Preece Family History and One Name Study

The website dedicated to the research of Preece individuals and families worldwide

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My name is Ian Preece and this site is part of my study of the Preece surname. If you have a Preece relative, you may well find they are in my database of records  - these have been gathered since 1987, when I joined the Guild of One Name Studies. I have many thousands of entries in my files, only some of which are actually available on the site.

If you need some help in locating a missing Preece, do ask as there is a good chance I will be able to help or even put you in touch with someone else from the same 'line'. Equally, if you have Preece entries in your family I would love to hear about them, either a family tree, copies of certificates or just family tales.

The various sections of the site are accessible through the menu above or by following the links  in the descriptions below.

I hope you find the site helpful.

Latest Updates

10 Mar 2019
Mostly a cosmetic tidy up - some re-positioning, all the external/internal links have been checked and amended where needed and a couple of new sites added.

Click here for full details on this and previous updates to the site and my records

DNA Project now up and running. Click this link to go to summary page and further links.

One Name Study Facebook Group now set up.Click this link to take a look and perhaps ask to join.

Births Marriages and Deaths
All the entries from the GRO Birth, Marriage and Death indexes up to 1920 are available on here, together with matching parish register or census details wherever identified.


Census Records

Find entries for your family when they lived away from their birthplace, and link UK and US census records to their journey across the Atlantic.



Occupation details for your family, from accountants to wheelwrights. Entries across England and Wales, and a wide range of years.


Passenger Records

A growing section covering passengers travelling to both North America and Australasia, together with other destinations as they become available.


Further online records

Wills and Administrations
Entries from across the country

Owners of Land Return 1873
Were your ancestors property owners?

Unmatched Parish Register entries

Can you help me?

Roll of Honour
To those fallen in conflicts

Spelling Variations

Not all of the entries I hold are for the 'Preece' spelling - there are lots of Prees families in Wales for example.

The following variations of the name PREECE are presently included within the database:-


Future plans

I have lots of records in my files which could be placed on line - the age of them can affect this, with a need to remember privacy issues. There are also plenty of sources to gather Preece entries from, and this continues to expand.

I have plans for a new section on occupations, incorporating the existing Trade Directory pages already available. This will have general information and hopefully specific information for some "spotlighted" industries, the first of which should be mining.

Beneficiaries of Wills is another section I have wanted to create for a while, but at present lack of entries will delay this.

Guides and Links

Background to the Database
What is in it, and why is it not all on here for me to see?

Locations searched and found
Where have Preece records been found?

Popular Counties for Preece families
Some analysis of the numbers of Preece people across a number of years, old and new.

Get more help
Links to help you move on in your research, many of them not specifically Preece-related.

DNA Project
A direct link to the Preece DNA Project page at Family Tree DNA. This will open in a new window.