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The International Molyneux Family Association is a forum for the exchange of genealogy and family history for people interested in the Molyneux surname (and its many variants). Our publications and online forums include our 28-page quarterly newsletter, this website, our DNA project, and our Facebook pages. IMFA relies on members to provide content for these media. We welcome your participation!

Ancient Ancestors &
DNA Bibliography

Learn more about DNA and genetic genealogy in our new DNA Bibliography, recommended reading to further your understanding of DNA.

> DNA Bibliography

In addition to printed resources there are several YouTube videos by the authors, such as the one below.

Some Mullinax Roots
South Carolina to Texas
2nd Edition

Otto B. Mullinax (1912-2000) was a founding member of the International Molyneux Family Association (IMFA), formalized by its first newsletter in August of 1986 by founder and then editor Wesley L. Mullenneix (1919-1975).

Since the spring of 1998, it had been Otto’s wish that an updated edition of this book, be co-authored by IMFA. Not resting on the research that led to its publication in 1982, Otto continued to research, making hand-written notes of additions and changes in the margins of his “master” copy. It was this master copy he gifted to IMFA.

From this "master" copy IMFA created a fully searchable 2nd Edition PDF version, incorporating Otto's changes plus additional commentary by IMFA researchers. IMFA members / volunteers who have contributed to this project: Jim Molineux, Marie Mullenneix Spearman, Steve Mullinax and Wayne Straight.

The complete book is available for download in our Resources/Bibliography. > Download Now

PDF files from GRO (General Register Office)

The GRO has a PDF pilot program for at least the next three months. If you have Great Britain ancestry, this could be really beneficial; also, quicker than snail mail. The extended Pilot covers PDF copies of those historical digitised civil registration records held by GRO (i.e. birth entries from 1837 - 1916 and death entries from 1837 - 1957). A GRO index reference is required to be provided with the application. You can find the GRO index references by logging on to the GRO online ordering service and accessing the GRO online indexes. A PDF will cost £6.00 each.

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Research Assistance

From time to time we all find ourselves facing an apparent brick wall in our research efforts. We find pieces of the puzzle are missing and cannot be found. Sometimes another pair of eyes or knowledge of a little known document resource can break the barrier and open new connections. If you find yourself in that situation we might be able to help. Request help.

New MxWorld Online

The August 2019 edition of MxWorld is available now on our website.

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Mx Pedigrees

Member MxPedigrees began appearing on the website several years ago as part of the DNA Surname Project. We are in the process of expanding the pedigrees to include information submitted by past and present members for publication in MxWorld.

When the project is completed you will be able to upload a GEDCOM file of your Mx ancestry where it will become part of a searchable all-name database of member GEDCOMs. Until then, you can add or update your information on this website at Add/Edit Pedigree Information.

This information can be accessed by our members using the new Pedigree Search. Names of living individuals, or individuals with a birth date after 1911 and no death date, are automatically hidden on the website.

Who Will Inherit Your Genealogy Research?

This Genealogy Will is being posted so you can designate who you would like to see inherit your genealogical research. Example: You can leave your research to a family member, a society or perhaps a study partner. Print out this will and place it with your family papers.

Mx Military Records

As part of our Resources section of the MxWorld website we wish to further develop the Military records. Brian Seddon AU019 contributed the information to kick-start this project. We have a large number of records relating to Mx service personnel in WWI and WWII. We have commenced putting some of these records on our website but some of the remaining material requires minor editing or further research. This is not an onerous or long-term commitment but may appeal to a member with a particular interest in military history – we would be delighted to have someone take on this role.

If you can assist us with any of the above please email, Brian Seddon, on military@mx-world.org

Search Mx military records: > Go there

"The Mighty Mux"

USS Mullinnix (DD-944) was a Forrest Sherman-class destroyer of the United States Navy. She was named for Admiral Henry Maston Mullinnix USN (4 Jul 1892 - 24 Nov 1943), who was killed in action during World War II, when the aircraft carrier USS Liscome Bay was torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-175 and sank southwest of Butaritari Island on 24 November 1943.

> More about USS Mullinnix (DD-944)

> More about Adm. Henry Maston Mullinnix

President's Message

Normans? French? English? Who were those early Molyneux?

A third cousin’s email said “while our distant ancestors are French, the MXS have occupied England for so many centuries that we can hardly regard ourselves as French.”

Indeed! Some of us think of our Mx ancestors as “French”, some as “Norman”, some as “English”. But who were these emerging ethnic groups? Where did they come from, how did they evolve? And which of these groups did the earliest known Mx’s descend from?

Let us begin our search around the time of the Norman Conquest of England, 1066, launched by William the Conqueror, who would become William I of England. Among his followers was said to be Robert de Moulins “though no surviving source attests to his existence”, according to the Wikipedi article “Molyneux”. Historians disagree on Robert’s origin. Some claim he was from Moulineaux-sur-Seine, near Rouen, in Normandy. Others said the family came from Moulins, in central France. Given Robert’s close association with William, I lean to a geographic origin in Normandy. In any case, Robert’s son William was granted lands in Lancashire. The Molyneaux family held a large moated manor house and the church of St. Helen’s at Sefton from about 1100 to 1700 before they moved their seat to Croxteth Hall in Liverpool.

So, who were the Normans? Normandy is a region on the northwest coast of France, across the Channel from England’s southeast coast. Rouen, Le Havre and Cherbourg are among its main cities. The Franks were the dominant ethic group after the fall of Rome in the 5th century. In the late 8th century, Viking raiders from Denmark, Norway and Iceland brought Norse settlers. (“Norsemen” – and its French and Old Norse equivalents – the origin of the name “Normans” i.e., “Men from the North”). In 911, the Viking leader swore fealty to King Charles III of West Francia. Thus, Rollo became the first Duke and founder of the House of Normandy.

William the Conqueror was Rollo’s descendent and hereditary Duke of Normandy. He was the first Norman King of England, which his heirs would rule until the death of Henry I in 1135.

The Normans arose from the contact of the Viking raiders in Normandy with indigenous Franks and Gallo-Romans. Famed for their martial spirit, they would venture across medieval Europe, founding principalities in the Middle East, Sicily and Northern Africa, among other places.

The Norman language is a Romance language related to French. It is still classed as a regional language, and is still taught in some colleges in Normandy. It includes some vocabulary from Old Norse, brought by the Viking settlers. The Normans carried the language with them in their conquest of England, where its Anglo-Norman dialect served as the language of administration. Its use there, as “Law French” continued for several centuries.

As to the ethnic identity of the Molyneux, I leave it to you. Are our ethnic and cultural roots French? Norman? English? Surely, Robert de Molines was closely associated with the Norman conquerors of England. His heirs remained among the Norman aristocracy of England for centuries. Some have speculated that Robert’s ancestor may have been a French commoner in favour with Normandy’s ruling house. Or was he a Norman himself?

I look forward to any facts, clues and informed speculation that may shed light on this question.

Steve Mullinax US312