All about Me & My Research Interests


I'm Ruth and have been researching my family tree since about 2002.

I was inspired by my grandmother, Mary Davidson who always talked about her extended family. I wanted to know more about these people, who were they? Where did they come from? What did they do?

Once I started researching I got the bug and have not stopped since. To fund my research I work as an Optometrist during the week.

I am married to Luke who is very supportive of my hobby, as it means he can spend time playing computer games whilst I do my research!

I also have another blog where I tell you about "my favourite things" mainly my adventurous travels and food.

Below are the surnames that are of interest to my research and where in the country these names are from in my ancestry:

Derbyshire
Allsop (or Alsop) - Wirksworth
Sheldon - Youlgreave
Thompson - Holloway, Marlock, Wirksworth & Crich

Kent
Homan - Herne & Herne Bay
Redwood - Herne & Birchington

Lancashire
Flood - Wigan, Lancashire

Leicestershire
Holmes - Wittick

Lincolnshire
Fletcher - Long Bennington
Healless (or Hayliss) - Worlaby
Presswood - Glentworth, Ingham, Bransby, Gainsborough, Willingham, Stow in Lindsey & Lea
Raynor - Blyton
Shearman - Morton & Gainsborough
Skepper (or Skipper) - Lincoln, Branston & Heighington
Speed - Bracebridge Heath
Taylor - Hinckley
Watchorn - Burton
Wright - Wootton, Sturton & Glentworth
York (or Yorke) - Aubourne, Lincoln, Branston & Gainsborough

London
Davidson - Poplar & Woolwich, Kent
Dunmall (or Dunmale) - Woolwich, Kent

Nottinghamshire
Britton (or Britten) - Nottingham
Holmes - Nottingham
Nichols (or Nicholls) - Nottingham
Presswood - Retford
Wright  - Elkesley & Sturton

Oxfordshire
Messinger (or Messenger) - Thame

Staffordshire
Hall - Walsall & Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

YORKSHIRE
East Yorkshire
Davidson - Hull
Hair (or Haire or Hare) - Sculcoates nr Hull, Sutton-on-Hull & Hull
Hall - Hull
Johnson - Hull
Kay - Burton Pidsea & Keyingham
Nichols (or Nicholls) - Newport
Parkinson - Hull
Peacock - Hull
Seddon - Hull
Worrill - Hull

North Yorkshire
Hawksby - Scriven & Knaresborough (or old West Riding)
Ibbotson - Knaresborough
Seddon - York
Steel - Church Fenton, Ulleskelf, Markington, Tadcaster & Kirkby Overblow
Topham - Knaresborough & Low Dunsforth
Wright - Scriven nr Knaresborough, Church Fenton

South Yorkshire
Flood - Dodworth, Silkstone nr Barnsley
Sutcliffe - Barnsley

West Yorkshire
Binns - Kildwick, Glusburn, Cowling area & Shipley, Windhill area
Holmes - Leeds
Mitchell - Tong nr Bradford
Nichols (or Nicholls) - Hunslet nr Leeds
Pollard - Bradford
Poole - Bradford, Shipley, Rawdon & Horsforth
Rooks - Bradford
Slingsby - Bradford & Shipley
Speight - Carlton, Leeds & Bramley
Sutcliffe - Hunslet nr Leeds, Newmillerdam & Sandal nr Wakefield
Thompson - Headingley, Horsforth, Kirkstall & Woodside nr Leeds, Burley in Wharfedale
Wilcock - Hunslet nr Leeds, Shipley & Idle nr Bradford
Wright - Garforth, Leeds

IRELAND
Messinger (or Messenger) - Limerick

8 comments:

  1. Hi, I live in Shipley, West Yorkshire. Our house was rented to a Mrs Poole between 1922 (possibly earlier) and 1925. I haven't managed to find out anything else about her so far. Do you know where your great great grandmother lived?
    Jenny

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  2. Hi Jenny,
    Thanks for commenting, my direct line of Poole's by the 1920s as far as I am aware were living near Horsforth rather than in the Shipley area, but I do know some of the more distant cousins were in the Shipley area until much later, I will need to do a bit more research and get back to you. Do you have a first name and was it definitely a Mrs rather than a Miss Poole? Was there a Mr Poole that you're aware of? Are you researching the history of your house?
    Thanks Ruth

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  3. Hi Ruth,

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  4. My family are Holmes-- Nicholas Holmes 1605-1653, and John Holmes 1635-1689, Nicholas Holmes 1669-1740, all from around cotsgrove, or Hickling Nottingham(shire) I am trying to find out more information on them if you can help me id really appreciate it, im from new Zealand, but we originate form baildon Yorkshire (otley and Burley-in-wharfedale)

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    1. Hi, I have not researched my Holmes family line that far back. The eldest Holmes ancestor I have researched is Joseph Holmes c1805 in Wittick, Leicestershire who married a Ann or Hannah, so not sure I can be of much assistance with your Holmes family. I currently live in Bradford, West Yorkshire not a million miles from Baildon! Good luck with your research

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  5. I am researching Holmes, I have got back to william holmes 1700 who married grace wilson (from leicestershire) married 1725 in baildon.. unfortunately people on ancestry have it seems confused nicholas holmes from nottinghamshire and that appears to be wrong (i have spoken to a family member from that district, that william died in nottinghamshire on his nephews farm, so its not our william who died in baildon. i am trying to locate john or william holmes father of william in or around baildon at that time. Its very hard when you are in NZ to get more details on the local history. I will keep looking..... My father is a Holmes from Ilkley Yorkshire. he is still living. I can be contacted at silver_nz_2000@hotmail.com.

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  6. I am researching Holmes, I have got back to william holmes 1700 who married grace wilson (from leicestershire) married 1725 in baildon.. unfortunately people on ancestry have it seems confused nicholas holmes from nottinghamshire and that appears to be wrong (i have spoken to a family member from that district, that william died in nottinghamshire on his nephews farm, so its not our william who died in baildon. i am trying to locate john or william holmes father of william in or around baildon at that time. Its very hard when you are in NZ to get more details on the local history. I will keep looking..... My father is a Holmes from Ilkley Yorkshire. he is still living. I can be contacted at silver_nz_2000@hotmail.com.

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    1. Hi,
      It appears not to be a link with the Holmes family I am researching as I have no links to Baildon in this family but the family seems very rooted in Nottingham for many generations before moving to Leeds. Thanks for contacting me though.
      Ruth

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