This website is about my sometimes obsessive and frequently expensive attempts to document my family tree and is the culmination of about 5 years work. I've often thought it strange that as a whole we don't talk more about where we've come from and with this site I hope to make at least our family history a bit more accessible. I really hope that somebody else will find the work that I've been doing to be of use.

Although this website is entitled "Bird Family Tree" there are a lot more surnames that feature here. On the paternal side are the Gooderham family who, much like the Bird family are largely based in Suffolk, the Arbon family who have also been resident in Suffolk, but originate from Germany, the Durrant family who can be traced back to Suffolk and the Hawkins family that go back to Somerset. On the maternal side is the Murdoch family, that includes Dr William Murdoch, a member of the Royal College of Surgeons and appointed, amongst other things, surgeon of the Thames Tunnel Works. Also featuring are ties to the already well documented Leftwich family, who have roots in Cheshire, and also to the Beatson family, again a fairly well documented family.

For many years this site went offline after I became less actively involved in genealogical research. I thought that the original source code was lost, but I recently rediscovered it and having a little extra down time due to the pandemic, I have decided to revive it. Thanks for stopping by!

Arthur Bird and Family
Arthur Bird and Family
From left: Bertha 'Buffy' Emily, Blanche Amelia, Amelia, Kenneth Arthur, Myra 'Molly' Edith, Arthur and David Rueben.