About the Study
Research into the Whillans family commenced seriously in 1983 and concentrated on using parish and census records to link all those surnamed as or descended from Whillans to the family of James Whillans born in Roxburghshire Scotland during 1688. Currently, some 4,100 descendants have been named.
In 1997, this study extended to its homonyms. Since then two groups of Wealleans (numbering 1,030 and 1,100 descendants) and one Whillis group numbering 1,960 descendants have been compiled, and work continues in the attempt to link Whillans with Wealleans & Whillis and its other homonyms.
Several homonyms exist, with the principal of these being Wealleans, Whellans, Whillance, Whillas, Whillis, Willans, as well as Wheelands, Wheelans, Weelands, Whealands, Whealans, Wealands.
This research has been made possible by many scores of like-minded genealogists, too numerous to name individually, who have interacted and given their data freely.
In the menu at the top of this page, some details of the various homonym groups investigated are provided. There are more provided at the top right under MORE (or the =).
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