Please be aware that only the "bare bones" of family lines are on these pages. In my private database I have many more names, dates etc. that are not included on-line for privacy reasons (e.g. living people), or because of the sheer amount of work involved in adding them. Just ask, if you have a query.
Welcome. These sites are a work in progress and constantly evolving as any frequent visitors will know; I'm forever tweaking them so don't be too concerned if a page you've seen before isn't available just now.
Family names are spread over several sites. You'll notice when you go to different pages that the vertical bars on each side of the page change colour; this is to help you keep track of which site and branch you're on.
Before you start, I suggest you look at the site set-up to understand the colour-coding and abbreviations on family pages. I have endeavoured to differentiate between those ancestors that we know of for a fact and those that “just may be” by italicising and colour-coding text.
These are very personal pages, created as a record for my children, and their children. It is about their family history, not just mine. It shows what documentation and information I have and follows the directions my research is taking. The hope is that one day - when they're interested - they will carry on the research.
These people are more than just names: they were real-life men and women living in times of ignorance, persecution, war, famine, discovery, innovation and great change. That one had my colour of eye, this one my love of writing and that one way back when passed on a mutated gene. They laughed and loved like us, worried and cried like us and made mistakes like us. And just like us, they had to make a living and feed, clothe and care for their families, but THEY did it without any of the technology we take for granted. Some were miners or agricultural labourers and many of them worked as weavers, spinners etc. in Manchester's textile and cotton mills. They were for the most part hard-working, strong and hardy people and their spirit and genes live on in us.
I’ve found that the more I get into this family history lark, the more I feel I’m starting to know my ancestors. One or two I can relate to. It’s said that likes and dislikes as well as talents, traits and mannerisms can be passed down through the generations. Mmm, I wonder...
My mitochondrial DNA tells me I descend from "Ursula", one of the seven native European clan mothers (see My "clan mother").
Researching & archives
I am constantly researching and while doing this, come across sites to aid the family researcher. Many links to mainly free archives, transcriptions, indexes, information etc. are to be found on my Lynda's Links site. Some sites hold old photos; others archives. It's just amazing what is out there on the world-wide web. If you're new to research, have a look at my New Zealand Research Guide site, that I created to help Kiwi researchers of British descent. Should you know of any sites that might help people in their genealogical research - in particular Kiwis researching their British Isles ancestors - please do send me a message and any researching tips.
Please note that I am not a professional historian or genealogist (see Genealogy & Me). I don't do research for others but if I should have information relevant to you, I will happily share it.
There's not much information as yet about our collateral ancestors (i.e. cousins or parents and siblings of our ancestors' spouses etc.). However this data is often stored on my private database, so don't be afraid to ask. I'll be including this information as time permits on the Our Kinsfolk site.
I’ve made contact with several previously unknown cousins who responded to my messages on genealogy message boards and the experience has been mutually beneficial. Contact can be made in the following ways:
These pages are a labour of love and the information contained within has been obtained from a variety of sources. Dates and names have been written in good faith and I take no responsibility for their accuracy. These pages contain no information about living people.
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