I have been researching my family tree since my paternal grandfather died in 1976. Whilst researching my mother's ancestry I started recording every instance of her maternal grandmother's name FARMERY and so my one-name study was born! I now record every instance of the name I find all over the world, and my database currently contains over 51,600 name events. I am constructing family trees for each family group and try to put distant cousins in touch!

My study covers the FARMERY surname and known variants such as FARMEARY, FARMEREY, FARMARY and FARMERIE, as well as instances of the name being used as a forename rather than surname.

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Farmery DNA Project Update

We now have three full 37 marker Y Chromosome results back - Farmery of Binbrook (and Walesby?), of Rawmarsh/Tickhill and of Hutton Conyers/Leeds. A fourth test, Farmery of Thorne/Fishlake is so far analysed up to 12 markers.

A fifth test, Farmery of North Ormsby, has been returned to the lab and a sixth, Farmery of Vancouver/Grimsby (and Searby/Walesby?) is about to be sent off.

Whilst we have no matches so far the last two results are eagerly awaited. The North Ormsby group start with an illegitimate birth where it is assumed the father was a Farmery. It is hoped that Vancouver/Grimsby will be a match for Binbrook and so link that line firmly to the Walesby family!

FamilyTreeDNA have 37 marker test kits on sale at $119.00 (reduced from $189.00) during December.

Friday, 28 November 2008

2008 Farmery Gathering

The 8th annual Farmery gathering was held at Bracebridge Heath, near Lincoln, on Saturday October 4th 2008. Once again it was a truly international event, with Graham Farmer (who actually has Farmery not Farmer ancestry!) from Kenya and Patricia Powley and her brother Dwight Farmery from Pennsylvania present.

Philip Tallon (a retired university adult education lecturer in Old English language and literature, place name research and Anglo Saxon studies) spoke on "Place Names of the East Midlands" and Stephen Moorhouse (no relation, a professional archaeologist and landscape historian) on "Maps and Historical Landscapes".

In the evening 12 of us continued the socialising over dinner at the Wig and Mitre on Steep Hill, just down from the cathedral.

The Sunday visit was to Burghley House at Stamford.

The 2009 gathering is scheduled for Saturday September 26th, again at Bracebridge Heath.