I was born on Wednesday, August 25th, 1954 in Ipswich, Suffolk, the only child of Ronald Ling & Betty Robinson. My birth was not straight forward, and for the first three days of my life, it was not certain that I would survive. My dear Mum, who had gone through hell to give birth to me was now not allowed to hold me. Finally, my parents were allowed to hold me, and then to take me home, where I started a life filled with more love than can ever be described in words. We lived at 102 Richmond Road, Ipswich for about the first 3 years of my life. This was my Mothers' family home. When I was about 3 years old we moved to 86, Waveney Road, Ipswich, which had been my Father's family home.
When I was born, my legs were found to be crooked, and to rectify this I had to sleep in wooden splints. I can still remember being laid on the dining room table and my Dad strapping the splints to my legs. He would then carry me upstairs to my bedroom, where both he and my mum would sit, until I finally fell asleep. I know now how much anguish doing that caused my parents, but because of their love, I am able to wear whatever footwear I want to now, because my legs are straight and my feet are in the correct position.
My first 2 years at school were spent at Springfield Infants school, followed at age 7 by Springfield Junior School. At age 11, I progressed to Westbourne High School, where I spent another torturous 5 years. For the majority of my school life I was bullied and picked on, but looking back now I think that the actions of those bullies actually had a positive affect on me and made me stronger for it.
I needed that strength after I married my first husband Malcolm Goodwin. After a little over 2 years of marriage, and finding that he was going to be a father, he moved out of the family home. Within 2 weeks of that I lost my beloved father. My son James M.A. Goodwin was born on August 5th 1978 but sadly lost his fight for life just 22 hours & 7 minutes later.
I found work as a bartender in a popular bar and for the next 2 years worked 6 days a week. My Mother then told me of a position that was opening up in an office where she worked and where my Father had worked until his death. Finally I found a job which I was happy doing, and alongside people that I respected and that respected me. I made friends that were true friends, something that I had lacked before. I began to work with a colleague for the charity Guide Dogs for the Blind in my spare time which in turn led me to meet the Duchess of Kent. I also did a 25 mile charity walk with another colleague. My self confidence grew and I took a vacation abroad, my first out side of the UK and alone. I found another true friend there and we vacationed together for the next 3 years, until her marriage.
I met my husband Peter Sullivan through that same holiday company and we married on September 28th,1985. We have 2 beautiful Daughters and 1 rather cheeky but handsome Grandson, who is my inspiration for creating a family tree and finding out more about my ancestors.
When my time comes to start the new phase of life's journey, I want to be able to leave him some insight as to where his roots are. Without roots and values there is little chance to grow and blossom into what you are destined to become. I hope, when I leave this earth, that I will find my parents waiting for me, then I can tell them how much I truly appreciate them and love them, which is something I don't feel I did.
In the event of my passing into the next phase of lifes' journey, or that I have become unable through physical or mental illness, to continue my labour of love on my branches, I place the profiles I manage into the caring hands of the Wikitree Admin. If any member(s) of my family have the desire to continue what I have started, I ask that they be allowed to manage those profiles and have the guidance to continue in the proper manner. Any locked profiles that I manage I believe to contain only information that can be found on the internet, so they may be dealt with as privacy would allow.
Ling-1181 18:09, 30 December 2017 (EST)
On 25 May 2018 at 09:51 GMT Valerie (Pearse) Crowley wrote:
My apologies for not replying earlier, an oversight. I have been busy with Ros Heywood doing her Orphans Trail and under her excellent guidance have learnt an awful lot and would thoroughly recommend it to others in the England Project. Valerie
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Yes, I would like to join, please let me know how I can be of help.
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Hi! Nice to meet you. I am a novice and I have chosen to find and maintain my family history. Right now I am concentrating on my Maternal side. I do not know how to search for our nobility or aristocarcy which is on my mother's side. I would gladly appreciate your help. Sincerely, Christine
On 2 May 2018 at 21:55 GMT Brenda (Cummings) Butler wrote:
Thanks for checking in with me. Life is always busy but I try to make time for at least some genealogy each week. I'm currently working on my husbands family from South Wales, Liverpool, Staffs, Worcester and Warks. In doing so I've linked him to a notable (they're 4th cousins), and adopted 4 people from the notables line that link to my husband.
When I joined WikiTree I chose not to import a gedcom, so instead I've been entering everyone by hand. It's a long process and I estimate I have about 600 - 800 profiles left to create! Never a dull day, lol.
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