Several of my relatives have tried to track down our Rhodes
family over the years. My cousin Christine started it
as a history student in the 1960s and it was continued
by her mum and mine and later by my Uncle
Ronnie. They traced them from Mottram in north east
Cheshire to Flockton, near Wakefield in West Yorkshire
the hard way — through trips to churches to study
dusty registers for each elusive clue.
It was on the evening of 25 August
1999 after I had attended my Uncle
Ronnie's funeral that I searched the web to see what
may or may not have been out there that might have helped
in his research. On the second click, I contacted a' lost'
relative who within a couple of emails had added many
more names to the Rhodes family and pushed back our research
by two generations.
That was when I set my first
challenge — to trace the ancestors of my grandparents
and those of my wife Pat to 1700 if it could be done.
I got sucked into an enthralling hobby that has opened
my eyes to events in the past and thrown up some fascinating
stories. And along the way, we have had the pleasure of
discovering other 'lost' relatives, sometimes in the most
There were three reasons for
publishing this research to the web. The first is entirely
selfish — despite the excellent software packages
available, they soon struggle to handle the mass of information
and images that we collect. Viewing family history through
a browser seems to work much better. Second, it is a convenient
way of sharing what I have discovered with others with
the same interests. Finally, I hope it is a means of preserving
my research for future generations who will hopefully
have an easier entry for further research.
the site works
Not even rocket from a bottle science! Each page represents
a couple or an individual with links back to their parents
and forwards to their children. There is a simple colour
coding system with the solid colours indicating direct
ancestors. Originally, the family names at the top of
each page showed which great-grandparent yje individuals
'belonged' to, but as major branches have been uncovered,
so they have had their own descriptive pages added, for
example the Goddards
and the Howarths. Should
you need help working out a relationship of two people
with a common ancestor, click
section is where I have summarised information from the
Ashton Reporter which publishes news from 100 and 50 years
ago in a regular column. The churches
section is where I publish photos and other information
of the various churches mentioned in our families' records,
like St Peter's, Ashton to the left. This section has
grown as I now includes photos of any churches that I
pass, depending on the weather and if I remembered my
The People section brings together
the various albums being collected on the site, while
the Maps pages display extracts of maps to show where
people lived. In places you find one or two, well Places!
The search facility comes free,
courtesy of Atomz.
It works well and I recommend it if you have a largish
site to index. I have also added a Links
page of useful sites to visit.
the site is up to
The pages here are far from complete. So far, your will
find the main branches of our families with others being
added all the time. If you have arrived here to be disappointed,
me and I will let you know as they are published.
Nor do I claim that all the information is accurate. This
is family history, not genealogy, so sometimes there is
guesswork involved, rather than certified certainty. I
have put question marks after entries of which I am unsure.
Please treat with caution.
You will notice that I have
kept private information about people who I know to be
living. If you are one of those people and want details
to be published, let me know. Alternatively, if I am publishing
information about you that you would prefer to be kept
private, please contact me.
I hope I have acknowledged
everyone who has helped me along this journey on the appropriate
family pages. If not, I apologise — putting it down
to blind obsession! Meanwhile, please enjoy what these
pages have to offer.
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