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About the study
HANSCOMB I started collecting data back in 1986 and found it a fascinating surname to research. I registered at a One-Name Study in 1989 and have spent many years pouring over the data collected to make sense of it all.
HANSCOMBE, HANDSCOMB, HANDSCOMBE
HANDS COMB in Bedfordshire.
Historical occurrences of the name
'Common Blood' by Charles E Hanscomb was written in 1967 by my great great Uncle together with his daughter. It has been acclaimed as an excellently written and researched book and a great example to how the research should be done.
Distribution of the name
Bedfordshire is the main county for the Hanscomb(e), Handscomb(e) variants particularly in the Shillington area. This does spill out to Cambridgeshire and of course into London. There is a large amount in the Surrey area of Bermondsey & Lambeth.
GRO - Birth Marriage & Death index 1837 to 1920 - ongoing
Census - 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 & 1911- all being searched for all variants
Parish Registers - Lambeth, Bermondsey and most of Bedfordshire.