Willingale Genealogy

The Willingale Family Society

We are pleased that another Willingale has agreed to join the DNA Surname Project. Owen Willingale, who is a descendant of Thomas the Lopper, is from the ‘John’ branch of the main Willingale family tree. Hopefully we should have his results back in a couple of months. We are expecting the DNA results of another new member of the project, Thomas Paul Willingale, back from the lab shortly within a couple of weeks.

Click to see current DNA results

Thomas Paul Willingale is from the unconnected ‘Charles’ branch, the same branch as William Willingale, whose earlier results did not match my or Peter Leslie’s results. Thus, Thomas results should help confirm if the ‘Charles’ branch is distinct or whether it does link into the main connected Willingale line. Owens test should help confirm the base DNA profile of those people from the main Willingale family tree.

Thomas and Owen are the 5th & 6th participants in the project.

Following on from the Car Boot Sale find, Peter Willingale has helped to identify some of the individuals in these photos, those that we can’t identify are still listed in the Most Wanted section of the members area. Peter has also kindly contributed a number of additional photos of Lizzies family, all are now listed in the members area, an example of which is shown here.

We have recently been contacted by Stephen Cook, a local historian and family history researcher who purchased an old album for the postcards it contained, to sell on eBay, but he had no interest in the old photographs which were also in the album. The postcards were mostly addressed to a Lizze Willingale, not wishing to dispose of this interesting collection of photos, he contacted the WFS and asked whether we would like them, otherwise they would be thrown away. All he wanted was the cost of postage and of course we had no hesitation in saying “yes please”.

We have now received the photos and have managed to identify a few of the people, however there are many more where we have no clue as to identity. Mr Cook also photocopied the message side of several of the postcards for us, which was extremely generous of him.

All the pictures can be found under the Most Wanted section, in the members area of the website.

Surfing the web a while ago I came across an article from the local press on the formation of the society.

Whats in a name?

Press article on the formation of the Society