Here are just three of the people in my family history database. The picture on the left shows Fanny Deakin and her daughter Lizzie (sitting) outside their home in Wetley Rocks, Staffordshire. Fanny (nee Ball, born 27th January 1850) was my great, great grandmother. The picture was probably taken sometime after the turn of the 20th century.
The picture to the right is Samuel Harvey, my great, great grandfather. His daughter Sarah (known as Sally) married Fanny's son William Deakin.
I've put Samuel's picture here because he serves as a warming to all family history researchers .... check information provided by the family. It took me several years to track down the place of birth of Samuel because the family information was slightly wrong ... it was right for most of his siblings but not for Samuel ... and it was a long time before I realised that. I kept thinking my search was inadequate. His picture too is apparently misleading. He was a gardener and not in the habit of wearing smart clothes. Here he is apparently posing for photography students.
Click on the tools at the top of the page to search the database and see if any of my ancestors are the same as yours. I have collected the data from many sources, including those kind enough to share their research. Where possible I have given attributions in the source information. If any of my information helps you to develop your own family history, please feel free to use it. To protect the privacy of living individuals I have filtered their personal information from the database.
I have done my best to validate the information in this site but I cannot guarantee it has no errors. If you see an error or can add to our pool of information I would love to hear from you. The notes I have added for each individual will provide a guidance as to how confident I am in the accuracy of the sources that have been used. For most of the individuals born before about 1550 the source information is derived from text books (including Google Books) and local history sites, for which I have provided urls in either the source citations or the notes but I personally have not seen the primary data sources.
It is said that everyone will eventually find a King and a murderer amongst their ancestry. I've managed to find several Kings, most notably, through illegitimate decent, Henry II but as yet don't know if any (apart from some of the more notorious Kings and their barrons) of my forebears were murderers. However, my favourite find so far is Thomas Littleton the famous jurist and author of one of the oldest legal books in English law. While there is some doubt as to the exact date of his birth there is much published information about him and his family.
Thanks to Thomas Gainsborough, who painted their portraits, there is also quite a lot of information about the Andrewes and Carter families, wealthy land owning ancestors of my late husband Andy.
While it is relatively easy to find information about the rich and powerful and interesting to think what life may have been like had mine or my husband's ancestors always been the eldest son of the eldest son, the find that would please me the most is to discover the history of my Bradbury ancestors, why two generations took their mother's surname and who the fathers were!
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Coeliac Disease: Does it affect you?
In the last few years three of my family members have been diagnosed with Coeliac Disease. It may be hereditary and I thought it would be interesting to trace it back through the family tree. If your ancestor is in (or closely related to anyone in) my Bradbury or Hughes ancestry and you have the disease in your family I would be interested to hear from you at.
I don't need details except the name of our common ancestor. Thank you.
The birth certificate of Joseph Turner (b 1840, Leek, Staffordshire, UK) son of Samuel Turner (b Leek circa 1816) and his first wife Charlotte Alcock records the fact that Samuel was also commonly known as Samuel Wakefield. Jopeph appears in the birth registers twice: once as Jospeh Turner (Leek, 1840 March Quarter vol 17 page 55) and once as Joseph Wakefield (Leek, 1840 March Quarter vol 17 page 65).
When Samuel married Elizabeth Goodwin in 1843 two years after the death of Charlotte he used the name Wakefield. It appears again for the whole family in the 1851 census after which he appears to use only the name Turner.
The database has been updated to correct the information about Samuel Turner (aka Wakefield) who is now thought to be the son or step son of Joshua Wakefield.