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Ola, and eyes down for a mega update which has been brewing now for the best part of a year.

It starts with Joseph Close (1676) and his family in Greenwich, Connecticut and winds its way into the rest of America in the 1940’s. Unsurprisingly, after a 270 year meander, there are a few memorable facts and figures, including:

  • 1235 new people
  • 1463 new images
  • 13 American Civil War soldiers
  • 45 World War I soldiers
  • 42 World War II soldiers
  • 1 New York Guard

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 making an appearance in both is the reknowned actress, Glenn Close, who joins her co-thespian, Ivy Lillian Close.

So, I hope you enjoy 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 annual plea for a few quid towards the site upkeep. Given that we’re now heading towards 250,000 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 have 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 at the top of every page.