Just found your messages on the internet. I am married to Jack Ivan Dalby from Coutesthorpe, Leicestershire. We arrived in Australia in 1956. Dalbys first arrived in Leicestershire in 1066 with William the Conqueror (the first Dalby was a French knight with William) and are mentioned in the Doomsday Book. There are three villages in Leicestershire - Little Dalby, Great Dalby & Old Dalby, also Dalby Wold. I have been to Scandanavia and visited the village of Dalby near Malmo in the south of Sweden. Those Dalbys came from Denmark, and there is another Dalby town in Denmark and it is also a common surname there. The Swedish Dalbys went to France some time before 1000 AD. Basically if you searched long enough you could find a relationship between all Dalbys, I am told by genealogists in UK. Dalbys are very concentrated in Leicestershire, with a few over the border in Yorkshire & Lancashire. The name has undergone many changes over the centuries from the French d'Albe, throught Dawlby, Daulby, Dalbey, etc. I would be interested in any information you can give me. My husband's line goes back through various John Dalbys.