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A STUDY OF THE
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GEOFF RIGGS: "RIGGSOLOGIST"
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Chairman, Trustee, Director,
and former Vice-Chairman and
webmaster of The Federation of
Family History Societies (FFHS)
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Chairman and Managing Director
of FFHS (Publications) Limited
FFHS Pubs Co
Chairman and webmaster of the

Assoc.of FHSs of Wales
Regional Representative for Wales
and former Vice-Chairman of the

The Guild of One-Name Studies

Member of the BRITISH GENEALOGICAL
RECORD USERS COMMITTEE


Trustee, and former Chairman
and webmaster of the

Gwent Family History Society
Trustee, webmaster and
former Treasurer of


Halsted Trust
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Webmaster for the web-site:

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LECTURER AND TUTOR:

Please see below for details of my talks and presentations.

I've given demonstrations on genealogy & the Internet at branch libraries,
and inaugurated monthly help desks run by Gwent FHS at local libraries.
For several years I led a genealogy class for the University of the Third Age
and gave help and advice one day a week at an LDS Family History Centre.

AUTHOR AND PUBLISHER:

I've written articles for Family Tree Magazine, Family History Monthly,
Family History News and Digest, and the Journal of One-Name Studies; and
I've formatted and published indexes of the 1861 and 1871 censuses
for Monmouthshire on behalf of the Newport Branch of Gwent FHS.

... and I utilise what spare time remains
(@@) Searching for the Missing Links
(~) in the RIGGS Surname Study
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As far as the media is concerned, I've lectured and given interviews on the BBC Radio Wales "Look Up Your Genes" roadshow, been interviewed on the "Wales Today" TV news, appeared on the Channel 4 TV program "Extraordinary Ancestors", and acted as a guest host responding to queries on the BBC web site's Message Boards which accompanied the first series of the TV programme "Who Do You Think You Are".

I've lectured at seminars and conferences of the Guild of One-Name Studies, the Society of Genealogists, the Federation of Family History Societies, and The Halsted Trust. I also give talks and presentations to Family History Societies throughout England and Wales, and to local history and other organisations in the South Wales area (I live near Chepstow in Monmouthshire).

These take the form of PowerPoint presentations (using my own equipment, if necessary) and include the following subjects - the titles chosen being those of UK TV programmes:

The Generation Game THE GENERATION GAME
- All about the Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths (mainly in Great Britain). How to start tracing your family through the generations back to July 1837, and possible reasons why you haven't been able to do so.
As Time Goes By NEIGHBOURS
- All about Census Returns of the population (mainly in Great Britain). How to find where your ancestors were living, who was living with them, who their neighbours were, and possible reasons why you haven't been able to find them.
My Family AS TIME GOES BY (being finalised)
- All about Baptisms, Marriages and Burials (mainly in Great Britain). How to use the Parish Register entries to help trace your family tree and continue backwards before July 1837, and possible reasons why you haven't been able to do so.
Weakest Link THE VICAR OF DIBLEY
- The "Parish Chest" and similar lesser known sources contain material that is often overlooked but can be of great value. Includes examples of Poor Law documents, parish accounts, tithe maps, quarter session records, etc.
Panorama PANORAMA
- "Your window on the world" was its original sub-title. And that's what the internet is. How using the internet - not for family history but for everyday purposes - can save you time and money and make life easier for you.
Weakest Link QUANTUM LEAP
- "Tomorrow's World" is here today. Using the internet to help progress your researches (provided you use it with caution, and try to check the accuracy of the information it gives you). How I found out about each of my six great uncles, without leaving the comfort of my home.
Weakest Link THE WEAKEST LINK (sub-titled: THE CLANGERS)
- "But it's there in black and white!". The dangers of believing all you see in print or on the internet, with numerous examples. The answer is to treat everything as a finding aid to help you find the original source of the information where possible!
DueSouth DUE SOUTH
- "Putting your ancestors on the map", and how maps can help you in your research: plotting where your ancestors lived, where they may have originated, how they moved, and where they are today. Of special relevance to identifying possible origins of surname.
Alias Smith And Jones ALIAS SMITH AND JONES
- or "Thompson, Dickson and Harrison". Origins and meanings of surnames: where they came from, how they evolved, how localised they may have been, and how they may be currently distributed, with a wealth of examples from England and Wales.
The Goons Show THE GOONS SHOW
- The "Guild Of One-Name Studies" is THE organisation for those researching all persons with a particular surname. Describes some of the invaluable benefits it offers to its members, and how its members may be able to help other family historians' researches.
The Apprentice THE APPRENTICE (Conrad Riggs is an Executive Producer!)
- "You're fired ... up!" mastering the craftsmanship of one-name studies (researching all persons with a particular surname). How to do them, where to find info, how to record it, and how to piece it together to reconstruct family groups.

If you are interested in my giving a talk to any organisation, please contact me at geoff@riggs.org.uk so that I can give you an estimate of my travelling costs, etc.



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I am the seven times great grandson of
RICHARD RIGGS of Cheselbourne, Dorset
who died in 1687 and was the probable son of
EDWARD RIGGS of Cheselbourne, died 1654
[the only RIGGS in the Dorset Protestation Returns 1641-42]

MY LINE OF DESCENT

EDWARD RIGGS (????-1654)
d.Cheselbourne DOR
& his wife (????-1670)
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RICHARD RIGGS Snr (<1645?-1687)
b.(?) & d.Cheselbourne DOR
& his wife Alice (<1647->1668)
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RICHARD RIGGS Jnr (1665-1732)
b.& d.Cheselbourne DOR
& his wife Mary (<1676->1705)
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JONAH RIGGS (1698-1747)
b.& d.Cheselbourne DOR
& his wife Mary (<1706-1747)
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ROBERT RIGGS (1724-1795)
b.Cheselbourne DOR, d.Dewlish DOR
& his wife Catharine, nee Stuckey (<1734->1774)
m.1751 Puddletown DOR
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JOSEPH RIGGS Snr (1762-1829)
b.& d.Dewlish DOR
& his wife Ann, nee Bagg (1774-1856)
m.1797 Dewlish DOR
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JOSEPH RIGGS Jnr (1810-1862)
b.& d.Dewlish DOR
& his wife Mary Anne, nee Penny (1806-1881)
m.1834 Dewlish DOR
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LEVI GEORGE RIGGS (1849-1925)
b.Dewlish DOR, d.Caio CMN
& his wife Annette Augusta, nee Adams (1852-1942)
m.1870 Clifton, Bristol GLS
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ALFRED GEORGE RIGGS (1877-1957)
b.Easton-in-Gordano SOM, d.Merthyr Tydfil GLA
& his wife Lucretia, nee Evans (1874-1940)
m.1902 Cardiff GLA
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GEORGE FRANCIS LEVI RIGGS (1902-1972)
b.Brynmawr MON, d.Newport MON
& his wife Esther Jane, nee Jones (1904-1999)
m.1930 Merthyr Tydfil GLA
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GEOFFREY TUDOR RIGGS (1940-     )
b.Porth, Rhondda GLA
& my wife Lorraine, nee Edwards (1942-1993)
m.1963 Pengam MON
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DEBORAH LOUISE
RIGGS
b.1969 Woking, SRY
SUSAN VIDETTE
RIGGS
b.1971 Chertsey, SRY
 
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