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January 2014 added a new "Yorkshire " section with Calder Valley trees


New Zealand:

New Zealand was also an attractive destination for English families wanting to take advantage of the oportunities of the "new country". In 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the British Crown and various Maori chiefs, bringing New Zealand into the British Empire. Largescale emigration from England and Scotland followed. Most of the SPEAK families who went to New Zealand went from the North of England, although one Shropshire family is known to have done so. (see links above)

If you can add anything further on the English origins of the Halifax Yorkshire families, please contact us ! Refer to the Lancashire and Yorkshire page for some general notes on the Yorkshire Speak families.

Stafford Street, Timaru circa 1909



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This Speake Family History website focusses on the British Isles and emigrants from there

These emigrants found their way all over the world, and there are pages on this site giving more information to these main areas. (more)

All people with Shropshire origins have been allocated unique codes to identify them and also allow links in my Relational Database. (more)


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