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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!

PDF files from UK GRO

Following successful piloting the General Records Office (GRO) is pleased to offer PDF’s of historical birth and death records for England and Wales as part of our established service. 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 £7.00 each.

> View GRO PDF Service Guide

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

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.

New MxWorld Online

The February 2020 edition of MxWorld is available now on our website.

Login (click Member Login at the top of this screen) and then > View Now

Retirement Message From The Editor
– Betty Molyneux Brown

It is with a heavy heart that I am retiring from being Editor of MxWorld. I became Editor in 1995, 25 years ago, following the death of our founder Wesley Luther Jacob Mullenneix in January of that year. Before that I was editor of the MxUK part of the magazine for 5 years. I have received a lot of support with stories from members throughout these years, and have seen members come and go during this time. My husband Gordon has supported me all these years and we have had the pleasure of meeting up with many members from at home and overseas.

The International Molyneux Family Association is now looking for a new editor, and we are looking for a Volunteer to take on this satisfying job. The new Editorship would take place in August 2020 when it would be another year commencing with Volume 35. Interested Volunteers please contact our President Steve Mullinax (president@mx-world.org) Please consider taking on this job as Editor in the Molyneux cause.

I shall continue to be UK Rep, and distribute the relevant copies of MxWorld when they have been edited. UK members can still send their input and subs to me.

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.

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.

President's Message

There’s something new under the sun for genetic genealogy: Autosomal DNA (atDNA) testing. IMFA members Wendy Armin (US339) and Donna Ripley (US311) have put a log of energy and ingenuity into a study that tests a hypothetical connection of their families to William Molineux, of Boston Tea Party fame (see following article). They have plausibly demonstrated that there is a connection.

Autosomal genealogical tests give you matches with genetic cousins. According to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) Wiki, "Autosomal DNA tests can be used to confirm relationships with a high level of accuracy for parent/child relationships and all relationships up to the second cousin level. For all relationships additional contextual and genealogical information is required to confirm the nature of the relationship". In other words, a traditional genealogical "paper trail." ISOGG Wiki: "For genealogical relationships between second cousins once removed and 5th cousins a more careful approach is necessary and data needs to be collected from multiple family members…..Genealogical relationships beyond the 5th cousin level of relationship are more difficult to prove with autosomal DNA testing…."

Some providers also estimate your biological, ethnic and/or geographical origins based on DNA analysis. (The "bio geographical ancestry" estimates are of limited use for genealogists.)

Autosomal tests are available from Family Tree DNA ("Family Finder"), Ancestry, 23andme and others.

Let’s see how Wendy and Donna put Autosomal DNA to work. Wendy started her inquiry by trying to prove or disprove kinship of Wm Molineux of Boston with other Mx families who had possible ties to him. She disproved the ties of one family with Wm. This left the possibility that her own family was related to him. Donna Ripley’s family has a tradition and supporting evidence that Wm is their ancestor. Since there were no living males to test for Y-DNA in Donna’s family, they hoped to use Donna’s atDNA results.

Wendy also took an atDNA test. The two tests did not prove or disprove kinship between Donna and Wendy. But finally, Wendy learned that she had an atDNA match with Helen Fischer of Mount Pleasant, SC. atDNA also matched Wendy’s father and (maternal Uncle Joe to Helen. All as 5th-8th cousins. Furthermore, Helen had a documented genealogy that connected her with Wm of Boston!

Now, through their scepticism, hard work and persistence, they have built a plausible case that Wendy’s family has a genetic connection they were trying to prove (or disprove)! Amazing work. The crux of this breakthrough is to link the results and connections suggested by atDNA testing to an existing genealogical paper trail. That is a lesson for everyone doing research and thinking about doing atDNA testing.

What steps could further solidify that plausible link? Of course, any paper trail validating the atDNA tie between Wendy’s family members and Helen Fischer. Additional test results from Wendy’s and/or Helen’s family would also help.

For anyone considering atDNA testing, I suggest you read ISOGG’s web pages on Autosomal DNA. (isogg.org/wiki/Autosomal_DNA). There is plenty of material to keep us all busy learning about how to apply atDNA. And keep us posted on your results! Maybe we need an expanded study- or working-group. Let me know your thoughts!

Steve Mullinax US312