How can i get information on my dads family, from Parents to siblings?

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I would like to know where Ballengee started from...
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I found this on Ancestry.co.uk, posted by a member;

1. Theophilus Ballengee born 1650, Poitou, France?, married unknown. Huguenot, persecuted for his religion.Children:2.iHenry Ballenger (Ballengee) born 1660 (Father age 10?).3.iiEvi Ballengee born 1674.iiiUnknown son #1 Ballenger died Burned at the stake.ivUnknown son #2 Ballenger died Hanged.vUnknown son Andrew/James Ballenger born VA.Second Generation2. Henry Ballenger (Ballengee) (1.Theophilus1 ) born 1660, Benningham, Gloucester, England, occupation Assemblyman,Tax Collector, married 9 Sep 1684, in Burlington M.M., NJ, Mary Harding, born before 1667,(daughter of Thomas Harding and Elinor/Eleanor Bagwell). Henry died 10 Apr 1733, Evesham (Haddonfield MM), Burlington, NJ. Came to the Americas in 1678 on the "Kent".Children:4.iThomas Ballinger born 13 Jun 1685.5.iiJoseph Ballenger born 1691.iiiJosiah Ballinger married 1727, Mary Wright.ivAmariah Ballinger married 1725, Elizabeth Gonwood.vMary Ballinger married (1) Ridgeway Rethemel, married (2) ? Garwood.viEsther Ballinger married Butterworth/Bartlett.viiHannah Ballinger.viiiRuth Ballinger.ixElizabeth Ballinger married Henry Willard.xHenry J. Ballenger born 5 Aug 1695, married 27 Apr 1723/26, in Nottingham M.M.,MD, Hannah Wright, born 24 Jan 1709. Henry died 4 May 1774, Guilford, NC.xiRebecca Ballinger.3. Evi Ballengee (1.Theophilus1 ) born 1674, Potier, Poitou, France,1occupation Weaver, married 10 Jun 1697, in Market Street, Philadelphia, PA,1Christian de la Plaine, (daughter of Nicholas del la Plaine and Susannah Cresson). Evidied 1720,Little Egg Harbor, Burlington, NJ.1 Emmigrated to America about 1687.Children:iElizabeth Ballengee born 11 Jul 1699, Chichester,PA, married 13 Aug 1720, in Great Egg Harbor, Burlington, NJ, Robert Smith. Elizabeth died 11 Jul 1747, Little Egg Harbor, Burlington, NJ. 6.iiEvi Ballengee born 25 Jan 1700/01.iiiJames Ballengee born 24 Jan 1702/03, Little Egg Harbor, Burlington, NJ, married 27 Sep 1727, in Cape May, Cape May, NJ, Margery Smith. James died 3 Mar 1790, Little Egg Harbor, Burlington, NJ. ivNicholas Ballengee born 2 Feb 1705/06, Little EggHarbor, Burlington, NJ. vMichele Ballengee born 3 Jan 1708/09, Little Egg Harbor, Burlington, NJ. viSusannah Ballengee born 1710, Little Egg Harbor, Burlington, NJ.viiJoshua Ballengee born 1712, Little Egg Harbor,Burlington, NJ, married Naomi ?. Joshua died 22 Jun 1761, Evesham, Burlington, NJ.viiiIsaac Ballengee born 1715, Little Egg Harbor, Burlington, NJ, died abt 1792, Monroe Co., WV.ixSamuel Ballengee born abt 1720, Little Egg Harbor,Burlington, NJ, married 14 Sep 1745, in Little Egg Harbor, Burlington, NJ, Alice Parker. Samuel died aft 26 Jan 1795, Evesham, Burlington, NJ.

 

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In the 17th century, France's Louis XIV was the most powerful monarch Europe had seen since the Roman Empire. The Thirty years war resulted in the destruction of 18,000 villages, 1,500 towns and 2,000 castles. It was within these settings in 1650 that Theophilus Ballengee was born in France. His son, Evi Ballengee, was born in 1674 in Potier, Poitou, France. Theophilus Ballengee "was shot during the dragonades of Louis XIV, and his wife and children fled for refuge to the caves and forest of their native province where they were concealed for several months until they were able to escape with others, most likely to Dover."5 From England "[Evi Ballengee] emigrated to America [probably New Jersey or Pennsylvania] between the years 1682 and 1690." 5In The Colonies Evi Ballengee was a weaver by trade. At age 23 he married Christina de la Plaine on June 10, 1697. Christian was the daughter of Nicholas de la Paine and Susannah Cresson. The wedding took place at a meeting of 39 friends in Market Street Philadelphia, PA. Witnesses were her brother James and his wife Hannah. Evi and Christina Ballengee made their home in Little Egg Harbor, Burlington Co., New Jersey. There they had 9 children:1. Elizabeth Ballengee, 1699; died July 11, 17472. Evi Ballengee, Jr., born Jan. 25, 17003. James Ballengee, born Jan. 24, 1703; died March 3, 17904. Nicolas Ballengee, born Feb. 2, 17065. Michelle Ballengee, born Jan 3, 17086. Susannah Ballengee, born 17107. Joshua Ballengee, born 1712; died June 22, 17618. Isaac Ballengee, Born 1715 * (This is the Uncle of the Isaac Ballengee we are descendant from.) 9.  Samuel Ballengee, born 1720; died Jan. 26, 1795

There is a lot of information on the family posted by other individual members.

Doing a general search for the name shows a relativly high number of Ballengees in the Gloucestershire area in the UK from the 18th century onwards, in addition to some in Perthshire, Scotland, and they migrate to other areas in the 19th - 20th centuries.

I would suggest that you work backwards from any information that you can get on your close family, working from birth certificates initially if you are unable to speak to members of the family about themselves, using a site like Findmypast and Ancestry.  The free sites like FreeBMD and Familysearch can also be useful initially. 

by Christine Searle G2G6 Mach 2 (26.2k points)
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