WELCOME TO THE BAYLISS LINE. This blog has been created for my family. By "my family" I mean all those who are related to the Bayliss family either by blood, marriage or even relationship. There are, of course, other Bayliss families not related to us but this blog has at its heart a very specific family who had their origins in Gloucestershire. I am connected to that family because my mother was a Bayliss and it was her curiosity that started my research back in the early 1990's. So, what are you likely to see on this blog? Well, as it is a blog, I want it to be as entertaining as possible rather that a dry listing of facts (that is for Ancestry.com). I will, hopefully, be posting entries on our ancestors and relatives, on the places where they lived, and the historical times they lived through. I have an extensive collection of photographs of people and places which I will, of course, be sharing.
I'd like to ask anybody who reads this blog to give me some feedback. I'd really like this to be a two way thing. It sometimes unearths new information and, to be honest, it gives me encouragement. There will be two ways of providing feedback - either through the comment button (you will need a Google account for this) or via the e-mail address which appears on this page - alternatively, ring me. Now scroll down to read the latest entries.....and, of course, via Facebook.
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
THE FAMILY TREE
I thought a few words might be appropriate at this time about our family tree. The Tree exists on the genealogical research website Ancestry.co.uk. Obviously a tree must have a root but Family Trees work backwards and have to start somewhere or with someone and in the case of our tree that someone is me. If you ask me your relationship to an individual on the tree I first find my relationship to you and from that I can tell you the answer. As of this moment the tree contains the names and biographical details of 3,722 individuals who are related to me, however distantly, by blood or marriage. As an example there are twenty-three surnames beginning with the letter "A" alone (If you look in the right hand column you'll see a list of these names.) It also contains the details of my late partner's family. By their very nature family trees are never 100% accurate - wrong turns are taken, wrong branches followed and I've been as guilty as any researcher of this. I constantly review the information I store, re-examine and correct where necessary. I have often been asked what information the Family Tree holds and the answer is simply - anything I can find that tells me something about a persons life. This could be something as important as their Army Service Records down to where they went on holiday in 1935 (I have receipts for a chalet rented by my mother in Bognor Regis in that year) or even the name of a pet dog. When it comes to living relatives the system is different. People often mention personal things about themselves, relationships etc and I do not record these as I feel privacy is a big issue. Questions or additional information is welcome.