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"...everything is illuminated in the light of the past..."

Just wanted to say hi to everyone. I'm Helen, I live in Texas and I have been doing genealogy research for myself and others for about 13 years now. I absolutely love doing family history research and will be more than happy to help anyone who needs it, just send me a message. I can't promise I can get what you're needing, but I will most certainly give it my best shot. I do have my own webpage, it is a work in progress but has many of my ancestors from all across the United Kingdom www.helenmcknight.tribalpages.com

Right now I am trying to help my husband (who currently lives in England but will be immigrating to the US shortly) track down his family. Right now I have a very short list of names we are looking for: McKnight, Hudson, Pritchard, and Bowman.

We are very interested in hearing from anyone who served or had family who served aboard the HMS Liverpool during WWII in 1940 who may have stories/information/photographs of a telegraphist that died of sustained aboard HMS Liverpool in 1940 named Douglas Jack Hudson

Also we would like to hear from anyone who had family aboard the HMS Tipperary during WWI. We are looking for information/stories/photographs of a telegraphist who was killed aboard the Tipperary in 1916 named John Henry Hudson.

I'm very much looking forward to being a member of this community and anyone can feel free to email me helenmcknight79@hotmail.com


FYI for anyone interested, the quote in the title is from one of my favorite books and movies, "Everything Is Illuminated" about a man from the US who travels to the Ukraine in search of his grandfather's past during WWII and the woman who helped him escape the Nazi's and ends up gaining a whole lot more. The whole quote is:
"I have reflected many times upon our rigid search. It has shown me that everything is illuminated in the light of the past. It is always along the side of us, on the inside, looking out. Like you say, inside out. Jonathon, in this way, I will always be along the side of your life. And you will always be along the side of mine. Our families will be with us, and our families' families. Your grandfather. And perhaps, in some way, my grandfather as well... ...I am sending you this because we have shared something to exist for. And, of course, in case anyone comes searching."

I think anyone tracing their family history can see the truth in the part "...everything is illuminated in the light of the past..."


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Colne Lancs
Hi Helen,
Just read your introducion and was not only impressed by it and your willingness to assist other members, but I was also moved by the passage you quoted. Like you I am a new member, I am searching initially for my paternal family.It's a shame that Texas is such a huge state as I understand some of my family moved there in the early part of the last century. I hope you have a lot of success on here and look forward to reading further posts from you in the future. Best wishes.

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