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FOSTER, COLENSO, DRUMMOND,
LEEMAN and USSHER.

 
My name is Amanda Doyle

I was born in Bridgend (Pen-y-Bont ar Ogwr) but now live in Birmingham UK

I have a B.A. in Psychology and Music and I was a teacher of music and drama (1977 - 1999)

I am a 'merry widow' and I have a fantastic daughter who loves singing

No prizes at all for guessing my favourite colour

 

 

History through genealogy - or is it genealogy through history?

Varied and many styles of music - but Jazz is a real favourite.

The musical 'Les Miserables' is absolutely fantastic.

Travel - I love the island of Mallorca - and the city of Venice -

Israel was a very special place to visit -

and I go to Tenerife as often as I can

 

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In the process of constructing this site (which is still very much work in progress), I realised that it would be difficult for any viewer (including myself) to have a sense of which generation family members belonged.
On the left I have listed a colour for each generation. Time will tell if this is useful or not.

All this time I thought I was Welsh pretty much all the way through with a sprinkling of Geordie. Now I find part of me heralds from the far west of Cornwall through the Colenso lines.

I have traced my earliest Foster to Cardiff (Still Welsh!) but I have no idea of his parentage as yet.

The Leeman name I know has roots in northern Europe - from Switzerland up to Sweden. I have not gone back very far and I am still in Yorkshire.

The Drummond name is most definitely from Scotland. However, I am still in Stockton - but with new links to Newport!

So where does that leave me? Most definitely Celtic with a pride of Wales.

Definitely European - I have no real desire to travel 'long haul'. There are still areas of this country that I need to visit genealogically and for personal interest.

In the meantime, there are places to visit on this site too.
Enjoy your time here and let me know what you think!

 

 

 

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Acknowlegements

So much of the information included on this website (and more besides) is the result of years of research conducted by a number of people who are willing to share knowledge, theories and ideas. I am eternally grateful to those who have helped me in my quest to find out 'who I am', and also to those who have shared their own stories and trusted me to publish them online.

I am indebted to the following people.


Foster

Ken and Hilda Morley
(Wales now USA)
for sharing documents and photographs regarding the family of Daniel John Foster.
Patricia Stoltenburg
(Wales now Germany)
for sharing documents, photographs and for pursuing a Bible that had found its way to Canada. Patricia and I met in July 2007.

Colenso
Joan Huston
(USA) and Ann Collins (Australia)
Their research provided a very useful start in trying to find my Colenso line. Many more thanks to Ann for continuing to collaborate so that we can both find our way through the 'Colenso Maze'.
Richard William Colenso
(USA)
for helping to solve tricky connections and for sending wonderful photos
Nigel Colenso (UK but now Australia)
for sending some very useful documents, and who met Ann Collins in Melbourne, Australia January 2006, and myself in Bath England April 2006.
William Ronald Colenso (Australia)
for sharing information and wonderful ancestral photographs regarding his father and uncles in Singapore WWII.
Ruthie McLennan (New Zealand)
for citing the right James Colenso, and who continued to share new findings and I miss her cheery e-mails enormously.
Heather Colenso
(UK)
for helping to 'house' a stray Colenso and add more pieces to the jigsaw.

The University of Natal and Dale Peters
for their preservation work and for sharing photographs online.

Leeman
Jeff Elms
(Australia)
for his help with the Leeman lines.
Gail Hankinson (Canada)
for providing more Leeman jigsaw pieces.
Robert Livingston (USA)
for sharing information regarding Leeman origins.

Drummond
Susan Ackroyd
(UK)
for helping with the Drummond lines, for solving a mystery and for sending some wonderful documents.
Louise De-Hayes
(UK)
for spotting a match with a certain George Longstaff to extend that line quite extensively.

All who have voluntarily transcribed records for online publishing.
The CWGC.
Mike Irlam
(UK)