Welcome to our Family Tree website.
The information on the site is primarily connected with our
own family, which has been based in the South East of England for as
far back as we can find. The principal surnames are BRISTOW, KNIGHT,
MAYNARD, FROST, BOOTS and PRIKLER, although many others feature.
We have designed the site so that each page contains one family, with
the parents at the top and the children below. If a parent’s name is
underlined then you can click on it to move up a generation to show
their parents and siblings. Similarly, if a child’s name is underlined
you can click on it to move down a generation to show their spouse and
The blue ‘I’ under each name can be clicked to provide more information
about that particular individual.
You will also notice that facts will appear at the bottom of the page
– these are events that took place within that family’s generation,
ie during the period 80 years from the birth of the oldest parent.
Click on the Details button above to go to our own family page to see
how the navigation works.
If you want to search for a particular person who might be in the tree,
click on the ‘Name Search’ button above. You can then enter all or part
of a forename and/or surname to search for all instances of that combination
in the database, and then navigate from there to the relevant family
As you may know, one origin of the Bristow name is thought to be Stephen
Fitz Hamon de Burstow. We have not traced a direct link back to
Stephen yet but thought it would be fun to include his tree in the database
too. This is why you will come across anyone from George
Washington to Queen
Victoria when searching. The earliest entry is Njord
of Sweden, born about 214AD, according to the Nordic Sagas.
Our thanks to all the people who have been kind enough to allow us to
use their information in this database, notably Marie Hale for her work
on the more recent Bristows, Fred Curry for his work on the Fitz Hamons,
Paul Bootes for his work on the Boot(e)s, and Geoff Knight for his work on the Knights. We would also like to
thank David Brister for providing copies of Edward Jenkins' excellent
'The Bristows of South East England', from where a lot of the historical
information was extracted. We have also included information from W.S.
Bristowe's 'The Bristow Heritage' where appropriate.
We’d love to hear from anyone else connected with the family and are
always on the look-out for facts and photos for the people already featured.
We’re happy to include your information in the database too if you find
a match with an individual in our tree.
Finally, we’re sure we’ve got bits and pieces wrong
so we apologise in advance for any errors you may find! Please contact
us and we’ll correct them as soon as we can.
John and Patrick Bristow
Database last updated : 13Mar2007