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About The Penston Family & Many More!
The name Penston has been traced to the Norman invasion of England in 1066. The Normans 
identified themselves by reference to the estates from which they came in northern France. 
Following the invasion, they continued this practice by taking the names of places they 

Penston refers to a coal mining village located in the Parish of Gladsmuir in Scotland. 
Included in the Stories section of this website is an item entitled 'Penston, East Lothian, 
Scotland'. This story includes some maps and descriptions of the area.

An interesting anecdote is that near the end of the 13th century the village of Penston was 
located in the barony of Penston and belonged to William de Balliol, who was the nephew of John 
Balliol of Barnard Castle. John Balliol was the father of King John Balliol, who acceded to the 
Scottish throne on November 17, 1292.

A number of members of the original Penston 'family' subsequently moved from Scotland to 
England, mostly locating in the area surrounding London. A significant number of 'Irish  
Penstons' later relocated to Ireland, some future generations emigrated elsewhere and many have 
stayed in England.

The eldest Penston documented in this family tree is Alexander (1740 - 1813). He and his wife 
Mary Oddy lived in the outskirts of London, England in the district of Surrey.

This family tree traces ten generations of Penstons from Alexander and Mary, including numerous 
branches and twigs bearing other surnames. 

Research has not been completed on all the generations of Penstons, so a number of 'blanks' are 
present in this family tree.

The family tree includes many  surnames other than 'Penston'. As of December 9, 2017 the most 
common surnames in the family tree were: Penston (292), McDonald (203), Kastner (190), Armson 
(132), Lindsay (128), Warren (93), Smith (83), Ive (73), Ferguson (60), McCrea (67) and 
Pellerin (67).
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Getting Around
There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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