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    Unfortunately not all states are on Ancestry, so...

    Unfortunately not all states are on Ancestry, so that's why it pays to go back and recheck every so often.
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    There is a Wolverhampton marriage in 1862 to...

    There is a Wolverhampton marriage in 1862 to either a Sarah Bishton or Harriet Hicks that could be him.

    Ancestry have a deserter record from the Coldstream Guards on 12 May 1862. They only have a...
  3. If you look at the actual schedule of the 1911...

    If you look at the actual schedule of the 1911 census that says that Reginald has been married to Cecily for less than 1 year.

    I can't spot a marriage for them in England except the one in 1919....
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    He looks to me like someone from the American...

    He looks to me like someone from the American Civil war or from Custer era of the Wild West!

    That would cover the 1860s and 1870s.

    Not necessarily a rational response but that's how he strikes...
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    Marriage certificates in England and Wales do not...

    Marriage certificates in England and Wales do not list the mother. The only way to know her name is to buy her birth certificate.
    If you order on line from the GRO you can order a PDF version which...
  6. With regards to the Masons you could try the...

    With regards to the Masons you could try the Freemason family history links to see if that adds to the story.

    https://museumfreemasonry.org.uk/freemasonry-and-family-history
  7. Having read through this thread (quickly) my...

    Having read through this thread (quickly) my guess is that he was jailed for being in debt. Below is a link to a National Archives guide, and you will see from that that insolvent debtors could be...
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    Well this certainly a very big brickwall:wacko: ...

    Well this certainly a very big brickwall:wacko:

    I tried searching all records at Ancestry using just the surname BORRISTON,but not limiting it to exact spellings and got a number of alternative...
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    Petitions or appeals can be brilliant historical...

    Petitions or appeals can be brilliant historical documents in terms of giving a real insight into the people and also the times. At this point in time there was no right of appeal against a verdict...
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    Thanks to you both.

    Thanks to you both.
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    Transcribing Petition for Clemency

    I have been transcribing a series of letters that formed a petition for clemency in 1831, but there are some words / handwriting that I have struggled with and any help would be much appreciated:
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    The only way to know for certain which couple are...

    The only way to know for certain which couple are the parents of Lily Dillon, will be if you get either the marriage certificate between Harold and Lily in 1934 as that will list her father's name,...
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    I have seen the original parish register for...

    I have seen the original parish register for "Arthe", and I have searched the birth indices (see below), and have come to the conclusion that if you look at the handwriting, its as though its either...
  14. Colin I was looking for something else and...

    Colin

    I was looking for something else and came across a newspaper article from 1825, which might answer some of your questions regarding what happened when a convict was discharged from a prison...
  15. What the GRO forms require you to do is: On...

    What the GRO forms require you to do is:

    On page 1 enter the year - that applies to every certificate bought whether or not you know the GRO references. On that same page it will ask you if know...
  16. Do you know the name of the father? If you do...

    Do you know the name of the father? If you do you can input that as one of the criteria when ordering a certificate such that you will get a certificate that has the right father's name on it. ...
  17. The answer to both questions is, as far as I...

    The answer to both questions is, as far as I know, no.

    I think, that all major genealogy sites are like that.
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    By 1861 the numbers being baptised were beginning...

    By 1861 the numbers being baptised were beginning to diminish - they were being replaced by birth registrations. That said often children found themselves having to get baptised later in life to get...
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    Helachau Your are a veritable fereter out of...

    Helachau

    Your are a veritable fereter out of information.

    So the letter writer couldn't even get the gender of the erstwhile employer correct! Perhaps that is why he was unemployed and...
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    It's quite possible - as you can see from the...

    It's quite possible - as you can see from the transcription some of the spellings as atrocious and I do wonder whether he could write and if couldn't then probably he told his tale to someone who...
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    Wimsey - you are a star!:clap::clap::clap: ...

    Wimsey - you are a star!:clap::clap::clap:

    Thanks!
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    Looking at this page from Wikipedia it suggests...

    Looking at this page from Wikipedia it suggests that it wasn't the House of Hanover before Victoria changed it to the Saxe-Coburg but the "House of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Hanover"!

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    Which member of the Royal Family?

    Whilst doing some convict research I came across an the transcript of which is below. It is undated, and it does not say to whom it is addressed. So that is my question - who do people think it was...
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    Interesting thought. There is definitely one...

    Interesting thought.

    There is definitely one Gambold chap who I know had children (so may have been married - must never assume must we?!), and I have no idea of the lady / ladies name(s) but he...
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    Welsh Wills

    Peter Calver of Lost Cousins included the following snippet in his latest newsletter:

    "For some time it has been possible to browse Findmypast's large collection of Welsh probate records from...
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