Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Beckaleg, Beckerleck, Beckerlegg, Beckerlegge, Bekeleg
Category: 2 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way, but currently in some countries only.
DNA website: www.familytreedna.com/groups/beckerleg/about
Contact: Mr John Beckerleg
1974 - I find out that there is another student as well as me at Cambridge University with a similar surname - Beckerleg(ge). That leads to an exchange of family trees with her father and others researching the name.
26 December 1989 - my father provides a family tree which is the real starting point for me to try to track the occurences of the surname.
1990 - 2003 - my wife and I research the name using the available records (inc. Latter Day Saints) and visits to the Truro record office. Manage to trace the line of my direct family back to 1700 but there the trail stops.
2000 - another researcher from Bristol provides an extensive family tree.
2017 - retirement means I have the time to re-commence the study. I need to sort out the previous information to provide a relaiable base. Also the availability of information and the use of technology has made the whole process different. My aim? - to see how much of a comprehensive family tree I can develop and to understand the geographical dispersal and origins of the surname.
2017 - Was fortunate to recieve information from other researchers and from the Courtauld Library in Truro which added to parts of the family trees. I based my original work on the framework derived from others' information and then sought to begin to verify information using the Cornwall Online Parish Clerks records. The database passes 1000 people in September 2017.
2018 - changed the family history software so that I could map the places where BECKERLEG appears. This shows the concentration of the surname in the 17th and 18th centuries in Cornwall, near Penznace. With the help of another researcher, the database passes 2000 people in March 2018. Decide to us the Guild system (TNG) to host the records for posterity and develop a website to put additional information about the family characters. Also took a DNA test but no good quality matches yet. Also spent time researching the early origins of the surname - many variants but no absolute certainty about where the surname started (possibly Cornwall, possibly Devon?).
2019 - now having to take stock and revisit the evidence base, check or add sources and decide how to systematically apporach this task e.g. one source at a time, rather than a scattergun approach.
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