This website now uses kiwitrees, a derivative of the leading open-source genealogical software package webtrees, to provide access to the Family History Database, which now contains details on 15,000 individuals, representing up to thirteen generations of my ancestors and their spouses' families and descendants, from the mid-1400's to the present day. Until the end of the 19th century, the majority were living in Glamorgan and Cumberland, with some in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. But descendants from the early 20th century onwards are spread throughout the world. Using kiwitreees, you may access this data in a variety of ways, and produce lists, charts and reports, and members of the extended family who have user accounts may also download information in GEDCOM or other format for inclusion in their own Family History files. Access to information on the living, and to images without watermarks, is restricted to members of the extended family, who may request a user account.
Thank-you for visiting the site; I hope you find it useful and informative and that you will come back soon. For more background information on the principle branches of this family tree please use the navigation buttons below.
DATABASE NOW FROZEN
We can't go on forever, expanding and expanding! To ensure that quality has priority over quantity, and to place some limits on the ever-increasing time- and resource- demands of the database and website, I decided in 2014 to resist the temptation to expand any further and to concentrate on rounding-off, gap-filling and error correction. This process is largely complete (in as much as anything is ever complete in genealogy!) and as, in October 2016, the number of individuals on the database reached 15,000 (which I had set as my absolute limit a few years ago, having failed to stop at 5000, then at 10,000!!!) I have decided that I should now draw the line and freeze the database. I aim to maintian the website for the benefit of members of the extended family, and, indeed, for all those who have come to regard it as a useful source in their own family history research, but I shall make no further changes to the content. Perhaps, in the fullness of time, a member of the younger generation(s) will pick up where I have left off. Nothing would give me more pleasure! Meanwhile I am still here, happy to set up new user accounts as required, to respond to any queries regarding the database content or the website, and of course, prepared to correct any glaring errors that you may encounter (though, hopefully, there are few of those). My thanks in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
Most Common Surnames
David McHattie Forbes
Franklin Noble Jackson
Rees (a) Powell
Margaret Ann Spalding
Daniel Williams + Henrietta Jane Thomas
There are a number of other Family History websites using similar software to this site (kiwitrees, webtrees or PhpGedView), and having links to our extended family tree:
GLAMORGAN LOVELUCK WEBSITE
The LOVELUCK family of Glamorgan is linked to our DAVIES and POWELL families through a number of different marriages. The Glamorgan LOVELUCKs have been extensively researched by James Loveluck of Meylan in France, and he has made them the subject of a very impressive website. James now also uses kiwitrees for his database section, so you may SEARCH THE GLAMORGAN LOVELUCK FAMILY DATABASE in just the same way as you can search the database on this site. James and I are attempting to coordinate our efforts and at many points in this website you will find direct links to individuals and families on James' website for whom he holds more comprehensive data than I do; similarly, on James' site you will find links to individuals and families on mine.
HARVEY FAMILY HISTORY WEBSITE
The HARVEY family of Wivenhoe in Essex, were a family of shipbuilders, some of whom emigrated to Melbourne, Australia. Our CHESSELL cousins' great grandfather Charles Bartholomew CHESSELL was also a shipbuilder who emigrated to Melbourne, Australia. Not surprising then that Charles' eldest son Charles married a HARVEY - Mary Ann HARVEY. Their son David Lawford CHESSELL married my father's sister Annie DAVIES. It was in checking out this connection a few years ago that I discovered the website of Ray HARVEY, the database section of which used PhpGedView, and subsequently webtrees. Sadly, Ray died in 2008, but his grandson Leigh, although not a geanealogist, has tried to keep Ray's site, with it's 21,000 individual database, up and running in memory of his father. You can SEARCH THE HARVEY FAMILY DATABASE here.
CUMBERLAND GRAHAM WEBSITE
The GRAHAM family who were the ancestors of Joan Dunmore, originally of Hexham, Northumberland, have several links to our Cumberland BROUGH family, in particular via the SPARK family of Edderside, Holme Cultram. Joan's Graham Family Genealogy Website also uses Webtrees so you may SEARCH THE GRAHAM FAMILY DATABASE in just the same way as you can search the database on this site.