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    I have no information on why Scrine settled in...

    I have no information on why Scrine settled in Swansea but I have done a couple of checks in Holt records. No baptisms for the surname up to 1837 and only one burial, for Jane in 1767. No baptisms...
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    David, have you tried locating John in 1911? You...

    David, have you tried locating John in 1911? You never know who else might be in the household to offer a clue to follow. pwholt
  3. Thread: SHIELDS

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    Have you thoroughly researched the records of...

    Have you thoroughly researched the records of where they settled in Canada? All censuses, and especially newspapers for obituary entries. There may be clues to be found. In a relative,s will there...
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    Re-use of first names often had a purpose - to...

    Re-use of first names often had a purpose - to keep a family name in use, or to fit with a named person on a lease for lives. While there might be an amendment to the registration of the birth, this...
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    There is no forename because the family had not...

    There is no forename because the family had not yet decided what to call the child. Not uncommon at that time. I had one child aged 1 month appear on a census as John but when they got around to...
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    My quarterly returns go to the register office...

    My quarterly returns go to the register office for Wiltshire, not directly to GRO.I'm even sent a stamped envelope to do so. pwholt
  7. Thread: Missing grandma

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    Don't discount a re-marriage. My grandmother...

    Don't discount a re-marriage. My grandmother remarried in December and died in February, near to her 87th birthday. I think she was lonely in her old people's home, as her children lived miles...
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    The person you seek may have moved to the USA....

    The person you seek may have moved to the USA. Many people entered via Canada and later went south pwholt
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    May I remind researchers of this area that they...

    May I remind researchers of this area that they need to go further than parish registers. West Wiltshire and over the border into Somerset was a hotbed of non-conformity, particularly Baptists and...
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    For those unfamiliar with the area, Walcot is...

    For those unfamiliar with the area, Walcot is part of Bath. It would be wise to include other Bath parishes. pwholt
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    Definitely worth following up the background of...

    Definitely worth following up the background of the life parents. My grandaughter has a baby sister who is being fostered by a cousin of the father. Because of the close kinship the baby will...
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    Without further evidence, you cannot assume the...

    Without further evidence, you cannot assume the men are father and son, only that one is older than the other. I had a case where there were three men of the same name, one was the elder, the second...
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    Have you looked for the marriage in Wiltshire? ...

    Have you looked for the marriage in Wiltshire? There is a marriage index of all extant marriages. It may be online with FMP. Check with Wiltshire Family History Society website to see what it says;...
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    How certain are you that he was born in the UK? ...

    How certain are you that he was born in the UK? Might he have been an American who enlisted earlier than the US joined in? or he might have been born elsewhere of parents who returned to the UK...
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    While high, it is not impossible and might not be...

    While high, it is not impossible and might not be suspicious. Have you checked how close together the deaths were? I have in mind a possible epidemic such as measles or diphtheria or? which...
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    Re post 11 - Beckington is not in Wiltshire but...

    Re post 11 - Beckington is not in Wiltshire but right on the border. It is/was Somerset, or perhaps now Bath & NE Somerset (BANES). Huguenot weavers were at Wilton, with the carpet factory, and...
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    Definitely non-conformity in that part of...

    Definitely non-conformity in that part of Wiltshire, and others would walk miles to attend church possibly from Dorset. You will need to access Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre for other records of...
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    This is a case where you need access to Wiltshire...

    This is a case where you need access to Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, in order to use other records for Donhead St Mary. There is definitely non-conformity in that part of the county. Many...
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    I think the first word is probably "parish". ...

    I think the first word is probably "parish". There isn't enough to work out how the scribe forms all of his letters. The word after of could be "New", but Bury, Somerset is only a village, north of...
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    Another puzzle piece found.

    I've known since I started this game 45 years ago that my gt gt grandmother was named Sarah and was born circa 1810 as our family bible records her death in 1862 and 1863. But as she was then on her...
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    It looks to me as if your Blackburn family might...

    It looks to me as if your Blackburn family might have been non-conformists, for at least a period, hence the shortage of baptisms in C of E records. Pampas was probably an important figure in the...
  22. Thread: Richard Purcell

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    Just a thought... One of my distant relatives...

    Just a thought... One of my distant relatives went to Australia and then on to New Zealand. Might your family have done it the other way round? I don't know what records exist which might record...
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    As Emmanuel is an unusual first name, it may be...

    As Emmanuel is an unusual first name, it may be that there is a connection to Henry and the earlier Emmanuel, so keep these references in mind, and the source data, in case you need to follow it up...
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    You may not be aware of another source which is...

    You may not be aware of another source which is helpful if you know the registration district of the events. This is UKbmd which is an index done relatively recently from the original registers, not...
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    See if you can establish when his wife died, and...

    See if you can establish when his wife died, and then look for an obit for her, as well as any of the children. Tiny scraps of information turn up in the most unlikely places. It was in my great...
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