View Full Version : Success after 35 years!

18-01-2010, 9:59 PM
The family story was that my grandmother was raised in a Catholic orphanage in London but I've never had any success in proving this. I found her (I thought) in 1901 in Eastbourne at a private school, born Clapton. As she thought she was born in Clapham, I thought this was she. Wrong! Tonight, I was looking for her cousins who were orphaned in 1907 when their mother died. I found the family in 1901 but sister Dorothy was not there. So I did a search for her using just her name and age (+-2) and up she came at St Mary's Orphanage, Putney. But 3 lines above her name was my grandmother's, with a birthplace of Canada. I know this is the right one as Canada was where her mother was, and where she went in 1904 to join her mother. Needlessto say, I am over the moon. (She was actually born in Willesden Junction but grandparents lived in Clapham.) The trick with this family seems to be to follow the family members, and the missing relatives turn up. pw

18-01-2010, 10:41 PM
So pleased for you, it is a really special feeling when you find that missing person, especially someone as close as your grandmother.

18-01-2010, 10:41 PM
35 years! - What took you so long? ;)

Congratulations though - now at last you can sleep at nights.

This is a good example to Colin (http://www.british-genealogy.com/forums/showthread.php?t=55420), not to give up.

19-01-2010, 1:51 AM
35 yrs? I better hurry up and find mine then :D Good job with such success finally pw! |hug|

19-01-2010, 4:16 AM
Way to go pw.