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Mastel Family History

Mastel Family History

Welcome to my family history site

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This is an ongoing project, so some pages contain much more information than others - and although I have tried to check all factual details, there will certainly be some errors, so please contact me with any corrections or additions.  There are many details I am still hunting down - if you can help me with sources for any gaps you find in your own family, I would be very grateful.


Many of the family recollections and photographs have been kindly donated by all the newly found relatives I have discovered in the last few years, as a result of this project - thank you everyone.


I have not included information about living family members, but I am gradually updating a pdf of my own 'Childhood Memories' of growing up in the 1950s.  But for a REALLY interesting article about a London childhood in the 1920s in Brewery Road, just north of King's Cross - please read these recollections of a descendant of Caroline Ridgewell (Generation Four of the GORTON line).


If you have taken, or are thinking of taking a DNA test - please read this page about DNA testing - perhaps you could join our mini DNA Project?


This site is dedicated to the memory of my parents:          

Mary Susan WARD (nee GREEN), who died on 24th September 2005 at the age of 90 years and Leonard WARD, who died on 23rd October 2007 at the age of 94 years.  Their stories about their very different childhoods first triggered my interest in tracing my ancestors.


NAVIGATION: Click on one of the links at the top of the page to go to the family group that interests you.  


I hope eventually to add a NAME LIST of everyone who appears on this site ... a long term aim!

Please DO NOT reproduce any content from this website without first seeking permission from the administrator

This site is under construction, and not all the families have been added yet - my original website has now expired, so I will endeavour to add the missing data to this site as soon as possible. If you think you share any of the same ancestors, please use the Contact Form to send me details.

My other genealogy websites:

If you have come across this website because you are looking for information about the surnames ADAMTHWAITE or APPLEBY, or because you have an interest in families who lived in the parish of Ravenstonedale in Westmorland - you may like to visit one of my other websites:

About me ...

I have been researching my own and my husband's family history for over twenty years, but became so interested in my maternal grandmother's line that I registered the surname as a one-name study on the surname Adamthwaite about ten years ago.

Since I retired, I have also taken over another one-name study into the surname Appleby, so my own family history research has been somewhat neglected!


I am a member of the Society of Genealogists and the Guild of One-name Studies.  In 2015 I completed the Certificate in Family History Skills and Strategies (Intermediate) Distance Learning Course with Pharos Tutors - which I thoroughly recommend to anyone wishing to further their knowledge in genealogy (Pharos run online courses on a range of different topics at various levels). In Autumn 2017 I started their two-year Advanced Certificate course - so hopefully I'll be not only adding the missing information to the families above, but discovering lots more about earlier ancestors.


If you find any errors in the following pages, or if you can provide further details, please do contact me using the Contact Form


Sue Mastel


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website last updated: August 2019

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