(Family history research into the SHOPLAND family)                                                 Research - Distribution of the name
The following information is taken from the GRO index, which started in July 1837, and shows the start of the SHOPLAND name recorded in that county.
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The following table is taken from the GRO Index and shows the occurrence of the name from the start of the GRO in July 1837:
The Shopland families migrated from Devon and Somerset to various counties usually due to work. If there was no work near their home then the family would up sticks and move to where the work was.

Below,  you will find when the Shopland name first appeared in the relevant county. The information is taken from the GRO indexes.

GRO index - What is it?
"On 1 July 1837, a civil registration system for births, marriages and deaths was introduced in England and Wales. Registration was undertaken by civil registrars who reported to the Registrar General at the General Register Office (GRO) in London. Copies of anyone's birth, marriage or death certificates can be obtained by the public. They are vital to family historians because of the genealogical information that they include".

Herber, M. D. (1997) Ancestral Trails Sutton Publishing Limited

You can view the index at
FreeBMD. FreeBMD is an ongoing project, the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, and to provide free internet access to the transcribed records. It is a part of the FreeUKGEN family, which also includes FreeCEN (Census data) and FreeREG (Parish Registers). However, the information is not complete and the projects are still ongoing. The transcribing of the records is carried out by teams of dedicated volunteers and contains index information for the period 1837-1983.
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