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About The Balkwill Nation And Associated Tribes
A Native American's wealth is not judged by the size of his bank roll but by  the number of relatives he has. Likewise as my Family History Research has  grown from my immediate family to encompass my sisters, parents, aunts,  uncles, grandparents, great grandparents, cousins, numerous 3rd cousins and  beyond I consider my self to be very wealthy. 
 The Balkwill Story begins in the early 1300's with a Plantagenet knight Robert  de Bacquie'lle (c1305) who was granted lands in Cheshire, on which the town of  Bakewell stands today. The surname Bacquie'lle, pronounced Bagwil, is the  common root from which the modern surnames of Balkwill, Baldwin, and  Baskerville, with all their variants, are derived. Probably, due to the need  for good farm land some of our forefathers came to Devon to farm.                                                                                        
 The first recorded entry in the parish registers of Devon, at a time when  registers first began, was the marriage of Francis Balkwill to a Sarah (1585)  in Newton Abbot.                
 It's very likely that the Balkwill's were established in Devon long before  this date. 
 From this isolated shire county set on the western edge of the ancient kingdom  of Wessex, the Balkwill family flourished and grew in numbers, being mainly  engaged in farming. This was their land, their heritage, their reservation. In  the late 1700's and early 1800's many Balkwill's left these shores and crossed  the great waters to the vast plains and great lakes of the new world. These  kinsfolk learned quickly how to adapt and flourished in their new life. The  Balkwill's in the far west, in time, became a distinct group whom I have given  the name "Lakota Balkwill's". Those that remain on the reservation too this  day and there are many (myself included) I have named "Dakota Balkwill's". The  Balkwill's that left at the same time as the "Lakota" to migrate north to the  rest of the United Kingdom and to the lands of the southern hemisphere: -  South Africa, Australia and New Zealand I have named "Nakota Balkwill's".                                                                                                                                                Which ever branch of the Balkwill Nation you identify with, it is important  that we work together to preserve our common heritage.  That together we might  leave a rich legacy to enrich the lives of our children. We each have a part  to play before we too become part of history. The aim of this web site is to  work with other like minded people to link as many Balkwill's as possible in  friendship and kinship without sacrificing accuracy or truth.    
                                                                         I would like to thank Ken Balkwill (Canada) and Jan Balkwill (England) for  being the source of my inspiration. I would also like to thank my 3rd  cousins, Hilary Jackman (nee Balkwill), Helen Clark (nee Balkwill) and Julie  Mayne (Hooper/ Balkwill branch) for sharing information with me. I am also  grateful to Julie for verifying a lot of my work. I would also like to acknowledge Dale Lovering  who was the source of some of the material associated with the Balkwill/Lovering connection.

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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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