|About My Family History Research
This family tree site was originally devised as a solution to sharing information to my immediate
family about our ancestors.
Other ideas I thought of tended to become limited. A printed book is a lovely keepsake, but the
nature of this research is that the family grows, so I would have had to endlessly reprint books
as new information and new family members are found. This is also true of a digital copy on CD or
I have attached the latest PDF copy of the family story. This can be found in the Media/Other
Researching my family seems to be a never ending process. Once one piece of information has been
found it leads to further questions and further research.
And families grow. I am constantly torn between going upwards to find ancestors as far back as I
can,and going downwards to see if there is anyone still living who is remotely related.
And then, just as important for me, is going sideways. I am not content with finding Great Aunts
and Uncles. I want to follow their families too. I want to find their children and their
Another factor in my decision for a digital record is my inquisitiveness. I am not content just
to find who these people were, I want to know every detail of their life. Where did they live?
What job did they do? What was happening in the world when they were alive? What was life like
for them? Were they rich or poor? Did they have a comfortable life or did they struggle to
So I needed a platform that could expand as my knowledge and inquisitiveness expanded. I wanted
to find a way of sharing what I have found out whilst allowing my family to explore this
information according to their own personal interests.
And since starting this site, I have found that it is a very useful tool for explaining how I
came to decisions about facts which are dubious or difficult to prove.
So now, for me, sharing my information to others is a secondary concern. If people want to read
this and explore, that is a bonus.
About information in this site:
I have written personal stories about those people I believe to be/know to be correct. I have
presented only facts which are supported by documentation (a list of which can be found under
"Citations" in the Tree section, and in the "Photos" section of the Media menu ). Everyone else
should be viewed with an open mind.
I have also started work on a timeline document which shows family events in relation to
historical events. It is a work in progress but the latest version is attached to the relevant
people and can also be found under Media/Other Files.
Notes About Links:
A Vision of Britain through Time brings together historical surveys of Britain to create a record
of how the country and its localities have changed. It can be used to find out information on
places, jobs, housing and much more.
At Find A Grave you’ll find details about cemeteries and individual memorials for many people
buried in those cemeteries. Memorials generally include birth, death and burial information and
may include pictures, biographies, family information and more. Members can contribute what they
know and can leave remembrances via 'virtual flowers' on the memorials they visit, completing the
virtual cemetery experience.