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Your chance to write about those brick walls broken down, and interesting anecdotes that you have found .

  1. Thumbs up Sticky Thread Sticky: Create Your Own Luck

    People often tell me I am lucky when I recount my latest break in genealogy, but I am a great believer in creating one's own luck. After all, if I didn't send off hundreds of speculative e-mails and put queries on mailing lists (offering to do reciprocal research will often get you more response)...

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 12-12-2004 3:41 PM
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  1. An Unexpected Success

    Unable to get further back on my Allen/Woodhouse lines and not (yet!) able to prove the parentage of Mercy, wife of John Allen, I have been tracing collateral lines, including the descendants of my very distant uncle Thomas Allen. Today I discovered that, firstly, he is the direct ancestor of...

    Started by t@nya‎, 07-11-2013 6:39 AM
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  2. Smile thanks

    thanks for all the replies i had to my posts on here. my tree has grown even more since joining....:incazzato:

    Started by hansol730‎, 14-09-2013 6:14 PM
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  3. Talking hilarious!

    :clap: I had to laugh when I found this. We are advised when we look at the census to bear in mind that our ancestors may have used nicknames instead of their first names; well what about a street!! and an enumerator who did not know understand the local humour, I tried looking for the...

    Started by horseshoe‎, 06-09-2013 9:28 PM
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  4. Unhappy sad find but glad I did

    I had an unexpected but sad find today while looking for the grave site of my great grandparents, I thought they were buried in a particular place-according to a family story; there is always one. I came across a useful survey of graves done by a local history society in 2006, I did not find my...

    Started by horseshoe‎, 04-09-2013 6:38 PM
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    05-09-2013, 6:37 PM Go to last post
  5. Missing marriage found at last!

    I was going to post in moans and groans, but thought no...it has to be a happy end. I've just spent days trawling through about 50 neighbouring villages of Debden from the years 1813 (when the new register started) to 1818 ( when my ancestor died at the age of 25 one year after his sons birth...

    Started by Wilkes_ml‎, 20-08-2013 9:32 AM
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  6. Breakthrough - and new puzzles

    This started out with me trying to find out when James Gleave's wife Margaret died. After having failed to find the death record of Margaret Gleaves in the 40 years after 1851 it struck me - at long last - that James's wife 'Mary' in the 1851 census might not have been a transcription error. ...

    Started by Wiganexile‎, 13-08-2013 5:34 PM
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  7. Almost pure blind luck

    Having reached a bit of an impasse with my Cousins family (and the 9 million name variations thereof) I decided to have a look at the Old Newspapers on line at the National Library of Wales and in particular the family notices and came across the following dated 16 Sept 1859: On the 10th inst.,...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 28-07-2013 8:26 PM
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  8. Finally found George Smith's death!!

    I've just bean reading David Annis' thread, and thanks to Little Spark's post (Sheila) about the Wolverhampton website, I have finally found my ancestor buried at Merridale cemetery Wolverhampton.:D No wonder I couldn't find him - he is listed as 61 when he was actually 76. So how do I know...

    Started by Wilkes_ml‎, 13-12-2009 11:44 PM
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  9. Wink decided on my site

    hello, I have been trying to choose a site for research ,I went onto the A******y site and I had a good look round and I found some very handy downloadable forms, most useful!, I have not found that on other sites. These sorts of tools can be most helpful to beginners where organisation is...

    Started by horseshoe‎, 23-07-2013 6:51 PM
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  10. funny where you get your bits from

    hello, The title of this thread is taken from a book by the actress Sue Johnston, on of the "Who Do You Think You Are" episodes. I interpret this saying as this , "the blood carries", my own saying. in other words, what we are is who are ancestors were. Where do you get your passions , your...

    Started by horseshoe‎, 20-07-2013 12:43 AM
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  11. Talking found my missing little boy!!

    hello, I am new to this forum, joined today, put a question on to ask advice about a missing 5 year old who was not on a census printout;which I paid someone for!!( I think I should now do the job myself!!) and I have found this missing little boy!!, I thought he had died, and the little lad...

    Started by horseshoe‎, 18-07-2013 10:56 PM
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  12. (16th century) Another Generation Back!

    Thanks to the help of a local genealogist, I've traced one of my lines back to the 16th century in Worcestershire: John Allen (son of John) of Droitwich and his wife Margery Woodhouse of Salwarpe. I knew it was going to be difficult to get any further back, prior to parish registers. Due to a...

    Started by t@nya‎, 05-10-2012 2:58 AM
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  13. A cousin Found!!!

    ...and it's me! I received an email today from a second cousin who lives in Cheshire. I am just so excited about it. She found me through all the questions I have posted about my BRIDGER ancestors. I have emailed her back telling her a little of what I have discovered - and explained that most...

    Started by Ladkyis‎, 15-06-2013 10:21 PM
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  14. Found them!!

    Grahamwilks please take note. A thing I've never done before, kept computer on during dinner. ARRIVA! the beautiful lady who told me yes, my Uncle & Aunt were both cremated at that place & laid to rest in that place. GOD BLESS SUSSEX PEOPLE & their availability & WILLINGNESS to help others....

    Started by Waitabit‎, 25-04-2013 11:21 AM
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  15. One that made the grade and one who did not.

    I am very lucky, I have two sets of family tree's to research. (The reason should be obvious). A few years ago I found and met a half sister I did not know I had. My two family's consists of Agricultural laborer's and Quarry workers. There are so many of them that it will still take years of...

    Started by David Annis‎, 13-04-2013 1:17 PM
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  16. A (Possible) Success Story Via Heraldry

    This isn't, strictly, a success story (yet!), but I'm so existed at getting another line of enquiry for my 16th/17th Allen family that I just had to share it. :balloon: Today, in the midst of having another look at my early Allen data (hoping to find a clue or line of enquiry I had missed), I...

    Started by t@nya‎, 27-02-2013 3:20 PM
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  17. Question Pride goes before a fall ...

    I don't know if I should be posting this here, or yet, but I've been looking for him for so long and been so frustrated that I hope you'll bear with me ... One of my family lines is Gaunt, and a bushel of them had Myott or Myatt as a second name. I had a struggle finding the John Myott born in...

    Started by pottoka‎, 16-11-2012 4:04 AM
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  18. Unhappy Prison Photos

    5 years ago an elderly relative paid two researchers to unsuccessfully hunt for a photo of a mutual relative. I told her to stop and I would go and have a look. 4 years later..... I got round to it yesterday. 6hours travelling at a cost of 30 and now we have a photo of my Mums Great Uncle George...

    Started by Mitch in Notts‎, 20-02-2013 1:43 PM
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  19. A BROWN brickwall knocked down at last!

    Thanks to an unusual Christian name found on FamilySearch, I've finally knocked down a massive brickwall after two years of searching. Thanks to a 'lazy' census taker in 1851, the children were entered with initials only. I couldn't find them in the 1841 census due to transcription errors on...

    Started by Annamarie‎, 14-02-2013 2:04 AM
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  20. Angry Some Great Grandkids Do Have Them

    At long last, one end of my g grandmother's brick wall came tumbling down yesterday, thanks entirely to a certificate ordered in desperation. She was born Mary Robinson in 1858 allegedly in Birkenhead, married in 1877, and then again as a widow in 1887 when she became Mary Brittain, but has yet...

    Started by exiled brummie‎, 03-02-2013 8:36 AM
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    13-02-2013, 8:57 AM Go to last post

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