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Hola. Hope everyone is still safe and well in these increasingly weird times. For those of you not in the UK … well done.

So, eyes down for another people update which is a nice little tree originating in Somerset, England. Many thanks to Toni Close for setting me off down this path, it’s one I haven’t trodden before. As it turns out I’ve just discovered another link backwards, thanks to a mis-transcribed baptism entry, which means I can actually push back and out a bit further. However, since this release was all packed up and ready to go I’ve decided to leave that for another rainy day, of which I’m sure there will be no shortage.

It all starts with Lemuel Close (1790) in West Bradley, Somerset and from there into Dorset, America and Canada.

There are a few memorable facts and figures, including:

  • 210 new People
  • 399 new Images
  • 208 new Sources
  • 19 new Hall of Fame heroes, some of which apparently didn’t make it out alive

All these are now online through the Close Ancestry Trees, with the recruits also available in the Close Hall of Fame on the main site.

Also included are a few clarifications on the relationship between Hezekiah Close (1848), his wife Isabella Smethurst (nee Hulme) and their children. Many thanks to Beverly Close for the information.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy all this and thanks to everyone who has sent me mail over the past year. It’s great to hear from you all and I try to respond to whatever comes down the Close Ancestry pipe. Everything you send me is stashed away for a time when I can do it justice. So, please bear with me, I will get around to it eventually, but in the meantime please keep the mail coming.

And … you knew it was coming … my usual plea for a few quid towards the site upkeep. Given that we’re now heading towards 300,000 page views, which sort of implies that it’s adding some value somewhere and that people are liking it, how about sending me a fiver towards the site costs? If you try to buy a BMD certificate, you’ll be looking at £20, just for one … we now have tens of thousands of images online that you can access for free! … just as an aside, if you’re looking for a BMD certificate then drop me a line before you buy it online because I can almost guarantee I can beat Mr Bandido’s price!

So, anyway, anything you can spare will be gratefully received and put to a good cause. I don’t do this to make a profit. Just go to www.CloseAncestry.com and hit the donate button that you’ll see at the top of every page.


And now for a bit of housekeeping

See the wood and the trees

We publish everything we have in our fabulous trees, so basically if you can’t find it, we don’t have it. With over 20,000 people, 5,000 families, 12,000 sources, and 69,000 image references currently sat in our database, you’ll appreciate the amount of work that has gone into this over the years.

You can see more in the Close Ancestry Trees.


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