During the 1970's and 1980's, my parents, Bill and Margaret Teasdale, devoted hundreds of hours to researching and documenting the history of the Acornley family. In their quest, they visited cemeteries, libraries, town halls, records offices, and historical societies all over England. Their painstaking and persistent work recorded a line of ancestry back to the mid-1700's. In addition, they uncovered tantalising glimpses of Acornleys who lived in the 15th and 16th centuries. The history of the Acornleys and other families that Bill and Margaret discovered forms a very high proportion of the information that is available today on this website.

At the time, I was not a part of that effort. In my twenties I was establishing a career in Information Technology, first in London and later in the United States. When the research was actively under way, personal computers and the internet barely existed. More recently, it has become possible to compile family history information into a database and later, to publish it on the world-wide web. The entire body of knowledge is now openly available to anyone in the world.

The website went live early in 2009. I have already formed new contacts with a number of people distantly related to me who have made significant contributions to the story of the Acornleys. I look forward to making many more such contacts in the future.

This website is dedicated to the memory of my mother, Margaret Acornley Teasdale. Had she lived to see it, I think she would have been thrilled by the way that its global reach matches the far-flung travels of so many members of the Acornley family.

Richard Teasdale