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Skyrme: From a Family History to a One-Name Study (July 2015)
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The Skyrmes of Llangwm (May 2015)
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The Skyrmes of Penally and Manorbier (2012)
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Welcome to the Skyrme family history website.
If you or your ancestors have the surname Skyrme (or any of its variants - Skyrm, Skirm, Skirme, Skerme etc.) then these web pages are for you. Our family trees share a very unusual name.
This website was launched in 1996 and started with the author's family tree, which originated in Pembrokshire. Since 2012, it has expanded to include Skyrmes world-wide and now constitutes a One-Name Study (ONS) of the surname. The main cluster of Skyrmes originates from Herefordshire, but there are other significant clusters in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This builds on the excellent work of Ian Skyrm over many years. He passed over the registration (with the Guild of One Name Studies) of the Skyrm(e) ONS to me in June 2014. As a result this website is now the official website for the Skyrm(e) ONS.
I am grateful to the many people (Skyrmes and their relatives) who since 1996 have contacted me providing helpful information (see sources).
If you share the name of have information on it, we invite you to send information to me by email at email@example.com. Also notify me of your own family web pages so that they can be included on the SkyrmeNet links.
I hope you find this a useful resource in your Skyrme family history activities.
David J Skyrme
- Contributions and Collaboration (March 2017). Thanking contributors who have collaborated on the Herefordshire Skyrmes. One example: Arthur - the person who changed his name (and that of his children) from Williams to Skyrme.
- Farming Families (January 2017). Comparing the fortunes of farming families in Herefordshire and Pembrokeshire; about the Cynefin project that has uploaded tithe maps of Wales.
- New Sources to Unravel the Pyon Skyrmes (November 2016). How the new online GRO index, GRO probate records and the 1939 Register have all played a part in exploring the Skyrmes of Canon Norton, Kings and Canon Pyon, especially since there were three Albert Edward Skyrmes all born close to each other in time and space!
- DNA To The Rescue? (September 2016). I have just started a DNA project. The hope is that over time it will show the connections between the various Skyrme branches.
- Systems and Serendipity (July 2016). How my systematic approach often gets derailed by serendipitous discoveries or emails from strangers, including details of early USA immigrants and two accidents in Wales.
- From Wales to the USA and Russia (November 2015). The story of Edith's leg (buried in a Cardiff cemetery), the Skyrms of the USA, and why Welsh girl Elizabeth Skyrme gave birth to children in Russia.
- Just Published - Skyrmes of Herefordshire (September 2015). Rather than wait until the research is complete (it never is!), I've released the first edition of The Skyrmes of Herefordshire. This news items gives the table of contents, or you can download the complete 36-page document (click on image at top right).
- Exciting but horrible (August 2015). Two days research at the newly re-opened Herefordshire archives reveal a mediaeval murder at Lugwardine.
- Herefordshire & Pembroke visits (July 2015). Photographing over 20 Skyrme locations in Herfordshire and a day's work at Pembrokeshire Archives.
- Emigration (June 2015). A look at some emigrants, some by choice (e.g. to Canada and the USA), but others who were sentenced to transportation to Australia.
- New Publication (May 2015). Finally! A year later than planned due to new resources coming online all the time, Part of of The Skyrmes of Pembrokeshire, namely those of Llangwm (see link on image above).
- News (May 2015). Updates on some interesting research for enquirers that delayed the Llangwm publication - Worcester racecourse and Stanley Spencer feature!
- News (October 2014). Progress on recent activities including findings on Skyrmes renowned for breeding of Herefordshire cattle, tracing two soldiers featured on Letton's WW1 memorial plaque and the untimely death of Daniel Skyrme in 1904.
- July 2014 - Complete restructuring of website to reflect the Skyrm(e) One-Name Study (ONS). New content includes variant analysis, distribution, library content and details of research and progress of the Skyrm(e) ONS.
- News (June 2014) - transition to an ONS website, Pharos Advanced One-Name Studies course, more USA and Canada records.
- News (May 2014) - updates on researching the Skyrmes of Llangwm, including a bigamous marriage!
Yardy website: Yardy was my maternal grandmother's name, and happens to be three times rarer than Skyrme! In March 2013, I started the Yardy One-Name Study. For details and updates go to the Yardy website.