The Family Tree Pages

If you keep one eye on the past then you are blind in one eye, but if you forget the past then you are blind in both eyes. (Russian proverb)

...We're just as much the forest as we are the trees. Every little seed trying to find where the light comes from. (From 'World of Hurt' by Beth Nielson Chapman)

To ease navigation, the family names have been split into the following groups:

| Beardmore | Boultbee | Britain | Divers | Earl | Gibbs | Hicks | Long | Long - Williams |

| Martin | Parkes | Powell | Roome | Start | Strawbridge | Williams |

These family groups are joined at various grafting points to form a combined tree, but as this is very large, it cannot be shown here. 

Please contact me via e-mail if you have any information relating to any of these family names.

The family relationships page hopefully explains the various terms such as second cousin or third cousin twice removed that often crop up in family reports.

Information regarding my 2 x great uncle William Gibbs who emigrated to America in 1866 and his descendants is shown here.

The Timeline page lists a few of the events that happened during the time of our ancestors.

The maps on the surname profiles page show the distribution of the family group surnames for 1881 and 1998 that have been copied from the Surname Profiler Project web-site of the University College of London.

The map on the ancestor location map page shows markers at the approximate birth location of each Gibbs and Roome ancestor with lines joining the ancestors for each individual.

Various pages of the history of the Britains Toy Company, founded by my 3 x great uncle William Britain (#303), are also available.

Copies of various family photo's, articles and then & now photos of Bedford, Kempston & Derby can be seen from links on the photo's page & there are also copies of old maps (in pdf format) that are relevant to some of the individuals in the files.

The Can You Help page is a collection of missing links or photos of unknown people that could relate to the family. If you think you can help identify anyone then please contact me via e-mail

Details on the Julian/Gregorian Calendar change are on the Calendar Notes page which also has links to British & European perpetual calendars to show these changes to the calendar.

If you are interested in tracking down families in the Bedford or Kempston area in 1949 or 1963 or businesses in 1975 or 1976, then you may be interested in a CD copy of a Kelly's Directory.

The Useful Links page has links to other web sites that may be useful. See also the family tree pages of Ditch Boultbee and Paul Harris.

Thanks to Philip & Peggy Gibbs, Shirley Gardiner, Paul Harris, Ditch Boultbee, Gill Wilmot, Barbara Cope, Keith Doust, Brian Perriman, and all family members too numerous to mention for sharing their research & details with me and allowing me to publish it here.


(C) M.T. Gibbs 2015