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This page shows the genie data pages that have been uploaded into the database so far this year. Click here for a page which lists in date order the pages which were uploaded in earlier years. The subtotals in bold below, and on the prior-years page, show the numbers of the pages at various midpoint dates (in order Section I-Section II-Section III = Ancient-Continental-British) which have been used to provide the following graph. This shows the growth of the database from September 2002 to January 2018 (excluding the draft & temporary pages).

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You may wonder what makes us decide to include some families before others. The answer is that there is often little logic or specific purpose to it. We started off with certain core families related to Stirnet's founder's family (as reported on Sources and acknowledgments) and then gradually expanded the database, trying to cover all parts of the British Isles. We recognised that it would be sensible for us to develop a base of some 'major' familes (such as the Stewarts, Tudors, Howards, and FitzGeralds) but at the same time we were keen to include many 'small landowners' and 'townfolk' to evidence that we intend for the database to set a broad target for people who want to find connections to historical figures and not just make it easier for people who already have a clear connection to a well-documented family. From time to time we may focus on a particular area of the British Isles or on a 'theme' (past themes have included the British Prime Ministers shown on the Selected Individuals page). If we are presently working on any theme or series of reviews, there will probably be reference to that in or just above note A below.

We welcome suggestions for families to work on PROVIDED THAT you give clear direction as to where the data may be (or has been) sourced (remember that Sources and acknowledgments identifies many of the sources we already have copies of) AND you allow properly for the fact that we operate to the following constraints:
(1) with very few exceptions, we do not come more forward in time than generations with at least one person born by 1800 (which at least means that, for many families, there is some overlap with the early censuses which can be found online elsewhere); and
(2) we focus only on British & Irish families so, unless a family comes back into the British Isles by 1800, it is very rare for us to follow a line which has emigrated from the British Isles; and
(3) we shall not include a family in our database until we have found a connection between that family and another family which is already in the database.

Several people have been very helpful with this, not least with suggesting useful sources we had not used previously, and so have obtained Free Membership. For more information on this, see Membership Scheme.

Prior years
2014 2015 2016 2017
Pages added
172 193 306 261
(excludes Draft and Temporary pages)

New pages uploaded late in 2017
07.12 Chisholm04      20.12. [old Fraser06 renamed Fraser09] Fraser06, Fraser10, Fraser11, Fraser12, Fraser13, Fraser14, Fraser15, Fraser16      23.12 Sinclair14, Sinclair15      24.12 Sinclair16      28.12 Budge1, Murray19     At 31.12.17: 64+94+5717=5875.

New pages uploaded so far in 2018: 46
03.01 Newton04       04.01 Calder2       05.01 Bruce13, Coghill1, Innes06       06.01 Campbell35, Henderson03, Honyman1      07.01 [old MZmisc02 renamed Meschines1] BZmisc27, Gibson02, Manson1, Williamson02     09.01 [Gun1 renamed Gunn2] Gunn1, MacAlister1       24.01 Acland2, CZmisc17       25.01 Amadas1       26.01 Ashe2, Bowyer03      27.01 Atwill1, Badcock1      28.01 Ball01, Ball02      31.01 Bellew3     At 31.01.18: 64+94+5741=5899       01.02 Bennett05, Bidlake1, Bishop02       02.02 Blackall2       03.02 Bogan1, Butler21      04.02 Bowerman1, Budockshide1      05.02 Burdon1, Burdon2, BZmisc28      06.02 Burrington1, Calwoodleigh1, Carwithen1      07.02 Champneys2, Trevelyan2       09.02 Cholwill1       10.02 Colman1      11.02 Cooke08      13.02 Cory1, Cottell1       15.02 Cotton07.

PCBG notes (last updated 21.01.18)
(1) As reported elsewhere in the site, I am presently working on 'upgrading' the site from http to https, with a few other repairs & improvements being considered also, and am not sure how long this will take. [See the note at the top of the Troubleshooting page.] This might distract me from working on the database from time to time but that will probably only be for a few days at a time. However, being apparently quiet for a period may also mean that I have not worked on the site at all (that does happen from time to time) or that I have made only minor changes to the database pages in that period (something that is quite common) or that I am in the midst of something that is taking several days to complete.]
(2) From time to time I focus on particular regions of the British Isles. Regions covered so far include Buckinghamshire, Cheshire, Fife, Herefordshire, Highlands & Islands, Jersey, Kent & Sussex. I have also worked through Hunter's 'Familiae Minorum Gentium' ("FMG", which looks mainly at Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire & Yorkshire) and Griffith's Pedigrees (which concentrates on Anglesey & Carnarvonshire). I am now seeing what else I have to do in Vivian's works on the Visitations to Devon & Cornwall and then I may have a go at the monumental 'History of Northumberland'.
- I would welcome suggestions of sources that would help me cover Devon and/or Cornwall in more depth, particularly any sources that are available to download over the Internet.
(3) I sometimes focus on 'multi-branch families', many of which were Scots who seem to have had more of a tradition of documenting junior cadet branches than the English did and who are normally easier to follow than Welsh & Irish families. So far I have worked on the Frasers, Hamiltons, Leslies, MacDonalds, Mackenzie, Munros & Sinclairs. I am part-way through (temporarily-halted) reviews of the Campbells, Carews & Montgomerys. Other families to be covered in due course will probably include Bruce, Bulkeley, Fermor, Leigh & Petre. I am still stuck on the Staffords so any suggestions on them would be welcome.

A. On (rare) occasion I will work on Sections I & II, the Ancient and Continental sections that cover the early ancestors of various British Royals and others (see Ancestral Lines). Normally I concentrate on expanding & improving Section III of the database (British Families - Medieval, Renaissance & Modern). If you wish to suggest a family for me to work on, please see the note above.

B. The following pages have recently been subjected to significant change/extension and/or review (some involving the insertion of new families): 05.12 Chisholm01, Chisholm02 20.12 Fraser01, Fraser02, Fraser03, Fraser07, Fraser09, KZmisc05 21.12 DZmisc03 23.12 AZmisc12, Sinclair03 24.12 Sinclair06, Sinclair14 26.12 Sinclair14 27.12 Sutherland03 03.01 FZmisc08 04.01 Dunbar07 07.01 GZmisc09, TZmisc09 08.01 Nicolson2 21.01 AZmisc12 24.01 AZmisc12 25.01 Meredith03 27.01 AZmisc12 29.01 Barry04, BZmisc01 01.02 BZmisc27 02.02 Blackall1 04.02 BZmisc27 06.02 CZmisc17 07.02 Trevelyan1 08.02 CZmisc17 09.02 Clifford03 10.02 Collins02, CZmisc06 15.02 Cotton02 19.02 Courtenay2 20.02 Courtenay3.

C. Latest non-trivial additions to or major amendments of the Draft & Temporary pages linked to/from the Can You Help? page: 08.02 Tmp11.

D. See The Stirnet Portal to find out how easy it is to get a free link from this Families Database to your own web site. If you don't have your own site at the moment but would like one, we may be able to help you with that also.

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