Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Hi , my maiden name was Ann Notley so this has started my interest in researching my name. My paternal ancestors came from Suffolk and Norfolk so that is where I have started. There is an emigration trail over to the Americas and Canada and I have traced family over there with one branch being vey eminent in Alberta. I have traced family back to 1700s but have come to a full stop before this. I have several branches going back to this time, with similar first names but am ever hopeful of finding a common link
There is also a lot of Notleys in Dorset , Devon and Somerset with a few even into South Wales and I would love to find a connection between these two branches but so far my research has not managed to do this. .
I will , one day, find a male cousin to provide a DNA test ----I have done my own and found family this way .
Variants on Notley are numerous
'My' branch of the family come from Fressingfield, Suffolk, UK but they spread over Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. There is a place in Essex called Black Notley and another White Notley but I have not as yet managed to trace them back there.
There are two large groups of Notley, East Anglia and Dorset but I am not sure whether they stem from the same root as yet.
Certainly a branch in Alberta ,Canada come from East Anglia and I presume that as a sea faring part of the country, many crossed the Atlantic for various reasons and settled there. Others landed in Prince Edward Island and fanned out from there to USA
I have done my DNA and will try to persuade a male cousin to do his. Our male branch is in danger of dying out---- there are only two left .
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