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Greetings to all of my relatives - those of you I know 
 and those of you I have 
 met only through the wonders of the Internet.

I hope you will enjoy looking 
 around the site as much I enjoy researching the facts which enable me to  glimpse a little of the lives of our ancestors.  Where they lived ~ how they  lived - how they worked and played.

Wherever possible I have included 
 photographs, copies of certificates and quoted references applicable to many  of  the indiviuals named here.  Much of the photographic material has been  sent to me by many of my newly discoverd kinsfolk and I would like to say a  very special thankyou to you all ~

Alison re sharp, Anne re Tosdevin, Bridget re 
 Elkins, Chris and Ron re Prior, Edith re Jacobs/Haysom, Helen re Jacobs, Hilary re  Knight, Ian re Sotcott/Jacobs, Kathy re Lindsay, Jim re Jacobs , John H re Sharp, John W re  Jacobs , Keith re Phillips/Reynolds, Lin re Bramble, Pat from Alberta, Canada re  Brake and the Barnardo's Home Child information and all the Brake photographs,   Margaret re Tosdevin/Jacobs/Curtis, Paula re Sothcott/Jacobs, Sally re Lindsay, Thelma re  Hunnybun/Bloomfield/Broomfield and Tony re Lindsay/Frampton, ~  for all the wonderful  photographs you have sent and allowed me to include here, in addition to  copies of  certificates and certain source information. Also very special thanks to Nick H for  his painstaking efforts to photograph and decipher the Sharp and Beere headstones on  such a wet and windy day.  Thanks also to Nicky for information on the Tosdevin  surname, and for helping to confirm the link between Isle of Wight Tosdevin's and the  Tosdvine's of Christchurch.

This is not 'my' tree - it is ours and that of our people of times past - long  past and recent past - nevertheless it belongs to us all!

Surname: Tosdevin This unusual and interesting surname, recorded in Church Registers  of 
 Guernsey in the Channel Islands from the early 18th Century under the variant  spellings Tostevin and Tostivin, is of Old French origin, and derives from the Old  French "toster", to toast, with "vin", wine; hence, "tostervin". This phrase was  originally given either as a metonymic occupational name to someone at a festival or  fair who toasted bread for the purpose of dipping or soaking it in wine, or as a  nickname to one who habitually enjoyed this epicurean fare. Job-descriptive surnames  originally denoted the actual occupation of the namebearer, and later became  hereditary, whereas nicknames were given with reference to physical attributes or  peculiarities, and to repeated habits of dress, behaviour or occupation. On April  18th 
 1734, the marriage of Abraham Tosdevin to Marie Cohu took place at Castel, Guernsey,  and on October 14th 1811, Moses Tosdevin and Ann Grimes were married at St. Mary's,  Marylebone Road, London. Recordings from French Church Registers are later, and  include the marriage of Jean Augustin Tostevin to Anne Dathuy at Uzer, Ardeche, on  February 10th 1847. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be  that 
 of Leonard Tostervin, which was dated July 30th 1707, marriage to Collete Guilbert,  at 
 Forest, Guernsey, during the reign of Queen Anne, known as "The Last Stuart Monarch",  1702 - 1714. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation.  In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every  country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the  original spelling.

Latest Updates 
 29 January 2010
 Added ancestors of Sarah Jeffrey * Updated profile of Harriet Tosdevin 26 January 2010 
 Added profile and photgraphs re. Harry Owen Brake his wife and daughters * Added  family of Clara Koster

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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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