IntroductionI (like many others) am actively researching my Family History and am in the process of building as complete a picture as possible about my family and relatives.
The Internet is a terrific tool for sharing research, my website is created to share my research - primarily in an attempt to allow people to identify a common interest and make contact through email.
I restrict what I publish so as to avoid falling foul of the Data Protection Act, but also as a common courtesy to protect the privacy of people still living.
My interests fall into two clear camps:-
Blood RelativesI have been actively researching my relatives for over 25 years, and have accumulated a large amount of information.
I welcome approaches from people who believe they have a connection and who wish to share information.
[Hint: "Share" is a two-way process ! ! ]
My email address can be found top right of this page. Family Members
I publish summary details in order than people can identify common interests and make contact if they wish to share and grow knowledge.
Look for Corpse Catalogue 1 and Corpse Catalogue 2 (morbid humour at no extra cost) to search my relatives by name to see if we have common interests.
The information consists of the names, and dates / locations (where known) of Births / Marriages / Deaths.
These two pages contain the same people, but presented in different format in different formats, with slightly different accompanying information.
Neither contain all the information I hold, and neither contain the information I hold on living relatives. Occupations
The occupations of my direct ancestors are listed on my Ancestral Occupations page. Locations
I have started to look at the location of family members both in Time and Space.
That work is contained on my Family Mapping page. Causes of Death
I have now enough information on ancestors to look at their ages at death and causes of death (where known).
The information is maintained on my Drop Dead Gorgeous page. Progress to Date
I have so far identifed ancestors in 14 earlier generations, 590 named direct ancestors of my children, but over 60,000 named individuals when I include all the other relations, including those ancestor's siblings and their descendants (cousins); over 40,000 of my own relatives.
Given that there's theoretically over 1,000 ancestors to find up to only the 10th generation I'm very grateful for the marriages between cousins in my ancestry and just wished they'd married thus more frequently!
In mid 2021 I decided to take an Ancestry DNA test, which has proposed over 14,000 other people also on Ancestry who are purported to be cousins to me.
I am steadily working through the list and the testing does indeed appear to have identified hitherto unknown cousins; so far I have found paper-based documentation for 192 relatives ranging from a known brother to a distant 6th cousin; with common ancestors as far back as 1713.
Many of the purported cousins have not provided enough information in their public trees (and some contain basic errors) so they cannot be confirmed through paper documentation.
I am continuing to follow the leads provided by Ancestry, and now have a Public Tree on Ancestry (my ancestors only, not uncles, great-uncles and 5th cousins twice removed etc) - but for those, even researchers without an Ancestry subscription may look in my Corpse Catalogue to see if we have matching interests.
Most of the DNA matches are living people, and no living people appear in my online publications.
Glanville One-Name StudyA One-Name-Study records everything about a single surname (and spelling variants) without regard as to whether all the individuals can be connected to your own family. Some people publish the raw information as they find it, I have chosen to try to make family groups where possible.
I do also publish raw information AND information generously contributed by fellow researchers. Search for Glanvilles
I have attempted to create family groupings of the Glanvilles I have found in many records.
Ghosts of Glanville is where I have created a searcheable database.
I have attempted to put ALL the information known about these people against their entry.
Furthermore, because of the great many variants arising from illiteracy, phonetic spelling, transcription errors etc I have recorded them all as GLANVILLE as well as the as-found spelling - EXCEPT for where the records consistently use a variant (such as GLANVILL). However, most of the consistent spelling arises through the 20th Century (the 1900s) and I do not publish information about people born after 1920 unless I know they have died (although I do hold a great deal of such information, which I would share with their family members upon request). Glanvilles in Records
Some record sources are rich in names, such as Immigration Lists, Electoral Registers, Newspapers etc and I have trawled many of these and found Glanvilles.
Some of the Glanvilles found there have been identified and the information from the list added to the person in the Ghosts of Glanvilles database, but a great many have not.
Therefore I am publishing the lists in case it assists Glanville-researchers. My Glanville's Galore page is the start point for this work.
Other InformationI have used Chapman Codes to abbreviate many placenames in my databases Corpse Catalogues 1 & 2 and Ghosts of Glanvilles.
USA statenames, Canadian provinces, English Counties as well as Countries have been usefully abbreviated.
After very distant relatives have told me they see family resemblances in photos, I decided to look into just what commonality there might be as the genes are diluted through more and more distant relatives.
I've put what I've found on my Genes Sharing page.
I'm My Own GrandpawSometimes there can be a conflict in working out your ancestors relationship, and multiple relationships can exist between two people, as evidenced in the words of this old song by Dwight Latham and Moe Jaffe...
Many, many years ago when I was twenty-three
This made my dad my son-in-law and changed my very life
My little baby then became a brother-in-law to dad
Father's wife then had a son who kept them on the run
If my wife is my grandmother then I'm her grandchild