Student unearths his family's roots
Story by Raoul Izzard
A PICTURE OF HIS PAST: Would-be architect Sean Kisby, who
has spent several years researching his family tree.
STUDENT in Cardiff has set up a website tracing back his family
tree to sixteenth-century Whittlesey.
Kisby, of Tynant Street, built the website last February to pass
on the knowledge he had gained as a result of more than 20 years
research into his familys past.
he was a boy Sean had been fascinated by his ancestors, and he was
intrigued by the bits of information he gleaned from his family.
said: My great aunt Ettie told me that her father, Charles,
who had been a railway guard, had left Cambridgeshire to settle
in Leeds in the 1890s.
with the little information he had Sean made a number of visits
to the family records centre in London and the county records office
in Cambridge to find out more.
although Kisby was not a common name, he still found he had his
work cut out searching through reams of paperwork.
his investigations Sean discovered that the origin of his surname
came from the village of Keisby, which is 30 miles north of Whittlesey.
Kisby family had lived in Coates, Southbank and Eastrea since the
eighteenth century and in Whittlesey since the sixteenth century.
said: Many of the Kisbys were agricultural labourers
or small-time farmers at least until the arrival of the railways
in the 1850s which they may have been involved in building.
My great-great grandfather, Levi Kisby, became a mole and plover
catcher along the banks of the local canals. I imagine Levis
job was to make sure moles and water rats did not destroy the local
flood defences. He added: In October 1914, Levi,
aged 70, met an unfortunate watery end he fell into Moretons
Leam and drowned!
Kisby is currently dividing his time between working as an officer
in the Benefits Agency and studying for the first year of his BSc
Architecture course at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff.