Stories, Biographies and Events from my extended family tree, Genealogy related news events  and just in case it all gets too serious, a touch of genealogical humour. Since the majority of my ancestors were from the English counties of Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire you will also find historic articles on the people, places and events in those counties.

You may have noticed that almost all the external links used in this blog are to Wikipedia the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.  I encourage you to support this project.

Brian Tompkins


  1. Sheila Bell said,

    October 14, 2007 at 11:55 am

    What an interesting webpage this is, particularly the account of the electrocution of William Henry Blatch, husband of Harriot, with the detail of how the poor chap met his death and the circumstances leading up to it. This is the real stuff of genealogy which brings our distant cousins to life (forgive the paradox).

  2. Jane Leaper said,

    March 21, 2008 at 1:23 am

    I came across your site while researching my own family history in Wiltshire and Dorset and I’ve enjoyed reading it.

  3. August 15, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Hi Brian,
    Love your website! I am still busy hunting down our COOMBS & related families and enjoying the role of Online Parish Clerk for Cerne Abbas, Cerne Nether and Upcerne.
    Claire Smith-Burns

  4. mike lewis said,

    May 1, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Hi Brian,
    Could you pleae let me have details of membership of your Frome research group
    Thanking you.
    Mike Lewis

  5. M Kriek said,

    June 10, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Thanks for supplying the most interesting facts concerning Arthur Stark’s early life. Exactly what the doctor ordered. Also had a look at the census details which you added to werelate, great stuff. Just noticed a typo in text, he was born in 46, not 66.

    M Kriek

  6. aarti said,

    October 8, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    nice to know that it has become easy to find people, sitting in our rooms. this site was a great help to find the details about the authur i was reading a novel written by. The family details about the author helped me understand how come he had written so deeply and i was more interested his reading his writings. i wanna share it with all my friends now. i just want to know how to search for other public records.
    thanks to you

  7. Dorothy Joycey said,

    February 23, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    My Family goes back to Nicholas Willis and Ann Laban or Labon. Both would have been Born late 1500s. The descendnts that I know of were there till the late 1800s. Nichola and Ann were my 9th Great Grandparents. I would love to hear from anyon descended from Nicholas and Ann.
    I have had a couple of vistits to Dorset and a few weeks in the Dorset History Centre, unfortunatley did not visit Stratton so was pleased to obtain a phota of the Church from this site. I appreciate the thought that has gone into the site. I might say that Dorset along with North of Wales are 2 of my favorite spots in the UK.Regards,Dorothy

  8. Kenneth Reeves said,

    March 29, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I am a relation of E Gordon Reeves and would like to know of his daughters, Margaret Layard Keith and Enid Sarah Bond,


    February 11, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Does anyone know my aunt born ann richardson 17 july 1932 probably in bournemouth uk – lived at 10 Mortimer Road in 1939?

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