The title of my blog is ‘Meeting my Family’ because that’s what I’m doing. Meeting them one at a time. As I research and dig, there is always more to be found. I love finding a new ancestor, getting to know them, where they lived, what they did for a living, what life was like for them. What I find unexpected is finding family members who are alive and kicking and enjoying life around the globe!
The latest to find me is Sue Ashman from Perth in Australia! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to find someone who shares my family history. I’ve always had such a small family unit, I am an only child, with two children. My extended family are so generous in sharing their family photographs and documents with me. Look at this! I ‘met’ Charlotte Harriet Dinnis for the first time.
What a fantastic photo! I am so delighted to ‘see’ Great Grand-Aunt Charlotte. I have written about her in the past, she was born in Brighton, the older sister of my Great Grandfather George Dinnis. She grew up at The Old Ship Hotel, where her father lived and worked as a Cook and Publican.
She looks like George Dinnis. Which is great because I think George looks like Joseph Taylor Dinnis, his son – my grandfather. Who in turn looks like his son Gordon Charles – my father. The long face, the long nose, I always wondered where it came from, and now I know. It’s a Dinnis thing!
I feel like I belong. I feel part of a chain that goes back into history.
Of course when a new family member appears there are many unanswered questions. So, if I go a little quiet you will understand that I am busy trying to find how Charlotte’s family ended up in Australia. I will find the link. It just might take some time.