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Contact Me

You may want to contribute to the website or use information from it, if so please get in touch. One proviso: this is a one-woman-website so whilst I am usually able to acknowledge your mail I may not be in a position to reply in full for a week or two (longer in holiday periods).

If you are requesting an image read on, otherwise skip to the gubbins which describe how to email me.

Image requests

If you would like to use an image from the website - thanks for asking, it is appreciated - I will help if I can. Most images have been contributed by others and they retain copyright; so I will need to forward your request to the contributor.

The contributor may be happy to allow their family photo or postcard to be re-used but may prefer it not to be. Experience shows requests from or on behalf of commercial enterprises are more likely to be declined than those originating in academic or personal research.

Other points
  • It is often not possible to provide a high resolution image; the image I send may be larger than that on the website but of the same resolution
  • Please include the link to the relevant page or its title to identify the image you are requesting
  • A request for multiple images may involve contacting multiple contributors and this process can take a couple of weeks or longer
  • Wording of the acknowledgement will need to be agreed with the contributor

As to how to make your image request...

Email address

The email address is made up of three parts:
  1. This part can be anything - the surname or High Street number you are interested in - it really doesn't matter but you need something
  2. an @
email address example

Email subject

Suggest you include the surname or High Street address.

Email content

If you have a family history question it will help if you say what you have already searched (otherwise I may suggest you try things you have already tried).


What happens next

I will normally come back to you within a few days of receiving your email, even if it is just to let you know I have received it and will need a little more time to reply in full.

At this stage I may add a note to the 'Coming Soon' area of the Home Page about your contact: please let me know if you do not want your full name shown - please be aware of possible security issues.

What follows depends on what you have written about, but it may lead to

  • adding some notes to a page already on the web site (eg about a property or family; or adding names to a photo page)
  • adding your request for information about people you remember or relatives you are seeking to the home page
  • preparing a new web page about your family, memories, photo or other material
  • if I have time I check whether anyone else is interested in the same family name or property; if they are I will ask whether you would like me to contact the original contributor on your behalf and if they agree will put you into contact with each other


A new web page for your family, memories etc

I want the site to include as much useful material to everyone as possible, so am keen to make the process simple for you. There is no charge for creating a new web page and you do not need to prepare the web page yourself. I just need your help to get the content right.
  • it can be written by you entirely: just send as text in an email; or, if you already have a Word or text document, email this as an attachment; I will make only minor changes to the format (eg to add sub-headings to break up text, include internal links within the page and to other related items on the web site)
  • an indented family tree (eg Pearce family) can be included: either send a file from your family tree package, or I can create an indented tree from your text
  • a photo scan can be included; I may re-size, crop or adjust the contrast
  • if you have an older typed document I will try to convert a scan of this into text: this works OK with some newspaper articles too, not so well with 19th century ones
  • if you have your own web site that holds more information I can include a link to this instead of, or in addition to, a page for your family
  • if you have a range of bits of information I am happy to prepare an initial draft web page for you to check
  • please include details about how you know a piece of information (eg family story, birth certificate) as this may help others; if you have picked up the details from a web site or book, please include a link or author/publisher so that their work is recognised and others can seek the same source
  • you may want to include a little about yourself in the introduction to your page and please consider how you would like to be named as the author - please read the next section regarding security issues

Security issues

Please be aware that, if you use online banking, PayPal or similar AND you use family names as your account password (eg your mother's maiden name) then there is a risk that this could be used by someone in an attempt to access your account..

You should also consider whether to include information about living relatives or personal information about yourself (eg home address or telephone no.). Are you happy for your full name to be shown? If not please let me know (in any case I will not publish your email address as this could result in you being deluged with spam emails).

Your new page

When your new web page is ready I will send it to you for checking before adding links to it from the rest of the web site. Within a couple of weeks of a draft web page being prepared Google and other search engines will pick it up.

Updating or removing your web page

If you ever want to update or remove a page about your family, memories etc just get in touch again: once the page is there it is a relatively quick job to update or remove it.


Research assistance: Brentford and elsewhere

If you seek help researching your Brentford family or property I will try to assist by pointing you to other web sites, books and libraries. I will also check if I have any other relevant material that has not gone on to the web site as yet and endeavour to put you in touch with researchers of the same family name.

This website includes some help pages, eg details of online Parish Registers for Brentford in and help in locating wills.

If you seek non-Brentford research advice I suggest looking at the Web links, Brentford Plus for sources (and tips on how to use them) that may help you.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Celia Cotton

Last updated April 2019