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This page describes the structure and contents of the other pages on this web site. It tells you what information we hold about the families we are researching and how this information is presented. Our on-line family trees are organised into two sets of pages: the main surname pages which give a summary of each family, and detailed pages which provide more information about individual members of those families.


The Main Surname Pages

There is a surname page for each of the main surnames of our ancestors which we are researching. You will find these surnames listed on our home page both alphabetically by name and by county of origin. Each surname page lists all the relatives we have identified from that family, together with the date and place of their birth, marriage and death.

The surname pages are organised into a series of tables, each recording a family group comprising the children of the same parents. These tables are displayed in chronological order based on the date of birth of the eldest child. The tables are linked together so that you can follow a particular line of descent up and down the page. Each table normally starts with a link back to the table containing the parents of that family group. Many of the entries for individuals are linked forwards to the table containing their children.

For each individual in a family group we give the date and place of their birth, marriage and death. Opposite each marriage entry you will find the name of the spouse with their date and place of birth and death. Where appropriate we give details of a person's baptism instead of birth and burial instead of death. Entries in italics are inferred or uncertain, or have been supplied by other researchers and not personally verified by us. Note that the tables do not include children known to have died in infancy.

Many of the names on the surname pages are linked to the corresponding detailed record for that individual. When you click on one of these links, the linked detail record will be displayed in a separate window. People marked with an asterisk on the surname page do not have their own detailed record. Their details are held in the record for a close relative (parent, spouse, sibling or child) and the link will take you to that record.

A few of the surnames listed on our site have only a brief summary rather than a full page. These relate to families where our research is in its early stages or where we have been able to find out very little, for example where early records have not survived. These surnames are marked with an asterisk in the lists on the home page, and are linked to a page which summarises what we know about this family and what we want to find out.


The Individual Detail Pages

There is a detailed page for each of the main individuals of interest from the families we are researching. The main focus of these pages is on our direct ancestors and their close relatives, although we have included more distant relatives if we have gathered sufficient information about them. The detailed pages identify the family relationships as we understand them, and note what we have found in parish registers, census returns and other records. A detailed page may also contain data about close relatives (parents, spouses, siblings or children) who do not have their own record.

The individual detail pages are divided vertically into two columns. The left column sets out the family relationships for the selected individual and contains links to their close relatives. The right column lists any additional information we have obtained about that individual and their close relatives. As well as recording what we know for certain, we also identify any areas of uncertainty.

The left column sets out the family relationships for the selected individual.
The following information is typically included where known.
  • the person's full name (using their original/main surname)
  • date and place of their birth or baptism
  • date and place of their death or burial
  • names of their parents (with year of birth and death)
  • date and place of each marriage and name of spouse
  • names and dates of siblings (* indicates a half-sibling)
  • names of their children (with year of birth and death)
Each name listed as a parent, spouse, sibling or child may include a link to the corresponding record for that individual. If there is no link, a note below tells you where to find their details. When you click on a link, the current record is replaced by the one selected.
The right column lists any additional information relevant to that person.
The following information is typically included where known.
  • other surnames used (including married names)
  • details of marriages (if not given in the left column)
  • details of baptism and burial (if not in the left column)
  • residence and occupation recorded in census returns
  • information learned from wills and other records
The following information may be included about close relatives (parents, spouses, siblings or children) who do not have their own record.
  • details of birth/baptism, marriages and death/burial
  • names of parents' parents and of spouses' parents
  • residence and occupation recorded in census returns

General Notes

We use the most common spelling of each surname when identifying and linking to individuals. Other spellings which we have found are noted on the surname page and/or the individual detailed page. Married women are listed under their maiden surname, but we also note any other surnames by which they were known.

Where someone was usually known by a first name other than their birth or baptismal name, we have used the name which appears most often in official records, and noted any variations where appropriate.

The on-line records do not identify any living people or anyone who was born after 1918, although we do hold data off-line about some of the more recent members of these families.

The quarter in which a birth, marriage or death was registered may be shown if the exact date is not known. Note that births and deaths that were not registered promptly could have taken place in the previous quarter.


This family history data page is copyright © Chris and Linda Warren 1999 to 2017
(you may keep a copy for personal use only in researching your own family history)

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