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Nottingham, England.
Hi and welcome to you all.
There are many members already registered, can new as well as old members give a quick introduction please.

Thanx all,:)
Well as I posted I may as well start with me:)

My name is Dave, married with 2 children (1 at home 8) and the other living in Yorkshire. We live in Nottingham "Robin Hood Country" (topical!).

I will not mention my age, but you could have a guess, by having a son at 28.

I work (too hard) for a facilities management company working for a number of blue chip companies, all over the UK. Generally I am away 2 or 3 days a week.

In my spare time (What spare time!?) I currently run a number (6x) of web sites (including this one) and also run a reseller hosting company, selling hosting.

My hobbies are obviously Family history / Genealogy, Web building, design, PHP, HTML et all and Computers and PDA's (great to access websites while on the road!).
I generally run out of time, due to work commitments, never mind my website hobbies! (Most weeks I get threatened divorce by my wife:confused:)

All the very best,
:p My Name is Peta & I live in Adelaide Sth Australia. I am married with 3 children. My son 22 yrs doesn't live at home. The next is a daughter 20yrs she has an intellectual disability & she works at a sheltered workshop, which gives her a measure of independence. My other daughter is 15yrs & is in yr 10 at school.

I am a home body at the moment but used to work as a clerk in a major department store. My hobbies beside genealogy are reading, quilting, embroidery and any other crafts.:cool: :2fun:

We are actively involved in basketball on a district level with my youngest playing & my husband coaching a boys team. While I support from the sidelines.:D

I originally come from Kettering, Northamptonshire, having immigrated when I was 2yrs old. So I don't remember anything about England at all.

Well I think that's about all for me. Quite mundane really

Cheers everyone
Hi Peta,

Great to see you here :)
kettering of all places - I say that as I was there yesterday (and Corby & Northampton).
How did you get your son to leave so early? My eldest at 28 is still here - looking after him to well! In the news it says that sons generally leave between 25 and 27 - so I keep telling him that is!

Quite mundane really
I don't believe it :wink:

Would love to see your comments on the forum - Comments (and poll) on the site post here please
All the best, Dave
Hi Dave,:)

quite the co-incidence you being in Northants at the same time that I mentioned it. I have seen pictures & It looks a lovely place. i would love to visit but don't like my chances.:(
My son couldn't wait to get out really. I think he thought I cramped his style. :p
He was 18 when he left the first time & was out for 6mths before circumstances dictated he had to come home. Losing his job didn't help. Then he got himself sorted again & has been out for nearly 2yrs now. I drag him home once a week for a meal & to catch up & he is actually quite willing to talk about his life etc which is good.
On the other hand my youngest has no plans to ever leave home. She states she has it too good where she is. Not bad for a 15yr old.:D

Hi, I´m Carolyn and i'm from Norfolk England but now retired and living in Spain. I have been researching our families from 30 years ago when we walked the streets of London looking at records, now of course it is a lot easier.:)
My ancestors all came from Norfolk and I have been lucky to have found descendants of my gt grandfathers brother who emigrated to Canada in the late 1890's, which made it all worthwhile. This must be one of the most satisfying hobbies ever. I have made so many friends and found lots of family that I didn't know existed
Hi carolyn,
i'm from Norfolk England but now retired and living in Spain
- Hope you are not missing good old "blighty" too much:) Though Spain is a good place to be - especially this time of year!

we walked the streets of London looking at records
Still do a lot of that still! Especially visiting my ancestors places and where they are buried.

This must be one of the most satisfying hobbies ever
I totally agree:cool: And I will also say that it is one of the most frustrating too!

have made so many friends and found lots of family that I didn't know existed
And thats why we are here for - to help each other - and make some great friends:D

All the best Carolyn......

I have only just joined your forum about 10 mins ago, so looking in to what is what, and it seems that Introductions might be the best place to start.

I was born in Staffordshire and emmigrated (by myslef) to New Zealand to marry my Kiwi boyfriend nearly 16yrs ago now, I am still married and we have soem gorgeous children all at school.

I have been a home mum for the past 7 year, though i am heavily involved with voluntary work in the community and at the local school.:eek:

I have been doing family research for my husbands family for about 1yr, and what a lot came my way, had a grandfather that had two borthers ended up with 12 siblings.......laugh. I find this a enjoyable hobby until i hit to many brickwalls, just started back into the routine of research due to a few good friends i have meet via different internet site.

Generally get heaps of information i don't need and not enough of what i do need, however it is great passing this info on to others who really need it.

Well thats me............haha.....SMEE:D
Hi Smee, welcome

Welcome to the forum. Sounds like your life is nice & busy :eek: I've done the school & community bit as well, though things have slowed down the last 12mths as the kids move into different things.

Get used to the brick walls. I've got a permanent bruise on my head from hitting mine. :2fun: It feels really good when you get a lead though doesn't it O0
Hi Peta

I sure does make you smile when you breakdown a brickwall......I have had several of them and family have been amazed at what i have found due to all the help i have had from others as well as the bits i have managed to do myself.

:( Only one brickwall again now, not been able to break that for about 12months now, we shall see, i have to go back to basics and start over, just forget what i know and start again.

Heres hoping your having as much fun as i have had in the past.;D

Hi Smee,

Lucky you. Only one brick wall at the moment. I seem to have more brick walls than I care to think about. :'(
One of my problems is that both my parents had passed away before I started searching. They never really talked about family & most of their sibblings are either very old now or already gone. Plus Dad was an only child.
I'm waiting to hear from a cousin who recently went to england & did some fishing for me on one branch of the family. Apparently she found quite a bit but she wants to get it in order before she gives it to me.
I'm trying not to be impatient. But boy I wish she could hurry up;;D
But despite the frustrations I do really enjoy searching & find I am always in search mode just in case something or someone brings up a lead for me.:2fun:

Hi Pee Wee

Yeah i sometimes get impatient for information, then i give up for a while, i have just slowed my life down abit so that i can re start the research again. What family are you searching, and where about in the Uk, i have family and friends still there. My mother is a bit of a history buff. have you tired many websites in the UK at all? I noticed your a Senior Member on here.........so does that mean you have been researching for a long time or that you have been part of this site for a long time?

I think we need a new thread to chat on..............laugh, not sure we are still meant to be chatting on this one.redf)

Well have a great weekend.

Hi Smee,:D

The names I am looking into are Sanders, Coleman, Riches, Tebbutt, Wykes, & Healey. Mainly around the Northampton & Norfolk areas. I have been trolling around the Northampton family history site without much success. I have looked at other sites but find a lot just bounce back to Ancestry, who wants money for a lot of things (& that bugs me no end.mad) ) I did find a gentleman who had done extensive research on the Tebbutt line so got a lot of info from him. But the others are scant.
I think I have been a member for about a year, though I have been researching on & off for longer than that. I pop into here most days to see if anything is going on & to chat.;)
If you want to chat on a different forum go to the general chat forum. In there you will find a "lets have fun" thread. That's where we seem to do most of our chatting. The others would love to meet you as well.
Hope to see you in there.

Cheers Peta
Ps if you can't find it let me know
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Hi! I have just joined up, and have no idea what to do. I'm also new to the computer world, so I hope you bare with me. My name is Christine, I have been married for 33 years, unfortunatley we don't have children. I live in Newcastle N.S.W.Australia. I have ceoliac desease, is there anyone else that has it? I do voluntary work at a local Retirement Village. I have been doing my family history for a few years, {at the library,} now on my computer. Hoping I can find my English Ancestors. Christine.
Hi Christine,

Welcome to the forum - hope you visit us often and enjoy yourself.:)
I have been doing my family history for a few years, {at the library,} now on my computer. Hoping I can find my English Ancestors.
Wish you well in your reseach - hopefully someone here on the FHUK forums can help you.

All the best,
Hi Peewee

Probably the second post to you today.........laugh, i agree i don't use Ancestry coz they cost to much and that is why i get brick walls.........i suppose quite a few of us do. It is great when peopel can help each other.

I looked at yor list of names, don't think i have any help for your area, strangly enought though we also have Healey as a common surname, however ours is in Cheshire via Ireland (Sligo i think).

I will look you all up on the Chat Forum, probably will take me a while to find it........lol..........thank you for the invite, not sure if i have siad yet that i am in New Zealand so if your all in the UK you will have to let me know what time line you are online.................sorry not trying ot be funny yet.

Cya soon.

Hi all

I've recently registered on the site. I am researching O'Halloran in Glasgow and Eire, Howitt in Lincs and Leics, Antcliffe in Notts, Lincs, London and now NSW, Australia, Laffey in Glasgow and Eire, Denman in Lincs and a host of other names as I come across them.

I am quite happy to share info and help out where I can and I look forward to continuing my research on this site.
Hello all, Im a newbie:) as well as a 45year old mother of 3 teenage boys. I have been researching my ancestry for some time and thought I would give this site a whirl. Rgds Karen
Welcome to kaz789 and kelpie welcome on joining our FHUK forum.

Thank you for your offer to share - this is what the site is about - helping each other :)

Hope you have had a good Christmas - I have just about recovered (too much food and booze!).

If you are researching names (silly question really!) Please go to our "Wanted Names" section to post your wanted names - brick walls.

All the best in your research.


I am a 20 year old student from Staffordshire. I am in my final year of studying BSc Natural Sciences at The University of Birmingham.

I have never even begun to research my family history before, and I don't believe anyone else in my near family has mentioned it either. I have wanted to for a while though and have had very little idea of where to start, so hopefully this will help me get digging!

If anyone has any advice on how is best for me to start creating my tree then I would be so grateful.

I have been particularly curious about whether I have any ancestors that stand out after my housemate at university told me that her mum had been researching their family history and discovered that one of her ancestors was the last woman to be hung in Wales!

Hoping to meet many friends and cohorts on my journy into the past too

love Lindz