All genealogical records on this website are listed in chronological date order commencing with the earliest life events through to the latest. The early Welford records are shown separately for each named Parish on the list to the left of this narrative in the usual manner. However in the 18th century the numbers of Welford families and individuals inhabiting the parishes of the modern-day North Yorkshire Moors National Park grew exponentially with a large number able to trace their ancestry to Ralph & Hannah Welford of Warsett Hill, Brotton. Due to movement between the parishes, the male children of Ralph and Hannah have their own sections showing their descendants and one son, George has his children split into their own separate sections due to his fathering nineteen children in all, though not all to the same woman I hasten to add.
This format has made compiling the family trees a much simpler task and hopefully the records are also easier to follow being listed to a particular lineage of the family. Several notes have also been added throughout the various sections helping to explain, expand or enhance the archive material. Family Trees for each parish, or individual can be found in the pdf files on a separate tab under each parish section, or you can simply click on the button under the headings to jump to the link. These pedigrees have been compiled using all available archive source material and in many cases the families can be linked to one another. Indeed with the help of the information contained in church registers, wills and memorials of indentures my own maternal family line can be traced back several centuries through Hawnby, Roxby, Brotton and Crathorne.
Please feel free to contact me with your requests or questions, or if anything you find conflicts with your own research. I would also welcome your help if you think you can add to my collection with any of your own findings.
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to contact me in the two years since this website was created and for all the interesting and wonderful information you have provided. I regulary receive messages from all corners of the world showing just how far the family have spread over the years and I really look forward being able to assist with your queries where I can.
Do you have any old photographs of Earle and Welford ancestors tucked away in your albums? If so I would really love to hear from you. Perhaps you would allow them to be added to this website as its so much better when you have a face to go with a name.
Remember new material is constantly being added to the website so do come back soon and see what's new!