Firefox Update

There is a lot going on and a lot of individuals have been added to The Williams Family Tree. More information will follow. However, I felt that this may be important to some of you who use my Toolbar and Extraction Scripts.
The latest versions of Firefox and Greasemonkey break everything! If you want to continue to use my Toolbar and Scripts then you must NOT update Firefox beyond 5.6 and Greasemonkey beyond 3.17.
If you have already updated Firefox it will have updated Greasemonkey but it is easy enough to go back a stage.
Firefox previous versions can be found here:
Greasemonkey previous versions can be found here:
However, please bear in mind the security risks of not upgrading Firefox, Greasemonkey, and other Add-ons.
As soon as I have new versions of my Toolbar and Scripts I will let you know.
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So much happening …

I really must get down to writing more stuff in this blog! The trouble is, so much has been happening with the moving in, re-decorating, exploring the new area, meeting new people, etc., that The Williams Family Tree has taken a bit of a back seat.

Not that the database has been neglected. There have been numerous updates and additions but much of these have been little bits here and there. I have been given access to a few more trees on Ancestry, for which I am extremely grateful, and am in the process of slowly adding more information to the database.

Cousin John continues to busy himself with his research and has send me more files that have been incorporated to the database but which I haven’t got around to verifying yet.

Thanks John, and thanks to everyone who has passed on information and/or links over the last few months. Things don’t look like slowing down too soon on the home front but I hope to put more time into The Williams Family Tree in the future.

Watch this space …

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Lost Email Contacts

I have recently moved house and, unfortunately, the hard drive containing all my emails and email contacts got damaged in transit. As yet I have not been able to find my most recent backup.

If you have made contact at any time over the last ten years or so could you please email me and let me know about your interest in The Williams Family Tree.

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Merry Christmas

A Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.


Much has happened since the last post on this blog – including my retirement from work. Yes, my shift is over and I can concentrate more on The Williams Family Tree. Or so I thought! Isn’t retirement fun? You can go anywhere, do anything, at anytime. Loving it!

We have, however, decided to move house and so a lot of my time has been spent sorting out, throwing out, and getting tired out! Lot and lots of paperwork has been scanned and/or re-downloaded and entered into the Tree. The poor old shredder has been given a hard time as it has been in almost daily making packing material from hundreds of census returns and other documents that are no longer needed.

Of course, nothing is ever simple! As I was doing all this I was also updating the records that went with the documents as well as looking at information other people have sent to me. This is one battle that will never be won as more cousins connect and share their research for which I am truly grateful. Please keep it coming.

On a very sad note, our aunt, Irene aka Rene, passed away in November. She will be sadly missed. Our hearts and thoughts are with the family. Bye Rene, you will never be forgotten.


Auntie Rene celebrating her 96th birthday


My Mom’s sister, Rene, the last of the Ellis girls.

It’ always difficult when a loved one passes away, especially one so full of fun as Rene. A sad reminder to us all that we only spend a short time on this planet so make the most of it.

I have spent a lot of time updating the website lately and hopefully the site will remain after I am gone. I have attempted to ensure that all the photos are correctly displayed and all other images are viewable. Time is again the problem here as new information is constantly coming my way, be it from family, contacts, or new sources on the internet. Trying to keep up with it all is fun but hard work. Below is a list of just some of the surnames that have been added or updated in the last few months. As ever I am always grateful for all the information I have been sent.

Adams, Amatt, Anthony, Bagg, Bedson, Blackbourn, Boon, Borders, Boseley, Bowler, Boxall, Brodie, Brooks, Carter, Chalk, Clowes, Cook, Cowley, Cowpe, Crossley, Davies, Davis, East, Edwards, Everitt, Ferrar, Foster, Gerrard, Gover, Grant, Guilford, Hair, Halliday, Hammond, Hawkswell, Hill, Hillsley, Hodson, Holmes, Hulse, Jacombs, Jarvis, Jones, Jones, Kilburn, kirk, Kybird, Lake, Lord, Lunn, Lysons, Maides, Major, Marcus, Marshall, Matcham, Matthews, McKillop, McQueen, Middlewick, Milledge, Morris, Neal, Neild, Norris, Norton, Palmer, Parsons, Payne, Phillips, Plumhoff, Prosser, Randall, Renshaw, Richardson, Ricketts, Stevens, Taylor, Thomas, Thompson, Thorpe, Thrum, Tolchard, Truslove, Walker, Wallwork, Watret, Wells, Wheatley, White, Wilkinson, Williams, Willoughby, Wood, Wright

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Where does the time go?

The 1939 Register on FindMyPast is now included if you have, or take out, a 12 month subscription. There have been many comments about the previously outrageous cost of looking at the register but it seems that FindMyPast have relented and now I have full access at no extra cost. Wonderful!

January 2016 started off with a look at the family of Arthur Thomas Rowlands, a well known figure in Aberdyfi. This was prompted by a photograph of Liverpool House showing Gwennie Evans (later O’Keefe), our first cousin once removed.

Liverpool House about 1912; X Auntie Gwennie

Liverpool House about 1912; X Auntie Gwennie

At the time of the picture, Liverpool House was owned by Edward L. Rowlands and I wanted to see whether there was any family connection. Arthur Rowlands married Vera Grace Davey, the sister of Cyril Francis Davey who married Jesse Evans. Jesse and the Williams Four (David, Susan, Lyn and myself) share the same great grandfather, Captain Owen Williams.

It turns out that Arthur’s father, John, was from Corris and his mother, Martha Ellen, from Berriew. There doesn’t appear to be any relationship to Edward L. Rowlands who was from Llanbrynmair. However, I have been able to add a bit more information about Arthur’s immediate family. And I will be able to add even more from the 1939 Register.

Arthur Thomas Rowlands

Arthur Thomas Rowlands

Out of the blue I received an email from a Sue Gordon (nee Goddard). Sue was born in Leicester and emigrated to Australia with her parents when she was a tennager. She suggested that the Gladys Goddard who married Thomas Haydn Wileman was her grandfather’s sister. Sue’s grandfather was Sidney Goddard. To cut a long story short, she was right. Now there are a bunch more Goddards in The Williams Family Tree – 85, to be exact! The story doesn’t end there though as I have also added Agar/Ager, Stafford, Kirchin, and Corrall to name just a few more surnames of Sue’s relatives.

Finally, for now at least, Claude Norton has been in touch and we have grown a few more twigs on that branch of the family. Claude is related to the Richards and Hoggett side of the family.

My aim over the next few months is to upload all the document images I have gathered over the years and attach them to the relative individuals – pun intended! However, moving house and all that entails may postpone the uploads for a while.


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