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About Brownlea Familea
This website is the result of many years of research into my ancestors, every minute of which I have enjoyed immensely.  Although I 
have lived in the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific Ocean on and off for a number of years, I have lived for most of my life in 
Australia, but I was born and spent my childhood in England, and my known ancestors all originate in England or Wales.

Many of my cousins and other relations also live in Australia these days, having migrated at different times and for different reasons, 
so there are many Aussie born relations amongst the younger generations in my tree.

My ancestry is almost entirely Anglo Saxon on my paternal side, and almost purely Celtic on my mother's side, originating mainly from 
Cornwall and one major branch from Wales.  This being my Evans gggrandfather and his family    I recently (2017) had my DNA 
done by Ancestry and according to it, I am 56% Western European (the Anglo Saxon part I guess, with maybe a dash of Norman and 
maybe even the odd Roman or two); 25% British, which supposedly includes Celtic; 11% Scandinavian (those ferocious Vikings that 
arrived in Britain and no doubt had their way with my fair Saxon maiden ancestor ladies; 5% Irish....don't know where they come in as 
I now have almost 5200 people in my tree, and am yet to find any Irish amongst them, and 1% undecided!

My Lea ancestors came originally from the market town of Sandbach in Cheshire, and these married into another long standing 
Cheshire family, the Pickfords of Macclesfield and surrounding villages  My great grandfather James Pickford died at a relatively 
young age, and his widow and two sons moved from Macclesfield to Manchester where they lived for some years, my great 
grandfather Pickford becoming a baker and moving to Stoke on Trent.  My great grandfather Lea moved from Sandbach to  moving to 
Silverdale just outside of Newcastle under Lyme, where he was an Ironstone Miner.  Benjamin Pickford...the baker, started his own 
bakery on London Road, and this still operated until quite recent times.  I believe it continued to run with two of his sons right through 
until the 1960's. 

I have been able to trace both my Lea and Pickford lines back to the late 17th century and have photographs of the Parish Registers 
for most baptisms and marriages of both families.

On my mother's side, my ancestors came most recently from the East End of London, particularly around West Ham, rural Essex, 
Southwark in Surrey and Greenwich/Woolwich in Kent.  Some lines though have been traced much further afield, to rural Kent, 
Cambridgeshire, Devon & Cornwall.  It has pleased me greatly to find that I have ancestry in these latter two Counties, as I spent my 
childhood living in the South West, and it was without doubt an idyllic childhood which 
has left me with many great memories which I treasure through to this day.

With my immediate family (mother, father and brother Tony) I migrated to Canberra in Australia in 1959.  We travelled on the P & O 
liner SS Orontes, departing Tilbury Docks on 4th March and arriving in Sydney on 9th April, 1959. 

I expect that from time to time there will be people looking at this website who do not know me personally, and they may wonder 
about some of the strange surnames that appear in my alphabetical surnames list!  No, these are not spelling mistakes on my behalf, 
but belong mostly to the family of my wonderful daughter in law, who hails from the Kingdom of Tonga, a group of 
beautiful islands in the South Pacific Ocean where I lived for over 10 years in the 1980's and 1990's.  As a family we are very proud of 
our connections with these people as they are, without a doubt, some of the loveliest 
people in the world.
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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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