Background to my research.
When I first started researching the name CUMPSTON and its variants, my work was focused in Hull in the North East of England. Very rapidly I realised that large numbers of CUMPSTONs had lived in Westmorland. Correspondence with researchers in Australia resulted in my being able to offer evidence of our direct relationship, and a subsequent family visitor brought me their family tree which contributed further evidence. There was a long-standing story passed down through this Australian line of the family that they had originated in Brough, Westmorland, This query falls into the 'highly probable but unproved' group and remains a high research priority to me.
My UK data has on the whole been collected within the traditional County boundaries using the codes created by Dr Colin Chapman. Chapman codes are largely a superset of the ISO 3166-2:GB and BS 6879 codes identifying administrative divisions in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, but covering historical divisions. The exceptions to this emerged as my research expanded, and now include the old Lancashire boundary with Cumberland, which has been particularly problematical, and Cumberland and Westmorland data which has gradually been merged into the more up to date Cumbria boundary. In addition the file North East includes the old Northumbrian boundaries. The Midlands are complex and a major headache, and you will find some duplications around Shropshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire boundaries. I have chosen to duplicate rather than settle the entries in just one county. Finally 'London' includes a range of data and again duplicates some of the surrounding counties. If in doubt, please use the search button on the Welcome page and that should show up all entries.
As whole families have been identified over the years, I have given them consecutive county numbers and each person in each generation has been given a unique consecutive number which they carry to death, no matter which county or country they end up living in.
Whilst the aim of a one name study is to collect the data, and not necessarily to develop individual trees, I have found this a most rewarding part of my research and as more people make contact with me, more trees have been developed.
Occasionally a major breakthrough has been made with a tree which has resulted in two codes being inherited. To date these have not been merged. These special identifying codes will appear against their individual entries under the CUMPSTON Lives tab above and any other data within the website.
Where the IGI is mentioned, the data has been taken from the Latter Day Saints website, and although my paper records include all the parents and spouse of each person mentioned these are not yet uploaded to each page - I have 357,000 items yet to include and this will take many many months, so please be patient! I felt it more important to get the basic information uploaded in the hope that a researcher would recognise it and contact me to clarify their own tree data.