I have just started trying to do a family tree, so am very unskilled. However, my paternal grandfather's ancestors (I believe) came from Australia, with ancestors in the UK. His name was James Alfred Parkes, born about 1881. His wife was Ruby Helen (Ellen) Graydon, b. 22 July 1897, died around 1995. My father was Joseph Arthur Parkes, born on 19 March1921. My father died on 19 November 1983. Before becoming a farmer in the Taranaki district in NZ, my grandfather, James Alfred, was a blacksmith. My father was also a farmer in the Waikato region of NZ.
We may have no connection, but if we do, I think you might have more know-how as to how to find out.
Hope you don't mind me intruding on your dialogue, but I guess that's what this kind of research is about.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Anne Hayden (Anne Easter Parkes in Family-tree speak!)