About Us

Welcome  to my website. I am a New Zealander by birth and served my  apprenticeship in Auckland as a ship, yacht and boat builder, although  today I live in Boston, Massachusetts. My lifelong interests have been  sailing and genealogy. It was my mother, many years ago, who sparked my  curiosity about our shared heritage that set me on this trail of  discovery. In 2008, my wife suggested I take early retirement in order  to sort through the large stack of notes and family reminiscences that  have accumulated over the years. My research and writing has initially  concentrated on my paternal ancestors and after many hours of delving  into available records I have now published the first of my family  histories. There are others waiting in the wings.

It has been a tremendous effort putting together this book that  eventually took on a life of its own. I have enjoyed all the parts  immensely—researching in libraries and on the internet, double-checking  information that has come to me over the years from various sources,  documenting and cross-referencing all the accumulated data, reaching out  to family members around the world, visiting the areas in Cheshire  where our family lived, worked and worshipped, and finally getting it  all down on paper. It has proved to have been an exciting adventure and  one that I would like to share with you.

​Enjoy, Gil Littler


Footbridge over the Dee,

Chester, 2010