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  1. Before the Poor Law system was introduced in...

    Before the Poor Law system was introduced in Ireland c 1840, the church was responsible for supporting the poor. When a woman had an illegitimate child the Presbyterian Church would usually challenge...
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    The 2 people I knew who worked at Gatow did this...

    The 2 people I knew who worked at Gatow did this as part of their National Service, around 1956 I think. The playwright Alan Bennett who is/was a Russian speaker was also there at that time. As the...
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    I know 2 Russian speakers who worked at Gatow in...

    I know 2 Russian speakers who worked at Gatow in the 1950s. Their task mainly was to listen to Russian air traffic control messages and transcribe them. There was a Russian airfield somewhere...
  4. The missing children from the...

    The missing children from the Johnstone/McConaghie family appear to be:

    Martha Jane b 2.2.1887 at Glebe. Died 20.1.1896
    Andrew b 11.8.1882 at Dartries

    The dead Martha’s name was used again for...
  5. Thank you.

    Thank you.
  6. The Barmouth referred to on your G Grandfather’s...

    The Barmouth referred to on your G Grandfather’s birth certificate is probably the barmouth for the River Bann which is just a couple of miles away from Castlerock. It’s still in use today, mainly by...
  7. There are 2 Presbyterian churches near...

    There are 2 Presbyterian churches near Castlerock. 1st Dunboe has baptisms from 1805 onwards (with some gaps). They are complete from 1843 onwards. Marriages start in 1845 (and are on the...
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    The idea of a single or correct spelling for a...

    The idea of a single or correct spelling for a surname or a place name in Ireland is very much a recent phenomenon designed to meet the needs of modern officialdom. Before that there was no...
  9. Rose, The 1859 baptism doesn’t provide a...

    Rose,

    The 1859 baptism doesn’t provide a townland (address) so all you can really say is that the couple lived somewhere in the RC parish of Loughgall (which encompasses the civil parishes of both...
  10. It's given as his occupation on his death...

    It's given as his occupation on his death certificate (Pensioner Royal Artillery):

    https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/deaths_returns/deaths_1896/05909/4677338.pdf
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    My guess is that in most cases the enumerator...

    My guess is that in most cases the enumerator will probably have challenged or corrected entries that didn’t provide a place of birth according to the instructions. So you probably will often get a...
  12. The Catholic church likes a child to have a...

    The Catholic church likes a child to have a saints name. It’s quite common for Mary to be used (for obvious reasons). You often get males in Ireland with a baptismal middle name of Mary.
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    Further to the above, possible parents marriage...

    Further to the above, possible parents marriage on 15.8.1897 in Co. Meath:

    https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/marriage_returns/marriages_1897/10463/5810490.pdf


    This...
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    WW2 service records are still held by the MOD....

    WW2 service records are still held by the MOD. They are not on-line anywhere. There is a procedure for applying for them. The service person has to be dead and there’s a fee to pay. There used to be...
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    The Irish Free State (the Republic of Ireland...

    The Irish Free State (the Republic of Ireland from 1949) was a neutral country during WW2. No “Irish regiments” from Dublin participated. Many Irish people did however join the British Army. Some...
  16. Perhaps John didn't die in Ireland?

    Perhaps John didn't die in Ireland?
  17. The John who died in Whitehead had his death...

    The John who died in Whitehead had his death reported by James Crawford, also of Whitehead. James relationship to the deceased was son in law. John’s occupation is given as retired linen merchant...
  18. The grave that John Anderson (died 2.3.1896) is...

    The grave that John Anderson (died 2.3.1896) is buried in also contains Mary A died 25.9.1906 aged 85, who looks to have been his wife. This seems to be her in the 1901 census:
    ...
  19. Ah yes I see that one now. He had been in the...

    Ah yes I see that one now. He had been in the Royal Artillery and had a son in law J. Stephens. I presume that information fits with what you know of the family?
  20. Tonyt071, Further to the above, you say you...

    Tonyt071,

    Further to the above, you say you have assumed John Anderson died in 1896 and was born in 1823. I can only see one death in Belfast that fits that information. He died 11.10.1896 in...
  21. The link should take you to the Society of...

    The link should take you to the Society of Genealogists in Northern Ireland. Try this link, but if not google them by their name.

    https://sgni.net

    Their e-mail contact is: secretary@sgni.net
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  22. Statutory registration of all marriages in...

    Statutory registration of all marriages in Ireland, save for RC, began on 1st April 1845. If your couple married before that you need to look up church records. Not all have survived and of those...
  23. I would say it was someone who worked in a...

    I would say it was someone who worked in a chemical factory. Taking into account the other occupations John had in the censuses which were mostly labouring work, it probably involved similar tasks...
  24. Thereís nowhere in Ireland called Aintree. I...

    Thereís nowhere in Ireland called Aintree. I suspect thatís a mis-spelling of Antrim.

    To me, the age of the oldest child John in the 1851 census (aged 5 born in Ireland) points to the couple...
  25. The 1901 marriage certificate gives Mary Somers...

    The 1901 marriage certificate gives Mary Somers address as Garrydaniel. There’s just one Mary Somers in that townland in the 1901 census, a widow aged 50. I’d guess she’s related (she appears to be...
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