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 genealogists 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!

Meet my Grandparents!

Click on a portrait to find out more!

My Dad’s Family

On my Dad’s side you’ll find the Willis, Greenland, Alefounder, Suters & Benefield families from Kent, and the Devon families of Nicholls, Pyne  and Mayne.

My Mum’s Family

On my Mum’s side you’ll find the East Kent families of Hopper and Collard, the families of Gurnsey, Harvey, Huggins, Hare and  Calloway from North Kent, plus the Robinson family from Ireland.

Site Features

This site is made up of three integrated areas: the family history database, the Histories Collection and The Roll of Honour.


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.


Histories Collection

Read specially written articles about individuals in my family tree – carefully researched using historical information and family records, and grouped into categories including Inquests 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

This sister site to The Willis Tree sensitively commemorates those in my family tree who sacrificed their lives ‘for King and Country’ during the two World Wars. Includes photos of servidement and graves, and details of military service. Click here to visit The Roll of Honour

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About Me

Hi, my name is Paul Willis and I live in the county of Lincolnshire in the UK.  But I was born and brought up in the Kent village of Hawkhurst before living and working in Devon, Yorkshire and the Scottish Highlands.

I’ve been researching the history of my family since 2008 and have dedicated many hours to researching my ancestors and their life stories.

You can read more about me on my Bio Page!

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