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In 1996 I made a visit to England, during which I made the pilgrimage to the village of Ainsworth, where our surname originated. Please read about my discoveries, showing evidence of our family back to 1170 A.D.! (see below)
In the 17th century, probably about the time of the English Civil War, Ainsworths (along with thousands of other Lancastrians) came from Lancashire to America, some to New England, but most to the South (probably Virginia). My own ancestors came to the South, and most of the information on these pages concerns that branch of the family.
Special thanks to Barbara Ainsworth Montgomery and Bob Bollinger for their research which has opened so many doors, and to Lucille Ainsworth, whose work publishing the Ainsworth Trading Post Newsletter is the foundation for what we know.
It maketh me to lie down and examine half-buried tombstones,
It leadeth me into still Courthouses.
It restoreth my ancestral knowledge.
It leadeth me into the paths of census records and shipís passenger lists
My curiosity and motivation, they comfort me.
It demandeth preparation of storage space for the acquisition
My family group sheets runneth over.
Surely birth, marriage and death dates shall follow me