The Vertigan Family Genealogy


ALL PAGES UPDATED March 2007

Well, it’s been a long time coming, but my complete genealogy database is now available here on the web. I used a shareware tool called GED2HTML to create these pages. The format is not my design, and I’m not even wild about it, but it does the job until I find something I like better. I’ll try to keep these pages updated as I enter new information in the database. Details of living individuals, and of those born since 1900 with no recorded date of death, have been purged from these displays for privacy reasons.

My VERTIGANs currently go back to Peter Vertegans, whose birth reference in England lists him as being born “beyond the seas”. Other researchers have surmised his birthplace to be in the Flanders area of Europe, part of present-day Belgium. He died in Norwich, Norfolk, England in 1633. Click here for a picture of Peter’s burial marker in Norwich.

There is a very large Australian VERTIGAN family tree descended from John Vertigan and Elizabeth Yaxley, who emigrated from Norfolk to Tasmania in 1857. I have not undertaken the huge task of entering that tree into this database, but Peter Vertigan of Devonport Tasmania has developed a web site for the Australian descendants of John and Elizabeth. Here's another link provided by another descendant of that family related to John and Elizabeth.

There are also a number of SHERMANs here on my father’s side, and I continue to research that line as well. I’m supposedly descended from Governor William Bradford of the Mayflower via a SHERMAN / ABBE / RIPLEY / BRADFORD connection, although I do not have the required primary source data to make this connection acceptable to the Society of Mayflower Descendants.

While browsing these pages, if you find any information that is inaccurate, incomplete, or out of date, please email me at richvertigan (at) earthlink (dot) net . Any other feedback or suggestions are also welcome.

A final note about spelling - the Vertigan surname comes in many flavors. You'll see Vertigan, Vertigen, Vertegan, Vertegans, Vardigan, Vardigans, and even Vortigern. The spelling of an entry you see here is largely dependent on the inherited spelling of that particular branch of the family, but probably moreso on the specific source of the information shown. Please don't take it personally if I've misspelled your family name. If you can tell me which entries are incorrect, I'd be more than happy to get it right the next time around.


I would like to acknowledge the contributions of all of you who have sent me information that’s included here. But I would especially like to thank the following individuals who went above and beyond the call of duty in providing me large amounts of information:


Use these links to help you navigate what’s available.

Index of persons an alphabetical list of all individuals, by last name, first name.
Index of surnames an alphabetical list of all surnames included here
Start with my information Richard E. Vertigan (1951 -

Revised: March 9, 2007.
Rich Vertigan (
richvertigan (at) earthlink (dot) net )

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