Our Family History

by Nicholas Michael - and many others


This is my very extended genealogy - and in many cases multiple family histories. It duplicates the Laidman Families website, but also includes all the peripheral families I - and others - have researched. There are actually many family trees here, but also a lot of bushes and shrubbery, right down to solitary leaves. However, only the Laidman familes have been fully researched by me: others are the fruit of many people's labours, for which I thank them, but decline all responsibility! Particular thanks go to Marion Harper Hopkins, without whose help over many years little of this would be possible. I would also like to thank genealogist and local historian Fiona Mitford whose research has been purloined for much of the Mitford family on this site.

By default, any place name without a country is in England. I have used Chapman's British County Codes for county names. The abbreviation "RD" after a British place name is for Registration District, often different from the location of the actual event.

If you find any omissions or errors I should be grateful if you would email me full details (see contact details below), quoting the reference numbers that appear after the name.

The Royal connection:

There is a very solid connection from one line of my Laidman family to English royalty. This is not a big deal: it is estimated that 80% of the British population are descendants of King Edward III. Of course, once a connection is made to royalty, the ramifications are almost infinite, right back to Charlemagne, or Rollo the Viking. Mostly only direct lines are shown here, so it is not an exhaustive historical database. A lot of the early connections are tenuous and should be taken with a pinch of salt. Details of historical persons have been extracted from Wikipedia - in English where possible, otherwise in French. I am also indebted to Jim Weber’s monumental website.

Nicholas Michael
Donneloye, Switzerland
30 June 2016

A short note on copyright and sources:

The vast majority of the data on this site (viz: the Laidman families) is the result of years of my hard work and a considerable monetary outlay. It contains to my knowledge the most complete and reliable Laidman data on the internet, most of which is maintained and updated whenever possible or necessary. In all but a few cases, sources/citations are available to "prove" the data. I do not publish these sources because unscrupulous people purloin the data, post it as their own work (not even bothering to credit me), and then fail to maintain, correct or update it. An example of this can be seen here, where the author (who ought to know a lot better) has insolently copied and pasted my Laidman data into his own file and then published it without a mention of where he obtained it. I therefore do not publish my sources in the belief that genealogy without sources is as good as useless. Unlike those who have stolen my data however, I can and will produce the sources on a "need-to-know" basis.

A very long note on privacy:

Data for any person born after 1914 and without a death date have been withheld for reasons of privacy. I do this because I believe it is right to keep some material out of the public domain, but not because I am required to do so by law. Still, some mistakes are made sometimes, and I may want to remove from public view some records. My intention is to not display in a public way any of the following associations between particular information and individual identifier:

Particular Information
1. A living person's birthdate, AND/OR
2. A living person's educational data, AND/OR
3. A living person's financial transaction(s), AND/OR
4. A living person's medical history, AND/OR
5. A living person's criminal history, AND/OR
6. A living person's employment history,

associated with

Individual Identifier
A. Person's name, AND/OR
B. Person's Social Security Number, AND/OR
C. Person's fingerprint, AND/OR
D. Person's voiceprint, AND/OR
E. Person's retina scan, AND/OR
F. Person's GPS chip ID

If you find that I have included any of the above associations in any of my files for a living person, then please inform me, and I will be happy to remedy the situation. I will generally not remove any information from my online databases that is described in one of the above tables that is not associated with a corresponding component from the other table. For example, I will not remove the names of living persons from my database where they do not have an associated birthdate, and/or social security number, etc. What I WILL do is remove the associated particular information from its association (identification) with a particular living individual.

Reasonable requests and adamant demands

From time to time, there will appear in my files something that others may find embarrassing (this is true for both living and deceased persons), or may think is a violation of privacy (in addition to those associations listed above). If you find such a thing in my files and want it removed, then e-mail me and ask me very nicely if I would be so kind as to remove it, even though I have zero obligation to do so. I will remove most things, if you just ask nicely enough.

I will not honour adamant demands of any type. The criteria is "reasonable"; I have no obligation to satisfy the paranoid fears of anyone. As a matter of example, let's say that your ancestor is living, and is in my transcription of the 1911 census in which they appear. If you ask me to remove that census transcription, and my ancestor is also living in the same household, I can guarantee you that I am not going to remove it. Firstly, the record is public - that's how I got it in the first place. Secondly, nobody can reasonably expect that the 1911 census is going to be used for any nefarious purpose. It doesn't have the kind of information required for identity theft (date of birth), for example. A request to remove such a record is based on paranoia, and I will not be held to satisfy someone else's irrational fear.

The wedding announcement / birth announcement / phone book criteria

The fact that private enterprises and individuals are free from the obligations imposed by the Privacy Act can be seen in your local newspaper. Every day, there are notices of wedding announcements, divorces, births of children, and all kinds of things that associate specific details, including dates, with particular living people. From a legal requirement point-of-view, I, as an individual, am at least as free to publish material of like kind as the newspaper. An even better example might be the phone book. Not only does it list names, but also phone numbers, addresses, and other sensitive information, such as "childrens' phone", e.g. I am certainly publishing information to a much more rigorous standard than that, from a privacy perspective. So in spite of the fact that I have no obligation to do so from a privacy perspective, I nevertheless privatize some aspects of my file because I think it is the right thing to do, and because I am basically a nice chap. And I think that I am deserving of credit for going out of my way to do so.

• I will protect my living relatives' right to privacy.
• I will not share any personal details about them without their express permission.

Public domain information includes names, dates, and places. Privacy law does not apply to public domain information. However, in accordance with common practice - and decency - no other details than the names of living people are shown. Please note that one does not have privacy rights for name, birth, marriage, and death information, contrary to popular thought and reason. I will generally not remove names already in the database.

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