“Walking, I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.” ~ Linda Hogan.
(A page with an Index of Family Members can be found by clicking on either the highlighted, underlined text here, or the link at the top of this page. As further family members are added, the list will progressively grow.)
Researching my own family history has been one of the most enjoyable, and at times frustrating, experiences in my entire life!
Back in the days before the internet the only information I had gathered about my family was mostly limited to the memory of my parents. They both knew the names of their own parents, and my father knew both of his grandfather’s names. Beyond that point, we knew nothing.
By the time I had access to the internet and had discovered the wealth of information available there, both of my parents were gone, never knowing who their ancestors were, which has ultimately led me to making sure that every new skerrick of information I unearth during my research is recorded, so that future generations will know who, and where, they come from.
Dad treasured an assortment of old photos that his mother has passed on to him, although he had no idea who many of these people were! Throughout my research over the years I have been able to finally put many names to the faces of those we knew we came from, although not knowing who they were. There are still ‘mystery people’ in the old photo box and I’m hoping that through this website and with the input of relatives, some more names will be added to these faces.
Both of my parents and my three elder sisters were born in England; Dad in Manchester and my Mum and sisters in the small town of Bredbury, near Stockport, in Cheshire. They all emigrated to Australia in 1951, on the “SS New Australia”. Many years later, I was born.
Through my online research I have discovered many cousins and distant relatives, mostly in England, all of whom the internet has brought to me. What a delight it is to meet these people! As our numbers grow I am hoping we will continue to be further enlightened as we collectively become a stronger force of family history “detectives”.