|Site Navigation: Home page . Family History [ Biographies | Catley Database | Census | Churches | Links | Memorials | Olby One-Name Study | Surnames | Tableaus | Trade Directories | Wills ]|
Having started I decided to research my wife's family as well as the Newall family, and to try to trace my birth parent's and their families. Armed with the information on my adoption order I quickly located my mother's family and tracked down the location of my adoption records. After the required statutory counselling I was able to examine the latter, which identified my father. Thus I had a dozen lines to follow; I have traced most back to the beginning of Civil Registration in 1837 and some a lot further.
Incidentally, I have still only have positive identification for about 16 people in the 1901 wedding photograph. Does anyone know who the others are?
|I belong to the following societies:|
Another way of displaying an ancestor tree is as a conventional five-generation ancestor sheet. You are welcome to copy this template for your own use (but please acknowledge its source).
I am now compiling sets of family history pages for a family 'IntraNet' for distribution to family members on CDs. I have put a small subset of these pages online here. If you have any comments or would like information about creating your own family IntraNet please contact me.
The Catley Events Database holds information supplied by a worldwide group of Cat[t]ley researchers. I have summarised my Catley family connections from Weaverham, Cheshire and further information about Catley families worldwide is to be found at The Catley Desk website.
My current research interests are listed here, if any of them rings a bell please get in touch.
Some of the families I am researching lived 'in interesting times' or interesting places. Here are a few examples:
Hall The Halls, ancestors of my adoptive mother, lived in the lead-mining village of Middleton-by-Wirksworth until the 1870s and held shares in the Goodluck Mine until its sale in 1830. I have transcribed the 1841 Census for Middleton, the village had a population of 1031 and the as enumerated census records and name index are now on-line. Copies of the full transcript and name index have been deposited with the library of the Derbyshire FHS. John Palmer's transcriptions of the Wirksworth Parish registers have been invaluable in tracing the various families in Middleton. Olby From around 1800 successive generations of the Olbys were flint-knappers in Brandon. Flint-working had been a local industry since neolithic times and Brandon was the centre of the gunflint industry until the development of the percussion cap in the early 19th century. The Brandon Heritage Project website provides a lavishly illustrated summary of the history this small Suffolk town situated in the river Ouse on the Suffolk/Norfolk border. [The Olby surname has now been registered as a One-Name Study - see below] Dowding Members of the Dowding family farmed in the Westbury on Severn area since 1700 or earlier. In 1892 John Dowding first described the Blaisdon Red plum, which makes an excellent red jam and was for many years a major crop in the area.
Return to Home Page