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About Westerbys of NE England
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This website is dedicated to the memory of my parents: John Westerby and Mary  Westerby (nee Kirkland). I began researching my family tree seriously in September 2000, when I got my first computer; beginning with my parents,  grandparents, great grandparents as far as I could remember or had recorded.  Then as Topsy said, 'It just growed'. It quickly became a history lesson -  infant mortality, the parish workhouse, the scourge of tuberculosis, all these  affected my ancestors. My Great Great Aunt, I discovered, had been a pioneer and she and her family had built a sod shack on the Canadian Prairie.  

A big thank you goes to the many people who have helped me to build up my  family tree - my parents, grandparents and aunts for holding onto all those  old photos and not discarding them: my wife Lesley for her endless patience in  listening to my family theories, helping me trawl through records at the  archive centre and libraries, and tramping round soaking wet graveyards with  me; Aunts - Nancy Shotton for Kirkland and Younghusband info, Charlotte Pearson and Enid Wordingham for Westerby & Drummond info and photos, Sadie  Robson for the Halls & Drummonds, Jean McGinty for the Heightons (not  forgetting Katrina Halsey for Heighton info which may yet prove invaluable), Eunice Reddy for the Huntleys and Scaifes; Kathleen Westerby for her info and  photos; Lou Bellamy of Regina, her father Henry Delahoy, Ruth Benda, Dennis & Sue Dell for the Canadian Westerby descendants; Diana Bayette, Tammy Jones and  Jenelle & Ian Delahoy for the American and Australian Delahoys; to all my  other internet friends for the research they have sent me which I have not  managed to link in (yet!) and lastly, to Mrs Victoria de Bray (nee Westerby)  of Buckinghamshire, who sparked off my interest in the 1970's. Mrs de Bray was  researching the Westerby name at that time, and sent me lots of info on the  Westerbys,which to my everlasting regret now, I discarded in the late 70s.  Sadly my own research uncovered Mrs De Bray's death in 1991, but if anyone  knows whether that research is still in existence, I would dearly love to hear  from them.
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There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.


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