My grandfather (far right) with his parents and siblings, circa 1917


It was all Great-Aunt Nina's fault, really. When I was in my early 'teens, I was caught up in her interest in family history. In her case, it was determination to prove that her ancestor had been in service to royalty (it turned out to be true) and an affirmation of the gentility of her line!

As a result, I created a simple family tree as a school project - going back as far as my great-grandparents. However, in 1991 my cousin got married, and I decided to make him a wedding gift of the results of my further research. The Skingley name being so unusual, it made research deceptively easy (or so I thought); various members of the family were also interested, and I was hooked.

Well, let's be honest - I've created a monster. I have (as at 2008) well over 6,000 names on my Family Tree Maker database. While an increasing number of these are other branches of my family, the largest group are Skingleys and their links, and dozens of contacts all over the world.

The data covers many trees which are, at least in terms of proven links, unattached.

A huge percentage of my records appear in one of two large trees: the descendants of James and Richard Skingley. Two further trees, the descendants of Jeremiah and Jonathan, account for many more. Several smaller trees are linked to living descendants; and yet more are from research into parish records, census records, wills etc. which allowed me to create a mini-tree (or "bonsai", as my husband has christened them) which neither attaches to one of the major trees above or to a living descendent below - yet. Click here for a brief summary of these major families.

So if you have the name Skingley in your background (or Skingsley, Skinley, Skinsley etc.) please contact me - and we'll see where you fit into the clan!

Click here for a few guidelines before you send your enquiry, and for my contact details. 

Cassie Tillett

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