Great news – Yesterday, I finally managed to track down and telephone David Harris – It has been a long journey trying to find him.
Through this website I have made many new contacts, many of them relatives. One contact (and many are newfound relatives) has lead to another and eventually I received a phone number that was over two years old. It had been received in Spain, by a ‘second cousin’ of my father, written on a christmas card that had been sent by David Harris. A contact, in Spain, made as a direct result of my website, has a sister, who had visited with David many years ago gave me Davids phone number.
So, I tried that number yesterday, wondering if perhaps David had moved house, and the number would be out of date! Well, it was fine. I called, and we had a great chat… We learned about eachother – and discovered that he lives in East Sussex, which neighbours Surrey, where my home is. So a search that started in the Sunday Times, went to London, Wales, and Spain, ends in East Sussex.
David has a wife called Sarah and 5 great children (Ruth, Naome, Joanne, Johnathon and Rebecca). So, now I have a few more names to add to my family tree .. 🙂 We exchanged great stories, and I even learned a little more about my grandfather William Harris. My father will be so pleased to learn that I finally made contact with a new FIRST cousin! I learned from David that my father has another living cousin in LA called Anthony Harris (who has four grown up children) and is the same age (or thereabouts) as my father, who is now 82. I look forward to making contact with Anthony too, some time very soon I hope.
What a result!!! The wonders of the internet – hey!