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Wednesday, 22 March 2006 14:40
A very significant ‘main’ tree, connecting maybe 70% of the Twin(n)s, has been compiled, together with many of their direct descendants and ancestors, whose names are something other than Twinn.

The work has been substantially undertaken by Graham Twinn of Cambridge, with additional information added by Nigel Twinn of Tavistock, Devon.

This information is now available in two formats:

  1. An electronic database, in a file format known as a GEDCOM. This is a compilation of just about all of the known genealogy of the Twin(n)s.  There is the ‘main’ tree referred to above, but also a number of smaller trees, which - as yet - do not join onto the larger tree.  GEDCOM is a format developed by the Family History ‘industry’ to enable files to be exchanged by different providers.  The experience of Graham and Nigel is that this is easier said than done - but we will cross the bridge of incompatibility when we get to it.  The GEDCOM has been created in Family Tree Maker, which can be obtained from http://www.ancestry.com either directly online - or from any of the Family History organisations in the usual way.  It costs about £25 – 30. Or use a free viewer such as
     this GEDCOM Viewer.We have no reason to promote FTM above other systems, so if you have another package, the suggestion is that you get a download of the GEDCOM and see if it works.  We seem to be at the cutting edge here!  The GEDCOM, which will be dated - and updated periodically - is available by email from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  2. For those without computers or compatible software, a paper version of the main tree is available.  This shows just the Twin(n) element of the line and runs to around 128 pages – in ‘book’ form.  This means that instead of trying to stick together 128 pages into a nightmare jigsaw, it is produced in a sequence which links each page to the next by indicator arrows.  You may not be able to see the tree at a glance, but for something the size of the average house wall, ‘at a glance’ is not an option! For those not yet on the main tree, a copy of one or more of the separate trees could be made available.  Printing can be arranged through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
The GEDCOM is free to all who attended the Cambridge Gathering in October 2005.  The quid pro quo is - given that you are benefiting from many hundreds of hours and many thousands of pounds of the time and effort, particularly in the case of Graham – that you look at the data provided and respond with any corrections and additions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please do not alter the GEDCOM and return it amended as: (a) we will not know what has changed and (b) it will make the vital task of version control even more difficult.

To cover the cost of a paper version, it is suggested that you forward £10 - a notional sum which will include postage.      

Graham and Nigel wish to make it very clear that, while every effort has been made to be accurate, there will undoubtedly be errors and omissions.  We do not claim that the file is 100% correct, and we can take no responsibility for any mistakes.  However, the more you can feed back to us, the closer to perfection we can come.   

I am sure there are further links to be found between some of the separate trees.  Perhaps just as important, in this age of fragmenting families and the progressive loss of the traditional name-lineage, is information relating to all those new descendants throughout the world who cannot be easily picked up from the indexes of the UK General Record Office.

If you have any questions, please feel free to mail either This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will do our best to help you.




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