A World Genealogy Project

Introduction - How to Use the Referencing

The tables which follow give such details of the various branches of the Tivey family as can be ascertained. Unfortunately, it has not been possible to trace many records before about 1770 which can be tied up with later ones. Although records in Melbourne go back to 1734, there was a period, between about 1770 and 1820, when practically no records of baptisms of Tivey children can be found, although it is known that a number were born there during this period. This means that, except for three families where details are available from Baptist records, the parentage of Tiveys born in Melbourne in that period cannot be ascertained. Elsewhere, it has not been possible to identify all the parishes in which Tiveys lived in the 17th and 18th centuries and records are sparse up to 1770 and in some cases to as late as 1830. In the case of one branch the earliest record is as late as 1868.

Concentration has been mainly on the male line and a number of Tiveys (mostly females and unmarried males) have not been allocated to the branches to which they belong, because it is either impossible or would be unduly expensive to do so. Similarly, no effort has been made to identify children who died in infancy, except in so far as information about them could be readily obtained without unnecessary expense.

Section I, which is divided into groups each allocated a letter, gives such details as are available from records up to 1837 (when registration of births, marriages and deaths was instituted in England) which cannot be tied up with later records.

Section II shows the various groups of the Tivey family going back in each case as far as possible. Groups in this section have been allocated numbers.

Section III shows records since 1837 not identified as belonging to particular groups of Section II, but excluding those children known to have died under the age of 6 years. There are four sub-sections, depending on whether the records available are of birth, marriage, death or inclusion in census returns.

An index is provided, divided into three sections – Males, Females born Tivey and Wives; this excludes all children known to have died under the age of 6 years, whether or not they are included in the tables.


The details of the families in Section II and also in certain Groups of Section I are set out in list rather than tree form; this is mainly for convenience of reproduction but also permits relevant notes to be inserted at the appropriate places.

A standard format has been adopted throughout whereby an entry is made for each male Tivey other than (a) those known to have died under the age of 18 and (b) those at present under the age of 18. Details for each entry are set out as follows :-

Man’s name When & where born When & where died, Occupation
Wife’s Christian & Maiden names When & where born When & where died
(Details of wife’s parents, where known)
When & where married


Christian Names When & where born To whom married When & where When & where died

All female Tiveys and those males who are known to have died under 18 or at present under 18 are shown only in the lists of children in the entries for their respective fathers. Other male Tiveys, except those in the first generation of each Group, thus appear twice – in the list of their father’s children and in their own entry. In some cases, information is given in less detail in the entry under the father than in the man’s own entry.


Each entry is given a code number showing (a) the generation within the Group and (b) the sub-Group to which the man belongs. Thus, if generation 1 had three sons all surviving to over 18, the eldest would be 2A, the next 2B and the third 2C. The sons of 2A would be coded 3A(1), 3A(2) etc. and thereafter small letters and small Roman numerals would be used for alternate generations in all cases where there is more than one son (e.g. 4 A(1)(a); 5A(1)(a)(i)), but if, for example, 3A(1) had only one son surviving to age 18 his entry would be coded 4A(1).

To trace descent back it must be remembered that only the generation number changes while an additional letter or figure is added where there is more than one son. All persons with an A in their coding are descended from the first person to whom that letter is allocated – e.g. 1A in some Groups, 2A in most Groups and 3A where 2 was an only son.

Thus, if we take the example of the entry in Group 9 of 6D(6)(a)(i), he is the only son of 5D(6)(a)(i), who in turn is the eldest son of 4D(6)(a), whose father was 3D(6) and whose grandfather was 2D.

The coding “X”, “(X)” or “(x)” is used either for illegitimate children or those believed to belong to the Group but whose parents cannot be definitely identified.

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