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The International Molyneux Family Association is a forum for the exchange of genealogy and family history for people interested in the Molyneux surname (and its many variants). Our publications and online forums include our 28-page quarterly newsletter, this website, our DNA project, and our Facebook pages. IMFA relies on members to provide content for these media. We welcome your participation!

PDF files from UK GRO

Following successful piloting the General Records Office (GRO) is pleased to offer PDF’s of historical birth and death records for England and Wales as part of our established service. 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 £7.00 each.

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Some Mullinax Roots
South Carolina to Texas
2nd Edition

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 IMFA.

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. > Download Now

New MxWorld Online

The November 2019 edition of MxWorld is available now on our website.

Login (click Member Login at the top of this screen) and then > View Now

Mx Pedigrees

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 Pedigree Search. 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?

This Genealogy Will 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.

Research Assistance

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. Request help.

President's Message

Collaborative Family Tree Making Platforms

IMFA is looking at collaborative family tree making platforms. The idea is explained briefly on the WikiTree web site “A collaborative family tree, or single family tree, is one that we all share. It’s not your tree or my tree. It is our tree – a tree for the entire human family.”

I am aware of three such platforms. Besides WikiTree, there is FamilySearch Tree, from the LDS Church, and Geni, a “freemium” membership site owned by MyHeritage. Each of these platforms has its own “single family tree”, managed collaboratively by its user community.

The single family tree differs from sites like Ancestry. There, each member is responsible for their own tree. Other members can use it as a source of information for their own trees.

I have dabbled just a bit with each of these single-tree platforms. The obvious problem that arises when you collaborate on a shared tree: what happens when there is disagreement? Obviously, some negotiation is in order to resolve differences.

I ran into such a puzzle when I entered my father into the FamilySearch Tree. This connected us with his father, whom someone had previously entered in the tree, along with many of my grandfather’s forebears. Many, many generations, going back before the time of William the Conqueror to 10th century France and Normandy. How convenient! You might say. But wait! The paper trail was extremely thin and speculative in places, leading ultimately to Abelard and Heloise in Medieval France. I would charitably describe some of those putative connections as “unproven.”

Well, it was my first time connecting to the FamilySearch Tree. It illustrates a couple of problems. First, what are the standards of proof and documentation? Second, it puts a newbie like myself in the awkward position, not knowing the ropes, of how to call out questionable information entered by earlier researchers. A “collaborative” genealogy project risks becoming confrontational. I note that WikiTree has an “Honor Code” that includes citation of sources, credit for previous work, and courtesy in resolving misunderstandings.

I would like to hear from anyone interested in using a single tree platform for an IMFA project. Do you have experience with any of the three I mentioned or with any such platforms? What has your experience been? What do you see as the advantages and disadvantages of the idea? What would the benefit to IMFA be of pursuing a single tree project? Any drawbacks? Please send me any email with any responses (stevemullinax57@gmail.com). Or respond on one of our Facebook sites. I would like to hear your thoughts and experiences!

Cheers
Steve Mullinax US312
President
president@mx-world.org