I started to take an interest in the ASPINALL family history in late 2004 when curiosity got the better of me. Having lost my Father when I was 9 years old and my Mother 8 years later, when I was a teenager and growing up quickly. My memories of my parents are few but happy ones. I know a little of my Mothers family and very little of my Fathers. I was brought up to believe, along with the rest of my surviving family, that my Father had only one sibling and his parents and relations had long ago past away.
Imagine my suprise to discover that my Father actually had three brothers and a sister and further more one of his brothers sons was still alive. We have been in contact and he has supplied photos of the family together. It seems very strange to think that photographs of my Father and Mother had been sat in a complete strangers album collection for more than 50 years without me knowing of them. Even more strange is to think that the stranger involved was an uncle that I knew nothing of.