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Tree Name  All 
Description  I am now combining my tree and all in my Go(a)tham One-Name Study in a single tree. Whilst it is clear that the name has several origins and not all Go(a)thams are related, the uncertainty about which tree people belong to and the diffculties inherent in moving people between trees means it makes sense to have all in one tree and use 'branches' to distinguish between the groups. Because I have potentially useful info. on the non-Goatham ancestry with a significant no. of Goatham descendants it makes sense to have my tree combined with the One-Name Study.

Living people

In general no details are shown for those who are or maybe living people - 'maybe' means many will be shown as living who are no longer alive. I probably also show a few who are still living as dead; many find the tree through searching on e.g. a grandparent's name, and setting the age at which someone was assumed to be dead to 120 years, as some do, would probably seriously reduce people finding this tree. I used to use the age of 97, but now use 100. I hope the very few affected will not mind, should they learn of it. If I do not know if a person if living or not, I will nearly always have no information on a person which is not in the public domain anyway.

I also do show names and other details for a few living people on the tree, who have told me they are happy for me to do this.


There are a number of reasons for extending the tree beyond my direct ancestors and maybe their siblings.

1. I am interested not just in my genealogy, but in the lives of my ancestors. In most cases, when they lived to see them, their grandchildren will have been important to them. These will include 'first cousins' to my line. Quite a few will also have known or known of great grandchildren (second cousins to my line); hence it makes sense to routinely extend the tree to second cousins. One of my great grandmothers met a couple of her great great grandchildren. While there may be one or two others who also did, clearly this is exceptional and I am not routinely researching to 3rd cousins.

2. When I am in contact with someone about family history it can be helpful to me to put that person on my tree, to make it easier to see where our common interests are, and it may be helpful to them (even if shown as living, a person who is on the tree can be set so that relationships are shown to them).

3. Where a name is unusual I may have decided to research all the relations with that name that I can, in a certain area, or all descended from a particular couple. I may have extended this research to some extent to female lines.

4. Where I come across cousins beyond 2nd cousins easily it seems silly not to put them on the tree. Often this will be in researching to the 2nd cousin level. It is often easier to research more widely than one's interest to be sure of where those who are within one's area of interest fit.

5. As with in-laws (below) I may include more distant cousins because of interesting stories, because of coming across a mention of them in wills or even looking at their wills to find more information about the family, etc.


Mostly with in-laws I don't extend the tree beyond those who married my relation, and occasionally their parents, though there are a few exceptions. The closer a relation is to my direct line the more likely I am to add a few more in-laws. The reasons they may be present include:
1. Where my relations were living with their in-laws or vice-versa at the time of a census: I like to understand whose these others in the house were, putting them on the tree helps to clarify this.
2. Similarly, it can help to clarify who they are when an in-law is mentioned in a will.
3. Previous spouses and children by that marriage can be of interest, especially when the children would have lived with / been brought up by my relation.
4. Where I have inherited photos, it is interesting to see how those in them are linked (e.g. the Dollimore family).
5. Where my relations appear to have married into a family more than once it can be interesting to see how / if these are related.
6. Where there is an interesting story concerning someone fairly closely related to the in-law on my tree.
7. Where I have done some research to help someone else for whom these are ancestors.
8. Where I believed at first that the in-laws were my ancestors (e.g. where a direct ancestor married more than once, and I thought I was descended from the wife I first learnt of, only to discover an earlier wife was my ancestor).


In addition, there are some people on my tree who I do not know to be my relations, or linked as in-laws. These are generally people I suspect or suspected are relations.
Suspected: For example, I added a family in my 3 x great grandmother Tryphena's will, who I now think were only friends. Having researched the links between them, and having the will information, it seems I might as well leave them in case they are of interest to others.

Suspect: Where I suspect a link it is usually because of the same unusual surname. Mostly I hope to find the link as I research further. Some are added even when I doubt I will be able to find a link. This is often so that I have a record of those I might muddle with my relations.
e.g. the Vogw(e/i)ll family. In general I am not researching this family more widely than descendants of my Vogwell ancestors from Widecombe in the Moor. This does not include Fogwell / Vogwill etc. families from the Bude area of Cornwall and from Exeter. However, Williams from both of these families ended up in Plymouth at the same time as William descendants from the Widecombe family. Not only were they in the same place, but I have found sevearl newspaper articles concerning them. Noting all the Plymouth Vogwills allows me to see who was involved in the newspaper story.
Individuals  39,988 
Families  12,915 
Sources  209 
Owner  Teresa Goatham 
City  Gillingham 
State/Province  Dorset 
Zip/Postal Code  SP8 4DQ 
Country  England 
Phone  01747 823797 

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