Welcome to the Family!

The aim of The Willis Tree website is to gather together research and remembrances relating to the history of my family.

It’s a history that’s rooted in the English county of Kent, particularly around the coastal town of Dover. From there the family has spread across the globe so that today there are descendants living in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.

The information, images and memories presented on this site come from numerous sources, including a large number of cousins and fellow amateur genealogists whose own family trees interlink with mine.

I’ve been researching my family history since 2008 and it’s a journey I find fascinating.

I sincerely hope that the information on this site will help you discover your ancestral roots and rediscover your living relatives!

Paul Willis

  • ~ Genealogy ~

    is ‘the retrieval of vital and familial data from records of various types, and its ordering into meaningful relationship patterns’.

    This website  a searchable database containing a wealth of information and images relating to the 12,000+ individuals in my extended family tree. This provides much biographical information, as well as images of official records, census returns, family photos and newspapers etc. Think of the database as a ‘pencil sketch’ of each person!

  • ~ Family History ~

    is ‘the integration of genealogical data with social, economic and political contexts to develop a narrative.’

    The ‘Histories‘ section of this site adds colour, depth, context and perspective to the genealogical data. Each narrative has been fully researched and resourced from personal documents and records and from online resources and are grouped into categories such as Inquests, Migration and Letters, and also by Country and Surname.

Meet my Grandparents!

Click on an image to read more details from the database.

George WILLIS
1909-1981
(‘Grandad Willis’- dad’s dad)

Dorothy NICHOLLS
1901-1984
(‘Grandma Willis’- dad’s mum)

Alfred HOPPER
1910-1991
(‘Grandad Hopper’ – mum’s dad)

Nelly GURNSEY
1912-1991
(‘Granny Hopper’ – mum’s mum)

About Me

Hi, I’m Paul Willis and I was born and brought up in the Kent village of Hawkhurst.

I’ve been researching the history of my family since 2008 and have dedicated many hours to discovering my ancestors and their life stories.  All my research is shown on this website.

You can read more about me on my Bio Page!

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