This is the Home Page for my family history website. It includes some of the results of my research into my ancestry, and is intended primarily to make those results available to my many cousins, who may be interested in our shared forbears.
This site is under continuing development, as my researches progress within the constraints of my other activities; a list of recent updates is shown here. I am in process of adding scanned images and annotations of the original documents, letters and photographs on which my researches are based, many of which have been inherited from my ancestors, and some of which date back over two hundred years.
John Mordaunt Barnard
I am in process of compiling family trees showing all the descendants of my four sets of great-grandparents. This is something of a moving target, as new leaves and branches sprout on these trees at the rate of two or three every year. The information for them has largely been provided by my cousins, who are shown on them, and for reasons of confidentiality access to them is protected by passwords. Further details are given on the Family Trees page.
In some respects my ancestors could be described as "boring" - they are almost uniformly English, middle-class and professional, and I have to go back several generations to find even a French antecedent, let alone anything more exotic. They were clergymen, businessmen, lawyers, artists, schoolmasters, army officers, town clerks etc., with a smattering of connections to minor aristocracy and landed gentry. Nevertheless, many of them, along with their siblings, were "high achievers", and several left their mark on the world in the form of published books.
The following "birth brief" table shows the four generations up to my great-great-grandparents, with links to pages where the relevant individuals and families are discussed in more detail.
Dyestuffs chemist and Fine Art dealer
|Pascha Trevenen James (1919-1978)||