|Posted on Wednesday, July 02, 2008 - 8:07 pm: |
Andrews GenealogyFrom: Meredith Downes [admin has email address]
Sent: Sunday, 1 June 2008 3:55 PM
Subject: Andrews Genealogy
Dear Roy Andrews,
I am just writing to thank you for your very informative website about the Andrews family in Singleton.
I am a descendant of Susan Ross-Smith (nee Andrews), daughter of Abraham and Sarah. My grandmother, Raynor Jean Street, was the daughter of Edith Florence Smith, who was Susan Ross-Smith's daughter.
I was very excited to find all the information on your site and to discover there is such an extended family!
I was wondering if there was any way of obtaining further information about the family, especially the English side - is there a booklet, perhaps? I would especially love to see photographs of Susan, Abraham or Sarah, or anyone from the English side. Are these available anywhere?
I greatly appreciate any information you can provide.
I am desperately sorry that our family missed the reunion and couldn't be there to represent Susan's lineage.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 02, 2008 - 8:09 pm: |
Andrews GenealogyFrom: Roy Andrews [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, 1 June 2008 6:27 PM
To: 'Meredith Downes'
Subject: RE: Andrews Genealogy
Hi Meredith and great to hear from a descendent from the elusive Susan Andrews club.
I found your mother, Robyn back in 1996, by way of Raynors marriage to Mr Hookey.
I rang a lot of Hookeys in Sydney and got a link to your Mum who helped me out with some
Family details. She`said she had no photos of Susan or Edith.
I can help you out with many photos of Susans siblings and houses etc around Singleton.
Would love to talk to you re the family and any photos you can help me with at some stage.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 02, 2008 - 8:11 pm: |
Andrews GenealogyFrom: Meredith Downes 
Sent: Tuesday, 10 June 2008 4:38 PM
To: Roy Andrews
Subject: RE: Andrews Genealogy
Yes, after I wrote my e-mail, my mother told me you had contacted her and showed me the information you had sent her. I must say this genealogical research is addictive - once you get going, it is very hard to stop. Of course the best times are when you find something really fantastic like a photograph and the worst when you hit a brick wall because the registers are not available or something.
Anyway, I am afraid I don’t have much in the way of photographs – however I do know relatives who have photographs and am planning to, at some stage this year, visit them with a scanner and get copies of everything they have. It is so sad to think that photos could be lost or the information about them could be lost. I saw those mystery family photos on your website and I felt bad that we didn’t know who these people are, that they could be the very people we are researching and we will never know. Anyway, if I find any pictures of Susan or Edith (or anything else I think you might be interested in) when I am doing my scan-a-thon, I will be certain to send the files your way.
I have found some letters written by Susan in the National Archives – I don’t know if you have found them – you probably have. They are in the military record of her son (my great great half-uncle), Alfred Herbert Ross, who died in Belgium during WWI – there is a link to the digitised copy which contains several letters from Susan regarding her son naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/ItemDetail.asp?M=0&B=8038195
As for the pictures you spoke of I would be glad of any pictures of Sarah and Abraham or their family, their house/s (is it the Chilcott’s they were living with?) and/or the church the children were baptised in or anything else you think might be important. What would be the best way for me to get copies?
I have been trying to go further into the Gibbs and Hart lines (pre-Andrews) and am not having much success – there just aren’t enough Wiltshire parish registers available online. However, I haven’t given up, every clue is a step closer – and in the end, I will just have to go to England!
Have you seen the wonderful free online UK bdm, parish register and census projects? I am so impressed with their efforts and am thinking of volunteering to help transcribe – although I am a little bit scared by all that eighteenth century penmanship – I think I will be doing a lot of squinting.