Welcome to HowesFamilies.com Genealogy Pages

1891 Hows surname distribution

Great Oaks from little acorns . . .

Welcome to HowesFamilies.com, dedicated to reconstructing families for people named HOUSE, HOWES, HOWS, HOWSE and HOWZE, which are frequently variant spellings of the same name.

On the links page there are links to several global surname distribution websites. Taken together, what they show is that Southern England is the main source of our name, with individual concentrations for Howes in Norfolk and Northamptonshire, Howse in Oxfordshire and Wiltshire, and House in Somerset, Dorset and Hampshire. When you look at all of them together, it is perfectly obvious that these fit together into a coherent whole. Our suspicion is that we are separated only by strong regional accents! You can learn more by clicking on several of the icons toward the upper right of your screen.

There are now over 200,000 named individuals in reconstructed family groups, now we think close to a half of the ultimate population. Please note that we have a set of pages devoted to notable people with our name. We have two Victoria Cross winners, several notable soldiers, a couple of knights, ship's captains, authors, inventors and a film actress among us, for instance. If you have additional suggestions, do let us know.

Interest in our site has been strong and worldwide. We have over 1,600 members registered from over twenty countries, as far apart as Argentina, India and Malaysia. After nine years we are one of the larger sites devoted to a single name anywhere. What seems to makes this site interesting and useful is that we have built family groups as we have grown. This study is not just about collecting ancestors' names but about connecting people, literally. Several correspondents have been able to take their research back 4 generations or more and many others able to renew contact with parts of their extended family where contact had been lost (us included!).

We welcome all suggestions for change and improvement, and especially more data! If you'd like to join us and collaborate on making this site absolutely THE resource for all people named House, Howes, Hows, Howse and Howze worldwide, please use the contact button at bottom right.

Note that we also now have a mirror site at howes.one-name.net . So if this site is not available, for instance during our weekly update, you can go there and use the same information.

Paul Howes

Paul, I want to help. What can I do?

Thanks for asking! Five things, please:
- register on the site so we can stay in touch - towards top-left on this page
- send your own tree - GEDCOMs are best, but anything will do
- send copies of any photographs of individuals or headstones, or certificates, to me at: paul "at" howesfamilies.com
- consider whether you can help. Go to November 2008's newsletter here and look at the kinds of thing we need. What gives you energy?
- tell your relatives!
Thank you

Note: this study is done under the auspices of the Guild of One-Name Studies (GOONS). Our ultimate goal is to collect as many occurrences of our name as we can find around the world. Under Guild rules we are obliged to respond to all queries. We'd do that anyway but if we don't live up to it, please feel free to let them know at www.one-name.org.

We are pleased to report that in 2012 our study was recognized by the Guild and awarded two Certificates of Excellence, one for the article in Family Tree Magazine and one for this website, which again won in 2015, and again in 2018. As a result, we are proudly able to display the following badges, together with that of Ancestry.co.uk where we have published a blog (click it to read):

A recent correspondent asked

I have just come across your website ... amazing! I would be interested in becoming a registered user. Is it possible to contact other members or is all information shared on the website? Do you have to have permission to put material on or can anyone add anything they find elsewhere? How is authenticity checked?

We replied:

Thanks for your kind words. That's quite a lot of questions in two lines! I'll do my best with them.

To become a user, simply click on the Register New User box toward the top left of most pages. Right now, it's not possible to contact other users except through me. However, when you register if you tell me about your Howse heritage, I will take note of your family connection and if I find then or later another person from the same branch, I'll try to connect you. We connect people only where both parties agree.

Yes, all information is shared on the website, except that all details for anyone born within the last 100 years are hidden from public view unless we know that person to have died.

There are only three of us today who directly update the database. That's one way we can maintain the quality of the information on the site. However, we are always looking for more volunteers . . . . I wish it were possible to allow others to update directly, but it would quickly lead to chaos because everyone works to different standards. If you have material you'd like us to add, please just send it in. A GED file or spreadsheet, or document, or even paper file is just fine, or after you register, you can use the Suggest Edit tabs at the top of every individual's page.

Regarding authenticity, our aim is the truth! Where we can, we use original sources, including scanned or microfilmed images. We use secondary sources a lot, since we can't be everywhere. Although we didn't always do it when we first started out we now record every source so that you, the user, may make your own judgements about what is reliable. When we take data from tertiary sources, like family trees on the web, we filter out what we believe to be not well-researched and use words like "ancestry.com tree" as the source, so that you know to be more cautious. Given how easy it is to copy another person's work we also don't want to waste our time on provenance discussions (who was the original source for a fact). We aim for the truth, but we do recognize that we can't be perfect with nearly a million facts in the database! So we encourage everyone to question what we have done where they don't feel it's right. At least one of us, and possibly both, will learn from that process!

Paul, April 2020


feature 3 England/Wales 1921 census comes online
Here's how to access the 1921 census. We show a sample page so you know what to expect,

feature 1 Eastern Daily Press
Click to read our newspaper article - BIG file

feature 1 Study Scope
Read about how big this study actually is

feature 1 Origin and Distribution
Our surname's origin is mostly English

feature 1 Early occurrences
Click to see examples of our name before 1538

feature 1 Un-certificates!
Click to see new British records - Dec 2016

feature 1 Family Tree Magazine
Click to read our magazine article - BIG file

feature 1 Letter from the Crimean war
Henry Howes wrote home. Read his letter, 163 years on

feature 1 Howes Family Association
Interested in Thomas Howes and Mary Burr, early immigrants to the US, and their descendents?

feature 1 Aussie Royalty
Was your ancestor transported to Tasmania? Check the list of HOUSEs, HOWESes and HOWSEs

feature 1 King's Cliffe Howes
How a Howes clan impacted a Northamptonshire village

feature 1 DNA study
HOWESFamilies.com uses FamilyTreeDNA for DNA testing. Click here to learn more

email image Monthly Newsletters
Click here to see monthly newsletters since 2008 and other Bulletin Board items

feature 3 UK 1911 census emerges
Examples of the UK 1911 census start to emerge. So that you know what to expect, we reproduce a sample page

feature 1 Site finds NCFC founder's family
Norwich City Football Club asks for help
Job done!

feature 1 What are the ultimate goals?
Click above to discover the several reasons why I started this site

feature 2 Let's work together
The traditional way to construct a family history is to start with what is known, and carefully work backwards in time. No guesswork. Facts only. That's absolutely the right approach ..... for an individual tree. Click above to find out what's different about this site.

feature 3 Howes, Howse, Hows, Houghs, Howe?
Who's included? In the twentyfirst century, we believe our surnames are fixed. They weren't always that way! Click above to see what the research says

feature 4 Methodology
Click above to find out more about the detail of what is stored in the database, how and why

feature 5 Other interesting sites
Click to find links to other interesting HOWES sites, genealogy sites I've found helpful and sites relating to Norfolk

feature 6 Acknowledgements
I've received a lot of help from many people since i started down this road. Thanks to everyone who has helped

feature 5 The boring stuff
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