Jo Fitz-Henry
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Jo Fitz-Henry

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Born 1960s.
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Jo Fitz-Henry was born in Barking, Essex, England.
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Jo Fitz-Henry has completed the England Project's Orphan Trail.
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Jo Fitz-Henry Successfully completed the England Project's pre-1500 Prep.
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Jo Fitz-Henry is an England Orphan Trailblazer
Jo was a winner in the England Project FA CUP Challenge.
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I was born in Barking, Essex on the eastern fringes of London on a Saturday in the 1960s when Spurs lost. [1] My lovely Dad never let me forget that.

I had an idyllic childhood full of trees, bikes, football and mud. Parents who were encouraging but not pushy. They opened our eyes to what was possible.

I grew up in Barking, but knew that once I had left London to go to medical school, I would never be going back. A chance interview took me to Nottingham for a 12 month post at the City Hospital, and 25 years later I'm still here.

Our family were dockers in the London docks living in squalid poverty a hundred years ago. My parents were the first generation to have a university education (albeit as mature students) and their own house. Me and my sister are standing on the shoulders of giants, our East End forebears who could see what was possible if we believed and were prepared to keep at it.

Research and Stuff

My genealogy research started in earnest after Mum died in 2002 (her funeral was on the day that England went out to Brazil in the World Cup [2]). Dad had always wondered where his Fitz-Henry roots came from. We never did find out while he was still alive. Even now he is gone, his DNA pattern is still there at FamilyTreeDNA waiting for that elusive Y-DNA match. Thank you for that Dad.

I co-ordinate the Fitzhenry and Fitzharris One Name Study at the Guild of One Name Studies (study number 4389). I'm also one of the Regional Reps for Nottinghamshire, even though Notts is one of the most Fitz-Henry-less places in the UK.

I have been tracing my own Fitz-Henry family for nearly 20 years, and have traced many other disconnected Fitzhenry and Fitzharris branches along the way. Mine are distinctly unhelpful in leaving clues to their origins, but the DNA pattern points to links to the Fitzhenry/Fitzharris families from County Wexford rather than the genetically distinct family from County Galway.

I also co-ordinate the Fitzhenry / Fitzharris DNA study at FamilyTreeDNA (Y testers and autosomal testers welcome!).

If you have taken an autosomal DNA test and you have the Fitzhenry or Fitzharris name in your family, please get in touch and let's see what we can find.

Many thanks to my wonderful network of Fitzhenry and Fitzharris contacts around the world, and especially Gretta Browne of Clonroche, County Wexford without who I wouldn't have got half as far as I have with it all.

Here on Wikitree

I've been here on Wikitree since January 2018.

I am one of the Managed Profiles Coordinators for the England Project. The team looks after our notable English profiles, and also those English profiles which are contentious or disputed

I am also an England Project Data Doctor - mainly sorting out issues with our Managed Profiles and their immediate relations.

I am a Trailblazer for the England Project's Orphan Trail.

I was a Wikitree Leader (March - October 2020).

This is the badge I really wish I had...

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  1. I did have the reference in here but realised that the whole Interweb would know my birthdate then - oops!

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Thanks for being the best ever! I appreciate your help and wise words of wisdom very much =)
posted by Sarah Grimaldi

I was hoping the England project could help look in English records on this person. I don’t have access to the English records. I know parents is was American records have. I haven’t found much on him but he was possibly a Methodist preacher or his father were associated with the church. This why just added all I found on him.


Thanks for the heads up about Tudor Place, have removed it from Percival Hart-467
posted by Jules Harris

    Hi Jo

Thank you for joining the Mighty Oaks for the Clean-A-Thon and congratulations on your work during the CAT what an amazing result for the Mighty Oaks we fixed  32,841 suggestions. 

Altogether the teams fixed a grand total of 233,558 profile suggestions.  We hope you had fun while cleaning the tree. 

For the template to add to your profile go to  you will need to amend it to this year. See the Mighty Oaks page

See you later in the year for the Connect-A-Thon 

Janet & Joan  

Co-Leaders for the Mighty Oaks  

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Our Jane Cheney Cheney-3438 has to be related to
posted by Beryl Meehan
Jo, wondering if you might search Find My Past for a burial record in Wyberton, Lincoln for my new profile added today Unknown-547048

I've attempted to read Jane's will, I've search through F C Pierce's Field Genealogy without finding Jane or her husband William Field.

Thank You.

posted by Beryl Meehan
Jo, I was hoping you could find her (and William) in the church records. BUT yes, please have a read thru and correct my names. I know I did not record all the different persons. W don't need every word at it is lengthy.

At the end I think she mentioned the sermon at William's funeral...

posted by Beryl Meehan
Hi Jo

Wishing you a Happy and prosperous New Year. Thank you for all the work you have done to improve the English profiles on wikitree.

Just checking in with you to ask if you wish to remain a member of the England Data Doctor Team. Appreciate it if you could let me know

Janet and Derrick

England Data Doctor Team Leaders  

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
posted by Karen Lowe
Hi Jo,

It's that time of the year again: check-in time! As England Project Leaders, we like to check in with you every six months or so to see how things are progressing. Back in May, we didn't ask for a response due to the rapid emergence of Covid-19 because we understood that people's lives were changing rapidly. While we are still living in a Covid world, we do need to hear back from you this time around.

First of all, how are you doing? What are you currently working on? Are you happy with the team(s) you're in, or would you like to change things up?

Secondly, we're looking for some feedback on the Google Group and our Discord server. Do you use either or both of these? If you don't use either, why not? Do you have any suggestions on how we can improve participation and collaboration, either generally or for you personally?

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Joan, Amy & Lizzie.

Hi, Jo!

Thank you for your participation in October 2020’s Source-a-thon. Your contributions helped us to clear over 57,000 profiles that needed sourcing. This makes our Shared Tree all that much better.

Keep up the great work!

Pippin Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard

Hi Jo

Thank you for joining the Mighty Oaks for the Source-A-Thon (SAT). Congratulations on your work during the SAT. Its an amazing result for the Mighty Oaks, we sourced 8,887. Altogether the teams sourced a total of 57,577 profiles on wikitree. We hope you had fun while building the tree.

We are looking forward to working with you for another Thon soon.

Janet & Joan

Hello, Jo!

Thanks for all the work you accomplished during our Connect-A-Thon 2020. It is amazing how many more profiles were created and added to our Shared Tree. You have every right to be pleased with your efforts!

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard

    Hi Jo

Thank you for joining the Mighty Oaks for the Connect-A-Thon (CAT). Congratulations on your work during the CAT what an amazing result for the Mighty Oaks we added 12,615. Altogether the teams add a  grand total of  60,128 new profiles to wikitree. We hope you had fun while building the tree. 

See you next year or before for the Source-A-Thon 

Janet & Joan  

Co-Leaders for the Mighty Oaks

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild

Thank you for your expertise, guidance and leadership in the England Project. It is much appreciated !!!

posted by Mark Hough
Hi Jo, I’m happy to carry on. The England Project is brilliant :-)


posted by Maddy Hardman
Hi there, Jo!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard

Hi Jo

A huge thank you for all you did this weekend in the Clean-A-Thon and congratulations on adding 265 fixes to our total score of 11, 803 everyone is appreciated brilliant team work Thank you

We hope you had fun and we look forward to you joining us for the next Thon

All the best Gillian and Janet 

Sandringham Stroller Team Leaders


posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild

Thanks for signing up for the Clean-A-Thon and with the Sandringham Strollers, great to have you with us. If you have a particular area or suggestion(s) you are interested on working on then please add to our team list on the Sandringham Strollers team page -

The chat page is here and we will be on discord

Before the event take a look at the

Please review your own suggestion list for the Thon as well, it is always a good place to start  links to the England and English county suggestion list can be found here

Janet and Gillian

Sandringham Team Leaders

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hi Jo! The muppets restructure sounds very well thought out. While I'm still working on my pre-1500 cert I'd love to be part of Team B (and maybe help once in a while with Team A). WIll there be an official sign-up, or does just letting you know work?


posted by Jen (Stevens) Hutton
Hi Jo! Happy to have you in our tribe (-: signed a fellow Goon! (member 6292)
posted by Maggie N.
edited by Maggie N.
Hi Jo. Thanks for accepting the invitation to join the leader team.
posted by Chris Whitten
Congratulations on your shiny new badge ;-)
posted by SJ Baty
Hi Jo

Thanks for the prompt reply and yes what you are doing is great, so glad you are staying with the team

Regards Janet

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
I just love your bio. Many of our family's "milestones" are marked by what the Scottish national team was doing that day. :)
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall

England Project has been added as a PM on Harington-47. Bob

posted by Bob Keniston Jr.
HI, Jo. Sorry I missed your message. New developments by my service provider mean that I only see the 10 most recent messages and until they are cleared I cannot access earlier ones. Really useless. Sorry. Yes, of course, do add any photos you have or anything else that might be useful. Thanks, C
posted by C. Mackinnon
From your friends at the Appreciation Team:

Congrats on the Super Star Badge!

posted by SJ Baty
Congratulations on your Pre-1500 badge! Please make sure to add pre-1500 as one of the tags you are following so that you can participate in those questions on G2G.
posted by Robin Lee
I've got no problem with that wife disconnection....but you had better lock it down, so that wife does not reappear
posted by Tom Pettus
Hi Jo

Thanks for the heads up on the links, on the England DD page, I am working on it and will update them all this week


posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
I still confusedly wander around England. Anyway I haven't found the spreadsheet but I have seen the profile for Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and have been working other family members. His is certainly much visited and badly worked up. I'd like to rewrite his profile. Such an interesting man. Is he 5 star?
posted by C. Mackinnon
Jo - I tried to set you as a manager; I thought I followed your instructions, but an e-mail yesterday seemed to indicate that I failed the mission. I tried yesterday to answer, but am writing a comment here also in case you didn't get that message.

Shall we try again?

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