Wedding of Let and Percy


Wedding of parents,

Peggy and Norman


A Tome inside Bath Abbey


Merchant Navy War Memorial


Golden Hinde, London


Olympic Torch carrier running through Sutton 2012


Temple Bar Memorial


HRH Queen Elizabeth II in Epsom


Railway Permanent Way (Track) workers

at London Bridge remodelling


Golden Anniversary

Peter and Gloria 2009

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Custodian 4


Custodian 4 for Family Historians

I have built a dataset in Excel for the Baptism, Marriage, and Burial in the Parish of Broadwindsor, Dorset. I can use that dataset to look up people and create statistics, or data analytics. It is very powerful to have the data in a mass dataset which can be sliced in all sorts of fashion.

 As I write this, there are the following 

Baptisms       Total Baptism Records 8670   Years From 1563 To 1906
Marriages       Total Marriage Records 2021   Years From 1563 To 1920
Burials       Total Burial Records 5567   Years From 1669 To 1939

It is all well and good having over 15,000 records, but what to do with them?

Part of it is to do with The Bignells and the Pomeroys of Broadwindsor, the initial tree that set me on this journey. Follow the link to read about that,

Having all of the parish data in one place is a significant aid to be able to sort out one family from another, especially as there are known to be at least two separate Family groups with the surname Pomeroy, according to Chris Pomery's DNA research. It helps build the relationships form the records more easily than with say Ancestry, which has more of an individual focus.

However, as beneficial as an excel or database dataset is, it is not very mobile in terms of Family History Software.

Family group at Deer Leap
Norman and Peggy with Robby and Bobby

The Bignells and the Pomeroys of Broadwindsor

The Bignells and the Pomeroys of Broadwindsor

This is not my research, but it is my family. More importantly, it is how I became hooked on Family Tree research.

This tree was created by the hard work and research of Robin Pomeroy and "Bobby" Barbara Ann Pomeroy nee Hood, over many years, the old fashioned way, without the benefits of the Genealogy websites we have today and their associated records

I have merely put their data on line for them, with their knowledge and permission, firstly on Ancestry, and now here. Transcribing one of the hard copies they circulated to the family, my Mum's copy, into database record format and sharing with the world.

Additional contributions to the original work came from Pamela Shaftoe in respect of the descendants of Mary Brown. From Audrey Johnson, a lot of contributions on the Newport Pomeroys. From Colin Pomeroy, much about the descendants of Charles Cleal Pomeroy, and from Estella Nobles those of Thomas Pomeroy. Original information about the descendants of Charles Edward Pomeroy came from Geraldine Nottley-Jones and was amplified by Peggy Hurst, nee Pomeroy. There were also contributions throughout from Chris Pomery.

Family Tree

Family Tree







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An improbable tree
An improbable tree in the Sahara Desert

The improbable tree

The improbable tree





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One name study

One name study






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One place study

One place study

Millbrook, Hampshire

My interest in one place studies started with the 1841 census at Millbrook Hampshire. According to MyHeritage there are only 3496 records for 1841, which increased to 12,863 for the 1891 census. Millbrook, Redbridge, and Nursling were all adjacent rural communities with very low density populations. I have been following the enumerators described roues to try to establish residences and plot them on a map. Communities were fairly static in the early part of the census taking period before WWI. There had been the earlier mass migrations caused by the industrial and agricultural revolutions, exasperated by the enclosure laws. I am expecting to find some families say it close proximity to the first census and have a tendency to marry the girl/boy next door. Well, near neighbours. By studying one census location from 1841 to 1911, I hope to be able to shed some light on he social change as the population again starts to migrate again and the area becomes urbanised and absorbed into Southampton.





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