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This page lists the changes to this site as they are made. 


December 12, 2011 DeedA whole new series called "The Ancients" about the early Brinsmead family - Our Brickwall and before that.
Updated information on Thomas Henry Brinsmead of Hawaii. Feb 26th, 2011
March 25, 2010 statue of libertyA completely rewritten set of pages covering all the Brinsmead migrations to the USA.
Lt. Col. John Charles BrinsmeadA new Brinsmead Biography for Lt. Col. John Charles Brinsmead, son of William and Andrea Brinsmead of Port Townsend, Washington, killed in Korea January 1st, 2010
January 1st, 2010 Alfred Charles BrinsmeadA heavily revised Brinsmead Biography for Alfred Charles Brinsmead, the progenitor of the Chichester Brinsmeads
A revised and expanded family tree including about 2800 descendants of Thomas and Agnes Brinsmead of St. Giles in the Wood and about 75 photos covering about 200 individuals. January 1st, 2010
December 27th, 2009 An account of a domestic dispute involving Hugh Henry Brinsmead of Exeter
An updated Brinsmead Family Tree - a version with pictures coming soon! December 19th, 2009
December 12, 2009 The UK GRO Records for all Brinsmead, Brinsmead-Wiliams and Brinsmead-Stockham entries are now complete from the start of Registration up to the latest released record sets.
Updates to UK Births 1837-2006
Updates to UK Marriages 1837-2005 
Updates to UK Deaths 1837-2006
Updated 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 UK census records November 22, 2009
November 15th, 2009 Brinsmead Biography for Rosa May Billinghurst.Rosa May Brinsmead
A new version of the family tree.  Most pictures still to come. July 1, 2009
November 8th, 2008 A link to our new Facebook Group - Brinsmead Family Historyfacebook logo
Poppy A special new page for remembrance day - the Brinsmead Roll of Honour commemorating the Brinsmead descendants who lost their lives at war. November 8th, 2008
June 2nd, 2008 Max Brinsmead reports that his mother, Marcia Grace Brinsmead, the widow of Thomas Goulett Brinsmead, passed away on June 2nd, 2008 and has been laid to rest beside her husband. Our thoughts are with the family.

At last!! A new version of the Brinsmead family tree with information we have up to Feb. 2008.  Pictures are yet to be loaded, but will follow over the next month.

Feb 26th, 2008
Feb 19th, 2008 New guest book entries from 2005-2008 plus a new page of achieved guest book entries
A variety of new links and formatting changes which are hopefully the start of an improved look and feel to the site Feb 19th, 2008
February 18th, 2008 A new "Editor's Page"
Details about John Brinsmead, of Exeter, who was convicted and sent to Van Dieman's Land November 25th, 2007

November 25th, 2004.

Details of Victor Brinsmead's Tasmanian Brinsmead line, with thanks to Joan Brown.

Selling the Product - Advertising and promotion by John Brinsmead and Sons.


September 15th, 2004

September 15th, 2004

Our new extended menu system on the opening page. This is the start of an effort to make this ever expanding site easier to navigate

Updated family tree Many Brinsmeads have sent updates additions and corrections since we posted the preliminary version. We have added a few of the many pictures we have collected. More will come with the next version.

May 5, 2004

February 27th, 2004

Details of the lives and descendants of William Brinsmead and his wife Agnes (nee Ross). William, a grandson of the Wear Gifford family of Brinsmeads (Henry and Elizabeth), left for Australia, we suspect in the mid-1850's, for the goldfields.

We have revised the Australian Brinsmead page, correcting some mistakes and adding details of the parentage of the early immigrant families.

February 27th, 2004

November 24th, 2003

We have started a new section called Brinsmead Biographies. As we receive or compile information on interesting individuals or families, living or dead, we will add a page devoted to their story.

We have added a preliminary copy of our entire Brinsmead family tree. You can search a list of names to see details of each individual, or see their relationships in traditional family tree format. Soon we hope to add photographs to the tree pages wherever they are available. The tree is privatized to protect the personal information of the living. Additions and corrections would be very welcome.

November 22nd, 2003

November 20th, 2003

More information on the various migrations to Australia including family trees for the main Australian branches of the family. corrections and additions welcome!

Details on the 1906 whereabouts of John Charles Brinsmead, the brother of William Brinsmead, the founding father of the Brinsmead's in the USA.

August 20, 2003

August 20, 2003

Details of John Brinsmead's location in the 1891 census

John Brinsmead and Sons Ltd. Piano Catalogue circa. 1915 (In .pdf format)

July 24th, 2003

July 24th, 2003

The Heath Robinson connection Heath Robinson the cartoonist had several connections to the Brinsmead family.

The Webbwood Years ( The first of a series on the Brinsmeads as they moved across the country)

July 24th, 2003

May 13th, 2003

Details of the early lives in the USA of William and Henry Brinsmead, the sons of William Brinsmead and grandsons of Henry Brinsmead, the piano maker. Provided by Brian Hauseland from correspondance with the Childrens' Aid Society.

Three new decades in the "Devon Brinsmead decade by decade series:

November 20, 2002

November 6th, 2002

A photo tour of Bishop's Hull

Pictures of the Brinsmead farm at Allspill, Weare Giffard

October 28th, 2002

October 28th, 2002

Picture of John and Susan Brinsmead's house at 16 Albert Road, London.

The advertisement from the Investor advertising shares in Thomas Brinsmead and Sons, Ltd. which became the subject of years of litigation.

October 28th, 2002

October 6th, 2002

Picture of John and Susan Brinsmead on their 70th Wedding Anniversary

Transcription of the Brinsmead entries in the 1901 Census

October 5th, 2002

September 15, 2002

A photo tour of St. Giles in the Wood

Additional information on the US Brinsmeads, including a photo of William Brinsmead, circa 1886 kindly supplied by Brian Huseland

September 14, 2002

April 24, 2002

Transcription of the Will of Thomas Brynssemede of Feniton, Devon dated 5 Feb. 1546

Karon Higgs wrote today to say:

It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of my beloved grandfather, Harold Brinsmead at the wonderful age of 93. He was a very proud Brinsmead, and information gleaned from you and other Brinsmead researchers gave him an immense amount of pleasure over the last few years.

Harold was the grandson of Thomas Edward Brinsmead and Mary Ann Stanley and the son of Alfred Ernest Brinsmead and Florence Elizabeth Smith.

Our sympathy to Karon and her family


April 23, 2002

April 23, 2002

A 1690-1700 page in the Devon Brinsmeads decade by decade series

The six Brinsmeads listed in the 1642 Protestation returns for Devon - with thanks to Ian Stoyles

April 12, 2002

April 8th, 2002

Information about Reginald Brinsmead's activities in Riverside, California

William Brinsmead's descendant tree - the USA Brinsmeads

April 7th,2002

April 7th,2002

New Information about the birthplace of Richard Brimsmead

Devon Brinsmeads decade by decade

April 6th, 2002

April 6th, 2002

Brinsmeads on the World Wide Web.

A move to our new home at www.Brinsmead.net

April 6th, 2002

March 6th, 2002

A Letter home from Australia - Henry Brinsmead writes to his brother back in St. Giles in the Wood

Updates to the GRO death register to 1997, with thank to Chris Willis for his transcription

February 15th, 2002

February 15th, 2002

An updated Canadian Family History Report

A new version of the Canadian Family Tree in printable Adobe Acrobat book format

February 15th, 2002

January 1st, 2002

Article "The Creation of the Pianoforte" from the Illustrated London News of July 25, 1896.

Pleadings in the lawsuit between John Brinsmead and Thomas Brinsmead over the use of the Brinsmead name.

Petition and schedule of investors in the lawsuit to wind up Thomas Brinsmead and Sons, Limited 

December 31st, 2001 

December 30th, 2001

Tribute to John Brinsmead published in the Illustrated London News

Program from a John Brinsmead sponsored recital at the Sydney International Exhibition, 1880

December 30th, 2001 

December 30th, 2001

The various Brinsmead piano firms

The will of William Brinsmead of Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales, died October 10th, 1887

August 28th, 2001
May 31st, 2001

The Odds and Ends Page; a repository for as yet unclassified snippits of Brinsmead history. 

Transcription of a brief history of the Brinsmeads prepared by Maurice and Sir John Latey Q.C.

May 19th, 2001
May 15th, 2001

Expanded and faster Brinsmead Graves

Information on Lieutenant-Commander A.C. Brinsmead

May 10th, 2001 expanded May 15th

April 28th, 2001

A few more details on the life of Thomas H. Brinsmead

Brinsmeads through Ellis Island, New York, USA

April 22nd, 2001
April 16th, 2001

St Giles in the Wood Tax Rolls 1780 - 1832 

The North Devon Journal, Second Edition

April 13th, 2001
April 4th, 2001

Notes on Devon Ships in the Spanish Armada

The obituary for Susan Brinsmead (John Brinsmead's wife) from the St. Pancras Gazette, Jan 3rd, 1908.

April 3rd, 2001
March 19th, 2001

More details on the life of Hugh Brinsmead

The letter sent to Alfred Ernest Brinsmead's mother, Florence Elizabeth Brinsmead, advising her of the circumstances of his death in WWI. Provided by Karon Higgs, her great-granddaughter

March 3rd, 2001
Feb 25th, 2001

Picture of Florence Brinsmead

A newspaper article in the family paper - a letter home from WWI by Horace A. Brinsmead, a few months before he was killed in action

Horace's death notice

Feb 25th, 2001
Feb 24th, 2001

The start of a year-by-year listing of all the

 entries for Brinsmeads in the English General Records Office Registry 

Three typical John Brinsmead piano advertisements from the Illustrated London News in 1895.

Feb 5th, 2001
Feb 3nd, 2001

Information about the war medals and the war graves for Brinsmead relatives who died in World Wars one and two

Biographical information on Alfred Ernest Brinsmead, born 1877, his wife Florence Elizabeth (nee Smith) born 1878 and their son Alfred Charles Brinsmead, born 1902 

Feb 2nd, 2001
Jan 31, 2001

Additional information about Richard and Hellen (Ellen) Brimsmead of Medonte Township, Ontario

Obituary article for William Brinsmead - son of Hugh Brinsmead

Jan. 29, 2001
Jan 29, 2001

Obituary of the Rev. Keith Brinsmead