Thanks Brandye, you are a big help, either to the girls that come to you for their 1st visit or to us over the internet. I just don't think my mom knew how to sit and talk with me about this. So when I brought home the paper that said she could send away for this packet she was all over it. And I still remember her giving it to me, I was 12 or 13 so that was 1973 or 1974. My parents had been married for 15 years before I came along, and 11 for the first.
We found out after they had passed away that my dad's mom (she died a year before I was born) had had a daughter when she was 18 in 1906 in Ireland, not married. As she was not married she gave the baby and his wife to raise and moved to Canada by herself. She never told anyone about this daughter, so when my dad passed in 1987, at almost 70, he never knew he had a sister.
She infact had moved to Canada as a young woman, had found my grandmother and when she went to my grandmothers door, the door was slammed shut. She had put that behind her and didn't want to look back. I am now in contact with some of that womans kids and grandkids who know more of the story but it makes you realize what 100 years will do and how different each of the countries truly are.
Posted: 29 Sep 23:59