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Site Rebuild – April 2022

So, every 10 years or so, after ignoring all the warning signs ... something breaks. For technical reasons, which I won't bore you with, the previous incarnation of the Close Ancestry website finally and suddenly expired in a heap of…

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2021

So, here we are again, at the end of what seems to have been another generally rubbish year for most people around the world. Still, at least (hopefully) we made it through to try and assume some semblance of normality…

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Ancestor Appreciation Day – 27 September 2021

Today is Ancestor Appreciation Day It is celebrated on the 27th September every year. Do you know who the people were you descended from? Where did they live? Did they immigrate to the country you live in during the past…

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2020

So, here we are again, at the end of what has been a pretty crap year for most people around the world. Still, at least (hopefully) we made it through to try and assume some semblance of normality in 2021.…

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Ancestor Appreciation Day – 27 September 2020

Ancestor Appreciation Day Today is Ancestor Appreciation Day. It is celebrated on the 27th September every year. Do you know who the people were you descended from? Where did they live? Did they immigrate to the country you live in…

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People Update – May 2020

Ola. Hope everyone is safe and well in these weird times. Eyes down for another mega update which has been over a year in the making. It all started with a 1589 reference to William Close (1598) in Leeds, Yorkshire…

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2019

So, here we go again ... another year older, fatter and definitely no wiser. We would like to wish all our family, relatives, friends, visitors and especially our Contributors a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please also…

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DNA Testing for Genealogy

It's been pointed out to me by one of our Contributors, Martin McDowell, that the Close's are a tardy lot when it comes to using DNA technology for their genealogy research. Martin is an Administrator for the FamilyTreeDNA site and…

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Stan Close – March 2019

Many thanks to Stan Close for his work on the South African Close's; two in fact since Stan also married a Close, but not from the same branch! Stan descends from the Gloucestershire Close's, whereas his wife Edith hails from…

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People Update – July 2018

Hola, and eyes down for another mega-update which has been brewing now for the best part of 2 years. It finishes off the Goodman John Close tree with the descendents of Thomas Close (1637) and his family in Greenwich, Connecticut…

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People Update – April 2016

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…

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Help Us To Fill In The Blanks

Please help us. This is a free site which now contains the details of thousands of people, and thousands of images. Putting aside the number of hours of work involved in producing it, it costs money to pay for the…

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Family Tree

Paul Close – April 2015

Thanks to Paul Close for kicking off another quick foray into the depths of Gloucestershire with a tree branching from there. Unfortunately it fizzles out in Stroud in 1797, so if anyone has a handy set of registers for that…

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People Update – March 2015

I've had an unvalidated Irish / Canadian / American / Australian / Tasmanian tree languishing in my To Do List for ages, so this update fills in the blanks. Surprisingly, no new people but a lot of background information with…

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2015

We would like to wish all our family, relatives, friends, visitors and especially our Contributors a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year. Please also raise a glass to our ancestors, without whom none of us would…

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The World of Whim: The Awakening

OK, so the original lonely book now has a sibling. Due to popular demand, the second volume of the Whim series has finally come into the world. A big thanks to everyone who has helped me get there, particularly my…

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The World of Whim: In The Beginning

They say that lurking inside everyone is a lonely book trying to get out. Well, it appears that mine has finally escaped the confines of my imagination to make its bid for freedom. Well, if it was good enough for…

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Paige Close – October 2014

Many thanks to Paige Close for sending me off down a branch tracing the descendants of Henry Mead Close (1785) and his family in America. In particular, we have a number of WW1 and WW2 draftees, as well as one…

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Lyn Hamilton – March 2014

Many thanks to Lyn Hamilton for sending a chunky little tree tracing the descendants of Thomas Close (1781) and his family from Grinton, Yorkshire into Australia. In particular, we now have a number of WW1 and WW2 combatants and fatalities…

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2014

We would like to wish all our family, relatives, friends, visitors and especially our Contributors a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year. Please also raise a glass to our ancestors, without whom none of us would…

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People Update – December 2013

What started off as a random scouting trip into darkest Lincolnshire when something caught my eye has turned into another significant Close branch. It may a bit fragmented, but having pushed back ... and back ... and back ... has…

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Margaret Greer – October 2013

Many thanks to Margaret Greer for sending more clarifications on: Jarvis Close (1853) Mary Ann Close (1856) and family Photographs of: Gravestone of Anthony Close (1846), Annie Hardacre Lord (1860) and Rosalie Bertha Close (1883) Photograph of Catherine Close (1841)…

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