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This site is dedicated to my mother. If it were not for her extensive memory of names, places and anecdotes, it would be a great deal less interesting. She used to tell me stories  about
 my family, both her side and my Dad's, when I was a child and, in doing so, implanted a  fascination
 and a determination to find out more.

I am finding tracing my family history really interesting, not just in the discovery of my  family
 origins but also in how it relates to social history. My Brinkworth ancestors originate from Gloucestershire. It is interesting to discover how the decline of the Cotswold woollen industry  led
 to various Brinkworths, Alders and Lustys moving to Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada.  My
 own branch of the family moved only as far as Wolverhampton to find employment in the  developing
 railway system.

I am fascinated by the way the railway theme runs through my family. My gr gr grandfather  Brinkworth
 was an inspector and his son, my great grand uncle a train driver. My gr grandfather Harris was  a
 porter. My grandfather Brinkworth was a carriage builder for a while and later he and my  parents ran
 a pub where the customers were largely railway workers. No wonder I have always loved trains  and my
 present home overlooks a
 railway line!

Like many other people, when I started tracing my family history I rather hoped I might find a connection to a famous person or a well known event. Eventually I discovered that Jack Bodell,  ex
 British heavyweight boxing champion is a fourth cousin once removed. He is a direct descendant  of
 John Doyle my 3x great grandfather. There is also a strong possibility that I am descended from Richard Pendril, one of the Pendrill brothers who hid Charles II in the oak tree. My 3x great grandfather was William Rogers of Wolverhampton. His parents were called Richard and Sarah and  the
 only couple I have found in the right time frame are Richard Rogers and Sarah Bate who married  at
 Codsall in 1792. Is is very likely that this Richard Rogers is descended from Ann Pendrill  daughter
 of Richard.

My great great grandmother Ann Wilson worked for William Davenport the manufacturer of  earthenware
 and her sister worked for the Wedgewoods. My husband is probably distantly related to Simon  Raven
 the novelist. I am still looking for the royal connection, but I have recently discovered that  my 3x
 gr grandmother was Sarah Beresford and that all of the Beresfords descend from a Derbyshire  family
 who are connected to the Plantagenets, so I am almost there!

One of the things that really thrilled me was the discovery that I have ancestors from my home  town
 of Shrewsbury. I grew up there but both my parents were from Wolverampton and I didn't know  then
 that there were family connections. Not only was my paternal grandfather born there when his  family
 moved there for a few years in the 1870s but both of my maternal grandfather's grandmothers are  from
 that area. I truly am a Shropshire lass.

I think the most interesting person in my tree is my 4x great grandmother Elizabeth who lived  to be
 101, dying in 1864, and was still working as a laundress at 98! She was born in Stafford  Elizabeth Harding.
 She married twice, first to John Orton from whom I am descended and later to John Hughes. I have a cup which I inherited from her great granddaughter Marion(Mary Ann) Rogers with John  and Eliza Hughes 1841 on it. It looks like a christening cup but I haven't worked out what the  occasion was. Her granddaughter Harriet was born in 1841 but, according to her christening  record, she had different Godparent.

Perhaps one of the reasons I have a need to trace my family history is because I am the only grandchild of both sets of grandparents. As a child I had a large extended family but it was  all in
 my grandparents generation, and by the time I was in my early teens most of them had passed on.  My
 maternal grandmother had 11 brothers and sisters but I only ever knew 4 of my great aunts. Of  those
 only two had children. My paternal grandmother had five brothers but I never met any of them,  though
 I did get to know the daughter of one later on. I must have a large number of second cousins I  have
 never met and I would love to find some of them.

My direct ancestors` surnames are in capitals. My husband`s direct ancestors` surnames have a capital letter at the end as well as the beginning eg AshtoN. Names with a * are those in my direct female line ie those who share my mitochondrial DNA.
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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.

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