Originally published on the now closed website, Scowen.org on 01 Jan 2013
Welcome to the Scowen Family History Group on Ancestorian.
No Huge Family Tree
If you are here looking for a vast family tree covering all of the Scowens known to have graced the planet during the last 1000 years, you're about to be sorely disappointed. Although the developer and main contributor to Scowen.org (now the Scowen group) is in the process of assembling such a family tree, it is not about to be published here in the near future.
NOTE ADDED: Such a tree requires much time and perseverance and should be as correct as possible prior to publishing. I do not want to contribute to the already huge amount of misinformation about the Scowen name and family.
You Will Also Find:
- Stories about individual Scowens who have experienced tragedy success, social elitism, were recognised as heroes and were just interesting.
- Evidence for the stories. As far as I am concerned, a story is nothing more than that until I have some documented evidence to back it up. If you have some stories to share, I would love them to be added to the group here - but not without some sort of proof. Let us stop the misinformation together.
- Different theories of the origin of the name and family will be explored. Are Scowen, Scawen, Scown and more all really the same name? Are we from Cornwall, Wales, Scandinavia, Iceland, the Netherlands, Germany, or where?
- The etymology of the word/name 'Scowen'. This word appears in more than one ancient language, including variations in the old Cornish language, in medieval German, and others.
- Questions and discussion (arguments) about historical facts and rumours.
- Snippets of branches of the family in tree form as and when they become clean enough to publish.
- Links to resources and guides where you can find out more about the family.
- Information about villages, churches, farms, houses and other locations that feature strongly in the history of the Scowens.
Behind the Scenes
Scowen.org (was) a collective effort that was lead by Greg Scowen, a young (by Family History standards) genealogist/family historian that hails from the NZ branch of the family, that which developed after Joseph Ponder Scowen spent time in New Zealand.
Greg is a web developer and librarian working for Switzerland's biggest library. In his spare time, he has also written and published novels and dabbles in family history and landscaping. In 2012, Greg completed a Master's degree by writing a thesis that investigated online family history, what the users want and what the sites are offering them. As part of the study, Greg was exposed to over 20,000 records relating to Scowen family members within the UK alone.
Scowens: We Want You (or at least your content)!
Please, if you have researched a branch of the tree or an interesting question about the Scowen family or name, please get in touch with us via this Ancestorian Group and share your stories or contact us here on the site. If you have documents to back up your stories, we would love to add them to the group. The same goes for your family trees.