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  1. I've got things to do and will return to this...

    I've got things to do and will return to this tomorrow.

    In the meantime I'm pretty sure I can see the family in the 1901 census - father James, mother Mary Ann. Interestingly the address is...
  2. Was there a marriage in 1942? This marriage...

    Was there a marriage in 1942? This marriage certificate should show the groom's father's name. Might be worth getting.

    If you have trouble navigating the ICRC website, there are people here who...
  3. I wouldn't think so! The principle of family...

    I wouldn't think so!

    The principle of family history is very simple. Work backwards starting with yourself (or your mum) gathering evidence as you go. Your mum's birth certificate will allow you...
  4. PS I've seen the GRO index that I guess you...

    PS

    I've seen the GRO index that I guess you have seen. You need to be aware that the quarter shown in the index refers to the date of registration not the date of birth.

    There's an entry of a...
  5. Samantha You need this sort of information...

    Samantha

    You need this sort of information before looking for military records otherwise you won't be able to tell whether you've found the right man!

    If I were you I'd take advantage of...
  6. Free access to Ancestry via Public Libraries

    I have just been using Ancestry Library Edition from home courtesy of Kent Libraries and was greeted with this banner...

    Attention: Remote Access to Ancestry Library Edition during COVID will end...
  7. Have a look at the website of the International...

    Have a look at the website of the International Committee of the Red Cross

    https://grandeguerre.icrc.org/

    Was his next of kin Mrs Connor of 110 Roslyn Road, Tottenham? And was his date of birth...
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    Good research, Helachau! Edible and non-edible...

    Good research, Helachau!

    Edible and non-edible oil! The point here is that the title is shown as "Oil and Italian...". Glancing at the City & County directories on Amazon, there are plenty of Oil...
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    It's a century later but the Dictionary of...

    It's a century later but the Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921 has -


    Italian Warehouseman

    a retail shopkeeper...
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    Have you tried the British Army, Worldwide Index...

    Have you tried the British Army, Worldwide Index 1841? FMP have it available but my sub has expired.
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    Have you obtained his service record? The...

    Have you obtained his service record?

    The register of attestations available on FMP suggests something a little different from what you described. It looks to me as if he was in the Territorial...
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    Battle Bridge?

    Battle Bridge?
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    Don't forget to read the relevant National...

    Don't forget to read the relevant National Archives research guides.

    https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/#find-a-research-guide
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    I think this site assumes that you carelessly...

    I think this site assumes that you carelessly omitted the "S" and adds it for you.

    I don't think the IGI batch number site has been updated for a long time but it still has its uses.
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    I'm now getting "secure connection failed" errors...

    I'm now getting "secure connection failed" errors on that URL.

    Try forcing an insecure connection...

    When you get the error page, change the https:// in the address bar to https://
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    No point paying money to BMDRegisters until...

    No point paying money to BMDRegisters until you're sure there's something you want to look at!

    Since I last looked at FamilySearch, it seems to have changed. And not in a good way.

    The easiest...
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    Registers of the Sion Chapel are available free...

    Registers of the Sion Chapel are available free online via FamilySearch (images available for a fee at bmdregisters.co.uk)
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    A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the...

    A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921.

    porter, college
    is in charge of gate at a college, answers enquiries; at...
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    Courtney Library ...

    Courtney Library

    https://www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk/our-collection/courtney-library
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    FMP has him listed in the Royal Artillery...

    FMP has him listed in the Royal Artillery attestations. It's annotated "7/3/45 to D.W.R" (ie The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding))
  21. The full GRO index must include the quarter and...

    The full GRO index must include the quarter and year and therefore one reference can't possibly be duplicated in another quarter.

    BUT here's a thing...

    Because of the way page numbers started...
  22. People might adopt an alias for all sorts of...

    People might adopt an alias for all sorts of reasons - often to avoid some sort of responsibility - legal usually. However if he was open about it on his marriage certificate, that may not be the...
  23. I'm having trouble finding all these service...

    I'm having trouble finding all these service records. I can see one attestation but that's for the militia, not the regular army and it's 6814 not 5403. It mentions a transfer to the Leicestershire...
  24. The meaning of brother-in-law changed over the...

    The meaning of brother-in-law changed over the years. For example, often in 19th century census returns it meant "step-brother". Perhaps in this case, he meant "legally he is my brother despite the...
  25. - The Great War. Google "Western Front 1915" ...

    - The Great War. Google "Western Front 1915"

    - The Great War. Wikipedia "Middle Eastern theatre of World War I"

    - India was a colony. This was a routine posting. Many troops found themselves...
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