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Heartwarming reunion for sisters in Southport
23 December 2009

A Southport lady has had the best Christmas present she could ask for - a heartwarming reunion with the sister she never knew she had for sixty years.

Sheila Hancock, of West Street, told The Champion that she has discovered both her mother and a sister she had never previously met, both based in New Zealand, following more than a decade of research into her family tree.

"It feels absolutely fantastic to have tracked down my sister, both of us are in a bit of a whirl about it at the moment," she said.

"My sister and I both look alike and are into a lot of the same things, and are elated that we've found each other. I can recommend genealogy to anyone, and our discovery should hopefully give anyone who is into their family history a boost.

Mrs Hancock said that she was adopted in 1947 and was brought up in the Liverpool area, but was curious about her birth family and decided to trace them using genealogy, the study of family trees.

She was amazed to discover not only her birth mother, living in New Zealand, but also that she had a sister, despite believing throughout her life that she was an only child.
Because she was the second of two children born out of wedlock, her mother was forced to give her up for adoption, an event which her then four-year-old sister was too young to remember at the time.

Both sisters grew up apart living lives on the different sides of the globe, until Mrs Hancock's interest in family history led her to rediscover the family link after 62 years apart.

Her newfound relative, Cherry Hart, came over to visit Southport in September this year which Sheila has described as "a very exciting and emotional experience" for all parties involved.

"Geanology is a bug and the internet is a very wonderful tool," she said.

Since the two ladies rediscovered their family links, they have also traced their half-sisters and members of their father's side of the Hart family.

By David Simister

 

 


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