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Welcome! This website was created on 16 Apr 2006 and last updated on 03 Dec 2019. The family trees on this site contain 2183 relatives and 518 photos. If you have any questions or comments you may send a message to the Administrator of this site.
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About Ridouts of the Cheverells
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Until 2004 I knew very little about my ancestry, but with the aid of my  brother who knew so much more than I, an enthusiastic cousin who had old  photos and yet more knowledge, a computer (and a patient wife who showed me how  to use it), I began a journey into my past.

Within weeks I discovered Little Cheverell in Wiltshire where, in the 1860's  and 70's, three brothers left home to earn their living.  George Ridout went to Plymouth and a life at sea.
 Steven and Jacob Ridout came to Wales. 
 Steven settled in the mining community of Bedwas in Monmouthshire where  his descendents still live and Jacob came to Dinas Powis where he married,  founded a coal haulage business and sired fourteen children!

Jacob was my Great-Grandfather and the link back to Little Cheverell and  through his Grandfather, Great Cheverell - hence the title of this site.

Hot on the heels of the Ridouts came the Claytons of Whitchurch,  Herefordshire, the Fensomes of Kimpton, Hertfordshire and the Smiths of  Southwick, Wiltshire and their many ancestors and descendants.

Alongside the Ridout tree is that of the Joneses, my wife's family, with its Welsh  and English roots and links to the Channel Islands, Northern Ireland, Canada and the  U.S.A.

Our tree continues to grow and with it the living contacts we have made worldwide -  thanks to you all for your help, advice, input and support!

'Remember me in the family tree - my name, my days, my strife;           Then I'll ride upon the wings of time and live an endless life.'

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Getting Around
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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