Welcome to our Fretwelliana website.
In the nature of any work on family history, it is very much a personal
site, but we hope that there will be something of interest to others.
We have set ourselves quite an ambitious project in
trying to make some sense of the material inherited and garnered from
many other sources. Some sections and pages are yet to be started or
are "works in progress" and have yet to be added to the site.
We have traced Mike's
back to the West Yorkshire region, whence the family dispersed far and wide.
Through intermarriage, he now has international connections, the main links
being in Germany and America. Leonie is the other half. Her family
connections came from the Oxford region and parts of what was previously
Berkshire, and also
Cheshire. One contingent intermarried with a French family and spent most of
their lives in India.
Mike's father and grandfather
were very much 'into' family history and so, with the material they had
gathered, we gained a head start on his side. Leonie's side of the family presents
something more of a challenge due to regular 'clear outs' with each
successive relocation! But we hope the web site will grow as the Fretwell
material is put into some sort of order, and also from the ongoing
genealogical research on both sides of our family.
A Table of Contents is
included with links to the main sections of the site. A link back to the
Contents is included on all pages.
We have appreciated the assistance freely and generously given by a
number of people. These have been acknowledged in the text and/or included in
We welcome any comments on the
site, and, in particular advice on any failed links. Of course, any
contributions to the topics would be appreciated, and if anyone can help find
those 'orphan' ancestors....! We look forward to
hearing from you .