Some families know a great deal about their roots; others know very little.
This site is an attempt to record what I've learned about our family history.
In these modern times, families tend to be scattered all over the country,
if not the world. One of the goals of this web site is to help our family stay connected even though we live so far apart.
I have always wanted to find out about my ancestors, ever since my father
(Arthur Gwillam Bright) died back in 1968. His death left a big hole in our lives even today he is greatly missed, as
is my sister (Cynthia Jean Clark), and my niece (Helen Wilkinson).
My fathers middle name "Gwillam" had always fascinated me. Not
long after my uncle (Percy Bright) died in 1998, I was chatting to my cousin and he told me that he and his dad had started
to trace the family back. I have now been looking for my ancestors and their families ever since.
Some of the information has come to me via my cousin, (who unfortunately
does not want to be named), for which I am very grateful. Most of this information was probably obtained from talking
to living relatives and from researching public records. In the course of doing this research, I've discovered that I have
many more relatives than I ever thought possible!
A lot more ancestors have been found using either Genes Reunited or Ancestry.com.
The site addresses for these can be found on the "Researching Your Own Family History" page, just click on the link to the
left of your screen.
This site is a work in progress. If you have
any information that might help round out the picture please contact me using the link below, .
I asked all of my living relatives for permission to include information
about them on this site. Some did not want their information published on the web, and others preferred I not include certain
types of information (for example, birth dates). In all cases I have respected their wishes.