Palliser one-name study - blog



9 October 2017

I canít believe itís so long since I wrote on this blog or updated the site! A lot has happened in the meantime. We moved back to England in December, 2010 and bought a new house, the updating of which took longer than expected. The previous owners had removed three lintels, for example, which weakened the structure. By then, my mother had dementia, so needed our care. After her condition deteriorated, she went to live in a marvellous care home, where she has been ever since. We became grandparents in 2015, with more on the way and have enjoyed our little grandsonís company.

At the same time, I have become increasingly interested in the history of Brighton, where I live, and have spent the last few years researching and writing the history of the city and the surrounding area. This project is about two-thirds complete with about 120,000 words already written.

The host of the guestbook on this site withdrew their services a few years ago, so many visitors' comments are now lost. With the rise in family history research and its availability on the internet, guestbooks are no longer the best media for interested parties to show their interest. The increased use of laptops, iPads and iPhones means many people are almost permanently online and, possibly, some of the Facebook community groups may be the best media for such international communication. To this effect, I have started a Palliser One-Name Study Facebook page. which also applies to the Pallister surname.

Facebook also has a Pallister community page, although it is little used.

Pallister on Facebook

Iím no further along with the databases, but I have decided to put all the Palliser and Pallister pedigrees into one file (not groups) and upload them to Rootsweb Worldconnect sometime within the next few months. Worldconnect is now hosted by and both contain Palliser and Pallister message boards:


Genforum message board

Palister message board



Ancestry message board

Palliser message board



Genforum message board

Palliser message board



Genforum message board

Pallister message board



Ancestry message board

Pallister message board



Genforum message board

Pallister message board

27 July 2013

I think Iím getting somewhere sorting out the census databases of my one-name study of Palliser/Pallister. After several changes of computer and dozens of backups, I realised, one day, that Iíd been working on different versions at the same time, thus completely muddling them up with the various annotations I was making. So Iíve been comparing and contrasting thousands of names across 7 or 8 different versions, trying to ratify them all. So now the 1841, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1911 and prior to 1840 versions are all sorted, as are the Pallisers in the US and Canadian census. Just finishing the 1901, with just the complete and utter mess that is the 1851 to go. (Originally posted on my personal Facebook page.)


14 July 2008

Still working on the home page and other pages. Having a spot of bother uploading everything and work still to be done on the various links.

10 July 2008

Finally uploaded the new version of this homepage to the new server, after lots of trials and tribulations. Everything has got so complicated, with ďindex filesĒ and doubled-up pictures. Couldnít get on with Publisher or a trial version of Dreamweaver. So itís back to good old Word! During the next few days (or weeks/months/years!) I will be updating the rest of the web site and moving it to the new server.

7 July 2008

Finally received the necessary details from the web-hosting company having spent the intervening week sorting out this yearís photos, including some from the wedding. I had forgotten my camera so I bought one of those disposable things. Tolerable, but not the best!

4 July 7 2008

Applied to a web-hosting company to host this web site having discovered that Ontelecoms do not support web-hosting or newsgroups. So, while we get cheap phone calls, we canít use it for the TV, or for this web site! Frustrating.

30 June 2008

Returned to Greece having spent much of the past few months travelling to England, Bulgaria and to a wedding in Hungary! Plenty of emails to deal with, too many to mention here!

11 June 2008

The new ISP machinery finally turned up by courier. We were expected to install it ourselves. It combines Broadband, free and cheap phone calls and digital TV, so sounded like a good package. We applied for in October 2007, but by December, they had lost us from their system so started the application all over again. Every few weeks, we rang them, to get the reply that it would be here ďsoonĒ. Eventually, we all settled on a date the week after our return from England at Whitsun. Except they turned up while we were still in England! Finally, it arrived today, the day before we are due to go to Bulgaria.

We tried to set it up, but the TV is 30 metres from the TV and the TV is 60 metres from the main computer and the lead was only 3 metres! So we set up the TV without the internet but it was so pixellated, we just gave up and set up the computer by itself.

14 May 2008

Uploaded the new version of Group 41 to Rootsweb Worldconnect.

531 entries on Worldconnect. 497 entries on my FTM database.

Uploaded the new version of Group 9 to Rootsweb Worldconnect.

264 entries on Worldconnect. 319 entries on my FTM database.

(Thereís sometimes a disparity in the numbers because variant surname spellings are included in Worldconnect and/or because people born after 1930 are not included.)

10 May 2008

Uploaded the new version of Group 42 to Rootsweb Worldconnect.

290 entries on Worldconnect. 321 entries on my FTM database.

15 April 2008

Received and replied to an email from Maureen, whose Pallister ancestors were from Wetherby. Yorkshire.

13 April 2008

Worked some more on the web page, trying both Word and Publisher. One program is better for one aspect and the other program is better for another. Canít win! Uploaded the Publisher version, but nothing shows up. Have to start again.

12 April 2008

Replied to an email received from Michael on 4th April whose Pallister ancestors were in the Darlington area, County Durham. Received a reply and a detailed family history which seems to need large amendments. Some of his work was downloaded from my Rootsweb Worldconnect databases, before I decided to start the County Durham Pallisters again, because they were in such a muddle.

Also stared re-doing my index web page now that I have MS Office 2007. I thought Publisher would make it easy, but it doesnít!


10 April 2008

Inserted the GRO foreign births in my Excel database.

9 April 2008

Downloaded Palliser and Pallister foreign births and marriages from the General Register Office (GRO) indexes online on

6 April 2008

I finally finished scanning and editing my younger sonís photographs. Stewart is living here with us in Greece. I completed my parentsí a few years ago. Only about 1,000 of my own to do, mostly from an Advantix camera. Still, 16,250 are completely done now, named, dated and identified. Getting there! I hardly even know why I got involved with this when there is so much else to do!

27 February 2008

One of my tasks, lately, is to sort out my computer files. In changing computers a few times, there are multiple versions of everything. I often sort out my computer files, but never finish it. Then when itís time to get a new computer and transfer everything, all the half-sorted messes get transferred, in case I lose anything, and I end up with two lots of everything. Having done this, three or four times, I have three or four of everything! But itís getting sorted. However, Iíve ended up with three different Excel deaths files, one of which is corrupted, hence the creation of the other two, which Iíve been working on at different times, so neither is up-to-date. Yesterday and today Iíve been working on trying to sort them out while also creating this blog and trying to sort out problems on the index page.

26 February 2008

Everyone seems to have a blog these days, so I thought Iíd do one as well. Itís been difficult to upload new pages these last few years because the web site was held in one country while I was in another and I lost my ftp facility and the software I used to update the html pages. Most of this is has been resolved today. All we need is for me to find a new html program to sort out some of the strange symbols now appearing on these pages and be disciplined enough to upload this blog!


My old NEWS page used to let you know when a new group had been uploaded to Rootsweb Worldconnect. I create these groups in Family Tree Maker (FTM), convert them to GEDCOM and upload them to Rootsweb.


The long and the short is, that with all the new information available on the internet, my personal databases, on Excel and FTM, were getting almost out of control with the numbers of Pallisers and Pallisters. There were too many FTM databases, so I had the not-so-bright idea of merging all the Yorkshire databases into one, and merging all the Durham databases into another.


This was a catastrophe!


I have all the births (with baptisms), deaths (with burials and wills), and marriages on three separate Excel databases and allocate each name to a family group. This helps to differentiate between people and not allocate the same person to different families. FTM is an excellent piece of genealogical software but it has its limitations for one-namers. By putting everyone into only two FTM databases, I lost track of which family group people belonged to, particularly in the case of Pallisters from County Durham. Basically, Iíve had to start again. Iíve more or less sorted out the Yorkshire families but there is a way to go on the Durham families.


At the same time, I decided it would be a jolly good idea to scan all the family photographs! This all started because a family member had gone to live abroad and left their photos in storage only to find there had been a flood in the storage facility and many of the photos were ruined. These photos went back to the 1920s and beyond, so I scanned them and worked on them in Photoshop, deleting lumps of mould and filling in torn gaps. 1970s photos were small and square and many had faded and become reddened. They really perked up as good as new in Photoshop, bringing new life to them.


So, I scanned all the photos in our own albums and began to work on them. That process is almost complete and has taken almost six years, in and amongst doing other things. Naturally, it affected how much time I spent on the Palliser/Pallister databases. Including all the newer 21st century digital photos, which are not in albums, there are more than 15,000 photographs in all. Every one of them, digital included, have been tweaked and re-sized to postcard size and the colours perked up and blobs and damage repaired. Every one of them has been dated, and the place and people identified, with the info in the file name, so thatís one job less for my heirs! Itís amazing how much better a photo looks when periphery rubbish is clipped off. Itís doubly amazing how many photos we amass in a lifetime.


At first, I made two huge mistakes. I didnít dust the photos or the scanner, so spent countless hours blanking out little white dusty dots. The second mistake was to scan them in situ, with those cling film covers still in place over them. This made the photos hazy and deadened some of the detail and also imprinted the patterns of the photo album on the photo. Some of them have been re-scanned and they are sharper but, of course, the cling film stuff wonít now stick.


The result was that I had to throw out all my photo albums going back to the 70s and replace them with new ones. It took years to find decent albums, without the cling film covers, or that werenít comprised of pockets, which were pretty useless for photos of a variety of sizes and shapes. That process is now complete. Weíre the proud owners of 15 large Goldbuch photo albums from Germany into which are stuck all the photos using transparent little corners. Itís a triumph!


Back to the Palliser/Pallister databases. Some of the Yorkshire ones have been re-done and have been uploaded to Rootsweb Worldconnect. This disparity between the entries on Worldconnect and my FTM databases is because I do not upload living people to Worldconnect, and Worldconnect counts variant surname spellings as individual entries.

6521 entries on Worldconnect. 7323 on my FTM database.


This is my own group, with its origins in Maunby, Yorkshire in the early 15th century with links to Sandhutton and Thirsk. They were armigerous, as was one of the early Thirsk groups, to which there is probably a close connection. This group settled in Ireland and in London. As this is my own ancestry, it contains my motherís ancestors, my fatherís ancestors and my husbandís ancestors, so diversifies from the Palliser one-name study.

1985 entries on Worldconnect. 2200 on my FTM database.


This group originated in Kirby Wiske in Yorkshire and has the same origins as Group 1, but I am keeping them separate from the moment. The common ancestor to both groups was Thomas Palleysher whose will was proved in 1546. They spread to Bedale, Canada, Australia and the USA.

201 entries on Worldconnect. 196 entries on my FTM database.


This group originated in Cawood, Yorkshire in the early 18th century and spread to other parts of Yorkshire and Australia.

792 entries on Worldconnect. 910 entries on my FTM database.


This group originated in Bilton in the Ainsty of York in the 16th century, settled in Sessay, and spread from there to other parts of Yorkshire, London, Canada and West Virginia, USA.

258 entries on Worldconnect. 309 entries on my FTM database.


This group originated in Upsall in South Kilvington. I have not yet found a link between this and the next South Kilvington group. This group spread to various places in Yorkshire and to Canada.

3738 entries on Worldconnect. 4606 entries on my FTM database.


This group originated in South Kilvington and a large number settled in neighbouring Sowerby by Thirsk, Yorkshire. This group has wanderlust and has spread in large numbers all over the world. Quite a few members of this group have contacted me over the past 30 years and told me the family story of how they are related to Admiral Sir Hugh Palliser. So far, I have found no evidence of this. The Admiral is from Group 1 of Maunby and Newby Wiske. While South Kilvington is only a few miles away, Group 10 originates from Michael Palliser who married Agnes Arnett in 1593 in South Kilvington, Michael possibly being the son of William and Isabel Palliser, who were probably of Thirsk. The link between the Admiral and Group 10, will be prior to this period.


Within this group is a sub-group in Sowerby, originating with John Palliser who married Ann Nelson. FTM makes it difficult to extricate these descendants from this group and I am reluctant to do so, for I feel they belong to Group 10, but I am still working on this.

922 entries on Worldconnect. 1204 entries on my FTM database.


This group originated in Lanchester, County Durham. Another group with wanderlust, they spread all over Northumberland and County Durham, and to Canada, Australia and Wisconsin and Illinois in the USA.

726 entries on Worldconnect. 1198 entries on my FTM database.


This group originated in Ripon, Yorkshire but probably came from further north and may be related to Group 1. They spread all over Yorkshire and to Lancashire, the Lanchester area of County Durham, as well as South America and Missouri in the USA.

204 entries on Worldconnect. 188 entries on my FTM database.


This group originated in Ampleforth, Yorkshire and spread to Pickering in Ontario, Canada.

814 entries on Worldconnect. 845 entries on my FTM database.


This group originated in Birtley near Ripon, Yorkshire in the early 16th century. I suspect these Pallisers had been in the general Ripley area for at least 300 years prior to this and that this is the parent group to all other Palliser and Pallister groups. I had originally thought that this group and group 14 were of the same origin, because of the Ripon connection, but material from the Ingleby archives helped to clarify this group.

360 entries on Worldconnect. 471 entries on my FTM database.


This group originates from Seamer near Scarborough in Yorkshire. I suspect they are descended from Group 1, but I havenít found the link yet. They spread around Yorkshire, and to Quebec in Canada, and Pennsylvania in the US.

279 entries on Worldconnect. 300 entries on my FTM database.


This group originates from Thirsk, Yorkshire in the early 18th century. I also suspect they are descended from Group 1.

410 entries on Worldconnect. 490 entries on my FTM database.


This group originates from the Aycliffe and Middridge areas of County Durham. They spread around County Durham and to Westmorland and to Australia and Wisconsin in the USA.

612 entries on Worldconnect. 899 entries on my FTM database.


This group originated from Skelton in Cleveland, Yorkshire and have many descendants in Michigan, USA. They may stem from Group 25, the Scarborough group, but I have no evidence for this.

41 entries on Worldconnect. 67 entries on my FTM database.


This group originated in Poland and changed their name from Paszkiewicz, which they probably thought was a bit of a mouthful for their new country.

107 entries on Worldconnect. 71 entries on my FTM database.


This is a small group who were active in Kirklington, Yorkshire, in the 17th century. They are probably connected to Group 1.

42 entries on Worldconnect. 39 entries on my FTM database.


This is a small group who were active in Caldbergh in Coverdale, Yorkshire in the 16th century. They are probably connected to Group 23.

204 entries on Worldconnect. 409 entries on my FTM database.


This group originates from Labrador in Newfoundland, Canada. Their ancestress was Mikak, an Inuit noblewoman who did much to help the Moravian Missionaries in Labrador at about the time Hugh (later Admiral Sir Hugh) Palliser was Governor there. Hugh Palliser first went to Newfoundland in1762 and returned again as Governor in 1764. In 1769, Palliser took her to London, with her six-year-old son, Tutuak (later known as Jonathan Palliser), whose father had been killed in a fight with English traders in 1767. In London, she was feted by royalty and enjoyed society life before returning to Labrador and the Moravian Mission and acquiring a new husband, Tuglavina.

204 entries on Worldconnect. 224 entries on my FTM database.


This group originated in New York, and settled in Missouri, USA. Its antecedents being in England but the origin is not yet known.

954 entries on Worldconnect. 1060 entries on my FTM database.


This group originated on the island of Menorca, Spain in the 16th century and probably has strong links with contemporary Pallisers in the Barcelona area of Spain. The spelling used in the Menorca group was often the same as the main English version, viz. Palliser, but their main variants were and are Pallicer and Pellicer. In 1768, Francisco Pellicer and 1,400 other Menorcans emigrated from Menorca and settled in New Smyrna, in what is now St Johnís, Florida, USA.He became an important leader in the Menorcan community in Florida. Today, there are more Pallisers of that spelling in the Spanish telephone directories than there are Pallisers and Pallisters in the English telephone directories.


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This page created 26th February 2008. Updated 10th July, 2008. Updated 10th October, 2017.



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