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Oliver/Cripps Cousins get together in Wanganui

In March 2017 some of the Oliver and Cripps families got together in Wanganui for an impromtu 'long' lunch at a local cafe. From left to right: Helen (sister of Brian of, Kim, Douglas, Katrina, Rachel, and Jill.

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Cousins get together in Wanganui - 2 March 2017

Much talking/conversation/catching-up pursued. It was agreed that we must organise a more formal gathering of all the cousins in the near future!

The Tree

  • Comprehensive 39-page report completed in January 2016 providing a record of Boyton Mill (Oliver family - Devon, England). The report, prepared by Deborah Laing-Trengove of the University of York, York, England, was required as a condition of planning consent to create a residential annexe.
  • Updates to Richard Andrewsí family and descendants. We send our condolences to Richard, and family, for the loss of his mother. Richard is a long-time contributor and is the great-grandson of Francis Oliver b.1840.
  • Updates to Albert George Reginald Smith including Royal Australian Air Force Service Record. Albert is the great-grandson of Samuel Oliver (the Miller) b. ca 1820.
  • Addition of two more generations of the Higgie family of Wanganui. Brianís great-grandmother was Janet (Jessie) Higgie, who married Samuel Oliver b. 1833, son of James and Ruth Oliver.
  • Keith John Herbert has passed away in his 90th year in Waitara. Keith was the great-grandson of Charles Oliver b.1843. We send our condolences to the family.

A big thank you to those that have contributed with additions over this time.

We maintain the latest version of software (Reunion 11.0.8) used to generate 'The Tree'. Functionality includes a feature for users to generate their own 'pedigree' charts for easy-to-view relationships.

DNA Test

Recently Brian of undertook a genetic test through AncestryDNA. A DNA test can determine a person's ancestry or biological relationship between people. Brian's results have identified seven 3rd cousins, 156 4th cousins, and over 12,500 5th and more distant cousins that are currently in their DNA database. Already communications has evolved through these connections. Very exciting!

The results also showed for 'thousands of years' ago:
  • 49% Europe West (Primarily located in: Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein. Also found in: England, Denmark, Italy, Slovenia, Czech Republic)
  • 27% Ireland (Primarily located in: Ireland, Wales, Scotland)
  • 8% Scandinavia (Primarily located in: Sweden, Norway, Denmark)
  • 6% Iberian Peninsula (Primarily located in: Spain, Portugal)
  • 4% Europe East
  • 2% Great Britain
  • 2% Italy/Greece
  • 2% Other - less than 1%
Results for 'hundreds of years' ago showed two genetic communities:
  • Scots
  • Southern English

Website Dedication

This website is dedicated to Brian and Carol Oliver's children: Nigel Churton, Sarah Ferguson (nee Churton), Emma Oliver and Marie Oliver; our seven grandchildren, and to all the family members that appear in our genealogy pages!


Contents last updated: 14 July 2017
Previous 5 updates:
26 April 2017, 26 November 2016,  21 September 2016, 17 June 2016, 18 July 2014.