DALE Butler is 64 and lives in the town of Elyria, Ohio, USA.
His interest in genealogy – in particular, that of his own family – has been growing for a number of years.
It’s at the point where he plans to cross thousands of miles of ocean to track ancestors down and thereby make contact with distant living relatives.
One batch of them lived in Newsome and this will be one of his ports of call next summer.
“I am writing to you at the suggestion of Sandra Stocks who is a member of the Huddersfield and District Family History Society,” he says.
“Recently, my wife Gayle and I booked what we call the trip of a lifetime to the UK and other places which will include Huddersfield for a day or two.
“I have been looking into my family’s history for some time now and discovered early on that my ancestors lived in the Huddersfield area – 36 Towngate, Newsome, to be exact – for several generations before my great great grandfather, Joseph Butler, emigrated to the United States in 1869.
“I have a fairly complete record of his life and the rest of the American side of the family but, sadly, very little of the English ancestors.
“Sandra has helped in that area tremendously since I met her online just a short while ago. I’m looking forward to exploring the Huddersfield area when we come for our visit late in August.”
Apparently in 1921 Joseph’s daughter and granddaughter took a trip to Huddersfield and stayed with three aunts – Joseph’s sisters – for about three months.
While there a group photo was taken which included the aunts, Joseph’s daughter and granddaughter, and some other people that Dale doesn’t recognise. That picture is above.
“I have a few names of those folks but they have no meaning for me,” he says.
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