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About The Vayro Ancestry
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It was in the early 1980's that I first took an interest in my ancestors and 
after contacting close family relatives I discovered numerous details of my 
Grandfather's eight siblings. Then in an old tin box containing souvenirs 
there were two Victorian Funeral Invitation Cards that turned out to be for my 
Great Grandfather James (G2 1853 - 1893) and Great, Great Grandfather William 
(G3 1825 - 1907).

The remembrance cards pinpointed places and dates that led me to search the 
archives for North Yorkshire and East Witton in particular, where my ancestors 
had lived and worked as tenant farmers, on the Jervaulx Estates in Lower 
Wensleydale. In the nearby village of Ellingstring several generations had 
lived at Moorcote, Tranmire and Angram Cote Farms between 1800 and 1960. 

This meant that many of the Births, Banns, Deaths and Marriages for early 
Vayro ancestors were found in the East Witton Parish Registers for the Church 
of St John the Evangelist from 1780 onwards.  A search of other local village 
Parish Records proved that even earlier generations were living in Middleham, 
Healey, and Coverham to the west, as well as Masham, and Clifton to the east. 

A casual comment made by my paternal Grandfather Thomas suggested that we 
originally came over with the Spanish Armada, whereas I think that Italy is a 
more likely alternative. However the evidence proves that my own ancestors 
came from Uredale or Yoredale and Coverdale and that the VAYRO and VARO 
ancestors have intermingled with families such as POUNDER, BERRY, LYE, WALKER, 
HARDCASTLE and HORNER from 1650 onwards. 

In over twenty years I have never found anyone rich or famous, but if large 
headstones are an indicator of wealth in 19 th Century Britain then some of 
those who lie in East Witton, and Masham Churchyards may well have been more 
than simple farm hinds. 

I was born in Willington, a mining village in County Durham, where both my 
father and grandfather worked at Brancepeth Colliery.

Influenced by Mr George Turner, my woodwork teacher at Crook Alderman Cape 
School, I followed a five year course in Furniture Design, but was never 
tempted to go into industry. Instead I spent forty years in teaching, holding 
various appointments in Primary and Secondary Schools, and Hartlepool Art College 
finally retiring from Durham University School of Education, as Lecturer in 
Art and Design Technology on Undergraduate and Post Graduate courses.

When I first started my research into Family Ancestry I was not aware that 
Genealogy was one of the fastest growing hobbies or pastimes, and initially I 
relied on close friends and relatives, but over the years have made many 
contacts with individuals who have shared the same interests, both in the 
origins of our surname Vayro/Varo and also who have tried to put together the 
evidence leading backwards in time, through the generations. These really are 
too numerous to mention, but in particular, Marjorie Powner, Barbara Massam, 
Stanley Varo and Steve Walker in the U K, Ian Ross Vayro in Australia, Sophie 
Vayro in Canada, and several members of the Dales Family History Society E-
mail group. All have given their help and assistance freely and as well as 
many having been proved to be long-lost relatives they have also become 
close friends through a common interest in finding out more about our family 
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There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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