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The Elam Family Research Page

The Elam Family Research Page

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I am actively researching the Elam family in the U.S. and England. Thus far, my father and I have traced our roots back to James Elam and Alice Shirecliffe of Yorkshire England and Robert Elam, also from somewhere in Yorkshire, England, who immigrated to Virginia in 1638.

The Elam family reportedly owned several ships and made voyages between England and Virginia during this time period. Robert and his family lived near the Jamestown Colony in Henrico County, Virginia. My line of Elams lived in Henrico and Chesterfield County, Virginia, until sometime in the early 1800s when Jesse Elam moved to Warren County, Kentucky. Jesse subsequently moved to Dallas County, Texas, where he died in 1854. The rest of my line are all Texans.

My personal research goal is to locate Robert and Ann's origins in England and to trace the family back from there. 

In addition to my direct line, I also collect all Elams (and spelling variations thereon) in the hope of being able to help others in their Elam family research.

I maintain a database (see "surname" link below) consisting of names that I have found, as well as information submitted to me by fellow researchers. If you have any additional names, dates, etc. that you would like to have added to the database or if you see anything that needs correcting (with this many names I have a hard time catching everything) PLEASE let me know. Also, if you have any suggestions on how I can make these pages better or easier to use, drop me an e-mail.




Jennifer Yvonne Banks is searching for her birth mother, Janet Diane Elam. Her father is David Michael Banks. If you know anything about Janet or David, please contact Jennifer at [email protected]



His family has been looking for him for a number of years, with no success. Please take a moment to look at his photographand read about him.


Database of some Descendants of James Elam and Alice Shirecliffe Database of Elams not yet connected to James & Alice Elam Elam Family Photographs Article on the origins of the surname "Elam"
 My Family (includes maternal line)
ENGLISH RESEARCH INTERESTS Search the ELAM-ROOTS Archives Books discussing Elam ancestors Other Elam Researchers
Place-sorted list of database names General Genealogy Links Elam Family Stories Public & Family Records
Reunions Elam Addresses Elam Coat of Arms Elam Obituaries
Elams Without Parents Miscellaneous Elam Documents How are we related? Elam War Veterans
Rootsweb Posts re: Elams
 Elam Headstones
The Elam Exchange (from Janet Elam Crowley's former web page)  
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