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I first put these pages up on the web in Spring 2000 in the hope that there would be a few interested souls out there who would perhaps send me a message of interest.

I could never have guessed what an avalanche of information would come my way and continues to do so. I am most grateful to all those who have sent me the most amazing collections of interesting information that must have taken an enormous amount of time to research and discover. Great numbers of family lines have come to light and I have tried to include them all on the family tree.

One of the most striking things about these people is that almost all of them know that their families originate from Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire or Gloucestershire - in a broad agricultural strip of the east and south Midlands. These were clearly hotbed centres of Boddington, and Bodington, life, possibly for many centuries - see origins of the name.

Not surprisingly there are very many loose ends - so many family lines (see family structure for the main lines) that are probably related somewhere if only we had a few extra bits of information. So, please, keep sending me your lines, and I will keep adding them into the chart.

These pages are for the benefit of the Boddington family - if you're a Boddington, no matter where in the world, then these pages are for you! The simple objective is to bring together in one place all Boddingtons, their genealogy, history, and achievements, to meet each other through the wonder of modern communications and to share in each others interests. In December 2007 I added a couple of lines of Bodingtons - the one D Bodingtons - and in June 2009 I have added over 470 people to the one D Bodington lines and given them a page set of their own. There must be a number of variations in the spelling which are one and the same family, and members of the two families come from villages in Warwickshire (Pailton and Harborough Magna - Great Harborough) that are just two miles apart! So perhaps by including lines from these we might just find a link somewhere!

This page will provide the focal point for all people with the family name of Boddington (or Bodington), as well as those ladies who were born a Boddington but lost the name on marriage. And, of course, those whose mothers or grand mothers were Boddingtons.

This page is provided by Tim Boddington - that's me above, interestingly one of at least four Tim Boddingtons that I now know of although to be truthful Timothy is my second name. I'm really a Samuel Boddington. I am a member of a large family of Boddingtons, mostly living in the UK so far as I know. While searching the internet and as a result of this family page I have become aware of the large number of Boddingtons spread out around the globe. Some are or may be related to me, many are not, or at least not obviously so. My own family tree has been drawn back 250 years or so and there are other individuals who may be related to my family but are not proven to be. There are many other Boddingtons who do not seem to be connected with us but, in the dim and distant past, may well be.

The best known Boddington family is that of brewing fame. A Pedigree of that family was compiled in 1889 by Reginald Stewart Boddington. This pedigree presently provides a large number of the names in this web site. You may wish to go directly to Henry Boddington, brewer. His autobiographical history, Record of the Life of Henry Boddington, is also available. Oddly, at the outset I knew nothing about Reginald Stewart; he didn't appear on his 1889 family tree. However, in 2003 and early 2004 further information of his came to light that put him into some context with details of his own family. Many thanks to Warren Lloyd, John Chapple and John Breese.

Boddington is not a very frequent name. The possibility exists that we are all related - some of the recent discoveries in DNA analysis, now available to the public, might even prove it one day, one way or the other. It should be possible, if we all pool our family information, to build up a family tree that really shows who we are and who we are related to.

If your name is Boddington or Bodington, or, ladies, if you or your mother's or grand mother's maiden name was Boddington or Bodington, then I would like to hear from you - please send me an email right now just to introduce yourself.

Database

My genealogical database is now built using web pages and mySQL.

Major improvements

From July 2013 I have implemented the family trees in a fully dynamic mySQL database. This has the advantage of allowing me to make instant updates online, and for the general user to see instantly the current index of surnames, full names, family and person records. This also has the advantage of eliminating the need for obsolete programs, all the maintenance and display being undertaken via web pages.

I have added almost 300 individuals, all of whom are descendants or spouses, or relatives of spouses, of Charles BODDINGTON (1830-1908). It was he who emigrated to Toronto in Canada in the 1860s and from whom almost every Boddington in North America is descended. This is by far the biggest, most complete tree on the site. More than half the family are still living and although in my database are not eligible to be displayed (see below for the reason). Let me thank Lynn Coulter for the brilliant family history, Melody Island Memories, she has researched and written about this extensive family, albeit with the help and support of many others. It is a truly wonderful document and every family in the Charles BODDINGTON tree should have a copy.

Security Policy

I have reviewed the present security situation (2006) and have concluded that it is no longer safe to publish any information on living persons. This is due to the upsurge in identity theft and associated fraud. I will continue to maintain basic information on living persons in my database but this will not be accessable on the web site. In the absence of specific information a person will be assumed to be deceased approximately 90 years after their known birth or approximately 120 years after the birth of their parents. Where the individual is deceased I will try to publish as much information as is available in order to complete the genealogical record.

Where I find a relationship between individuals who do not know of each other I will obtain agreement from each to disclose their identity and contact information to the other. The same will apply to those found to be researching in the same branch of the family.

Web site achievements

One of the joys of a web site such as this is the regularity with which it brings together people who are related but who didn't know of each other before. Three or four times each year I manage to bring people together with usually distant lines of connection - cousins several times removed.

In September 2004 the site achieved its greatest success yet. A chap who was adopted at birth was looking for his mother and asked if I could help. By great good fortune a lady with the name of his natural mother had emailed me four years before and after sensitive enquiry it was confirmed that she was indeed his mother. They are now getting to know one another and making up for those 35 missing years.

Help

I am frequently asked for help on starting out on the search for ancestors but there are far better sources than I. Try looking for help pages on the web such as Genealogy Learning CenterExternal link which is full of practical advice on the subject.


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