The Barton Family
I undertook the search for the Bartons - my wife's paternal ancestors - to learn the methods and resources available to the amateur genealogist. The family were from the Colchester and Tendring peninsular area so I could find out about Records Offices and Family History centres without much travelling.
My brother-in-law, Fred Barton, now living in New Zealand, had already done full searches and recorded the Barton line back to 1530. I worked through the births, marriages and deaths records in Colchester Records Office and reached a John Barton at the beginning of the 18th Century. I then became confused and after asking Fred for his records I can see why. The Christian names of sucessive generations went: Thomas, Thomas, John, Francis, Francis, John.
The main line of Bartons found by Fred is opposite.
The Bartons of Tendring, Essex.