Enjoy our adventure in family history

How it began

Will writes: I fell in love with family history when I was aged just seven and ‘Aunty' Lizzie of Anglesey took me by the hand to show me the sepia photos in her parlour, telling me which were “my people”.

A few years later, my dad died. He left me an account of his first 16 years and the wonderful pen portraits of his parents and grandparents sparked my imagination.

The two incidents set me off on a pastime that has kept me entertained for 20 years.

Don’t miss...

• Our BBC recording of Tamar Hoggarth
• The Mary Max kidnap
• Henry Prossor's divorce
• William Frank Bramhill’s biography
• The Liverpool Lifeboat Disaster of 1892
• The Bibby’s dust explosion
• George Alfred Unwin and the world’s first CQD (SOS) message
• George 2 Unwin and the sinking of the Rotomahana
• The lord who may be Liz’s umpteen times great uncle signed the king’s death warrant
• Our Ancestry trees

About us

Will Bramhill and Liz (nee Hudson) live in Colchester, Essex, UK. Will is a newspaper sub-editor and Liz is a charity worker. As well as genealogy our pastimes include gardening. cycling, politics and reading — and Liz adores quilting and tapestry.

To contact us, see the bottom of the page.

Choose a name: Bramhill family


Huyton and

Twigs: King, Cheetham, Taylor, Forster, Lyon and Weaver


Derby and

Twigs: see Mulvey, below, Williams, Brookfield


Ireland, Hampshire, Manchester and Liverpool

Twigs: Baker, Lloyd, Scott, Hughes and Max


Conway, Holyhead, Newborough and Liverpool

Twigs: see Roberts, below

Lake District, Lancaster, Formby and Liverpool

Twigs: Wood, Bond, Ramsey, Walker, Boulton

Isle of Wight, Southampton and Portsmouth

Twigs: Perry, Newman, Sunning, Gustar

Newborough. Anglesey;

Twigs: Roberts, Evans and Jones

Hope and Wrockwardine, Shropshire

Twigs: Hughes and Davies

Choose a name: Hudson family

Leeds, Yorkshire, and Ipswich, Suffolk

Twigs: Hoggarth, Fletcher, Allin, Jackson, Morton, Wilkinson and Rhodes 

Suffolk, Norfolk, London, Manchester and Leeds

Twigs: Elvidge, Stark, White, Casemore, Hartley, Holmes and Kirk

Eagle, Lincolnshire, and Leeds, Yorkshire

Twigs: White, Holmes, Kirk

Dauntsey, Wilts, and the North York Moors

Twigs: Allin, Frank, Topliff, Brusby, Flintoff


North York Moors

Twigs: Jackson, Adamson, Gill, Rales and Barker


Norfolk and Yorkshire

Twigs: Rhodes, Hanslip, Adams, Chamberlain and Lenton


Ireland, Liverpool, Castleford and Leeds

Twigs: Hartley, Wilson, Sadler, Thompson and Booth


Bucks, Northants and London

Twigs: Embury

Quick reference: Bramhill

BramhillUnwinProssorWilliamsMulveyRoberts, BakerLloyd

Quick reference: Hudson