This Blog is dedicated to my ancestors.

This Blog is about my Family History, which I have researched since 1997. I think it’s important to make your family tree / your genealogy research accessible to as many people as possible so your hard work does not go to waste or worse still, lost completely. I am hoping this blog will assist others connected to the same branches as I and to help further their own research and hopefully preserve our heritage for generations to come.

My full family tree is available on Ancestry.co.uk (Stephen’s Family Tree).

I will be updating this blog as regularly as I can, and squeeze in a bit of time to do so whilst running around after my little girl which I pretty much do full time :-) However feel free to contact me: Stephen Kuta

Email: stephenrobertkuta@hotmail.com

Family Names I am researching are;

Kuta / Janes / Bean / Plaskett / Woods / Rollings / Mintern / Southwell / Barrett / Taylor / Walker / Mayhew / Aylott and many more.

Important Notice:

This Blog ‘The Lives of my ancestor’s, is a collection of work regarding my family history, a history I share with many other people. I am happy for my work and research to be used on other Blog’s and quoted and included in your own family history, but please provide a sourced citation for this or a link back to my site.
Please remember that this is my research, hobby and hard work,  (mistakes in research can be made and I am always looking for new information/sources to prove or disprove my work) always double check yourself, use my work as a tool and be responsible for your own research.

Good luck with your research 🙂

45 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks for the follow. I agree with your sentiments above; a huge part of the pleasure in researching family history is to share it and make sure it is not lost. Good luck in your searching.

  2. Thanks for visiting and following my blog! My original plan was to just record family history and I quickly learned that I did not have enough documented ancestry to sustain a blog! So, I expanded it to include not only my family history, but my new iPhone photography hobby and life in general! I hope you enjoy! I’m looking forward to reading more of yours! All the best to you! 🙂

    • Well you have just combined two of my favourite hobbies, genealogy and photography.

      if you need any help with your research, I’m happy to lend a hand.

  3. My name is william antonelli–I have traced my family back to edward gray of Plymouth mass–son of John Graie– I do not have ancestry.com for the ZUK but I found your story by googling Edward gray– thanks for so much info

  4. Thanks for the follow. I enjoyed reading your latest post as well. My adopted sister said to me one time that it would not be enough foe her to know dates and facts, she would want the stories. I mulled that over and agreed. So, that’s what I’m trying to do. Best of luck with your research. Thanks again. Terry

    • Best of luck with your research too and I totally agree. The stories behind our ancestors are out there waiting to be discovered.
      Thank you for the follow back and looking forward to reading your future posts

  5. Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. I really enjoy your blog and find it both helpful and interesting. Our shared interest in genealogy drew me to the blog, and I’ve learned a great deal from your research techniques and insights.

    To accept this award, there are some rules you have to follow:
    1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to that blog.
    2. Share seven things about yourself.
    3. Nominate 15 bloggers you admire (or as many as you can think of!).
    4. Contact your bloggers to let them know that you’ve tagged them for the One Lovely Blog Award

    Congratulations! I have posted my nominations at http://brotmanblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/one-lovely-blog-award-a-nice-start-to-the-new-year/


    • Thank you for your comment, it is very much appreciated. I try and update my blog as often as I can, although it can get a little difficult at times juggling everyday life. Especially as my 3 year old keeps very busy :-).

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog Stephen. I’ve enjoyed the parts of your family story I’ve read so far and look forward to reading some more another day.

    • Randolphus de trafford 944 to 1050. From trafford manchester. Was my 30th great grandfather and l think his wife was adelaide from France 🇫🇷. Does anyone know her name and birthplace.and Randolphus was from angelo saxon .l heard somewhere down the line his family was from either Denmark 🇩🇰 or Sweden 🇸🇪 does anyone know. My email address is karl.schiele2@gmail.com thank you

    • Really, that’s very interesting as it’s a family name I am very interested in. My Janes family (plus with variant spelling) are from Essex, England but I suspect the family may have come from the West Country.
      Where abouts does Jaynes line come from?

      • I found out not long ago that Jane is one of our family names. One of our (relatively recent) Butterfield descendants married a Jane, and I believe they lived in Michigan. This looks like a great blog; will dig around a bit more. 🙂

      • It would be great if we found a connection with our Jane / Janes Family name. I have recently tested my father’s DNA and he shares a connection with Abel Janes, who’s son William emmigrated to America in the early 1600’s.

      • That would be wonderful. I must admit that the several hundred letters written by my great grandma (Orah Myrtle Smith Butterfield) between 1940-1952 are what motivated me to start writing about our family genealogy. I began a series called The Malevolent Matriarch about her because she was less than kind, but also because this time period was my father’s childhood, and therefore is an incredible gift. I decided to share. More recently, I found letters written by Orah’s father (late 1880s), also decided to share, and have had to backtrack. All of this is for my children who don’t care now, but will later. I am overwhelmed by all of the documentation we have, so my focus has been in a more current time period, not back as far as you have ventured. One of the descendants of our Lynna Adelle Butterfield (sister of my great grandfather Elmer Hunt Butterfield, and who married George Todd) is who married a Jane.

  7. Hi Stephen – thanks for visiting and following my blog! I only started less than 6 months ago, so I don’t know what else I’ll find, or how long I’ll do this for. But I’ll definitely read yours – perhaps you have some handy advice that might help me in my own search. (Also: The number of generations you’ve traced in your family? That’s ASTOUNDING.)

      • Thanks, Stephen, You made me blush. I’ll blog a bit more about my novels. One of them has been option for film … so fingers crossed. Anyway, thanks in return and I’m glad we’ve found one another … it’s a good omen (I forced myself to stop saying karma).

      • Blimey, a possible film is certainly something to blog about. I have my fingers crossed for you, hopefully everything works out and looking forward to reading about it.
        I believe in good omens too 😉 and I am certainly looking forward to chatting with you more 🙂

  8. Welcome back, Stephen. I was just thinking the other day about how much I missed reading your posts and discovering each new ancestor we have in common. Can’t wait to start comparing notes again… Until then, best wishes!

  9. Hello. Thankyou for following. The Samuel Dennises in your tree and mine are probably not related (unless a very long time ago), but it is interesting to see what you have discovered beyond the Dissolution of the Monasteries. I’ve not really focused on the one branch that I can trace that far, partly because someone has done much of it already, but mainly there is still plenty to explore closer to home. My only link (so far,and also illegitimate) is to people named Medlicott from Medlicott, a farmstead in the Shropshire hills, who seem to be connected to William the Conqueror. My tree is also on Ancestry – BrownCarterDennisEvans. Why do so many keep their trees private?
    Cheers, Andrew.

    • I have often wondered why so many tree’s are kept private too, I understand that some people do for awkward family reasons. This is certainly a topic that I have questioned many times.
      I will check out your tree on Ancestry,
      And good luck with your research.
      Regards, Stephen.

  10. Hi thank you for all your hard work. I was looking into the grays as our line goes back to William gray and Alice mixer. Lots to read on here… Are the grays related to any famous people? ha ha.. X

  11. Hi Stephen,
    Such a great help your blog has been for me. Your frankness and sincere dedication to your research of said tree has me very happy and certainly impressed with you being able to do anything at all whilst raising an energetic youngster! Please say high to not only your daughter but all of these “tree” climbers I can’t wait to meet. I’ve only found the Hutchinson Apsley paper so far but am more than excited to dig in with all my researching fervor(that I did’nt know I had) At the risk of having a little Du’Mass blood in me as well what are some of these abbreviations like Ob., an d……..I don’t think my latin is up to snuff if you get my drift!? Keep up the good work sir I

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