In early November 2004, I decided to start researching my family tree. There were three reasons that prompted me to do this.
Firstly, one of my hobbies is scrapbooking (preserving photos and memories in special archival albums). I was doing all the leg-work for my descendents (when it came to identifying who's who in photos) as well as laying down many memories for old age.
Secondly, both my dad, John Gleeson, and father-in-law, Charles Tijou, had been researching their respective family trees in varying degrees of depth. My dad, however, knew very little about his mother's side. I, being in England with access to all the documents and relatives, would be better placed to find out about it.
Thirdly, an excellent BBC2 programme, 'Who Do You Think You Are?' had been recently showing. Each week, a TV personality investigated their family and unearthed surprises, and guidance was given on how to do the same.
This site is for the benefit of my 'big' family but any and all are welcome to browse.
Shivaun Tijou, November 2004
- Family photos (Michael and Mary Gleeson) (114 KB)
Margaret and Jack Brindley, Mary, Michael and John? Gleeson at John's christening?; Mary, Michael, Margaret, Mary and John Gleeson; Mary and Michael outside ?
- Family photos (Molly Gleeson) (98 KB)
Molly's wedding; Kitty's first husband WWII; Michael, Molly and ?
- The Wedding Party (50 KB)
Nigel Tijou (Best Man), Steve and Shivaun Tijou, Ann Mahood (Matron of Honour)
- Family photos (Michael Gleeson's siblings) (1254 KB)
Michael, Nora, Tom, Kitty and Molly
- The Gleesons (49 KB)
Jean and Andrew Thrower, Joan Gleeson, Steve and Shivaun Tijou, John Gleeson, Margaret Gleeson, Brian, Mary and Johanna Parker
- Family photos (Molly and Nora Gleeson) (109 KB)
Molly and cousin Patrick; Kitty and her daughters; Nora, Grandad ?, Molly and Jim ?; Molly and Nora
- The Tijous and Harrisons (53 KB)
Richard and Caroline Harrison, Nigel and Cath Tijou, Charles and Sue Tijou, Steve and Shivaun Tijou, Andrew Tijou, Miriam and Ken Harrison, Jackie and Alan Harrison
- Family photos (small Gleesons) (138 KB)
Mary Gleeson, John, Margaret Brindley; Jean; John in the front garden in a buggy; Jean (2 1/2) and John (4); John; John and Mary
- Family photos (Brighton) (135 KB)
Jean on Bournemouth beach; Margaret and Cindy at Brighton; Jean and Andrew's wedding.
- Family photos (Jean on a beach) (26 KB)
An enlarged photo of a young Jean on a beach
- Family photos (Weddings) (162 KB)
John and Jean at Kenneth Brindley's wedding; John and Jean at Jean's wedding; the four Gleeson siblings; bridesmaids??
- Family photos (Michael Gleeson) (25 KB)
Michael at Woodhole house; Michael, dog and cat; Margaret, Michael and cat; Michael's darts team
- Family photos (Gleeson ancestors) (153 KB)
Molly, Nora, Kitty and Grandma ?; Grandad ? and Grandmother ?; Uncle Tom with his pipes; Mary and Tom Gleeson and a pipe band; Grandad ?
- Family photos (1970s) (22 KB)
John, Margaret and Amos in Canada 1974; Michael and Shivaun; Mary, Michael, Joan and Ned Lucas
- Family photos (Haywards Heath) (144 KB)
Margaret on a float; 312 Franklands Village; Mary and Brian's wedding
- Family photos (Mary Gleeson) (183 KB)
Mary Gleeson in a photo studio?; Mary, Jean Margaret and Gerald at Brighton; Mary Gleeson in a garden; Jean's wedding