The Rudkin Project
an ongoing study of the Rudkin family spanning
over thirty generations
From a very casual and mildly curious look into my ancestry in 2002 I became intensely interested in really delving into it after an early and very fortuitous contact with a previously unknown cousin, Barri (sic) Rudkin of Bolsover in Derbyshire whose grandfather was a brother of my own grandfather. Barri, who sadly died in 2007 after a very short illness, had been seriously researching the Rudkins for a number of years and his enthusiasm was quickly shared when he very generously gave me full access to his database and to his Rudkin family photographs and documents. When he died his charming wife Glenda provided even more of his Rudkin material and all of this provided another huge boost and laid a very firm foundation for the project. Interestingly, Barri had a degree in Information Technology and his thesis had been based upon a genealogical research program he had written and which later had been well received and adopted in part by the world's leading family history databank, the Church of the Latter Day Saints, whose own computerised systems were at that time being developed.
Now, with nearly 7000 records (over 5000 of which link to the prime man) in it's database Rudkin~Genes has become a leading knowledge base for the Rudkin name. It's records have been accrued, analysed and sifted from data exchanges with many collaborators in various parts of the United Kingdom and also in the USA (particularly in New York, San Francisco and Minford Ohio), Australia (in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne), Canada (in Ottawa and Vancouver), New Zealand (in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington), Ireland (in Dublin, Carlow, Kilkenny, Bagenalstown and Port Arlington), Newfoundland (in St Johns) and in the UAE (Dubai).
Since 2007 I have produced three separate editions of a history of the Rudkins. The current version has grown to a three volume e-Book set titled 'The Rudkin Chronicle', a preview of each volume can be seen under the 'Publications' tab above. Several individual family lineage reports have also been supplied to a number of registered users of the site.
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I do not claim to be infallible !
The information I present is the best that is available to me. If any of my readers can add to it in any way, or if errors are perceived, please get in touch through the 'Contact' tab above. I will be very pleased to hear from you.