This site is an attempt to record whatever I can discover about the generations of people whose genes I have the privilege to inherit - my family, my ancestors.
The research has spread to include my wife's family, so there is a sub-site, 'Chris's Ancestors' which details her ancestors.
The research is almost entirely internet based, gathering census images and searching BMD indexes. Wherever possible I have ordered birth and marriage certificates.
At the moment the site mostly just contains information gleaned from census returns, birth, marriage and death certificates, church registers and newspapers. I would love to be able to include more photographs but I have very few.
Almost all of the houses our ancestors lived in are no longer there, but one day I plan to visit all the sites and include photographs of the remaining properties or the streets where they once lived.
I'm still working through the site and adding links to maps and satellite views of the places mentioned in the data.
Wherever you see this image
it takes you to old-maps.co.uk Scroll down to choose from a variety of old maps of the area.
Having chosen the map, you need to zoom in or out: if the screen is blue, with a message about subscription, zoom out a couple of levels to reveal the map; if the area is clear with just a red marker, you need to zoom in on that marker until the blue shading appears.
(How far you can zoom in before needing to subscribe depends on the map chosen and the area of the country.)
The blue shading can be removed by clicking on the small blue button at the top
I find it useful to visualise family relationships in diagram form, so there are 'trees' for each branch of the family. Some of the tree diagrams still need updating to take account of new names, and in some cases, new generations which have been located since the last update. Bear with me.
So far, I've spent a couple of years just populating the family trees with names and dates. I know little of the characters apart from what I can guess from the data. Somewhere out there might be more detailed information from newspapers, trade journals, parish magazines, and so on, which could help to paint a more vivid portrait of the characters. Until I get the time to spend in archives and deeper research, all I can offer is the cast list.
I hope it's easy to find your way around...Click the Navigation tab to read more.