Ready to meet her long-lost brother
Tatura’s Margaret Foord is looking forward to meeting her half-brother John this month, thanks to the Tatura Community House’s Family History Group.
Since heading down the family history lane Margaret Foord has found more links to her father than she anticipated by finding a halfbrother she never knew she had.
Five months ago Mrs Foord joined up with Tatura Community House’s Family History Group after her sister-in-law sent her an AncestryDNA test kit.
‘‘I joined up and they did all the fancy stuff forme and we were off,’’ Mrs Foord said.
She really wanted to know about her dad having left him behind in England in 1949.
‘‘Fourteen years ago my sister-in-law and niece were going to England and they asked if I wanted them to find anything out about my family and I said my dad, James Verdun Foord,’’ Mrs Foord said.
‘‘They got his birth certificate and his and my mum’s marriage certificate.
‘‘Then when they got back home my sister-in-law rang me and said do you know your dad is in NSW Australia?,’’
Mrs Foord said it was wonderful having the family history group help her out— because she wouldn’t know where to start.
‘‘They found out that my father had remarried and had had another two boys, from the passenger list from the boat they came across to Australia on,’’ she said.
‘‘Unfortunately one brother was killed in an accident and my dad had passed away in 1974 at the age of 60.’’
Family History Group facilitator Garry Clough followed James Foord’s emigration to Australia leading him to the possibility of a John in Brisbane being Mrs Foord’s missing brother.
‘‘Garry rang me and said what do you want to know about your father because I’ve just got in contact with your half-brother,’’ Mrs Foord said.
‘‘I was glad I was sitting down, I couldn’t believe it, everything had happened so fast.’’
After a number of emails and discussions about John’s search for his father’s first family with no luck, a trip to Shepparton was planned for the siblings to meet.
‘‘We will be meeting atmy second home, the Victoria Hotel, on Wednesday the 22nd and we’ve invited Garry to come along,’’ Mrs Foord said.
‘‘He will fill in some gaps about my dad because he was lucky enough to spend all that time with him that I didn’t.’’
Mrs Foord said news like this was really good for a town like Tatura and she was looking forward to showing her brother around the town.
‘‘Robin and Tony from the pub will make him feel welcome, they’re like family to me, and they were rapt when I told them and it’s really good for the Tatura Community House also to have a success like this,’’ she said.
■ The Family History Group runs weekly on Wednesdays 1 pmto 3 pm at the TCH, 12-16 Casey St, Tatura.
■ For more information, phone TCH on 5824 1315.
Grateful: Margaret Foord is flanked between Tatura Community House’s Family History Group facilitators Garry Clough and Lois Orr.