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In Memoriam:

Nancy Ellen Clark (nee Briggs) of Grafton, Wisconsin, died January 1, 2007, age 77 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee. She was born April 29, 1929 in St. Paul, Minnesota, the daughter of George N and Molly (nee Ward) Briggs. In 1949, she married Delmar R. Clark, who preceded her in death March 3, 1989.

After the loss of her husband of 43 years, her love of the outdoors brought her to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where she became a resort owner. She was well-known for being gracious and hospitable. Nancy was an accomplished pianist for 74 years and taught piano to over 25 students. She was an organist for churches in Florida, Alabama, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. For the last 25 years, as a genealogist she dedicated her life to locating and bringing together descendants from both her and her husband’s family. She published four books on the Clark family history and was the sole proprietor for 10 years of a web site for families researching in Lincolnshire, England. <> She found new relatives throughout the U.S., Canada and England. She taught genealogy classes at the local library.

Family and friends will remember her tenacity and determination to keep close ties with all who knew her throughout her life. She will be especially missed by her six children: Pam (Jim) Cooper, Vero Beach, Florida; Roger (Linda) Clark, Vallejo, California, Jeff (Sarah) Clark, Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Beverly (Gary) Ehlebracht, Naperville, Illinois; Tim (Donna) Clark, Carpentersville, Illinois and Jeanne (Brian) Perron, Mundelein, Illinois. She has nine grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren with two more to be born this year. Her dog Frosty will miss her too!

She was a member of Cornerstone Church of Grafton, Wisconsin where a viewing will be Friday, January 5 from 9:00-11:00 AM followed by a service. Luncheon will follow. Another service will be Saturday, January 6 at the Elk Grove Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove Village, Illinois at 11:00 AM. A private burial will follow for the family at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Arlington Heights, Illinois where she will be laid to rest along side her husband.

In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations to: Cornerstone Church Building Fund, 14151st Avenue, Grafton, WI 53024

For online condolences, go to <>


 Hi! My name is Nan Clark. I have been a genealogist for many years. I am especially interested in the county of Lincolnshire in the UK. I have co-authored with my daughter, Pam Cooper, a book about the John W. CLARK  and Frances HOFF family of Lincolnshire. I also published another book during the summer of 1996 about the William CLARK and Ann HOFF Family of Lincolnshire and I have completed the third and final book about the CLARK, HUNT, and YEATS families with related lines of the SMITH, LANE, AND KIRKHAM families of Lincolnshire. In case you are in Lincoln City sometime, copies of all three books have been donated to the Lincoln Archives Office.


I have an ongoing project of compiling a list of surnames from people who are interested in Lincolnshire research and who send me the information about their families. There is a surname list available. For additional information on the rest of the pages on this Web site, simply click on any of the blue letters on this page. For easy email access on the surnames lists, click on the blue names of the submitter and an email format will appear for you to use.





Here are two very interesting sites one showing the images of Lincolnshire, and another showing many of it's churches


The Lincolnshire Family History Society has a brand new web page. Take a look at it and learn more about Lincolnshire


Take a look at the Lincolnshire Look Ups page from the England Look Up Central Web Site. Take a look at it if you need any help with some records. Everyone on the list is willing to look up information for you - FREE!  BE SURE TO SEND THANK YOU NOTES TO ALL THAT YOU CONTACT AND WHO HAVE GIVEN YOU IMFORMATION.

In addition to the Rootsweb link, there is now a new Lincolnshire link on the GenWeb Project. It is brand new and has a list of surnames in Lincolnshire and from what I've seen so far, they are not duplicates of my list. Click on the blue letter for this new Lincolnshire site


Here is a note from Rootsweb Review, dated Wednesday, 26 July 2000, Vol. 3, No. 30 and should interest many of you researchers looking for Parish Register information.

FreeREG Project: ENGLISH PARISH REGISTER TRANSCRIPTS AND INDEXES FreeREG stands for Free REGISTERS. The FreeREG Project's objective is to provide free Internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records, which have been transcribed from parish and non-conformist church registers
in the United Kingdom. The recording of baptisms, marriages, and burials in parish registers began in England in 1538.

There are three FreeREG databases, one each for baptisms, marriages and burials. FreeREG is a new project and has only several million records in the database, so you should not expect to find all your ancestors in the database yet (but you might). FreeREG is a part of the FreeUKGEN Project and companion project to FreeBMD , a database of the GRO birth, marriage, and death indexes from 1837.

Records are to be made freely available through a search engine only, not as complete sets of data for a church. For complete transcriptions, where available, refer to the local County Records Offices, or Family History Societies. The FreeREG database is just a finding tool. It should not be considered to be proof, or indeed that it is always 100% accurate, or contains all of the information in the actual register. Once you have found a record, then write to the relevant Family History Society or County Record Office, who, for a small fee, will obtain a print from the original register for you.

FreeREG is looking for transcribers and for those who have already made transcriptions. If you would like to help, see Contributing to the Project at  If you would like to become involved in the project, please join the mailing list

Previously published by, Inc., RootsWeb Review: RootsWeb's Genealogy News, Vol. 3, No. 30, 26 July 2000. RootsWeb:


I have found another Home Page about Genealogy. It is called GENFORUM and  it is a great site! There is a Chat group that is going almost 24 hours a day, hundreds of message boards with hundreds of surnames listed. Click the capital letters above OR the picture here:  *************************************************************

During my sojourns in Lincolnshire I have acquired a few reference books and booklets that may be of interest to fellow researchers. A list of these is on my books page. Some of the booklets, such as the census, are merely indexes, and they provide no information other than surnames and the folders in which they can be found in the Lincoln Archives Office (LAO). I am willing to do a small amount of preliminary research for anyone who is interested, but please check the list before you email me to ensure that I DO have what you might need.  Remember most of these books and booklets are NOT indexed!!There are also other web sites listed on the books pages such as the GENUKI Web Site and Cyndi Howells WONDERFUL Genealogical web site!


Occasionally I receive requests to add the names of researchers to my list. These names can be found below. The contact person, along with the email and/or the snailmail address is listed with the information. If you are thinking about getting a researcher to help you, be sure to contact one of these names.

1.) JANE TEGG-WILSON I recently received the following from another researcher living in Lincolnshire. Here is what she offers: "I have a web site which includes an em enquiry form and this probably gives most details needed for any enquiries but basically - I research in Lincolnshire plus East Yorkshire and the majority of my work is compiling Family Trees or checking census/parish register entries both in Lincolnshire where I live and most other areas of the country. The work is carried out to an pre-agreed budget in a friendly and confidential manner keeping the client informed of progress. The email address is:

2.) JEAN M. FANTHORPE A family & local history researcher for 28 years and living just six minutes from Lincolnshire Archives. I would be pleased to consider your requests for research in Lincolnshire and if the trail is found to lead to a neighbouring county then consideration would be given to following that too. I also offer a photographic service at locations. Please either visit my website or contact me for further details via e-mail at

3.)  PETER SMITH Civil Registration of Births Marriages & Deaths,England and Wales from 1837(July) to 1994. Indexes searched at St. Catherines House,London and copy certs.supplied. A speedy and cost effective service. Please Email me for full details and fees, also St. Cath's F.A.Q. or write to me at: Peter D.Smith, 38 Leaseway, Wickford, Essex SS12 OHE, England.

4.)  BRIAN WILLS-JOHNSON   is offering a lookup service for "Lincolnshire Links with Australia 1788 to 1840" by C.L.Anderson. This book has a listing of all felons transported to Australia during the convict era, with age, date & place of trial, sentence, place of origin, year transported, ship's name & Australian destination. 1200 names are listed and will help those who are looking for "missing links" in their families.

5.) IFOR BARTON  "I have one of the largest collections of Parish register transcripts in the area - about 300. Some of the transcripts are not at the Archives as they were copied from the original at the church. For a listing of these registers and the Grasby Village Web Page click here. I specialise in Lincolnshire Genealogy but am prepared to undertake work further afield."

6.) GEOFF WRIGHT. "I have a database of all 1841-1891 census data connected with the name WRIGHT for Boston RD. If you are researching the following names (WRIGHT, GILCHRIST, BROWN, BRETT) and would like to have me search this database, please send details to me. This database is not an index but contains information gained from searching records at the PRO in London. I will be adding to this database MI's and burial record information associated with WRIGHT in and around Boston."


NOTE: I received an email from a friend in Michigan and he told me about a great MAP site for the UK. It shows all of the little towns and you can find small hamlets that other maps don't seem to be able to find for you! The site is called "Multi Media Mapping UK Maps" and is super! Click on the blue letters and go take a look at it!


I have made several trips to England and to the Lincoln Archives Office [LAO]. I have a few suggestions that would be helpful to anyone who is planning a research trip to the Archives. Their emails are as follows: for bookings at the Archives: and for general information, use this email address: Their street address is: Lincolnshire Archives, St. Rumbold Street, Lincoln LN2 5AB, England. Their phone numbers are: (01522)525158 (Search Room Appointments) and (01522)526204 (Other Inquiries). If you are calling from outside of the U.K. add 0144-1522 INSTEAD of (01522) to your number. Be sure to write several weeks ahead of your planned arrival to reserve a viewer and give them the dates of your arrival. Have 2 passport-size pictures ready for your LAO registration card, along with proof of your home address (driver's license, etc.). Have a specific list of what documents you are looking for. Take a large notebook, pencils (no pens), family group sheets and/or a family tree, a 6" magnifying ruler for lists, and an X2-X3 magnifying glass for viewing films and old documents. These are just a few ideas for you. Look at the end of my "books" list for books that would be good to read and study before you go to the LAO.

last updated 1 December 2006