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 are almost certainly some errors or omissions, 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?
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.
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This site is still 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.
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:
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 back in 2007.
In 2013, I took over another one-name study into the surname Appleby, this is a much more prolific surname, so my own family history research was somewhat neglected! But early in 2020 I relinquished my role as Guild rep for this study as it had become way too demanding.
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). From 2017 to 2019, I studied their two-year Advanced Certificate course - so with all the skills acquired, l hope to add the missing information to the families above, and discover 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
website last updated: March 2020
In November 2019, this website was accepted for inclusion in the British Library Archive ... which guarantees its' availability long after I can no longer maintain it. However, it may be some months before it is trawled.