Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Blaake, Blague, Bleak, de Blakeland
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
DNA website: www.familytreedna.com/groups/blake/about
Contact: Mrs Elizabeth Kipp
The Blake surname in the 17th century was found in a number of distinct areas in the British Isles which included both England (including Wales), Scotland, and Ireland. There was also a significant Blake presence in the American Colonies well before 1700.
Bill Bleak ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) and Elizabeth Kipp (maiden name Blake) are interested in pursuing the collection of Blake information worldwide with Elizabeth Kipp being the contact person at the Guild of One Name Studies.
Bill, Elizabeth and Susan run the yDNA project at FT DNA which has given us some very interesting information on Blake family lines and a paper was published in Anglo Celtic Roots (journal of the British Isles Family History Group of the Greater Ottawa area) and a link can be found here:
An amendment to this study and a link can be found here:
The Plan is to complete the extraction of all the Blake Marriages from FreeBMD, match them up and use the census to separate families. This is an enormous task as there are nearly 30,000 Blake marriages in Free BMD.
I do have a lot of information on various Blake lines at Andover and environs so please write and ask. I am in the midst of trying to discover the Charles Blake family at Abbotts Ann along with a couple of other researchers.
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