Welcome to Raine Genealogy!

Home Page My Family Names Ancestors of Charles Hogg RAINE (1878 - 1959) 1 Ancestors of Charles Hogg RAINE (1878 - 1959) 2 Ancestors of Mary Ann OLLEY (1879 - 1952) Ancestors of Joseph W EMMERSON (1882 - 1971) Ancestors of Elizabeth LANGLEY (1884 - 1950) Ancestors of James R HARRISON (1881 - 1955) Ancestors of Harriet A KNOWLES (1875 - 1945) Ancestors of Edward CARR (1866 - c1920) Ancestors of Alice Mary REEVE (1872 - 1940) Raine Births and Marriages in Cambridgeshire Raine BM - CUM / WES RAINE BM Northumberland Raine Births and Marriages in Durham 1 Other Raine Info - Burials & Memorial Inscriptions WWI & WWII Roll of Honour Raine's in America Official Guide to Barnard Castle in Lovely Teesdale. (Barnard Castle and District Publicity Society. 1939.) Murder of Catherine Parnaby Raine Favorite Links Page Guest Book Page

Who am I?

Well, I'm Jo.  I'm 53 years old and, apart from a brief sojourn in Newcastle whilst I was a student, have lived in Hartlepool all my life. I have always been vaguely interested in my family's history, but only became serious about researching it around 15 years ago. So far I have seriously tackled the RAINE family (my father's paternal line)and the CARR and HARRISON lines (my mother's paternal and maternal lines). I have also started looking seriously at the REEVE, WESTON, KNOWLES, OLLEY, EMMERSON and LANGLEY lines and am now looking at HILL and FORTUNE and other ancillary names like GOMMERSALL, FOX and BASSETT.


After a break from family history of about four years I am hoping to update this more frequently and add to the research already on the site.

I currently work as a data analyst for an NHS Trust after a period as a freelance researcher and writer.  Previously I worked for the University of Teesside and before that for Tees Valley Training & Enterprise Council.

I am also a keen writer, principally of science fiction, fantasy and horror, and a big fan of 'cult' sf programmes such as X Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel, Farscape, Firefly, Stargate, Sanctuary, Torchwood, Millennium and the 'classics' Dr Who (both old and new version), Blakes Seven, Space 1999 and the Star Trek franchises.

I have two younger brothers, Tim and Dan and have four nephews and a niece and two step-nephews and two nieces courtesy of Liz's family.  Liz and I got married in Vancouver, Canada (where such things were blessedly legal) twelve years ago and she came over from the US to join me in the UK just before Christmas 2005.  She is the love of my life.


About my site

Main sources for the information on this site are transcriptions of parish registers, memorial inscriptions and census returns held at Middlesbrough Archives, Middlesbrough and Newcastle Reference Libraries and Durham Record Office, and information found from online sources such as Familysearch, Rootsweb, FreeBMD and Ancestry.com, British Origins and the many individuals with whom I've shared information over the years, some newly discovered relatives, others offering the kindness of strangers. Thanks also to UK NE, Yorksgen, the Whitbygroup and DalesFHS lists for information and inspiration. I am also a member of the Cleveland Family History Society and Friends of Teesside Archives.

If you find any useful information, please, please double check that it's all correct for yourself.  Don't just take my word for it. 





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Bryan William RAINE b 1934 d 25 Sep 2007.  Loving husband, father and grandfather.  Gonna miss you dad.


June RAINE nee CARR b 1932 d 29 Mar 2017.  Reunited with her lovely Bryan at long last.  RIP mam.




Connor Daniel RAINE and Callum Edward RAINE born in Manchester in 2008.

Albert James Geoffrey HARTLAND-ADAMS born 2017.


Mum and Dad Oct 2001.



Jan 2018 - RELAUNCH!

July 2011 - Ancestors of Edward CARR updated.  Birth and Marriage Information for Cheshire, Cornwall, Cambridgeshire and North East England (placenames beginning with 'A' added as pdf files)

Feb 2010 - "The Murder of Catherine Parnaby Raine" now added to site. 

Dec 2009 - Birth and Marriage information for Bedfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire now available as pdf files.  1911 Census information added in to family pages.

Dec 2008 - Updated excel file now available via 'Favourite Links' Page

Jun 2008 - Ancestors of Harriet KNOWLES updated.

Oct 2007 - Births and Marriages in Northumberland

May 2007 - Births and Marriages in Cumberland/Westmorland


PLEASE NOTE Although main construction is now complete, I try to update every couple of months with new information as I find it.  So bookmark and please come back for return visits.


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I have my gedcom uploaded at Tribal pages - address follows.  I'm also listed on Genesreunited.

SITE OPENED: 22 Jan 2005. Last Update 18 Jul 2011