Preece Family History

         & 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 available on this site.

If you need some help in locating a missing Preece, drop me a line, as there is a good chance I will be able to help, or even put you in touch with another searching the same family line. Equally, if you have Preece entries in your family I would love to hear about them, whether in a family tree, copies of certificates or just family stories.

The various sections of the site are accessible through the menu above, or by following the links elsewhere on this page.

I hope you find the site helpful.

Guides and Links

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

Where do we find Preece families
Some analysis of the numbers of Preece people across a number of years, from 1841 to 1939

Get more help
Links to help you move on in your research, whether your name is Preece or not.

DNA Project
A link to the Project Homepage - numbers are small, but over time will hopefully increase
Facebook Group
If you are on Facebook, why not take a look and join the conversation

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:- PREECE PREACE PRIESS PRIECE PRECE PREES PREESE PREEZE PRIES PREEC PREICE PREACE PRESE PRES PREASE PREAS PREEZ PRIESE

Latest Updates

17 Dec 2023
A re-vamp of the site has begun, with a new page header, re-designed pages, and the removal of the Message Board page and the "Locations searched" page. Some pages will retain the old look until the site is fully updated.

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

Online Records - Quick Links
Births, Marriages and Deaths
All the entries from the GRO Birth, Marriage and Death indexes up to December 1922 (begin at September 1 1937). They have matching parish register entries when they have been located, or alternatively a census entry if they can be identified.
Census - UK Strays and North American 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
Wills and Administrations
Entries from England and Wales, from the start of the National Probate index in 1858 up to 1943 (I hold entries for 1944 - 1966 not listed here).
Military records
A relatively new section, at present holds the Roll of Honour for those fallen in combat, together with RAF records.
Occupation records
Occupation details for your family - from accountants to wheelwrights. Entries across England and Wales, and a wide range of years
Ship Passenger records
A growing section covering passengers travelling to both North America and Australasia, with other destinations (such as South Africa) as they become available.
Land records
Entries from the Owners of Land Return, 1873

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