Background

Background

What is this website about?

This website aims to record what has been discovered about the people who have held the surname Bradburn since the name was first used as an inherited surname in England in the thirteenth century.
It begins with the Bradburns of the United Kingdom, where the surname had its origins, but will extend eventually to cover Bradburns in other parts of the world, especially North America and Australia and New Zealand and Ireland.
The part of the website you are reading at present is the narrative part which tells the story. Attached to this is a genealogical database, currently holding all the Bradburns so far discovered to have lived in Britain (note: currently, November 2017, it contains Bradburns from 1280 to 1850, but will be extended later to include British Bradburns up to the present day). It is intended to later add all the Bradburns found in North America from 1620 to the present as well as those from Australia and New Zealand. The database can be entered by clicking on the link “Database of Bradburns” on the left-hand side of this part of the site and you can return to this part of the site by clicking on the link “Return to main site” on the database part of the site.
The website has been prepared by a member of the Guild of One-name Studies, John Richard Bradburn, who has been studying the holders of the Bradburn name for about fifteen years, as at 2017. The Guild has undertaken to preserve this, and other one-name websites, after the demise of the original people who prepared them, so that others in the future can benefit from the many hours of study put into them.
Many of the people named in this website will have a reference number following their name such as [I237], beginning with a capital “I”, which is the reference to that person on the attached database, and can be used in the Advanced Search to find a person. This may be helpful as, for instance there are over 500 people called John Bradburn on the database. Also, the heads of the Old Derbyshire Bradburn family often reused the same name, so they are referred to as William(1), William(2) etc.
References to sources, usually contemporary documents, are in curly brackets as {D33} and are detailed at the end of the document. You can click on any images on the site to blow them up to full size. As first published, this website contains only a part of all the research material gathered on the Bradburn name as it was thought better to get a general outline up first and then to add more later, including document scans, reference spreadsheets and images. The story of the Old Derbyshire Bradburns is the focus of the first issue of this website.

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