Reasons behind the Research

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My name is Malcolm Norris. For several years (starting around 1970) Mother and I used to pay an annual visit to Mam's cousin, Alice Workman; her husband, Bill; daughter Susan and husband Roy. Naturally, on such annual visits, mother and Alice used to bring each other up to date with members of the family. They would also reminisce about the years gone by and the relatives now deceased. Susan and I would sit back listening and learning details of relatives neither of us had ever known. We used to ask, "who was Uncle Bob, Aunt Sarah-Anne etc?"

One night, when an evening of reminiscence was well through and Susan said, "you know Malcolm, if you would research and lay out the family tree, we would know whom the old folks were talking about." I undertook to try to do this project and as Mams maiden name is Rough and Alice's father was Alexander Rough and I knew the Rough's, for possibly 100 years, had lived in Northumberland I started my research on the "Rough" Family. Living near the Northumberland County Record Office at Gosforth was handy, but on finding the family came from Scotland, I visited the Scottish Record office in 1982 to study parish registers of Kelso and Melrose.

Unfortunately Susan had died in 1976 and therefore never saw the results of my efforts. After more or less exhausting my main investigation of the Rough Family, I decided to embark upon the family tree of the rest of my family, the "Norris'" from West Sussex, the "Dorrells'" from Worcestershire, and the "Scholes'" from Cumbria and leading back into Manchester. Research on the "Scholes" involved several visits to Cumbria County records office at Carlisle Castle occasionally accompanied by my father's cousin Lionel Scholes who had developed an interest. The Worcester and Sussex connections had to be researched by correspondence, sometimes employing "Researchers", to search on my behalf. By about 1990 I had traced most of my family back to the 1750's when you rely heavily on parish register entries. Some were difficult to trace and on some there were gaps in the registers where they had been lost or destroyed.

Researching the Army service records of my father, Grandfather Norris and Uncle Malcolm was particularly interesting.

It has been a fascinating past time and one that can never be said to be complete. I hope others find it interesting to read.

MJN

5 Bexley Place

Copies of the research of the Norris family tree has been distributed to:

Arther Coulson, A full set was given in 1992.

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