Welcome to this, the story of my families and their history. You will find details of my genealogy with documentary evidence to back up the research. You will also find some of the family stories and myths which inevitably get handed down from one generation to the next. There are some personal histories which help us to understand past lives and personalities.

I’ve tracked my families to many countries around the world. That said, my earliest proven ancestors mostly come from a relatively small area of the English Midlands. Many family members remain there to this day. Others travelled surprising distances for a variety of reasons, to places which might seem surprising to us today. The evidence for these locations, near and far is documented here, and where possible I show how, when and why individuals or families moved from one place to another. This evidence shows that travel is not only a modern phenomenon.

Working lives have changed beyond recognition even in my own lifetime. This site covers more than 500 years of family history, and we can see how work occupations have evolved over those centuries. For many generations, only very slowly. Then, with the Industrial Revolution we see new occupations and professions which changed the course of so many lives. The changes can be seen clearly in the documents still available today.

The final resting places of most ordinary folk have been lost through the mists of time, however, in many cases we are able to track down burial records, or if we’re lucky, memorials. These often tell us much about the families concerned and are an important part of our heritage which I try to record on this site where possible. Even modest individuals often left a ‘Last Will and Testament’ some of which survive from even many hundreds of years ago. They can be among the most personal insights into an individual character and his or her living conditions. Where possible I aim to provide transcripts or even images of these precious documents.

I encourage you to browse my ever growing content, and if you are linked to anyone, or to any of the events recorded here, then I’d love to hear from you.

I am working on the appearance and structure of the site. If you find something which isn’t working or which looks broken, please let me know so that I can deal with it.
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Hill Family

A study of the Hill family originating in Derbyshire and now extending around the World.

An extended family tree including many other families associated with the Hill name.

Brampton, Derbyshire

A study of the ancient parish of Old Brampton and it's newer neighbour.

History, genealogy, a photographic record and much more.

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Walter Mosley abt 1892 - 1918

Walter grew up in difficult circumstances around the dawn of the 20th century. He was destined for a hard working life as a miner.

The Great War changed everything and he served from Dec 1914, being posted to France where first he was injured and finally killed in action during the spring of 1918.

James Mosley 1839 - 1915

James spent his working life as a publican in Sheepbridge, Derbyshire. First as landlord of the Pheasant Inn, and then of the Sheepbridge Hotel.

He features regularly in newspaper archives, which give us a glimpse into his life.

Lily Pugh 1884 - 1973

Lily Pugh 1884 – 1973

Elsie Mosley 1897 - 1975

Elsie Mosley 1897 – 1975

Herbert Mosley 1900 - 1962

Herbert Mosley 1900 -1962

George Mayhew 1862 - 1940

George Mayhew 1862 – 1940