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Amelia Scott Wanless - was born on 21 Apr 1783 in St. Giles Cripplegate, London, England
Elizabeth Steel Wanless - was born on 21 Apr 1867 in Montrose, Angus, Scotland
Mabel Wanless - was born on 21 Apr 1893 in Tow Law, Co. Durham, England
Robert McLellan Wanless - was born on 21 Apr 1899 in Auchterderran, Fife, Scotland
Lou Rene Wanless - was born on 21 Apr 1913 in

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Tree #1: Ralph(?) & Margaret Wandless or Wanless

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These are the descendants of Margaret Wanless/Wandless, a widow who brought her 4 teenage children from Newcastle, Northumberland, England to Augusta County, Virginia in late 1772 or early 1773. Margaret's son Ralph Wanless (b. Newcastle, 1756) moved slightly west to what became Pocahontas County, West Virginia. His descendants all use the "Wanless" spelling. His brother Stephen stayed in Bath County, VA and his descendants all use the "Wandless" spelling. Several of Ralph's sons, including my line, migrated from Pocahontas County to Iowa in 1856 and then to Oregon in 1872. Nearly all Wanlesses & Wandlesses in Virginia, West Virginia, Iowa, Oregon, Washington, and some in Minnesota today are descendants of Margaret.

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This genealogy site hosts the family histories of all forms of the Wanless name. If you are a Wanless, Wandless, Wanlass, Wanliss, Wandlass, or Wanlace, you will probably find your family represented here. If not, we want to know about you! Step in, relax, explore the site, and learn about the fascinating people who bear this surname in all its forms.

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GRO Birth Index 1837-1911 updated with mother’s maiden surnames

Updated the GRO Birth Index for 1837 to mid-1911 with mother’s maiden surnames, which are now supplied on the main GRO site.

Thomas Wanless & Ann Marshall moved to tree 52

Moved the 45-person tree of Thomas Wanless & Ann Marshall from the catch-all database (tree 100) into tree 52 (John Wanless and Ann Harpley/Hartley). We’re 90% sure Thomas is a son of John and added […]

George Wandless & Ann Lax moved to the Lumley-area tree

Moved the family of George Wandless & Ann Lax from the Strays tree into tree 35. Realized that Ann Lax Wandless was the Ann Wandless who married Thomas Turnbull, because their son William Turnbull b. […]