Anyone who thinks they have a well documented family connection to Sir Isaac Newton can expect their genealogical quest to take them to the sleepy Lincolnshire stone village that he called home.
Detail of Newton’s family history can be found in the Colsterworth parish records, always an invaluable source of information for family tree hunters. Sir Isaac Newton himself had no children so has no direct descendants, however he came from an extended Lincolnshire farming family with numerous branches.
So says Ruth Crook, a local Grantham historian who has helped many people with their family tree research.
Therefore if you think you might be related to Sir Isaac Newton you will be looking at one of the branches of his family who lived locally in Lincolnshire and trying to trace your links with them.
Another key organisation into this type of research is the Lincolnshire Family History Society, which will be helping support the Newton research sessions during Gravity Fields Festival in September.
Awareness of how people came by their names illustrates the complications of tracing a link to Newton, says Ruth.
Only a few people had surnames until the 1300s and 1400s, she explains, saying: “People often then took the name of their village, and there are a lot of Newton villages in the UK!
“It’s likely that a person would need to find a connection with the Lincolnshire Newtons, and particularly those living near Woolsthorpe, to determine a direct link.”
Online census information is a great armchair route for research, with 1841 the first official census available electronically, plus via www.lincstothepast.com
Lincolnshire Family History Society www.findmypast.co.uk