Oh dear - yet another forum duplicating those elsewhere!
Unfortunately people dont seem to have realised that there are at least 200 spelling variations of the name AINSLEY (and if you *really* want to be bored silly I'll list them!) and probably quite a few more that I've yet to discover!
Insofar as any one person is researching the whole name (a one-name-study) I am it - at least fully as far as UK and the dominions go, and in concert with Bill ANSLEY and Johnnie Dale AINSLEY in the US for continental North America.
Currentl I have a database of some 25 to 30000 AINSLEY events - but its hard to keep track since I simply dont have time to add everything I discover on the web.
My main research has so far been done on the AINSLEY groups who are mainly to be found from around 1650 in N. Yorks, Durham and southern Northumberland, along with a considerable file of material on ANNESLEY (the only "noble" variant of the name - all over the place, but later on a bunch af rather dissolute Irish peers), two or three large unrelated AINSLIE trees from the Scots borders and a lot of "mini-trees" of AYNSLEY who are mainly to be found in Noethumberland and northern Durham.
I have a lot of AINLEYs on the database, but they have mainly stuck to Leeds, Huddersfield and Sheffield - and are in fact the most numerous variant of the surname in Britain.I've done little or no work on them.
I'm very happy to look up people on the database, and to keep a note of new ones so as to inform folk when they turn up - but I wont supply large volumes of data to anyone and I quite specifically forbid the publishing of any data I've supplied on the internet unless its complete with full references and acknowledgements - there is now such a vast mass of unattributable junk out there I have no desire whatever to see it added to!
If you want to try and see if I've anything of use to you, feel free - I've joined up quite a number of people with their trees already, and obviously the more data I have the easier it is to do.
Meanwhile - I'll keep an eye on this forum as well as the main ANSLEY one, and happy hunting to anyone in here!