Following my last Blog of 24th February, as promised I have completed work on the last of the 4 major Swinfield family trees.
SwinfieldFamily 12 can now be viewed at Ancestry. By clicking on this link or by pasting: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/tree/167088828 into the Ancestry website, you will be able to see all the relations who have been connected together into that large pedigree. To see who is part of that genealogy, you can view a tree of the principal male members at the Swinfield DNA and Genealogy project hosted by FTDNA.
This family has its origins in the parish of Markfield in Leicestershire. At present, I have extended it back as far as a weaver called John Swinfield who died in 1736. The current living members all descend from his son Thomas (1717-1783) and his grandson James (1759-1806). James has two main lines of descent through Thomas (1781-1868) and John (1792-1871).
Thomas junior's two sons, Richard (1803-1863) and James (1815-1903), are the progenitors of many living Swinfields. The former married Sarah Lygo at Heather, Leicestershire, in 1799 and that part of the family frequently used Lygo as a second forename in subsequent generations. Most of the current descendants of Richard still remain in the Leicester area. Branches of James's family through his son William Thomas (1837-1909), who settled in the Kingston area of Surrey, are still living throughout the south of England such as in the southern suburbs of London, Wiltshire and Hampshire. Another of James's sons Edward (1859-1940) hyphenated his surname to Swinfield-Wells and that family still flourishes today in Leicestershire.
The descendants of John Swinfield (1792-1871), who still bear the surname, have mainly remained close to Leicester. One later descendant, Henry Tomlin Swinfield (1893-1949), emigrated to New South Wales, Australia, in the early 20th century, where a branch of the family still lives.
Don't forget that you can also access the other 3 major Swinfield trees online at Ancestry.
However the amount of detail that you will be able to see will much greater if you either have asubscription of your own or use that website in a local public library. It is always possible to take out a 14-day free trial subscription to make use of the full applications. You will not be able to see information about living members of any family.