Story: Genealogy and family history

Family reunion

Family reunion

Ruth McPherson, Judy Marsh and Judy’s brother Malcolm Black study a book about the history of their forebears in the Wardell and Anderson families in Dunedin in 2009. The occasion was a family reunion, which is often the catalyst for the preparation and publication of a family tree.

The two families came together when Cecil Wardell married Rose Anderson, who lived on a neighbouring sheep station in North Otago. The Wardells then moved to Dunedin where they established Wardells' grocery store. The Andersons were known for their achievements in dog trialling. They can trace their family tree back to 17th-century Scotland and Ireland.

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Otago Daily Times
Reference: 12 October 2009, p. 6
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David Swain, 'Genealogy and family history - What is genealogy?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 April 2024)

Story by David Swain, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018