BOAT FAMILIES

of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and connected waterways

Burscough Canal


WELCOME to our updated website - launched 6th April 2015.

SITE INFORMATION

At the launch of the site, in March 2010, there were more than 3,000 names, mostly families of canal workers on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, all connected by marriage, in one tree, Canal Family 1.

This tree has grown to more than 52,000 people as it spreads from Lancashire and Yorkshire into Cheshire, Staffordshire and beyond. Our next three trees have now all been merged into Canal Family 1 and deleted: Canal Family 2 with 95 people on 6th June 2014, Canal Family 3 with 24 people on 24th July 2019, and Canal Family 4 with 273 people in October 2013.

A new tree, Canal Family 5 (120 people), was created on 8th February 2014, and still survives. Another, Canal Family 6 (124 people), was merged into Canal Family 1 on 26th Oct 2017 and deleted.

Canal Family 7 (initially containing 523 names) was added on Nov 10 2017 and soon updated to 1,063 people. Another tree, intended to become Canal Family 8 with 952 people, was found to be linked so both these trees were merged into Canal Family 1 on 25th January 2019.

Except for those openly listed in the 1939 census, we do not knowingly include living people without family permission. Information has been compiled from private research by ODFHS members and other contributors, from the websites of Lancashire On-line Parish Clerks, Lancashire BMDs, Censuses - and increasingly from parish records on Ancestry, Findmypast and FamilySearch (IGI). Some details are inevitably more complete than others, but where copies of birth, marriage or death certificates are held, this is shown in individuals' Life Histories by the letters BC, MC or DC.

We welcome contributions to help expand existing trees. Additional data or amendments can be emailed to boatfamilies[at]odfhs.email or by using the contact us link - please indicate sources, especially if you have verification by certificates etc. We can accept data in any form convenient to you, but if you have a tree of three or more generations we would appreciate receiving it as an attachment in GEDCOM format to the same address. (Your family history program will have an option to export a GEDCOM tree, which can be sent as an email attachment.)

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Ormskirk & District
Family History Society


Boat Families Website


The Society is indebted to the small group of dedicated enthusiasts who have developed this site. Using this site and the other ODFHS products; such as the CD of Burscough Boat Families, should enable you to discover many of your ancestors.
Bill Huyton, ODFHS Chairman Emeritus, March 2011.


The purpose of this site is to assist researchers whose ancestors worked on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal & associated waterways, especially in South-West Lancashire and Cheshire, and more recently in Yorkshire east of Leeds. Lower down this column there is more information on how to submit questions and family trees for inclusion.

HOW TO USE THIS SITE

Use the Surnames link (top right) to see a list of main names in all trees, with an option to select a specific name from the alphabetic panel above. You can search for a particular person by using the search box, or you can see names in specific trees by changing 'all trees' to, eg, 'canal family 3' etc. At various places on the site you will see a small tree icon, which will show the family tree of your chosen individual. You can click on any name shown to reveal their details. Once you have chosen the first name it is possible to navigate that entire tree. Returning to the Group Names page will allow you to visit another tree.

NOTE: The search box on the right is a simple search on Canal Family 1. For more options and to search all trees together go to the Advanced Search page and choose from the various drop-down boxes.

UPDATE HISTORY

More information relating to the updates shown on the right can be found in the Update History files which can be viewed by going to the MEDIA link above and selecting DOCUMENTS.

COMMENTING ON & ADDING TO THE SITE

If you have any questions or comments about the information on this site, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you. Click on Info and Contact Us.

DISCLAIMER

We have spent a great deal of time in building & populating this site. We have made every effort to produce a site that is accurate & easy to use. However No warranty is given, or implied.

SOURCES

We are grateful to have so many free sources of information: Lancashire Archives, Preston; the London FamilySearch Centre, whose microfilms are now at the Society of Genealogists HQ in London; UKBMD; Lancashire OnLine Parish Clerks, the General Record Office Online Index and others. Our researchers also subscribe to the Ancestry and Findmypast websites.

Ainscough Flour Mill


LATEST UPDATES

Canal Family 1:
18 January 2021 . . . V125
New Total: 52,019 individuals
New Names: Hobman 45; Sarvent 37; Seaton 19; Hailstone 17; Pulman 13
Main increases: Rowbottom +70; Farmery +32; Raddings +31; Boulton +17; Dutton +13; Lee +12; Metcalf, Richardson +8

Almost all our new names and increases are among Yorkshire watermen and mariners based in in Knottingley and Goole, many of whom traded down to East Coast to London and beyond. One couple, John Lee and Catherine Whiteley of Knottingley, sailed up the Thames in 1852 and were married at St John, Southwark, while alongside the Bermondsey wharves.

Another new family contains George Sarvent, whose application for a Master's Certificate in 1859 cites periods of service including three as a boy, presumably with his father, the earliest being in 1826 when he was only five years old. The Rowbottoms are connected to his family, and the Hobmans to them. The Hailstone, Raddings and Boulton families are interlinked, and the Farmerys were based around Thorne, near Doncaster.

Thanks go to Gerry Dutton for help with his family and Abram watermen based around Runcorn, work on which is ongoing.

Canal Families 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 & 8 have all now been merged into our main tree, Canal Family 1 (details, see left hand column).

Canal Family 5:
15 September 2019 . . . V03
New total: 125 individuals
Main names: Ainscough 29, Mason 26, Fairclough 23

Canal Family 9:
2 March 2019 - 45 individuals
Main name: Walls 29

This tree was developed in conjunction with the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Society to highlight Benjamin Walls, a canal superintendent at Gargrave (details in Media/Documents/Benjamin Curry Walls). A booklet based on interviews with L&L boatmen by his son Norman is being prepared.



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