Welcome Abbs, Loose and Maplethorpe family researchers! The focus of this website is to present the documented genealogy and family history of the Abbs family and Loose family of England’s Norfolk coast and the Maplethorpe family of Lincolnshire. Members of these families eventually migrated to other areas of England and to the United States, Canada, Australia, and other countries.  This website and my research are works in progress. Please visit often, as I am continually updating, correcting and expanding my family history data. If you incorporate any of my compiled information into your own research, please cite this website as your source. It is good practice to do so, and it might help direct other researchers to this site.


I have tried to organize this website by family line.  To access indices and charts relating to your family line of interest, please click on the Abbs Family, Loose Family or Maplethorpe Family links at the top of this page.  In addition, there is a Surname Index link at the top of this page, from which you can navigate to particular surnames and individuals of interest. 


In order to streamline this website, I have chosen to publish only birth/baptism, marriage and death/burial information for the individuals listed. In many cases, I have compiled significantly more information about the person than is published here. If you are interested in any particular individuals, please email me (by clicking on my name at the bottom of this page) to request further information. 


With this website, I hope to aid and connect with genealogists and family historians researching familial lines connected to the Abbs and Loose families of Norfolk County, England and the Maplethorpe family of Lincolnshire. By sharing information and resources, I hope to broaden the scope of well-documented research on these pages to include more collateral lines of descent from the ancestral lines already covered here. By sharing information and resources, I also hope that we can collaborate to eliminate more brick walls in our common research. Of course, sharing is a two-way street; if you find this website helpful to your research, please reciprocate by offering me information or materials that I may be missing. If you have researched a collateral line that is not well-represented here, please send me a genealogy report or tree so that I can confirm and add the information. If you have old photographs, memorabilia or ephemera related to persons or places on these pages, please send me scans so that I can include them in future updates. I consistently credit my sources for such material.


Help me develop this website into the go-to site for Abbs, Loose and Maplethorpe research!  I encourage you to email me (by clicking on my name at the bottom of this page) with any additional information, corrections or questions that you might have. Images of referenced persons and places are particularly welcome. Again, please note that this website does not include all the information that I have compiled; so, if you are interested in particular people please email me to request further information.


My research cites a wide variety of records, some more reliable than others. Your conclusions from such records may differ from my conclusions. Because of this, no information shown here should be taken as proof of accuracy without checking the original sources.