LIBRARIES SERVICES have helped a family trace some previously unknown relatives and meet for the first time.

The Local Studies Library was contacted by Jenny Liddle, from Doncaster, who asked for help in finding out more about a long lost relative of her husband Ian who they believed could originally have been from County Durham.

Jenny Liddle said: “We had come across a photograph with the name ‘George’ written on the back, we had no idea who he was until the library provided this missing information.”

Library staff not only managed to trace the immediate family in County Durham, but also located other family members in the Doncaster area that the family had no previous knowledge of.

Following up on the information provided by the library, they were able to trace Brenda, a daughter of George who unknown to them also lives in Doncaster.

Ian and Jenny arranged an emotional meeting, all expressing the family’s gratitude to Sunderland Libraries Services staff for providing the valuable information from the Local Studies Library.

Jenny and Ian added: “We are so grateful to the library staff for their hard work and dedication in not only tracing who George was, but also about his remaining relatives and helping to bring us all together.”

Sunderland City Council Cabinet Member for Culture, Councillor John Kelly said: “Libraries Services play an important role as a source of rich local history, social knowledge and information.
” I’m delighted that our Libraries Services staff helped to bring this family together and wish Ian, Jenny and their family all the best as they get to know each other.”

Sunderland Local Studies Library is open to everyone and is dedicated to the collection of local, social and family history records from across the North East, with particular emphasis on

Sunderland including thousands of books, shipping records, maps, photographs, newspapers and local records and provides free access to Find My Past ancestry search website.

The Local Studies Library is based in Fawcett Street the opening hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.30am – 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am – 7pm, Saturday 10am – 4pm.

Closed Sundays and public holidays.


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