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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. Query - 1939 Register

    I have the 1939 Register image for a Harold EVANS (born in 1925) from Haverstock West R D, Pembrokeshire. His date of birth was initially recorded as 2 Sep 25. Above is an entry "26 9 25 WRJ" which is his correct date of birth. Any suggestions on the meaning of "WRJ". Also on his father's...

    Started by David Tuson‎, 17-02-2017 4:45 AM
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  2. Solomon Maddern

    This chap was born in 1888 and died in 1956. Both events happened in Redruth, Corwall. In 1911 census, he was unmarried and living with his parents. In 1912, I believe he joined the Royal Navy and retired in 1937 and received the Long Service Medal. Today, I went looking for a possible...

    Started by Colin Rowledge‎, 12-11-2012 3:25 AM
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  3. Thumbs up Lost Grandfather

    I am trying to help a friend trace her grandfather - William Frank Thornton BOOTHMAN. On his marriage to Rose Ann BOWEN on 11th November 1914 his age on the certificate is given as 31 years and his occupation is a warehouseman. The marriage took place at St. Oswald's church in Fulham, London. His...

    Started by mikebroe‎, 12-06-2007 8:57 PM
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  4. Unhappy My Father's Mystery

    Hi everyone, a member of my family passed away in 2005 at 99 years old. He was born in New Romney Kent but he said he was born in Ireland. He said he was born in 1913 but was born in 1906. He said he was a Catholic but apparently was an Anglican. He said he only had two names Leslie Holton but in...

    Started by goldmercedes‎, 06-10-2016 10:39 AM
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  5. 1939 Conundrum.

    The birth of Mary Cowling was registered in Tavistock in December quarter 1909. Her marriage to Donald Nicolson was registered in Bridport September quarter 1944. In 1939 she was recorded as Mary Nicolson, living in Torbay. Alternative surnames "Cowling" and "Nicholas" are also shown. It...

    Started by brentor boy‎, 13-02-2017 9:57 AM
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  6. Parish Records

    Would a Parish marriage record from 1830 have the grooms fathers name on it?

    Started by trevboy‎, 10-02-2017 6:38 PM
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  7. Thomas Ellis 1889-1917 Birmingham

    Hello, one and all. Like many, I'm sure, I am researching my family history, and searching for information on my Grandfather, who was killed in WW1, has lead me here. I hope to be able to contribute. Steve.

    Started by NOTSHARP‎, 06-02-2017 11:30 PM
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  8. British Home Children

    Does anyone have any experience with Maria Rye - British Home Child Group International? We recently discovered two more Home Children in the family. The girls arrived in Canada in 1890 and were sent to the Maria Rye home in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. I found a web site for the...

    Started by P. Copeland‎, 11-02-2017 3:10 AM
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  9. A Family Mystery

    Hello, I am researching my Grandfather's history. I have his Birth Certificate with his parents listed but I can find no trace of what happened to them. My Grandfather was Thomas Neil Davis born 18 May 1895 along with a twin sister Kathleen Maud. They were born at 80 Lawrence Road,...

    Started by SamDavis‎, 08-02-2017 1:15 PM
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  10. Middle name use

    Hi all, Does anyone have any ideas as to what would make someone start using their middle names, men in particular, rather than their first name? I have two relatives that registered themselves in census' with their middle names after previously using their first names. One of them, quite late...

    Started by Jjam0137‎, 07-02-2017 5:36 PM
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  11. Looking for information on The Allman Family

    I am seeking any information that anyone might have regarding the name Allman. My G-G-grandfather was Isaac Bailey Allman born (I believe, in Yorkshire) I have been researching my Allman line for several years but seem to have hit a brick wall. I found a very old book in my late father's...

    Started by Grneyedlady57‎, 01-10-2010 9:21 AM
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  12. George Hope of Kirklinton

    Does anyone have any information about a George Hope (1816-1901) and Jane Chambers who married 9/11/1839 in Kirklinton. Many thanks

    Started by JandL‎, 03-02-2017 7:07 AM
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  13. Where do I find records of summons?

    My Grandfather was handed a summons by the local bobby whom he knew, then walked with him to the local school where he worked as a handicraft assistant and hung himself! This was Feb 1926 in Wallingford. I have the graphic newspaper cutting of the event but have always wanted to know why. My mother...

    Started by jemrock‎, 30-01-2017 3:02 PM
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  14. Pre-civ reg searches: my 4th gt-grandfather

    This post is partial general query about pre civil registration searches and partial brick wall. I'm sure many of us, like me, have got to the stage where we need to use parish records and transcripts for extending our lineage further back in time. In some instances it can be easy to find who...

    Started by dedken‎, 17-01-2017 6:09 PM
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  15. How Do I ...

    Hello. My wife's tree is on Ancestry. While I was away for a day, a twig of one of her distant branches paid a flying visit - 15 minutes, come and gone. Amongst the chat was some good starter information, which I will be following up. I thought that I would make a start and create a person...

    Started by Kiltpin‎, 25-01-2017 3:38 PM
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  16. Divorce records

    Is there any way I can find what year my parents were divorced? Thank you in advance.

    Started by Annie70‎, 23-01-2017 8:11 AM
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  17. Irish BMDs

    Hi folks A friend has asked me if I know how to get into Irish BMDs as she's trying to find her grandfather Robert Copeland's birth certificate and death certificate.He was born in Queens County Robert joined the Royal Irish Constabulatory at the age of 19 in 1868, his father John was...

    Started by tomm‎, 22-01-2017 2:14 PM
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  18. Deciding on correct name pre 1837?

    We all know how surname spellings vary, but pre 1837 there was no official index for BMDs so we rely on parish registers and there are so many variations. What is the best way to go when a surname sounds similar but has a totally different spelliing to the one you are researching? What do...

    Started by Sumi‎, 21-01-2017 3:23 PM
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  19. Post Adam Hislop

    I have been researching my tree for many years but have been able to find a birth or marriage record for Adam Hislop. He was born around 1790 but don't know where. He died in Lambeth in 1843 and was married to Martha. He had a son called William Henry Hislop who also lived in Lambeth. If...

    Started by lorraineb‎, 22-01-2017 12:21 PM
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  20. Samuel Alexander Sadler family connection

    My name is Susan Lynn Sadler. I started on my genealogy search in 2010 after learning my father had Alzheimers Disease. He passed March, 2016. I want to finish what I started so I can take his ashe's home to his younger brother in Hales Owen this May. Specifically I need help finding my...

    Started by Ssadler‎, 21-01-2017 8:34 AM
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