The Judges and Griffin Family Histories

Surnames : Candler, Long, Kettleborough, Croucher, Cooke, Nuttall, Vyse, Bagshaw, Hannan, and many more

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Our web site was established to assist in the research of the Judges and Griffin surnames as well as the many surnames that are associated with them. The primary function of the site is to house information related to these families as well as associated documents and photos. While we also maintain Trees on some of the genealogical research sites (MyHeritage and Ancestry) for research, our site here is the primary location for all of the information that we have collected or received via communication with my relatives.

Although we're working constantly at checking and recording sources, it's only as good as the information gathered from government records, church records, relatives, and online sources.

If you find errors, have feedback, or can offer additional information, please forward it for inclusion in the project.


The Genealogy of the Judges and Griffin Surnames

main imageIn the eleven years that we have had this site, we have been fortunate to connect with many relatives and we are always excited when someone reaches out to share information, documents or photos. In the records, you will note the many other surnames. These will be found in Ancestor/Descendant charts based on our parents but represent only a fraction of over 20,000 or so individuals we have information for.

You can use our "Find" Database menu for our complete Surnames list, if you are looking for a particular relative not shown in the default ancestry charts.

Our discoveries have taken us on many journey's through time, places and people's lives and sometimes they interweave in varying times. The picture here is of Bruern Abbey in Oxfordshire. This comes up in three separate stories. I initially knew Bruern from living on the farm estate associated with the Abbey in the 1960's, and then in 1998 Sir Anthony Bamford (Ruth Griffin's cousin) bought the Abbey and the Estate for his son. Deeper research revealed that relations of the Candler family owned the original Abbey in 1500's and this is all discussed in the Family "Histories" section.

Research has uncovered direct Family links to a plethora of well known people. The Griffin's are related to the JCB founder, the Butlins holiday camp, Deborah Meaden, Charles Vyse the famous studio potter and William Vyse canon-residentiary of Lichfield Cathedral.

Within all the pages are many delightful stories of family history and many family secrets. DNA sources have revealed a number of family members who would never have been discovered without this modern tool. My family has many very close relations who I never knew about or had heard of but I have met many and will in time be meeting more in person rather than Virtual meetings.

We have a lot of these breakthroughs logged on our site, so they are just waiting for you to find them. All can found easily using the buttons at the top of this page "Find", "Media" or "Info" or just use the link from the "Our Stories" button on the left.

There are surprises for you all. Enjoy.



Your Ancestors Stories

A selection of your ancestors stories. Some amazing revelations which are are backed up with official records and documents, plus many pictures.

Read about the secret family members only discovered by modern DNA tests. Look through the life history of your own family going back to the 1700's and find your 5 x grandparents.


Our Families

Our Ancestors Were Adventurers
Kettleborough Family
Fanny Amelia Kettleborough

Fanny Amelia Kettleborough

Fanny Amelia (1898-1989) with Herbert Davey

Married John Thomas Long (1883-1968) - They had four children and lived in Lincolnshire, UK.

Candler Family
Stephen Candler

Stephen Candler

Stephen Candler (1845-1928)

Married Louisa Roe (1845-1938) A true gentleman who had a large family with Louisa. All their descendants records are recorded within our site.

Griffin Family in Yeovil
Bernard Griffin

Bernard Griffin


Bernard (1906-1992) and Margaret (1911-1999) Griffin Originally from the Midlands but moved to Yeovil in Somerset

Cooke Family
Herbert Cooke

Herbert Cooke

Herbert Cooke

Both named Herbert Cooke, Father (1885-1949) and Son (1908-1949)

Thomas Judgesbottom image

Thomas Judges (1907-1940) Thomas was my father's brother and Thomas was rarely spoken about. Following my father's death in 2013, I started researching into Thomas and discovered his secret family and other relationships. It is difficult to believe all the facts and stories I found out about him, however, DNA and official records all confirm the information retrieved. His life story is a fascinating read and would make a fantastic film or very interesting documentary.


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Sir Joseph Cyril Bamfordbottom image

He is Mr JCB the well known heavy machinery founder and the uncle of Ruth Judges (b.Griffin) an administrator of this site. Ruth's father Bernard Griffin helped build the early machines at the start of the JCB empire, after Joseph married his sister Marjorie Griffin. The company is still run by the Bamford family under the directorship of Lord Anthony Bamford, Ruth's first cousin.


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