Ancient Ancestors &
Learn more about DNA and genetic genealogy in our new DNA Bibliography, recommended reading to further your understanding of DNA.
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In addition to printed resources there are several YouTube videos by the authors, such as the one below.
Some Mullinax Roots
South Carolina to Texas
Otto B. Mullinax (1912-2000) was a founding member of the International Molyneux
Family Association (IMFA), formalized by its first newsletter in August of 1986
by founder and then editor Wesley L. Mullenneix (1919-1975).
Since the spring of 1998, it had been Otto’s wish that an updated edition of this
book, be co-authored by IMFA. Not resting on the research that led to its publication
in 1982, Otto continued to research, making hand-written notes of additions and
changes in the margins of his “master” copy. It was this master copy he gifted to
From this "master" copy IMFA created a fully searchable 2nd Edition PDF version,
incorporating Otto's changes plus additional commentary by IMFA researchers. IMFA
members / volunteers who have contributed to this project: Jim Molineux, Marie Mullenneix
Spearman, Steve Mullinax and Wayne Straight.
The complete book is available for download in our Resources/Bibliography.
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PDF files from GRO (General Register Office)
The GRO has a PDF pilot program for at least the next three months. If you have
Great Britain ancestry, this could be really beneficial; also, quicker than snail
mail. The extended Pilot covers PDF copies of those historical digitised civil registration
records held by GRO (i.e. birth entries from 1837 - 1916 and death entries from
1837 - 1957). A GRO index reference is required to be provided with the application.
You can find the GRO index references by logging on to the GRO online ordering service
and accessing the GRO online indexes. A PDF will cost £6.00 each.
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From time to time we all find ourselves facing an apparent brick wall in our research
efforts. We find pieces of the puzzle are missing and cannot be found. Sometimes
another pair of eyes or knowledge of a little known document resource can break
the barrier and open new connections. If you find yourself in that situation we
might be able to help.
New MxWorld Online
The August 2019 edition of MxWorld is available now on our website.
Login (click Member Login at the top of this screen) and then
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Member MxPedigrees began appearing on the website several years ago as part of the
DNA Surname Project. We are in the process of expanding the pedigrees to include
information submitted by past and present members for publication in MxWorld.
When the project is completed you will be able to upload a GEDCOM file of your Mx
ancestry where it will become part of a searchable all-name database of member GEDCOMs.
Until then, you can add or update your information on this website at
Add/Edit Pedigree Information.
This information can be accessed by our members using the new
Names of living individuals, or individuals with a birth date after 1911 and no
death date, are automatically hidden on the website.
Who Will Inherit Your Genealogy Research?
is being posted so you can designate who you would like to see inherit your genealogical
research. Example: You can leave your research to a family member, a society or
perhaps a study partner. Print out this will and place it with your family papers.
Mx Military Records
As part of our Resources section of the MxWorld website we wish to further develop
the Military records. Brian Seddon AU019 contributed the information to kick-start
this project. We have a large number of records relating to Mx service personnel
in WWI and WWII. We have commenced putting some of these records on our website
but some of the remaining material requires minor editing or further research. This
is not an onerous or long-term commitment but may appeal to a member with a particular
interest in military history – we would be delighted to have someone take on this
If you can assist us with any of the above please email, Brian Seddon, on
Search Mx military records:
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"The Mighty Mux"
USS Mullinnix (DD-944) was a Forrest Sherman-class destroyer of the United States
Navy. She was named for Admiral Henry Maston Mullinnix USN (4 Jul 1892 -
24 Nov 1943), who was killed in action during World War II, when the aircraft carrier
USS Liscome Bay was torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-175 and sank southwest
of Butaritari Island on 24 November 1943.
> More about USS Mullinnix (DD-944)
> More about Adm. Henry Maston Mullinnix
Normans? French? English? Who were those early Molyneux?
A third cousin’s email said “while our distant ancestors are French, the MXS have
occupied England for so many centuries that we can hardly regard ourselves as French.”
Indeed! Some of us think of our Mx ancestors as “French”, some as “Norman”, some
as “English”. But who were these emerging ethnic groups? Where did they come from,
how did they evolve? And which of these groups did the earliest known Mx’s descend
Let us begin our search around the time of the Norman Conquest of England, 1066,
launched by William the Conqueror, who would become William I of England. Among
his followers was said to be Robert de Moulins “though no surviving source attests
to his existence”, according to the Wikipedi article “Molyneux”. Historians disagree
on Robert’s origin. Some claim he was from Moulineaux-sur-Seine, near Rouen, in
Normandy. Others said the family came from Moulins, in central France. Given Robert’s
close association with William, I lean to a geographic origin in Normandy. In any
case, Robert’s son William was granted lands in Lancashire. The Molyneaux family
held a large moated manor house and the church of St. Helen’s at Sefton from about
1100 to 1700 before they moved their seat to Croxteth Hall in Liverpool.
So, who were the Normans? Normandy is a region on the northwest coast of France,
across the Channel from England’s southeast coast. Rouen, Le Havre and Cherbourg
are among its main cities. The Franks were the dominant ethic group after the fall
of Rome in the 5th century. In the late 8th century, Viking raiders from Denmark,
Norway and Iceland brought Norse settlers. (“Norsemen” – and its French and Old
Norse equivalents – the origin of the name “Normans” i.e., “Men from the North”).
In 911, the Viking leader swore fealty to King Charles III of West Francia. Thus,
Rollo became the first Duke and founder of the House of Normandy.
William the Conqueror was Rollo’s descendent and hereditary Duke of Normandy. He
was the first Norman King of England, which his heirs would rule until the death
of Henry I in 1135.
The Normans arose from the contact of the Viking raiders in Normandy with indigenous
Franks and Gallo-Romans. Famed for their martial spirit, they would venture across
medieval Europe, founding principalities in the Middle East, Sicily and Northern
Africa, among other places.
The Norman language is a Romance language related to French. It is still classed
as a regional language, and is still taught in some colleges in Normandy. It includes
some vocabulary from Old Norse, brought by the Viking settlers. The Normans carried
the language with them in their conquest of England, where its Anglo-Norman dialect
served as the language of administration. Its use there, as “Law French” continued
for several centuries.
As to the ethnic identity of the Molyneux, I leave it to you. Are our ethnic and
cultural roots French? Norman? English? Surely, Robert de Molines was closely associated
with the Norman conquerors of England. His heirs remained among the Norman aristocracy
of England for centuries. Some have speculated that Robert’s ancestor may have been
a French commoner in favour with Normandy’s ruling house. Or was he a Norman himself?
I look forward to any facts, clues and informed speculation that may shed light
on this question.
Steve Mullinax US312