Welcome to the Family!

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The wedding of my grandparents, George Willis & Dorothy Nicholls, in Dover, June 1942.

(Colourisation by Josh Barrett at ‘Painting The Past’)

The aim of the site,  online since 2008, is to gather together research and remembrances relating to the history of my family.

Much of that history is rooted in the English county of Kent (particularly around the coastal town of Dover), with a couple of strands coming from the West Country county of Devon.

From these villages and towns the family has spread across the globe so that today there are descendants living in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.

The information, images and reminiscences on this site come from many different sources, including a large number of cousins and fellow amateur genealogist whose own family trees interlink with mine. As a result, we have been able to share data and thus expand our knowledge.

It is hoped that the information on this site will help others discover their ancestral roots and rediscover their living relatives!

Site Features


This site is made up of two integrated areas: the family history database, and the Histories Collection.

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Genealogy Database


Explore the database of over 11,000 names, view individuals, families, family trees, charts. View a wealth of media including family photos, letters, newspaper cuttings, life event certificates, census returns, military records etc. Look around using the Media, Find, Info or Search options from the Main Menu above.


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Histories Collection


Read specially written articles about individuals in my family tree – carefully researched with a combination of historical information and family records, and grouped into categories including Inquests, Letters, and Migration, and by location such as Australia, India and the USA. Check out Histories and Places from the Main Menu.


The Roll of Honour

Commemorating those in my family tree who sacrificed their lives ‘for King and Country’ during the two World War. Visit The Roll of Honour

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