Welcome to new followers!

Thank you to the new followers over the last few days, it’s very encouraging, especially as my site is still a work in progress. I’m always happy to get in touch with anyone who can connect with any of the families or places or with 62 Sqdn RAF


Old Newspapers

I don’t have many ancestral connections with Europe, but when I came across the European Library I knew it was something worth recording, so I’ve added a link to it on my Links page.


The Links Page

The Links page is very much a list for me, so that I can revisit sites and sources of information easily. At the top of the page there is a list, a framework, and this corresponds with the order of the links further down the page. Not all links are included yet, I add them as I go.

Belton, braidwood, Bwlchgwyn, Cornwall, Dooley, ellery, Hartigan, Hudson, Ireland, Joynt, Liverpool, McAnally, McNally, Nether Alderley, Our Family History, People, Ralston, Renshaw, Salthouse, Scotland, Stoke on Trent, Stretford, Welcome Post

Welcome to my History Pages

This is my new site, replacing the ‘broken’ site at http://www.belton.me.uk. Not everything has been transferred, that’s a work in progress, but the main starting points are The Belton family of Bwlchgwyn, the Ellery family of Cornwall, the Salthouse family of Nether Alderley and Liverpool, the Ralston family of Liverpool, the Braidwood family of Scotland and Liverpool, the Dooley family of Stoke on Trent, and the Joynt, Hartigan, Mcnally/McAnally and Hudson families of Ireland and the Renshaw family of Stretford. Scroll down the People menu for names with a family tree and search the Surnames page in the People menu for most of the other surnames on this site.

There will also be stories about people not related to us. They might be people who only share a surname but who have interesting tales to tell, they could be connected with my friends’ families, or be part of the times and places where these families lived. It will take a while to upload them, but their stories are interesting.

Please get in touch if you can add to anything on these pages, expand on the family trees or just have a family or history interest in common. There is a contact link on the top menu.

Site Updates

Many Changes

The Memorial pages have been improved again, but the main changes has been to move this Blog to be the first page that you see when you visit the site, the previous Home page is still available on the menu bar. The top menu has been simplified and, now, when you look at the Blog page you can see the categories and titles on the right. A lot more work to do on this, but it’s beginning to work the way the way I want it to work.

Liverpool, Local History, Our Family History, People, Salthouse


A trip to Liverpool this morning to learn more about the docks, I have a few interests from my Salthouse family to explore. After the talk we had a walk through Liverpool One and we really, really, were going to go down past John Lewis’ to look over the wall and see the recently discovered old dock – but the cold wind changed our minds and we ended up in Waterstone’s, instead, browsing the books.


Hartigan Updated

I decided not to rewrite all of this page. The trees have been tidied up, but further down the page are the notes I made about nine years ago, when we knew bits about the family but not all the information was available. It’s interesting, sometimes, to remember the challenges and the brick walls, and the shouts of joy “I’ve got it!” when that missing link is found! Heady days, indeed.


Joynt (Jane) Updated

Jane Joynt, who married Henry Joynt, was the mother of Margaret Joynt. Whilst much of Jane and Henry’s trees are identical, Jane did remarry after (presumably) Henry died and so her tree contains her ‘Pixton family’ children. There was close contact between Margaret Joynt and one of her Pixton half sisters so it’s good to see them all on the same lineage. William Pixton also married twice so has his own page even though he is only connected by marriage.


Baxendale Updated

A very short page, the Baxendales are only related to my family by marriage but still played an important part in the documents and pictures (such as they are) that I have. It’s a long time since I last looked at the family history but I seem to remember that Richard Baxendale who married Mary Braidwood was brought up his grandparents. A good story of changing times and improved prospects for children who were lucky enough to have a decent basic education and family who were in a position to help them.