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These pages are for the benefit of the Adkins family - if you're an Adkins, no matter where in the world, then these pages are for you! The simple objective is to bring together in one place all deceased Adkins', their genealogy, history, and achievements, and for the living to meet each other through the wonder of modern communications and to share in each others genealogical interests.

This page will provide the focal point for all people with the family name of Adkins, as well as those ladies who were brought up as Adkins but lost the name on marriage.

This page is provided by Tim Boddington - that's me on the right. My mother was a member of a large family of Adkins. As a result of extensive research undertaken by my aunt, Evelyn Goodman nee Adkins, I have become aware of a large number of Adkins and their descendants. Most that I know of are related to me. Evelyn has drawn the family tree back more than 300 years. 

Adkins is a moderately frequent name. The possibility exists that many family groups are related - some of the recent discoveries in DNA analysis might even prove it one way or the other. It should be possible, if we all pool our family information, to build up a family tree that really shows who we are and are not related to.

Adkins in the United States of America

My trees are mainly UK and New Zealand families.

Adkins is a very common name in some parts of the US, particularly West Virginia and Kentucky and PA is similar I think. It will be a very big job to record all these families and build the family trees. There are also many other web sites that have information on US Adkins families.

There is little doubt that the US Adkins families came from the UK. Adkins is a very old and well established name in the UK. As there are so many Adkins in the US I have for a long time believed that it is probable that the emigration from the UK was a very long time ago - 1600s or even earlier. This belief has been confirmed with the discovery by Jim Adkins in the USA of a book researched and written in the 1980s. It is called Adkins of Eastern Kentucky and Surrounding Areas by Joseph T. Daniels; it was a private publication. I have now obtained a facsimile and I am entering the names on the web site database - for more on what this book tells us go to the page!

Another book that may be of interest and assistance is The Complete Book Of Emigrants In Bondage From 1614-1775 by Peter Wilson Coldham - many thanks to Helen H Holmes for notifying me of this one.

In the UK at least there are also associated names such as Adkin, Edkins, Edkin, Atkins, Atkin, Atkinson (son of Atkin) and so on. These variations were caused by census takers, clergy and other officials writing down the names of people who were illiterate and did not know how their own names were written, so the official used his best judgement after listening to the person speak his name. When you realise what variations and acute accents people had in different parts of the country in those days one can understand why so many variations arose. Trying to link these people together in a family tree is a pretty impossible task.

If your name is Adkins, or, ladies, if your maiden name was Adkins, or your mother was an Adkins, then I would like to hear from you - please send me an email right now just to introduce yourself or use the Feedback button above.

My branch of the family has a registered heraldic Arms. They are described on a separate page.

Major improvements

From 20 August 2009 I have implemented a significant update to the web site by re-processing the EasyTree output and reformatting the tree pages to improve the look and ease of use. I have also added back links from the person pages to the relevant family pages, an essential feature missing from EasyTree. Further, I have improved the handling of living children and widows/widowers to prevent the names being displayed anywhere.

From 25 October 2009 I have implemented further improvements to the refinement of the data on the pages as well as some minor improvements in the display on the family pages.

7 January 2010 - further improvements to the web pages have been implemented as well as the correction of a couple of errors in page generation.

28 December 2010 - further correction to family web pages to properly display marriage and divorce details. Added a 'key' page to explain the short codes used.

In the period to 10 November 2014 many minor display improvements have been made. Very significant development has taken place in the database maintenance pages. Maintenance is presently carried out only by the webmaster.

Security Policy

I have reviewed the present security situation (2006) and have concluded that it is no longer safe to publish any information on living persons. This is due to the upsurge in identity theft. I will continue to maintain information on living persons in my database but this will not be transferred to the web site. In the absence of specific information a person will be assumed to be deceased approximately 90-100 years after their known birth or approximately 120 years after the birth of their parents. Where the individual is deceased I will try to publish as much information as is available in order to complete the genealogical record. In the case of persons having living children the children will be listed as Child #1, etc. In the case of a living person whose spouse is deceased, the deceased will not be shown if they belong to the distaff line.

Where I find a relationship between individuals who do not know of each other I will obtain agreement from each to disclose their identity and contact information to the other. The same will apply to those found to be researching in the same family line. So, if you are researching any of the lines shown on the site do please let me know so that I can introduce you to anyone else doing the same.


I am frequently asked for help on starting out on the search for ancestors but there are far better sources than I. Try looking for help pages on the web such as Genealogy Learning CenterExternal link which is full of practical advice on the subject.

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