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Medieval English Genealogy

This group is for anyone who has an interest in medieval English genealogy. This period is often overlooked by genealogists but rich resources are available.

Location: England
Members: 140
Latest Activity: Apr 9

Discussion Forum

The Dispenser Family Redux 3 Replies

Started by Jim F. Last reply by Jim F Sep 27, 2010.

Early DESPENCER / SPENCER family 1 Reply

Started by James P. LaLone. Last reply by Randall Stackhouse Sep 24, 2010.

LANCASTER descendants 5 Replies

Started by James P. LaLone. Last reply by James P. LaLone Sep 7, 2010.

Useful websites for medieval research and background reading 7 Replies

Started by Debbie Kennett. Last reply by J Leaming Aug 11, 2010.

WESSEX rulers 6 Replies

Started by James P. LaLone. Last reply by J Leaming Jul 21, 2010.

CHAWORTH Family 17 Replies

Started by James P. LaLone. Last reply by GaryRea May 30, 2010.

Medieval origins of PEASE family of Essex, England and possible Saxon ancestry in Germany 4 Replies

Started by rita a gerrard. Last reply by Armando Framarini Mar 26, 2010.


Started by Steve Baldock Dec 18, 2009.

English Drake's

Started by Pamela Ann Drake Dec 17, 2009.

LINDSAY Ahnentafel, pt.1 1 Reply

Started by James P. LaLone. Last reply by James P. LaLone Dec 2, 2009.

Latest additions to British History Online

London sheriffs' court roll

An edition of the court roll for 1320 is now live. Edited by Dr Matthew F. Stevens, it gives a complete edition and index of London's only surviving such roll for the medieval period, for July-Sept 1320. It was produced as part of the Centre for Metropolitan History ESRC-funded 'London women and the economy before and after the black death' project (2009-10).

Usability test for BHO and ReScript

We would like to ask your help, as a user of British History Online, to find ways in which we can improve the website and our prototype collaborative editing platform, ReScript. If you could spare a few moments to take two online tests, we would be very grateful. They are part of a programme of tests designed to tell us if the changes we've made to the sites will be an improvement. Not only will your participation help us to improve our own sites, but the results will also contribute to the development of a national policy for digital resource usability in Higher Education by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), so your input will be extremely valuable both to us and more widely.

Site changes

The first set of enhancements designed to improve usability on British History Online specifically produced as part of the JISC 01/11B funding are now live.

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Comment by Christine Gibbins on August 16, 2009 at 5:07am
This links to a wonderful article on Medieval Farming:
Comment by Wendi Beck on August 14, 2009 at 7:49pm
I have found a suprisingly local way to trace the Ogle family name back to 1055 Northumberland England even though it is fairly sketchy and very basic at best. How would I find more?
Comment by Debbie Kennett on August 10, 2009 at 5:44pm
Hi Karen, I've now added the Patents Rolls website to the list of links. It is indeed an excellent resource. I thought it was already listed on some of the other websites but if it is the link is not very easy to find.
Comment by Karen Repko on August 9, 2009 at 10:12am
Hello Debbie, I would like to have added another source link for both Genealogical and document searches, could you please include the following link to the University of Iowa study on Medieval Patent Rolls. ( This is an excellent data base for searches by both Family Name and Locations. Cheers, Karen Repko
Comment by Anne Cole on August 9, 2009 at 2:11am
A chance find in my local Oxfam bookshop introduced me to Medieval history - the first two volumes of Thomas B Costain's "Pageant of England". I managed to acquire the last two volumes and I was hooked! The books begin with the death of Henry 1 and end with the death of Richard III. Since then I have done much background reading, my main interests being John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford (the Lincolnshire connection), Simon de Montfort and Richard III - I am now a member of the Richard III Society.

This has been useful for my quest to find out more about the Medieval Duncalf family in Cheshire. They have been included in the writings of the three Cheshire historians Ormerod, Earwaker and Renaud, and my interest in family history was sparked by an article that my grandfather had kept from the Knutsford Guardian about the Foxwist and Duncalf families.

I have just ordered, through the inter-library loan system, the book about the Scrope Grosvenor controversy of the 1380s as a Thomas Duncalf gave evidence for Grosvenor. Unfortunately the book available on the net is Vol 2 which gives details of the Scrope witnesses.

My earliest reference is to an Adam Duncalf, shoemaker of Macclesfield, who was fined 1s for breaking the Statutes of Labours in 1349 and who appears again in Macclesfield in 1363. No more is known of him. I have heralds' visitations going back well into the 14th century but cannot bridge that gap between the end of the visitations and the beginning of parish registers apart from a junior branch that went to East Yorkshire.

It was disappointing not to find a Duncalf in the Medieval Soldiers database, although I found several de Foxwists. The Duncalfs married the heiress of the de Foxwist family in the early 15th century and became Lords of the Manor of Foxwist, near Prestbury in Cheshire. I have stood on the moated mound where the wooden manor house once stood. I have a reference to a Duncalf fighting in Gascony with the Black Prince (and probably John of Gaunt) and many references to a Thomas Duncalf (c1420 to c1480) from the Palitinate of Chester Recognizance Rolls (published).

My palaeography is good - provided that what I am reading is in English, but I am stuck for where to go for original material and how to discover that it exists in the first place. I suspect this is the problem that many people have. I will continue to google and hope that references will appear.
Comment by Bob B. Winborn on July 26, 2009 at 7:43pm
Iam interested in resarching trhe medival heritage of the Wenbans and Winborne families and/or any of the variants of these surnames. Thanks
Comment by GaryRea on July 25, 2009 at 9:45pm
Hi, Satima. I am a descendant of the Mortimers, via Isabel de Mortimer and her husband John Fitzalan, 7th Earl of Arundel. My data's a little sketchy on the earlier Mortimers, but I have the line back to Roger de Mortimer, father of Ralph (b. abt 1082). This is the line of the Mortimers who were the Lords of Wigmore and the Earls of March.

Comment by Satima Flavell on July 25, 2009 at 7:48pm
Hi friends,

I descend from Edward Sutton, the 5th Lord Dudley, and his mistress Elizabeth Tomlinson. They were a prolific pair and have countless descendants today. Unfortunately little is known of Elizabeth's ancestors, but of course Edward is my gateway into medieval genealogy, and a fascinating hobby.

I've also joined the DUDLEY group but on this one I hope to meet others who might be connected through, forex, STANLEY, AUDLEY, MORTIMER, and countless other noble and royal families of the medieval world.

If only the same kind of information existed for our less exalted forebears!
Comment by Debbie Kennett on July 25, 2009 at 11:01am
Thanks James. I've added the Medieval Sourcebook to the main group links section. I've started a discussion on useful links and have added the other ones there. It'll be easier to keep track of everything there as the comments quickly disappear from view. It's also easier to do the formatting and corrections on the discussion board.
Comment by James Allan Waite on July 25, 2009 at 2:20am
I've found these sources to be helpful at times

Internet Medieval Sourcebook -
English Monarchs -
All Empires -

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