Welcome to my family tree website
Main family names for James
JAMES, DAVIS, DAVIES, KILMINSTER, CHEERS, GUEST, GARDENER, GRIFFIN, HUGHES, PENDALL, SAUNDERS
A short introduction:
I started researching our family tree almost by accident in 2004. I acquired a free trial of a computer program for the purpose and was so impressed that I bought the full version. From then on there was no stopping.I very soon found that it was quite easy to become addicted to the subject. I found it fascinating to study Census records and watch the families grow, move and develop. In particular it gave me joy to discover branches of the family long since forgotten and distant relatives in the present day. Then also there is the curious sense of history that wraps around you as you trace families back into the 1700ís and beyond.
In fact I got so wrapped up in it that for a while my wife considered herself to be a genealogy widow !
Then there was the problem of how to give easy access to all the information I had gathered to our families.
Creating a web site to do the job seemed like the easiest solution so here it is.
Sensitive information about current generations and first previous does not appear for security reasons.
Most of the information shown here was gathered from
relatives, birth, death and marriage certificates, census records and other
I'd like to thank all my relatives who have contributed to the mass of information.
Particularly Rebecca Johnston for bridging a long standing "missing link" which helped me find a large number of hitherto unknown Kilminsters, and Marion Hornby for providing so much information on her website.
Also Andy Griffin and Julie Ward for their contribution to the Griffin branch
I've tried to be accurate and factual and not make too many
"leaps of faith" when piecing together long lost families.
Some records demand an open mind eg. In the earlier census records people couldn't always spell correctly so both names and places can be incorrect. For me this was best illustrated with the marriage certificate of Robert Davis and Annie Gardener. When the certificate was filled in Annie's fathers name was "Gardener" but when Annie signed her own name it was "Gardner" and, as you will see I now believe that Annie's grandparents were "Gardiner". This sort of anomaly is particularly unhelpful when searching census data on the internet. The internet search facilities can incorrectly interpret the data, so compounding the problem.
In the earlier census and other records there arises a question over "in-laws". Very often you will find families with in-law children. The term is not used in the same way as it is today. It commonly had two possible meanings; 1. that the child was of the wife's previous marriage or 2. that the child was adopted. Very often it was the latter and usually that meant that the child was the offspring of an unmarried daughter or other close relative though could equally mean that a close relative had died and the child had been taken in.
Feedback is welcomed. I am particularly interested to hear from anyone who may feel they are related to any of the individuals mentioned in these pages.
Equally, if you can see I have made a mistake or missed something out then please tell me.
All material published here is copyright to Dave & Sue James unless otherwise credited and may not be copied in any manner without prior permission.
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There is a large amount of information to publish here so please be patient while the site is