Birley of Lancashire Genealogies

Blazon of arms granted to William Birley of Kirkham, County of Lancaster in 1848. (Click to see larger)

The crest was granted to the descendants of his grandfather, John Birley de Birks, of whom David Birley is one. The full document granting the arms is in the possession of his direct descendant, Jane Jones of the Isle of Jersey, Channel Islands. The image on this page was prepared by the College of Arms at the request of Barbara Birley ("Auntie Barbara") and given to David Birley during the trip to England in February 2002. Click here to see the receipt for having the painting made, and a letter including a price list from the College of Arms.

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Granny Street made it onto the Internet!

Here's the link!

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Letters of Thomas Langton. A work in progress, scanning the whole of this privately published book (1900) and converting it to Acrobat PDF file format.

Sunday, October 27, 2002: Added chapters 9 and 10.

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These pages are still very much under construction. Nevertheless, because there has been a surprising amount of interest from various places around the world, We feel it is better to publish it with all its imperfections and make changes later. The ancestry from David and from Linda show several pathways. Of these only the Birley and Gardner/Gardiner and Pilling descendencies are presented at this time. If you are interested in receiving GEDCOM files of any of these lines, or of the complete genealogies from either of us, please send us an E-Mail.

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We do get snow in South Carolina...

Click the button and see for yourself!

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How to Interview the Old Folks!

How to interview the old folks. An integral and essential part of gathering family history is to interview elderly folks while they are still alive. A Family History Questionnaire by Virginia Allee is a classic. Apparently Ms. Allee has given the Texas Agricultural Extension Service permission to publish this on the web. I first saw it in about 1988, and highly recommend it. In addition you might like to read my brief set of Pointers on Interviewing.

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Standards For Use Of Technology In Genealogical Research Recommended by the National Genealogical Society

Just published. Please take the time to read these important genealogical research standards as they apply, not only to data on this site, but to all data you gather and store by computer from all sources.

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The Genealogies A collection of various genealogies featuring, in particular, Birley, Hornby, Barff, Pilling, and Gardiner/Gardner.

Kirkham: History 1700 - 1900

A remarkable brief history of this delightful town in Lancashire prepared by Ann Pilling in 1966. It outlines the influence of three families in its development, Langton, Birley, and Hornby. All three of these families appear in my ancestry, and members of the three families appear in the Descendants of John Birley page mentioned above. Perhaps the greatest irony in receiving this document is that the surname of its author is the same as that of my wife's grandmother, and by pursuing the origins of the Pilling family, it appears that they may have lived about 20 miles from Kirkham.

My Personal Background

Usual braggy stuff that we all must have on our personal web pages!

Personal Photos

An eclectic collection of family snapshots and junk that really are only meant to entertain the family ... but with family members getting farther and farther away it is a way to keep the family album where all can see it.


A collection of GEDCOM files containing the data which appears in the various data sets on this website.

Internet Links

A variety of Internet links that I like.

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David H. Birley
250 Pinewood Lane
Rock Hill, SC 29730-6116

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Last Updated on August 06, 2016 by David Birley

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