The Story of my Four Branches
with some twigs, nuts, deep roots and many little leaves


Sharing is Caring!

Why share your findings?

Well to put it simply; would you want someone to help you out? Yes? then read on. We often think of our ancestors as just that: OUR ancestors. In fact some people are downright possessive about these folk they never knew. But discovering your family history is fraught with brick walls, stumbling blocks and untrodden pathways. So it makes sense that we as FAMILY should help each other out.

Share what you learn!

Some people think that no one else could be interested in their personal family tree, so there is no need to post it online. But that is a huge mistake. There are people out there searching for information that you hold so post it online, join forums and use the social media to reach let others know that you have gathered information about your surname. You never know, they might have a little nugget of information that will help you over that brick wall. And if you wont share, then why would you expect someone to share with you?

Genealogy is a not a one-man sport. The only way to make any progress is to interact with other people who are truly curious about the past, and to dig deep into the books and newspapers, old records and dusty boxes, and yes maybe dig a few skeletons out of the closet!

Luckily it’s easy to do those things these days; so much is available online, it’s sometimes staggering. At the same time, crucial things that should be easy to find simply will not come out of hiding. Some mysteries will never be solved. Some solutions seem to jump out when you least expect them from dusty dark corners.

One of the rewarding aspects of genealogy is all the new people you will meet. I’ve discovered distant cousins that I never knew existed, yet now call friends and you can too!

For those who haven’t really looked into the finer points of genealogy, this is a very important note: If you do not see a reliable source cited as evidence for a piece of information, then you must consider it to be conjecture. If you happen to know an undocumented fact is true (for example, you find your great grandfather here, and you’ve got a copy of his death certificate) then please email me about that. Otherwise please think of what you read as a possibility waiting for documentation. It might be fun or shocking or just plain absurd. It might be true. It might not be. We may never know.

Please tell me when I'm wrong!

Please remember that given the fact that so much of genealogy is founded on access to solid documentation, errors are inevitable. In fact, errors are everywhere. Census returns are far from reliable, (not to mention illegible) and gravestones are often plain wrong. Professional genealogists put tremendous effort into verifying the simplest facts; and the truth is, the longer ago in the past, the less likely they’ll be successful. I'm just an amateur. If you run across a date or other information you know is wrong, please do contact me to provide the correct details; I am more than happy to stand corrected.

You’ll note also that on each individual’s page there’s a link just below the name “submit photo/document.” If you don’t see a photo of your parents or your grandparents (or your kids) here, and you think there should be such a photo, then please submit a digital photo to be included. Same with birth and marriage certificates, passports, any documents you may have about earlier generations will help fine tune the data here. I’m especially interested in photos and old documents, so please don’t throw them away. If you have to send them to me I will scan them and send the originals back to you. Better still, if you have access to a scanner, send me the scanned version by email.

The detective work that goes into researching ancestry is compelling, and there’s a lot to be learned if not in terms of exact dates, then certainly about human nature.

There seems to be a spirit of tight-fistedness about some genealogical work that surprises and disconcerts me. We are not talking about people who do this for a living, but those who pursue it out of love of history and family.

The whole point of genealogy, it seems to me, is to make connections. So instead of hiding away those six lines from a 130 year old newspaper, I put it up on the web. Maybe somebody else will come along with another piece of the puzzle and send it to me and then we’ll both know a whole lot more.

Any data that you may provide has only one purpose: to make sure that the family genealogical database is correct and complete. So why do I ask you to register?

When you submit the registration form you will be given the opportunity to submit data for another person. If you are able and willing, please fill out a form for all the members of your immediate family, and for any other relatives, living or deceased, who you believe should be included in the family tree. You can return to this page to fill out another form when time permits. This is also a good way to submit alternate information if you believe what is currently in the database is incorrect.

REMINDER: All information about living persons is secured and unavailable to the public.

PLEASE NOTE: Don’t worry if you aren’t sure of an exact date — approximate information is also useful — but please let me know in the ‘notes’ box at the bottom of the form if (for example) you are unsure of the birthdate you provided for a grandparent. If you are unsure or uneasy about filling out the questionnaire, or if you have questions, please use the contact form at the bottom of the page before proceeding.

Tell family members about this website and encourage them to have a look.



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