The first phase of research into my ancestors
was completed in 2000. It was
entitled 'Meeting Places' and summarised the results obtained up to that date
mainly with respect to the Kemps, Reads and Bellamys.
It is available for download here as an
pdf file prepared with the Acrobat compiler.
All of the supplements to Meeting Places
are available for download as Acrobat pdf
files. You will require an Acrobat Reader to access them. Each book is several
hundred pages long and the size varies between 3.5-6 mb. Opening the files with a
broadband connection takes only a few minutes, but access times are greatly
increased if you usr an ordinary phone connection.
In 2003, as the result of further research
a supplement entitled 'A Small Dimension'
was created. It is an Acrobat document that deals with the Kemps that migrated
from their villages on the edge of Suffolk's clay plateau to the coastlands.
In 2004 I produced a sketch of the descendants
of Norman de Campo, a Saxon
thane and Domesday sheriff of Suffolk. He founded the Kemp clan who for two
millennia have moved around a few villages on the coastal edge of the Suffolk clay
In 2005, another supplement, 'Seeds in
Lines', concentrated on the outcomes of the
marriage of Hannah Kemp (born 1758) to James Smyth of Sweffling and
Peasenhall. James invented the Suffolk horse- drawn seed drill, and the couple
founded a commercial dynasty that, for two centuries, made the village of
Peasenhall world- famous this feat of agricultural engineering.