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I’ve been researching my family history for more than 20 years although my research tends to happen in fits and starts so posting here may be rather sporadic.

I’m particularly keen to set the family history in a local context, hence the section on places, although this is more time consuming so may not happen for all areas very quickly.

Please explore my family tree and do get in touch if you think you have any connection with my research.


Creating a family history website

This site has been created using a self-hosted WordPress installation, with the premium Safarica theme, and using Darrin Lythgoe’s TNG genealogy software to display the family tree.

I integrated WordPress and TNG by following the very helpful TNG wiki. If you follow it step-by-step, it’s not as daunting as it may first appear! Do pay particular attention to the section on permalinks – my site looked very messed up and I realised after going back through the wiki step-by-step that the reason was I had permalinks set to “post name” and not one of the preferred options. Changing this to one of the recommended permalinks made the site work immediately.

I also had problems with the table of surnames not displaying properly (the first cell was too small to display the contents). The solution to this was to edit the main.css file within the WordPress theme folder and change the table-layout to auto rather than fixed.

Final tip is that if you get an error message about being unable to open a file (fopen [path]: failed to open stream…) the solution is to check in TNG admin General Settings > Paths and Folders and check the root URL.

I’m no expert in this field but am happy to answer any questions about setting up a family history website if I can, as I’ve had a family history site for over 15 years. Feel free to get in touch.



  • Hi i have been researching my family tree & Mary Henstock from Staffordshire is also in my family tree. My Grandfather was Ralph Taylor & Grandmother Sarah Senior. Along down the line Mary Henstock married into the family.Can you enlighten me any further?
    Thank’s mel cummins

    • Hi Mel

      I’ve not come across the TAYLOR or SENIOR names in my research so far, unfortunately. The Mary HENSTOCK that I have in my line was born in Worksop in 1835. I believe her parents to have been Samuel and Sarah. I know she married James HADEN sometime between 1851 and 1858. I don’t know if this is of any help but it’s all I have on the HENSTOCK family so far.


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