Boat Families

of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and connected waterways

Burscough Canal


WELCOME to our updated website - launched 6th April 2015.


SITE INFORMATION

At the launch of the site, in March 2010, there were more than 3,000 names, mostly families of canal workers, all connected by marriage in one huge tree, Canal Family 1. Since then the number of individuals in this tree has grown to 23,428 (as at 2nd April 2015). Two more trees, Canal Family 2 with 95 people (merged with Canal Family 1 on 6th June 2014 and deleted) and Canal Family 3 with 24 people, were started in June 2012. A fourth tree, Canal Family 4 (containing 273 names), was created on 3rd October 2013, but was soon merged into Canal Family 1 and was deleted on 18th October 2013. A new tree, Canal Family 5 (containing 120 names), was created on 8th February 2014.

We do not knowingly include living people unless they have given permission. The information has been compiled from the private research of ODFHS members and from the websites of Lancashire On-line Parish Clerks, Lancashire BMDs, the Censuses and increasingly parish records on Ancesty. Some details are inevitably more complete than others, but where copies of birth, marriage or death certificates are held, this is indicated in an individual's Life History by the letters BC, MC or DC.

Society members and others are invited to contribute information of their own to help fill in the gaps and expand the existing tree. Any additional data or suggested amendments can be emailed to boatfamilies[at]odfhs.org.uk or by using the contact us link - and do please indicate sources, especially if you have verification by certificates etc.

We can accept data in any form convenient to you, but if you have researched a tree of three or more generations we would appreciate receiving it as an attachment in GEDCOM format to the same address. (Your family history program will have an option to export a tree in the GEDCOM format. This is what we would like you to send as an email attachment.) If you have any questions or comments about the information on this site, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.


SOFTWARE

This website is compiled using The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding, v.10.1 (written by Darrin Lythgoe 2001-2015 )
Please note that clicking the link at the bottom of each page (to the TNG website) will take you away from this site!

Ormskirk & District
Family History Society


Boat Families Website


The Society is indebted to the small group of dedicated enthusiasts who have developed this site. Using this site and the other ODFHS products; such as the CD of Burscough Boat Families, should enable you to discover many of your ancestors.
Bill Huyton, Chairman ODFHS, March 2011.

The purpose of this site is to assist researchers whose ancestors worked on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal & associated waterways, especially in South-West Lancashire. In later pages of the introduction, you will find more information about the canals & how to submit questions and family trees for inclusion on the site.

HOW TO USE THIS SITE

Use the link above to see the surname list or select one of the surnames from the panel below. The main family members are those who have a significant number of relatives recorded as boaters. Alternatively, you can search for a particular person by using the search box. At various places on the site you will see a small tree icon - this will show you the family tree of this particular person. Or, you can click on any name shown to reveal their details. Once you have chosen the first name it is possible to navigate that entire tree. Returning to the Group Names page will allow you to visit another tree.

PLEASE NOTE: The search box on the right is a simple search on Canal Family 1. For many more options and to search all trees together please go to the Advanced Search page choose from the various drop-down boxes.

UPDATE HISTORY

More information relating to the updates shown on the right can be found in the Update History files which can be viewed by going to the MEDIA link above and selecting DOCUMENTS.

COMMENTING ON & ADDING TO THE SITE

If you have any questions or comments about the information on this site, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

DISCLAIMER

We have spent a great deal of time in building & populating this site. We have made every effort to produce a site that is accurate & easy to use. However No warranty is given, or implied.

Ainscough Flour Mill


LATEST UPDATES

Canal Family 1:
30 June 2015 ... V58

New total:
24,623 individuals

New names:
Pickstock 39, Hallwood 30, Gornall 10

Main increases:
Rowlinson +77, Sandbach +63, Perry +55, Pye +46, Hill +24, Blower +13

We have added the sad tale of Mary Ellen Jackson, b 1909 daughter of Burscough boatman Thomas Jackson and Ellen Baldwin of Martin Lane, who drowned in the canal after being sent to buy bread. The story was found by our Secretary, Pam Richardson, in the Yorkshire Post which reported that loaves were seen floating in the canal, after a gale presumably caught Mary Ellen's coat and blew her into the water.
Liverpool boatman Robert Gornall's family is among the new names, the rest of which are of Cheshire watermen, as are the main increases.

Canal Family 2:
6 June 2014 - merged with Canal Family 1

Canal Family 3:
29 June 2012 ... V02

New total:
24 individuals

Main names:
Denson, Rimmer ...

Canal Family 4:
18 October 2013 - merged with Canal Family 1

Canal Family 5:
22 May 2015 ... V02

New total:
122 individuals

Main names:
Ainscough 28, Mason 26, Fairclough 23