Welcome to The Potts Family Tree genealogy web site. This site contains family information on over 9,500 individuals from 3,800 families. If you are an account holder, you are able to add and edit information and view your own relationship with any individual in the database.
There are over 1,900 surnames in the family with the major ones being: Anderson, Bayly, Brown, Campbell, Gibson, Graham, Gregg, Hall, Hanover, Langmead, Lawson, Laycock, MacCaig, Madill, Potts, Romanov, Starritt, Stewart, Strachan, and Vernon.
Google Maps integration allows you to draw Pedigree Maps like the image beside - the red bubble is the starting individuals birth place. The blue bubbles show their parents, green for grandparents and yellow for great-grandparents. You can also automatically plot the events in an individuals life.
If you are an account holder you can see a chart automatically drawn showing your relationship with any individual you are viewing.
Members of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori communities are advised that this family tree contains names and images of deceased people. All users and visitors should also be aware that certain words, terms or descriptions may be culturally sensitive and may be considered inappropriate today, but may have reflected the author's/creator's attitude or that of the period in which they were written.
You can view historical events and events of close relatives in relation to the life of the individual you are viewing. To date I have documented historical event for Australia, Great Britian and the USA. You must change the language in the menu bar to change the events you are viewing. Select the Australian English to view Australian events, British English for UK events and US English to view US events. You must also place a tick in the box next to the type of events found on the Facts and Event s tab for the individual.
This site began due to the hard work of family members who had previously documented their family history. In 1994 I decided to build my first web site and used these books for content. This was the beggining of the journey that led to this site. I have reproduced the books so they will not be lost and linked the individuals in the stories to their records in the tree:
Most Common Surnames
Thanks to Sue Langmead who today discovered the link to one of the first arrivals of our family to the USA in 1639. Jan Franse Van Hoesen was the first Van Hoesen to go to America. He and wife set sail on the ship Den Harlinck in May -1639 - arrived in New Amsterdam, New York on 7 August 1639. They settled Fort Orange which later became Albany, New York. Jan was Commissioner for West India Company. Follow this link for the full story. Jan was my Great x8 Grandfather.
Maria Van Hoesen (Jan's great-great-great granddaughter) married George Wilson Potts in 1821. As this area was heavily populated by Dutch immigrants I suspect the Potts ancestors may well have been Dutch themselves.Tweet #PottsTree
In 1849 John Henry Potts left behind his only brother William Lewis Potts to migrate to Australia from the USA. In 2013 John Henry's family has progressed through seven generations and over 100 individuals. On William Lewis' side we have been able to trace six generations and over 20 individuals. This research has led to the historic meeting of families reuniting on the 8th October 2013 - 164 years later. Pictured below are Warwick Potts - Great-great-grandson of John Henry Potts - and his wife Yvonne along with Kim (Potts) Gheesling - Great-great-great-granddaughter of William Lewis Potts.