This family tree is the result of a labour of love. I thought of researching my family tree a long time ago but didn't consider it possible for various reasons, particularly as no-one in my immediate family seemed to know much about our relatives and never thought I could find out so much from public records. However, having been trained in (scientific) literature research techniques, it was only a matter of applying them to a different discipline. Living within travelling distance of the public and family records centres in London also made a big difference, as did my skills on accessing information on the web.
It all started, however, when my two sisters and I visited Kew Gardens in 2003. Nearby is the Public Record Office and we were curious about solving the life-long mystery of the extra 't' in our name. This was always claimed by my father to be the correct spelling and he said he had written to the PRO to confirm this. I found this to be the opposite. Never mind, it started an investigation that is still ongoing.....