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Wincanton, England and My Vining Ancestors
Searching for British Ancestors
For many years, my mother followed leads, combed through public records and compiled the family genealogy. Now it's time for the next generation to take up the work. At 85, my mom is busy writing her memoirs, so she's glad to have someone else tackle the research.
With the Internet, it is certainly a lot easier than when she had to visit courthouses, write letters and send for census records on microfilm. Those are still valid sources of information, but now a few clicks in a search engine can turn up a wealth of information about a long-lost ancestor. Here's my experience finding my Vining roots. The photo shows my grandmother, Ruth Vining, in 1918 with her sisters. At that time, she lived in Tyro, Kansas.
My mother's research took the Vining family back to England in the 1600s. I'll post more details about the Vining family as I uncover it.
My Vining Branch
The Vining Home in Gentry, Arkansas
Follow the Vining Family on Google Maps - Click on the red flag to see the name of the town
They traveled west by covered wagon and even bought land after one of the Oklahoma land rushes. Eventually they ended up in Tyro, Kansas and then spread out further in that state.
Gail Lee Martin's Book Includes Some Vining Genealogy - This is my mother's childhood memories and family history.
Vining Genealogy - Are We Related?
It seems that most Vinings in the United States trace their roots back to the first Vinings who came to Weymouth, Massachussetts from Wincanton, England in the 1600s.
The White Horse Inn in Wincanton, England - This Was Owned by John Vining. His Son Moved to the American Colonies
(photo courtesy of my third cousin, Linda Watson)
Links to Vining Genealogy
My ancestors came from Wincanton, England to Massachussetts in the 1600s.
- Alven/Alvin Vining - Family History & Genealogy Message Board - Ancestry.com
Information about the early Vinings, compiled by Judie McCafferty.
- Vining Genealogy
Vining families with on-line scanned documentation such as birth, marriage, and death certificates; census records; and images of gravestones; plus links from one family to another so lineages can be followed.
I Want to Visit Wincanton
Twenty years ago I took a trip to England with my sister. Unfortunately we hadn't factored in the time to travel to Somerset to the village of Wincanton. One of my dreams is to return and thoroughly explore the small town that my ancestors left in the 1600s.
I found some holiday cottages that can be booked online. What a marvelous trip it would be to go to this area of England and stay for a week or two in a cottage there.
Fascinating History to Explore in Somerset
Until I can go myself, I'll have to vicariously enjoy the scenery and history of Somerset through this video.
Welcome to Wincanton - Village Sign
What My Cousin Found about the Vinings and Wincanton
A third cousin made the trip recently to explore for Vining ancestors. Here's what she found:
"We drove to Wincanton and found it to be a lovely English village. I have attached pictures including the White Horse Inn. I went to the library and town center to check on Albert or John Vining. The regular librarian and town clerk both were on holiday so I was looking at the brochure on Wincanton and, behold, there was a write up on White Horse Inn's stating first recorded owner was John Vining in 1655. That is probably the earliest records so did not go back to his father. I got a copy of the brochure.
I also bought a book they had published on Wincanton's history but have had no time to read it yet. I will let you know if it adds anything."
This is from a message she sent my mother. They shared an interest in tracing the Vining family roots.
Great Things to See While in Somerset
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The Roman Baths complex in the city of Bath, England, is a major tourist attraction. It offers a fascinating look at the lives of Ancient Romans in Britain.
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A tour of Glastonbury and its attractions: the Tor, the Abbey, Legends of King Arthur and the world-renowned Pop Festival
- Somerset UK: Places to visit
UK tourist and travel guide. Historic houses in Somerset.
Lots of history for anyone wanting to know about their ancestral background in Wincanton.
Wonderful Somerset Scenery
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