Along with the extensive collection of Ian Babb’s papers, was a USB Pen Drive that included what appears to be 74 English Pedigrees that he outlined prior to his death. They were the culmination of his lifetime of research and a key to understanding the remainder of his work.
Each Pedigree is sorted into the corresponding county where it originates. Many of these disparate trees are no doubt connected, but the paper trail didn’t exist for him to link them together. So, he tracked them separately to make sure he covered virtually every Babb in England somewhere in these files. He was not able to add source information to these files before his passing, but the structure of the family units and key dates are included.
Technology has come a long way in the 7 years since he worked on these and source information is far easier to connect than it used to be. So, I’ve been working hard to get those included before I release them to the public. Some files are large and some are just fragments that he wanted to keep track of. I’ve taken the added step of normalizing the place names, so they can be searched across and I’ve also dropped a header entry for each line that discusses the lines name, origination date and location.
Somewhere in these 74 Pedigrees lays the cousins and ancestors of each of our lines in the US. Having this big picture will allow us through process of elimination to match them up and transform our search.
Once we have the pedigrees updated and imported into the Master File, we will be able to start looking for commonality. We hope to reunite many of these lineages using a combination of old fashioned research, social media & DNA testing to prove these lines out and prove our theories.
So with that, let me introduce you to the first 3 Pedigrees which make up the Babb Families of Buckinghamshire, England. Buckinghamshire is just to the North and West of London and is often loosely referred to as Bucks or Buckingham. Follow the links below to review the Descendants of each line:
- buckinghamshire-pedigree-01 (before 1774 in Great Hampden, Buckinghamshire)
- buckinghamshire-pedigree-02 (about 1813 in Penn, Buckinghamshire)
- buckinghamshire-pedigree-03 (about 1800 in Great & Little Hampden, Buckinghamshire)
You will notice that these families are likely related. The early cities mentioned are a mere 8 miles (13 Kilometers) apart and very close to Heathrow Airport. Proving them out is the long term goal of this project.
Watch for additional posts like this one for other counties as I have them completed.