Searching for long lost sister

PUBLISHED: 12:17 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:52 15 June 2010

WHEN Fred Carslake decided to research his family tree he never expected to discover he may have a long-lost sister. But that's what happened and, after extensive research, conducted with the help of Allhallows Museum curator Margaret Lewis.

WHEN Fred Carslake decided to research his family tree he never expected to discover he may have a long-lost sister.But that's what happened and, after extensive research, conducted with the help of Allhallows Museum curator Margaret Lewis, Mr Carslake is turning to Herald readers to help him find the missing piece of the jig-saw."In the early 1900s, the Carslakes were a big family in Honiton and I'm convinced that is where my family is originally from," said Fred, 67, of Bristol."I always wondered why I never knew my father's parents but, with Margaret's help, I've been able to find out that they died 20 years before I was born. Their remains are buried at St Michael's churchyard."My father was one of nine boys and two girls. He was in the Navy and married twice. I am one of four children from his second marriage."My step-sister Rosetta, who is from his first marriage, lives quite close to me and we met up over Christmas."She remembers having a sister."There are only two entries in a birth register that could identify the missing sister - Joan Carslake, born in 1925, and Elfrida Carslake, born in 1928.Both births were registered in Ilanelly, Wales.Are you either Joan or Elfrida, or do you know anything about the Carslake family? If you do, call the Herald on (01392) 888488.


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