Isn't it a wonderful feeling, I have had terrific help from people also but
two in particular & if I mention their names (Brenda in Lancs & Rita in
Massachusetts) they will know who they are & from knowing practically
nothing about my family these two ladies have gone out of their way to help
me so my heartiest congratulations & I DO know how you feel.
Over the Ditch.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Christine Fiske" <cfiske(a)origin.net.au>
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2002 5:01 PM
Subject: [LAN] Tears of Joy
Just had to share something with a group of people who will
know how I feel. (It is no good expecting my children to do back flips
Fell out of bed on Sunday morning about 6AM. Bleary eyed as usual I
grabbed a cup
of coffee and half asleep turned on my PC,all the time cursing
it for being so noisy as I did not want to wake my mum
because once awake I am on duty so to speak.
I scrolled through my mail (usual morning ritual)
Caution and noise levels were thrown to the wind when I saw an e-mail from
(temporarily ex list)
Back flips and hand stands were more the order of the day.
This amazing lady (God Bless her) had found what, or should I say who?
I had been searching for .
My search has spanned about 6 years on and off and Sheila found my
grandma in one day.
Not only did she find this lady but found a perfectly preserved head stone
This headstone as an absolute fountain of info as it gave , not only the
Catherine MEALEY but also her husband , 2 sons and one daughter
who were also buried in the same spot.
In affectionate remembrance of James Ignatious, the beloved son of John &
Catherine MEALEY, who died 19th January 1891, aged 23 years. Also Catherine,
the beloved wife of John MEALEY, and Mother of the above, who departed this
life January 20th 1897, aged 64 years. May she rest in peace. Also William,
son of the above, who departed this life January 18th 1906, aged 36 years.
Rest in Peace. Also Mary Ann RITSON, daughter of the above, who departed
this life September 18th 1907, aged 44 years. Also of the above named John
MEALEY, the beloved husband of Catherine MEALEY, who departed this life
November 11th 1912, aged 83 years. R.I.P.
As you can imagine I rushed in and woke my 92 year old mum . I was
crying as I told her I had finally found her Fathers' mother,
father, uncles and one Aunt.
A few hours later there were some photo's of the grave , taken at 7
in the morning by a very enthusiastic researcher.
The whole purpose of my search was for my mothers' sake initially because
never knew her Grandparents on either side but always wanted to know
when this Grandma died.
I could not find the words to thank Sheila as you can imagine
Her genuine enthusiasm and obvious joy at being able to help solve this
if anyone needs Sheila' help she is now branching out a s an
researcher and I could not recommend her highly enough.
Sheila may be contacted on http://www.liverpoolcemetery.co.uk/
Now I just have to send for death certs to fill in the very human side of
The best of luck to everyone out there who is searching and I only hope
experience the same joy as I did when you make your discoveries .
Christine in Australia
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