Cousins’ reunion joy
After 57 years, these Cheryls find each other on web
BIGGENDEN’S Cheryl Gibson (nee Martin) was recently reunited with her cousin, Cheryl Glasgow (nee Rowlands), after 57 years.
The last time the Cheryls saw each other was in 1955, as twoyear-olds, when Mrs Glasgow and her mother went to Victoria to visit Mrs Gibson and her mother.
The girls’ mothers were sisters.
“My mother is dead now, so I don’t know why we have the same name,” Mrs Gibson said.
“I guess they didn’t have telephones back then, but we are five months apart, so you would think the sisters would have had time to write and say I’ve had a daughter and named her Cheryl.”
Mrs Glasgow has lived in New Zealand since her mother went there after she married.
The long-lost cousins made contact through genealogy website ancestry.com.
After the initial contact and several confirmation emails and collaboration by both parties, the pair arranged a meeting.
The online find culminated in a short, but joyous, occasion, where the cousins were able to meet and talk to each other after more than half a century apart.
The Cheryls covered the years gone by in Biggenden on October 11.
Mrs Gibson and her husband Dennis are considering a trip to New Zealand to visit her cousin’s homeland and meet other family members.
REUNITED: After 57 years Cheryl Gibson (right) from Biggenden was reunited with her cousin Cheryl Glasgow.