We have traced Mike's roots
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. My 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.
The Index of Non Fretwells
is a listing of all those people who, mainly through marriage, were
connected to the Fretwells.
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 our
Useful Links page. Other links
are to email addresses or websites or that have been of particular interest
or which we found useful in compiling our own site.