Andrew Field: Introducing Myself

+14 votes
Greetings to you all...  

I am Andrew Field from Zimbabwe - I am British born and have family connections across most of southern Africa, United Kingdom and other British territories.  I have been working my family tree for many years, but took a break from it several years ago.  I am a Brothers' Keeper user.  I think this Wikitree concept is marvelous... while I have much to give (Rhodesia/British South Africa Police lists), I shall also be looking for access to resources (such as Census information) which I presently have difficulty accessing.  I am sure I'll need much guidance.  So here is a big hello and hugs from Africa to you all!
WikiTree profile: Andrew Field
in The Tree House by Andrew Field G2G6 Mach 3 (37.4k points)
Hello Andrew, Welcome to WikiTree!
Welcome Andrew, I also use Brother's Keeper. Just a heads up, when I use a gedcom to upload data to WikiTree my sources do not transfer well, nor do foreign characters, it may be because I have an older version of BK, but just in case, be aware of that. Take care and have fun.
Thank you John... great to meet you all
Thanks James.... great to meet you... Yes I have come to realise there are issues with sources and BK - am using Version 7
Hi Andrew Thank you for your help, I do appreciate it. My Campbells as you have seen... some went to Zim and some stayed in SA, they were farmers and also a few in the SAPolice. Thank you once again always great to have assistance. I look forward to all your input.

Rgds Yo
You’re welcome Yo.... anything specific you would like me to help with?
Hello Andrew, Thank you once again. I appreciate any help.

I am searching for my Great Grandfather Alexander Campbell, my brick wall. My Aunt said he was born 13 Sept 1854 (Don't know where we know he came from Scotland, My Mom said Inverness) I have searched and found nothing. I found his Marriage Certificate which says he was 31 and Elizabeth Lang was 25 she was born in 1850 Grahamstown SA  They got married in East London.(If I work that out then he would have been born in 1844)He died in August 1933 in Babanango, I have searched and found nothing there. He Farmed in Barkley East. Then went to live with my Grandparents Arthur Donald B1878 in  Babananago Natal.

His one son Glen Colin Campbell went to Zim to farm there, his other son  Alexander Douglas B1890 married a Muriel Foster her father was James Foster from Oudtshoorn. Alexander Douglas (The son) was a Police Man too. in the Eastern Cape. From what I have been told Glen Colin was the only son to go to Zim. My Mother also said she had MacDonalds in the fam, and some went to Zim too I do not have there names at all. I also recall her sayin Alister Campbell was her cousin's son. So maybe it s possible that Alexander Brother went to Zim as well.

I don't know if you know any Campbells from Zim.

Thank you so much once again,
I have commenced inquiries with the Campbell family, farmers, whom I know well...
Thank you Andrew, much appreciated, you are a star

4 Answers

+7 votes
Hello Andrew,

The source I use for Census information is

Although I checked for UK Census information about your father, Leslie G. Field, what came up were marriage records. Do you have specific information on where Leslie G. Field lived at the time of the 1931 and 1941 censuses. Maybe the county and or city of residence would help to pinpoint the right censuses.

I think that WikiTree has about 16,000,000 names and I expect that your lines could connect to the big tree.
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.6m points)

A free site for surname histories is 

Last name: Field

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This ancient of pre 7th century German origins and Anglo-Saxon origins, is recorded in over seventy spellings. These range from Feild, Feld, and Field, to Delafield, Veld, Van den Velde, Feldmann, and the various ornamental compounds such as Feldblum or Fieldstone. However spelt, the name is topographical for someone who lived or worked on land which had been cleared of forest, but not brought into arable cultivation. The derivation is from "feld", translating as pasture or open country, almost the opposite of the 20th century meaning..The earliest recordings are to be found in England and Germany. These include Hugo de la Felde, in the Pipe Rolls of the county of Bedfordshire, England, in the year 1188, and Petrus im dem Velde, of Mengen, Germany, in 1216. Other recordings include Franz van de Velde, the bishop of Herzogbusch, Germany, in 1576, and Margarett Feilde, who married at the church of St. Martin Orgar, London, in 1586. Amongst the very first settlers to the new colony of Virgina, America, was James Feild. He arrived in the ship "Swan of London", in 1624.. The first recorded spelling of the family name anywhere in the world is believed to be that of Robert de Felde, which was dated 1185, in the list of Knights Templars, in the registers of the county of Gloucestershire, England. This was during the reign of King Henry 11nd, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop", often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Hello Frank...  In 1931 my father would have been in Caterbury, just possibly Manderville Road (but I am not sure if that was the family home then).  His father was George William and mother was Lillian (nee Edwards).  I am compiling both the maternal and paternal lines based on information passed down by family...  In 1941, he may not have been in Canterbury - having travelled to then Rhodesia during the War Years as part of the Emprire flight training scheme to ready pilots for war.  He was in the RAF... Perhaps he was still at University??  Not sure where.
Thank you for the interest you have shown...  I have a few tricky terminations up the maternal line...
Sorry Frank, but there are no UK 1931 and 1941 censuses.  There is only the 1939 Register.

The 1931 census was destroyed by fire, and no census was taken in 1941 because of World War II.
Thanks for that, Ros. It's good to know where the gaps in data are.

For early American history, I have noticed that Massachusetts records are quite good, relatively speaking, and I would rank Virginia next best, but it seems that any data pre-1762 is very spotty for other colonial areas.

Have these kinds of gaps been described anywhere?

BTW: Welcome, Andrew. Good luck in your queries. The great thing about WikiTree is the dynamic way that connections can lead you to discoveries. Often, leveraging known relatives, even if they are not directly in your blood line (or just cousins), by filling them in and often using FamilySearch, you can end up finding previously missing clues if not outright pathways that lead you to the person of interest.
Thank you for your kind welcome...  I am also discovering there is a very broad range of opinion on Wikitree...
+10 votes
Welcome to the Club Andrew and I hope this becomes a mutually beneficial friendship between you and the WikiTree common.

The two most important things to remember as a new member to WikiTree are:

First, your Greeter is your best friend over the next few weeks and the second you have already learned.  The G2G Forum is the place to go with questions on who, what where and when..

All the best Andrew and enjoy the ride,


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
by LJ Russell G2G6 Pilot (222k points)
+7 votes
Found a Pedigree Resource File for what looks to be your Field line. In general, a Pedigree Resource File need to be checked for accuracy. This one was submitted in 2013.
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.6m points)
Looked for but did not find census information.

Frank: as I commented earlier:

Sorry Frank, but there are no UK 1931 and 1941 censuses.  There is only the 1939 Register.

The 1931 census was destroyed by fire, and no census was taken in 1941 because of World War II.

Thank you... Yes that is a pedigree resource I place with Family search back in 2013...  but much appreciate you bringing it to my attention.
+8 votes
Hello! Welcome!
by Bobbie Bristow G2G6 (9.8k points)
Belated thank you!  Much appreciate the welcome...

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