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My name is Malcolm Smith and I research and collate the genealogy of the Folker name. This One-Name Study is registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies and I am also a member of the Society of Genealogists. I have produced two books on my branch of the family, copies of which have been placed in the library of the Society of Genealogists.
My interest started through my mother, Dora Emily Folker, who had become the keeper of much family memorabilia. I was interested by looking at these keepsakes and began to search for further information, and it grew from there. I carry out this work single-handed and freely exchange information with family members and others.
I am descended from John Folker of Felstead, Essex and it is on this branch of the family that I have concentrated my research. However, I have gathered all the birth, marriage and death registration references for Folker plus the IGI parish records. Additionally, I have many references from telephone directories, gazateers, ships manifests, etc. These records have found a number of family groups and I have been able to link many of them together. Others remain to be connected as work proceeds.
The Folker One-Name Study includes all associated variants of the name including Falker, Foaker, Foker, Folcar and Folcur. It is based on inhabitants of Great Britain and follows lines where families have emigrated. There are several origins of the name, all starting outside Great Britain, in the case of my connection, entering with the Normans in 1066.
The study is an offshoot of my main website which covers all my ancestors. I also have a family tree on the Genes Reunited website.
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