Thursday, 3 June 2010

The family tree is spreading broad branches

PHOTOGRAPH: Spiros Andrew Ross on a 'trotter'. Circa: 1921?

It has been a busy week or so with contact made at last with the families of Charlie and Mary Ross's youngest child, Spiros Andrew and the oldest, Constantinus John 'Jack'.

What is interesting is that it seems both of these branches of the family had no idea there was a Greek connection. While my grandfather, Charles Vangelios and his sister, Georgina Anastasia certainly talked about their Greek father to their children and it was in turn passed on ... and I think Chrysantheous Christus 'Dan' did the same ... the other two did not. One could understand that Spiros, as the youngest, and only six years old when his father died, might know or cared less but it is much more curious that 'Jack' the oldest should pass on so little.

Which makes it all so much more exciting to be where we are. Cousin Lee tells me she hopes to get the family bible from her aunt, Sylvia, which could prove invaluable in terms of family records. And cousin Hayden has been in touch from the US to say he thought he was a Scottish Ross not a Greek 'Ross' and he is keen to tell me what he knows.

Even better is the fact that photos and archival material have been coming in. Looking at photos of Great-uncle Spiros reminds me that I had met him although I have no memory of the event. It is interesting how 'faces' stay with us in ways that other things do not.

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