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The start of it all

  1. Introduction
  2. The start of it all

  De Castro Story - The start of it all - Introduction

Introduction

This story is an attempt to record the story of the de Castro family in New Zealand that starts in 1853 with the arrival of Charles Daniel de Castro. The story goes back to England and before and continues through to the current generations of the family. Thus while it is a story of the de Castro's prior to the arrival in New Zealand it becomes a story of the descendants of Charles and Isabella de Castro once the family arrives here.

Some attempt has been made to record what we know of about the de Castro family that still remains in England.

The document will never be complete until those members of the family who read the draft are able to say they are not in a position to add anything to the tale. Until that point is reached the story will always be able to be added to. This version as it currently stands is a very large degree the views of one person drawing on documents supplied by some 5 of 6 others. The family in New Zealand numbers over 300 people and I suppose that over half, if interested could add to this story so we have a long way to go.

Any thing you can add would be most welcome and should be sent to

G.N. Carr-Smith
70 Delhi Crescent
Khandallah
Wellington
NEW ZEALAND

Email: garry@decastro.gen.nz

  De Castro Story - The start of it all - The start of it all

The start of it all

Most people, when setting out to find their ancestors, have but a few generations to work with. There are their parents and those grand parents and possibly great grand parents that still live. It is unfortunate that most people, who become interested in a families past, only start that interest later in life and the relations they could have drawn on have, for the most part, departed and those still here are drawing on memories in some cases of 70 - 80 years old.

Often these memories are of tales told to 'you' by Granddad or Grandma when you were 6, 7 or 8 and they always started "When I was your age my Grandfather told me..."and in time that story and the other one and this version and that version all become mixed and you young mind filtered out the boring parts and highlighted the exciting bits adding here and there until what you can tell your children or grand children is a fable based on a story passed down by word over many years. If of course your parents or grandparents was not alive to tell you tales of old, well to bad.

In Earlier times many house holds had 3 generations or more living in the same house and as it was the custom for the young women to work at their mothers side during the day oral family history was passed between mother and daughter over a period of time. Possibly following the 1914 - 18 world war this pattern changed as dwellings got smaller and the females went out to work. People have been delving into their families past for generations, indeed the main starting document used in this history was originated in the 1800's. Genealogy was the idle past time of a few until the 1970s when there was a revival and the advent of computers and especially the internet caused the huge revival and popularity of today. The loss of the oral tradition caused a huge gap in peoples knowledge of their origins and probably this caused the popularity in genealogy today.

At all times you must take what you are told with a grain of salt and check it out as almost without fail, if you do not, you will find some important item wrong. As an example, one of Charles daughters wrote to her son and told him Charles had been married in England and the castle in the crest on paper she used represented the family castle and another part represented the fact that a "great" had been a minister to one of the Kings' George. All very interesting, this all had hours spent checking it out and in the end there was not a single correct fact in the letter and even the crest on the top of it is suspect as it cannot be traced by any authority (yet).

Thus versions of the history are told and given to you, and what is not available has to researched and this involves a long process of tracking the family through fable to fact by searching back one generation at a time often using official Government registers, the Latter Day Saints records and such documents as parish registers and many many books, each step becoming more difficult and as the family leaves New Zealand becoming very expensive as you have to travel or use paid researchers.

In the case of the de Castro family the task was very simple when it came to the names and family line, some one had done the pre-New Zealand family lines before. What had to be found were all the New Zealand descendants and what this meant was tracing one branch, tracing the members of that branch and always asking "Do you have any contact with the other branches?

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