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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 1:34 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 11:19 AM
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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 9:37 PM
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  1. Who was legally married to whom?

    1892 William Jesse married Ada 1899 William Jesse married Annie 1901 Ada married William Henry 1905 William Henry married Alice 1927 William Henry died 1931 Ada married James 1941 William Jesse died. I think it highly unlikely that any of these marriages were legally terminated by...

    Started by brentor boy‎, 25-06-2018 9:34 AM
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  2. Deciphering Handwriting from Parish Records

    Hello I am hoping that there is someone on this forum who can advise me with a UK parish birth record from 1700s that I am having difficulty deciphering. The word that names the father's occupation is the one that eludes me. I had hoped to be able to post a copy of the document here, but that...

    Started by di2315‎, 19-06-2018 6:15 AM
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  3. Plymouth Brethrens - Wales/Birkenhead area

    Hello - I am trying to uncover information for this religion in the Newport Wales and Birkenhead/Cheshire areas. John Augustus Thompson (Newport, Wales) married Lydia Stevens (born in Ireland/family in Birkenhead) in 1905 in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England - but John was from Wales and they had...

    Started by TracyTill‎, 21-06-2018 5:14 PM
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  4. I can't find a death

    I have Martha Brunning marrying Sidney Johnson in January 1852 and the certificate says Martha was Martha Hall a widow. The birth certificate for a child from the marriage gives the mother's name as Martha Johnson, late Hall, formerly Brunning. So, Martha Brunning married Mr. Hall who died and...

    Started by AudreyF‎, 20-06-2018 10:43 AM
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  5. Parish records for Scotland

    I have a Christopher Slater in my tree who was born 15th August 1810 in Pomona, Orkney Scotland. Pomona isn't used now but back then it meant the mainland of Orkney. I know that Christopher was a master Mariner, i've copies of two of his certiifcates of competency. He married Ann Curry 21st...

    Started by Susan Kitchen‎, 09-03-2014 11:42 AM
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  6. Evans/Davies/Rogers

    Hi, I have recently received death printouts from GRO for Thomas Evans d 22 November 1893 Adwy Bersham Wrexham. Thomas was 67 Yrs old and a Steel Foreman. The informant at his death was Thomas Rogers, Son in Law. Also received, was death of Thomas's wife Elizabeth Evans d 18 October 1898 71yrs...

    Started by kiwibarb‎, 16-06-2018 3:49 AM
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  7. Deciphering Documents - HAYES - Royal Navy

    Iím trying to do a favour for my elderly neighbour who is desperate to know about his fatherís service in the Royal Navy. I have no experience of doing this but have tracked down three pages from National Archives. Gentleman in question is WILLIAM RICHARD HAYES J110426 DOB 8/11/08. Iím stuck on...

    Started by Peapod63‎, 14-06-2018 7:11 PM
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  8. Fred PERKIN born Clayton, Yorkshire 1865

    Hi - this may need to be in a Yorkshire forum, but its here now. I would appreciate any help trying to work out the paternal & maternal grandparents of Fred PERKIN born Clayton, Yorkshire 1865. The GRO index is giving me his mother's maiden name as ACKROYD (Bradford 9b/169). I think Fred was...

    Started by wimsey‎, 12-06-2018 5:55 AM
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  9. registry office marriage

    If you married today in a registry office, and you were widowed, you would have to produce the death certificate to prove it. Was this always the case? ie, would someone who married in 1913 in a registry office, stating widower, be required to produce the death certificate of his late wife? If so...

    Started by Elizabeth P‎, 05-06-2018 12:36 PM
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  10. Lightbulb Thomas Overton 1700s Middlesex

    Looking for any information on Thomas Overton. Married a Margaret, Possibly in Holborn Middlesex. They had at least 1 child Elizabeth I would love some help I seem to be at the brickwall:confused5:

    Started by echorun‎, 05-06-2018 1:15 AM
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  11. Earl descendants Little Plumstead Norfolk UK

    I am trying to locate any descendants from the Earl's located in Norfolk in the late 1700's. I have traced back to Henry Earl born abt. 1794 in Lynn, Norfolk. I believe his parents were John Earl and Ann Norton who resided at Little Plumstead Norfolk England and i think John and Ann Norton had...

    Started by mikerl‎, 27-05-2018 1:22 AM
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  12. Kent divorce records

    I am looking for divorce records for Kent in the UK. I have a marriage between Kenneth J Groombridge and Gladys K Robinson in Medway Kent in 1939. I then have a marriage for Kenneth in 1945 to Lilian G Jones in Gloucester. I also have a marriage for Gladys K Groombridge to Walter V E Hesse in...

    Started by keith.robinson‎, 28-05-2018 5:29 PM
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  13. Who lived here.....

    I have an address and need to find out who lived there up to 1948. Where would I need to go to find out. The Address is 52 wellington Street, Thame, Oxfordshire. I am looking for Family members maybe surname Carter.

    Started by Sandyhall‎, 26-05-2018 5:34 PM
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  14. Road location in Gillingham Kent.

    After finally breaking down a brick wall I am able to locate a Grand uncle on the 1939 England & Wales Register to living in Gillingham Avenue, Gillingham Kent. This road does not exist now. I think it has changed names. According to the records in district DHQM the following roads are still there....

    Started by keith.robinson‎, 25-05-2018 9:16 PM
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  15. Post Richard Harcourt fought with King James

    Does anyone have information on Richard Harcourt who faught with king James against William of Orange? What year was he born? Who were his brothers, sister,mother, father, and children?

    Started by Cwillis‎, 02-03-2018 11:40 PM
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  16. Somerset to Abertillery

    I am looking for the parents of Ann Perry 1831 from Somerset any help would be appreciated she married Joseph Evans who was also from Somerset but they moved to Abertillery Monmouthshire and kept the Colliers arms Abertillery also looking for his parents he was born in 1830 Somerset Thanks

    Started by irisrose‎, 09-03-2007 12:49 PM
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  17. Question Taylor, Emma

    Hi all hope i'm in the wright place, i have for many years tried to trace my Great Great Grandmother Emma Taylor daughter of Charles Taylor of Benson Oxfordshire England born 1824 died Australia 1894 he married Emma clinch 1846 but and here is the problem his first child Emma Taylor was born 1845...

    Started by Addphill‎, 14-05-2018 9:43 AM
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  18. Davies Family Oswestry/Montgomeryshire

    Hello, I am trying to find information on my grandfather's family. The last residence I can find is in Whittington, Oswestry, Shropshire 1891 census. My grandfather was Alfred E Davies b:1886 died 1975 Massachusetts, USA . Alfred's sister Emily b 1890 married John Phillips and was living in...

    Started by LauretteDavis‎, 11-02-2012 9:37 PM
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  19. Is there any way I can find out more?

    I have not been able to find a birth record for my great great grandmother, born about 1862 in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. Her maiden name was Sarah Ann Warnes. I have her marriage certificate and there is no father's name, so I presume she was illegitimate. She married in 1880 aged 19, and was a...

    Started by Teresa Clare‎, 30-04-2018 4:36 PM
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  20. Was the lady a bigamist?

    A great aunt in my family tree initially married a bachelor in 1900 in Hampshire. There were no children from this marriage. In the 1911 census I couldnít find her via her married name. However her husband is in the census but now living with another lady in Hampshire, although not married to the...

    Started by Raymond M‎, 30-04-2018 9:34 AM
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