By George We're Related to Washington; City Grandad's Amazing Discoverywhile Researching His Family Tree

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By George We're Related to Washington; City Grandad's Amazing Discoverywhile Researching His Family Tree


Byline: Ben Eccleston News reporter ben.eccleston@trinitymirror.com

A GRANDFATHER from Coventry who delved into his family tree was amazed to discover he was related to the first President of the USA.

Roy Pargetter, who lives in the Willenhall area of the city, spent seven years researching his family's background.

He says his most incredible finding was that he has a family link to first President of the United States George Washington.

His investigation, which took him the length and breadth of the country, discovered Washington was a great uncle - albeit several times removed.

Roy eventually amassed an amazing 960 birth, marriage and death certificates, along with more than 2,000 other documents.

Roy said: "Just over seven years ago I decided to delve into my family tree and a while later the new archive centre in the Herbert Museum in Coventry opened and I was one of the first people to start going there.

"As I got further in to the archives, reading newspaper documents and looking through countless records, my journey then took me all over the Midlands register offices as well as places in London, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Shropshire. "I've visited all the churches where my past family were baptised, married and buried.

"I found some amazing stories."

Roy's venture was far from just a self-indulgent look at his past, as it turned in to the opportunity to bring members of his family together who never knew each other existed. …

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