|About The Goldsmith family (and many others)
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I first became interested in my family tree when I noticed my family name when using nineteenth century censuses as a research source in my undergraduate days: this was during the late 1970s. For the next two decades, my research – broadened to encompass (what was to become) my wife’s family – was sporadic and limited in scope. It was no more than a hobby and I could not have envisaged the opportunities that developments in information technology would bring. For that reason, my early research is devoid of precise citations and whilst this is both contrary to good family history research practice. This site, then, grew out of that research and is a replacement to as website created in the free web space provided by an internet service provider. Its content is a mixture of my own research and the contributions of people who provided information having visited that website. The Goldsmith family and the Gilbert family form the heart of these pages. Both of these families, so far as present knowledge tells us, are firmly rooted in Kent but just as those who married into these families were not necessarily from Kent, nor indeed from any part of the United Kingdom, the same applies to those whom they married and the places to which they moved, occasionally because the British judicial system was so disposed to relocate them. Mostly the people listed here are blood relatives to one another, but that is not always the case. Some may find my style of presentation less than orthodox although I intend to correct that to the extent that I consider reasonable – and certainly not to the extent of repeating research that I have previously undertaken. In order to see detail concerning living people (which includes anyone who was born less than one hundred years before being listed here, unless I had certain knowledge that they had died) you will need the Security Access Code, which you may obtain, if you are family, or have a strong connection to I, by contacting me. The scope of this project is boundless, but more importantly it is a hobby and as such how much work I put into it remains very much at my discretion. As such, whilst I welcome any feedback – either to add to the information already contained herein or to correct any mistakes that I may have made – is welcome, any apparent lack of response has no significance whatsoever and will, eventually, be corrected. This seems an appropriate moment to thank numerous people who have variously provided advice and information. These people must be headed by Nigel May (visit his Tribal Pages at http://themayfamily.tribalpages.com) whose own researches (which had been aided by those of Edward Walter Airs) unlocked the Bates family history that of my paternal grandmother) to me. Other people who have helped, to varying extents, are: Susan Adkins, Keith Ashby, Michele Austin, Chris Barham, Robin Bell, Lynne Berntsson, Barbara Bisby, Gwen Earl, Clive Elliott, Mike Evans, Gregg Fautley, Raymond Fautley, Nora Field, Robert Fuller, Marilynn Geesink, Judith Gilbert, Barbara de Goede, Joyce Greaves, Julie Hunt, Dr John Jennings, Bill Johnson, Sandy Johnstone, Elizabeth Kerrey, Norma Kyson, Theresa Lafleche, Chris Levy, Susan Lewis, Nicola Medhurst, Mike Merrick, Zack Miranda, Jennifer Neale, Kenneth Pearson, Chris Pennington, Jenny Plumb, Marcia Povey, Andrew Putler, Simon Ranson, Robert Skrepenek, Wendy Sheppard, Anne Shuttleworth, Bernard Dow Schaffer III, Sandra Walker, Lozzie T, Kay Williams, and David Williams. I apologise for any omissions from this list, which will be corrected if I am given the opportunity. Now that you have visited – and hopefully found it both interesting or helpful (or perhaps you did not) – please leave your comments in the Guest Book. Steve Goldsmith