Jo Fitz-Henry

Jo Fitz-Henry

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Born 1960s.
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Sister of [private brother (1960s - 2000s)] and [private sister (1960s - unknown)]
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England Orphan Team
Jo Fitz-Henry has completed the England Project's Orphan Trail.


I was born in Barking, Essex on the eastern fringes of London on a Saturday in 1965 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.

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 lets 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.


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

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England Project Data Doctors team, mainly the birth records with "issues"...
Where most of my ancestoral lines are from... the ones that aren't Irish.
My own family surname. The hyphen seems to be optional in some branches of my family. I coordinate the Fitz(-)henry / Fitzharris one name study at the Guild of One Name Studies
An interchangeable variant of Fitzhenry expecially in South East Ireland.
The most common spelling of the name.
Fitz-Henry / Fitzhenry, Quinlan and so many Murphys....
This is where I live, although none of my ancestors are from here. I have access to the Nottinghamshire archives if I can help with a look-up or two.

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On 16 Feb 2019 at 02:39 GMT William Foster Jr wrote:

I'm confused re postponed merge of Mundy-72 and Mundy-970. They are listed as brothers, having same parents, I see no reason not to merge. Please elaborate on what the issue is as they look like a clear duplicate to me.

On 28 Jan 2019 at 10:40 GMT Beverley Campbell wrote:

Hi Jo, Richard Lawson, I have married at Buckhill Great Buckal.

regards, Bev

On 6 Jan 2019 at 01:47 GMT Valerie (Read) Morgan wrote:

Jo appeared in my WikiTree mail having identified an error and her super-sleuthing has uncovered a whole new great-grandfather, so there's lots of editing for me to do now! She was like a dog with a bone and presented all her facts so clearly, it was amazing to see. Thank you for your generosity Jo, it looks as if you have earned all your honor badges - if I could have added to them I would have! Thank you.

On 19 Dec 2018 at 08:35 GMT Gary Burgess wrote:


Thank-you for the marriage source on John Jory and Elizabeth Keast, I have added this to my Myheritage site and used it to locate additional sources, and will post these to Wikitree in the next few days. Always great to have a bit of help on profiles

Gary Burgess

On 4 Dec 2018 at 02:43 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:

Hi Jo

Wendy asked me to add you to the England Data Doctor Team. Here is the link to our page

We appreciate your joining us I will add your details to the page. IF you have a particular interest please either edit the page or let me know so I can add you to any suggestions you wish to 'adopt'

you might also want to read the main project page

Data Doctors

Please pay attention to our Mission and the Code of Conduct that we all subscribe to.

Any questions please ask


England Data Doctor Team Leader

On 16 Aug 2018 at 09:37 GMT Ian Nelson BA wrote:

many thanks for your suggestions of a merge which has now been activated by me and just needs Will Chapman to do the same. I'm still pursuing dead ends and brick walls and Will's data has extended my own meagre researches, thanks for your help, Ian Nelson

On 15 Aug 2018 at 23:05 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:

Hi Jo

A warm welcome to the England Project. We are so glad you joined us!!

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

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and don’t forget to add England to your tags.

Wendy :)

On 17 Jul 2018 at 10:27 GMT Maria Maxwell wrote:

Hi Jo and thanks for your post on G2G.

I’ve added the Irish Roots Project badge to your profile. If you click on the badge it will take you to the full list of our wonderful members. Click on Irish Roots Project will take you to the first page of the project. I've added your good self to the member interest page. Here you can let others know which counties or names you are researching etc.

Thanks for joining the project and good luck with your research.


On 13 Jul 2018 at 23:37 GMT L Sauls wrote:

Hi Jo,

Thanks for looking into the two Ralph Burt Callen profiles. I also thought the evidence on FamilySearch supported the merge. In answer to your question, although I have the Callen surname in my family, I am not aware of any connection to Ralph.

On 8 Jul 2018 at 11:22 GMT Butch Smith wrote:

Hi Jo,

Thanks for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz!

Because pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants, working within the projects which coordinate them is essential. You can learn more about joining the community in How To #3 and in the Project FAQ.

Use the Pre-1700 Projects list to find one which best fits your research focus, whether time period, location, or special event. Read the goals and tasks of the project and join if it is a good fit.

Let me know if you have trouble finding projects which fit your focus. Click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page.

Butch ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

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