About The Study

As many people have said before, doing a One-Name Study is a lot like doing a big jigsaw puzzle where

  • you don’t have a picture to guide you
  • you don’t know how big the puzzle is or how many pieces there are
  • the pieces are not all the same shape or size and are not all stored in the same box
  • you find lots of pieces but you don’t know if they really belong to this puzzle
  • some pieces they look like they belong but you can’t make them fit
  • you always seem to be missing key pieces that will join up sections
  • there don’t seem to be any easily identifiable edge pieces so you can’t tell whether you have finished or if there is more to be found ( Hint: there’s almost always more to be found ! )

So having a plan of attack is paramount.

It is challenging, interesting and fun (and addictive!).  I love the thrill of finding a new person or of understanding more of their story.

Although it is still early days, I have collated a lot of data that is not yet on this website, backed up with appropriate sources and citations.  Adopting a disciplined methodology in my research, and using consistent processes to ensure rigour and reliability, have been key principles in my study.

My intentions are, as much as possible, to

  • collect a broad range of data (eg births, marriages, deaths, wills & probate, censuses, occupational and  military records and newspaper articles)
  • identify individuals
  • flesh out their stories and
  • group them into families and family trees

About Me

I am Paul Tuppen and I was born in Sussex, England in 1955.  My family emigrated to Australia in 1963, when I was 7.  My parents were £10 Poms, but technically we children (2 boys, 2 girls) were free.  A couple of years later we got a “dinky-di” Aussie sister.  I grew up in Western Australia but moved to Queensland with my work over 20 years ago.

I didn’t go back to the UK for 50 years but am lucky to have reconnected with aunts, uncles and cousins.

I was always interested in family history but too busy to do much researching.  Since retiring I have researched my family and, having contracted “genealogy fever”, committed to undertaking a One-Name Study (ONS) through The Guild of One-Name Studies (GOONS).  This involves researching all individuals with the surname of Tuppen, world-wide, back as far as records permit.

I believe I have passed the “beginner” stage and now have a reasonable level of experience in researching, manipulating data and recording it in family history software programs.

I love the emotional connection I feel to discovering the story of any Tuppen person; they all feel like they are “mine”, even if not directly related.  I am very keen to hear from and assist or collaborate with other people interested in their link to the Tuppen name.

Please use the Contact Page to get things started.

About The Team

A project of this magnitude is not something that can be accomplished entirely on your own.  We sometimes need someone to motivate us, guide us, teach us or just to help with the information and processing.  Even at this relatively early stage of the project there are folks who have helped me enormously.

I thank them all and will mention their contribution on the relevant pages.  I will add to these “Acknowledgements” as I add more pages to the site.  However, here are a few “special mentions” that have helped to get me this far

  • The first person to get me interested in Family History was my father, Frederick Arthur Tuppen (1935-2009).
  • My wonderful wife Sue not only puts up with my obsession with “looking for dead people” but also diverts herself from her beloved patchwork to assist me in many tasks, including but not limited to, transcribing records, checking entries and hunting for headstones in cemeteries.
  • Helen Smith, the Queensland Regional Representative of the Guild of One-Name Studies has been a very helpful mentor and guide since the beginning of the study.
  • I have learnt a lot from (and had a lot of fun with) the members of the Strathpine Family History Group, especially
    • Bob McAllister for his advice on everything, but especially lots of help on web design and development, and
    • Les Tobin for his assistance in getting organised in the Legacy software, especially sources/citations.
    • Thank you guys; I really value your expertise, generosity and friendship
  • Nikki Brown, a fellow GOONS member (Pullum One-Name Study), inspired me with her website and showed some exciting options for displaying analysis of the base data

I realise how lucky I am to have people such as these by my side and thank them for steering me in the right direction.


  • Peggy Tupper (not quite the same surname, that’s a story for another day) was kind enough to share with me the sad tale of her Tuppen ancestors, which led me to explore the Canadian branches of the name.  Thank you Peggy.
  • I thank Shari Bruce from the USA who has been very generous in sharing information and photos of her ancestor Henry Edward Tuppen (1843-1933) and others of his family, many of whom were in the service of the Royal Family and other aristocrats.  For now there is a blog post about Henry Tuppen (father of Henry Edward) here and I shall add a more fulsome page on this family at a later stage.
  • Recently I contacted Mary Yacopetti from Western Australia and was then able to meet her in person while visiting my family there.  Mary (originally from Northern Ireland) is also a descendant of Henry Edward Tuppen and I thank her for showing me a number of wonderful documents, including two books compiled by a relative of hers, Arthur Robert “Bob” Tuppen from the USA.
  • Thank you to Fiona McDonald who guided me to the General Records Office of Northern Ireland (GRONI) records that helped me to get precise dates and certificate images for some of Henry Edward Tuppen’s family.
  • Peter Agius in the UK assisted my research on Harold Richard Tuppen by providing additional information about Harold and his wife Doris Violet Foster.  He also led me to Juliet Walker (Harold’s daughter) who has further supplemented my knowledge with photos and family insights.  I greatly appreciate their input and agree with Juliet that there is certainly scope for a blockbuster here!
  • Many thanks to Martin Mitchell in England who has also been researching Harold Richard Tuppen and has shared a lot of documents with me and Juliet, especially a family tree that was hand-drawn by Harold Richard Tuppen in 1913 !  What a treasure !

I really value the contributions these people have made and look forward to working with many more people in the future.

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