In 2009 she bought a Static Caravan at Riverside Caravan Centre in Bognor Regis, Sussex and she travelled back and forth between England and New Zealand.

Digital Afterlife

19th January 2018

In the event of my untimely demise I want to be sure that none of my hard work on WikiTree ends up having to be deleted.

I place the profiles I manage into the caring hands of the Wikitree Admin. If any member(s) of my family have the desire to continue the work I have started, I ask that they be allowed to manage those profiles and have the guidance to continue in the proper manner. Any locked profiles that I manage I believe to contain only information that can be found on the internet, so they may be dealt with as privacy would allow.


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Thank you for the welcome and the offer of help! I'm new to genealogy and appreciate those who have done so much work and are willing to guide the newbies.
posted by Clista Adams
Thank you Joan,

I would like to remain in the England Project although I have not recently been active. I intend to contribute again shortly. -Gilly

posted by Gilly Wood
Hi Gilly,

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 Sussex and Sourcerers Teams.

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.


Boy, is all this confusing! Thank you for offering to save me. I have cousins who are active on WikiTree, so here I am. I am really interested in my father's family, as I know virtually nothing about that side of the family.
posted by Mary Ann (Holly) Hayre
Thank you Gilly. It's very kind of you to offer to save me from my confusion. I think I'll save any further journey until at least tomorrow. I've had enough for tonight. Goodnight to you.
posted by Gene Essman Sr
Gene when you are ready tomorrow I am here to assist you.

Kind Regards, -Gilly

posted by Gilly Wood
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Thank you Gilly for helping me find a way to get my email confirmed. I had to change it to a gmail address from aol. This worked and I'm now trying to learn how wikitree works and plan to volunteer to help as much as I can. Thanks for your concern. Ron Ottens Ottens88
posted by Ron Ottens
Thank-you for making the world a better place, Gilly! <3 you!
posted by Bree Ogle
Gilly and Zoe are 17th cousins once removed

Gilly Wood and Zoe Cochrane are both descendants of John Stourton.

posted by Zoe Cochrane
Thank you for your welcome Gilly, I’ve been interested in family history and stories for years, am keen to discover much more and to fill some gaps in branches.
posted by Tracie Brown
Greatly appreciate your offer of help and sharing your details. I'm happy to let people get to me by email(s):; - which reveals I'm an academic operating in 2 countries far apart - about to go to UK next week.

I'm just on 74: born 1946 Melbourne Aus - went to Cambridge to do my doctorate in economics in 1950 with pregnant wife; lived both countries ever since: 2s, 2d, 8gcs evenly spread btr Uk and Oz. Love NZ though Gilly.

My ancestors came from southern ENgland (7/8 GGPs) and northern Germany (1/8 GGPs), the last of whom I remember - strong German accent and lived to near 100.

My paternal (Norman) GGF came from Devoin in 1879, changed his name from Friendship to Norman - he had reasons we suspect - and took his mother's maiden name. I've been researching all lines on my/my wife;s ancestry since mid 1980s - great living in UK as well as OZ.

Happy to send things to fellow genealogists - hoping to get more time to engage. Blessings all, (PROF.) Neville (Never Normal) Norman 17.2.20

posted by Neville Norman
Thank you for your welcome Gilly, I’ve been interested in family history and stories for years, sparked by my father’s research and am keen to discover much more.
posted by Sharon (Power) Cataldo
Thank you for the approval, Gilly. I am looking forward to learning and sharing.
posted by Anonymous Weber
Hi Gilly. Thank you for your greeting. Currently, I am awaiting my DNA test results, which I assume I can upload later. Meantime, I am a little overwhelmed right now but will get back to you when the head clears. Thanks again. -- Gerald
posted by Gerald Jackson
Thank you for the welcome. As a newcomer here, it's very appreciated!


Hi Gilly,

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 Member for Sussex and Sourcerers. 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 :-)

posted by Susie MacLeod

Gilly is 24 degrees from Donald Howard, 18 degrees from Julia Howe and 15 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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