|About Westerbys of NE England
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This website is dedicated to the memory of my parents: John Westerby and Mary Westerby (nee Kirkland). I began researching my family tree seriously in September 2000, when I got my first computer; beginning with my parents, grandparents, great grandparents as far as I could remember or had recorded. Then as Topsy said, 'It just growed'. It quickly became a history lesson - infant mortality, the parish workhouse, the scourge of tuberculosis, all these affected my ancestors. My Great Great Aunt, I discovered, had been a pioneer and she and her family had built a sod shack on the Canadian Prairie.
A big thank you goes to the many people who have helped me to build up my family tree - my parents, grandparents and aunts for holding onto all those old photos and not discarding them: my wife Lesley for her endless patience in listening to my family theories, helping me trawl through records at the archive centre and libraries, and tramping round soaking wet graveyards with me; Aunts - Nancy Shotton for Kirkland and Younghusband info, Charlotte Pearson and Enid Wordingham for Westerby & Drummond info and photos, Sadie Robson for the Halls & Drummonds, Jean McGinty for the Heightons (not forgetting Katrina Halsey for Heighton info which may yet prove invaluable), Eunice Reddy for the Huntleys and Scaifes; Kathleen Westerby for her info and photos; Lou Bellamy of Regina, her father Henry Delahoy, Ruth Benda, Dennis & Sue Dell for the Canadian Westerby descendants; Diana Bayette, Tammy Jones and Jenelle & Ian Delahoy for the American and Australian Delahoys; to all my other internet friends for the research they have sent me which I have not managed to link in (yet!) and lastly, to Mrs Victoria de Bray (nee Westerby) of Buckinghamshire, who sparked off my interest in the 1970's. Mrs de Bray was researching the Westerby name at that time, and sent me lots of info on the Westerbys,which to my everlasting regret now, I discarded in the late 70s. Sadly my own research uncovered Mrs De Bray's death in 1991, but if anyone knows whether that research is still in existence, I would dearly love to hear from them.