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Foundations

Since I first started my family history research seriously in 2002, I have wanted to find out more about my maiden name and its origins. It is a relatively unusual one, but prone to variants and other mis-spelling over the years. Although it is always in the back of my mind and I would investigate name holders as the various records became available online and entered them into my tree if they were part of my line, I actually spent most of my time researching other branches of my tree, especially the wives, their origins and their backgrounds.

In the meantime, my brother had begun to investigate the name and managed to record every Lewcock he could find all over the world. He contacted, and later met, some of them. We have established that there are pockets of Lewcocks/Lucocks in the world and some we have joined together, but there are others that need more research to see where they might have come from and how they fit together, if indeed they do.

Surname Research ~ Lewcock

I had joined the Surname Society and also the Guild of One Name Studies several years ago with the vague idea of developing a ONS but did little about it until June of this year, when I spotted that Pharos Tutors were running their Introduction to One Name Studies course and signed up on the spur of the moment instead of wandering off and doing nothing about it – again.

During the course I decided that I already had a reasonable foundation of research for at least a basic study, so registered the name. I realised from that course, and then the following one in October, that I already also had the knowledge of the software I would need and along with ideas and tips about better organising of what I already had gleaned from the courses, I am now slowly getting on with the study.

There appear to be few people actively researching the name and in 5 years of DNA results sitting on Ancestry and other sites, we have not found anyone else from that direct paternal line – although we match several branches of the early “married” in families.

Although I am doing this for my own satisfaction, I hope that my study will be based firmly on good foundations and evidence which even if nobody finds interesting now, maybe one day somebody will find it all useful to them.

 

Favourite Photograph

Favourite Photograph

In February 2019, I went to Cardiff to catch up with a paternal aunt who I’d not seen for several years for one reason or another. She shared some family photographs from her mother's family which I had never seen. The quality isn't great as they are mobile phone...

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Favourite Find

Favourite Find

I think my favourite find will have been finding my cousin who had gone to live in Australia in the 1960s and lost touch with her grandmother. To be fair, the credit is not mine, all I did was post a thread on Genes Connected as it then was and her brother-in-law...

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