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24-10-2004, 5:18 PM
Can anybody help me with information for my research. I am researching the family name's of Evason, Rockett, Shipley and Moore. Any help would be gratefully recieved as i am finding it quite difficult at the moment especially with the Rockett's, Shipley's and Moore's.
Kind regards Joan
12-01-2005, 9:43 PM
I am married to a Rockett! Ours are all from Somerset, mainly the village of Wiveliscombe. William Rockett married Ann Govet in 1781. Please let me know if you think our Rocketts are linked.
28-01-2005, 9:19 PM
I do not know to much about the Rockett family as i am finding it hard to find out any information on them. None of my family remember much about them my mother can not even remember her grand parents name. So unfortunately i do not know where we came from. Thanks for your help.
29-01-2005, 12:59 AM
Searching for a family name is pretty futile, unless you plan a one-name study. The best way is to work back from what you do know. If you don't have the names or any dates for your grandparents, look on your mother's birth cert. Then try for birth certs for the grandparents, to get the names of their parents and the places of birth. The Free BMD may help, or you may have to look at the index at a library or pay site online. When you have someone born before 1901, you can start looking at census returns. And so on, and on, with years of work ahead. :)
You'll find other, better suggestions scattered about on this site, plus tips on getting started on numerous genealogy sites.
27-02-2005, 5:35 PM
I have tried working back from my grandmother and grandfather but as i do not know their parents names i can not find any info in bmd as they were both born after 1907 i can not find my grand fathers birth in the index so i can not order a birth certificate and with my grand mother i can not find her records as there is confusion as to whether her maiden name is kinsley or kingsley as i do not have a lot of money i can not afford for to have a search done at the moment
Do you have any living aunts or uncles or cousins or in-laws, of whatever degree? If your grandparents were born after 1907, there should be people around who knew them. Have you quizzed everyone you can find to see if they have any more information about your grandparents?
Why don't you tell us what you do know, and maybe someone will come up with more ideas.
02-03-2005, 4:00 PM
William Rockett married Mary M. Moore 1938 at Liverpool South, Register Office.
Jack Evason married Janet I. Shipley 1933 at Liverpool Records Office.
If you do not already have these certificates, you can order them via www.lancashirebmd.org.ok (this is where I found the references). As the marriages were not at a church, you will have to order a copy unless someone in the family already has the original. The certificates will give the bride & grooms' fathers' names & their occupations.
The 1940 Kelly's Trade directory lists only one Rockett:
Mrs Olwen Rockett, 4 Kenwyn St, Liscard Wallasey, Tel. No. Wallasey 6319
Jack Evason, slaughterman, 10 Compton St, Liverpool 6.
If you look on the 1901 online census, there is a group of 9 Evasons living in Walton on the Hill (Liverpool). They look like a family group of grandparents (Charles 57 & Elizabeth 52); son William 29 & dau-in-law? Catherine 29 & children William 5 & John 2 (possibly Jack?); son Charles 28 & dau-in-law? Annie 25 & child Charles 1. These relationships are only guesswork. You would need to look at the actual census to confirm them. The family are also listed in the 1881 census (I think they were in Salford then)
06-03-2005, 12:09 PM
Thanks for your help.
I tried ordering the certificates for my grandparents and had the wrong number i have not tried since. Nobody in my family seems to know much about any of the family as i keep getting mixed messages. All the grandparents are dead and mother and father do not remember much wish i had asked questions when i was younger.
Jack does sound like the right one as my father was a slaughter man and i think it was a family tradition as he died in 1951 i do not know what he did really i know he fought in the 2nd world war and was ill for a long time. Other than that i do not know much more as they do not seem to have been very close as a family.
Once again thanks for your help i will look on the 1901 census again as i had not found any evasons do you do a search for just the surname or do you have to know the first name. Sorry if i sound thick but i am just learning what to do and where to go.
06-03-2005, 12:21 PM
My grandfather evason died in 1951 so i do not know much about him dad can not remember much about him either other uncles and aunts do not remember much about him either. Except that he fought in the 2nd world war and was ill for a long time. I don't think they had much to do with his family i know he was an only child.
My grandma evason died in 1971 i know she had brothers and sisters but as nobody remembers even what happened to them there is nobody to ask. I feels like my family belongs to a secret society as nobody remembers much about anything. Even growing up except for 2 great aunts and mums and dads brothers and sisters i do not remember any other family members as i don't think they were a very close family.
My other grandfather rockett died when i was 3 and when nan was alive she never wanted to talk about him. So any ideas or help anybody could give me would be gratefully recieved.
06-03-2005, 12:50 PM
To find the family on the 1901 census, go to Advanced Person search, enter surname Evason, and put Lancashire in the keywords and put list of names to show to 30. This brings up a list of 23 names, 9 of whom are in the civil parish of Walton on the Hill. If you choose the option to view the whole page, not just the list of those in the family you may be lucky & find there are relations in the same street. Look first at the oldest male as he is likely to be the head of the whole family.
When you applied for the marriage certificates for your grandparents did you use the GRO details, eg from freeBMD? If so, then they may have been mistranscribed. The lancashirebmd site is info put on by the register offices themselves, so you should not have the same problems.
06-03-2005, 1:23 PM
Only 4 other Evasons in 1940 Kelly's trade directory. Not a common name at all around here.
Evason Miss Caroline Louise, 14 Whitfield st, Higher Tranmere
Evason Leslie, chemist, 34 Gorsefield Road, Birkenhead
Evason Wm.,86 Hornby Boulevard, 21 [Bootle]
Evason Wm., packer, 4 St John's Place, 22 [Waterloo]
08-03-2005, 9:34 PM
Thanks for your help your help yes i did get the info from bmd i will try the lancashirebmd instead. How much do you have to pay for the 1901 census is it £5.00 a time and if not can you go the site as many times as you like.
08-03-2005, 9:36 PM
What is the Kelly's trade directory and how do i use it.
Once again thank you.
09-03-2005, 12:31 AM
I think you have to pay a minimum of £5 if paying online & each page of the census that you view costs 75p. i can't remember how long you have to use up your ££s if you pay online - either 2 or 7 days? You can also buy credits at family records libraries & I think those credits do not have a time limit.
Trade Directories are like a residential & commercial phone book cum Yellow pages. They also have a street directory. Only heads of household (usually male) are listed. You probably had to pay to be included, so poor areas & their occupants are absent. There is also other info at the back which can be useful - lists of churches, government & town council posts, etc.
Family History libraries have originals or filmed copies. You can access some online at www.historicaldirectories.org
20-03-2005, 8:53 PM
Thanks for you help
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