|About The Ord Family UK & Australia
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My parents emigrated from Newcastle upon Tyne, England to Perth, Western Australia with myself, my two brothers and two sisters in 1963. The family has now grown to 60 Australian members most of whom live near Perth but some have set roots in Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra with only two of the next generation returning to England to live. So I guess you can say we are pretty happy with my parents’ gutsy decision to seek a better life. Earlier attempts at researching the family tree in the 1970s were frustrated by not having easy access to records. Many an evening was spent taking copies of barely legible microfiche at a Family History Centre of the Church of the Latter Day Saints. As these only covered the period 1550 to 1880 they were not much help as I could not find the missing link between them and my parent’s memory. Thank goodness for the internet. In 2005 a single query put me in contact with a second cousin I did not know existed and he very kindly gave me access to his family tree much of which he had got from another second cousin of ours. So a big thanks to Russel VR Ord and Heather June Ramsey. Details of Simonne’s (my better half) side of the family tree were very kindly provided by her Aunt - Enid Honeyball who provided copies of her handwritten family tree which has been added to by subsequent generations. Simonne's maternal grandmother’s great-grandfather was the 1st Sir Robert Peel, father of the Prime Minister. The Peel family tree was included in a book on the history of the Peels written by a family member at the time of the Prime Minister. It is a great boost having the earliest entry on the tree of 980 AD – the time of King Canute. I am also indebted to a number of other family historians for providing access to their family trees. As others have no doubt experienced, a small detail can enable a great leap forwards in research of the family. Also, some photos of my relatives and ancestors appearing in this site were copied from other sites, for which I am grateful. Having a face to a name really brings the past to life. Research into my mother's family tree is proving more difficult and any help from the Webster and Campbell family members would be greatly appreciated. The reference to our Campbell ancestor's participation at Glencoe is tongue in cheek.... but who knows? Hopefully further research will reveal all. I hope you have as much enjoyment perusing these pages as I have had in compiling them. If you spot any errors or are able to add further details I would appreciate hearing from you.