I Wanted to Add My Cousin to My Family Tree

I was thinking about my cousin, Emeline Smith (Walker) Fatherley (1923-2009), who died nine years ago this January – and realized that I didn’t have her genealogical details, or that of her husband, Robert Edward Fatherley (1905-1995), in our family tree.

So, I turned to GenealogyBank to gather the details of their lives.

By searching on their names, I quickly found articles about the family in the Historical Newspaper Archives – as well as one from the Recent Obituaries collection. In all I found over a dozen articles about the family and I added them to the family tree here.

Here are accounts of their wedding – before and after the event.

Newspaper articles about the wedding of Emeline Walker and Robert Featherley
Source: GenealogyBank, Stamford Advocate (Stamford, Connecticut), 16 October 1935, page 17 and Stamford Advocate (Stamford, Connecticut), 21 October 1935, page 13

I found the tragic news article about the death of their young son, William Walker Fatherley, and the birth of another son in 1940.

Newspaper articles about the children of Emeline and Robert Featherley
Source: GenealogyBank, Stamford Advocate (Stamford, Connecticut), 23 September 1939, page 1 and Stamford Advocate (Stamford, Connecticut), 21 August 1940, page 9

And I easily pulled up my cousin’s obituary, giving me more information about her, her parents, siblings and family.

An obituary for Emeline Featherley, Darien Times newspaper article 15 January 2009
Source: GenealogyBank, Darien Times (Darien, Connecticut), 15 January 2009

Genealogy Tip: Use GenealogyBank to find and document the details of your family history. Then add the information to your online family tree.

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