Welcome to Mallett Family History

Foreword

The information presented on this website comes from a wide variety of contributors, all with a penchant for genealogy, and an equally wide range of reference materials. We do our very best to ensure that it is accurate, but as an end user, you should be aware that it may not be, and if you find something that is important to you and your research, it is incumbent upon you to verify it for yourself (and if we've got it wrong, to tell us so). That said, you are free to use anything that you find here to further your own research. We only ask that if you republish any of it, that you cite Mallett Family History as your source.

At the time of writing (November 10, 2017), we have just under 14,000 individuals recorded here. We have information on many more that isn't published, because we adhere strictly to the "100 year rule", which is to say that we do not include any information on this website on any individual who was born less than 100 years ago. The only exception to the rule would be someone who is already in the public eye, such as the British Princes William and Harry Windsor, who happen to have a Malet ancestor.

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Research Methodology

Ideally, every piece of information that we publish would be backed up by a primary source; that is to say a record created at about the time that the event occurred, by someone with first hand knowledge of the event. Examples of primary sources are parish register entries or civil registrations of births, christenings/baptisms, marriages, and deaths or burials); obituaries, wills, census records and so on. Sadly, it is neither practical nor even possible in some cases to access such records. In the UK, for example, parish registers only begin in the early 1500's, and civil registration did not come into effect until 1837. Not all events were recorded in the parish registers, for various reasons, and many of the registers have not survived. The ones that do survive are held in archives all over the UK, and so, in practical terms, are not really accessible to everyone. The Civil Registrations are comprehensive, but to access the actual primary source, which is to say a birth, marriage, or death certificate, is prohibitively expensive. The situation is similar in other countries.

So where does that leave us?

Since we have limited access to primary sources, we rely on secondary sources and "preponderance of evidence" to make decisions. Secondary sources are typically one step removed from primary sources, such as parish register extracts (transcriptions of actual parish registers — mostly accurate but subject to transcription error) from the IGI and other sources like Phillimore's transcripts; Civil Registration Indexes, census transcripts, and written and oral family histories. Preponderance of evidence simply means that we take 2 or more secondary sources, and if they agree, we accept whatever it is they are telling us as fact.

Where this comes into play most often is in determining birth dates. Often we will know some or all of the children from a given marriage from an informal family history, say, but we may know neither the birth order nor the birth dates of the children. We probably will know the approximate time frame within which the family existed, and then maybe we can find them in the census where their ages are most always given, so we can work out their approximate birth year by subtracting the given age from the census year. That age may or may not be accurate, so now maybe we can find them in a parish register index or civil registration index — the right name in the right place in the right year. So, without ever consulting the primary birth record, we can be quite confident that we've got the correct year of birth, at least.

Author:

Bob Mallett

Ottawa, Ontario
Canada

November 10, 2017.