|James Richard Smith (1838- )|
We are a national association of Bisbee Families and friends who have a common interest in each other and in our family heritage.
The first Bisbees arrived at Plymouth Colony from England in 1635 and married into many of the Mayflower families who founded the colony fifteen years earlier.
As the name suggests, the Bisbee Family Connection was formed in 1988 to connect us, to organize national family reunions and to share our family history.
We hope you enjoy our Family History database, and that you will consider helping us make this the most complete and accurate source of such information by sharing with us your Bisbee facts, artifacts, and anecdotes.
*If you have announcements or newspaper articles of general interest to our members, please send them to us and we will post them here. This would include Bisbee birth, death or wedding announcements.
If you are looking for a particular person, we suggest you start with our name search on the left. Enter part or all of the name. If you know the middle initial, enter it without the period to get everyone with middle names starting with that initial. You can also try our Advanced Search if you know other details about the person's life. Our surname listing is helpful if you are unsure of the spelling. If you find someone who might be of further interest, you can bookmark their family history page to easily find them on your next visit. Be sure to check all our features using the links and drop down menus above. On This Date gives you a listing of persons who were born, married or died on today's date in history. You might also enjoy our web site Statistics and What's New pages. In many ways, the web site is like "Granny's attic" - be prepared to spend time exploring it. Keep in mind, we are adding new information all the time, so if you don't find what you are looking for, bookmark us and keep checking back, or subscribe to our website RSS feed to have your browser automatically check for updates and additions.
The original English family name was Besbeech with several variations of the spelling. The most common, but not only form of the name today is Bisbee. There have been and still are other versions, including Bisbe, Bisbey, and Bisby. A few early families argued over it, but for the most part, differences in spelling just weren't important to them at a time when there were no birth certificates, no drivers licenses, no Social Security cards, etc. Many Individuals used different spellings in their own lifetimes. We even have an example where two brothers signed their name differently on the same legal document! The Website has made a conscious decision to use Bisbee for those in the database who have used variations in the past. If we have a modern family using a variation, we will honor it as is. Check the surname listing to see if your name is included. Please feel free to send us your corrections or additions.
We sometimes are criticized because we include information in our family tree which has not been genealogically documented and proven. We are told, "No real genealogist would publish an educated guess, or a family member's assertions, without providing solid, documented proof." Guilty as charged.
The reason is simple. Even though the word "genealogy" can be found in our title, we do not consider ourselves to be genealogists in the formal sense of the word. We are family historians. We use any and all sources of information when considering what to present on the website. Having said that, we do make a conscious effort to document everything we can. Where we cannot, we try to make clear our sources and reasoning.
Occasionally, people will offer to sell us documents or family memorabilia, but as a free service to our members, we do not have the funds to purchase them. To make matters worse, government birth, death and military records have become quite expensive and restrictive. "Real" genealogists and other family researchers should consider information found here as a starting point only, a hint about where to look for formal proof. In return, we would appreciate corrections and additions stemming from such research.
We want to point out and emphasize that while we are a Bisbee Family genealogy, we are interested in preserving the history of all Bisbees including the women whose lines are carried forward under their married names. If your great-grandmother was a Bisbee, we would like to have your family history whatever the surname. If you are a member of the Bisbee Family Connection©, or simply a member of the Bisbee (or related) family, you may register for a free account, after which you will be able to log in and access additional material not available to the public. At the discretion of the Administrator, you may be granted permission to add or edit your family data directly. Make sure you explain in your registration request exactly how you are related and if you will be contributing information or media to the website. Your family history can be submitted directly using our upload pages (available to registered users), by emailing it to the website administrator, by using the web site's Contact form, or even by snail mail, Pony Express or carrier pidgeon. Even if you do not register an account, you can propose additions or changes by clicking on the "Suggest" tab near the top of Individual pages or Family Group sheets.
The 1940 US Census is now available. We continue to gather and abstract information from all census years to supplement and support the data on our website. We provide complete family snapshots for each census citation, and you can access them by clicking on the citation's source link in the footnotes at the bottom of personal pages.
See our Guide To Reading Census Absracts for more information.