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Forum: General Family History Queries

Although it is best to use specific forums for various topics, this one is for general topics that don't otherwise have a home.

  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: BG in Who Do You Think You Are Magazine

    Afternoon all, Just a quick message to say BG got a small mention in the August edition of Who Do You Think You Are Magazine under the "Best Websites" section. A small victory for us all, and considering the top 3 were Rootschat with over 200,000 members and over 4 million posts, The Great...

    Started by TomBen‎, 20-08-2015 2:34 PM
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Important message for all forum members

    People who research family history are very generous with their time and help, especially towards those new to research. This is great because it shows what a friendly bunch we all are. However, there are certain things which are not allowed and this includes breaching copyright or licence - At...

    Started by Geoffers‎, 24-01-2009 12:19 PM
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: General Family History

    Hello folks. This is just a reminder that this forum exists. As well as general questions on family and local history; it's as good a board to use as any if you've 'lost' someone, somewhere and want to begin tracking them. I'm sure that you know the sort of thing I mean, an ancestor was...

    Started by Geoffers‎, 23-08-2005 10:37 PM
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  1. Lightbulb Leaving for the Dutch East Indies?

    As far as I know in the early years of the 19th cntury, ancestor's of the Geway family lived at Ambon, part of the Dutch East Indies colonie, for a short time under britisch control. They said, the Geway family is from Scottisch origin. Is anyone able to help me with the following questions: - in...

    Started by eobdeijn‎, 10-04-2011 2:30 PM
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  2. Jackson's 1881

    I have been looking and looking but cant find a entry for my G Grandparents on the 1881 census, now to save members a lot of time and searching I have all the other info relevant to this family all I need is a pair of fresh eyes to help find them on the 1881 census, they could have been missed, or...

    Started by valg‎, 08-04-2011 1:09 AM
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    10-04-2011, 1:16 AM Go to last post
  3. William CLARKE, Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire

    Hello: Going round in circles today - can anyone straighten me out !!! Trying to find the baptism/birth of William CLARKE, not sure if he is from around Cambridge ... Here's what I know. William CLARKE married MARY HANCOCK 15 Sep 1800 in All Saints, Fulbourn. (Bac otp and Sp. otp) No...

    Started by ColinClarke1945‎, 28-03-2011 3:25 PM
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  4. Death in the Romford Workhouse Infirmary 1924

    In 1924 man in his 50s say, is taken ill and because he has little income and no savings, is treated in the local workhouse Infirmary in Romford. Sadly, he dies. How would the body be disposed of? You see, I understand that had he been an inmate then the Master would have been responsible for...

    Started by PaulDorrell‎, 06-04-2011 7:35 PM
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    09-04-2011, 8:38 AM Go to last post
  5. Smile How to find a maiden name.

    Hi, I live in Sydney Australia so dont know how to go about this for the UK. I am trying to find the maiden name of Jane Lakeland who was born in Gilling Yorkshire around 1856, give or take a year. She was married to John Lakeland and the 1881 census has her living in Shieldon Durham. I cant find...

    Started by Brenda-Lakeland‎, 03-04-2011 10:59 PM
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  6. ALEX. WILSON & SONS Balmoral Granite Works

    I am looking for any information about Alex. Wilson & Sons Balmoral Granite Works, from about 1910-1935 they were based in Aberdeen. Especialy any information concerning George King Grant Alex Wilson's Brother in Law who worked for the Company as a Commercial Traveller firstly based in Aberdeen...

    Started by gengrant‎, 08-04-2011 10:51 PM
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  7. Smile Anyone in Dorset for Lincolnshire Info Swap?

    Do you live in or near Lyme Regis? I have recently discovered that a number of ancestors lived in Lyme and are buried in the cemetery. I would love to get some photos of the houses they lived in (if they are still there of course :detective:) Also I would really be interested in pictures of or...

    Started by dogaholic‎, 05-04-2011 4:05 PM
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  8. Coats of Arms sources

    Is there a trusted source of (accurate) Coats of Arms anywhere on the internet? A quick search for both "Jones" and "Vaughan" on google gives lots of variations - perhaps there is more than one version for a given surname?

    Started by Jonesy‎, 11-10-2010 4:49 PM
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  9. lost

    hi members i am trying to trace some familly , this may not be the right posting section but if i am wrong a kind administrator will move it for me , anyway i thinks its best if i just put what i know because its all a bit muddled. my mum 73 years old has asked if i can find some info about her...

    Started by oldsoldier‎, 03-04-2011 1:43 PM
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  10. Williams Pontypridd

    Trying to find out where a family member is buried, her name was Sarah Bronwen Williams who died at birth in September 1905 in Pontypridd, Glamorgan. How can I find out which graveyard she is buried in please? Is there a way of finding who her parents were?

    Started by mwebley‎, 05-04-2011 1:42 PM
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  11. Age of Majority in 1840s England?

    Hi Very quick question which I thought I'd find the answer to on Google and couldn't in a hurry - can anyone tell me what the age of majority was in 1840? Just received marriage cert and the bride was a minor, so want to estimate DoB Thanks!

    Started by strawberrymivvy‎, 04-04-2011 9:37 PM
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    05-04-2011, 9:03 AM Go to last post
  12. Navigating Ancestry

    When viewing census returns on Ancestry I used to have a forward/backward arrow above the census, making it quick and easy to move from one sheet to another. My arrows have disappeared and I now have to use the 'image number box' to move from sheet to sheet, this involves changing the number in...

    Started by Lizzy9‎, 04-04-2011 9:20 PM
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  13. Red face Police Sgt Ernest Wigglesworth

    Hi, Is anyone searching for the above Ernest Wigglesworth who served for Bradford City Police about 1910? If so, a very well known auction site has a collection of his police memorabilia which is fantastic and I would love! (how ironic that my gt grandfather served with the same police force...

    Started by Dizzy600‎, 21-03-2011 1:25 AM
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  14. one more stupid question!

    I have a copy of a parish church marriage entry for 1833 pembs and the couple were "married by banns with the consent of friends" - would it be possible that 'friends' could mean Quakers? ~ or is that a daft question and it is just friends witnessing the wedding! Rebecca

    Started by pippycat‎, 02-04-2011 3:00 PM
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  15. Wills and addmins - where do i look

    Hi everyone Few of my ancestors appear to have had any reason to make a will, as most appear to be Ag Lab's, but there are a few that at some time have either ran a shop or had some kind of trade where i would have thought there would have been something to leave to their next of kin. I have...

    Started by initial‎, 02-04-2011 5:16 PM
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  16. Murder charge, Buscombe

    Hi all, A young lady by the name of Alice Mary Buscombe, aged 20 years, was accused of murdering her new born baby in 1903. Alice lived in Summercourt at the time and her initital hearing was reported in the press locally. She was remanded at the workhouse in St Columb to await her trial at the...

    Started by MarkJ‎, 29-03-2011 8:47 PM
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  17. Question Location of Chamberlain(s) Buildings

    Chamberlain(s) Buildings / Coal Pit Lane? Midsomer Norton I am having some difficulty in locating an address in Midsomer Norton. Two different family lines have lived there , The Ganes in 1851 Census and the Crays in 1861 and 1871. Unfortunately the Census records are particularly vague. I have...

    Started by radstockjeff‎, 31-03-2011 9:11 PM
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  18. Another stupid question from moi.

    When a couple divorce, the daughter's relationship to her parents doesn't change - but how about her ex-husband? Is he still a son-in-law, ex son-in-law or just a 'mistake their daughter made"? Just curious. Colin

    Started by Colin Rowledge‎, 31-03-2011 8:05 PM
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    01-04-2011, 8:18 PM Go to last post
  19. Red face The Cipriani Family

    :sweatdrop::sweatdrop:I hope I'm in the right spot. I'm new to this forum and very confused. I am looking for any information on my father's family. Chester Cipriani born August 10 (?), 1910. His older brother and sister Alfred, and Constance. My father was born in Trinidad/Tobago BWI. All 3 are...

    Started by Sweet Sue Ohio‎, 30-03-2011 3:17 AM
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  20. Marriage Certificates

    This may sound 'daft', but how is a woman previously married but divorced, shown in the box headed "Condition"? I have 'spinster's' and 'widow's' and some widow's having had previous marriage's that also ended in the death of spouse, but none so far to indicate a divorce. I have couple...

    Started by Colin Rowledge‎, 30-03-2011 8:23 PM
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