08
July
2020
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09:39 AM
America/Denver

Am I descended from Gypsies?

Summary

Despite a paucity of domestic written records... there are some rich avenues for research for those wanting to discover more about their Roma, Gypsy or Traveller past.

People from Roma, Gypsy or Traveller backgrounds have the advantage of possessing some striking first names: Vanslow, Shady, Hezekkiah and Kadilila. British Gypsies also share some common surnames such as Boswell, Buckland, Codona, Lee, Gray (or Grey), Holland, Smith, Young and Hearn. Thanks to a decade of development on the web, names such as these can make members of the community highly searchable.

Travelling people have always been intensely proud of their ancestry. Now, however, many are prepared to celebrate it online. It all makes life easier for the hard-working researcher.