Hi, I’m Chris Wareham. The reason this site came about is founded in one of my earliest memories; when I was about 7 years old my father explained to me about our ‘large’ family that lived in Dorset. He knew there were quite a few relatives but it wasn’t until I began my research in 1995, that it eventually became clear just how many relatives there were/are or how far back we might trace the family line.
In 1995 the Internet came within my reach but there was very little to be seen. The only benefit in those early days was the ability to make contact with Warehams around the world. As i began researching, i realised that i was obtaining information about Warehams what was not directly of interest at that time, however i thought it may be useful in the future; i decided a database to record all the information i obtained would be an ideal option; that’s how the idea for this project came about. The project is still ongoing with much to do. There are no end-game goals as such, other than to see how far can we go.
The aim is to use the database as the core archive from which to create and maintain a ‘library’ of individuals with the name Wareham* to enable the linking of people within the database to their relative families by means of linking names, dates and locations and to make this information available to family historians where possible.
As the information ‘comes in’, i check the database for the subject name; analyse the information; confirm its source is a reliable and trusted source and if it passes this test, then the new information is added to the record then it is archived to that persons file.
If the information relates to my direct family, I will then add the new information to our Legacy database.
Of special interest is any information relating to the 95 Soldiers with the name WAREHAM who gave their lives in WW1 and WW2. I have also found a relative who was killed in the Boer Wars and whose grave is, as yet, unknown.
This method of research, analysis and recording is actually proving to work quite well indeed.
(*or Warham – the name is mainly interchangeable and is due to the scripter who made the records.)