Category Archives: Research

Starting a Picture Story of One’s Family

In Thomas Hood’s famous poem “I REMEMBER”, he refers nostalgically to the house where I was born, and despite the changes in the birth situation, with hospitals being more frequent than homes, in the last 100 years, one’s birth place remains a significant environment for one to remember. Similarly, other homes that one’s ancestors have lived in seem important parts of the genealogical story. As I indicated at the conclusion of my last article for LONGSHOT, part of one’s genealogical researches might include a visit to or photograph of the homes of one’s ancestors in so far as the buildings still exist or their sites are known. Continue reading

Names in Database 1992

Relative Numbers

Mark Twain is generally credited with the assertion that there are three kinds of lies – lies, damned lies and statistics, and I have no doubt that a lot of people would agree with him. Certainly, for many people the mention of statistics seems to provoke something between cynical disbelief and uncomprehending boredom. This is unfortunate, for statistics provide a useful dimension to many subjects, and family history is one of them. By looking at the numbers in our database, we can examine trends such as birth rates and lifespans, and show the movement of the various families around the country, and indeed the world. This article sets out some of the statistics taken from the database as it exists at the end of September 1992. Continue reading

Where There’s a Will…

Over the years, many documents have been destroyed or lost because their owners have died without leaving a will or without including directions for the disposal of their family papers. Many of the notes and Linfield family trees drawn up by Stanford Smith were destroyed following the death of one of the Linfield family to whom they had been sent, with the result that much of his work cannot readily be checked without repeating years of hard work. Even if you have not researched the family history, you probably have papers which have been handed down which would be helpful to others in drawing up the history of the family. Letters, wills, birth, marriage and death certificates and old newspaper cuttings all help to piece together the history of our Linfield and Lindfield ancestors.

If you have such papers, we would urge you to leave specific instructions in your will that they should be sent to the Lin(d)field One Name Group or to the Society of Genealogists in London. There are standard forms of words for including in a will for this purpose and we can supply copies of these on request. Even better would be to send them, or copies of them, to us now so that they can be used in our research. We are happy to refund the cost of copying and postage. Alternatively, send them to us and we will make copies and return the originals.

What’s in a Name?

As a school girl, some sixty years ago, I liked to dabble in Family History. My father, whose name was Avery, having sixteen brothers and sisters, almost all older than himself, there was material for a large family tree without going far! I knew nothing then of genealogical societies or record offices and One Name Groups; I had one built in! My interest grew, as did my Tree – upwards and downwards. But it was not until many years later that I took a more serious interest in the family and got my father’s family back to 1580. Continue reading

The St. Catherine’s Index Project

One of the goals which we set ourselves when starting the One Name Group, was to assemble all the Lin(d)field entries from the General Register Office (GRO) index of births, at least up to about 1920. To this end, we have collected as much material as we can find from members own records, and are continuing to transcribe the indexes for those years which are not already covered. Continue reading

My Early Researches

My real interest in the LINFIELDS began after my father, George Mark Linfield, died in 1953. I had met his father, also George Linfield, vary rarely, as he had remarried after his wife’s death in 1917 and lived latterly at Firle, near Lewes, whereas we lived at Henfield. My mother (neé Annie Knapp) moved to Shoreham-by-Sea in 1955 to live with my sister, and she kept me posted with West Sussex news by sending me newspapers and newspaper cuttings. Indeed, it was a newspaper cutting from the Worthing Herald in November 1963 sent to me here at Saltford, a village on the Avon half-way between Bath and Bristol where I still live, that stimulated my first researches into the LINFIELD family tree and my own links with it. Continue reading