Names of Interest update

In June last year (2015) I joined my local Family History Society in Norfolk for the first time. I had been to a number of their monthly meetings before, and joined expecting to attend several more meetings that looked to be of interest in the 2015 program (entrance to meetings being much cheaper for members than for visitors).

You can find your local Family History Society through the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) website.

As it turned out, I didn’t make any more of their meetings during 2015 (for various reasons!). But I have just renewed my membership and been to the first meeting of 2016. I have also written an article for the Society’s newsletter – all about starting this family history blog. I intend to post a copy of that article onto the blog here, once the newsletter is published (which I think is due at the end of February).

I have spent a while working out what to submit as “Names of Interest” to the local Family History Society’s “Member’s Directory”. I have just submitted my list along with my membership renewal, and I thought that I should also post that list here.

I have previously posted my “Names of Interest” onto AFamilyHistoryBlog and created a “Surnames” page which gives some additional details about some of the surnames, and includes some names that are not in the lists below. But the Family History Society has a specific format for the Members’ Interests, which I thought I should reproduce in this post.

I should say that none of my ancestry is very local to the area where I live. So it may be useful at some point for me to join Family History Societies in some of the areas where my ancestors did come from. There are links to some of these societies in the right-hand column of this website, and on the Resources page.

I have come up with two lists;

  • a “short list ” – of the names of greatest interest to me, arranged roughly in order of interest; the greatest interest first (though this is flexible – it’ll change depending on what I’m particularly researching at any given time). Most of these surnames can also be found in “Categories” list, in the right-hand column of the website.
  • a “long list” – including most of the surnames in my ancestry, which I arrange alphabetically for ease of searching.

Each entry in the list gives the SURNAME (in capitals), any spelling variations in brackets, then the location(s) – parish & county (using “Chapman Codes“), and finally the time period of interest. I will hyperlink each surname in the list to its relevant tag/category on AFamilyHistoryBlog so that you can quickly find all my blog posts relating to that surname.

Short list (greatest interest first);

Surname Location Period
WALKER Kirkliston, WLN 1680 – 1900
HUTCHISON Kirkcaldy, FIF 1700 – 1900
ELLIOTT (ELLETT) HRT 1750 – 1900
SWAIN Bristol/ Birmingham/ STS/ LEI 1800 +
CADZOW (CAGOW / KADZOW) LKS 1750 1900
EYRE LND 19th C.
WALTON Fallowfield, LAN Pre 1850
TWITE Bath, SOM/ LND 1750 – 1900
JOHNSTON Bathgate, WLN 1650 – 1900
FRY Bristol/ WIL All
BUCKNALL Stroud, GLS 1750 – 1900
HENDERSON REW 1750 – 1900
MAWER Sibsey, LIN 1790 – 1900
OLIPHANT Kirkcaldy, FIF 1600 – 1900
BARKER Kirkcaldy, FIF 1650 – 1800
BARRON (BARON) Corstorphine, MLN 1650 – 1800

Long list (arranged alphabetically);

Surname Location Period
BARKER Kirkcaldy, FIF 1650 – 1800
BARRON (BARON) Corstorphine, MLN 1650 – 1800
BELL (BETT/ BUTT) Kirkcaldy, FIF 1700 – 1800
BINNIE Cramond, MLN 1700 – 1800
BLACK Lanark, LKS 1800 – 1850
BUCKNALL Stroud, GLS 1750 – 1900
CADZOW (CAGOW / KADZOW) LKS 1750 – 1900
CLARENCE Stampford, ESS 1700 – 1800
ELLIOTT (ELLETT) HRT 1750 – 1900
EYRE LND 19th C.
FLINT WLN 1700 – 1800
FRY Bristol/ WIL All
GANDY Fallowfield, LAN Pre 1850
GEDDES MLN 1700 – 1800
HART (HEART) STS 1800 – 1900
HENDERSON REW 1750 – 1900
HENDERSON Lesmahagow, LKS 1700 – 1800
HUTCHISON Kirkcaldy, FIF 1700 – 1900
JOHNSON Birmingham 1750 – 1900
JOHNSTON Bathgate, WLN 1650 – 1900
KEY ? WLN 1800 – 1900 ?
MAIR WLN 1700 – 1850
MAWER Sibsey, LIN 1790 – 1900
MUIR Lesmahagow, LKS 1750 – 1800
NEIL Uphall, WLN 1750 – 1850
NICHOLSON Forfar, ANS Pre 1850
OLIPHANT Kirkcaldy, FIF 1600 – 1900
SMEAL West Hempstead, LND 1800 – 1850
SMITH Muiravonside, STI 1700 – 1800
SWAIN Bristol/ Birmingham/ STS/ LEI 1800 +
THOMAS PEM 1750 – 1900
TWITE Bath, SOM/ LND 1750 – 1900
URIE REW 1750 – 1900
WALKER Kirkliston, WLN 1680 – 1900
WALTON Fallowfield, LAN Pre 1850
WEIR WLN 1700 – 1800
WHITE ? WLN ? 19th C.
YOUNG Ecclesmachan, WLN 1700 – 1800

If you wish to contact me about any of the names listed above, please use the Contact Form. Thanks.

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