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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. The business of Leonard Smith in Yorkshire

    I am trying to find out what happened to the business of Leonard Smith of Pudsey, Yorkshire. Born 12 November 1891 and died 6.9.1950 his parents were Jeremiah and Ruth (nee Winn) Smith. Leonard married Sarah Ann Kendall 2 August 1915. Leonard was a master confectioner and tobacconist and I...

    Started by BJ Smith‎, 16-05-2017 11:23 PM
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  2. HAROLD EVELYN HOLDING,b.c.1878/d.1945-of Lanc

    Seek info--esp. from direct descendants of Rev. John HOLDING's son Harold Evelyn Holding, b.c.1878, in Ince, Lancashire, died 1945 in a motor accident.He was a solicitor & British Olympian, running in the 1908 Summer Olympics, of London. He had married in 1917/8 a Miss Evelyn McLuren. I wish to...

    Started by ViennaSpencer‎, 17-05-2017 12:07 AM
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  3. Question Grayshons in West Yorkshire - around 1800

    I have two branches of Grayshons from around 1800 - I cannot connect one of the branches into my current tree. The branch I'm struggling with is from a proven will (shows the death as being in 1829) - The will belongs to John Grayshon (could be Grayshan) who sites Elizabeth as his wife. In...

    Started by Grayshon-Pedley‎, 13-07-2015 11:41 AM
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  4. A question about baptism records

    My 2nd gt grandmother, Alice Julia Stevens, was born in 1877 but she was apparently baptised in 1890. I thought that perhaps I had got the wrong person, but her father's name matches with her marriage certificate. Why would there be such a gap between birth and baptism? I was under the impression...

    Started by swendeperle82‎, 09-05-2017 10:22 AM
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  5. Wink Before General Registration

    Hello everyone, I'm tracing my fathers family tree (surname BISHOP) and have got back to about 1800. I understand that prior to this I should be looking in parish registers and that it's not always easy to cross check results obtained. My question is how do I know that the results I'm finding are...

    Started by Jenko‎, 20-10-2012 3:26 PM
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  6. information on family trees

    I have been searching for someone for some time and I have found that some family trees on Ancestry have the parents and birth date, but are not showing any source for this information. They seem to be showing their source as an Ancestry Family Tree. Should I take that as correct or still look...

    Started by hunterterri58‎, 29-04-2017 9:12 PM
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  7. Post Mary O'Brien Liverpool

    i am trying to trace a Mary O'Brian the only information i have is that she lived in Liverpool and had a daughter named Mary Kathrine Coutanche who was born in 1923

    Started by annrichardson‎, 30-04-2017 7:41 PM
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  8. Question looking for anne burns

    I hope I am in the right place. I am looking for someone who can find a death for me of a Anne Burns. I have searched and searched. I last found her in the 1841 census aged 50/60, kirkby, Ireleth, lancs. She is lodging with the Woodend family. She is on her own and if I have the right one she...

    Started by popsit‎, 05-05-2017 6:12 AM
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  9. Smile Birth records from Cape Town, South Africa

    Have found out that my g/great grandfather William Douglas McPherson BRICE who was born 'at sea' on a voyage from London to Cape of Good Hope, South Africa possibly 8 May 1853. I have located information re his baptism through Ancestry.com showing location of the baptism as St.Pauls Church,...

    Started by victoriab52‎, 02-05-2017 7:38 AM
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  10. HENRY SPENCER b.c.1713, of THORPE (Surrey)

    DESPERATELY Seeking INFO on a Henry Spencer, Esq. of THORPE (Surrey?), ENGLAND, who died 1766, & married a Miss Ann LEIGH in 1737, & he was born c.1713. HENRY SPENCER Birth: 1713 Marriage: date 1737 - city, Norfolk, England Death: date - 1766- city, Surrey, England Spouse: Ann LEIGH I am...

    Started by ViennaSpencer‎, 01-05-2017 1:09 AM
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  11. Broken lines and joining up the dots...

    I have a dilemma in my research. At this stage it looks like I have a gg.grandmother ,Mary, who seperated from her husband sometime between the 1851and 1861 censuses, and I can track him after that with a new wife and family in London. Mary goes on to use her married name of Bowhill on 1 census,...

    Started by emmteeyess‎, 02-05-2017 9:56 AM
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  12. Where do I go from here??

    I cannot at the moment see the wood for the trees and would appreciate advice I after 30+ years of searching think I have found my paternal grandmothers birth certificate (Big thanks to Almach). I know her birthday was 24July 1881/82 We knew here as Annie Mary Whitbread bought up by her 2...

    Started by Jane Gee‎, 28-04-2017 9:50 AM
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  13. Walter Smith's marriage entry

    Hello. I have found the marriage of Louisa Smith born about 1844 in the Kettering area. Marriage details are July, August September 1870 Kettering 3b 26 (14) I'm trying to see if this is the relative i'm seeking. If so she married Walter Smith. On her son's birth certificate is Father Walter...

    Started by Susan Kitchen‎, 27-04-2017 11:42 AM
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  14. 1539 Muster Rolls?

    I'm trying to find the Derbyshire muster rolls for 1539, specifically for the town of Norton (Now a part of Sheffield city, but then a parish of its own in Derbyshire). I have an old paper chart that a distant cousin wrote up decades ago and the earliest relative, Henry Stannyforthe has a note next...

    Started by natonstan‎, 27-04-2017 3:22 AM
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  15. Same name half siblings

    Has anyone ever come across a child of a second marriage being given the same christian name as a child of the first marriage, even though the child of the first marriage is still alive?

    Started by carolchipp‎, 23-04-2017 11:00 PM
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  16. WWI bride from Grantham, Mrs. Hans Petersen

    Iím not sure where to place this as I donít have a maiden name for this lady, and I donít see a forum for the town of Grantham, so "General Forum" it is---- My grandmother kept scrapbooks in the 1940s as she and my grandfather were involved in the Veterans of Foreign Wars work. I have come...

    Started by Yeates‎, 25-03-2012 8:39 PM
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  17. delayed birth registration

    how likely or possible is it for a baby's birth to go unregistered for over a year ? I seem to have someone born June 1879 and the birth registered 3rd quarter 1880

    Started by wimsey‎, 21-04-2017 7:36 PM
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  18. Post Name change is confusing me!

    Why do some people have more than one surname? One of my ancestors keeps changing between Todd and Lumkin in the census records. And now I've found that my husband's great grandfather could not decide if he was Charles Polley or Charles Howard on his marriage record. In the 1901 and 1911 census he...

    Started by swendeperle82‎, 20-04-2017 9:41 PM
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  19. GRO Index Page intrigue

    The new GRO website has one birth for a William HALES in Depwade Q3 1846 vol. 13 page. 58 (nee BILHAM). Findmypast (and one transcription on freebmd) has page 38. The image on FMP is clearly 38 not 58. A search on freebmd produces 0 entries for all names on page 58 of volume 13 A search for...

    Started by Mitch in Notts‎, 18-04-2017 7:20 PM
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  20. John Grindlay b.abt1813-who were his parents?

    The subject of my problem is the John Grindlay who married Isabella Laing Dalrymple 25 Jun 1844 Carriden, West Lothian. After his marriage his history is pretty clear (see below). When he died 22 Apr 1844 Falkirk, the informant, their 24 year old youngest son George, gave that his father's father's...

    Started by Barry364‎, 16-04-2017 11:31 AM
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