John Millar’s father carried a strong sense of his Lithuanian identity with him to Scotland in 1900 but on arrival at Leith found his name and his story counted for nothing. He always told swashbuckling tales of his struggle to save the Lithuanian language from Russian oppression. Living in Scotland, though, his past and even his name were disregarded, so John set out to verify his father’s stories.
Louise Oliver’s husband was, he thought, from Welsh stock. But family research showed that his name, Williams, had started life as Wilhelm. Why did he cover up his German roots? We ask Peter Towey of the Anglo-German Family History Society.
Gregory Gill came to Britain from Grenada in the late 1950s. Although met with overt racism, he stayed and raised a family here. Henrietta Harrison talks to Gregory, his daughter Lynda Gill and grandson Dontony Nasadi-Giill about where they feel their real roots lie, while Guy Grannum of the National Archives in London discusses Caribbean records.
Yvonne Foley always believed her father, a Chinese merchant seaman, deserted the family when she was young. She later heard, though, about the forced repatriation of men like her father from Liverpool. Georgina Young of the Museum of Liverpool explains why this story is to be told in the city for the first time.
Inspirational family history stories and key genealogy advice. Sally Magnusson and Nick Barratt…