Colin Spencer

Nov 212017
 November 21, 2017  Posted by at 5:17 pm News

Today I have added 190 new records to the Lefever (GB) dataset. These records are a combination of 19th and 20th century Lancashire records and 18th and early 19th century Hampshire records. I have some more Hampshire records that I will be adding in the near future. These Hapshire records include qute a few individuals with the usual Channel Islands spelling of Le Feuvre so it looks like there were a few migrations from there in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Feb 012017
 February 1, 2017  Posted by at 4:58 pm News

I have today added some updates to the Australia and New Zealand records.

An additional 33 individuals have been added to the Australia database and 2 individuals to the New Zealand database.

I found a marriage register page with one of the Lefever entries on it. It contained a total of 8 marriages and in four of the marriages one of the individuals was recorded as a convict. This was not unusual given the dates of the marriages but what I was surprised to find was that of the four convicts three of them were women, I hadn’t realised that quite so  many female convicts had been transported.

Jan 222017
 January 22, 2017  Posted by at 5:31 pm News

I have added an additional 81 records to the Lefever GB data set. These new records are mainly from the late 1600’s to the early 1800’s ad are for people living in Lincolnshire and London / Middlesex. I also managed to delete 5 duplicate entries.

Jan 022017
 January 2, 2017  Posted by at 2:22 pm News

I was recently sent a book of annotated photographs by a person (thank you M.S.) who had made contact through this site. The book contained photos of Lefever’s who had lived in South Africa at various times, I had a couple of these individuals already in the database but this spurred me to see if I could find any more Lefever name bearers in South Africa. As a result the database has increased by an additional 87 entries mainly marriages from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The photographs are not shared on this site but I will share them on request.

Oct 312016
 October 31, 2016  Posted by at 5:28 pm News

I recently found some probate and death records for New Zealand. I had not previously found any Lefever or variants in New Zealand so this was an ideal small record set to start a New Zealand database with. There are currently only 23 records in this set but I hope to add more as they become available. The level of detail particularly on the death certificates is remarkable in comparison with my usual UK ones.

Oct 092016
 October 9, 2016  Posted by at 2:09 pm News

I have today updated the Lefever GB database. I have added and additional 183 records all of these are Baptism, Burial and Marriage records from between 1700 and 1800 for the county of Lincolnshire. As a result of more data now being available I have also been able to de-duplicate an additional 12 records. There are now over 3,600 records in this database alone, there are no doubt more duplicated records that I will continue to consolidate as more information becomes available.

Sep 272016
 September 27, 2016  Posted by at 4:07 pm News

I have added an additional 117 records to the Lefever GB recordset. These records are a combination of early (1700-1800) baptism and death records mainly in London’s East End and some more 1939 Register entries. I have also managed to de-duplicate another 12 individual and family records and managed to find the families for 2 separate unlinked individuals.

I will shortly be publishing an updated set of Lefever South Africa records thanks to some information from Magdalen Savory who contacted me recently.

I also had a contact from a Claire Lefeuvre which is the usual Channel Islands variant spelling of the Lefever name. Eventually we managed to narrow down the fact that her grandfather changed the spelling of his surname and in fact he was actually a Lefever from the East End of London. What was even more rewarding was to find that we are distantly related, Claire is my 7th cousin once removed.

Jun 072016
 June 7, 2016  Posted by at 2:55 pm News

I have been continuing to work my way through the 1939 register and have added more records from this repository. As a result I have managed to de-duplicate some records and also add existing entries into families. The new ‘record hint’ feature is helping with this family assignation. There are a total of 259 new individual entries in the database.

I have also spent some time looking into the Shaw-Lefever family. I have some more work to do in the coming weeks before I can pull together their family story. They are quite a dynasty.

May 052016
 May 5, 2016  Posted by at 5:07 pm News

An additional 386 new individuals have been added to the Lefever GB records. A handful of duplicates have been combined and additional data added to another 452 individuals. The majority of the new individuals are as a result of the availability of the 1939 Register and so as a result are records mainly from the 20th century.

Feb 282016
 February 28, 2016  Posted by at 6:25 pm News

I have updated the Lefever GB records set with 72 additional entries. I have also de-duplicated another 10 individuals and tied another 70+ single individuals into families. The majority of these changes have been made possible by the release of the 1939 Register. I have not even completed all the first name beginning with A entries in the 1939 Register yet so a lot more work to do.