As always, greetings to all readers of "Daltons in History!"

October has been another busy month for the DGS. We have continued to work on some of our major projects and below you will find information about these together with the usual updates to keep you fully informed about all our various DGS events, projects and activities.

At the beginning of October I spent a weekend in Cambridge mainly to look at stained glass in such wonderful places as King’s College Chapel and Ely Cathedral. As part of the programme, I was also able to visit the Churchill Archives Centre for a guided tour. The Centre was opened in 1973 and it sits in the grounds of Churchill College. The College, which is part of the University of Cambridge, was opened in 1960 as the national and Commonwealth memorial to Sir Winston Churchill. The Centre was built to house, preserve and provide access to the extensive archives and personal papers of Sir Winston Churchill, together with those of prominent individuals amongst his contemporaries and successors. A new wing was added in 2002 and opened by Lady Thatcher to house her papers and other additions to the ever growing collection. Whilst at the Centre, I ascertained that the Churchill archives include very interesting papers from the Second World War when Churchill was prime minister of the coalition government, and Hugh Dalton was a senior cabinet minister, holding the posts of Minister of Economic Warfare and later President of the Board of Trade. Amongst these are items of correspondence between Churchill and Dalton. There was not the time that day to see the papers themselves, but I do intend to make another visit to the Centre and use their facilities to conduct some further research. In due course I hope to be able to report further on this in "Daltons in History".

Future DGS events

On Saturday 19th February, 2011, from 10.00am to 5.00pm, Maureen Collins is planning a one day meeting for our Australian members. This meeting will take place in Sydney. Maureen is now back in Sydney after her travels and is contacting all DGS members in Australia and New Zealand about this event. If you would like to attend, you are asked to contact Maureen by email as soon as possible (, indicating your interest.

Plans are now in place for the DGS Annual General Meeting for 2011 to be held here in the UK on Saturday 18th June. This will be a one day event hosted by Geoffrey and Jane Dalton at their home in Catherington, Hampshire. Some of you will remember that the 2006 AGM was hosted by Geoffrey and Jane on a glorious summer’s day and we hope that, five years later, the weather will be as kind! The AGM will be held in the morning, a buffet lunch will be served and there will be a talk in the afternoon by DGS member, Martin Griffiths, who will speak to us on his Dalton family, the Church Lawford Daltons, about whom he has written articles in DGS Journals Vol 48 (Jun 08) and Vol 52 (Jun 10) . The detailed programme for the day will be published on this website during the autumn, and there will be a flyer with all the details, enclosed with Volume 53 of the DGS Journal due to be published in December.

The DGS Annual Gathering for 2011 is to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA over the weekend of Fri/Sat/Sun 23rd/24th/25th September 2011. This will be a very special event and the gathering organiser is our North American Secretary, Karen Dalton Preston. At the 40th Anniversary Gathering and AGM, Karen gave us a taster of what is in store, and her team are busy putting the more detailed plans in place. Information can be found in the "Forthcoming Gatherings" section of this website and in the accompanying notes from your North American Secretary.

Our plans for the 2012 Gathering and AGM are now being actively discussed by the DGS committee and we will be making a preliminary announcement about the dates and the location before the end of this year.

For 2013 and beyond we have a number of suggestions already. If you have any particular thoughts about where you might like to meet, or a particular Dalton theme you think we should incorporate, we would really like to hear from you with your ideas.

The Dalton International DNA Project (DIDP)

We are indebted to our DNA consultant, Chris Pomery for all his assistance with the project over the past five years, which includes the preparation of three issues of the very comprehensive project progress report, and most informative presentations at our annual gatherings on two occasions. Over the gathering weekend this summer, Karen Preston and I were able to discuss with Chris our priorities for further reporting and the format for these reports. It has been agreed that the emphasis should be on providing updated reports on individual genetic families and we now have a plan for publishing these. More details on this will be found on the "Dalton DNA Project" pages of this website at

Chris Pomery made a presentation on Saturday 31st July at our 2010 Gathering. Entitled "Getting the best from traditional and genetic genealogy – the future for the Dalton surname project", it provided the latest update on the project and stressed the importance of undertaking the traditional genealogy in order to extend and maximise our knowledge of the family history associated with each identified genetic family. The presentation slides used by Chris are now available on the website, together with a full video recording of his talk ( These are of immense value to all participants in DIDP, so please make sure that you take a look at them.

Issue 3 of the Dalton International DNA Project Progress Report was published in October 2009. This included all the new participants who joined the project up to January 2009. There were 99 participants included in Issue 2 of the report published in January 2008 and Issue 3 has 126 sets of markers recorded and analysed. This represents an impressive expansion of the project. Additionally, many participants have extended their number of markers and this adds considerably to the value of the database as a whole to our Dalton family history researches.

The report is a landmark document and extends to 54 pages. The number of separately identifiable genetic families has increased from 10 to 13. The number of singletons has increased by just three, from 18 to 21. This reflects the high success rate that we are achieving, with nearly all new project participants finding matches with existing project members.

All members of the project were circulated by email and invited to request their copy of the full report. If, as a project participant, you still wish to receive the report but have not advised me, please contact me by email immediately. We do ask that those who receive the report are current members of the DGS. The subscription contributes towards the cost of retaining our consultant and, of course, brings many other benefits as well.

On the "Dalton DNA Project" pages of this website you will find extracts from Issue 3 of the report giving a summary of the main conclusions; the foreword to the report, which includes a history of the project; and a description of the DNA process and how it assists the family historian.

Further participants continue to join the project and there are now approaching 150 sets of markers in our database. DIDP is one of the largest and most respected projects of its type internationally, but we still need to expand it further, particularly with individuals who have documented ancestral lines that take them back to known English or Irish Dalton origins. The strength of the database as a family history research tool lies in its size, and its continued growth is of paramount importance to us all. So, if you are a Dalton male and you have yet to take the plunge, please do think about joining this well established and exciting project.

Some of you may not be aware of the special webpages set up to enable genetic family groups to share data with one another. These have now been established for groups A, B, C and D. We have added a link to these from the "Dalton DNA Project" homepage here on the main DGS website. Webpages will be added for other family groups shortly.

The DGS Journal

Volume 52 of the DGS Journal for June 2010 was distributed in early July. Copies for overseas members were despatched by airmail, and we hope all members of the DGS have received their copy. The list of contents for Volume 52 is to be found in the DGS Journal Index on this website.

Our editor, John Dalton, is now preparing Volume 53, due to be published in December 2010. As always, he will welcome articles and other items for publication in the Journal. Any material for publication in Volume 53 should have reached John by the end of October, so if you still have a birth, marriage or death to report, or an item for the "Miscellaneous Notes & Queries" section, you need to send it to John immediately, and by mid-November at the latest. He is happy to advise and assist contributors and, if you have any questions or need help, please contact him by email at

Back issues of the DGS Journal continue to be available. On this website you can access the DGS Journal Index from the homepage. Here you will find a full synopsis of the contents of the Journal of the Dalton Genealogical Society commencing with Volume 1 published back in 1970 through to Volume 41 published in December 2004. Lists of contents are given for Volumes 42 to 52 and the full synopses will be uploaded in due course. Copies of all back numbers are available for purchase and these can be obtained from DGS member, Mrs Pat Robinson (address: Mallards, 3 High Street, The Green, Barrington, Cambridge CB2 5QX, UK email: Details of prices, including postage and packing, will be found with the index.


Enjoy this month’s issue of "Daltons in History", your regular monthly update on everything that is happening in the world of Dalton family history. We will be back again at the beginning of December.

Thank you for your attention.

Yours very sincerely


Michael Neale Dalton

Chairman and Honorary Life President of the Dalton Genealogical Society

The second instalment of this personal account of the history of the Dalton Genealogical Society by Michael Dalton was published here in "Daltons in History" last month. In this third instalment, Michael moves to the late 1970’s when a committee was formed and the Society held its first gathering.

In September 1976 there was another major event in the genealogical calendar, the XIIIth International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences held at Imperial College, London with a very ambitious programme lasting for a whole week. I was able to find time to attend some of the lectures, including the opening address given by Sir Anthony Wagner, Garter King of Arms. Kate and I also attended the Congress Banquet held in the splendid surroundings of the Guildhall in the City of London, with an address given by Earl Mountbatten of Burma. This event, along with the ever expanding role of the Federation of Family History Societies particularly in the field of one name societies such as ours, and my membership of the Society of Genealogists all stimulated my mind and spurred me on to develop the DGS. By the end of 1977, we had nearly 100 members, we had produced seven volumes of the Journal and we were exchanging our Journal with all the societies affiliated to the Federation. In order to move forward, we had to change the way we were doing things. It was time for a rethink!

Up until this time, the DGS had been a "one man band". I was doing it all – Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Editor, Archivist, Researcher, Correspondent, answering enquiries, Uncle Tom Cobley and all! – and it was now apparent to me that I needed help. Two DGS members, Patrick Dalton from North London and Joyce Parker, a cousin of mine living in Brighton, came to the rescue and on 19th April 1978 we held an inaugural committee meeting. It was agreed that I would be Chairman of the Society and Editor of the Journal, Patrick would take on the role of Secretary and Treasurer and Joyce would become Research Coordinator. A decision was taken to revise the format of the Journal from an A4 to an A5 publication and to issue two parts to make up the volume for the year – with a similar amount of content to that in the annual A4 volume, but spread over the two issues. This would keep us in closer touch with our members and, hopefully, smooth the workflow of assembling, editing and printing the publication. It was also agreed that we would move towards being a fully constituted society and that we should hold a Gathering of members, which would include a general meeting to adopt the constitution. Inflation meant that income was barely covering costs and it was therefore also agreed that the subscription should be raised from £2.50 to £3.00 per annum.

The Spring of 1978 was a busy time also on the national genealogical scene with the Federation of Family History Societies organising the first ever One Name Studies Conference in Leicester over a weekend in mid-May – and at home, just two weeks earlier, our daughter and first child, Julia was born on 2nd May. I had been a member of the Federation’s One Name Societies Sub-Committee formed a year earlier under the chairmanship of Derek Palgrave, and became closely involved in the planning for the conference. The event attracted nearly 70 delegates and was a great success. We had some excellent speakers and several very lively discussion forums. I sat on the panel for the one on producing a newsletter. I was also able to set up a display of Dalton family trees, pictures and books and many others set up similar displays for their one name study. Out of this conference came the idea of setting up the Guild of One Name Studies as a separate organisation from the Federation, and the Guild was officially inaugurated in September 1979. I am very proud to be a founder member of the Guild which has gone from strength to strength since those early days over 30 years ago.

So returning to the DGS, Volume 8 Number 1 of the Journal, the first in the new format, appeared in July 1978. I cannot resist repeating an item I included in my "Letter from the Editor":

Genealogy begins as an interest,
becomes a hobby,
continues as an avocation,
takes over as an obsession,
and in its last stages is an
incurable disease.

I found this in the "Dalton Newsletter", published by Helen Lu, a DGS member in the United States, and feel there is a message here for all family historians! Without divulging which stage I was at then, or indeed am at now, I move on. Important work was in hand with our newly formed little committee meeting regularly and putting in place the plans for the first DGS Gathering. This took place on a sunny Sunday afternoon in August 1979 at our Reigate home, then in Waterlow Road, and included the First General Meeting of the Society. It was an enjoyable and successful day and the accompanying photographs capture something of the spirit of the occasion.

Part of the DGS Display

Dick Hamilton and Joyce Parker

At the formal meeting, we officially elected our first officers and committee members, with myself as Chairman, Patrick as Secretary and Treasurer, and Joyce Parker, joined by Penny Barltrop and Dick Hamilton as committee members. So the one man band had gone to three and now to five. This provided a really solid platform for the future. We also adopted our constitution which set out the objects of the society and the way in which it was to operate. For this we were indebted to the Federation which provided a model constitution for its members, and we were able to adapt this to reflect our own requirements.

Patrick Dalton, Pippa Simpson daughter of Morag and Dick Hamilton

Morag Simpson and Ben Pimlott

Amongst those at this first gathering were Rosemary Dow from Brazil, my fourth cousin descended from Sir Cornelius Neale Dalton, and Edward Dalton from Utah in the United States and my eighth cousin sharing a common descent from James Dalton of Pembrey, Carmarthenshire. Both are still members of the Society today. Also Pippa Simpson, another of my fourth cousins, was present with her mother, Morag descended from William Edward Dalton of Glynde in Sussex. Pippa is also a member of the DGS today. Another attendee was Ben Pimlott, who had just commenced his research for the biography of Hugh Dalton, the Labour Chancellor in Attlee’s post second world war government. We were also very pleased to have Sydney Brewin present representing the Federation and about to take up his position as the founder treasurer of the Guild, a post he held for many years.

Marilyn and Edward Dalton, Michael, Kate and Julia Dalton

Sydney Brewin, Treasurer of the Guild of One Name Studies and Penny Barltrop

With Dick Hamilton and Penny Barltrop joining Patrick, Joyce and myself on the newly formed DGS committee, we were poised to move the DGS into the 1980s and this will be the subject of Part 4 of these recollections, to be published in the next issue of “Daltons in History”.

Rosemary Dow and Joyce Parker

Tea is Served!

During her many years as General Secretary of the DGS, Lucy Slater accumulated a vast quantity of documentation and correspondence relating to Dalton family history. Following her death in June 2008, no less than 16 arch files full of documents were passed to Michael Dalton together with an index of their contents. Michael has been delving into these archives and this is the second of a series of articles for "Daltons in History", in which he shares some of this material with readers, this time from arch file number 2.

Index to File 2

The Index of Dalton Documents, Vol 1 listed 105 separate documents. In Vol 2 we find another 94 documents numbered from 106 to 199. The great majority of these papers relate to the Cambridgeshire Dalton family and the research that Lucy undertook for her article entitled "The Unprofitable Servant of God" (DGSJ Vol 14 No 2 Apr 1986). Some of the items were found by Lucy after the publication of this paper and towards the end of the file we find papers relating to Norfolk Dalton families. For this article, I have selected several particular items of interest to bring to the attention of the reader.

Doc 0110 – Gentleman’s Magazine 1816 Part I, Vol 86 p 597 Topographical Account of Little Abington, referring to the monuments in the church

Specifically about the monument to Oliver Dalton, son of Michael Dalton, we read as follows:

In the North wall is a little monument, painted and gilt, with the coat of Dalton: Az a lion guardant, Arg impaling, Sa s chevron between three pickaxes, Arg. (Qu. Whose arms are these? Whom did Oliver Dalton marry?)

In a compartment, painted on the plaster:

"Knowe, gentle reader, that my full entent
Is to erect a lastinge monument;
To manifest my love doth still survive
The which I beare him whilst he was alive.
He of his love hath left one pledge with me
That in the same I might ye father see;
And so retayne his memory in mynde,
Who was a friend to all, to me most kinde.
To the eternal memory of her deceased husband,
Oliver Dalto’ Esq. son and heir of Michael Dalton, Esq.
who departed this life Januarye 19, 1618, and of his age 28.
Alice Dalto’ his mournfull wife,
in testy’ony of her love hath erected this monument.
In earth his body rests; his soule in blisse
To heaven by blessed angells caryed is."

Between the compartments are these arms: Az. A lion guardant, Arg. Dalton.

And then in a footnote:

The family of Dalton resided at West Wratting, in the County of Cambridge, and possessed the principal landed property in the parish. Michael Dalton, above-mentioned, was the author of the "Office of Justice of Peace", and "Duty of Sheriffs". In Neale’s History of the Puritans, mention is made of Mr Dalton, the Queen’s Counsel, who, in 1590, pleaded against Mr Udal, condemned for writing a libel, called "A Demonstration of Discipline". He died in 1644, and was buried in the church at West Wratting. See further particulars of this family in Lysons’s Magna Britannia, vol II Part i pp 217 and 294.

Interestingly, Lucy has annotated the photocopy noting that the author of "A Demonstration of Discipline" was ‘James of Lincoln’s Inn not Michael’. There is a very full account of James Dalton of Lincoln’s Inn in an article written by Dick Hamilton (DGSJ Vol 17 No 2 Jan 1989). Although contemporaries, James and Michael were from quite different branches of the Dalton family.

Doc 0125 – Letter from R N D Hamilton to Lucy Slater (2 Sep 1985) on "The unprofitable servant of God"

Lucy had asked Dick Hamilton for his comments on the first draft of her article about the Cambridgeshire Daltons. Dick was noted for the thoroughness of his research and, as a lawyer, paid great attention to detail. He had previously written an article entitled "Michael Dalton and the Cambridgeshire Daltons" (DGSJ Vol 10 No 2 Dec 1981). Dick starts with two general points. Firstly he advocated giving both original Latin text from monumental inscriptions and wills, and the translation. Secondly he recommended that family trees be inserted with the main text, but lists of parish register entries be included as an appendix. He went on to add that "the final decision must be an editorial one, because, as with all writing, much must depend on the space available and the desirability of getting a good balance for each issue of the Journal". Little did I know then how much onus Dick was putting on my shoulders as editor! As it happens I see that the parish register entries were put in an appendix.

Dick then continues with a detailed critique raising many points of detail. He concludes by saying "I am glad you have undertaken this research because it is just this sort of painstaking research into original records that really pays dividends in the long run. I congratulate you." And finally: "The comments I have made in this letter I make with diffidence since I am neither a historian nor a Latin scholar, so please do what you will with them. But if I can be of any further help do let me know."

Those who knew Lucy and Dick as well as I did will share my amusement at these remarks. They were as different as chalk and cheese in their approach to researching family history and writing articles. But both were prolific writers of excellent articles for the DGS Journal and they had a mutual respect for each other. We would all be much the poorer if the Society had not numbered both of them amongst its members. Indeed I suspect that their detailed exchanges created more material than otherwise would have come about if they had researched and written independently of each other.

Doc 0131 – Manorial Court Rolls of Fulbourn

From the Cambridge Records Office, Lucy obtained photocopies of two documents dated circa 1600, one signed by Michael Dalton, and the other signed by Thomas Dalton, his younger brother.

Doc 0166 – Will of John JELLYBRAND, 1557

This is a photocopy of the original will, and it is in the file because the Cambridgeshire Daltons married into the Jellybrand family. There are many other documents about this and other families which are contemporary with these Daltons. The surnames Allington, Townley, Tyrrell and Symonds all occur more than once.

Papers relating to Norfolk

I list a selection of these, which relate mainly to the Daltons of Swaffham and of Merton, the forebears of Pamela Lynam, DGS General Secretary and Maureen Collins, Australian Secretary. In 1998, the DGS Gathering was held at Swaffham and Lucy visited several times to make arrangements for this and do some research.

Doc 0198D – Pevsner’s notes on DALTON House, Swaffham

Doc 0198E – Will of Annie DALTON, Widow of King’s Lynn, 1595 with a transcription by M Bone

Doc 0198F – Will of Ann DALTON, Widow of Southery, 1595 with a transcription by M Bone

Doc 0198G – 1851 and 1881 Census returns – Lists of Dalton families in Swaffham and surrounding villages

Doc 0198H – Will of John DALTON of King’s Lynn, 1590 with a transcription by M Bone


Again, with the time and space available, these notes can only give an indication of what a wealth of information is contained in this file. It forms an important supplement to the published articles in the DGS Journal. The DGS is very fortunate to have had such in depth research undertaken in order to prepare these articles, and the supporting archive is a valuable source of additional material for anyone interested in resuming and adding to the research already undertaken.

From Mike Dalton, Portland, Oregon, USA

Excerpted from Portrait and Biographical Album of Green Lake, Marquette and Waushara Counties of Wisconsin, published by Acme Publishing, 1890 – (Google books)

John Dalton resides on Section 32 in the Town of Kingston, Green Lake County, WI; a pioneer of 1849. He was born Belfast, Ireland 29 December, 1817 to John Dalton and Margaret Christy. He was a detective in Her Majesty’s Service in Belfast from 1832 to 1844.

He immigrated to New York in 1844 and made his way to Utica, New York in December, 1844 where he was at York Mills. He married Miss Janet Blackwood, a native of Scotland, at Hartford, New York in 1848.

They made their way to Wisconsin in 1849, where John eventually purchased a total of 520 acres and built a log cabin for his family. In 1878 John built a two story house of Milwaukie [sic] Brick for his expanding family. John and his family were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

John Dalton and Janet Blackwood had a total of 13 children:

Elizabeth Dalton b. NY 1 May, 1851 died 7 December, 1854
Edward Dalton b. WI 24 October, 1854 now in Columbia County, WI
Sarah Dalton b. WI 4 April, 1856 now wife of Ephraim Dixon of Waukesha, WI
John Dalton b. WI 23 April, 1858 now in Marquette County, WI
William Dalton b. WI 1 March, 1860 now in Columbia County, WI
Janet Dalton b. WI 17 December, 1861 now wife of Edward Judd of Columbia County, WI
Isabel Dalton b. WI 26 September, 1863 wife of George Judd, died 22 October, 1885
Diantha Dalton b. WI 2 December, 1865 died 23 November, 1870
Robert Dalton b. WI 1 June, 1868 living at home in 1890
Charles Dalton b. WI June 22, 1870 living at home in 1890
Mark Dalton b. WI Feb. 22, 1873 living at home in 1890
Walter Dalton b. WI 12 November, 1877 living at home in 1890
Mary Dalton b. WI 8 March, 1878 died 23 March, 1883

From information provided by Kelvin Dalton, New Hampshire, USA

The town forest property had been in the Dalton family for more generations than I can recall. In one of his diaries, my great grandfather spoke of harvesting hardwood for firewood and pine for sawlogs in the 1800's, hence the name "Pine Hill". My grandfather continued the practice, still using a crosscut saw, and a team of horses to pull the logs out of the woods and to his home.

My father established the tree farm in the early 1970's, and with the help of a State forester, removed some of the larger pines and replaced them with a small spruce plantation. Unfortunately, due to ill health he wasn't able to maintain the spruce and they became crowded out by "weed" trees.

My brother and I inherited the property in 1998 and tried to maintain it as a tree farm but eventually found it beyond our abilities. In 2007 we decided to sell it to the North Hampton Conservation Commission.

The Commission designated it a Town Forest and proceeded to cut and sell selected pine and hemlock sawlogs. This created room for the beech, birch, oak, maple and hickory saplings to prosper and provide the basis of a diverse ecosystem for future generations to enjoy.

Dalton Town Forest Sign

Dalton Town Forest sign with Dedication

These signs were erected in October 2010 at the entrance to the Dalton Town Forest.

NB: This is in addition to The Dalton Stone in Founder's Park and a Dalton Road in Hampton.

From Mattie A Dalton, Kentucky, USA

We are a large family secluded to roots in Kentucky. In this picture there are two uncles, three aunts (in-law) and the rest are cousins. This was only a part of them. The picture was taken in June 2010 at a reunion, in Springboro, Ohio. These people are the offspring of William Austin Dalton and Beulah Cockerham who had 13 children to begin with, only two left living, the Uncles....

Ernest, (cousin), whom I gave the DNA test kit to is the one in the middle with the orange shirt....Hopefully he responds soon.

I am sending this only because other Dalton's may want to know.............

Our Family

For those who have gone before
And those that are yet to be
When over these faces, you pour
Remember our great legacy.

Let the stories again be told
As in the days when we were young
Of a generation that was so bold
Whose praises should still be sung.

There were times of struggle and strife
When seeds of strength and courage were born
And our family eked out a life
Amidst the crops of tobacco and corn.

Planted by hand in the searing sun
On the land we call “the farm”
From dawn to dusk till the work was done
Shaping that soil’s enduring charm.

Brother and sister worked side by side
To complete the chores at hand
Each with a sense of pride
Together, they made a stand.

There were feather mattresses to be made
And butter to be churned
Eggs to be gathered, that hen’s had laid
And many hard lessons learned.

Escapades of young men’s pranks
And young girls learning how to cook
Fishing on the river banks
And reading from the “Good Book”.

Babies were born and children grew
Loved ones lost too soon
Tears and heartaches, more than a few
With precious memories widely strewn.

These are the thoughts that come to mind
Each year, as we reunite
To, again, connect those ties that bind
And cherish time that has taken flight.

So remember these faces, old and new
For it is a heritage of “strong stock”
That we all have come from the love of two
Who built their lives upon “the rock”.

Debbie “Dalton” Spayd
June 2010

NB: Any further information can be obtained by emailing Mattie Dalton ( or Debbie "Dalton" Spayd (

From Gerry n Tom our Happy Travellers in Australia

Below is a link to what I believe to be a new service offered by the National Library of Singapore. I typed Dalton in the search field and was quite surprised at the results. Maybe this website will be of interest to "Daltons in History" readers and particularly anyone who had ancestors that traded with China as Singapore was one of the ports that vessels would have docked at along the voyage.

The link is:

Happy researching.

Gerry Dalton and Tom Wood

Our hot, hot summer weather has finally mellowed into autumn. We've been enjoying the cooler weather.

David and I did a bit of travelling in October, including a brief trip to Salt Lake City to continue with the planning for our Gathering there next year. The Gathering in Salt Lake City is now just a year away. Please see the section heading on the Gathering for more info.

Salt Lake City 2011

I have just returned from a visit to Salt Lake City to meet again with the hotel management. The hotel has just finished remodeling their lobby area, and is working on new carpet and wall-coverings in the hallways. The hotel has upgraded the furnishing in the guest rooms, and had added ergonomic desk chairs to the desk/work area in each room. All of this will be completed well before our arrival next September. All of the guest rooms are also equipped with a small refrigerator and a microwave! The hotel facilities also include a lovely pool, an exercise room, an indoor Jacuzzi for the use of the hotel guests, and free high-speed internet.

To allow members to have some time to do research in the Family History Library, and since the Library is closed on Sunday, we will be organizing the presentations on Sunday rather than Saturday. On the presentation schedule we currently have a professional genealogist who will offer an introduction to doing research in the Library and how to maximize your time there. This will be on Saturday morning, to help first time visitors get oriented to all that the Library offers.

Our program on Sunday will include a presentation by Rodney Dalton and Arthur Whittaker on the history of the Daltons in Utah. We are also tentatively scheduled to have a presentation on the history of the Virginia Daltons, and I have chatted with Chris Pomery about a tele-conference presentation on DNA. More details will be provided as soon as more speakers are confirmed.

I have other special events in the works, and will have more details for you soon. To keep everyone informed, we are preparing a Newsletter that will be devoted to the Gathering. The first issue is planned for this December. If you are planning to attend the Gathering, or are just interested in following the latest news about what we are planning, we invite you to subscribe now! To subscribe, go to , and click on "Subscribe to our Newsletters". You will be prompted to enter an email address and your name. If you have any difficulties with the subscribing process, please email me at

Genetic Family B Update:

Family B members have submitted 3 new family trees to the Group B page at the Dalton DNA web site!

New Members:

Please join me in welcoming the following new member who joined in October:

Pamela Gibson, Malad City, ID - Pam was referred by DGS member Rodney Dalton in Utah.

Web Sites Update

For the period from 1 October, 2010 to 25 October, 2010

Additions to the Data Bank:

18 October, 2010:

Dalton Chronicles - Cockersands Abbey Connection Contributed by Rodney Dalton, Utah

1 October, 2010:

Dalton Chronicles - George Franklin Dalton, Utah Contributed by Rodney Dalton, Utah

DDB Web Site Usage Statistics:

23,072 visits came from 139 Countries / Territories

Map showing October DDB visitor distribution

Top 10 Countries by Visits:

1. UK – 7,913
2. India – 4,061
3. United States – 3,664
4. South Africa – 1,002
5. Pakistan – 825
6. Australia – 788
7. Ireland – 511
8. Canada – 493
9. Albania – 342
10. Argentina – 210

Top 10 Pages Visited:

1. Home Page
2. Join Us (Pop up on Home Page)
3. England
4. USA
5. Republic of Ireland
6. Australia
7. Scotland
8. South Africa
9. Canada
10. Northern Ireland


DDB Comparison Chart

Interesting Factoids:

1. Visits from India surpassed the US in October to the number 2 slot!

2. The Surrey Multimedia page continues to draw new visitors: 83 (down slightly from last month).

DGS Web Site Usage Statistics:

1,880 Visits from 62 Countries / Territories

Map showing DGS visitor distribution

Top 10 Countries by Visits:

1. United States – 753
2. UK – 519
3. Australia – 129
4. Ireland – 120
5. Canada – 79
6. India – 60
7. South Africa – 32
8. New Zealand – 21
9. Pakistan – 16
10. Philippines – 15

Top 10 Pages Visited:

1. Home
2. Memberships
3. Daltons in History Newsletter
4. Daltons in History Archive
5. Photo Video Gallery
6. Dalton International DNA Project
7. Clan Dalton
8. Daltons in History (September)
9. Clan Dalton Website
10. Daltons in History (July)


DGS Comparatives

Interesting Factoids:

1. The Membership pop-up box on the Data Bank generated an additional 322 visitors to the DGS Membership page.

2. Visitors from India are also way up on the DGS site.

Dalton Forum:

There are a total of 209 Posts in 126 Topics by 264 Members.

During the reporting period, there was 1 new topic added, 2 new posts and 7 new members added.

Google Ad Campaigns:

Dalton Data Bank:

11,804 Visitors reached the Data Bank by clicking on one of the 1,770,899 Google Ads served during the reporting period.

DGS Site:

12 Visitors reached the DGS site by clicking on one of the 13,204 Google Ads served during the reporting period.

Google Ads for new memberships:

This Ad Campaign generated 0 visits to the Membership information from 4,779 Google Ads served during the reporting period.

With best regards,

Karen Dalton Preston
North American Secretary

Thank you to all who have contributed to the November 2010 issue of "Daltons in History".

Back to normal with our contributions I see - All from the usual sources!!

Please send me any ideas you may have for future articles or areas of research we could look at. New ideas are still needed!!

Please consider contributing a short description of any Dalton-related travels you may have undertaken anywhere in the world. Also members who are travelling to do research, visit a Dalton-connected site, or have made a connection to a distant cousin through the DGS. might be interested in letting other members know what they are doing through "Daltons in History". Photos from your travels would be nice, too. It would also be a way of helping members get to know each other a little better, and might help members who are widely dispersed geographically to feel a bit more connected.

We look forward to more information concerning Salt Lake City in 2011 over the next few months.

Contributions for the December 2010 issue need to be with me no later than 25th November, 2010. (e-mail: