A Family Story started life as
a personal family tree.
The tree is still there, and continues to be updated, but
the larger part of the site is focused on a study of the
people of Desborough in Northamptonshire from the earliest
times up to about 1920.
military service records, and a
Honour for those who gave their lives in the Great War.
Extracts from the probate calendar.
you can pull up descendant trees, including biographical
information, links to censuses and information from other
wives and widows index gives access to a woman's details
where you don't know her maiden name. A forenames
lets you pull up a list in date order of all the individuals
with a specified first name.
The "Church / Parish Records" section has brief biographies
Clergy of Giles
and an index of
photographs of memorials.
Several pages which list records added from
the Parish Registers for
burials, and some of the more
unusual details recorded. Records from Bishop's Transcripts.
Photographs of memorials inside the church, and of some
memorials from the town cemetery.
Jubilee Souvenir of the Desborough Industrial & Provident
Co-operative Society. It includes many photographs of people
The Health & Welfare
will cover nearby churchyards and cemeteries which may
contain graves for one-time residents of Desborough. Photographs
of all gravestones are being included, not just those relating
to Desborough people. This work is being done in association
Gravestone Photographic Resource website.
The small print ...
I've tried to ensure that what appears on the site is
correct, but please remember that you should always go back to
the source and verify information before relying on it to fill a
gap in your own family tree.
A trip to Scotland showed me how little I knew of Scottish
history, and led to several months work preparing Kindle
versions of a 19th century 7 volume
History of Scotland by
Patrick Fraser Tyler. Vols 2-5 are now available on Amazon, with
the remaining volumes to follow. I've also been feeding my
interest in the Renaissance (sparked by Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond
Chronicles) by publishing other
history and poetry books for Kindle.
I haven't abandoned the genealogy, though. This update
newspaper transcriptions from 1844, and a change to the
internal structure which has enabled me to show children born
out of wedlock under the names of the putative fathers
(previously you could find the father by looking under the
mother or the child's name, not the other way round). This may
lead to some unexpected discoveries for the "legitimate"
descendants of those men.
11th August 2013
You can now find over 700
connected to Desborough on the site. I have added an index so
that you can
browse by date.
Many of the articles relate to property auctions; these may
seem uninteresting at first, but they often give the names of
tenants enabling an ancestor to be located prior to or between
censuses. As auctions often take place at pubs I've trawled
these for the names of
Some of the reports are intriguing but, as yet, the final
outcome has not been discovered - like the
attempted poisoning of a whole family;
some are sad - like the
Charles Allen; some are bizarre - like the
"curious epistle" that was copied by a number of newspapers
in and out of Northamptonshire.
I've tried to identify the Desborough folk who appear in
these articles, but do bear in mind that these are often just a
"best guess" based on the totality of information I have to hand
at that point. Remember also that newspapers sometimes contain
misprints and errors, so names and dates may not be totally
25th March 2013
Earlier updates ...
Family Tree: 2330 people
Desborough study: 17392