This is a photograph of an article about my grandfather, my cousin has been researching our family tree and has discovered amazing photographs, articles and poetry from our family history.
I got quite emotional at some of the poetry, others were quite humorous considering he wrote them in a POW camp. This isn’t the whole story regarding my grandfather and the family tree research, there was a lot more we discovered.
We were told our grandfather came back from the war a different person, and you can imagine that to be true. He never settled back into family life and disappeared when my Dad and his sisters were still young. He was never heard of again.
So 50 years later my cousin starts to research our family tree, he is very thorough and really enjoys the research. I was excited as we are apparently related to Oliver Cromwell and I was hoping he would confirm this.
So the research begins and he finds our grandfathers birth certificate, but instead of the expected death certificate he found another marriage licence and the birth records of more children!
We were astounded, our grandfather had another wife, life and family in London, he never divorced so according to the law he was a bigamist.
To cut a long story short Cousin contacted the London family, they were as shocked as us, they had no idea their Father had another family in Liverpool.
My Aunt has now met her youngest half-brother and they had a lot to talk about, but as their parents, and my father have all passed away there is no one to answer any questions. Especially the one about my aunt having a half-brother 6 months OLDER THAN HER!