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Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
9:44 pm
I have ancestors from about 19 of the traditional british counties from Inverness to Devon, who migrated to Australia between 1794 and 1947. And one from Dublin.
Monday, June 14th, 2010
10:39 pm
Please welcome no_sanchez to british_roots !
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Saturday, April 3rd, 2010
7:36 pm
Please welcome rbgenealogy to british_roots!
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Monday, March 29th, 2010
12:17 pm
Introducing myself!!
Hallo All,

I have been researching my family now for over twenty years.  I guess I caught the bug off my dear late Dad who was so chuffed to get our family back to the mid 1800s in Buckinghamshire before he died.  I've always loved history, this was my best subject at school, and always loved old documents, dusty old books and so on.

I had an accident over twenty years ago which left me sitting about at home with not a lot to do.  So I decided to have a look at my Dad's notes to see how he went about tracing the family tree in Buckinghamshire.  Since then I have gone on to take the tree back to the early 1500s and the family are more from Oxfordshire and Berkshire, so Dad would have been very surprised at my discoveries.  I have the tree back to my 8 x great grandfather with certainty, but need some more proof to take it back to my 10 and 11 x great grandfathers.

It's been a very interesting journey and I have found a few gems along the way, but have many many brick walls to break through.  It always seems that when you answer one puzzling question you get three or four more to stump you!  And of course, I have found "new" cousins all over the world which is wonderful and also made a lot of good friends.

I wish you all much luck and success in digging and delving into your roots!!  


Current Mood: nostalgic
Sunday, March 28th, 2010
4:13 pm
Please welcome rootsresearcher to british_roots!
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Monday, March 22nd, 2010
8:46 am
Please welcome floramacdonald to british_roots!
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Friday, March 19th, 2010
10:57 am
Please welcome stacyinthecity to british_roots!
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Saturday, January 30th, 2010
5:27 pm
Please welcome thegrrlgeek to british_roots!
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Sunday, January 24th, 2010
11:49 am
Welcome new user novanglus!
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Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
1:31 pm
I'm an amateur geneaologist, but the third in my family who has pursued the history (at least, out of the ones that I know :P). I am looking for information about the Swettenham families from Somorford Booths OR Swettenham, England. I would be interested in swapping information/stories. In addition to my research, my brother's, and our great-uncle's, I also have a long document about family legend and Swetnams across America that was created by a distant relative but which, unfortunately, does not cite sources. (I am also researching to verify that information.)

According to family legend, in the late 17th century, about 1692, there lived in England a Lord Swettenham, who was a member of the House of Lords. He had six children, one named John, who had fallen in love with an actress. This was very unfashionable at the time, and his father bitterly opposed the upcoming marriage. The Lord told his son that if he married this actress, he would give him a few thousand pounds and then cut him off from any future inheritance. The son defied his father and married. He brought his new bride to the Virginia Colony and settled in what is today Stafford County. It was then that he changed the spelling of his name.

Right now I'm interested in finding out more about the Davenport/Swettenham feud that started in 1415. I have a little bit of information which I don't quite understand- It seemed to have started when my ancestor, Thomas de Swettenham sold portions of his land with the manorial rights and the advowson of the church to the Davenports. I have no other information about it, but would like to learn more if anyone has an inkling.
Sunday, November 9th, 2008
8:04 pm
Welcome new members captchaman, effrontery, and starstayaway
I hope I spelled those names correctly. Sorry for the delay.

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Friday, September 26th, 2008
2:57 pm
Welcome new member poppylicious !!!
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Monday, September 15th, 2008
7:25 pm
My roots (better late than never)
So I noticed new members being asked to post and thought "Gee I wonder if I ever got asked"
It only took me THREE years to notice but http://community.livejournal.com/british_roots/708.html
Yes, I am authorized, but I can only claim "not paying attention" (or so caught up in my research....)

My British Roots

GOARD (Cornwall)
SLEEMAN (Cornwall)
RUBBRA (Northampton)
RANN (Warwickshire)
BATES (Warwickshire)
WEBSTER (Leicestershire)
SOUTHWELL (Huntingdon)
HANDFORD (Leicestershire)
HURRELL (Norfolk)
HOOKS (Norfolk)
BECKETT (Suffolk)
CLAXTON (Suffolk)
KELLAM (Leicestershire)
SWAINSON (Lancashire)

I don't do this full time and sort of pick a line for a while then pick another - and most of my research is for my own interest - but happy to swap info / stories / pics if anyone has similar names etc.
1:17 pm
Welcome new user girlmacbeth
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Friday, July 18th, 2008
3:51 pm
Welcome new user schnooky1968 !!!
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Sunday, June 15th, 2008
3:00 pm
I'm a new member, and here I am to tell you all about my British roots! I've been working on studying my genealogy for about a year and a half, and was lucky to already have a basic background from what my family has always known. The most interesting part is that we trace directly back, on my mother's side, to the Dudleys of England. They were the cousins of the infamous Robert Dudley, who loved Queen Elizabeth. THey did live in the Dudley Castle (Dudley, Eng.), but later left for Bristol, and eventally came to America in the 1600's and settled in VA, then NC. In between Dudley and Bristol, they lived in Cumbria, in a place called Yanwath Hall...Cumbria was one of the worst hit places for Hoof and Mouth disease!
8:43 am
Welcome new member voodoodollyiii !!!
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Sunday, June 8th, 2008
11:48 pm
Hello, hello, hello
I'm excited to be on this community and I hope to learn some things about my British roots.

I started tracing my family tree earlier this year, using the materials gathered on both my mother's and father's sides of the family. I signed up for ancestry.com and I really have enjoyed using the material there to expand my understanding of my family's heritage.

I started out looking for my Native American heritage and my connections to certain Virginia families, found that difficult, but was surprised to find that once I traced a few lines back to England, the family trees just kept going and going and going... I discovered that not only do some of my lines go back to the Jamestown era, but that many of those early colonists' lines went back to people I had read about due to my love of history. Eventually I traced back to Eleanor of Aquitaine, in whose life I've always been interested. Well I tell ya, I was totally hooked at that point!

Many of my ties to England are in Norfolk, which is inspiring me these days to want to travel there. I was also fascinated by a connection with a Scotsman named MacGehee, or MacGregor, who came to the Virginia colony as an indentured servant to escape outlawry in the British Isles. I have not yet had the chance to get into detailed historical research about the period (which would have been during the time of the Stuart rulers), but intend to delve more deeply when I get a chance. My love of the Elizabethan period meant that I knew who the Paston family were when they turned up in my tree.

So I guess what I love best about genealogy is feeling a sense of connection, however ephemeral, to these historical figures. It inspires my growing love of history. Because I found Vikings in my family tree, I started reading about them; because I found Provencal and Savoyard connections, I learned about those cultures. I'm fascinated and enthralled by the way history unfolds when you feel that sense of connection with the people who lived it.

Anyway, that's probably enough from me. Just wanted to say hello!
6:44 pm
Welcome new members!
Sorry, life has made me a little preoccupied of late. Just added: muddy21, dudette38, nepthytis, and rarely77

Sorry it took me so long! Please welcome them. And new folks, please tell us a bit about your British roots!
Friday, June 6th, 2008
1:39 pm
A little about myself.
I was born in the little mining town of Mansfield in Nottinghamshire.
My ancestors were mainly from Derbyshire  - they don't appear to have much of a wanderlust as most of them stayed there and did move towards Nottinghamshire.
I suppose we broke the mould when we migrated to Australia in 1951.  Mum, dad a brother and myself.
I married a Yorkshireman whose ancestry was far more interesting than mine as one of his ancestory came over with the First Fleet.....subsequent migrants moved back to the UK again in a short time. 
I don't know what else you would like to know.
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