The following publications have resulted from my research into family history:
History of the Old House (Originally Marden's Farm) in Hildenborough, Kent (2014)
This booklet documents the history of the property now known as the Old House in Hildenborough, Kent, England.
It is a late 15th Century Grade II* listed property indicating that it is of particular importance, with only 8% of listed buildings
being Grade II* or higher. It was originally part of an 18 acre farm known as Marden's Farm and almost certainly the original farm house.
The booklet includes a history timeline, maps, transcriptions of surviving documents and a family tree concerning the Gilpin and
Waite families, both previous owners of the property. John Waite, who inherited the property in 1726, is my 7xgreat grandfather.
Barber alias Nynne - Five Hundred Years of Family History in Rotherfield, Tonbridge and Brighton (2015).
This book is the culmination of a journey I started in the early 1980s when I began to explore my family history.
In this book I find the earliest Barber families and discover how they might have lived, putting "flesh on the bones" so to speak.
The book starts in 1530 in Rotherfield in Sussex moving forward one generation after another to the present day.
The amount of historical information discovered for these ordinary lives is quite amazing and I believe that the book serves as a
great example of how the combination of church records, manorial records and legal documents can be used to learn about the
lives of our ancestors in England in the very early period of the 1500s - 1700s.
See main page on how to purchase this book.
George Meek's Grandfather (2016).
George Meek (1868-1921) lived a life of poverty in Eastbourne, East Sussex, yet in 1910 he published the book: "George Meek,
Bath Chair-Man, By Himself" with the support of famous author and fellow socialist H.G. Wells.
This booklet is about Benjamin Knibbs otherwise Humphries, the grandfather who raised George as a child and is frequently
mentioned in the book although not by name (and who is also my 3xgreat grandfather). It provides a comprehensive family
background for George Meek and integrates it with the information in his book. A detailed family tree is presented in the appendices
along with a transcription of the settlement examination held in 1864 for Benjamin's daughter Rose Hannah which reveals much of the family history.
Great Grandmother's Secrets Revealed (via DNA).
An article published in the Sussex Family Historian journal in March 2016. The story illustrates the usefulness of the developing area of DNA genealogy.
- Downloads - PDFs of most publications are available here.
Copies of most PDFs have also been deposited with the Internet Archive: www.archive.org
Note: Downloads for private use permitted. All Rights Reserved. (c) Geoffrey Barber.