Researcher thanks Tameside archive centre for reuniting his family
Thursday 9th June 2016 15:32 Ashton News Posted by Adam Higgins

Family tree researcher Alan Broad has thanked Ashton’s Tameside Local Studies and Archive Centre for bringing his family back together.

To say a personal thank you he took his American relatives along to the centre so they could see it for themselves and thank the team.

Candice Davies and her husband Dan visited from the USA after being reunited with their cousin Alan who is from Tameside.

They found one another after Alan put his family tree onto an ancestral website and they discovered that their two time great grandparents were brothers.

It also resolved a family break-up, and after 82 years, the family was reunited and organised a reunion.

Candice was born in Hyde, but her parents emigrated when she was eight years old and she now lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

She said she was delighted to meet family she never knew existed and was moved by their hospitality and friendship during her visit. She was also very impressed by the free facilities at Ashton’s Local Studies and Archive Centre and that they are free to use by members of the public.

Alan studied family history at WEA courses held at the library under the tutorship of Gay Oliver.

He added if it was not for the excellent facilities and dedication of the staff his search and family reunion would not have happened.

“In spite of cuts in staff and opening hours, the Archive Centre is a priceless asset to Tameside and members of the public should get out of their armchairs and sample what is on offer, you never know who you might discover,” he said.

If you would like to start to trace your family tree give the Local Studies and Archive Centre a call on 0161 342 4242.