While doing my research into Cornish Tickle and Tickell families I came across some wonderful Cornish place-names – Lewannick, Bodmin, Perranzabuloe, Ludgvan, and Menheniot, for example. As I’m a stranger to the county, I had no idea where they were.
At some point I plan a visit to look for records that have not yet been digitised, so I thought I’d try creating a map showing where these places were located. I plotted each place-name that I’d found in the records of a Cornish family (so far) onto a My Maps Google map. At first it just looked as if the families were simply scattered throughout the county; there didn’t seem to be any particular pattern or clusters. Then I decided to link the places to specific families for whom I had a partial family reconstruction. I coloured the location pins using different colours for different families and surname variants – greens for TICKELLs, oranges and reds for TICKLEs, and blues for TICKELs. Suddenly, it was more obvious where the different families were located. I’ve posted the interactive map below. You can zoom in or out and move the map around. If you click on a place that is marked on the map, I’ve used a reference for the family in the Description field.
The map has given me clues as to which Tickle / Tickell families might be related, and backed up some relationships I had found from paper records. I’ve put some of the families onto different map layers so I can switch them on and off (If you click on the symbol at the top left of the map, you’ll see the panel where you can choose which layers to display, so if you’re interested in a particular variant you can ‘turn off’ the others). As I get more information I can add it to the appropriate layer, and I may refine the colouring and the notes in due course.
I’m quite pleased with it as a first attempt though, and plan to do something similar for other areas – although it may not be as easy in places with over 100 Tickle families, such as Lancashire.
List of Places in Cornwall where Tickle / Tickell families lived
These are the places I’ve come across while researching Tickle and Tickell families in Cornwall:
Altarnun, Antony, Bilborough, Bilsland, Bodmin, Boyton, Bude, Callington, Calstock, Camelford, Chacewater, Egloskerry, Egoshayle, Gwennap, Gympie, Helston, Kea, Kenwyn, Landulph, Lanlivery, Launceston, Lawhitton, Lewannick, Lewtrenchard, Lezant, Liskeard, Looe, Lostwithiel, Ludgvan, Maker, Menheniot, Michaelstow, North Petherwin, Perranzabuloe, Penzance, Redruth, Rillaton, South Petherwin, St Agnes, St Breock, St Clear, St Clether, St Column, St Dominick, St Germans, St Ives, St Kew, St Ludye, St Minver, St Teath, St Tudy, St Winnow, Stoke Climsland, Stratton, Tremain, Trewin, Truro, Wadebridge, Werrington, Westcott, Whitstone.