Friday, December 28, 2012

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

"Reunion: A Search for Ancestors,"

On 20 Dec 2012, at 18:41, Ryan Littrell wrote:

Dear Barbara,

My name is Ryan Littrell, and I'm a writer and amateur genealogist; I came across your email address at your "Ainscough Family History-Mawdesley" site.

I'd like to let you know that I've released my first book, "Reunion: A Search for Ancestors," and I hope you might be interested in reading it. The book tells the story of how I discovered my family's origins, one generation at a time. Moultrie Creek, a genealogy blogger, recently interviewed me about the book, and you can read the interview here:

If you're interested, you can find "Reunion" at Amazon UK (, the Book Depository (, or Apple (, or you can order it through your local bookstore.

Thank you, and I hope you like the book!



Tuesday, December 04, 2012

William Ayscough Bishop of Salisbury

On 4 Dec 2012, at 16:23, Claire Waring  wrote:
Dear Barbara

I saw your family history website on the internet and wondered if you had ever come across any research on William Ayscough, former bishop of Salisbury (1400s), who was quite controversial and would make a good feature for Wiltshire Life, our county magazine.

I believe Ayscough can be spelt in a number of ways and has been spelt Ainscough in the past. However, as far as I can work out his family actually originated in Lincolnshire.

Just thought it might be worth running it past you as I keep coming to a dead end with the research!

Kind regards
Claire Waring
Wiltshire Life
Jesses Farm, Snow Hill, Dinton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 5HN
Tel: 01722 717030

Hi Claire
Thanks for getting in touch.

Youre absolutely right about the name and pronunciations but as far as I can work out we Ainscoughs date back to 1550s from the Ormskirk, Lancashire area living on an area of land historically known as Aykescog - no longer on the map today!
Other Ayscoughs/ Ainscoughs originate in Bedale and as you say Lincolnshire - Kelsey & Stallingbrough - its all on my blog in places - best to search for key words to find what youre interested in.

I believe the Lincs. Ayscoughs married into money and migrated to this region from Bedale..... and then they muscled into Henry VIII's court and Anne Askew (sister) who was a LIncs. Ayscough was burnt.
I do know of the story of Bishop William.

Youve probably already found this info but here it is again...,_William_(DNB00)

Good luck!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Origin of the name Harrock Hall

Hi all
Sharon Bordeaux ( has been in touch regarding the origins of the name Harrock Hall. She is working on a local community project and they are keen to find out more information. Im afraid I dont know anything about this subject, but if any of you readers more local to that part of the UK can help Sharon please get in touch with her.

On 26 Nov 2012, at 13:06, sharon bordeaux wrote:

Hello Barbara,

I am working with a small group in my neighborhood looking back into the history of our area.  Our primary focus is on the section known as Harrock Hall.  We've noticed that name on maps dating into the early 1800's, and wanted to know who first called it Harrock Hall.  One of our group found the article about Harrock Hall in Lanchashire and we were excited and intrigued by a possible connection.

Recently, in mucking about on the internet I read the following excerpt from a genealogical text:

......The Box family came originally from England, and dates
back in Georgia to before the Revolutionary War. In the
house of a member of the family was to be seen some years
ago a beautifully illuminated coats-of-arms, belonging either
to the Box or Rigbyes, of Harrock Hall, England, from
which the Georgia family of Box were descended. This fam-
ily also descend from the old Netherclift family, allied to
the families of McQueen, Waldburg, Morels and Jenkins,
as a Netherclift married into each of the above families.
Captain T. Netherclift, of the Light Infantry Company, is
found among others taking the oath of allegiance to King
George I. in Georgia about 1770-5. We find among the
prominent patriots of 1776 the name of Philip Box, member
of the Council of Safety. He married Elizabeth Rigbye,
daughter, or granddaughter, of *Noah or Henry Rigbye, of
Harrock Hall, England, and the Box family lived at a place
called Harrock Hall, near Savannah, Georgia
. Philip Box
and Elizabeth Rigbve had issue —

We are  excited to find this bit of information.  Being rank amateurs in history sleuthing, we are not sure how to proceed, but I thought you might have some suggestions as to whom we could contact to gain further insight into Philip and Elizabeth and how they came to Savannah.

If you have any ideas we would be most appreciative.

Thank you so much!

Sharon Bordeaux

On 27 Nov 2012, at 19:02, Peter Ainscough wrote
Presumably your correspondents will have seen this entry from English Heritage describing the building and its listing?

5/83 Harrock Hall

House. Early C17. Extended early and mid C19, probably replacing earlier work, and restored c1980. Sandstone ashlar with slate roof. A symmetrical composition of 2 storeys. Centre of house has rebated and ovolo-moulded mullioned windows with transoms, and 2 drip courses. In the centre is a 2-storey canted bay window which has cross windows on 3 sides and a single light on each return wall. To the left there is one bay with 5- light windows. To its left a 2-storey porch projects forwards. This has a 3-light window on the 1st floor and an outer doorway with round head and moulded imposts. The inner doorway has a Tudor arch. Projecting slightly at the left is an early C19 bay which has chamfered quoins, 2 drip courses, and tripartite sashed windows with Gothick glazing. To the right of the bay window the house exactly mirrors the left-hand half, but the tooling of the stonework suggests that it is a copy, possibly of the mid C19. Above a cornice is a parapet, with rounded battlements over the outer bays and over the central bay window. Interior: not accessible at time of survey (April 1987), but recorded by RCHM in 1977 before restoration. They noted plastered beams in the hall with quarter-round mouldings, and a C19 stair which had cusped cast-iron arches set into timber balusters.

Listing NGR: SD5077212440
Source: English HeritageListed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.

On 27 Nov 2012, at 19:06, Peter Ainscough wrote:
Hi B -This also may be of some interest.
John Rigby (martyr)
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Saint John Rigby (ca. 1570 – June 21, 1600) was an English Roman Catholic martyr who was executed during the reign of Elizabeth I. He is one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. (He is called "Thomas" Rigby in The Autobiography of a Hunted Priest, p. 81 footnote; Pellegrini & Cudahy, New York, 1952, a story about the Jesuit priest John Gerard.)
Rigby was born circa 1570 at Harrock Hall, Eccleston, near ChorleyLancashire, the fifth or sixth son of Nicholas Rigby, by his wife Mary (née Breres). In 1600 Rigby was working for Sir Edmund Huddleston, whose daughter Mrs. Fortescue was summoned to the Old Bailey for recusancy. Because she was ill, Rigby appeared for her, was compelled to confess his Catholicism, and sent to Newgate. The next day, the feast day of St Valentine, he signed a confession saying that since he had been reconciled to the Roman Catholic faith by Saint John Jones, a Franciscan priest, he had not attended Anglican services. He was sent back to Newgate and later transferred to the White Lion. Twice he was given the chance to recant, but twice refused. His sentence was carried out. On his way to execution, the transport carrying Rigby was stopped and Rigby again asked to conform to the Church of England, to which he replied: "I am a bachelor; and more than that I am a maid."[clarification needed] The Earl then asked Rigby for his prayers. Rigby was executed by hanging at St Thomas Waterings on June 21, 1600.
He was canonized in 1970; his feast day is October 25. Saint John Jones, the priest who had reconciled Rigby, had died at the same place Rigby had died, St Thomas Waterings, two years earlier, on July 12, 1598. 
The Rigby link looks good.

Sharon - you might also like to read this entry about ownership, the Rigby family & Harrock Hall from 2010 too. John Cobham is a useful source of information and local to you. His contact details can be found in the entry Im pointing you to.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

New Heredis genealogy app

Hi all

Ive just received this email today re. new genealogy software for any platform whether iOS, Mac or PC - looks great from what Ive seen so far ..... its not a spam email!
Feel free to contact them if you would like to try the app/ software out and let me know how you get on too.

On 21 Nov 2012, at 08:59, Audrey Cavalier wrote:

My name is Audrey and I have been working with Heredis for 4 years. Heredis is a genealogy software program that has been widely appreciated in Europe for almost 20 years and has now been launched world-wide.

I notice that you keep a genealogical blog and as an expert in genealogy, we would very much like to have your opinion on our software. We want to know if Heredis will be able to meet your expectations as a genealogist.
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We also have a version for iOS (iPhone / iPad / iPod touch) which is available free on the App store. 

Here is a video presentation of the Heredis Blue Suite: PC, Mac and iOS versions:
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Do not hesitate to contact me for any further information.

Hoping to hear from you soon,

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Links to Anne Askew?

On 28 Oct 2012, at 10:33,  Ann Ward ( wrote:
Dear Barbara 
I saw your name on the internet and thought I would drop you a line.
My name used to be Ann Shackleton. My dad is Peter Shackleton and my grandma was Florence Augusta Morphew.
My grandma always claimed we were related to Anne Askew and I remember as a child being brought to Habrough to visit her Aiscough relatives.
I have recently started a course to become an official City of London guide and Anne Askew has come up - there is a plaque with her name on in the Guildhall - so I thought I would try to see if my grandma was right.
I would really appreciate any information or contact details for anyone else in the family.
Many thanks
Ann Ward

On 28 Oct 2012, at 20:16, Barbara Ainscough wrote:

Hi Ann

Im afraid my side of the family does not seem to be directly related to Ann Askew.
However please see an email below I received recently from Esmé O'Keeffe - <>, you may like to contact her to see if she can assist you further.

Also you may find other leads in the following blog entries:

BTW John Taylor ( of Stallingborough is the expert - you might like to contact him.
Good luck!

On 14 Sep 2012, at 19:28, Esme O'Keeffe ( wrote:

Dear Ms Ainscough,

Whilst researching my family tree, I happened upon your website and thought I might write to you regarding the Askews/Ayscoughs as it suggests. Hope you don't mind answering my questions!
My grandfather is an Askew and I have managed to trace the direct Askew line back to Richard Askew (1510-1551). Public memeber trees on suggest that he was the son of Sir William Askew Ayscough of Stallingborough, Lincolnshire. I wondered what you could tell me about Sir William...did he indeed have a son called Richard (who married a 'Janet')...and how much you know about the Askews?
Something else that struck me was the referrence to Andy Scarisbrick, as Scarisbrick is a name that I have come across whilst researching the Askews (through a marriage in c. 1790) this a connection to the Askews too?

Any help would be much appreciated
Best Wishes,

Esmé O'Keeffe

Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

James Martland Ainscough, born Feb 25, 1854 Standish

 On 29 Apr 2012, at 21:10, Mary Pendlebury ( wrote:

Hi Barbara,

My grandfather was James Martland Ainscough, born Feb 25, 1854 Standish.
He married 3 times.
  • Firstly Sarah Halton of Standish on 6 Oct. 1885, at St. Wilfrid's, Standish. Their son, Sir Thomas Martland Ainscough was born 1886. Sarah died in Feb 1888.
  • 2nd marriage was to Jane Lancaster, born 1861/62, where? They married in 1894 at St. Clements Chorlton cum Hardy in 1894. Jane died in 1907.
  • 3rd marriage was to Margaret Almond in 1908? My mother Dorothy was a daughter of that marriage, born Nov. 1912. She married Gerard Pendlebury (of  Pendlebury and Co. Wigan) in June 1939, he died in 1948. I am the 2nd daughter of that marriage, my sister Anne is the eldest.
Much of my information has been obtained from Parish Records, grave stones, esp. St. Wilfrid's, Standish. I hope this is of some interest.

Thanks for your emails Barbara. You are welcome to pass on the information if you wish, you never know what it might turn up! I don't have any certificates sadly.  I'm only going on what I can get from parish records and one or two books that mention my grandfather, one small one being written by my aunt Margaret Ainscough in 1937. She was my mother's sister and daughter of James Martland Ainscough.
I do have lots of old photos too, which need sorting. I know someone  here whose maiden name was Ainscough, now Elfreda Woolrich, she came from the Burscough area.
Somewhere I have her family tree, but I still have some sorting out to do ! Perhaps there is a link there.



Friday, July 20, 2012

St.Olav's Wirral Viking Pilgrimage 2012

Dear all,
Can I bring to your attention details of this year’s St.Olav's Day Wirral Viking Heritage walk/Pilgrimage:
This year’s walk (the 5th annual walk) goes from the site of the old Viking church at St. Bridget's in West Kirby (where there is the famous Viking hogback tombstone and also a dedication to St. Olav) to another church with strong Viking roots - St. Mary and St. Helen in Neston, where there are the fragments of at least 3 Viking crosses, one of which has been magnificently rebuilt into a painted replica featuring a Viking lady with her arm touchingly around the waste of her husband. We meet outside St. Bridget’s Church at 11.30. After a demonstration of the St. Bridget's Viking stone (and the dedication to St. Olav) around 11.40 (please do not go into the Church before this unless you are attending the morning service at 10am) and a blessing by Rev John Bleazard the walk proceeds along the Wirral Way & along our beautiful coastline, stopping for a break at the Thurstaston Visitor Centre, through Heswall and onto Neston, finishing with a cup of tea (& possibly like last year with scouse/lapskaus) and a demonstration of the Viking stonework - and the replica inside the Church.
Last years walk (which went from Neston to Chester) was recently broadcast as part of BBC2’s The Great British Story with Michael Wood – you can still see this here:

As in previous years, the July 29th 2012 walk will require a reasonable level of fitness to complete the full distance of 8 miles or 12km.  As before it will also be possible to join in for only part of the walk (e.g. joining or leaving us at the Thurstaston Visitor Centre, where we will be having a break). In common with the main St. Olav’s Pilgrimage in Norway, although we provide a guide, you come at your own risk and are responsible for yourselves.  You would also responsible for making your own transport arrangements from Neston at the end of the walk.  It may be possible for groups to share a taxi back to West Kirby.

In the interests of safety we need to give the police an idea of numbers so if you intend coming please email me  by Saturday 28th July, 4pm. Details and the background behind the walk can be found here.

Best wishes
Steve Harding
Knight of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit

Friday, May 04, 2012

Nation of Storytellers Project

Hi all
Laura Bevan has been in touch about this exciting project.  Do you have a short story to tell about your ancestors? Over the last few years lots of people have been in touch with me with snippets, tales and gossip - its all very colourful and wonderful to read. Why not take it to the next stage and enter a short (300 words) synopsis of your story on their website.

Hi Barbara,

Hope that you're well. I'm contacting on behalf of a company called Blurb who are running a family history-based campaign which I think may be of interest to you.

The Nation of Storytellers is a campaign which has been driven by the fact that so few of us record our family history – or indeed our own lives – and that if we don’t the memories, experiences and stories could be lost forever. It was spurred by some research which Blurb conducted which found that a third of children find their grandparents’ stories ‘boring’ and would rather play on the computer or talk to their friends than listen to their history – and as a result family stories and skills (what your grandparents, relatives and parents have done or witnessed in the past) are under threat of being lost forever.)

To get people talking, and to try and capture and celebrate the rich and fantastic stories that exist in households throughout Britain, Blurb are encouraging people to enter a short (300 words) synopsis of their story – or that of someone close to them – at the website
I appreciate that you and the people that read your blog already know the importance of passing on knowledge and memories, but I thought you might perhaps be interested in writing a blog post about the campaign - or, of course, we'd love to hear one of the Ainscough family stories on the site!

Best wishes,
Welcome to the land of ... Hope&Glory
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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Alice(nee Cowley) married Edward Wright 1913

Thanks to Judy Whiddett for this lovely photograph. This is an excellent find for the Cowley - Wright side of the family. Many thanks Judy!

"You might like to see this wedding photo of Alice (nee Cowley) and Edward Wright's wedding in 1913. It took place in Dublin as Alice was Irish and Edward had been posted there with the regiment for which he was band master. 
My GGG grandmother Ellen (Helen) Cowley -Ainscough was Alice Cowleys aunt.  

Monday, February 27, 2012

Francis Ainscough 1690 & Susanna Rogers 1692

Hi Barbara,  
I Have been researching my husbands family tree and the name Ainscough came up, Francis Ainscough 1690 and Susanna Rogers 1692 - their daughter Elizabeth 1723.  She married Thomas Panton and is a direct descendant of my husband. Is this the same Ainscough family as yours?
Best wishes 
Anne Slade

Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2012 11:51:30 +0000

Hi Anne
Ive attached a simplified tree for you to look at - I cant see a Francis Ainscough in my tree around 1690 but that doesnt rule out the possibility that he wasnt related to Hugh Ainscough 1689 - before this my records are patchy. Any further evidence you have to support Francis A 1690  - place of birth etc would be really useful.

On 27 Feb 2012, at 15:41, David Slade wrote:

Hi Barbara,
All the information l have is from and it  goes back to William the Conqueror and the Kings of Scotland. Elizabeth was born in Fulletby in 1723 her sister Susanna was born in
1722, their father Francis died 1724, he was born on the 23rd of November 1690 & was married to Susanna Rogers born in 1692. His father was John Ayscough born in 1611 and his mother was Elizabeth Sherwood. Johns father was Thomas Ayscough 1587/1645 married to Mary Skipworth 1586. Thomas's father was Sir Edward Ayscough 1542 to 1612 he was married to Hester Crantham and his father was Sir Frances Ayscough  1509/1564 married to Elizabeth Hansard 1510/1558.
South Kelsey seems to be where most of them were born. I have not researched this myself it is all from Ancestry

On 27 Feb 2012, at 18:33, Barbara Ainscough wrote:

Ah! I see where you are coming from - this is the distinguished Ayscough line (through marriage) in Lincolnshire. Anne Askew (Ayscough) was one of them - many served Henry V111 in his courts.
See my blog for more info.

Weve all tried to link to this branch but cant find a connection - sorry to disappoint.  Your branch may be connected though.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Matilda Cowley & John Wright

I would like to discuss the Wright tree with you. My mother-in-law's maiden name was Wright (she was the grand daughter of Matilda and John Wright).
My husband is the great grand son of Matilda Cowley. I am doing some family tree research and since Mike's mother (daughter of Edward Wright) died in January I have been looking at some of the few papers, photos etc that she left.

In a very small prayer book I found a list of all Matilda's (many!) brothers and sisters so this has helped me a great deal. Because of the marriage connections with the distinctive name Ainscough I have accessed the ainscoughfamily website and also wilcox and been able to spread the tree out wide but not further back than John 1700.

On Edward's list - dated 1902- it says copied from the Douai Bible in the possession of Father Ainscough. Do you know anything about this and Father Ainscough??

Am I right in concluding that both Ellen (Helen) and Thomas married members of the Ainscough family? And of course 3 sisters (Matilda, Alice & Jemima) married Wright brothers!! Edward Wright also makes my family tree design complicated because he married an Alice Cowley (in Ireland)!! I am sure that somewhere there must be a connection between the two Cowley's but as they were Irish I think that may take me years (and visits to Ireland!)!

If you are able to tell me anything more about the Cowley family I would be very interested. Equally if I can fill in some Wright / Cowley gaps in your tree I will willingly try!

Judy Whiddett

On 27 Feb 2012, at 13:44, JOHN COBHAM  wrote:
My Mothers (maiden name Wright) side of the family has a Wright Cowley Marriage. My  G. Grandfather Richard Wright Married Alice Cowley in approx 1868, the Alice that you mentionTheir son, Thomas Richard Wright was my Grandfather.  The Cowleys (still living in & around Mawdesley) were at that time in Bannister House, Bispham, Nr Mawdesley.Richard Cowley & his wife Alice (Swift)are buried at SS Peter & Pauls in Mawdesley. To add to your tree & further complicate matters my mothers sister Alice Wright married Wilf Ainscough  (John & Theresa) & her other sister Ellen married Cecil Culshaw whos mother was Margaret Ainscough.

Keep in touch

Kind Regards
John Cobham

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Preston organ builder, Henry Ainscough (c1850 - 1923)

Graham Jones has been in touch regarding a Henry Ainscough (c1850 - 1923) - Preston organ builder.  If you have any information about Henry could you email Graham directly please.
best wishes


On 23 Feb 2012, at 11:58, GRAHAM JONES  wrote:
Hello Barbara,

I'm not a relative, but I hope you don't mind my sending you an email. 

I'm researching the life and work of the Preston organ builder, Henry Ainscough (c1850 - 1923). Are you able to put me in touch with someone who could help me?

With all best wishes in your family researches - its so rewarding.

Graham Jones

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Viking Wirral and the Battle of Brunanburh

Forthcoming seminar next Wednesday 1st February at 7.30pm at St. Bridget's Church, Rectory Road, West Kirby and its in aid of the St. Bridget's Appeal, raising funds for the new Community Centre. The talk is Viking Wirral and the Battle of Brunanburh. St. Bridget's - founded by the Vikings, and which gives its name to West Kirby "The West Settlement of the Church" - one of very many names on Wirral with Viking origins - possesses one of the north west's greatest treasures, the Viking Hogback tombstone which will also be on display. 1st of February is also St. Bridget's Day.

Tickets (at the door) are £5.00 adults, £2.50 children. All proceeds go to the Appeal.

Hope to see you there!

Thanks and best wishes
Steve Harding

Saturday, January 07, 2012

descendants -Elzabeth Ann Ainscough 1857

On 5 Jan 2012, at 11:52, Anita Smith wrote: (

Hi Barbara,

Please find the marriage certificate of John Berry Smith - b. 18 dec 1850, Lancs &
Elizabeth Ann Ainscough b. 1857

Their children are:

1 William Edward Ainscough Smith, b. 16 Feb 1881 Chorley Lancs. d.1859 m. Sarah Berry 1846

2 Percival Ainscough Smith, b. 6 Sept 1882 Chorley Lancs, d. 1960 Fylde Lancs.

3 John Francis Ainscough Smith, b. 20 Sept 1884 Chorley Lancs , d, 19 May 1958,
North Wales
Hospital Denbigh.

John is 1st right back row, Horace is next to him (the tall one!)

4 Dorothy Ainscough Smith, b. 1892 Fylde Lancs death 1968 Fylde Lancs, never married.

5 Horace Ainscough Smith, b. 14 May 1897 Fylde Lancs death 1969 Fylde Lancs, never married.

John Francis Ainscough Smith b. 1884 married 5 Sept 1921 Fylde Lancs to Anne Jane
b. 28 Feb 1892 Festiniog Merionethshire death 15 Aug 1973 Llandudno Junction,

North Wales.

Their children are:

1 Elizabeth Ann Smith - b. 29 Jan 1923 Fleetwood, d. 3 March 1964 Llandudno Junction,
North Wales.

2 James Berry Smith, b. 20 June 1924 Fleetwood.

3 David Leslie Smith, b. 1 May 1927 Fleetwood, d. 2004 Chelsea London, never married.

4 Mary Kathleen Smith, b. 9 March 1929 Fleetwood, never married.

James Berry Smith b. 1924 married 28 Nov 1945, PossilPark Glasgow to
Susan Clark Arthur
b. 29 April 1921 Govan Glasgow d. 11 June 1985 Llandudno Junction
North Wales.

They had 7 children 1 died, 6 living.

1 John Francis Smith b. 11 October 1945 Possilpark Govan he married 5 October 1968,
Conway, Margaret Anita Smith nee Jakins b. 4 Feb 1949.

Hope you can follow what I have done, would you like some photos?

I have one of John Francis Ainscough Smith b. 1884 and one of Horace Ainscough Smith,
John Berry Smith, (father and mother) started the rubber company in Lancashire -
I have information on that as well if you would like it.

Regards Anita

Forthcoming Viking seminars:

On 7 Jan 2012, at 09:37, Stephen Harding wrote:

Dear friend/colleague,

Can I bring to your attention details of 2 forthcoming seminars:

1. Monday 9th January, Liverpool Victoria Boat Club, Wallasey Docks, Wirral. Viking Wirral and the Draken Harald Fairhair Longship project, 2.30pm. To be attended by the Mayor of Wirral. About the largest ever longship reconstruction (35m long) coming to Wirral/Liverpool from Haugesund, Norway in 2013. We are also still accepting volunteers to help row the 35m vessel into harbour!.

No charge & hot drinks provided, - donations to RNLI welcome.

Contact Jim Bibby at the club to reserve a place: tel: 0151 639 0352.

2. Wednesday 1st February 2012. Viking Wirral and the Battle of Brunanburh. St. Bridget’s Church West Kirby, 7pm. About the latest research and a new book about the Battle. Brunanburh is the old name for Bromborough. St. Bridget's - founded by the Vikings, and which gives its name to West Kirby - possesses one of the north west's greatest treasures, the Viking Hogback tombstone which will also be on display.

Contact Martin Harrison at the Church to reserve a place:

Best wishes and a happy new year!

Steve Harding


Steve Harding, University of Nottingham Centre for the Study of the Viking Age, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK; Tel: +44(0) 115 951 6148 (fax 6142); Mob +44(0) 78110 90635;;

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Elizabeth Ann Ainscough birth 15 September 1857

Additional links to this family can be found on this blog here:

Elizabeth Anne Ainscough

Parents: Edward Ainscough and Dorothy Cowell

On 20 Dec 2011, at 16:51, Anita Smith ( wrote:

Hi Barbara,

Ive sent you the photo of Elizabeth Ann Ainscough birth 15 September 1857 Wigan,
death 17 June 1943 Fylde,

Her parents were: Father Edward Ainscough & Mother Dorothy Cowell.

Daughter Elizabeth Ann Ainscough birth 15 September 1857 Wigan, death 17 June 1943.

Elizabeth Ann's son John Francis Smith - birth 20 September 1884 and death 19 September 1958, North Wales

John Francis Smith married Anne Jane her birth is 28 Feb 1892 - death 18 Aug 1973, 99 Penrhos Avenue lLandudno Junction - married 5 Sept 1921 Fylde Lancashire, their son James Berry Smith is my father in law.

(I married his son John Francis Smith, a lot of information has come from my father in law
who is still with us).
Hope you can follow this information. You originally entered it on the blog on November 23 2010.

Regards Anita

The North of England Study

University of Leicester

The North of England Study

Background to the study

This Leverhulme Trust/Wellcome Trust-funded study is being carried out by Dr Turi King in collaboration with Professor Mark Jobling at the University of Leicester as part of the Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain project.

Surnames are passed down from fathers to sons, and in Britain, this has been going on since heritable surnames were first established some 700 years ago. We have studied the link between DNA and surnames, focusing on the Y chromosome, part of our DNA that is, like the surname, passed down the paternal line.

In this project we want to learn about British history by studying the Y chromosomes of men with old local surnames, to provide us with a link to the DNA of people in the past. We are particularly interested in the history of the Vikings. We know that these people left a lasting legacy on our language, landscape and place-names. But did they leave any genetic trace in today's population?

To answer this question, we wish to obtain DNA samples from men with old local surnames from the north of England. Men carrying such names are very likely to have inherited them from ancestors who lived in the area only a few generations after the Vikings settled in the region.

We have nearly completed recruitment for this study, but still require participants bearing one of the eligible surnames listed below. DNA donation is simply via a saliva sample, and volunteers will receive a description of their own Y-chromosome type when the work is completed in 2013.

If you are a man carrying one of these surnames, your father's father was born in the north of England (Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Durham or Northumberland) and you would like to take part in the study, please read on below.

How to take part in the study

Men interested in taking part are asked to register to attend one of the recruitment events listed below. Here participants (and anyone interested in the study) will be able to come along, listen to a talk, ask questions about the project and give a DNA sample on the day.

January 21st, 2012, York, New Earswick Folk Hall, Meeting Room at 10am-12 noon
January 21st, 2012, Harrogate, St Paul's Church Hall, Belford Road, off Victoria Avenue, at 3-5pm
January 22nd, 2012, Lancaster, St. John's Church, North Road, LA1 1PA at 9-11am
January 22nd, 2012, Keswick, Crosthwaite Parish Room, Main Street, at 3-5pm

To register to take part please fill in your details in the form here. In this study we require only one man per surname (including surname spelling variants). As representatives for each surname come forward, we will continue to list the remaining surnames for which we do not yet have participants on the drop-down list on the registration page. If you do not have one of the eligible surnames but would still like to attend one of the events, please click here.

What does taking part involve?

Aside from the talk, participating will take around 10 minutes of your time and enable you to find out more about your ancestry and the history of the Britain. We ask that you fill out a questionnaire about your ancestry, sign a consent form, and donate a saliva sample that provides us with the DNA that we need.

Participants will be provided with a summary of the results, designed for a layperson, at the end of the study in 2013. In addition we will provide a copy of each participant's Y chromosome genetic fingerprint and an explanation sheet designed for the layperson.

During this project we are looking at normal variation only, and no targeted tests of any medical consequence are done. However, while analyzing Y-chromosomal variation it can be found, in very rare cases, that a man has lost part of his Y chromosome which is related to fertility. Therefore, if potential participants are concerned about the risks of detecting infertility, we would suggest that they do not take part.

To register to take part please fill in your details in the form here. In this study we require only one man per surname (including surname spelling variants). As representatives for each surname come forward, we will list the remaining surnames for which we do not yet have participants.

The surnames we are interested in

The only criteria for participating are that you are a man whose father's father was born in the north of England (Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Durham or Northumberland) and that your surname is one of those listed below.

Exact spellings only, please. If you think that your surname is an unlisted variant of one of these names, please



Individuals who have one of the eligible surnames who wish to take part but are not able to attend one of the events are asked to

Further information

Individuals with queries are asked to email Turi King at, or telephone 07957 725246.

Links to previous surnames studies: