Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
I have been researching my own Blakelock family ancestry for many years. As often happens I got to the point where I couldn’t find a key ancestor and so decided to widen the net in my search for him. As a consequence I have collected data and information about many different Blakelock family groups worldwide but still haven’t found ‘my man’.
With this collection of data and information gathering dust perhaps now is the time to conduct a more formal research into the surname and to try and answer a number of questions like how and where did the surname originate and to determine if there any links between the different family groups, and even perhaps find ‘my-man’.
Another important objective of the study is the dissemination of the information to as wide an audience as possible.
The starting point will be a review of the data collected thus far (Births, Marriages, Deaths, Burials, Wills, Census, family trees, etc) to ensure its accuracy and comprehensiveness, followed by adding this material to the appropriate Guild databases.
My own family history research has identified a number of different surname spellings, however using the Guild definitions of variant and deviant there is only one straightforward variation of Blakelock and that is Blaiklock which is included in the current registration.
The other names included are Blalock, Blaklocke, and Blaylock but these are by the Guild definition deviants so for now will not be included in my mainstream study, although instances will be recorded. The most common misspelling (even today) of Blakelock is Blacklock which I don’t believe is a variation but a deviant although I am open to being persuaded otherwise. Therefore this name will not be recorded unless I believe it was meant to be Blakelock.
I haven’t encountered any famous or infamous historical (pre 19th century) Blakelocks. Perhaps this study will uncover some.
There are a few modern (19th & 20th century) Blakelocks who have reached the wider public domain.
Samuel Blakelock (1863-1927), a pugilist of fame.
Janet Percy Blakelock (1864-1943), who between 1915 and 1920 wrote her Blakelock family history in a book titled “OUR FAMILY and ITS BRANCHES” and published it privately. A copy has been deposited at the Society of Genealogists in London.
Ralph Albert Blakelock (1847-1919), an American born painter.
Leonard Alban Blakelock (1897-1966), a London born actor.
Denys Martin Blakelock (1901-1971), a London born actor and author, brother of Leonard Alban.
P.C. Keith Blakelock (1945-1985), the policeman murdered during the London riots.
None of these people occur in my branch of the Blakelock family tree.
Meaningful statistics have yet to be determined although the instances of Blakelock across each of the UK censuses never reach beyond 300 in number.
I have identified significant Blakelock family groups in the London conurbation, North, East and West Riding of Yorkshire, Durham, Northumberland, Scotland, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, and even Fiji. My own branch have been firmly established in Lincolnshire for almost 200 years.
I have collected all Blakelocks from the England & Wales National Birth, Marriage, and Death indexes from 1837 to 1983, all the Blakelock references to Wills and Administrations from the National Probate Calendars 1858 to 2017, and all the Blakelock references in the 1993 edition of the Church of the Latter-day Saints International Genealogical Index (IGI). These will be revisited for checking and updating.
All my family trees are recorded using the computer genealogical package called Reunion, an Apple based product.
As and when data and information are verified this profile will be updated.
I have had my DNA analysed by Living DNA Ltd.
I currently have no external links.
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