About

These are pages highlighting people in my various family trees.  Family history is more than compiling trees, it is about  lives lived, things done and the links between our ancestors and ourselves.  These are voices that want to be heard.

I also have posts – these are snippets of information that I have picked up, unlike the pages they relate to the wider sphere of material I come across.  All researchers know that the guardian angel of synchronicity will lead them into odd corners, into areas that are fascinating but not directly relevant.  So I note these in posts.

I am a serious family historian, not interested in simple family trees (although I certainly have plenty of them) but in the stories, the history and the people.  I am lucky in possessing quite a lot of family material and having heard a lot of family stories from my parents and grandparents – I have never forgotten these stories and many have been confirmed as I research them.  I am a librarian by qualification and much of m life worked as a reference librarian – a dying breed.  I have a good knowledge of the ‘paper’ resources, and experience in internet resources and searching.  My grandfather, Frank Elliott Birks was a proficient family historian and it is from him that I caught the bug!  Long before the internet he did his research the hard way – it is much easier for modern researchers.  His records are amazingly accurate and involved a huge amount of time and expertise.

There is a great deal more to family history than lists of dates, census data and chronologies.  I believe that in some way the dead talk to us through memories of the living, documents and photographs.  I view my pages as a form of social networking – joining the living past to the present.  I welcome comments and additional information.

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4 Responses to About

  1. Abigail says:

    Hello, I have just been reading your fascinating account of Hugh Hogarth. I am a great-granddaughter of Peter Clark Hogarth. I believe that means we are related, but how??!
    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Abigail Bibby

  2. gluepot says:

    I came across your web site while looking for information about your grandfather F.E. Birks, my interest being in photography in Derbyshire:
    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~brett/photos/dbyphotos.html

    What I didn’t appreciate was that I am also related to him, and therefore to you. My 5g-grandparents were William Else (1746-1827) and Grace Birks (1748-1826). From what I can tell, Frank Elliott Birks’ grandparents were William Birks (1805-1863) and Mary Else (1807-). It appears that Mary Else’s grandfather David Else (1757) was a younger brother to my ancestor William Else.

    If you would like to get in touch please email me gluepot@gmail.com

    Regards and best wishes,
    Brett Payne
    Tauranga, New Zealand

  3. Hello again!
    I just thought I would leave another message here as I’m not sure if the one on ‘Ancestry’ reached you as I am not currently a member. I don’t know if John Henry Lucas was married before he married Sarah Carr. I don’t know of any other children. When he married Sarah she had 4 small children. (John Carr, her first husband, died very suddenly) According to what we (my daughter Cleo and I) have found out he was illigitamate so we became stuck. My Grandpa was the youngest of the family and was only 14 when his father died so he probably never knew if there were other children although I would be surprised to find out about another marriage as I no-one has ever mentioned anything.
    I have a picture of him on our tree. I think I need to invite you to the tree so you can see everything. I’ll ask Cleo – teenagers are really good on computers!
    Best wishes
    Andi

  4. Lucy BIrks says:

    Hello I am a decendant of ELLIOTT-BIRKS line from Sheffied UK. I would like to know i am on the right track to locate and get accurate info re the name ELLIOTT and BIRKS as it seemed to drop to ust BIRKS in the 1840s? Please feel free to email me LucyBIRKS@msn.com or facebook LUCY BIRKS i have a tree on ancestry.co.uk also. I have gone back what i believe to be 10 generations looking like whats in your blog on WIlliam Birks.

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