Linda Haden nee Cornfield remembers yummy things from childhood and shares how she hunted down her family lineage
“Other kids found it strange that my grandfather was Caucasian while I looked Oriental. I was often bombarded with curious stares and questions.”
OATMEAL AND CONDENSED MILK
“My grandfather, Clive, used to make oat porridge every single morning for me. He would drench it with condensed milk and we would soak pieces of bread in it.”
“Around 4pm each day, my grandmother, Nora, would make tea, and we would munch on biscuits and crackers. Every year, her sister, my grand-aunty would visit us from Penang, and she would make sugee cake. My grandmother also had her nieces over often to play chap chiki, mahjong or gin rummy.”
HOW LINDA TRACED HER FAMILY TREE:
1) The India Office at the British Library in London, which provides access to the East India Company records.
2) The British Imperial War Museums, for prisoner of war records. There, Linda found a record of great-grandfather Maxwell Cornfield’s incarceration in the civilian camp at Changi.
3) FindMyPastUK is useful for tracing ancestors from Britain and Ireland.
4) Ancestry.co.uk: “I unearthed the fact that my great-grandfather Maxwell Cornfield came from a Jewish family with eight children. However, I need to verify some of the facts, given that it was based on oral history, rather than actual records, but at least I have a vague idea now. Was completely clueless before!”
5) The Straits Times newspaper archives: “I have found quite a lot about the Leicesters and Maxwell Cornfield through this resource. I have thus been able to slowly piece everything together.”
Have you tried tracing your family’s heritage? Ever wanted to? Share your experience in the comments!