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Helen (Coleman) Ford

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Wiki Genealogist September 2018 Club 100 Source-a-Thon 2018 Participant August 2018 Club 100 Sunday Sun Bear Ranger July 2018 Club 100 England Project Member April 2018 Club 100 Spring Clean-a-Thon 2018 February 2018 Club 100 January 2018 Club 100 December 2017 Club 100 November 2017 Club 100 Super Star October 2017 Club 100 Source-a-Thon 2017 Participant August 2017 Club 100 July 2017 Club 100 Challenge Committee Member
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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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On 3 Nov 2018 at 15:12 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:

Hi Helen ,

It's been a year since the England Project was re-ignited. Thank you for being part of this exciting journey!

We really appreciate all your contributions and hard work :)

We would love some feedback from you please. :)

Are you happy contributing with the team you are on, or would you like a change, or even add to another team?

If you are not already on a team, which one would you like to be on?

If you are not sure what is available, just ask, we are here to help :)

Are you still happy contributing to the England Project?

Please PM me through my profile and let me know how you are doing :)

Thank you :)

Wendy Leader England Project.

On 23 Oct 2018 at 05:40 GMT Chris Weston wrote:

Hi Helen, The FamilySearch source for the birth of Streeter-586 has an image of an admittedly modern transcription in the town records of the date as 10 "Sept" 1644. Would you still prefer it to be shown as November? Regards, Chris.

On 3 Oct 2018 at 11:43 GMT Gillian Thomas wrote:

Hi Helen, thanks again for being on the Sandringham Strollers team for the 2018 Source-a-Thon. We really valued your contribution, and having your expertise on the team. If you want to add a sticker to your profile to celebrate your participation, see this page for the template:

We look forward to having you as part of the team again another time. Janet and Gillian

On 30 Sep 2018 at 11:06 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:

Hi Helen

Thank you for joining us this weekend in the source-a-thon. The team is doing well we have moved up the table to 17th place and will have improved 800 profiles before lunch time here in the UK.

I hope you are enjoying the experience of sourcing. It can be very satisfying as a profile starts to come to life.

Thanks again for joining us it is appreciated


Sandringham Strollers

On 29 Sep 2018 at 22:25 GMT Gillian Thomas wrote:

Hi Helen, thanks so much for working with us on the Strollers team this weekend. I'm not sure if you were aware of the page. We'd love to hear from you if you feel like joining us there at some stage!

On 27 Sep 2018 at 02:35 GMT Jodi (Trogstad) Brennan wrote:

Helen, I just read your email. Thanks for the information. I am not an expert on this matter and am learning. So I really appreciate your information. I will only say, I read something somewhere about a connection to my family about someone in England having begun the slave trade. Don't quote me on this, I am still developing my lineage and understanding of who was what, where and when. You have shown me certain aspects, such as geography, to be mindful of too. I did adopt the profile with a good heart to find its place, and if you believe it might be fictitious, I'll be mindful of this and when I've a moment, I will inquire to how to manipulate the profile appropriately e.g. is it based on reality? Thanks again.

On 25 Sep 2018 at 21:19 GMT Michael Foos wrote:

In response to your comment about Elizabeth Wells' parents, I have marked her parents as "uncertain".

On 20 Sep 2018 at 15:09 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

Helen, thanks for posting that marriage record re: "John Boulin of ye p'ish of St Clement Danes in ye County of Middx" regarding We don't know if Carie is her maiden name. Or if they are truly are the ancestors if the American Virginia Bollings. I am not related to the Bollings; just trying to prevent bad mergers with this popular Virginia family.

On 11 Sep 2018 at 02:04 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:

thank you Helen, I have a used copy of fire from Heaven, but have not read all of it. My husband is descended from the Whites through Stephen Terry, immigrant to Dorchester, MA, who married Mary White, a sister of the Patriarch of Dorchester, John White. Such a fascinating family and times they lived.

On 10 Sep 2018 at 19:31 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:

Hi Helen,

I'm not a descendant of Frances Smith/Sandford/Pynchon either, but my husband has 16 ancestors who sailed on the Mary & john in 1630 and founded Dorchester. What faith it took to sail to New England as early as 1630, and overcome all the trials after they arrived! Although less famous, they are truly the equivalent of the Pilgrims of the Mayflower in so many ways.

I just gave Frances a new source, Anderson's Great Migration Directory, pub. 2015.

I often use this book:

Thistlethwaite, Frank, Dorset Pilgrims: The story of West country Pilgrims who went to New England in the 17th Century, (London, Barrie & Jenkins, 1989). Roger Clap: 27, 62, 69, 77, 95, 272. A scholarly work with 12 pages of sources, detailing the lives of the founders of Dorchester, Massachusetts.

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