About Ancestor Links

Welcome to my genealogy website !
Many hours of intensive work have been put into the research and documentation of information included on this website.
With this website I plan to share some of my findings and hope to help people save valuable time with their genealogy research.

Three core goals of this website are to promote:

  1. The multi-family name genealogy research concept.
  2. Easier access to and visibility of genealogy source information.
  3. The practice of citing genealogy sources.

The main sections of this website include:

In addition, the “Why Genealogy ?” section provides some thoughts and suggestions/recommendations regarding this question.


1. Promoting the multi-family name genealogy research concept.

Traditionally published family genealogy books tend to focus on one family name and today there are thousands of websites that also tend to focus on one family name. If we focus all our genealogy research on one family name then we end up ignoring a huge percentage of our ancestors.

Multi-family name genealogy research example. If we only look at one family name for our genealogy research - and then go back 3 generations - everyone has 8 possible great-grandparents. If we only look at one family name at that generation - then we are looking at less than 15% of possible ancestors - i.e. we are ignoring over 85% of possible ancestors. The further back we go the percentage of possible ancestors that we would be ignoring increases. If we go back a further 4 generations (7 generations in total) – to our 5th great-grandparents and we continue only looking at one family name – then we are looking at less than 1% of possible ancestors – i.e. we are ignoring over 99% of possible ancestors.
A goal of this website is to promote multi-family name genealogy research.

2. Promoting easier access to and visibility of genealogy source information.

Tip of the Iceberg” analogy for genealogy source information. This analogy has been used to highlight that very little of the total available genealogical information is on the Internet and that most of it is only found in Libraries, Archives, Official Registration Offices, Courthouses and so on. Unfortunately the reality is that most people do not have the time to visit all the relevant institutions and in many cases do not live nearby or even in the same country as these institutions. A goal of this website is to promote better visibility and easier access to this valuable genealogical information.

3. Promoting the practice of citing genealogy sources.

Genealogy source example/analogy. With the ongoing flow of unwanted junk e-mails (SPAM) and unwanted computer viruses – most people do not open e-mails received from unknown sources and/or do not open suspicious looking e-mail attachments received from unknown sources. So why should someone accept the information contained in a genealogy website if they do not know what the published sources are for the information ? A goal of this website is to promote the importance of citing sources for genealogical information.

Sources

The Sources section of this website includes lists of many of the main sources that I have found useful for genealogy research.

A few comments regarding sources:

Primary Sources” (such as Birth, Marriage and Death records, Wills, Land records ... and for Medieval genealogy - Patent Rolls, Fine Rolls, Close Rolls ...) are considered to be the most reliable sources for genealogical information.

Secondary and Other Sources” (such as Published Family Genealogies; Town Histories/Genealogies; Regional Histories/Genealogies) include valuable information for different generations of a family and/or families. However, these “Secondary and Other Sources” are also somewhat like a database - and as we all know - most databases tend to include a certain percentage of errors. The drawback of any errors that these "Secondary and Other Sources" may contain - is usually more than offset by the wealth of background information and clues included in these sources.
When available - it is important to check the addendum and corrections section(s) for any important corrections and/or additions that may relate to your research.

An on-going and significant genealogy research challenge - is to identify whether published information has been subsequently updated with more recent published research that enhances, amends or corrects earlier published information.
For a short list of reference books with lists of published information by family name (U.K.) or by individual name (Early Eastern North American Settlers - New England, New York …) - plus regional compendiums - click here.

Data

The Ancestor Links - Genealogy Data section of this website includes subsections with the ancestors of each of my grandparents - the HAYES, WEBB, ARCHIBALD, DAND and related families - plus additional subsections with cousin and allied family lines - DENTON & JONES/CHALMERS, DIXSON & HONEYMAN, HILLIS & MILNE, LAWRENCE, MACKENZIE & MILLER, MILES and related families. Each of these subsections includes:

  1. A list of ancestors by generation.
  2. A list of family surnames.
  3. An index of individual names.
  4. A list of sources (bibliography) used.
  5. An Ancestor Chart.

HAYES Ancestors and related families

This section includes: Family & Ancestor Links with Scotland and England (15th to 19th Century).
Plus over 70 early New England Settlers (17th Century) and 10 early Lower Canada Settlers (18th to early 19th Century).
NEW 2015 - "Gateway Ancestor" added with Early New England Ancestors, Magna Carta Links and Royal Ancestors.

WEBB Ancestors and related families

This section includes: Family & Ancestor Links with Ireland and England (back to the 18th Century).
Plus emigrants from Ireland and England to Canada (early 19th Century).

ARCHIBALD Ancestors and related families

This section includes: Family & Ancestor Links with Scotland and the Isle of Man (back to the 18th Century).
Plus emigrants from Scotland and the Isle of Man to Canada and the U.S.A. (19th & 20th Century).

DAND Ancestors and related families

This section includes: Family & Ancestor Links with the first recorded ancestors for over 50 Scottish Family Clans.
Plus Holy Roman Emperors (including Charlemagne); Emperors of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire; and early Kings and Sovereigns of Scotland, England, Wales, France, Burgundy (included Western Switzerland), Italy, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic (Bohemia), Hungary, Poland, Christian Kingdom of Jerusalem, and Kievan Rus (included Ukraine and Western Russia).

Images

The Ancestor Links - Images section of this website complements the Data section with a collection of photos and other historical images presented using the following categories:

    1.1  Hayes Ancestors and related families (A to H)
    1.2  Hayes Ancestors and related families (I to Z)
    2.    Webb Ancestors and related families
    3.    Archibald Ancestors and related families
    4.1  Dand Ancestors and related families (includes Scottish Clans)
    4.2  Dand Ancestors and related families (includes Kings & Emperors)
    5.1  Cousin Family Lines
    5.2  Allied Family Lines
    5.3  Notable & Famous Descendants & Cousin Links
    5.4  Notable & Famous Ancestors & Cousin Links
    6.1  Annual Installments for Notable Anniversaries and Special Events (2009 onward)
    6.2  Other Historical Photos & Images grouped by theme
    7.    Regional Summaries
    8.    Surname Index for Photos & Images

Image 3+ Generations

Hayes-Archibald-Dand-Webb Family Three Generations
The above collection of photos represents three generations of my ancestors -
plus their early ancestry - as described below:


The bottom photo “Hayes – Archibald Wedding” was taken at my parents wedding. My maternal grandparents are at the left of the photo and my paternal grandparents are at the right of the photo.

The “Archibald Family (1919)” photo is of my maternal grandfather and his parents and siblings when he was about 14 years old.

The “Dand Family (1915)” photo is of my maternal grandmother and her parents and siblings when she was about 10 years old. Her ancestry includes Early Scottish Clan Ancestors and Royal Ancestors.

The “Webb Family (c. 1905)” photo is of my paternal grandmother and her parents and siblings when she was about 2 years old.

The “Hayes Family (early 1900’s)” photo is of my paternal grandfather and his parents and siblings when he was a child. His ancestry includes Early New England Ancestors (1600's), Magna Carta Links (1215) and Royal Ancestors.

In Development

Also check the “In Development” section of this website - which includes the new “GenBooks2Trees” section that presents Genealogical information from Sources - such as Published Family Genealogy Books - transformed into Dynamic Family Trees.


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