Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Family Fortunes; LONG-LOST COUSINS MEET ON COURSE TO TRACE THEIR ANCESTORS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Family Fortunes; LONG-LOST COUSINS MEET ON COURSE TO TRACE THEIR ANCESTORS

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Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR

A SEARCH for the past unearthed a future of friendship for these long-lost cousins.

When Yvonne Anderson enrolled on an evening class to trace her family Family tree she was hoping to delve into the past and discover her ancestors.

What she was not expecting to find was a cousin she never knew existed - sitting across the table from her on the very same course.

And she discovered that she and cousin Joyce Bell had grown up just a few miles away from each other in Newcastle's East End, but their paths had never crossed.

And as the pair chatted they realised they'd both grown up in the East End and now live just a few miles away from each other.

Mrs Anderson, a 61-year-old widow and grandma-of-two, said: "I started the 'trace your family tree for beginners' course at Fenham Library in January.

"At our first class we introduced ourselves and said which family name we were going to research. I was looking into the name Greenall, from Cumbria, and the lady sitting opposite me said she was looking for that name too.

"At the time we just laughed and said 'I wonder if we're related', but we were amazed to find our grandfathers were brothers, making us second cousins.

"We were about six weeks into the course before we found out we were related, but the more I saw Joyce the more I thought she resembled my auntie."

Mrs Anderson now meets up with her new-found relation every Saturday morning at the library where they are working to produce an online family tree.

And after discovering just how similar their lives have been, they are surprised their paths had not crossed sooner.

Mrs Bell, a 68-year-old widow and mum to Glenn, 41, and Joyce, 43, was born and grew up in Walker, while Mrs Anderson spent the first part of her childhood a stone's throw away in Byker, before her family moved to Fawdon when she was nine. …

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