The Tathams of County Durham
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Southend, 1942
Southend, 1942
These pages are a record of the Tatham family of County Durham. Most of the family migrated to the south of England from the mid 1700s onwards, and their north country origins were gradually forgotten. By the end of the 19th century there were Tathams all over the world - in Australia, Canada, Ceylon, China, India, New Zealand and USA, as well as the long established colony in South Africa.

The idea of this website is to raise the family's awareness of our shared history, and to encourage interest and discussion about our heritage.

Feel free to wander around this site and explore. There's a basic guide to the contents at the What's Here page.

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Status of this website
Update May 2019

Meaburn Tatahams, four generations (2nd photo)The Tatham Family History website has unfortunately not been maintained or attended to for more than four years, owing to family circumstances and pressure of other commitments.

Starting May 2019 it is gradually being brought back to life. This will take some time, as there is much work to be done: responding to several hundred messages and requests, relearning and sharpening website skills, updating the software (3 major upgrades to be applied and tested), learning and respecting the new regulations about consents and data protection, and no doubt many other tasks and obstacles we haven't yet thought about ...

Members and visitors are thanked for their patience and forbearance during this long period.

Tatham of the Week
Delphine Florence Hallings Tatham (1910-1998)

Tatham of the Week Delphine was born 109 years ago, the only child of Horace Hallings Tatham, R.N. Her parents divorced soon after, and she was brought up by her mother. Delphine is unlikely to have known much of her father; he remarried in 1921 and died when she was twelve. He too was the only child of an unhappy marriage that ended in divorce. So it is not surprising that Delphine longed to know more about her family. She wrote to several Tathams but with little success. She was already in her 70s when she found her fourth cousin Eva, another only child who had hardly known her father. After Eva died in 1985, Delphine believed she had no surviving Tatham relatives. Sadly, she never knew of the family of her father's first cousin Berrisford, nor of the 260 other Durham Tathams then living.

This website will have achieved something if it helps others not to pass their whole lives in ignorance of our extensive Tatham family!