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Query by jmlelis1

Before Henry VIII everyone was Catholic. The Protestant movement produces a genealogy blockade. I am trying to get past it. The early 1700s is all I have been able to do. The surnames are Kirk and Fowkes(M) on one side of the family and Lelis and Popp(P) on the other. There former are Scottish and English and the latter are Greek and Hungarian.

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on 2009-12-15 10:22:45

jmlelis1 has been a Family Tree Circles member since Dec 2009. is researching the following names: FOWKES, LELIS, KIRK and 1 other(s).

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by pup8970 on 2009-12-18 15:55:20

Hi, if you have the names and dates try familysearch.com

I have been using them a lot. They have been a huge help to me and think you will find them aseful. It is a website started by the LDS. If you may not know what that stands for it is Latter Day Saints.

Good Luck.

by jmlelis1 on 2009-12-18 16:09:29

Yes I have used the Familysearch.org web site a lot too. The same problem exists. Once you get back to 1700 there is a wall. I am LDS and a lot of my genealogy was done for me by my relatives. This is a double edged sword though. Some of their work is/was sloppy and that's why on the IGI there are 12 or 14 entries for the same person with varying degrees of accuracy. I live in Salt Lake and the LDS church has the biggest gen library in the world here. JML

by pup8970 on 2009-12-18 17:02:05

Have you tried making your tree on ancestry.com to see what others have put into their trees? I barely knew anything past my granparents on my dad's side when I started now I have more ancestors than I ever dreamed of. As you stated, it is sloppy and I about have to be sherlock Holmes to make head or tails out of it all.

I got to make a tree on ancestry without buying anything and made my tree private. As long as my tree is private I can search . I put the names and dates in and a little leaf will show up if the name gets a hint from another tree and you may even get stories and photos. I traced one line of my tree to the 1100's.

by jmlelis1 on 2009-12-18 18:05:41

I have never used a "pay for" site. I don't understand how you are using it for free. I did buy a family tree by broderbund and got my Dad's line back to 1600s. I still haven't found out who did it.

by pup8970 on 2009-12-18 19:15:12

I don't understand it either, but am. I cannot search records, but can only make my tree. In order to search through records I have to subscribe.

by pup8970 on 2009-12-18 22:47:36

Try this link. At the top of the page is a thing where you can start your free family tree on ancestry. I did mine that way, but it was not on the genealogue site.


by jmlelis1 on 2009-12-18 23:16:26

I'M using the free software @familysearch.org called personal ancestral file. It's better than any other even the ones I paid for like family tree maker.

by pup8970 on 2009-12-19 00:45:10

Thanks, I will give that a try.

by allycat on 2009-12-19 03:06:10

Try doing a global search of Surname Navigator for each of your major surnames you are researching.

Checks through these databases simultaneously:-

LDS Mormons Databases
Google genealogy
Google News Genealogy
Google Press
Rootsweb All Databases
Cemetery Transcriptions
Author profile usenet
Gencircles, Global Tree
Genealogy Locator

Best wishes

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