Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Search Completed

I have identified Annette's son and we are communicating by email. He confirms that his mother is definately the lady I am looking for. He also tells me he has an older sister. I hope to find out more about their lives, and that of Annette, in the coming weeks and months.
What an amazing search this has been. I have discovered that I have two half-sisters (one of whom I have met - and she's lovely) a half brother, and now a nephew and niece. It will be a problem to get to know any of them well because of the distances involved, but it is very satisfying to find a family you didn't know you had. All this is tinged with sadness of course, that Annette and I never met, but it was not to be.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

All is not lost

All is not lost, thanks to two wonderful poeple who have read this blog and done some additional research of their own on my behalf. It appears that Annette may have had one or two children and I now have some names to research further. Watch this space.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Good News and Sad News

Well some good news and some sad news.

The Marriage Certificate for Annette Mary Allebon arrived and showed that she married in Birmingham and was 20 years old at the time of her marriage to Barry William Walker in 1955 which would make her birth date about 1935, the same as that of my sister Annette.

I searched Tracesmart and found that all reference to Annette Mary Walker appeared to cease in about 2003. So I searched the GRO Death Records and discovered that she sadly died in January 2003. It shows her date of birth as 21 February 1935, the same date of birth as my sister, so I think we can safely assume it is one and the same person.

It's very sad that I never met her but it's good to know that I did all I could to find her and I have at least discovered what became of her.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

A Possible Lead

A very nice lady has contacted me. She used to be a professional researcher and has been having a go at trying to progress my search. She contacted me yesterday and revealed her findings to date. I don't want to go into too much detail here because it might reveal some personal identifying facts of someone living. The gist of it is however that up to at least 2003 a lady with very similar identifying features to my sister Annette was alive and living in the midlands with her husband. It appeared that they married in 1955, so I have ordered a copy of their marriage certificate to see if it shows her age at the time of their marriage. If she was about 20 it could be that we are on the right track. Fingers crossed.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday for yesterday Annette

Monday, 21 September 2009

Exciting News

Well the really unexpected has happened. I have not yet found Annette but I have found (or rather, they found me) two half sisters and a half brother I did not know existed. Because of this blog and the wonders of Google, they were researching their family and discovered that we all shared the same father. We are now in contact and I am really looking forward to learning much more about the family I didn't know I had. Because this blog is in the public arena I won't be publishing their details.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

"Jack" Walker

I have now located our father's birth record. His birth certificate shows he was born on 28 August 1901 at Wem, Shropshire, UK and was named Charles John Walker. His father is shown as Charles Walker of Worralls Yard, Wem, a Malster (Journeyman). His mother is identified as Mary Ellen Walker, formerly Edwards. The 1901 census lists the following living at Worralls Yard, High Street, Wem in that year: Charles Walker (malster at brewery), aged 31 born at Brignorth, Shropshire; Mary Walker, aged 30 born at Welshpool, Montgomeryshire; Frank Walker, aged 11 born at Shrewsbury, Shropshire; Stanley Walker, aged 10 born at Wem, Shropshire; Elsie Walker, aged 2 born at Wem, Shropshire.