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Anne Brooks' Ancestry

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"I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face and a grey dawn breaking."
John Masefield

WELCOME to my family history website. It is dedicated to those strong pioneers, my parents among them, who made the pivotal decision to leave everything and everyone, and travel to the other side of the world with little hope of ever returning. It has made all the difference.

When I began ten years ago, I knew little more than my grandparentís names and a few unproven stories. My goal was to at least find my great grandparents and document their lives. I have learned more than I could have imagined possible. My families originated in the south of England and the main lines are NOSWORTHY, HORSWILL, YELLAND and POPE from Devon; FARLEY from Kent, and RICKARD from Cornwall. In due time, I learned that NESWORTHY in Durham and Northumberland, and NORSWORTHY in Canada, were directly connected, and have subsequently been included.

Because it appears those of us who delve into this hobby suffer from an inability to define parameters, my initial goal has since broadened. I have now included the lines of BROOKS and BECK, from Prince Edward Island, and those of my childrenís spouses. Visitors to the website have kindly helped me add numerous branches and although it remains one interconnected tree, it now represents much more than my direct line ancestry.


This website recognizes that living individuals have a right to privacy. Every attempt has been made to protect the names of the living. No details will be available; their names will be shown as "Living". As a general rule, individuals born after 1905, without a known death date, will be presumed to be living.

You are not required to login. Access to the website is available to everyone, nevertheless only close family members of my own direct lines will be provided a login ID and password in order to access the private component of the website.

The data provided on the website should be sufficient to allow you to decide whether or not there is a connection to your own lines. Much more detail is available, including complete sources; I am happy to share what I have. Please take the time to contact me, and in so doing, we all will benefit.


You can contribute information to the database by accessing the tabbed menu option labelled "Suggest" on each individual's data screen. By clicking on this link you can complete an online suggestion form to suggest a change, a correction, or addition of data. Of course, if you prefer, you can simply email me.

Secondly, you can help by sharing your stories. We all have a story to tell and the section below, Feature Articles, is designed for this kind of input. A few pertinent photos and a memory is all that is needed; I can do the rest. Let's see if we can bring life to our dearly departed!

You will discover it is easy to navigate this website. You can begin by using the menu bar on the left and either search immediately or click on "Surnames" and select from the list. Remember to check for a possible name variation. Finally, a tip for anyone who finds it difficult reading on a computer screen. In either Internet Explorer or Firefox, holding down the Ctrl key and using the + and - keys (or the scroll button on your mouse) will allow you to zoom in or out in order to change the size of the text. Please begin, and enjoy.

Thank you,

KISS ME GOODBYE!.... Murder is always a mistake ...

SEARCHING FOR..... Can you break the brick wall? ...

THE FARLEY TRIO....Genius comes in many forms ...

THEOPHILUS WATTS: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT....Who did Theophilus Watts marry? ...

THOMAS MACHON: AN UNFINISHED STORY....The story was, that when he left, he said he wouldn't write...

THE GOOD OLD DAYS....John Brooks was a leader in his community of Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island...

THIS OLD HOUSE....Aberfoyle Farm has been the home of John and Henrietta Dickson, nee Watts, and their family since the late 1800s...

POPE OR CROCKER?...."No better heritage can a father bequeath to his children than a good name..."

FROM NOSWORTHY TO NESWORTHY AND NESSWORTHY....Links to related articles on the Craxford Family Genealogy Magazine...

THE STORY OF JOHN NORSWORTHY AND MARY CAUNTER...."Three and a half weeks later, Mercedes has unearthed another fossil..."

WEBSITES OF INTEREST....A page of links to websites which may be useful to you as you research your family...

If you have any questions or comments about the information on this site, please contact me at Anne Brooks. I look forward to hearing from you.


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