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This site focuses on information about people called Doodson – the history of the Doodson name, family trees, various Doodsons in the public eye or from around the world, as well as photos of Doodsons and various memorabilia and genealogy tips. The menu at left is pretty self-explanatory. 

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March 2020

Updates to several family trees.  I decided to dig back into a few trees I’ve not looked at for a while, and because new historical documents have been made available online I’ve been able to extend/connect/clarify these trees: Pilkington, Unlinked in Bury from 1911 census, Unlinked in Oldham from 1911 census and a couple of teeny-tiny changes to the Doodson in the USA tree.  

This research has emphasised to me the importance of tracking down detailed marriage records, as these will show the father’s name and occupation as well as witnesses, all of which help tie things together or confirm relationships, or in some cases reveal errors or additional avenues of research.  Not all these records help, mind you.  I found a couple where the surname of the father of the bride or groom was different - this raises interesting questions but might lead to a dead end if the father and mother did not marry.

March 2020

20 years!  Yes, it’s 20 years since the very first web site.

I’ve changed the menus at the left, having discovered that quite a few smartphone and tablet browsers didn’t render the sub-menus correctly. All the rest of the content of the site is the same.

My dad found a mysterious South African TV show on the Internet called “Doodsondes” and inevitably wondered whether this was something to do with our surname.  It turns out that no, it isn’t anything to do with the Doodson surname, as it’s the Afrikaans for “deadly sins”: dood means deadly, and sondes means sins.  As in “Die Sewe Doodsondes”, meaning the Seven Deadly Sins.  So now you know!  I doubt very much that the English surname is derived from the Afrikaans for deadly sins … but hey, you never know!

September 2019 - Some minor updates to the main Australia family tree (the one headed by Robert and Ann Doodson), with additional information from Jennifer Wall.  Also a splendid essay written by Jennifer about Edward (known as George) Doodson (1825-84).

June 2019 - The BBC broadcast an item about preparations for the D-Day landings 75 years ago on their main news broadcasts on Tuesday 4th June, including a short section about tide forecasts which were led by Arthur Doodson.  I’ve included a video of this item for everyone to see.  This sequence is no longer available in BBC iPlayer.  I’ve also added videos broadcast by the BBC many years ago, also about Arthur, from “Local Heroes” (1998) and “Coast” (2012).

New: search the site - a new feature in Sparkle, the software used to create and maintain the site - see at top right of page.

March 2019 - new Blog added to the site!  This is mainly for non-Doodson related genealogy articles or musings.  Take a look - click here.

REQUEST - still trying to track down the diary of Robert Doodson: I came across an extract from a book on Google called the "Schoolmasters Notebook" (use this link to view it) in which Robert and Ann Doodson record their perilous journey from England to Australia in 1840/41. This is truly fascinating reading, giving contemporary insights that are rare. This document refers to a diary that Robert wrote, which was passed down to his great grandson, also called Robert, living in Sydney at the time the book was published (1957). We think that would have been either Robert Doodson (b.1887, d.1978) or Robert Doodson (b.1890 d.1968) Does anyone have this diary? It would be fantastic to be able to track this down and read some of the entries. If anyone has this diary could you please contact us? THANK YOU!

All previous updates are now listed in the Updates Log (see menu at left)

[If you've come here trying to find the Doodson Broking Group, please click here to take your browser to the right place. For what it's worth Doodson were taken over in 2013 by a US company called Integer, but they retain their Doodson name for their insurance activities.]