Andrew Field: Introducing Myself

+11 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
asked in The Tree House by Andrew Field G2G2 (2.1k 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

4 Answers

+4 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.
answered by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (1.7m 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.
+7 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
answered by LJ Russell G2G6 Mach 1 (19.8k points)
+4 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.
answered by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (1.7m 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.
+5 votes
Hello! Welcome!
answered by Bobbie Bonner G2G6 (7.8k points)

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