Welcome to our family history website, which is the culmination of many years work. I started investigating my family history in 1982, when a cousin, fired up my enthusiasm and over the years since, many discoveries have been made. The Andrews have a family history going back over 400 years and other ancestral lines just as far, and even further in a few instances. A number of family heirlooms have survived; the map of the world above, was hand drawn by my Darley great grandfather in 1848, when he was aged 14. See his story link opposite. There are links below, to a number of old books and documents, which have likewise survived. I make these freely available so that others can appreciate them.
Of course there is the obligatory black sheep in the family, another great grandfather, who abandoned his family in 1891, never to be heard of again. (see the link to his story above right).
You will also find Capt. James Cook in my tree as I am very distantly related to him by marriage. To be precise he is, "The grand uncle, of the wife, of my 4th cousin, twice removed" (I did say distantly).
In my wife's family she can claim a link to Josiah Wedgwood and because he married into the Wedgwood family, Charles Darwen also. To find such famous people in ones family history is very exciting!
Visitors If you think that your family is linked then please send me an email giving details of what you know about your ancestors. If you are indeed a 'lost cousin' of mine, I would like to be able to place you on the tree.
I am keen to identify our modern day cousins, no matter how distant and if you are willing, for you to contribute to this website. All suggestions, additions and corrections will be gratefully received. The website is in a constant state of development and there will be regular updates, so save the web address as a favourite and check back regularly.
Links to all areas of the website are via the drop down boxes accessible from the links on the menu bar at the top of each page. Once on an individual's page, you can easily create reports and trees (several types), view media, check out my fact sources, or see a map of where that person spent their lives.
You can search for any name in the database, using the Search button at the top of the page. It is sufficient to enter a first name, a surname or both, or even part of a name if you are not sure how it is spelled. Take not also of the Advanced Search features. N.B. Living people & media relating to living people will not be reported, or shown.
Finally, can I draw your attention to the 'Whats New?' and the 'Most Wanted' links accessed via the Info link . 'What's New?', shows the latest additions to the site. 'Most Wanted', are photographs of unknown people, mainly from the late 1800's. If you recognise anybody, please make contact with me.
Disclaimer All information on this website is recorded in good faith. If there are any errors, they are accidental. If you spot any errors, please bring them to my attention and I will investigate and correct them as soon as possible.