I have to repeat the title - well, what a day this has been!!!
This morning I requested to join a Facebook group called "Born in Willesden" as I wanted to see if anyone on the group might have known my family that lived in the area, and if so, I would love to hear anything they had to tell me. I have information, dates, causes of death, places of birth, who was married, who hasn't etc etc etc, but I just don't know anything about these people. My late father never really spoke of his family, and what little I did know was told to me MANY years ago and as with all things, the memories have become floating whispers, strands of something fragmented by time.
The acceptance soon came back and I put up a post asking if anyone knew of them or remembered them. Didn't think any more of it.
What I didn't expect was actual members of the family keenly and warmly contacting me, I even had a chat on the phone this evening with the son of one of my great aunts, and it was great.
I have the real hope that my research is about to take on a new dimension, that the names and dates and figures, on pieces of paper and in digital files, will start to come alive again, putting the flesh of reality onto the cold bones of raw information.
And they've all said the same thing: it's a colourful family - oh my, bring it on!!!