This is my first attempt at a general Newsletter to all those who have either contributed to or have shown an interest in the site.
My first point is to thank everyone for their contributions and interest in the site. My second point is to apologize to anyone who is still waiting for a reply from me. This website was my own brainchild and I am the only developer on it, so as you can imagine there are times when life and some recent ill health have got in the way of its development, but I remain determined to take it forward for the benefit of all Slingsbys with an interest in their name. So please be patient with me! I suppose my ultimate aim is to create a worldwide community of Slingsbys who can share their life experiences as well as their histories. As a worldwide family we will reflect the characteristics of the worldwide community as a whole; after all we only share a name and perhaps some of us a few genes. Our family will reflect every walk of life!
I have three (probably unobtainable) dreams. Firstly to create the ultimate family tree that ties as many of us as possible as far back as possible to a common group of ancestors. Secondly to set up a Slingsby Convention one day.Perhaps a weekend in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. I remember many years ago there was a convention for everyone called John Smith which really caught my imagination. And lastly to find out as much as possible about the diversity of the Slingsby family and its involvement in the world from the past until the present day. More than a lifetimes work don't you think?
Requests for help in researching your Slingsby family trees are welcome. As I subscribe to a number of Genealogy websites on the Internet I am always happy to assist in a little research if I can. I don't have the resources to undertake major research projects but if you are stuck tracing a particular ancestor I would be more than happy to see if I could help. On that point if you do ask for my help I do need as much information as you can possibly supply. Name, (obviously) Date of birth or approx date, where they lived, names of parents, names of any siblings, date and place of death if possible etc etc. Just let me have as much information as you have available.
Looking to the future
I am currently developing a bulletin board to add to the site. The idea behind the board is to allow members to make direct requests for information and to enter into discussions directly between each other. To protect the board and our members from spammers it might be necessary to introduce an ID and password system for members. I would be grateful for any comments you may have. The bulletin board may take a little while to set up as I have to purchase additional services from my service provider.
There is so much tantalizing information out there on the web regarding Slingsbys' Last week I was distracted by a document I found regarding convict ships sailing from Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries to the Americas and to Australia. One such ship "Caesar" was Captained by John Slingsby. The record stated that it had sailed from Newcastle in May 1770 but never reached the Americas as it was shipwrecked. That was all the information provided. So I Googled "Caesar" in the hope of finding the ship. It was the worst possible name as far as Google was concerned because all I got back were references to Julius Caesar, except on about page 8 I found a ship called Caesar that sank off Nova Scotia but this was 1710. So I searched for Captain John Slingsby. What was returned amazed me. Some of the random things ( I will call them snippets) I found can be seen if you follow this link Random References If anyone wants to pick up any of these random references (or snippets) and add some detail to them please feel free to do so.
One last request! Not every Slingsby will be interested in this site or in history or geneology,but, the more who are aware of this place the more chance I have of finding those who are. I should be so grateful if you would let all your family know about this site especially your Uncles, Aunts, distant Cousins, Parents and Grandparents. They may be directly interested or have interesting stories that they can pass on through you. Thanks!
I hope this letter has been of interest and I promise not to send them too often, but if you don't want to receive anymore just send me an email and I will take you off the mailing list.
William John Slingsby