Greetings to all readers of “Daltons in History” !

The month has been a busy one for the Dalton International DNA Project. New results have been posted by Family Tree DNA for four new participants in the project and all have been confirmed as members of existing genetic families, one in Group A, one in B, one in D and one in Z. This is very heartening and supports the view that our database has reached a size where we can expect new participants to find a match. This in its turn should encourage more of you to join the project. If you are new to DNA as a family history tool and want to find out more, do read further below and in the “Dalton DNA Project” section of this website.

As usual, you will find below my updates to keep you fully informed about all our various DGS events, projects and activities.

Future DGS events

As everyone knows, 2010 marks the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the Dalton Genealogical Society and we are holding a special Gathering and Annual General Meeting in Surrey, England over the weekend of Fri/Sat/Sun 30th/31st July/1st August 2010. Arrangements have been made for the main events on the Saturday to take place at the Surrey National Golf Club, Chaldon, Surrey. These include our conference during the day and a splendid celebratory dinner in the evening. The conference programme will include guest speakers and our AGM, and there will also be entertainment in the evening. The theme of the weekend will be the origins and the history of English Dalton families and particularly those originating from Surrey. Coupled with this we will also review the work of the Society over the past forty years and look ahead to the future. There will be a programme of activities and visits for the Friday and the Sunday. Accommodation has been arranged locally at the Reigate Manor Hotel ( The Surrey National Golf Club is beautifully situated and has a modern clubhouse with excellent conference and dining facilities. Further information may be found at

More details and booking information for this 40th Anniversary celebration can be found in the “Forthcoming Gatherings” section of this website. They were also included as a separate flyer with Volume 51 of the DGS Journal for December 2009 which was mailed to all DGS members in early January. As I write the Gathering is in just four months time and if you have not already done so, please make sure that you reserve the dates in your diary now.

We have had a slow but steady stream of bookings but there is still plenty of space to accommodate more. I am therefore again extending the deadline for registration, this time to the end of April, but do please register by then at the latest.

Notwithstanding that and as has been said before, it would be very helpful to have the earliest possible indication of numbers attending and, if you have not already sent one, I would appreciate a short email (to as soon as possible, and ahead of your registration form and deposit, if you are planning to come. Thank you to those who have already been in touch. This information is enabling us to ensure that we reserve enough accommodation and it will help with the planning and organisation of the various events and activities over the weekend. We look forward to many members and their families joining us for this very special gathering, and we anticipate that overseas members will use it as an opportunity to visit other parts of the UK as well.

For 2011 we have arranged for the DGS Annual Gathering to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA over the weekend of Fri/Sat/Sun 23rd/24th/25th September 2011.

This will be another very special event and the gathering organiser is our North American Secretary, Karen Dalton Preston. Karen and her team are busy putting the more detailed plans in place. Initial details are on the “Forthcoming Gatherings” section of this website and please keep a watch for further announcements during the coming year.

The DGS Annual General Meeting for 2011 will be held in the UK earlier in the year and an announcement about that will be made later.

For 2012 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)

During October Issue 3 of the Dalton International DNA Project Progress Report was published. This includes all the new participants who have 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 have been 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 140 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 please do think about joining this well established and exciting project.

We are indebted to our DNA consultant, Chris Pomery, for all his assistance with the preparation of the progress report and the advice and guidance that we are able to give to individual project participants. We are now working with him to determine the priorities for further reporting during 2010. The emphasis will be on providing updated reports on individual genetic families.

Some of you may not be aware of the special webpages set up to enable genetic family groups to share data with one another. Initially these are for groups A, B and D. We have added a link to these from the“Dalton DNA Project” homepage here on the main DGS website.

The DGS Journal

The Editor of the DGS Journal, John Dalton, is now assembling material for Volume 52, due to be published in June 2010. As always, he will welcome articles and other items for this issue. Please help him by submitting copy as early as you can and certainly no later than the end of April. John is always 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 available for Volumes 42 to 51 and the full synopses will be available 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 May.

Thank you for your attention.

Yours very sincerely

Michael Neale Dalton
Chairman and Honorary Life President of the Dalton Genealogical Society

From Ciaran Dalton, Dalton Clan Chieftan and Irish Secretary

Hello all,

Members of the D.G.S. with an interest in Irish records in particular, will be pleased to know that there is now an online Index to The Registry of Deeds records held in Dublin. It is ''recognised as a wonderful resource for family historians, with records going back to 1709 and beyond. Accessing it, (in the past) however has been difficult.'' (Irish Roots 2010, Number 1, Page 4).

Hosted by Rootsweb, there is compiled by Nick Reddan and others, an overview of this valuable collection including a virtual tour of the building itself. Easily searchable, there are a good number of Daltons registered with their respective addresses etc., including one ''George Dalton who was servant to Berleley Taylor in 1756''. Certified copies of deeds are also availabe for a fee.

We are indebted to those who took the time to compile this invaluable index to our Irish Registry of Deeds and it is a most welcome addition to Irish genealogy and records in general.

To visit the site .. Google Registry of Deeds Index Project.

From Howard Dalton, Yorkshire, England

Here are a few Dalton entries found in Scotland:


Agnes Dalton to John Dalton and Janet Heron 22/4/1784 in Newton Stewart

Frances Dalton to John Dalton 24/9/1768 in Dumfries

John Dalton to Thomas Dalton and Margaret Innis 14/8/1762 in Clackmannan

Agnes Dalton to Henry Dalton and Helen Moris 10/9/1780 in Glasgow }
Thomas Dalton to Henry Dalton and Helen Moris 16/11 1794 in Glasgow } Henry and Helen were married in Glasgow
David Dalton to Henry Dalton and Helen Moris 26/1/1797 in Glasgow } on 9/11/1779

George Dalton to Major John Dalton of the 4th Regt of Dragoons and Tuscanna Dalton 5/4/1794 in Perth


Samuel Dalton of the parish of St Margarets, Westminster and Christian Violet Moffat of this parish at Crammond on

"June 8th 1771 - William Mathews, Dragoon of the First Regiment and Anne Dalton compeared before the Session and
Declared that they were irregularly married in Edinburgh by one Charles Johnson. The Minister Declared them Married
Perfors Rebuking and exhorting them as usual".

All good stuff!

I hope that things are warming up for Spring in your part of the world! We are finally getting our too brief taste of Spring weather in Las Vegas, before the heat of Summer takes over.

I am happy to announce the arrival of a new Dalton:

Birth Announcement - March 5, 2010

Natalie Faith Dalton was born to Kevin and Kristen Dalton of South Berwick, Maine. Natalie joins her 4 year old sister Grace and 2 year old brother Jack. Natalie's Paternal Grandfather is Freeman H. Dalton of West Paris, Maine. Her Great Uncle is Arthur T. Dalton of Sanford, Maine.

Submitted by members Marcia & Freeman H. Dalton, Maine

Dalton Forum:

March was a very busy month on the Forum, with 19 new members registering in the month of March, and a total of 39 new members since the beginning of 2010! This brings the total number of registered Forum members to 168. We had had 135 posts / threads added to the site.

If you still haven't explored the Forum, please take a look by going to

Dalton Data Bank Update:

During March, there have been several new additions to the Dalton Data Bank.

For the period from 1 March to 26 March 2010:

26 March, 2010

Oregon, USA - Updated Census, Marriages & Deaths Contributed by Mike Dalton, Oregon

25 March, 2010

Historical Maps - Updated Map Viewer Contributed by David Preston, Nevada

24 March, 2010

Oregon, USA - Multnomah Co. Voter Registration Cards Contributed by Mike Dalton, Oregon

19 March, 2010

Dalton Chronicles - Maj. Gen. Emmett Dalton Contributed by Rodney Dalton
Dalton Chronicles - Henry Simon Dalton Contributed by Rodney Dalton

10 March, 2010

Republic of Ireland - Irish Registry of Deeds Contributed by David Preston, Nevada

8 March, 2010

United States - 1846-1851 Port of NY Irish Passenger Records Contributed by David Preston, Nevada

6 March, 2010

United States - Added Military Records Contributed by David Preston, Nevada

4 March, 2010

Dalton Chronicles - The History of Thurnham Hall Contributed by Rodney Dalton

3 March, 2010

Virginia, USA - Added Carroll County Marriages Contributed by Rodney Dalton

1 March, 2010

Dalton Chronicles - Rev. Canon John Neale Dalton Contributed by Rodney Dalton

DDB Usage statistics 1 March to 26 March 2010:

8,481 Visits from 75 Countries

Top 10 Countries by Visits:

1. United States - 3,360
2. UK - 3,277
3. Ireland - 319
4. Australia - 315
5. South Africa - 272
6. Canada - 218
7. France - 97
8. Columbia - 86
9. New Zealand - 64
10. Mexico - 55

Google Ad Campaign:

7,694 Visitors reached the Data Bank by clicking on one of the 852,597 Google Ads served during the reporting period.


As compared to the same period last year (1 March 2009 to 26 March 2009), there has been a 61% rise in visitors, a 49% rise in the average time spent on the site, and a 68).

The chart below summarises the change in the number of Visitors by the top 10 Countries:

Number of Visitors

Wishing you all a Happy Easter!

Karen Dalton Preston
Secretary for North America

Thank you to all who have contributed to the April 2010 issue of “Daltons in History”.

As you can see this month's issue is very small - we need your contributions!!

Please continue to send me any ideas you may have for future articles or areas of research we could look at. New ideas are 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 the 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.

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