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Gypsy Genealogy

Jul 15, 2011 to Apr 27, 2012 From Anne Ford - Dear Mr West, I have been reading, and thoroughly enjoying, your website material. I am currently writing a book on Hertfordshire records of Gypsies and Travellers from their archives, as well as writing human interest/genealogical material for my website, Gypsy, and am intrigued by the story about Noah Pike, brief as it is, in 1902, and the family in general; perhaps especially because of their use of exotic names - a really good genealogical marker. I would be glad to know whether you could let me have a photocopy of the full details of the charges against Noah Pike, which may include his age, which would help me identify him...I very much look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Anne Ford

The picture above shows typical Romany bow top Gypsy Caravans at the Appleby Horse Fair in 1956.

Hello Anne, Here are the first two scans of the articles about Noah Pike you requested. I have sent the last article separately. Best wishes from Raymond

Dear Raymond, Thank you so much for this - I'm thrilled with the articles, and expect to write up the Pikes for my website early next year.  I'm beginning to suffer from a real interest in the Pikes and Rawlins to such a degree I may, in the end, have to come to Hampshire myself! Thank you for your help and generosity. Kind regards, Anne.

Dear Raymond, Thanks to you I wrote a story about Noah and Neptune Pike which went up on Gypsy Genealogy a few months ago, and became interested in the story you had about the Rawlins - thus to the Frankhams!  At any rate, I finally untangled the families sufficiently to write another story concerning Pamber Heath and the people who lived there; this will appear at the beginning of May on the Gypsy Genealogy website, called Going for a Soldier. I am grateful to you for your help and inspiration - indeed, I'm coming over to Hampshire in May for The Romany and Traveller Family History Society AGM, and spending a day at the Winchester Records Office, as I have become intrigued by the Stanleys. Hampshire is now THE place to be! With kind regards, Anne.

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