Other stuff around Portsmouth: Family past and present
As I’ve mentioned once or twice, Portsmouth featured prominently in our itinerary because of dad’s origins. His dad was born there and lived there until late in his teens when he moved to New Zealand. My grandfather had a few sisters and as a result, dad has several English cousins who materialised only in recent decades.
During our week in and around Portsmouth we saw all and met all we could with a tie to dad’s family.
He also worked on the HMS Illustrious.
When my great grandfather died he left six children, my grandfather being the eldest and the only boy. He emigrated from England on his own as a teenager under a scheme which was to have seen his sisters and mother eventually join him. However for various reasons that never happened and he never saw his family again. Happily though he met my grandmother and they proceeded to have 10 children, who produced 24 grandchildren (voila, me!).
When we left Portsmouth for London that was the end of the family history theme of the trip. It was this theme that prompted me to travel around with my parents for a month, particularly as mum has collected so much information about who-what-where-when. Between her ancestral ties with Cornwall, dad’s with Hampshire and going to these places, have to say I’m pretty happy with my English roots and my decision to have gone on the trip.
Hayley, first of all I do like your banner picture very much.
(Large) Family gatherings are so exhausting – but also can be fun!
Thank you – that region of New Zealand is my favourite part of the world. It’s good to make the effort for big family catch-ups, otherwise it usually only happens around funerals
Sounds like you had a great time with your folks, Hayley – were are you going next?
Planning a month in the US around this time next year, but have to first see where the key dates fall on a big project of mine at work. I can just imagine everything will clash nicely…
Lovely photos! I love meeting relatives and think it’s great to learn more about our family histories! And, wow! What a large family! I am sure your grandparents would have been very impressed and proud with the gathering of you all last year!
Thank you. The gathering is especially significant now as sadly the family is about to lose one of dad’s brothers.