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Family tree research praised by US resident

 
Created on 24/12/2017 @ 09:23
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A US citizen who has been researching her family tree in the Newtown and Trefeglwys area has praised local library staff for their help.

Staff at Newtown library have been singled out for praise by Cathy Brester who has been using the library’s resources as part of her research into her family tree.

Mrs Brester, from Nevada, has family ties to Trefeglwys and has visited the area and the library twice to find out more about her sixth-great grandfather, Gerson Benbow, who emigrated to America as a stowaway in 1718. 

In a letter received recently by library staff, Cathy thanked them for going above and beyond their duties in helping her to trace back her roots, organise a visit to Trefeglwys church where her family served as vicars and for putting her in touch with a local historian. 

She said: “The assistance provided by Newtown Library allowed me to use resource material not available in the States or online.  I am grateful for the library’s help. I have always received a friendly response to emails sent in advance of my trip and library staff have greeted me warmly when I walked in with my rolling suitcase.  

She added: “It is exciting to be able to see Mid-Wales, and put context to my family’s history. This can only be done with the help of libraries like Newtown, who maintain excellent resources and helpful staff.”

Councillor Rachel Powell, Cabinet Member for Libraries said: 
“It’s clear that Cathy has been touched by the efforts staff at Newtown library have gone to in helping her trace her family roots.

"I think it’s a lovely gesture that she has put pen to paper and thanked them during the season of goodwill.   Our libraries really do offer a diverse range of services to our residents, and, as can be seen by Cathy’s letter, to people across the world! From family history to Lego clubs, our libraries are a lifeline to people who enjoy reading, learning, browsing, playing and connecting with their communities.” 

Cathy also thanked Tri-County Tours and the Rev Lynda Cowan of St. Michael's Church, Trefeglwys in her letter.

Photo: Cathy Brester

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