This site is an introduction for those of you who are interested in the family name of TYRRELL or one of its many variants. It gives you basic information about the society and it's meetings. Within this site you will find a members only section. This contains information that has been donated, over many years, by our members. It also contains copies of over 30 years of Tyrrell Family History Newsletters. Paid up membership allows access to our digitised records and archive material. The cost of a years membership is probably less than the cost of obtaining one certificate so why not join.
Over the last 30+ years there has been an ever increasing number of people taking an interest in researching their family history. This absorbing hobby has been given a boost in recent years with the advent of such prorammes as "Who Do You Think You Are". In many cases this has led to the desire to investigate in great detail the lives of their forebears. Popular interest has resulted in the development of Regional Societies, specialising in Genealogy and Heraldry, appropriate to a given location and One Name Societies researching a single name.
In tracing and following his own Tyrrell Family Tree, our founder, John Edward Tyrrell of Gosport, discovered and collected much data likely to be of interest to other Tyrrells and Variants. In October 1977, with the help of others, he contacted the 1300 Tyrrells then listed in the UK Telephone Directories, inviting replies from those interested in the formation of a Tyrrell Family History Society. This was then followed by sending circulars to the other variants of the name, such as, Tyrell, Tyrrel,Tirrell,Turrell,Terrell, etc. The response was so enthusiastic that on Saturday June 10th 1978, at an Inaugural Meeting in London, the "Tyrrell Family History Society" was formed.
Until 2007 the Society had held three open meetings each year: Tyrrell Day held at the beginning of June, Rufus Day in August and the A.G.M./Research Day in October. It was decided in 2006 that we should change this from single day events to weekend gatherings. One in January/February and a second in the Autumn. The latter to adsorb the Tyrrell Day and AGM.
The venues for these gatherings move around the country to be near to locations with Tyrrell interests. Rufus Day,second Saturday in June, continues and is held in the New Forest at the Sir Walter Tyrrell Inn located near the Rufus Stone and is an informal Family Day.