This web site tells the story of one Viking family that
Much family History research has been undertaken to uncover the information that is given on the site. It details what we know, or think we know, about our ancestors.
Old family records; official publications; wills; deeds;
census records; parish registers; birth, marriage and death
certificates; 1379 Poll Tax records; 1672 Hearth Tax records;
Coats of Arms records and numerous publications have all been
studied. Existing members of the family; several Local
Historians; Local Authority Record Office staff and staff from
other eminent libraries have all helped by providing relevant
information. DNA testing has been used to establish a Viking root
& to establish a connection between the oldest
Very old records can never be relied upon to be absolutely accurate so it is possible that this web site will contain some information which will at a later date be found to be inaccurate. More information will no doubt arise in the future as the research continues.
In the past the family name was spelt in many different ways including amongst others Muclewaite, Micklethwait, Micklethwayt, Micklethwaite, Muclethwait, Muclethwaite, Muclethwayte, Meiklethwaite, and these changes in spelling frequently occurred, even between father and son. Scribes recorded and spelled the name as it sounded. Typically a person would be born with one spelling, married with another, and buried with a headstone which showed yet another. All three spellings related to the same person.
time we reach the 1901 British census, the name is generally
being spelt in the
My ancestors removed the E from the end of the name at some time in the past – it seems to have largely disappeared around 1700. There are various stories about why they did this, but the most likely is that they simply wished to differentiate themselves from the many other families with the same surname.
Whilst researching my family history, I therefore concentrate on those without an E but because of spelling mistakes even to-day, I cannot afford to ignore those with an E just in case they are one of us – but wrongly spelt.
John P Micklethwait (email@example.com)