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My direct ancestors were mainly located in the outlying areas of Newcastle-under- Lyme, namely Wolstanton, Chesterton, Apedale, Red Street, Spring Wood and were mostly  from a mining background.  However research into the more distant past has taken me  to the Potteries; St Helen's in Lancashire; areas of the West Midlands such as West  Bromwich and Wolverhampton and to south Cheshire, notably Audlem and the Hack Green  Locks where my 3 x great grandfather was a Wharfingers Clerk. More recently I have  been taken back to the Black Country and 10 generations of colliers.

This has, so far, been an exhilarating and, on occasions, emotional journey.  My  research began in 1998 and my enthusiasm has been boosted by family members (some  hitherto unknown to me) who have encouraged and motivated me. I have amassed a great  collection of photographs; memoirs and extremely useful information and at the same  time made many new friends.

I have tried to verify all the facts that have been added and where I have not been  able to verify them I have made notes accordingly.  Please let me know if you find  anything that is not correct, does not make sense or if you know something I don't  know.  I have copies of many birth, marriage and death certificates, so please let me  know if you want to have a look.

There is still much research to be done and this work is very much ongoing, so keep  on checking.

Please sign my Guest Book and let me know what you think of the website.

Love Judith


I have met many new friends and relatives I did not know existed until I began this  family history, and that has been a wonderful experience in itself. Fred, Cyril and  Nora were all kind and helpful. They have all since died, but their input was  invaluable. My thanks to Bernard, Beryl, John, Liz, Michael, Norman, Pamela, Penny,  Peter, Roger, Roy, for their contributions to my research and their enthusiasm and  support; to my lovely auntie, Rosa (who has now died), for her love and support; to my sister  Carol for her constant support; to my nephew Ian for getting me going in the first place, and  to Jim and Sheila for introducing me to the Berrisfords and encouraging my research  into Jim and Phils' family history.

A special thanks to Joan for her generous help in assisting me to find who the  Dooleys and Shukers were, and for helping me find Joseph Robinson in the 1851 Census.  Thank you to Rex for his kindness in sharing his research and stories of the Skidmore  family, and to Linda Moffatt for her meticulous and tremendous research of the  Skidmore Families of the Black Country and Birmingham, and for taking me back further  than I could ever have imagined. Thank you to Edmund in Canada, who has provided me with a very  interesting history of a branch of the Howards who went to live in Canada in the 1920s.

Most of all thank you to my patient husband, Dave, who listens to me endlessly going  on about my ancestors and is ever-ready to accompany me on nostalgic expeditions.

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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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