Nearly all Hiddens in the UK or of UK descent can be traced back to one of a relatively small number of family groups.
There are two major divisions in the distribution of the Hidden surname, one in south east England and one in Lancashire.
Despite the high influx of people from all over the British Isles into Lancashire at the time of the Industrial Revolution,
nearly all the Hiddens in Lancashire whose origins can be traced appear to have come from that county originally.
There are particular difficulties in tracing Hiddens in Lancashire due to confusion with similar sounding names like
Iddon, Edden, Eden, etc. Also there was opportunity for the movement of families afforded by the navigable rivers and canals
and subsequently by the railways and a high density of population. There are a few Lancashire families which have retained the Hidden surname for
two or more generations, but there are many more instances where the name has been recorded as Hidden during the
lifetime of one individual, or perhaps only for one event in his lifetime. These scattered references have been collected
together in a group called Lancs Strays.
Of the main Lancashire family groups the Wigan and Liverpool families have kept fairly consistently
to the Hidden spelling, but in the case of the Eccles group this spelling appears only fitfully and the most frequent spelling
is Eden or Edden.
Under each family group heading there are two sets of charts. One set is in HTML format. For these it may be necessary to change the font size on your browser from large to medium. The other set is in PDF format. These require a Acrobat Reader program to be available on your computer. Large charts in PDF format will take some time to load. The back and forward arrows on the menu bar allow a return to the previous or next view. Unless otherwise stated the surname of individuals on the charts is Hidden. The abbreviation RGD on the charts is used to stand for Registration District.
There is also a pedigree style text which gives a summary of information about individuals as well as family relationships and the sources from which the information was obtained.
In the post 1837 period much of the information on births marriages and deaths has been obtained from the indexes of the Registrar General. The indexes give only a minimum amount of information about the event, and therefore in constructing the pedigrees assumptions have often been made. These assumptions could turn out to be wrong and can only be checked by obtaining the full details entered on the certificate. Most individuals have been given a personal identifier (ID) comprising the initial letter of their given name and a 3 digit number (It is thought that this is a little more user friendly and easier to remember than just 4 or more digits). In indexes to the pedigrees the spelling of the surname has (usually) been standardised, but in transcripts of sources the original spelling is always used.
At the bottom of the pages in the pedigree section there is a reference to codes
in square brackets. This should be ignored, as these codes are not used.
|||FG29 Wigan Pedigree||FG29 Wigan Chart HTM||FG29 Wigan Chart PDF|
|||FG21 Liverpool Pedigree||FG21 Liverpool Chart HTM||FG21 Liverpool Chart PDF|
|||FG22 Eccles Pedigree||FG22 Eccles Chart HTM||FG22 Eccles Chart PDF|
|||FG20 Corse Pedigree||FG20 Corse Chart HTM||FG20 Corse Chart PDF|
|||FG18 Will Mariner Pedigree||FG18 Will Mariner Chart HTM||FG18 Will Mariner Chart PDF|
|||FG12 Hungerford1629 Pedigree||FG12 Hungerford1629 Chart HTM Part1&2||FG12 Hungerford1629 Chart PDF||||FG7 Inkpen Pedigree||FG7 Inkpen Chart HTM||FG20 Inkpen Chart PDF|