16 July 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey Genealogy

"I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror. Damn my hair – it just won't behave, and damn ... I may as well do some genealogy"

First four items from http://worldnames.publicprofiler.org

1. World surname distribution for last name Grey

2. Roots of the surname Grey

3. Regional distribution of surname Grey
4. Top surname Grey forenames

5. Distribution of surname Grey in Britain in 1881, from http://gbnames.publicprofiler.org

6. Distribution of surname Grey in Britain in 1998, from http://gbnames.publicprofiler.org

7. Wikipedia entry for Grey: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey

8. Interview with Kirsty Grey, Chair of the Guild of One-name Studies: http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.ca/2012/03/interview-with-kirsty-grey.html

9. Grey County, Ontario www.grey.ca/

10. Grey Roots, historical museum in Owen Sound www.greyroots.com/

11. Lady Jane Grey, http://www.britroyals.com/tudor.asp?id=jane_grey

12. Ancestry page on Grey family history: http://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=grey

13. Grey family genealogy forum, http://genforum.genealogy.com/grey/

14. Earl Grey Tea, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Grey_tea

15. Lady Grey Tea, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Grey_(tea)

16. The Grey page at Geni.com, http://www.geni.com/surnames/grey

17. Howick Hall, owned by the Grey family since 1319, http://www.howickhallgardens.org/familyhistory.php

18. FreeBMD currently contains 11,969 Grey births

19. FreeBMD currently contains 8,885 Grey marriages

20. FreeBMD currently contains 8,808 Grey deaths

21. There are 187 members in the Gray/Grey surname group at Family Tree DNA http://www.familytreedna.com/group-join.aspx?Group=Gray.

22. Latest Grey tweet: "If they don't cast Christian Grey just perfect in this Fifty Shades of Grey movie...I'm.going.to.be.pissed"

23. The Earl Grey Family Papers, a major source for British military history of the 18th century, are at Durham University, http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/asc/collection_information/cldload/?collno=52

24. The GenealogyWise group for the Grey name is at http://www.genealogywise.com/group/graygreysurnames

25. The Africian Grey Parrot, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Grey_Parrot  Not to be confused with the Norwegian Blue, http://youtu.be/npjOSLCR2hE

26. Pierre Grey's Lakes Provincial Park, Alberta, http://albertaparks.ca/pierre-grey's-lakes.aspx

27. Deb Grey, first Reform Party MP, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deborah_Grey

28. Greyhound, for genealogical travel, http://www.greyhound.com/

29. Yerg Inc. has been serving accounting professionals nationally for 99 years (Grey backwards), http://yergpads.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=1

30. 132 people by name Grey have WW1 graves recognized by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, 6 were Canadian.

31. 84 people by name Grey have WW2 graves recognized by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, 3 were Canadian.

32. The Ottawa Public Library has 1,104 items authored by persons named Grey.

33. 1,010 persons named Grey are in the LAC Soldiers of the First World War - CEF database.

34. 11 people named Grey are in the LAC North West Mounted Police (NWMP) - Personnel Records, 1873-1904 database.

35. 48 people named Grey are in the LAC Soldiers of the South African War (1899 - 1902) database.

36. There are 2,688,748 entries for Grey in the FamilySearch.org database.

37. There more than 2.1 million hits on Grey in the British Newspaper Archive database.

38. There are 2,765,349 results for Grey at flickr.com

39. The Ngram English corpus of books for the word Grey has a peak in the 1920s.

40. The Grey Cup was first awarded in 1909, the winning team being the Grey Cup University of Toronto Varsity Blues.

41. There are no people named Grey certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and nobody by that name is a member of the Association of Prefessional Genealogists.

42. The Proceedings of the Old Bailey database contains 278 people of surname Grey. http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/forms/formMain.jsp

43. Jennifer Grey is an American actress who starred in the film Dirty Dancing. She should not be confused with Jenny Grey. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000426/

44. To spice it up a bit, how about some Grey Poupon, http://www.kraftbrands.com/greypoupon/

45. OGS has a Bruce and Grey Branch, http://bruceandgreygenealogy.ca/

46. The US Social Security Death Index (Ancestry version) has 144,979 entries for Grey with default match setting and 3,585 with exact match setting.

47. The US Social Security Death Index (FamilySearch version) has 97,631 entries for Grey.

48. Grey occurs in 20 posts in the history of this blog.

49. There are about 121,000 hits for last name Grey on findmypast.co.uk

50. There are 170 Grey burials in the OGS Cemetery Ancestor Search database.


Persephone said...

Anything to avoid reading that book!

Elizabeth Kipp said...

And then there are the people who use "Gray" as the spelling of their surname when it was "Grey" up to the mid 1700s! My own line used Grey until they moved from Cherry Burton to Holme on the Wolds (all East Yorkshire Riding) from which time all the Parish Register entries use the spelling Gray. My great grandmother was Grace Gray daughter of Robert Gray and Elizabeth Mary Ann Routledge. Robert emigrated to Canada in 1832 with his younger brother William and as is the way with my lines they all came to Middlesex County, Ontario.

Linda J. Hauley said...

Great links for GOONS members! Thank you for posting!