In 1973 I started to trace my family tree. I went about it all the wrong way - I started by looking through graveyards in areas where I suspected my family may have lived. By blind chance I stumbled across the gravestone of my ancestor John Chapman (1767 - 1849) at Gainford Churchyard in Durham, England. The gravestone gave me just enough information to prompt me to go back to my relatives and begin asking questions. This lead to searching bishop's transcript records (I found out about parish registers later) and further discoveries.
Within a few years I had learnt enough to begin teaching evening classes on genealogy. I was approached by others and founded with them the Cleveland Family History Society and became it's first secretary and journal editor, writing a series of articles 'Beginners Start Here'. These articles formed the basis of the web site 'Genlinks' .
The years 1980 - 1997 marked the doldrums in my researches. Family History took a low priority to career and family. But in 1998 I started a new life. I quit job, separated from family and moved 4000 miles to first the USA and later Canada. I started a new career developing web pages with my new wife, Shelia, and together we rekindled our interest in family history.
This web site is a work in progress. It will never be finished! As we can we will add further pages and revise and update others. The bulk of this site has been auto-created by Personal Ancestral File - the free software available from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Yes Shelia and I are members) - but as web developers we can't stop there. Each page is hand tweaked to improve it a little
|John Robinson CHAPMAN||Shelia Mae TATE|
The ancestry report uses 'Ahnentafel' numbering. This means that the numbers for a person's parents will be twice as large as that person's number. Males, other than '1', are always even numbers; females are always even numbers. Example: if a woman's number is 15, her father will be number 30, and her mother will be 31. Her child will be number 7. Ahnentafel is a German word meaning 'ancestor table'
John & Shelia Chapman
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