Introduction to Research
William and Annie Appleby, June 1898 Samuel William and Edith Appleby, June 1925
Family History is an almost bottomless subject. No matter how much research you do, you never reach the end. So in order to keep sane you have to set limits!
In my case, I have tried to find out about all of my ancestors as far back as the beginning of civil registration, which coincides approximately with the start of the useful census returns - around the 1840s. (Even doing just that can be quite an involved task, and I still have one or two loose ends to tie up.) Above is a photo of William and Annie Appleby - two of my eight great-grandparents - on holiday somewhere in 1898; a far cry from the beachware of more recent times! Also above is my grandparents' wedding photo taken in Nottingham, 1925.
Going further back in time, I have
so far limited myself largely to the Appleby family and their immediate
relatives. The search has been an interesting exercise in detective work,
and has taken me from Nottingham (where William and Annie lived) back to
William's roots in rural
This site is not intended to be a thorough recounting of the current state of my research; rather it is a place where I can put some information for download, together with some basic charts and lists. So here goes:
Here is a list of the surnames which I am interested in:
Well, I think thats enough to be going on with, dont you? And I havent even told you anything about my wife Sues family tree yet!
If you think you may be related to me, and would like to find out more, please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can research it. I will be happy to provide copies of what I have, including parish register extracts, census extracts, wills and title deeds, if you have a genuine interest.
Jonathan Appleby, Inverness
Last updated 17 September 2009.
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