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About Edmonds and Balls Family
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The impulse for researching my family history came from the photographs of two of my 
maternal great-grandparents: Thomas Lucas and Louisa Cooper although, ironically, 
these two proved to be 'brick walls' for some time. 
Genealogy is an odd pastime for someone who has no particular sense of 'roots' and no 
wish whatsoever to head count. However, I do like problem solving and following clues 
and evidence and I have a fascination with social history. I also have an obsession 
with accuracy. So, such pride as I have in my tree is not in the numbers of relatives 
found, nor in the length of historical distance traced, but in the care that I have 
taken and the results that I have achieved through reasoning, commitment and sheer 
persistence! There is a great thrill to be had after hours of staring goggled eyed at 
film and microfiche (or, even, the occasional original document) when you find that 
vital link you have been seeking. I sometimes feel that archive offices should provide 
a room into which you could rush to punch the air and yell "Yes! Found it!!"
I decided to create this WebTree for two reasons: although they did not affect 
me personally, the floods of 2007 in England brought home to me the fact that a 
single 'disaster', such as a flood or a house fire, could destroy the work of 
years spent in amassing information on my computer and in hard copy, leaving 
nothing for my family for whom, as much as for myself, I had begun building 
this family history. Secondly, when I did any research on the net, I had too 
frequently encountered examples of unverified information or of downright inaccuracy, 
creating trails that, if followed by me or my own family, would lead to false or 
questionable conclusions. As indicated above, I am too much of a pedant to accept that!
So, although I cannot totally guarantee the accuracy of all the information contained 
here, I can promise that I have spent many hours not just on the web, but at 
Records Offices and Archives in England and Wales, doing the best I can to 
obtain verification. I have followed leads carefully and built links based on 
evidence and reasoning. Very little can be 100% certain, but I have done my 
best to establish all my facts at least on the balance of probability and, 
wherever possible, beyond reasonable doubt.
I have tried to avoid including information from unverified sources, but I may 
sometimes have too readily accepted from living people unevidenced information as to 
their own families, which may turn out to be flawed. I have found (and corrected!) 
errors in my own memories, let alone those of others who have been kind enough to give 
the best information they can. As my own main interest is in the past, it may 
take a little while to ensure the accuracy of all such information, although I 
hope to do so eventually. However, as the only information appearing here about 
those still living is date of birth, any inaccuracies that have crept in 
should not be too much of a problem. If you recognize yourself as one of the LIVING 
entries and discover that I have misrepresented you or yours, please let me know 
and I will, with apologies, make the appropriate amendments. 
I have accepted records found on the net where copies of original documentation 
are viewable or where other corroboration is available. I have not included 
full references for census records, but have simply listed them. They are easy 
enough to cross check. I have, however, tried to point out where transcripts 
are inaccurate, so that time is not wasted in looking up someone who is there, 
but who may not be findable under their 'proper' name. If I have time in the 
future, I may add full references..... 
Please note that some of the commentary for this Tree is not mine, but is 
automatically generated by this excellent website. I am unable to change 
certain formulae. Thus, when an Ahnentafel Report tells you 'they had one 
child' of a couple you know had more, it will be because I have only entered 
that one child so far. I may - or may not - know of any others. Please feel free 
to tell me about any missing offspring.
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Getting Around
There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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