What's in Hilary's Pages?
The links at the top of each page will
help you to move around easily
Who are we?
|Hilary Belton, born in
Bwlchgwyn in the days before TV when there were shops, chapels, church,
dances, concerts, sales of work, nativity plays and snow. Real deep, cold,
snow....and almost everyone in the village seemed to be a distant relative
of some kind.
||Barbara Salthouse, my
mother's maiden name, with a family history that stretches from the Fylde
Coast to Nether Alderley in Cheshire and to Liverpool, Ditton and
Birmingham, with stories of sea captains, coppersmiths and Q boats along
||David Hartigan, my
husband, with a family history that centres around Salford and Manchester
but which goes back, eventually, to Co Limerick and Co Mayo in Ireland -
if only we could find those connections! Another strand takes his family
to the John Meir earthenware factory at Tunstall.
Price, Dodd, Roberts, Edwards, Jones, Davies, Williams, Mottershead,
Bradley, Walters, Braidwood, Ingles, Millar, Hesketh, Holding, Ralston,
Coleman, Dodd, Ellery, Warburton...
Pixton, Renshaw, Dooley, Meir, Harrison, Longdon, McNally, Kenny,
|This is the family history section with a summary of the
information that I have about each of the different families. There is
also a page of surnames - always in need of an update - which includes
names on the fringes of my research interests. T
he navigation bar on the left always lists the family trees, wherever
you are on the site.
|The most prominent location, at the moment, is Bwlchgwyn
because that is where I was born and where my family still live and, of
course, I know it well and have quite a few photographs from over the
Liverpool and Nether Alderley also feature in our family stories and I
will develop these pages, and bring in new places, as time allows.
|Again, a constant work in progress, but family histories,
where available, will be accessed from the family trees on the left. Our
parents' and grandparent's military stories will be in the "Army Navy
I have also, courtesy of the CWGC, collected together details of those
who died in service, including all the men named on the Bwlchgwyn War
Gwynfryn, Minera, Brymbo, Coedpoeth, Wrexham, Llandegla, Llanarmon,
Treharris, Wilkes-Barre PA,
Ditton, Widnes, Didsbury, Nether Alderley, Birmingham, Salford, Scotland,
Manchester, Whitehaven, Limerick, Co. Mayo, Tunstall,
Who provided the information and the pictures?
|Most of the genealogy is available at local record offices,
from books or CDs that I have bought or from the online resources to which
I have subscribed.
Most of the photographs are family photographs in our possession or are
photographs taken by me to illustrate our stories.
|The Belton family history was researched by Tom and Gwynne
Belton a few years ago; their work has made my research so much easier as
I can compare online sources with their information as I continue my own
With the other family trees we have started with what we knew and any
old papers or photographs that we had and searched, helped considerably by
other people sharing their research as we went along.
|Whilst, in theory, almost everything is available online or
in record offices, museums and libraries these days, it is the
collaboration of a lot of other people that actually connects the various
strands of research together.
Through the internet and this website we have discovered family that we
never knew of and made a lot of new friends as well as acquiring and
|I created the site. It's my work. I own it. That's the legal
position. I don't charge for viewing, I don't ask for donations. I run
this site because I enjoy doing this and I enjoy meeting new people and
sharing information and searching for information.
||Unless credited otherwise, all the pictures on this site are
my copyright. Even if the pictures appear to be old, the digital versions
of them on this site are generally the result of a lot of work and my
copyright is valid from the date I created the images.
||I wish I didn't have to say this, but:
it is illegal to copy any part of this website in any form whatsoever,
whether printed or digital, without the written permission of the
copyright holder - that's me, Hilary, the web designer. If you have an
interest in any pictures or text, please email