Our Family History

Discovering our Smith and Saunders Ancestors

The Smith Family

The Smith family lived in Morchard Bishop, Devon, England for many generations from at least the 17th century.

Welcome!

This website is my attempt to record the family history of my parents, Jack Smith (1908-1958) and Ethel Elizabeth Saunders (1913-1984). It is very much a work in progress, but family members are very welcome to browse through the pages. Just register for a user account by clicking above on the standard website - or below the wedding photo on mobile sites - and you will be able to search through a jungle of documents and photos populated by hundreds of your ancestors.

The earliest root in the trees is dated 1480 and they grow their many branches up to my generation born in the mid 20th century, although I have only so far uploaded very few details of my siblings and cousins. So do not be surprised if you don't yet get a mention yet. Over time, I hope to cut some pathways through it all to make our family history a little more user friendly. If you want you can submit documents and photos, by clicking on the relevant tab on an individual's personal page.

To view records and photos, just click on the various sections on the left -or at the top right on the mobile site - but it might be less confusing to click on the "Smiths" and "Saunders" tabs at top left to see individuals and their associated data. You will also be able to view various family tree charts as well.

Some sections on the left of the screen are empty at the moment and quite a few photos and documents are not yet correctly linked, so please expect some snagging problems. I would be very glad to hear of them, as I might not know about a particular item or link not working. ALSO IT IS BEST FOR NOW TO JUST LOOK AT THE ALBUMS AND ARTICLES SECTIONS FOR STORIES AND COLLECTIONS OF PHOTOS.

IF YOU ARE VIEWING THIS ON A SMARTPHONE, I HAVE FOUND LANDSCAPE VIEW IS BETTER THAN PORTRAIT.

The appearance and structure of the website might also change during its construction. It is very likely that I will make some errors and that will mean the website is down until while I attempt to solve the problem. Future appeals for help are almost certain too, especially if I hear that you might have some technical expertise.

The Saunders Family

The Saunders family has its roots in the East End of London in the 19th century and later in Putney and Fulham in South West London.