Finding Family

One woman's obsession with family history.

Dear Thomas, I write to you from the year 2016. We’ve never met but I hope you know that I think about you all the time. Your sister, Kitty, is my Great Grandmother which makes you my 2nd Great Uncle. As I write this letter, the anniversary of your disappearance steadily approaches. On the 16 September 2016, it will …

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When I noticed that there was a new South West newspaper (the Southern Times) on the brink of being digitised on Trove, I immediately went about searching for the first surname that popped into my head and the one that is generally on my mind the most: Crampton. 1894 was selected and I scrolled through …

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Fine day. Tilly had a little son. Rossie called. With these few words one of the Hurst brothers (either Abraham, Thomas or John) announced, on 11 September 1891, that Thomas Lisle Crampton had come into the world. Born in Collie to Thomas Crampton and Matilda Maria Hurst (my Great Great Grandparents) it’s likely that the …

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With nothing but a few records and documents to go on I often use my imagination and speculate as to what may have happened at a certain point in my ancestors’ lives. Until such (if any) evidence arises, these ‘what ifs’, forever remain theories in the back of my mind. This occurred with Matilda Maria Hurst. Her son disappeared …

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