WBRQ02 has adopted a distinct approach to the challenge of making family history more interesting and accessible to users.
Firstly, whilst we recognise that lists of dates and places are important they can become a little dry. We are focused on getting behind the names and understanding their stories with more comprehensive documentation where appropriate and a wider use of recordings and video. In short we want to make a 2D output closer to 3D.
Secondly, the way in which we make best use of resources will be different. We have separated out the data collection, manipulation and reporting needs from the education, research and discussion needs. The former will be carried out using the excellent tribalpages database, which basically does what it says on the tin, in fact it’s real strength is its simplicity and ease of use which encourages more of the family to get involved. The latter will be carried out on our own website development WBRQ02.com
Taken together we could again call this this the 3D approach,
WBRQ02.tribalpages.com(Data) + WBRQ02.com(Discussion) = Delivery
For practical purposes the two websites can be considered as one single solution or ‘building’ containing two rooms separarated by a door with the appropriate security for each room. A good analogy is a coffee lounge attached to a library.
A single click on the respective homepage link tab moves you between the two websites. From this point on it would make sense to enter and exit the building via WBRQ02.com as this will allow you to see any new information relevant to you. Plus it’s easier to remember this address.
Please use the Guestbook for any comments. For more specific discussions on any family issues please use the discussion forum on WBRQ02.com
To get updates on discussions and any other relevant information enter your email address in the 'follow by email' box on the top r/h side of WBRQ02.com
1) OUR OBJECTIVE
To bring to life some of the stories behind the names that make the connections in a traditional family tree, making it of interest to all ages and placing the family history against the background of a wider history, in this respect it will make extensive use of the ’Stories’ section which can be found under the ‘People’ tab on the home page.
The website includes VIDEO snd VOICE RECORDINGS.
Where possible PHOTOS are provided. To enlarge photos click on the photo, this will also show any additonal photos relevant to that person and will reveal further comments.
This is a family tree that brings together 4 families connected by marriage. The tree has areas of depth where often an unusual surname can be a useful marker. It also has width, with many large families spreading themselves across the globe to countries such has USA and Australia.
3) ITS ALL ABOUT THE STORIES!
Take time to read some of the stories we have documented. All of the stories are about people who can be found on this family tree. ref Section 8 'Stories'.
4) QUICK START
To get a quick feel of how this website works place a name in the Find box and then press either Family or Tree located under the View tab.The app is easy to use and is more appropriate for the Majority who are not regular users of these types of apps but are interested in the subject. Various types of Hardcopy are available in 'Reports' and 'Prints' sections
5) THE FOUR CONNECTED FAMILIES
Centred largely in the East Midlands there are 4 or 5 Wileman areas in the UK that are surprisingly focused on a single location, such as Measham and Earl Shilton In Leicestershire....ref Banwell index described in 'stories'. There are other concentrations of Wilemans in Bedfordshire, Lincolnshire ,Lancashire and Yorkshire. A glance at an old map of England suggests the potential influence of he the 'five boroughs' on the distribution, there Is also a clear influence of the industrial revolution and the possibility that the Quaker movement may have played a role.
The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Symon Willeman dated 1279 and was written in The Hundred Rolls of Cambridgeshire, during the reign of King Edward 1 when surnames became necessary due to the introduction of personal taxation known as Poll Tax. There are early recordings of Wil(l)man which include Adam Willeman and Walterus Wilman both of whom are recorded in the 1379 Poll Tax Rolls of Yorkshire, whilst later in 1563 Harry Willman married Alis Worship at St Antholins Church, London.
A familiar surname that is widespread across the the UK and many other countries. It does not have the areas of concentrated population associated with Wileman name. The larger numbers spread over a wider area can make it challenging to research. However it does have the benefit of almost always being spelt correctly. ...something that doesn’t happen with the other three surnames. The main focus is on the East Midlands specifically Derbyshire
Variants: Baeker, Baekere,Baecere, Baxter, Backer, Becker, Bakere. Backere
The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William le Bakere, which was dated 1177, in the "Pipe Rolls of Norfolk", during the reign of King Henry II known as “The Builder of Churches", 1154-1189. Early recordings include such examples as Robert Bakere, a witness in the Assize Court Rolls of Lancashire for the year 1246, and Walter le Bakere in the rolls of the county of Hampshire for 1280 a.d. The female form of the name is 'Baxter‘.
We have only recently come to realise that a significant part of our heritage lies in the West Midlands - Staffordshire/Worcestershire/Warwickshire. Stourbridge is a particular focal point. There appear to be a large number of relatives in this area that we did not know about, largely as the result of most of the associated records being written as Rollason not Rollison.
Variants: Rollinson, Rolison Rolinson, Rolason, Rollason, Rollandson,Rowlandson, Rowlanson,Rollingson
The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Roulandson, which was dated 1332,in the Subsidy Tax rolls of Cumberland. Random examples of the recordings include John Rollingson in the Lancashire Wills record for the year 1596, whilst Stephen Rolloson married Christain Morrison at St. Dunstan in the East, Stepney, on September 8th 1713
Based in the west of Ireland we knew documenting this family tree would present a few challenges, specifically families are often very large and names are often repeated through the generations, they are widely dispersed having gone in waves to Australia, USA and England. Add to that many Irish genealogical records were destroyed and you find you’re at quite a disadvantage. However thanks to some family documents we have been able to make progress.
Variants: Quinlivan, Quinlan, Quinlin, and O'Caoinleain or O'Caoindealbhain (original Gaelic) forms
The surname was first used in County Meath, where the family name has held a family seat from very ancient times. In the province of Leinster Quinlivan was usually anglicised as Kindellan and has now been absorbed into the more common forms of Connellan or Conlan. A branch of the family settled in northern Tipperary and were known as Quinlan in English. In the 1659 census they are noted as being one of the most numerous families in County Tipperary. The name is now almost confined to Munster, particularly Cork, Limerick and Tipperary. The variant spelling of "Quinlivan" is most associated with County Clare, as evidenced by the 13 births recorded there int the 1890 index. "Quinlin" was given as a principal name of Tipperary in thecensus of 1659, and Quinlan remained as the favoured spelling of the name in 1890 with Tipperary and Kerry being centres for the name at that time. Kindlon is also said to be a variant spelling of the name in County Louth.
6) CLOSELY RELATED FAMILIES
As the family tree develops new surnames become increasingly important and can ultimately become more central to the family history than one of the original names within the
group of four.
Child, Flynn, Foster, Goodhead, Hall, Johnson, Shanahan, Timmins 7) REFRENCE MATERIAL
I have listed some of the many web based genealogy resources available. All of those listed will have been used at some point. Click on the link and it will take you direct to the
site you have chosen.
-) Irish Origins In the ‘Stories’ section
-) West Midlands Origins In the ‘Stories ‘ section.
-) Gen UKI has lots of different type of maps related to Genealogy, Geography and History see links
-) Google maps
-) East Midlands Origins I the ‘Stories section