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I (like many others) am actively researching my Family History and am in the process of building as complete a picture as possible about my family and relatives.

The Internet is a terrific tool for sharing research, my website is created to share my research - primarily in an attempt to allow people to identify a common interest and make contact through email.

I restrict what I publish so as to avoid falling foul of the Data Protection Act, but also as a common courtesy to protect the privacy of people still living.

My interests fall into two clear camps:-

  1. My own family, regardless of surname.
    (My) Blood Relatives is a number of web-pages which contain information about my blood relatives (and their spouses / partners).
    It shares (just) enough information to allow people to see if we share relatives, and if so you may wish to get in contact so we can share information more fully.

  2. All worldwide Glanvill(e)s; anyone bearing the surname, but not knowingly related to me.
    This is my One Name Study.
    The pages here list what I have found out about people bearing my surname (and its close variants) where-ever found in the world.
If you are searching for a Glanville, you will need to check both camps, as if they were/are a relative of mine, they will be in the Blood Relatives, and if I haven't identified them as being related to me, they will be in my One Name Study.

Blood Relatives

I have been actively researching my relatives for over 25 years, and have accumulated a large amount of information.
I welcome approaches from people who believe they have a connection and who wish to share information.
[Hint: "Share" is a two-way process ! ! ]
My email address can be found top right of this page.

Family Members
I publish summary details in order than people can identify common interests and make contact if they wish to share and grow knowledge.
Look for Corpse Catalogue 1 and Corpse Catalogue 2 (morbid humour at no extra cost) to search my relatives by name to see if we have common interests.
The information consists of the names, and dates / locations (where known) of Births / Marriages / Deaths.
These two pages contain the same people, but presented in different format in different formats, with slightly different accompanying information.
Neither contain all the information I hold, and neither contain the information I hold on living relatives.

The occupations of my direct ancestors are listed on my Ancestral Occupations page.

I have started to look at the location of family members both in Time and Space.
That work is contained on my Family Mapping page.

Causes of Death
I have now enough information on ancestors to look at their ages at death and causes of death (where known).
The information is maintained on my Drop Dead Gorgeous page.

Progress to Date
I have so far identifed ancestors in 14 earlier generations, 597 named direct ancestors of my children, but over 60,000 named individuals when I include all the other relations, including those ancestor's siblings and their descendants (cousins); over 40,000 of my own relatives.
Given that there's theoretically over 1,000 ancestors to find up to only the 10th generation I'm very grateful for the marriages between cousins in my ancestry and just wished they'd married thus more frequently!

Recent Breakthrough !
I have been extremely fortunate and found some fossilised photographs of my 2.5 millions-times-Great, Grandfather. As you can see, the family resemblance is striking.
It would appear Grand-Pappy was involved with some sort of animal husbandry !
2.5M x great grandfather  2.5M x great grandfather

DNA testing
In mid 2021 I decided to take an Ancestry DNA test, which has proposed over 11,000 other people also on Ancestry who are purported to be cousins to me.
I am steadily working through the list and the testing does indeed appear to have identified hitherto unknown cousins; so far I have found paper-based documentation for 231 relatives ranging from a known brother to a distant 6th cousin; with common ancestors as far back as 1713.

Many of the purported cousins have not provided enough information in their public trees (and some contain basic errors) so they cannot be confirmed through paper documentation.
I am continuing to follow the leads provided by Ancestry, and now have a Public Tree on Ancestry (my ancestors only, not uncles, great-uncles and 5th cousins twice removed etc) - but for those, even researchers without an Ancestry subscription may look in my Corpse Catalogue to see if we have matching interests.

Most of the DNA matches are living people, and no living people appear in my online publications.

Glanville One-Name Study

A One-Name-Study records everything about a single surname (and spelling variants) without regard as to whether all the individuals can be connected to your own family.

Some people publish the raw information as they find it, I have chosen to try to make family groups where possible.
I do also publish raw information AND information generously contributed by fellow researchers.

Search for Glanvilles
I have attempted to create family groupings of the Glanvilles I have found in many records.
Ghosts of Glanville is where I have created a searcheable database.

I have attempted to put ALL the information known about these people against their entry.

Furthermore, because of the great many variants arising from illiteracy, phonetic spelling, transcription errors etc I have recorded them all as GLANVILLE as well as the as-found spelling - EXCEPT for where the records consistently use a variant (such as GLANVILL). However, most of the consistent spelling arises through the 20th Century (the 1900s) and I do not publish information about people born after 1920 unless I know they have died (although I do hold a great deal of such information, which I would share with their family members upon request).

Glanvilles in Records
Some record sources are rich in names, such as Immigration Lists, Electoral Registers, Newspapers etc and I have trawled many of these and found Glanvilles.

Some of the Glanvilles found there have been identified and the information from the list added to the person in the Ghosts of Glanvilles database, but a great many have not.
Therefore I am publishing the lists in case it assists Glanville-researchers.

My Glanville's Galore page is the start point for this work.

Other Information

I have used Chapman Codes to abbreviate many placenames in my databases Corpse Catalogues 1 & 2 and Ghosts of Glanvilles.

USA statenames, Canadian provinces, English Counties as well as Countries have been usefully abbreviated.

Many are obvious - ENG for England, AUS for Australia; but quite a few are not - Hampshire is HAM and not Hants, Massachusetts is MA and not Mass. So the link is provided to a list.

Gene Sharing
After very distant relatives have told me they see family resemblances in photos, I decided to look into just what commonality there might be as the genes are diluted through more and more distant relatives.

I've put what I've found on my Genes Sharing page.

I'm My Own Grandpaw

Sometimes there can be a conflict in working out your ancestors relationship, and multiple relationships can exist between two people, as evidenced in the words of this old song by Dwight Latham and Moe Jaffe...

Many, many years ago when I was twenty-three
I was married to a widow who was as pretty as could be.
This widow had a grown up daughter who had hair of red
My father fell in love with her and they too were wed.

This made my dad my son-in-law and changed my very life
For my daughter was my mother cause she was my father's wife.
To complicate the matter even though it brought me joy
I soon became the father of a bouncing baby boy.

My little baby then became a brother-in-law to dad
And so became my uncle though it made me very sad.
For if he was my uncle then that also made him brother
Of the widow's grown-up daughter who, of course, was my stepmother.

Father's wife then had a son who kept them on the run
And he became my grandchild for he was my daughter's son.
My wife is now my mother's mother and it makes me blue
Because although she is my wife she's my grandmother too.

If my wife is my grandmother then I'm her grandchild
And every time I think of it, it nearly drives me wild.
For now I have become the strangest case you ever saw
As husband of my grandmother I am my own grandpaw.

I'm my own grandpaw
I'm my own grandpaw
It sounds funny I know
But it really is so
Oh, I'm my own grandpaw.

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