21 Jun 2022

Swinfield Family 3A has a new source of genealogical information

Having conducted research in the history of the Swinfield family for 50 years, since I began my study in 1972, I thought that I knew of all the main sources of information which are available for its investigation. You never should say that there is nothing else to look at! 

Recently, I became aware, during recent online correspondence with Linda Swinfield of New South Wales, of a privately-printed work which includes a very significant account of the genealogy of the branch of the family which I call Swinfield Family 3A. The book is entitled Caroline Eleanor Burrows/Ferrier nee Meredith 1813-1893 Burrows Descendents and was compiled and produced by Val Ferrier of Waratah in 2000. Why did this contain such a wealth of information about those called Swinfield, especially the branch that has lived in New South Wales from the mid 19th to the end of the 20th century?

Val's quest was to identify the descendants of Caroline Meredith, who was born on 17th November 1813 in Sydney, NSW, as the daughter of Frederick Meredith and his wife, Sarah Mason, who he married in 1811. Frederick was on the First Fleet as a steward on the “Scarborough” arriving in Sydney on 26th January 1788. He eventually became the first Chief Constable of the Sydney Police and died there in 1836. There is a Facebook Group where his descendants engage in discussion of his family's history. In an attempt to locate branches of Caroline’s descent, from the 16 children that she had by her two husbands, John Burrows (1794-1859) and Frederick Robert Ferrier (1813-1882), she sent out many “information sheets” on which living relatives could provide their genealogical information. She then compiled a spiral bound book of 236 pages of text, photographs and pedigrees just for the Burrows descendants.

The fifth section of this epic work, pages 177-235, recounts the descendants of the seventh of the eight children who Eleanor had by John Burrows. That was Ellen Sophia (1840-1890) who was to marry John Swinfield (1838-1903) on 25th June 1858 at St Andrews Scots Church, Sydney. 


1858 marriage of John Swinfield & Ellen Sophia Burrows

John had arrived on 30th December 1848 aboard the “Walmer Castle” as the 10 year-old son of William Swinfield (1804-1876) and his step-mother Sarah (Williamson) (1816-1861). 


John Swinfield arriving in 1848 with his family
(NSW State Archives: NRS5316/4_4786)

John had been born at Hartshill in Warwickshire, England, on 22nd July 1838. His mother Sarah (Ballard) had died in 1845. John and Ellen Sophia Swinfield had ten children of their own, born from 1858 to 1879 in Sydney.

Three of their issue died as infants and although two of their other children grew up and married, they had no issue who survived infancy. Of the five children, whose living descendants are documented in Val’s book, four were sons. Those were Henry Swinfield (1858-1923), Albert William (1866-1934), Arthur Thomas (1868-1917) and James Ernest (1871-1923). All have living Swinfield lines of descent.





NSW has no publically-available census for the 20th century as I referred to in my blog about the 1921 census of England and Wales.  This lack of data can be supplemented by some information found in the Ryerson Index of newspaper obituaries and death announcements. If the family can be contacted, and I am in contact with representatives of many NSW families, they can, of course, help with vital information about the more recent generations.

The most important new information concerns the descendants who were born after 1921. 1921 is the latest year which can currently be searched through the online state birth index for NSW. The limitation is due to a 100 year confidentiality regulation. In the absence of the birth index information from 1922 to the present, clues from the marriage index, which are now available to as late as 1971, and the death index which can be searched to 1991, it is almost impossible to build trees to the present-day

Now that we have access to the wealth of information gleaned and compiled by Val Ferrier to as late as 2000, this reveals other Swinfield lines of descents through those people who were born in the last eight decades of the 20th century where an “information sheet” was completed and returned. All the new names, dates and places have now been added to my databases and the pedigree for Swinfield Family 3A. Thank you Linda and Val!

15 Jun 2022

Ray Swinfield (1939-2019)

On the morning of Friday, 17th June 2022, an auction will take place at Gardiner Houlgate at Corsham in Wiltshire of the musical instruments of the pre-eminent jazz flute player, Ray Swinfield (1939-2019). 38 lots, numbered 1611-1648 in the sale catalogue, are his collection being sold by his widow Lindy.

I was contacted by Lindy Burrows Swinfield in August 2021 to share family history information about her late husband. Ray had died in October 2019 in London where he had lived since he first visited in 1964. Lindy had written an obituary of husband which was published in London Jazz News on 15th June 2022. As can be seen, he played with all the greats of jazz music. He also worked on many film soundtracks, commercials, TV and West End shows and pop music recordings. Two of his most popular claims to fame are that he played on the 1967 Beatles song Penny Lane as well as on the much-repeated childrens’ TV programme Mr Benn, originally of 1971-1972.  

Ray was born on 14th December 1939 in Sydney, NSW, Australia as the only child of Raymond Walter Swinfield (1912-1984) and Gertrude Brigid (Murphy) (1907-1995). His grandparents married at Balmain and later lived in the Leichardt area of Sydney where they had their five children. As such, Ray junior was the great-great-great-grandson of William Swinfield (1804-1876), who arrived in Sydney on 30th December 1848. As such, he was the progenitor of the NSW line of Swinfields who still live there today. He had arrived from Warwickshire with his family aboard the “Walmer Castle”.

On looking back through my much earlier correspondence with other Swinfields in the 1970s and 1980s, I found that I had first heard from Ray back in 1973/4 in response to a circular that I had sent to all Swinfields listed in the English telephone directories. He then lived in Kingston upon Thames and was able to provide a brief outline of his pedigree which he had gleaned from his father who still lived in Australia. Later Ray wrote again in January 1988. As Lindy had told me, Ray was very interested in his family’s history! Ray was able to provide me with a fairly detailed outline of his family’s story which had been sent to Ray’s widowed mother “Dot” or “Dollie” and Raymond junior in late 1987 by his uncle Arthur Norman Swinfield (1905-2000). Ray’s mother had moved to live with her son in Kingston after the death of her husband in Sydney in 1984. Both his father and uncle have commemorative plaques in Australian cemeteries.

Besides Lindy Jennifer Burrows, whom Ray married in 1996 in his native Australia, he had previously been married in 1970 in the Merton Registration District of south London to a widow whose maiden name was Rosemarie Hood. Through her he gained a step-daughter, Caroline Angela Louise McDonald-Peattie, who had been born in 1964.

Ray Swinfield died on 4th October 2019 after a long battle over two decades against the debilitating diseases of Parkinson’s and later Dementia. He had played his last musical note in public, ironically, on the Parkinson TV show in 2007.

14 Jun 2022

How many Swinfields were there in 1921?

A census of England and Wales has been taken every ten years since 1801. In the first four censuses, those of 1801 to 1831, the government was only interested in obtaining a headcount of how many people were living, divided up by sex and age groups. Occasionally the enumerators recorded the name of the head of each household. 

In 1841, for the first time, the names of all those in the two countries were to be recorded in the household where they were on the night of the 6th June. Their occupation, if any, was stated and the age of adults was generally "rounded down" to the nearest five-year interval. Those of children under 15 were stated “accurately”. For those born in England and Wales, the question was asked "was this person born in this county?" to which the answer was either yes or no. 

Every ten years, from 1851 to 1911, the census in very late March or the first week of April, with the information compiled being recorded into enumerators' books for each census district. This varied from census to census. Generally, for all those residing in each household, we learn their relationship to the head of the household, marital status, age in years, or perhaps months, weeks or even days in the case of new-born babies, occupation and place of birth, usually expressed as the county and parish, hamlet or sometimes even a street. In 1911, for the first time, each householder completed and signed their own return. He or she was required to state, in the case of a married couple, how long their union had lasted, how many children it had produced and the number who were then living or had died. In more recent years, the censuses have been made available by the National Archives (TNA) for public inspection and research after their 100th anniversary. 

Earlier this year, the enumeration taken in 1921 was released and can now be searched by name index and the householder’s return viewed on the Find My Past (FMP) website. Currently, it is only available on a pay-for-view basis although it can be seen free of change at TNA. The information seen is very similar to that recorded in 1911 but, in addition, where someone was working for an employer, that company or individual will be named. Of course, this is a very valuable resource for any family historian or genealogist who is seeking vital information about someone who was living in England or Wales in 1921. The census, which was originally to have been taken in late April, was delayed until 19th June due to the general social and industrial unrest of that year. 

1921 census of 67 Deburgh Road, Wimbledon, London S.W. 19 (RG15/3622, schd. 304
 for John and Mary Swinfield and their four children 
 
How many Swinfields were enumerated in that year? Using the name index provided by FMP, together with some inventive use of searching techniques, it has been possible so far to locate and identify: 

 152 people indexed as Swinfield 
   20 people identified as Swinfield-Wells or Swinford-Wells 
   29 people who have now been positively identified as Swinfields but have been indexed as: 
        Salinfield (4), Sarsfield (6), Scourfield (1), Shinfield (2), Summerfield (6), Sunfield (2), 
        Swinford (3), Swinpold (2), Swinsfield (1) and even Thursfield (2) 
 In addition, 3 people are indexed as Swingfield but have yet to be identified 

Of the 104 males, 47 were married men or widowers, 22 were bachelors, 12 were teenage boys and 23 were boys under the age of thirteen. Amongst the 97 females, 48 were married woman or widows, 16 were spinsters over the age of nineteen, 9 were teenagers and 24 were girls who were 12 and younger. 

In Australia, mainly in New South Wales, the Swinfield surname has found a home since the emigration of two married brothers from Warwickshire with their families in 1848 and 1853. The first census in Australia was taken of NSW in November 1828. Although many censuses were taken of that colony from 1846 onwards, at five or ten year intervals, until 1881, those were all destroyed by fire in 1882. All Australian colonies held censuses from 1881, every ten years, until after Federation in 1901. The first national census was in 1911. There was a census of the whole country in 1921 and again in 1933, 1947 and 1954. From 1961 onwards, a national census has been taken every 5 years. However, after the compilation of the statistical data, the household information is then destroyed as a matter of privacy. 

Thus, as there is no surviving 1921 census for NSW, we cannot compare the population of Swinfields from those records. However, an analysis of the online state birth indexes, which are now available to 1921, and the family trees and databases which I have compiled, it would seem that there were 64 Swinfields living there in 1921. There were 35 males with 15 of those being either a married man or widower. There were 3 unmarried men, 8 teenage boys and 9 boys aged from 0 to 12. Of the 29 females, who were then using our surname, 16 were married women or widows, 2 were unmarried adults, 4 teenage girls and 7 girls aged 12 or less. 

Thus, it can be calculated that the World population of the surname of Swinfield in 1921 was approximately 265.

24 Dec 2021

Swinfield DNA testing in 2021

During 2021 I have tried to encourage interest in DNA testing amongst the more senior members of the different parts of the Swinfield family. This is a very valuable tool for testing the relationships between people who the genealogical records suggest are connected in a certain way, joining previously unconnected branches of a family together and even bridging apparently insurmountable gaps in a genealogy. It is particularly useful when the identity of one or more parents or grandparents is unknown due to an illegitimacy or adoption or when the father of a child is not the man recorded in a genealogical document.

I wrote about the theory and practice of using DNA testing in a One-Name Study in a Blog of May 2019. As it can be used to learn more about the make-up and thus the genetic ancestry of either men or women, autosomal DNA (at-DNA) is ideally suited to testing the accuracy of the Swinfield family trees and perhaps joining the currently unconnected lines together.

This year, four members of two of the larger Swinfield lineages have taken autosomal tests with AncestryDNA. They were chosen as excellent testees as, being amongst the older members of their families, they will have more Swinfield DNA than their descendants. Where possible, testing the oldest people in the living generations provides the most information about how much of the “Swinfield DNA” has been passed down to them and through which ancestral line. It will also tell them about their ancestors and relations on many other lines of their ancestry through both their mother and father. The raw DNA data generated by AncestryDNA can also be uploaded, if required, to other testing companies, such as My Heritage and Family Tree DNA, and a third-party website called GEDMatch to increase the number and range of matches.     

Andrew and Geoff
studying the tree of Family 3 at
the Swinfield Gathering in 2014

Three members of Swinfield Family 3 & 4 have been tested in 2021.  They are Shirley Margaret Stott Despoja and Ian George Swinfield,  both part of Family 3C, and Andrew John Swinfield, who is in Family 3A. Shirley, whose mother was a Swinfield, is a particularly significant and valuable asset to the study as she is perhaps the only living great-granddaughter of William Swinfield (1804-1876), the emigrant from Warwickshire to Sydney, Australia, in 1848. He was the founder of the very large Swinfield lineage of New South Wales named Family 3.

The “Swinfield DNA”, which has been inherited by his descendants  through two of his three wives, can be identified by those who have tested today irrespective of the current surname which they now have. That same DNA will be shared by descendants of his Swinfield relations who remained in England after 1848. That same DNA is detectable in living descendants of the lines which come from William’s brother, John Swinfield (1806-1874), who followed him to NSW in 1853. Although it is probable that he no living descendants who are now named Swinfield, he was the founder of the large Swinfield Family 4 whose members will have the DNA that he took with him from England.   

Geoff and Derrick in October 2021
The other person, who tested late in 2021, is Derrick George Joseph Swinfield, my fellow Swinfield family historian. As part of Swinfield Family 5, he is my genealogical 4th cousin whom I first met in 1972. 

His DNA is a very valuable asset to the research project as he has inherited Swinfield DNA. Sadly I am not his genetic 4th cousin, having received the DNA passed down to me from one Thomas Brown rather than Thomas Swinfield, the brother of Derrick’s ancestor. I am now busy analysing his DNA data and matches which is not only providing very useful information about his Swinfield cousins but also finding him new ancestors and relatives on many of his other ancestral lines.

It would be great to test other selected older “Swinfields” especially from families that have not yet given a sample. I would love to have DNA samples from those in Swinfield Family 1, Family 12 and Family 44 (the Swinfield-Wells line).

                                        Any volunteers in 2022?

16 Feb 2021

A Horse called Swinfield - guest post by Di Swinfield

Anyone who has undertaken an in-depth investigation of their surname (a one-name study) will know that the main method of collecting information is to search sets of data which are rich in names. The list is endless but some of the most common ones are birth, marriage and death indexes, historic censuses, street directories and old newspapers. They are often available online and when a new source becomes available it is possible to spend many hours trawling through lists of people who carry the relevant surname. We recently decided to splash out on a subscription to Newspapers.com, thinking that it would give us a lock-down project, ticking off the Swinfields we already knew about and filling in a few gaps in our research.

Regular readers of this blog will know that Swinfield is an unusual surname with the biggest clusters in Leicestershire and Warwickshire, England and New South Wales, Australia. There are hardly any instances in the USA although the name is often used there as a forename and one of the things we want to do one day is to document these people more fully and find out why they were given the name Swinfield. When we searched Newspapers.com for instances of Swinfield in the USA there were some forename hits, as we had expected, and we got ready to work through them. What we hadn’t expected was a huge number of hits about one particular Swinfield who lived in the 1920s and 1930s in New York and Kentucky. 

This Swinfield was a racehorse, a black male thoroughbred who was foaled in 1927, all racehorses having their official birthday on 1 January. The Equibase website states that he had 31 outings during a career from 1929 to 1931, with five wins, eight second and seven third places. He was bred by Walter J Salmon, a New York real estate investor, and trained at Belmont Park by Pat Dwyer. He appears to have had a fairly successful career, earning a total of $15,750 and considered at one time to be a hopeful for the Kentucky Derby. Although he didn’t quite manage that his wins included the Hilltop Purse at Pimlico, Baltimore in April 1930 and the Claiburne Purse and Homestead Purse at Hialeah Park, Florida, both in early 1931.

So why was he called Swinfield? Well, there appears to be no obvious reason, apart from the fact that his sire was called Swinburne. All genealogists like to see a well drawn and documented pedigree and the racing world doesn’t disappoint. The Equineline website has a five generation pedigree showing Swinfield’s male line back through Swinburne to Swynford and then John o’ Gaunt. We’ve spent many years disentangling human Swinfields from the posher Swinfords and it seems that the same aspirations to the nobility apply in the bloodstock world.











Many of the newspaper reports we found were accompanied by a grainy photo of the leading horses crossing the finish line but it took a while of searching before we could find a definite image of our namesake. Here he is finishing third (but promoted to second after the disqualification of the second placed horse), wearing number 9 at Havre de Grace, Maryland on 26 April 1930.



24 Oct 2020

Edith Elizabeth Swinfield (1884-1976)

My grandmother "Gran", Edith Elizabeth Worsfold, was born on 30th March 1884 at Mayes in the parish of Warnham in Sussex as the daughter of James Worsfold (1852-1926) and his wife Mary Baker (1851-1929). They had married on 24th August 1874 in the church of St Nicholas in town of Guildford, Surrey. James was a domestic servant all of his life, progressing from footboy in 1871 to groom at his marriage and culminating in being a coachman by 1881. His career resulted in him moving about in the south of England wherever he could find employment. After working at Winchester, Guildford and Tunbridge Wells, by 1880 he was at Elmswell in Suffolk. Moving on to Warnham with his wife and three sons, his fourth and fifth children, both daughters, were born there in 1882 and 1884. Gran was baptised in the parish church on 27th April 1884.

When Gran was only two, her brother Horace Reginald died at the age of just 8 as the result of a tragic, and what must have been a very traumatic, scrumping expedition to gather apples. It took him two days to die from choking on a core! Fortunately, Edith would have been too young to remember it. He is buried in Warnham churchyard and his broken gravestone is still there to commemorate his very short life. Edith's son, my father Reg Swinfield can still recall taking two buses each way every year, and being entertained with the purchase of new crayons for the long journey from Camberley in Surrey to Warnham, to visit his uncle's grave.  

Warnham National School admission register 1887/8
Gran and her four siblings all attended Warnham National School, which is today a private house. She was enrolled on 9th April 1888 and she left the school and village on 26th April 1889 when her family moved to Frimley in Surrey. By 1891, her father had found a new position as a domestic coachman and they lived at Barossa Lodge, York Town, part of Camberley, where her youngest brother was born in 1889.

In 1901, her father James Worsfold, now a fly driver with a livery stable, his wife Mary and only their youngest son George were living at The Staff Hotel, York Town. Three of the older four surviving children had been found positions in service in large houses in London. Ernest was a married man of 25, who worked as a coachman groom and lived at 2 Gordon Street, St John's Westminster, and Minnie was the 19 year-old nursemaid to the children of William E.M. Tomlinson, M.P., J.P. and barrister, at 3 Richmond Terrace, St Margaret's Westminster. 


Amazingly, Edith was also in the Westminster area of London at the time of that census. Aged only 17, she was second housemaid to Henry R. Madocks, retired judge of the Bengal Civil Service, in a grand house at 32 Eaton Place, St Georges Hanover Square. Looking at the house today, one wonders if her bedroom was behind one of those windows in the attic. I can picture her day of lighting fires very early in the morning, carrying water around the house, followed by many hours of cleaning and drudgery. She must have had days off when she could meet or visit with her siblings in the same part of town or perhaps catch the train back home to Camberley.


1901 census of 32 Eaton Place, Westminster

By 1911, Harry, Edith and George were back at home with their parents at 29 London Road, Camberley. James Worsfold was a jobbing gardener whilst Mary ran a boarding house of eight rooms. Her sister Minnie also left service in Westminster by 1907 when she married George Collins, a chauffeur, at St Michael's church. Her father James was one of the witnesses. By 1911, they had settled at Portsmouth, Hampshire where she remained the rest of her life, dying in 1970.

Edith already knew her future husband by Christmas 1906 as Arthur Swinfield was a witness at the wedding of her brother Harry Worsfold to Louisa Boyce at nearby Bagshot church in Surrey. They did not marry for another seven years until their wedding was solemnised at St Michael's, York Town, on 4th August 1913. She recorded that they became "betrothed" on 20th July 1912. He was then a waiter of Camberley. Gran's father and two of her siblings, Minnie and Harry, were witnesses. It is known that in late 1901, Arthur had joined the Leicestershire Regiment and my father believes that he was in India at some point during his service. Certainly, by 1911, he had left the regiment and was working as a footman in the household of Charles Matthew Griffith, a retired Major General, who was born at Poona, Bombay. He was then an Army reservist.

Arthur Swinfield worked as a butler at the Royal Military College, located in Camberley, from 1912 to 1946 whilst he and Edith Elizabeth lived at 9 St Mary's Road, which was her parents home. He re-enlisted for the First World War serving with the Lincolnshire Regiment where he saw action at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle from 10th to 13th March 1915 where there were 7,000 British and 4,200 Indian casualties. Arthur was listed as one of the casualties in a list of 21st March.

Camberley News
17 December 1926

In January 1925, at the age of 40, Gran gave birth to her only child at Bagshot Nursing Home. Reginald Ernest Swinfield was to become my father. 

Her father, James Worsfold, then aged 74, fell in the bathroom of 9 St Mary's Road on the evening of 28th November 1926 whilst his wife Mary was trying to get him ready for bed. James was practically a cripple, according to the evidence given to the inquest held in the house, suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and chronic bronchitis. He struck his head on the bath causing a wound and concussion. Sadly, he lingered for a further seven days before he succumbed and died on 5th December. He was buried with great ceremony at St Michael's, York Town, where he had been a member of the choir for more than 21 years.


Mary Worsfold survived for a further two years before she too died at home at 9 St Mary's Road on 24th December 1929 from stomach cancer. One can only imagine how painful it must have been for Edith to care for both her father and mother in the last days of their lives. Both are buried in a grave very close near to St Michael's church.

Edith & Arthur Swinfield with other Worsfolds








By 1939, Arthur and Edith were living at 9 St Mary's Road, Camberley, Surrey. 






Arthur was working as a butler at the Royal Military College. The redacted member of the family would be young Reg Swinfield, then aged 14.    

Edith Swinfield (front row right) &
Arthur Swinfield (4th from left at back)
about 1950 at "Sunnymeade",
 
Frimley Green, with members
of the Bird family    


After her husband Arthur died at home in 1956, Gran continued to lived there for many years. I remember visiting her weekly from my infant's school in York Town. We usually had "yellow fish" (smoked haddock) for lunch. She and I attended Camberley Congregational Church, just round the corner from her home, most Sunday mornings. She smoked Park Drive cigarettes and always had a bottle of sherry for the entertainment of her visitors. Gran spent Christmases and special occasions in her later life with her daughter-in-law's family at "Sunnymeade", in nearby Frimley Green. Edith had a lovely sense of humour and loved to be teased by my mother's brother Fred Bird.


Arthur, Evelyn & Edith Swinfield
with young Geoff about 1955 
at 33 Park Road, Camberley


Reg & Evelyn Swinfield (back row)
Edith & Arthur Swinfield (front row)
& Geoff Swinfield in 1952 
at 9 St Mary's Road, Camberley













Evelyn, Gran & Reg Swinfield
with Fred Bird at "Sunnymeade"
in 1974












Gran's 90th birthday
at Ballard Court, Camberley


For the final few years of her very long life, she moved into sheltered accommodation at Flat B1, Ballard Court, in Camberley. The Mayor visited to mark her 90th Birthday in 1974 and she died there on 24th August 1976. She and Arthur are remembered on a simple stone in St Michael's churchyard, York Town.  





11 Apr 2020

Swinfield Family 12 is now ready to view online


Following my last Blog of 24th February, as promised I have completed work on the last of the 4 major Swinfield family trees.

Swinfield Family 12 can now be viewed at Ancestry. By clicking on this link or by pasting: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/tree/167088828 into the Ancestry website, you will be able to see all the relations who have been connected together into that large pedigree. To see who is part of that genealogy, you can view a tree of the principal male members at the Swinfield DNA and Genealogy project hosted by FTDNA.

This family has its origins in the parish of Markfield in Leicestershire. At present, I have extended it back as far as a weaver called John Swinfield who died in 1736. The current living members all descend from his son Thomas (1717-1783) and his grandson James (1759-1806). James has two main lines of descent through Thomas (1781-1868) and John (1792-1871).



Thomas junior's two sons, Richard (1803-1863) and James (1815-1903), are the progenitors of many living Swinfields. The former married Sarah Lygo at Heather, Leicestershire, in 1799 and that part of the family frequently used Lygo as a second forename in subsequent generations. Most of the current descendants of Richard still remain in the Leicester area. Branches of James's family through his son William Thomas (1837-1909), who settled in the Kingston area of Surrey, are still living throughout the south of England such as in the southern suburbs of London, Wiltshire and Hampshire. Another of James's sons Edward (1859-1940) hyphenated his surname to Swinfield-Wells and that family still flourishes today in Leicestershire.

The descendants of John Swinfield (1792-1871), who still bear the surname, have mainly remained close to Leicester. One later descendant, Henry Tomlin Swinfield (1893-1949), emigrated to New South Wales, Australia, in the early 20th century, where a branch of the family still lives. 

Don't forget that you can also access the other 3 major Swinfield trees online at Ancestry. 
However the amount of detail that you will be able to see will much greater if you either have asubscription of your own or use that website in a local public library. It is always possible to take out a 14-day free trial subscription to make use of the full applications. You will not be able to see information about living members of any family.