Jo Fitz-Henry
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Jo Fitz-Henry

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Born 1960s.
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Descendant of absolutely nobody nobby.
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Jo Fitz-Henry was born in Barking, Essex, England.
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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.


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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).

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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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Hi Jo,

Thank you so much for the work you did on Sydney Dyer's tree and sorry I could not join you on the night of the reveal.

I had the John Dyer organ maker family in an experimental tree I researched looking for Emma's connection, but was not sure because most of the other children were baptised.

But I think it is the correct family as my late mother, her brother and I have 3 DNA matches from other John Dyer descendants, 2 siblings from Emma Dyer (Axtens) and one from George Dyer.


posted by Karen Brown
It was great fun to work on Karen, I'm glad we agree on the outcome!
posted by Jo Fitz-Henry
edited by Jo Fitz-Henry
Good afternoon or evening, Jo, Thank you so much for the beautiful stickers. Love the Welch flag and stumbled on the pictures of the beautiful it is and I am sorry we missed it when my husband and I were in Wales. We just followed the Wye down until we reached the cutoff to Cornwall. I saw the plaque on that outstanding monument to Sir George Cornwall Lewis in the town. I have Lewis ancestors also and I almost chose them.

Is it possible to have a sticker that says simply : Lula has Irish Ancestors, with a shamrock?

As for the witch thing, don’t bother to find a picture. I would be very happy with the Virginia state flag. I appreciate you so much. Lula PS. I did correct the profile.

posted by Lula (Tuttle) Sinnott
edited by Lula (Tuttle) Sinnott
Hello Jo, I have chosen the James family to represent my Welch connection : Lula is the 8th great granddaughter of James James (1660-1708) Radnor, Pembrokeshire Wales.

And I can’t resist this one:Lula is the 9th great granddaughter of “THE WITCH OF PUNGO”, Grace (White) Sherwood,(1660-1740),, last witch to be tried and sentenced in Virginia. Many thanks for doing this.

All best wishes, Lula

posted by Lula (Tuttle) Sinnott
edited by Lula (Tuttle) Sinnott
Hi Jo, you helped me once before and I wonder if you would Again? Could you put one of the stickers for Edward 111 on my Profile ? He is my 18th gr grandfather. I do not have the capability to do that. Lula Tuttle Sinnott
posted by Lula (Tuttle) Sinnott
Dear Jo,

On behalf of the England Project, I would like to thank you for your commitment to the project's goals. Every single contribution you make helps improve English profiles!

The England Project Leaders like to touch base with each of our members periodically to make sure everything is going well. This is our formal annual check-in with you.

Are you happy to with your current project team choices? Would you like to join any other teams?

Also, we would really like to hear which team is currently your highest priority. If you are a member of more than one team, could you please rank them from highest priority to lowest? Thank you! If you don’t see yourself as being part of a team, please let us know.

We also welcome any feedback on things you would like to see the project do more of in the future.

I look forward to hearing from you. Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message.

On behalf of all the Leaders, thank you again for all you do and we look forward to you continuing to be a part of our collaborative and fun Project!

Kind regards,

Steve, England Project Leader

posted by Steven Whitfield
Dear Jo,

I am finding more evidence (in Brazil data) that my family on my mother's side is from England. Can I join the project and maybe find more data from England records? Thanks! God bless!

posted by Renato Zimmermann
edited by Renato Zimmermann
Renato - I have sent you a message through the WikiTree messaging system. Jo
posted by Jo Fitz-Henry
Hi Jo,

Sorry for the delay. My Yahoo is not working here in Japan and I don't know why yet. I did make a mistake when I registered Patrick Ganley. In ALL documents in Brazil, he is declared as from England. And also witnesses that he took to the registry offices in Brazil to register the children were often English Jockeys. Furthermore, when the Queen of England came to Rio de Janeiro in 1968, my grandfather and his father (Patrick Ganley's son) bought the Rolls Royce she brought, and many other situations that I am discovering connect us to England. I have already tried looking for documents in England but have had no success. Hope we can help each other. God bless! Gratitude!

posted by Renato Zimmermann
I’m trying to get an answer for question that I sent to Elizabeth Viney about the English project it’s specifically about Illiam Dhone.

Apparently there is quite a controversy about his son Patricious Christian.

Genealogist living on the Isle of Man say that everyone has it wrong but they have not seem to want it corrected or have done the work.

They have sent me source materials that I would like to put in the hands of someone that’s experienced with this.

If what they say is accurate the materials that they’ve given me show a whole generation is missed in wiki tree and in every other ancestry.

Potentially changing I would assume thousands of trees.

Please put me in touch with someone who may know about this controversy already or I could get the information to thank you

posted by Vickie (Ekman) Mullen
edited by Vickie (Ekman) Mullen
Hello Vickie - I will reply to you via the WikiTree messaging system.

Best wishes, Jo, England Project Managed Profiles Coordinator

posted by Jo Fitz-Henry
Thank you so much for your help in the research of Pastor Albert Charles Wilson! I never would have been able to give him a tribute without your help. I have made a profile for him, his wife and daughter, and am gradually adding the pcs. As I find them.

Interesting that he performed the marriage ceremony of his daughter in 1958. And was living at the same address that year, as the year I met him in 1978. I know you are in a busy profession , and I am thankful you took the time to help. Prayers. Cliff Carter

posted by Clifford Carter
That is just perfect, Jo....I love it. Thank you again for all the time you spent on this..Lula..oooxx
posted by Lula (Tuttle) Sinnott
Correction of first comment. I posted on the profile of Maud. Lula Tuttle Sinnott
posted by Lula (Tuttle) Sinnott
Thanks JO, for putting the “Maud-Matilda” question on G2G. I put my relationship answer in....24th granddaughter-89 paths and would love to have the sticker but alas, I am completely ignorant when it comes to those kinds of functions 0f WikiTree and my IPad . But I do thank you that its available. I could not find my entry on G2G only current ones, or I would have answered you there, sorry. Lula Tuttle Sinnott
posted by Lula (Tuttle) Sinnott
Thanks for being the best ever! I appreciate your help and wise words of wisdom very much =)
posted by Sarah Grimaldi
Thanks for the heads up about Tudor Place, have removed it from Percival Hart-467
posted by Jules Harris
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