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Welcome to the blog on the Dixon and Simms Family Tree. These are my immediate paternal and maternal lines though, as we know, there are many other surnames that enter in every generation. I have uncovered, in my limited time, such incredibly history and stories that i want to capture and share for future generations. I found quite a lot of the material here online and in the most unlikely of places. I want to make sure that others, looking for certain individuals, can also stumble upon stories exactly as i have done.

I will begin publishing individual articles going forward on each of these families, primarily, and those that are connected to them. The Dixon's hail primarily from Yorkshire and the Simms' from Warwickshire. I was born in surrey when both branches made their respective ways done here at the turn of the 20th century.

I have taken an ancestry DNA test and you can find my profile on GEDMATCH under kit # A961122. I have also recorded extensive information on ancestry.co.uk itself and as i currently look at it there are 1,160 individuals within that tree.

What makes this all the more interesting is that i am adopted. The information i have uncovered has been undertaken without meeting my birth parents and DNA was the key to uncovering several curious stories indeed. Hopefully, i will do so going forward, but as a skilled amateur genealogist this has not been a stumblingblock to discovering copious amounts of history.

More articles to come...

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