Whipp Family History
After many years of research, we are able to present an
extensive journey into our family roots.
It covers Sergeant Major James Orr, the Whipp and Rhodes families of England with relatives in the USA
and Canada, the East End of London Jewish Roots, and the Mills,Young & Whipp, families from
The Vale of the White Horse, Oxfordshire.
Also links to pages on Dance Champion Timmy Palmer and the life and times of
World Bantamweight Boxing Champion Thomas 'Pedlar' Palmer.
Click the images below to the family of choice
A Gt Gt Grandfather James Orr was a Sergeant Major in
the 47th Regiment of Foot. His son James (below) became a Sergeant in
the same Regiment. Click on the 1863 photo of James for the Orr family details.
photo courtesy of Musee McCord
Links to Relatives last Resting Place
The following sites are the most useful we have found for researching into family history or history in general and into the background. Some are very big sites and regularly updated and have links to other sites.
The Jewish Genealogy Society of Great Britain, JGSGB has many useful resources in searching for Jewish roots including the 1851 Anglo-Jewish Data Base. RootsWeb have a British Jewry mailing list and JewishGen has many recourses to call upon. For Jewish burial records Cemetery Scribes can be useful and Synagogue Scribes have many Jewish Births, Marriages and Deaths records.
IGI and Family Files
The FamilySearch site. Look for entries from parish records and other sources here but remember the details are only from copies and therefore subject to error. If important always check from the original records!
- Births, Marriages and Deaths
Free BMD is not complete but has millions of entries and gives references so that certificates can be obtained easily from registration offices. Find my Past is complete from Sep 1837, when registration began, almost to the present. Payment is for copies of the actual register entries. There are also now several other firms offering similar services such as Ancestry. For births from parish records before registration began there was littl available until recently except from from the IGI and of course the various mf or printed copies in local offices or at LDS Family History Centres, or printed register books for purchase or in local libraries. There is the FreeReg website run entirely by volunteers and free. This should begin to grow rapidly as the other projects FreeBMD and FreeCen near completion. (All three are always looking for more volunteers with an hour or so to spare - at home - in a week!)
- Census records
The 1881 census is now online (and it's free). A very large number of the other censuses are now available on CD, (lists being printed in adverts in the family history magazines) and all census records from 1841 including the 1901 and the 1911 census are available on various pay-to-view sites such as Ancestry and Find my Past.
The National Archives at Kew can be explored on N.A. Lots of information, special pages for children and schools, up-to-date topics, links, all National Archives leaflets (otherwise only obtainable by going to Kew) and the 1901 census (with free index). The records at Kew are among the most important in the country - miles and miles of public archives and documents all carefully indexed and preserved. (They now also run guided tours and various courses - you can read all about them here) Other departments are the A2A which locates documents in record offices around the country and the CWGC with its lists of those who died in WW1 and WW2 both in action and in raids at home.
Genealogy UK and Ireland
The site, Genuki, a genealogical forum for the UK and Ireland, is run by volunteers. It has been going for a number of years and was developed as a 'linking' system for all local record offices, local societies and just about every other history society.
Everyone recommends Cyndislist and it really is invaluable. There are articles and links for beginners and plenty for the more experienced researcher. You can also meet the family on Cyndi's homepage! Cyndi and Mark Howell have both written books on family history and on the web - and have hundreds of useful links.