Through decades of effort, Charles L. Bland, Bland Heritage
Foundation's Historian, has compiled an enormous
volume of research provided by a large number of
correspondents. The resulting data represents more than
2500 written pages of what has to be the most voluminous and
comprehensive genealogical record that has ever been
compiled of the Bland family in North America, who descended
from English ancestry.
Much of this data has been
published in Charles Bland's 1982 book, A Vision of
Unity: The Bland Family in England and America, and
updated in the 20-plus volumes of “Among Cousins: The
Bland Family Newsletter”. The Book, and newsletter
subscription, are available from the
Bland Gift Shoppe [link
Charles Bland's "Vision"
that the several Bland family lines found in America today,
will one day be connected through irrefutable
documentation. His "Vision of Unity" is likewise shared by
the many Bland cousins who are now distributed worldwide.
While not yet connected through physical documentation, the
two major Bland families in America (Family Line #1 and
Family Line #2) are found to be only twenty-five miles apart
in the year 1575, in Cumberland Parish, England.
While the chances of
finding recorded documentation from the 1500's may be
dwindling, the chances of seeing the Vision of Unity
accomplished is greatly increasing with the strides being
made in DNA matching. It will be only a matter time when
Family #1 and #2 DNA test results will resolve the question
concerning an early genealogical bridge between the two
families. To learn more about the Bland DNA project, click
In addition to the
Lines (#1 and #2), eight family lines have been extensively
developed (Lines #3 through #10) with about twenty-eight
lines less developed (Lines #11 through #38), all of which
lack their proven connection to the two major lines.
Information on these "orphaned" lines are also covered in
the pages of A Vision of Unity and the various
volumes of “Among Cousins".
the data in Charles
Bland's published works is believed to be
accurate and gathered from reliable original sources, using
acceptable research criteria, many cousins take his material
as "gospel", rather than doing their own research. Cousins
are reminded that these Family Lines are the best
"present knowledge" of the genealogy art and are based
on the best information that has been made available to the
In cousin Charles' own words,
"If it should happen that your
research should conclusively prove the incorrectness of my
work, no one would be happier than I. Genealogy is like a
giant patchwork quilt that is never finished. Every answer
creates more questions. The enduring fun and pleasure of
Genealogy is in the endless search."
2005-07-29 UPDATE OF THE KEY TO BLAND FAMILY LINES
Charles L. Bland, Historian, Bland Heritage Foundation
This update contains two changes:
1. For Family 2, the Northern Virginia
Family: I have provided some additional detail that would
make searching the Newsletters easier. Case in point:
rather than refer the reader to the vast family of John
Bland (C1725-1795) as a reference, I have noted the volumes
in which his family was summarized in a comprehensive essay,
which volume would also contain references to earlier source
citations. I have also divided his line by his
children: example, Osborne Bland who becomes 25A6E(1).
2. Attention to Bland Families noted but
Without Extensive Developmental Lines (lines 11-41 below) in
this volume has resulted in more lines added but also some
collapsed, for example, the line of Morris Brewer Bland, #26
in AC 19/20 has been collapsed into the line of Arthur Bland
(#12), who has been shown now to be Morris’ father.
INTERPRETING THE CODE
Each known Bland family is assigned a numeric number, i.e.,
Family #1 is the oldest known family in America, while
Family #2, is the second oldest, etc.
Each individual is assigned
a position within their Family Line. For example, the code
for Theodorick (1629-1671) Bland is "1-4C".
This signifies that Theodorick was a member of the oldest
branch of the family (#1), that he was of the fourth known
generation of that family, and that he was the third child
("C") of his generation who settled in the American
Another example: James
Bland (C1707-1774) is coded "2-5A-6A". This
signifies that he belongs to the second oldest group of
Bland settlers (Family #2), that he is the son of the
individual coded "2-5A", that is, he is of the 6th ["6"]
generation and the first child ("A") of the 6th generation.
The following links will take
you to additional information concerning each of the Family
Lines. Each is necessarily brief and generally provides
information only for the first few generations. However,
the data will eventually provide the needed connection to
the larger family.