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About the study
My interest really started to expand beyond my immediate family when I developed links with the US-based Middlebrook(s) Family Association. After helping to trace one of their early migrant ancestors back to West Yorkshire (1613), I took a DNA test and discovered that we must have a common Middlebrook ancestor.
I am now interested in pulling together information on Middlebrook families from across the UK and the rest of the world, in the hope of establishing how many of us are linked to a single original ancestor.
I began to formalise this research by registering my One-Name Study in 2014.
It is also possible that the name is derived from Middelburg in the Netherlands, after merchants from that city settled at York in the late 14th century.
Historical occurrences of the name
On the literary side we have military historian Martin Middlebrook and American biographer Diane Middlebrook.
There has also been success on the sporting field, where cricketer James Middlebrook has represented the MCC and William Scott Middlebrooks plays Major League Baseball for the Boston Red Sox.
The name is more frequent in the USA where, based on census data from 2000, there were 6888 individuals (4257 Middlebrooks & 2631 Middlebrook). This is about 1 in every 39,000 people.
Distribution of the name
In the USA, the name is mostly concentrated around the south-eastern states - particularly Georgia, Texas & Alabama. The Middlebrooks variant is especially strong in Georgia, where over 50% of individuals from the 1940 census were found.
* complete index from 1851 and 1901 census returns
* most relevant probate calendars from early times up to 1966
* GRO birth, marriage and death registers 1837-1950
* numerous parish registers - mainly from West Yorkshire
Some of these data can be accessed from my project website at: Middlebrook Databases.
Most of the participants have been from the USA but they are looking to expand the scope of the project worldwide.