I have constructed
this record of my family history in web page format making use of hyperlinks
between the individual sections.
I am still in the process of doing this and I don't expect
to ever finish it completely, as there is probably no complete form possible
This is not a problem as I enjoy the task of adding stuff as I
find it or it becomes available.
The HTML format of a web page is just ideal for this as I can add
bits easily to the hyperlinked sections and switch easily between them.
I have also provided as many hyperlinks as I can between and within
sections to enable the reader to navigate easily around all the documents.
Being able to scan pictures and documents is a huge advantage and
enables me to include much source material easily
I hope all this will also make it more interesting to you, the
You may now wish to go back to my index page to browse the sections
before perhaps returning here to find how I went about producing the record..
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The idea of producing this record came to me when I was using
the Internet to trace my family ancestry. My sister, Muriel, had collected
old photographs and records of the family which interested me and I
knew from her, and my parents, that our forebears had lived in the Sharnbrook
area of Bedfordshire.
I searched for Barcocks in the Bedfordshire telephone directory
on the Internet and wrote to the ones I found saying I would be interested
to know if they were related or had any knowledge of my relatives who
I did get some interesting replies including one from C. R. Barcock,
Vice Master at Bedford Modern School, a Public School, which you can
see on my Family Documents page under
the heading "Section F Letters".
But the one that provided the most information was from Ted Barcock
of Biddenham, Bedford. His daughter, Julia, had commissioned research into
the family history to be carried out by Norman Ratcliffe who must have
been a friend of the family. I was able to find the link in his "Barcock
Family History" to my family line.
I then checked his line back to Johannis Barcock, married 23.10.1592, using
the LDS IGI. That is the Church of the Latter Day Saints, International
Genealogical Index which can be found at http://www.familysearch.org/
The link was through Thomas Barcock born, 1806 who was the father
of John Barcock, born 1843 who was my Great Grandfather. I was able to
correctly trace the line forward and backwards from there using different
sources. This was the beginning of the research which has occupied me since
then, using the Internet and the telephone and occasionally the Royal Mail,
I have amassed a wealth of information which I am collating and recording
and adding to continually. The best analogy of the task I can think of is
that it is like doing a jigsaw without any boundaries. No straight edges here!
I can go off in any direction that grabs my interest at the time and always
find another piece to fit in.
The IGI has provided the basis for investigating the individuals further
using the County Records Offices of Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to
obtain Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates and also Parish Registers
for earlier records. For all these I have been able to use email, telephone
and the post without leaving home, except to post a letter! I have incuded
some of these certificates on my Family Documents
page which also includes other documents of interest connected to the family
history and the page will continue to grow as I add more. The Web Page format
is just ideal for copies these to be included. Old documents such as Wills
and letters hold great fascination for me.
My only ventures out have been to Eaton Socon where it turns out all the
early forebears lived and my 6x Great Grandfather John Barcock's cottage can
still be seen. I have put a picture of this, with notes, on my Family History page of this record. Eaton
Socon warranted a special section so I am building this up on my Eaton Socon Connection page.
Another valuable source of information has been from the American cousins
in Maine, New England. My Grandfather's sister Alice Barcock married Will
Lane and they emigrated to Boston, USA, in 1897. This branch also merited
a special section which is found on my American Cousins page. We visited
Fredda and Pete in Freeport Maine for several years running up to 2001 when
Fredda unfortunately passed away, having suffered from a rare form of cancer
for several years. We had found the journey too difficult anyway by then
but we have maintained contact with Pete and the children Brittany and Dane
who are very grown up now. They were very happy holidays we had and Fredda
had a huge amount of memorabilia that Alice had taken with her when they
emigrated and had been kept by her daughter Bea, Fredda's mother. I researched
Alice and Will's lives and this and a lot of the information about them all
can be found on the American Cousins
The extent of the family tree soon becomes prodigious, so I have had divide
it into sections to include it here on my Family
Tree page. It is so large it will take me some time to include all the
sections. I have it largely complete, as far as that is possible, on a computer
programme called "Family Tree Maker", and I will keep updated copies of that
on disc as the source. The visual impact of a tree diagram is unquestioned,
but it is very difficult to display. This illustrates the size of the extended
family which I am attempting to cover in my Extended Family page. I have made a start
on this and it will be my main occupation in future I expect.
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