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Helen (Coleman) Ford

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I'm an former teacher, now living near Dorchester, England. Three quarters of my ancestors came from Northamptonshire, ag labs, shepherds and shoemakers. They lived and married people from nearby villages .My grandmother's family was more diverse and came from Worcestershire, Shropshire and Wales via Birmingham and the black country.

I became involved in the Sourcerer's project at it's inception and then rather got side tracked into researching an interrelated group of Dorset families which were not well sourced and had incongruous dates.
First try at sorting out the numerous Thomas Whites (apart from earliest Thomas Whites of Poole now incorporated Fiddleford page)

I continued with these families and the families they married into. It became a fascinating trek into post reformation history. Many of the individuals in these families retained their Catholic beliefs. During the Civil war, many had their lands sequestered.

Since writing the above, I have become even more involved in the local history of Dorset. I have set up a project for 17th C inhabitants of Dorchester . This is a town known for being the most puritan in England; though even here not everyone conformed.

Tracing families and their lives on both sides of the religious divide during this period has helped me to learn far more about the effects of the reformation than my A level history of the period ever did.

I have photographed many relevant memorials from churches in the area (just need to get them all onto wikitree). I have transcribed a large number of local wills. I am within walking distance of the records office and am able to visit it easily. Being local means that I can refer to some records that will never be online.

However, my research at the archives is not all for wiki-tree. I've recently (2017) started an MA in Local History from 1750 which takes up more and more of my time.

For all of those with Dorset profiles that I may intrude on , they are not normally my family.I have no interest beyond accuracy and have a firm belief that genealogy without sources is a mythology. I will try to find those primary sources and hope you will not object to my including them on your open profiles. I will make errors, so please challenge me if you think that is the case.

My husband does have ancestors in the area, Fords from Shillingstone and Ockford Fitzpaine . They were there from before the 1570s to the 1830s They were yeomen and husbandmen(definitely not gentry)


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Corfe Castle and Kingston Lacy
Dorchester Merchants
Interested in the activities of the families that played a part in the counties history
of Iwerne Courtney
Poole Merchants
of Cerne Abbas
Poole Merchants
Dorset family
Blandford and Randleston (Iwerne Courtney)
Poole Merchants


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On 6 Jun 2018 at 16:40 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:

Hi Helen

You have received the England badge for being an active member of the England Project.

Thank you!!


On 6 Jun 2018 at 15:39 GMT John Martin wrote:

Hello Helen. I sent you a separate email, asking a clarifying question. Thanks. -- John M.

On 26 May 2018 at 13:59 GMT Martha Garrett wrote:

On 22 Apr 2018 at 09:04 GMT Peter D Beattie FISTC(ret) wrote:

Hi Helen

Thank you for the amendment/comment on the John Spencer's of Newton Sturminster. You may well be right as early parish records extremely confusing due to lack of female surnames. The only certainty is James Spencer who may have had several relationships - who knows!

Peter D Beattie (a James descendant!)

On 10 Apr 2018 at 14:58 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:

Hi Helen

As Susie mentioned in our newsletter, one of us would check in to see how you are doing, so here I am :)

Firstly on behalf of us all, I would like to say a big thank you for all the hard work you are putting into the Project. Your work on Dorset is greatly appreciated. We would love your feedback and input on what you would like to see happening within the project as we move forward.

Do you have anything special you would like to see in the project, or have ideas for things we can add into the project?

Please feel free to post your thoughts in our Google Group, or you can send me a PM, either will be great.

Thank You


On 8 Apr 2018 at 08:48 GMT Gillian Thomas wrote:

Hi Helen, thanks for your note on Mary (Allen) Gerrard. I am working on the same family (Allen). So appreciative of your assistance!

On 1 Apr 2018 at 23:26 GMT Debi (McGee) Hoag wrote:

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Helen improved Quakers Project managed profiles during the March 2018 Challenge

Thanks, Helen!

On 31 Mar 2018 at 15:11 GMT J Rogers wrote:

Hi - I see that volunteered for the Dorset project but when I follow that tag it indicates no one is leading it...? Would love to collaborate with others on working in this area as I sort out our fairly extensive 16th century and earlier Dorset roots.

On 20 Mar 2018 at 15:13 GMT Lance Martin wrote:

Thanks you for your input on the quesiton about the Parish records at Family Search. Sharing information about records you have worked with is invaluable and I really appreicate it.

On 14 Mar 2018 at 13:25 GMT Debi (McGee) Hoag wrote:

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Helen improved the Quaker profile for Joyce (Allen) Brewer from the Week 7-13 March 2018 Anniversary list

Thanks for the transcription of her marriage document, Helen!

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