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I have had a passion for family history since I was eighteen & now nearly forty years later I am just as addicted. I have had my own website dedicated to UK Ballard Genealogy & Heraldry for nearly 20 years. In the early years I concentrated solely upon my Ballard lineage & eventually met the brick wall that I am still trying to break down over thirty years later. I decided that if I could trace every Ballard lineage then perhaps one day I might just uncover my own & so an obsession was born!
When my parents & my in-laws both celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on the same day back in 2005 I presented them with family histories covering all of their lineages for as far back as I was able to trace. Thus I have eventually covered as many lines as possible so that my children & their children can see the rich tapestry into which they are woven.
My Ballard research has covered the period from the mid 14th century to the modern day & now encompasses well over three hundred pedigrees and a database of many tens of thousands of individuals. I have specialised in establishing authoritative family histories for the early Ballard lines especially those that have their grants of arms recorded by the College of Arms. In doing so I have uncovered many inaccuracies in the Visitation Pedigrees & possible collusion in two fraudulent claims.
As a result of my passion for family history & the need to set the record straight I have authored two books. "Kings Butler to Kings Bench; The Fall of a Ballard Dynasty" records the history of the most frequently claimed ancient lineage amongst Ballard descendants. I wrote it because thousands claim it as their own & yet none can be proven to have descent from it. It records the history from Gregory Ballard, King's Butler to Richard II to his descendant Nicholas Ballard who died in the King's Bench prison during Elizabeth I's reign. Along the way it also encompasses the claimed descents of both the Wymeswold & Wadhurst Ballard lines & refutes the myth that Fulco Ballard is the source of the lineage. The second book concerns my distant cousin Albert Casanova Ballard who was one of the greatest philanthropists of the 20th century. "The Baggy Trousered Philanthropist" recites the family & life history of a man who was so secretive about his past that his origins remained a secret from the time of his emergence in Plymouth in the late 1920's until I made the connection to his past in early 2010. During his life he made a vast fortune developing property in the suburbs of London & gave away the equivalent of perhaps fifty million pounds for the benefit of boys principally in Plymouth where he later settled.
In recent years I have also undertaken yDNA testing & been active in encouraging those with a male-line descent in the UK to do the same. The hope is that we can establish a reference result for each of the ancient Ballard lineages (pre-1700 at least) against which any branch in the World can be compared to try to establish their origin.
Now I have decided to upload my Ballard lineages to WikiTree & to have a One Name Study here to help pull it all together. My material covers every Ballard recorded in the decennial censuses in the UK from 1841 to 1901 and some coverage of 1911 too. This has been supplemented by data from FreeBMD, Wills, Probate records, Chancery, the State Papers and many many more. Thus, anyone who can trace their UK Ballard lineage back to approximately 1900 should then able to go back at least a few generations more & in some cases many centuries more.
You can also find my other passion, Ballard Heraldry, now on WikiTree.
- Occupation: Chief Architect (IT); The National Trust
- Date: SEP 2010 to JUN 2012
- Place: Swindon, Wiltshire, England
- Occupation: Sustainability & Renewable Energy Consultant
- Date: SEP 2004 to SEP 2010
- Place: Co Mayo, Ireland
- Occupation: Enterprise Architect
- Date: Jun 1997 to SEP 2004
- Place: Europe
Grant of Arms
- Grant of Arms:
- Date: 23 MAR 2009
- Place: Baile Ard, Errew Road, Castlehill, Ballina, Co Mayo, Ireland
- Letters Patent: TO ALL AND SINGULAR to whom these Presents shall come Sir Peter Llewellyn Gwynn-Jones Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order Garter Principal King of Arms David Hubert Boothby Chesshyre Esquire Commander of the Royal Victorian Order Clarenceux King of Arms and Thomas Woodcock Esquire Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order Norroy and Ulster King of Arms Send Greeting! Whereas PAUL JONATHAN BALLARD of Baile Ard, Errew Road, Castlehill in the parish of Crossmolina in the county of Mayo in the Republic of Ireland Gentleman a British Citizen has represented unto The Most Noble Edward William Duke of Norfolk Earl Marshall and Hereditary Marshall of England that he is desirous of having Armorial Ensigns established under lawful authority and duly recorded in her Majesty's College of Arms and has requested therefore the favour of his Grace's Warrant for our granting and assigning such Arms and Crest and in the same Patent such Device or Badge as we deem suitable to be born and used by him and his descendants with due and proper differences and according to the Laws of Arms and for as much as the said Earl Marshall did by Warrant under his hand and seal bearing date the twenty third day of March 2009 authorise and direct us to grant and assign such Armorial Ensigns accordingly Know Ye therefore that we the said Garter Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster in pursuance of his Grace's Warrant and by virtue of the Letters Patent of our several offices granted by the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty to each of us respectively do by these presents grant and assign unto the said PAUL JONATHAN BALLARD, the Arms following that is to say: -Per fess wavy Argent and Azure a Water-wheel Between four Fish dorsal fins outwards those in dexter chief and sinister base bendwise sinister heads inwards those in sinister chief and dexter base bendwise heads outwards all counterchanged and for the Crest Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Azure a demi Griffin Ermine legged Azure holding in the dexter claws a Lightning Flash and resting the sinister claws on a Serpent nowed Or Mantled Azure lines Argent as are in the margin hereof more plainly depicted And by the same Authority we do further grant and assign at the following Device or Badge that is to say: -Issuant from the rim of a Water-wheel Azure six Lightning Flashes Or as herein depicted all to be born and used for ever hereafter by the said Paul Jonathan Ballard and his descendants with due and proper differences and according to the Laws of Arms ....
- WikiTree profile Ballard-532 created through the import of FULL.GED on Jul 10, 2011 by Paul Ballard. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Paul and others.
- Source: S20 Title: Registrar General's Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths Abbreviation: Civil Registration England & Wales Author: Compiler: Registrar General's Office Publication: Registrar General's Office, London, England, 1 July 1837 to date Repository: #R7
- Repository: R7 Name: General Registrar's Office Address: 1 Myddelton Street Postal Code: EC1R 1UW Country: England
- Source: S21 Title: From the personal experiences and knowledge of Paul J. Ballard Abbreviation: Personal Knowledge
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- Delos Ballard - Family Tree DNA yDNA 37 markers
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On November 25, 2014 at 05:48GMT Alison Andrus wrote:
For instructions on how to get started and suggestions for getting the most out of your study, see: One Name Study
On October 3, 2014 at 00:37GMT Abby Glann wrote:
On September 12, 2014 at 12:38GMT Maggie N. wrote:
We are really happy that you took the Pre-1700 certification Quiz. Thank you for doing your part to make WikiTree an accurate and openly collaborative place for genealogists to share their research.
Do you have some 1700's people in your tree already ? Now that you have the badge, you can take part in one of our historical projects.
Have a great day !
On January 22, 2014 at 20:17GMT Neil Fullagar wrote:
On January 22, 2014 at 19:46GMT Neil Fullagar wrote:
I do know that John was, at some point at least, a butcher in Lenham, near Headcorn, Kent.
On January 4, 2014 at 14:45GMT Heather Sutton wrote:
I have a possible match with yours. Are you able to confirm some information - would her father be William Sutton (b.1775 Lincolnshire + died 16 Mar 1831 England) - mother Lucy Cant (b 1771 Revesby Lincolnshire England + died Dec 1850 Suffolk England). Can you confirm if we match?
On November 19, 2012 at 23:45GMT Judith Painter-McGregor wrote:
Birth Date: 1630, Birth Place: Inkborough, Worcester, England Death Date: 1689, Death Place: Middle Plantation, York Co., VA Wife: Anne Thomas Children: Thomas Ballard source: Maximillian if you have another source please let me know, Thanks!
On October 19, 2011 at 17:35GMT Tom Coley wrote:
On October 10, 2011 at 18:46GMT K. H. wrote:
"Sorry but William Ballard who was baptised 12th August 1603 in Southwell, Nottinghamshire was buried there in 1619 so it cannot be him." In 1635 when William Ballard registered as a passenger on the "James" he was age 35 - so the age is right. Could there have been more than one William Ballard in the above Parish - could the deceased William have been another man [his father of uncle or cousin] of the same name?
On October 1, 2011 at 21:48GMT Elizabeth Gail Stringer wrote: