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THE HERRIDGE COLLECTION –
MATERIAL COLLECTED IN THE LAST 30+ YEARS.

Researched & compiled by
Kevin HERRIDGE (May, 2015)
kevin@risingsunbnb.com

I got interested in my family’s history, or lack of it (at the time), back in the early 1980s after watching Alex HALEY’s “Roots” and Gordon HONEYCOMBE’s “Discovering Your Family History” on TV. In the early period of my research I got “stuck”, as everyone does, and started collecting HERRIDGE information from everywhere possible – the I.G.I. (International Genealogical Index), Parish registers, libraries and research centers, St. Catherine’s House Index Books, lists of Wills in every County (they are all listed here, up until the 1980s, I think) and snippets or mentions of the name from anyone that wanted to share it.

In the mid-80s, I joined an organization known as the “G.O.O.N.S.” (Guild of One Name Studies), once I had reached their criteria of amassed information on the name. I had every HERRIDGE mention I found typed up in alphabetical order and by County (as found here). I formed all that info into little family trees, trying to discover how the family crossed over County borders or moved to the big cities for work in the 19th century.

My family was originally from Berkshire and I painstakingly traced it back to the mid-18th century and then got stuck. I did the same with every other County. I then became aware, thanks to information from Jean DEBNEY of the Berkshire Family History Society, of the name change around that time. I thought this change was just in Berkshire but looking at all my little family trees from throughout the country, I soon discovered the name changed in those as well as they had all come to a dead end around 1700-1750.

The root of the HERRIDGE name came from the name HEADACHE, which meant (in old French) “the family that lived near the gate of the village”. This meant that not all HERRIDGEs were related and neither were the HEADACHEs. The same could be said of people with names like FOREST or CARPENTER or JOHNSON. There were forests, carpenters and sons of John everywhere!

As I have been sitting on this information for over 30 years, I thought it time I shared it and Dick HERRIDGE has kindly allowed me to display it all on his website, “The HERRIDGE Name”.

The abbreviations are commonly used ones:
b – born; bpt. – baptized; c – christened; m or mar. – married; d – died; bur. – buried; s/o – son of; d/o – daughter of, etc.

Although I was born in Romford, Essex, I have lived in New Orleans, Louisiana, since 1994 so some of my spelling may be incorrect to British eyes but understood by Americans, and vice-versa. I have tried to keep everything with the British spelling but one or two may have slipped through. I have put the dates in the American style (month first) but have written abbreviations of the months to eliminate misunderstanding.

I will be listing everything I have on this site and possibly add to it as information is received but, unfortunately, I cannot answer questions as all the answers will be on this site, it’s just a matter of checking through until, hopefully, you find that missing ancestor you are looking for and extend your family tree. If you are distantly related to me along the way and want to get in touch, that would be great!

Enjoy, and good hunting….for bears! Get it? Forebears!

MAIN INDEX

BERKSHIRE
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
DORSET
ESSEX
HAMPSHIRE
HERTFORDSHIRE
ISLE OF WIGHT
LONDON
OXFORDSHIRE
SOMERSET
SURREY
WILTSHIRE
OTHER COUNTIES & ABROAD
DEATHS

 

 
 
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