Profile – Melinda N Napier
She has always been interested in History, studying the subject at both ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level. (Incidentally she was in the same class as the previous BDHS Chair, John Hay for 7 years!). Now retired, her family regard Melinda as the official family historian and she has collected photos and items such as her deaf aunt’s Margate school hat (1920s). She has completed writing a life story about her deaf mother entitled “My Young Days”, concentrating on the early years which included WWII. The wealth of her mother’s photos of school and home life is amazing and she also has lots of her mother’s school magazines and items. All her life she had been listening to her mother telling her school and home stories, as well as her grandfather’s, so she now knows them by heart!
She is now nearly the end of completing writing up the “History of the National Deaf Club”.
She has also been researching her ancestry through the Ancestry website and visiting the National Archives at Kew. She has always known of her Irish ancestry, through her maternal grandfather, but it was only recently that she discovered she also had Dutch ancestry, through her paternal grandmother, thanks to the Ancestry website when a second cousin contacted her!