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A brief note on sources

Anybody who tries to trace their genealogy, very quickly runs across the highly irritating fact that a vast majority of people who publish their genealogy, on the web or elsewhere, just don't bother putting in their sources. This makes it very difficult to check their facts, and renders their information worthless to other researchers. It's a pain in the neck. So I've tried to include as much source information as I can. My sources aren't listed here, but in the web cards, where the information is given.

In tracing my family tree so far I've been very lucky. Firstly, my grandmother, Catherine Charity Sneyd (née Bond) wrote down, as far as she could, the pedigree of the Boileau family, to which she was connected via her mother's mother. I call this The Red Book of Boileaus [RBB] and reference it often. These were the Boileau de Castelnau that appear in Lart's Huguenot Pedigrees, which immediately extends the pedigree back quite a long way. I have not yet found a disagreement between The Red Book and information from other places, such as Lart (not that one rushes to believe Lart, mind you), so I feel pretty comfortable in believing that it is mostly correct. It was RBB that was my starting point for tracing the Boileau ancestry; without it, I would have got nowhere.

I was also sent a copy of a wonderful family history of the Boileau family, which I call the Big Book of Boileau [BBB] (sent to me by Vince O'Grady, many thanks to him). This document has been written by at least two recent generations of Boileaus, is over 200 pages long, and contains a wealth of priceless information; a detailed discussion of the Boileau armorial bearings, a description of the castle, biographies of just about every known Boileau, etc etc. In deference to the wishes of the authors (Digby Whicher Boileau and Peter Mudie Boileau) I haven't put the document itself on the web, but I do refer to it extensively.

Another major document about the Boileau family is the huge chart compiled in 1897, and listing every known descendant of Charles Boileau. Thanks to Chris Read, the owner of this chart, for sending me a copy.

In addition to this, the Boileau were connected by marriage to Louise de Baschi, whose pedigree extends the tree back for over 1000 years. Recently I removed a lot of this information from my web site as none of it is new, it's common to almost everybody in Western Europe, and it's probably quite unreliable anyway.

Another major source (although a highly unreliable one) for this genealogy was Burke's Landed Gentry (1937 edition) which traces the Grahams of Edmond Castle, and the Curteis family of Windmill Hill. In addition, I referred often to the writings of T.H.B. Graham, the details of which are in my little piece on the Grahams. Much else remains of the Grahams who were prolific writers and correspondents. In particular, the Graham family wrote a Family Chronicle, detailing their lives from 1818 to 1819. A copy of this still exists in the Minet Library, in London, and I've reproduced the entire Chronicle in these web pages. It's a wonderful social history of a rich family in Georgian London.

There are various other places I've discovered information. The Jessup family (the American connection) have an entire book devoted to them already. The Gentleman's Magazine is a rich source for obituaries. Tombstones, census records, and so on.

For the New Zealand part of my family tree I have much less documentary evidence. The recollections of my parents and my grandfather have been very helpful, as has the research of Joyce McPherson. Nevertheless, not all this information has been checked by reference to original birth certificates and suchlike, which I am in the process of doing. The book The Busch Line (Harold R. Busch, 1984. Probably self-published, but printed by Kerslake Billens and Humphrey Ltd) gives an excellent account of the early Busch family in New Zealand. The Neal family is covered in a book by Brenda Carr (In Search of Better Life), and the book by Ruth M. Allan (Nelson: A History of Early Settlement, A.H. Reed, Wellington, 1965) has been very helpful and interesting. For the Norgroves, I've relied heavily on the work of Joan McNaught, who has also shared with me a lot of Norgrove family memorabilia. Most recently I made contact with a hugely impressive NZ genealogical researcher, Joanna McKinnon, who has traced some old Northland families (the Andersons in particular) right back to early settlers in the USA.

Together with extensive use of online shipping lists of early NZ pioneers, and examination of long (very boring) cemetery records, I'm almost able to trace the arrival ship of every one of my NZ-based ancestors. I've tried to give sources for stuff in this section, but where the source is omitted, it's probably because it's based on my mother's memory, or based on Joyce McPherson's or Joan McNaught's research, and hence undocumented by me as yet.

Finally, I owe an enormous debt to other researchers; in no particular order, my thanks to Vince O'Grady, Patrick Baty, Don Low, David Kennedy, Carol Cheeseman, Geoffrey West, Bob Matthews, Peter Deloriol, Leigh Boileau, Jenny Hardy, Caroline Siggins, Chris Read, Eric Breuzet, Francoise and Jacques Breuzet, Tony Fuller, Brian Tidmarsh, Ian Melville, Joan McNaught, Joanna McKinnon, Heather Mountjoy, Robert Foran, Christiana Noyalas, Ruth Smithson, Paul Curteis, Clark Saunders, Simon Graham-Harrison, Rae Wilkins, Angela Walters, Kenneth Jacob, Sidney Holdrege, Anne Ruffel, Claire Winfrey, Richard Sturt, Sarah Clark, Craig Utting, Jennifer Hardy, Rhod McEwan, Suzanne Clark, Paul Leppard, Christopher Whittick, William May Somerville, Paulina Emma van Rijn, Miko Giedroyc, Christine Blanchard, Albie Neal and Nick Elder.