|About North & South
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This site is so named since my mother's family originated in the NORTH of England on Merseyside, and my father's in the SOUTH, on the Solent. The research has been done mainly on the internet, but also with visits to Winchester Record Office to look at Titchfield Parish Registers, and The National Archives at Kew. A lot of information has come from family members "found" through this hobby. Some branches have proved fruitful, others - especially the two sets of Irish great grandparents - one on each side - (COWLEY and CARROLL) are currently "brick walls". If you have any information which may help fill any gap, please let me know. The two main family centres are WALLASEY, Cheshire, in the North, and TITCHFIELD, Hampshire, in the South. In Wallasey the main family is LEDSHAM, with the HORSFALL and CARROLL families close behind - these are my mother's female line; her father's line is PRESCOTT, found mainly on the opposite bank of the Mersey in the Liverpool area, although most of the Horsfalls were from Liverpool too. These families were in those areas for all the 18th and 19th centuries, the earliest record being 1655 (George Bennett) The main families in the South are REED, FIELDER, and CAWTE in Titchfield, from 1700, these are my father's paternal line, and COWLEY, FLOAT and CUTBUSH in the Kent area; these are my father's maternal line. EVERYONE in this tree - except husbands and wives who "married in" - can be traced back to an ancestor held in common with myself. Because I don't know every exact date,(and try not to collect too many certficiates!) where a full date is shown it may be the baptism date, especially pre-1837. However, I have had some exact dates from other family researchers, and now of course full dates of birth can be found on the 1939 register. Where just a month is shown, this will be the quarter in which the event was registered. Of course, post-1983 registrations have the month of registration not the quarter. The place of birth given may be the registration district, if no exact information is known. Enjoy your visit - and please sign the guest book!