Articles by Gareth Coates

Brothers in Aus

Koo Wee Rup

One of the most interesting discoveries I’ve made during the course of my research is the sheer number of my ancestors who either emigrated to Australia, or were born there because of their parents’ decision to leave the ‘mother country behind’. The emigration was driven, as previously noted, by three

The Durham Diaspora

Temiskaming Shores, Ontario

For a long time, I would be told that I was just like my father. I certainly look like Dad, but the comparisons between us went deeper than that. We both loved music and to explore the world and there were odd coincidences along the way, like Dad leaving Stockton

Struggles in Scotland

St Cuthbert's Church, York

As far as I can ascertain, the Coates family lived in Yorkshire for more than 200 years. That changed somewhat in the early 19th century.“ Robert Coates, my fourth great-grandfather, was born in 1781 and baptised in St Cuthbert’s Church, in the Peasholme Green area of York. The church remains