The basis of this website is a family history database containing information on over 15,000 individuals. Although this started as a family tree of my direct ancestors, it has expanded to include the descendants of their brothers and sisters, and, in many cases, the ancestors of those who married them. So every individual appearing in the database is connected, but that connection is often as the result of marriage rather than by bloodline. Strictly speaking, then, this is more than one family tree - the reason for the plural title.

The principle families appearing in the database - our main ancestral family lines - had their roots in several different parts of Great Britain. Use the Geographical Origins navigation button below to find out more about the family origins in these different regions.

From the nineteenth century onwards emigration from Britain occurred in most of these families, with the result that living descendants are now to be found all around the world. I have been greatly helped in my research into the family history by first-, second-, and more distant cousins, around the world, who have provided me with photographs, documents and, where they, too, are engaged in genealogical research, the results of their own research efforts. All this has now been incorporated into the database and I am most grateful to all those who have contributed over the years. Some cousins have their own websites and I provide links to them where appropriate. See 'Other Closely Connected Websites' on this page.

The website now uses kiwitrees, a derivative of the leading open-source genealogical software package webtrees, to provide access to the Family History Database. Using kiwitrees, 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 formats 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.

For more background information on the principal branches of the family tree please use the navigation buttons below.

Please note that I am no longer actively researching the family history and have effectively frozen the database in the state that you now find it. That said, please let me know if you spot any errors or believe there are 'gaps' which should be filled.

Thank yopu for visiting the site. I hope you will find it useful and informative. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please don't hesitate to contact me using the 'contact us' link which appears at the bottom of every page.

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Jenkin Davies Jenkin Davies
b. 1 November 1824  Bodringallt, Ystradyfodwg, Glamorgan, Wales
d. 14 September 1893 (Age 68)  Englefield, Berkshire, England
Hodgson Brough
b. 1 December 1796  Holme Abbey, Holme Cultram, Cumberland, England
d. 6 March 1879 (Age 82)  Holme Cultram, Cumberland, England
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Charlotte Madelaine
Death - 19 March 1949 (69 year anniversary)
Death - 19 March 1837 (181 year anniversary)
Jennet Davies
Death - 19 March 1851 (167 year anniversary) - Neath, Glamorgan, Wales
Eleanor Griffiths
Death - 19 March 1955 (63 year anniversary) - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Frances Hewitson
Death - 19 March 1837 (181 year anniversary)
Harry Jackson
Walter Cyril Jackson
Birth - 19 March 1892 (126 year anniversary) - Diamond Creek, Victoria, Australia
Victor M. Keeling James
Birth - 19 March 1897 (121 year anniversary) - Pontypool, Monmouthshire, Wales
Thomas Henry Gordon Jenkins
Thomas Morgan + Margaret William
Marriage - 19 March 1845 (173 year anniversary) - St.David, Laleston, Glamorgan, Wales
Jehoshaphat Powell
Cranogwen "Gwen" Rees
Birth - 19 March 1896 (122 year anniversary) - Pentyrch, Glamorgan, Wales
David Richards
Birth - 19 March 1834 (184 year anniversary) - Margam, Glamorgan, Wales
Mary Signora
Birth - 19 March 1917 (101 year anniversary) - Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Annie Thomas
Evan Watkin Thomas
Death - 19 March 1931 (87 year anniversary) - West Mall, Clifton, Bristol, England
Thomas Thomas
Tamar Thornthwaite
Jesse Christian Travain
Birth - 19 March 2010 (8 year anniversary) - Wodonga, Victoria, Australia
Jesse Christian Travain
Death - 19 March 2010 (8 year anniversary) - Wodonga, Victoria, Australia
Bertie Warren
Birth - 19 March 1880 (138 year anniversary) - Port Pirie, South Australia, Australia
Kate Elizabeth Williams
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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:


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.


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. 


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.

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