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England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom.[6][7][8] It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west, with the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south separating it from continental Europe. Most of England comprises the central and southern part of the island of Great Britain in the North Atlantic. The country also includes over 100 smaller islands such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.

The Kingdom of England—which after 1284 included Wales—was a sovereign state until 1 May 1707, when the Acts of Union put into effect the terms agreed in the Treaty of Union the previous year, resulting in a political union with the Kingdom of Scotland to create the new Kingdom of Great Britain.[13][14] In 1801, Great Britain was united with the Kingdom of Ireland through another Act of Union to become the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. In 1922, the Irish Free State was established as a separate dominion, but the Royal and Parliamentary Titles Act 1927 reincorporated into the kingdom six Irish counties to officially create the current United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


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The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases, as having been either

born, married or died in this place. Names in dark red denote direct ancestral lines.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Abbott;   Bennett;   Bleasdale/Bleasdell;    Bonde;   Booker;   Bracken;   Carter/Cartor;   Caton;   Couchman;   Crewes;   Dickson;   Dillowe;   Eubank/ Ubanck;   Goffe;   Green;   Howson;   Mills;   Pannell;   Parker;   Prow;   Raynsford;   Shute;   Sprague;   Sterne;   Streven;   Tewksbury;   Vergoose;   Webb;   Wright

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families


Click on this link to find out more about each surname listed above as well as other surnames found within our three family databases.

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This link will also lead you to surname resources at Rootsweb, and information about the world-wide distribution of a surname.

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Free Surname
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Use this free genealogy site to help you get the best genealogy searches from Google™ by using your family tree, for your research. It will create a series of different searches using tips or   "tricks"  

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that    will   likely   improve your results. The different searches will give you many different ways of using Google and the Internet to find ancestry information about this or any other Surname.

The world’s largest free genealogy search engine,, provides genealogists access to the best free genealogy content on the web

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including billions of names, dates and places worldwide. seeks to index and make searchable all of the world’s free genealogy information.

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Where in the World do These
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Click on the LINK to the right to see more information about the World distribution of any surname.  You can get greater

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detail for any of the maps by clicking on the area, i.e state, county that you are interested in.

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Our Ancestral Counties

Gazetteer of Places

Historical Changes in County Boundaries

County Research (Genealogical)

County Research

 (General Info.)

Where in the World

are My Ancestors?


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Our Ancestral Counties

Our Ancestral Counties

The following named counties are associated with the history of our DIRECT ancestors.   To select a specific ancestral county, go to our Ancestral Locations home page. Here you will find additional links to our county pages where you can obtain information about our family gen-sites, images of localities, and surnames of persons, in our database, who have lived in the selected county.

Click on this thumbnail map for a full-sized version.

Dorset (1);   Gloucestershire (2);   Kent (3);   Lancashire (4); 

Norfolk (5);   North Yorkshire (6d);   Somerset (7);   Yorkshire (*);

* = The historic county of Yorkshire is now made up of 4 distinct shires they are: West Yorkshire(6a); South Yorkshire(6b); and East Riding of Yorkshire(6c), and North Yorkshire(6d).

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Gazetteer of Places

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The following Links will take you to gazetteers that identify places within this U.K. Country.  These resources feature profiles of cities, towns, neighborhoods and churches.  In addition this site contains maps, data and directions for a wide variety of physical, cultural and historic features.

Directory of Cities and Towns in United Kingdom

This Global Gazetteer by Falling Rain Genomics, Inc., is based on many public sources of information.  It was last updated January 1, 2010.

Gazetteer of British Place Names

50,000 entries that includes the historic county as well as modern administrative districts to determine what county each place was originally in, and where records might be found today.

GENUKI Church Gazetteer

This database contains the approximate location of the parishes that existed around 1837.  Since then the database has had new fields added to contain additional information, many more churches have been added (in some areas), and more precise locations added where known.

Registration Districts In England And Wales (1837–1974)

These pages show composition of the civil registration districts in England and Wales between July 1, 1837 and March 31,1974. The same districts were also used to compile the decennial census for the years 1851 to 1911.  There is also an Alphabetical List of Districts and an Index of Place Names for the whole of England and Wales.

GENUKI 1891 Census Gazetteer

This database contains the names of places encountered in the 1891 census for England, Wales and the Isle of Man.

A Topographical Dictionary of England

Contains detailed topographical accounts of places, parishes and counties in England.

List of Towns in England

This list includes: civil parishes with town councils;  unparished areas that had borough charters prior to 1 April 1974 (including areas with charter trustees); and towns with ancient/market charters that did not later gain borough charters or town councils.

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Use this mapping program to SEARCH Great Britain by: (1) street;  (2) place;  (3) Lat/Long coordinates;  (4) OS grid reference;  (5) OS Landranger grid reference; and (6) telephone area code. 

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Historical Changes in the Boundaries of this Country

     The historic counties of England are ancient subdivisions of England established for administration by the Normans and in most cases based on earlier Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and shires. They were used for various functions for several hundred years, initially for the administration of justice, collection of taxes and organisation of the military, and later for local government and electing parliamentary representation. They continue to form, albeit with considerably altered boundaries, the basis of modern local government. They are alternatively known as ancient counties, or sometimes traditional counties.  Today's counties are a combination of historic shires and counties and have been subject to many boundary changes over the course of history. 

     There are several online resources that address historical boundary changes in England focusing upon the 1974 changes during the 20th century.   The GENUKI website has an excellent map of the counties of England prior to the 1974 boundary changes along with county lists can be used to navigate directly to any county page.  

     Jim Fisher’s web page entitled English Counties, Parishes, etc. for Genealogists is intended to show how the English local government system originated and how it has changed over the centuries. It also contains some explanation of other units of local government and types of settlement, mainly for the period prior to the reorganisation of 1974.

     With regard to the boundaries of England’s juridictions in 1851 Family search maintains a wonderful map that one can search for additional information such as a listing of parishes, and contiguous counties.  You can also search the Library catalogue and Research Wiki as it applies to the location specified.

The following is a listing of the ancient counties as they existed in the 19th century.

·         Bedfordshire

·         Berkshire

·         Buckinghamshire

·         Cambridgeshire

·         Cheshire

·         Cornwall

·         Cumberland

·         Derbyshire

·         Devon

·         Dorset

·         Durham

·         Essex

·         Gloucestershire

·         Hampshire

·         Herefordshire

·         Hertfordshire

·         Huntingdonshire

·         Kent

·         Lancashire

·         Leicestershire

·         Lincolnshire

·         Middlesex

·         Norfolk

·         Northamptonshire

·         Northumberland

·         Nottinghamshire

·         Oxfordshire

·         Rutland

·         Shropshire

·         Somerset

·         Staffordshire

·         Suffolk

·         Surrey

·         Sussex

·         Warwickshire

·         Westmorland

·         Wiltshire

·         Worcestershire

·         Yorkshire

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County Research Genealogical

County/Shire Research

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Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the County’s website. 

Here you will find additional links to more information specific to that location.

GENUKI provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland. It is maintained by a charitable trust and a group of volunteers.

The BritishIslesGenWeb Project is part of the WorldGenWeb Project and is the regional resource page for research in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

·        Bedfordshire

·        Berkshire

·        Buckinghamshire

·        Cambridgeshire

·        Cheshire

·        Cornwall

·        Cumberland

·        Cumbria

·        Derbyshire

·        Devon

·        Dorset

·        Durham

·        Essex

·        Gloucestershire

·        Hampshire

·        Herefordshire

·        Hertfordshire

·        Huntingdonshire

·        Isle of Wight

·        Kent

·        Lancashire

·        Leicestershire

·        Lincoln

·        Middlesex / Greater London

·        Norfolk

·        Northamptonshire

·        Northumberland

·        Nottinghamshire

·        Oxfordshire

·        Rutland

·        Shropshire

·        Somerset

·        Staffordshire

·        Suffolk

·        Surrey

·        Sussex

·        Warwickshire

·        Westmorland

·        Wiltshire

·        Worcestershire

·        Yorkshire

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County Research  (General)

County Research


Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based mostly on anonymous contributions. Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the Wikipedia article about the county.  Here you will find additional links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.

     The subdivisions of England consist of up to four levels of subnational division controlled through a variety of types of administrative entities created for the purposes of local government. The highest tier of local government were the nine regions of England: North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, East, South East, South West, and London.

     Below the regional level, all of England is divided into 48 ceremonial counties. These are used primarily as a geographical frame of reference and have developed gradually since the Middle Ages, with some established as recently as 1974.  Each has a Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff; these posts are used to represent the British monarch locally.  Outside Greater London and the Isles of Scilly, England is also divided into 83 metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties; these correspond to areas used for the purposes of local government and may consist of a single district or be divided into several.

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Where in the World  are My Ancestors?

Where in the World are My Ancestors?

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Resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important  as  their  names.  The LINK

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to the right will take you to Maps, Gazetteers,   and other helpful  resources  that will assist you in discovering Ancestral Locations. 

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Our “Gen-Tool Kit” has been primarily designed for those researchers who may be traveling to this location to perform on-site studies of their family history, or to just visit some of the interesting historical sites located therein.  It can be very satisfying to mix research with sightseeing at historical and scenic spots.  Such activity not only gives you an understanding of the land but a needed break from intense research sessions.  When visiting an ancestral place for genealogical research we’ve found that the three most important places to visit are any available archives; the library; and the historical and/or genealogical societies that address the locality.  It is also good to plan ahead by contacting any site you intend visiting in order to ascertain where it is and when it will be open.  This is especially true with regard to historical and genealogical societies.  We hope that the following information will provide you with a better idea of what resources are available, within this place, to the family historian.  See Family History Tours, Genealogy England, Trace Family History for information on planning your trip.



Libraries, Museums

and Archives

Maps and Gazetteers



(History & Genealogical)




·         England Cemetery Records | Genealogy

·         Cemeteries in England – listed by place

·         England Cemeteries | Learn |

·         All-England Genealogy - Cemetery Links

·         Cemeteries in England – alphabetical listing

·         List of Cemeteries in London

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·         History of England - Wikipedia

·         History of England

·         History of Britain - timeline and facts

·         England, A History of

·         History in depth: British History Timeline

·         The History of England

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Libraries, Museums & Archives

·         The British Library - The World's Knowledge

·         The National Archives

·         British Library - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

·         WWW Virtual Library: Museums around the UK

·         National Art Library - Victoria and Albert Museum

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·          Maps and gazetteers

Maps and Gazetteers


·         United Kingdom Google Satellite Map

·         GENUKI Gazetteer

·         Gazetteer of British Place Names

·         Old Maps,com.UK

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·         GENUKI: England

·         Online Birth, Marriage & Death Indexes

·         England Genealogy - Genealogy

·         British Origins - English genealogy search

·         England Genealogy –

·         UK Genealogy Archives

·         FreeBMD

·         Census records | The National Archives

·         England Census Records

·         Family Records Centre

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Societies (Historical & Genealogical)

·         History and Genealogy Societies - England

·         Society of Genealogists 1911-2011

·         England Family History Societies

·         Genealogy Societies & Family History Centres

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General Resources

Locality Specific Resources

FREE Record Collections

Our Genealogy Reference Library


General Resources

· - Home

·         FamilySearch Research Wiki

·         Kindred - Home

·         Genealogy Trails History Group

·         Family Search,  USA IGI Batches, Localities

·         Record Search - Family

·         The WorldGenWeb Project

·         RootsWeb – Regional Resources and Websites

·         Genealogy Forum: Countries

· – World Message Boards

·         Cyndi's List – Genealogy Categories

·         Data Base Collections at$


·         Census Finder –Free Census and other Records

·         WorldCat – Find Items in Libraries Near You

·         Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

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United Kingdom

·         RootsWeb Message Boards – UK and Ireland

·         FamilySearch Research Wiki – United Kingdom

·         UK & Ireland Genealogy Links

·         Kindred – British Isles & Ireland

·         IGI Batch Numbers-British Isles

·         Family Search Records – United Kingdom

·         British Isles GenWeb Project

·         RootsWeb – United Kingdom & Ireland Websites

·         Cyndi’s List - United Kingdom & Ireland Index

·   GENUKI: UK & Ireland Genealogy

·   UK & Ireland Records Collections-$

· – United Kingdom

·   United Kingdom Census Links

·   A vision of Britain (on-line library for local history)

·   UK Genealogy - Portal for UK Family Research

· SiteFinder: United Kingdom

·   Genealogy Forum – U.K. and Countries

·   UK Genealogy Archives, Heraldry & Family History

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Locality Specific Resources

Locality Specific Resources

·         Roots Web Message Boards - England

·        FamilySearch Research Wiki – England

·         Genealogy Links – England

·         Kindred Trails – England

·         IGI Batch Numbers – England

·         Family Search Records – England

·         British Isles GenWeb Project - England

·         RootsWeb Websites – England

·         Cyndi’s List - England

·         GENUKI: England

· Records England $

· - England

·         United Kingdom Census Links - England

·         A Vision of Britain - England

·         UK Genealogy - England

· Site Finder - England

·         Genealogy Forum - England

·         UK Genealogy Archives - England

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Free Records & Databases

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All of the records and databases we’ve collected are FREE and can be accessed and searched online without having to pay for a subscription.   We have divided our collected into 14 record types as follows: Biographical; Birth; Cemetery; Census & City Directories; Church; Court; Death; Immigration & Naturalization; Land; Marriage; Military; Newspapers; Occupational; and Tax Records.    We try not to list any sites that have only a few records for the purpose of getting you to a website that will charge a fee to actually see the record beyond just a name.  

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Genealogy Reference Library

Our Genealogy 
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The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books that pertain to this U.S. State.   Here you will find books about the history and records of this State, as well as its counties and other localities such as towns and churches.   The collection also contains research works about State military units and personnel during America’s wars.  In addition, there are resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups who settled in this State.

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