Welcome to the Broket Archive
The Broket Archive collects, analyses and shares information about the surname Broket and its variants—like Brocket and Brockett. Spell it how you wish, it’s the same surname. The Archive is independent and entirely not-for-profit. It first went online in 2004 focusing on Britain 1207-1904. Remember how it looked?
Between Jan 2017 and Dec 2018 the Archive was offline for renovation. It now aims to have a world-wide scope—and up to 1918, incrementing each year. It may have a new look, but its mission is the same: to collect, analyse and share information on the name. So please send news from where you are.
The website is ‘work in progress’ so doubtless has errors. If you spot one, please take a minute to comment or email the archivist. What with restructuring and moving the site to different servers some links have broken. If you notice any it would be kind of you to let us know. Meanwhile, you should be able to find what a broken link refers to by means of the search box top right (click on the magnifying glass in the white circle).
2. The Site Map link at the centre bottom of every page.
3. Clicking the next left tab at the very top of your screen will immediately take you back to the previous page you looked at. Whenever you open a new window its tab appears. Unless you close them tabs will show the pages you have visited that session.
4. Your browser’s back button.
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Acknowledgements: Down the years so many people have generously contributed data, photographs, ideas and advice that it’s impossible to acknowledge you all. I try to thank contributors to particular sections in footnotes—where they don’t mind being mentioned—so if anyone feels they haven’t been properly acknowledged, please let me know. I owe a special debt of gratitude to Ric, Myles and Alex at Catalyst IT Solutions for all their great ideas and superb technical assistance.
Updates: The Archive is continually changing. New developments and major discoveries have occurred each year since the launch of the site in 2004, like the DNA project and the discovery of the Will in England of John Brockett who married Mary Blackwell, and these are all now part and parcel of this 2018 version of the Archive. Going forward, only major changes will be recorded separately. You can always see if minor updates have been made to a page since you last visited by the date bottom right of each page. If you need to know the date a page was first published, just ask.
Technical comment: This website runs best with current versions of browser software. It has been thoroughly tested for Apple products on Safari, and for desk and laptop PCs on Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge.
The current archivist is Adrian Brockett. I can’t do better that quote what Richard Gough said more than 300 years ago:
Page Last Updated: January 8, 2019