The Sawkins - Gosney - Garner Families
An explanation of this website
Across the top of each page you will see a series of five links which when you click on them will take you to differet pages. Each of those pages will have links to various sub-pages so that you can click back and forth across all the information. The five main links are as follows:
A history of the family history
Around 1970 my mother, Enid Sawkins (formerly Gosney), started to research her family history. I don't know for certain what prompted her, but maybe it was that her mother (Mary Rose) was then in her eighties and her father and stepfather had died. I don't know either whether Enid discussed the family history with her mother but I do know that she had a number of photos and other memorabilia from her mother's house after Mary died.
She continued the research sporadically over the next ten or fifteen years and then passed a lot of the information on to me. I was lucky enough to have a contact from my cousin, Adrienne, and she provided me with a lot of information about the Garner side of the family (my father's mother's family). However, neither had much information about the Sawkins' family and so I have had to do my own research about them.
After my father, Frank, died in 1997 I spent some time in England visiting my mother and helping her to clear out some of her belongings. Included were a large number of photographs, including many which she had inherited from her mother. I took the opportunity to talk with her about many of these and also to scan them into a computer.
All this provided me with enough information to produce a CDrom, which I did in September 2000, and to send copies to a number of members of the family. That was Version 1.1. Hence this is Version 2.1 (starting a new series because it is very different from the previous one). The original CDrom consisted mainly of photos, a database of family information and some family trees. Because it used a variety of software, it was not very user-friendly and assumed the user had database and other software which is not very common. Hence this version.
This website based on the CDrom which was distributed to a number of members of my family some years ago. The information here is very preliminary - I know there are a number of errors and omissions and I intend to deal with them as I am able. I have also received information from other members of the extended family, and of course people are having more children! Bear in mind it has taken 4 years to get from the first version to this second one, so don't expect miracles! If you come across errors or other information you could supply, please let me know.
The future of the family history
This website deals mainly with factual information - dates of birth and death, relationships, etc. Even then there are many gaps and areas where further research can be done. The website also does not give much information about the people themselves, their lives, personalities, etc. Maybe some of that can come in a later edition.
If you have any information you can add to what is here, or if you find any errors or problems with this, please let me know! My address is shown below.
Produced by Roger Sawkins, firstname.lastname@example.org or PO Box 57, Cannon Hill, Queensland 4170, Australia (61 7 3398 4222).