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About the study
I knew very little about my paternal ancestors, my father Reginald 'Red' Euridge had left his home in Burton upon Trent Staffordshire, at an early age to join the Royal Marines. His parents disapproved of his marriage to my mother Kathleen *Kay* Veasey and there was a rift in the family. Tragically, on December 23, 1958 Red was killed in a motor-scooter accident, leaving Kay a widow at 34, with nine children to care for. So I knew very little about my father, or his ancestors.
Fortunately my paternal aunt 'Lizzie' had kept in touch with the family and I contacted her. She told me that my great-great-grandfather was French. I assumed this meant that the family came from France. However later I found that my 3 x great-grandfather had the forename French Uridge, and was baptized on 8 March 1789 at Eynsford, Kent. He spent all of his comparatively short life there and was buried on 11 November 1835, at the age of 46.
Originally I focused my research in the Kent area, however I quickly expanded my interests to include EURIDGEs and URIDGEs globally and became a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies in 1982.
History of the name
Distribution of the name
I continue to strive to find a connection between the Sussex and Kent families and am confident there is a link. Hopefully the DNA project can provide the missing links.
Other details that have also been extracted and indexed includes the International Genealogical Index (IGI), census returns 1841-1911, parish registers, burial records, wills and grants of probate in England and Wales.
This information is available on the EURIDGE, URIDGE One-Name Study website.
Detailed narratives are available and can be easily searched in the surnames section or by searching the website. Additionally there are descendancy charts of the main families. You will also find a series of databases on births, marriages and deaths, and wills that are linked to the Uridge Archive held with the Guild of One-Name Studies.
A summarisation of resources searched together with a list of sources in the narrative section, details what records are included in the One-Name Study.