|I was born on the Banks of the River Tyne in the Ouseburn area of Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, which is the northern-most County of England. My place of birth was 20 Rodney Street, and, according to my mother, I was the first child born in this street, having been delivered on 28th. March 1928. My formative years were spent living on Byker Bank after moving from Rodney Street as an infant.|
My interest in family research was first aroused in 1994 after browsing the Teletext pages of Family Tree on Channel Four, a U.K. television station. It carried an offer from Jack Lee of Derby to look up family information on the 1891 census of Byker, Newcastle, which was also his own place of birth. He persuaded me to visit the Mormon Church in Cardiff where I was given every assistance to locate my roots. It was the start of one of the most rewarding tasks I had undertaken. Little did I realise at the time that this enthralling hobby was to become an endless pursuit of long forgotten ancestors and the way they lived. Having purchased a computer in 1996 on the instigation of my friend Malcolm Brooks, this quest has taken me world-wide, discovering ancestral connections in Ireland, Scotland, Posen (Prussia) U.S.A., Israel, Germany, Canada, Australia, and France. I have spent many long hours at my task after discovering that my paternal grandmother, Florence Ollendorff, had been born in Canada and not America, as had been suggested by other family members. Her own grandfather was Professor Herman Gustave Ollendorff, linguist of international renown, author and publisher of his own language text-books. My research has shown me that truth can indeed be stranger than fiction, having discovered a case of matricide, public hanging, Holocaust victims, a Wall Street suicide, and much more.
I have in my possession copies of birth, death, marriage, citizenship applications, obituaries, press cuttings, endless census and church records, and armed with these, I have tried to record my research in an honest and open manner.
Without the help of many people and organisations, none of this would have been possible, and I would like to publicly thank my fellow researchers in Cardiff, namely Keith Binding, Syd Kitt and his wife Phyl, members of the Northumbria (NBL) Family History Mailing List of Rootsweb, Newcastle Library Local Studies Dept., Guillaume Ollendorff of Paris, my 3rd. cousin, Hillier Athena Clements (nee Walters)of Herefordshire, and many others world-wide. Apologies to anyone not mentioned. If you are reading any of these pages, please feel free to contact me with any comment, query, or suggestions.
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Updated July 15, 2006