Dennis Bill’s Family History

Dennis Bill 2021
Researching the BILL and WISEMAN families in UK, Ireland, USA, Canada and wherever

About Me

Dennis Ian BILL

I was born in a nursing home in Portsmouth but have spent all my life in Portchester, a large suburban village on the northern shore of Portsmouth Harbour. Other than a short spell in HM Dockyard, Portsmouth, immediately after leaving school, my 39½ years working life was spent with Ordnance Survey, Britain’s National Mapping Agency, in Southampton. I have been researching my family history since taking early retirement in 2001. My research into two ancestors of my first cousins who were Royal Marines and subsequent research into The Crinoline Church led me to spend many hours in the Royal Marines Museum at Eastney, Portsmouth. As a result I became a volunteer there and for six years I was digitising and cataloguing the photo album collection until the Museum closed pending a move into Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in about 2022. In the meantime I have been cataloguing in the Dockyard (National Museum of the Royal Navy) one day and on another day assisting the HMS Victory Archaeological Data Manager to catalogue all the old timber removed from the ship over the years (all 52 pallets!) Both these activities are currently on hold, of course, due to COVID19 restrictions.
“...I live in a constant endeavour to fence against the infirmities of ill health and other evils of life, by mirth; being firmly persuaded that every time a man smiles - but much more so, when he laughs, it adds something to this Fragment of Life.” Laurence Sterne, 1713-1768 Author of Tristram Shandy
Dennis Bill’s Family History
Dennis Bill 2021
Researching  BILL and WISEMAN families in UK, Ireland , USA, Canada and wherever

About Me

Dennis Ian BILL

I was born in a nursing home in Portsmouth but have spent all my life in Portchester, a large suburban village on the northern shore of Portsmouth Harbour. Other than a short spell in HM Dockyard, Portsmouth, immediately after leaving school, my 39½ years working life was spent with Ordnance Survey, Britain’s National Mapping Agency, in Southampton. I have been researching my family history since taking early retirement in 2001. My research into two ancestors of my first cousins who were Royal Marines and subsequent research into The Crinoline Church led me to spend many hours in the Royal Marines Museum at Eastney, Portsmouth. As a result I became a volunteer there and for six years I was digitising and cataloguing the photo album collection until the Museum closed pending a move into Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in about 2022. In the meantime I have been cataloguing in the Dockyard (National Museum of the Royal Navy) one day and on another day assisting the HMS Victory Archaeological Data Manager to catalogue all the old timber removed from the ship over the years (all 52 pallets!) Both these activities are currently on hold, of course, due to COVID19 restrictions.
“...I live in a constant endeavour to fence against the infirmities of ill health and other evils of life, by mirth; being firmly persuaded that every time a man smiles - but much more so, when he laughs, it adds something to this Fragment of Life.” Laurence Sterne, 1713-1768 Author of Tristram Shandy