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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. Mahala (First Name)

    This name seems to have been popular in the 19th century - yes I've seen the ideas on its origins - and I have a recollection of a very old book in which one of the leading characters was called Mahala. This might have prompted people to give that name to a child, much as soaps do today. Anyone...

    Started by delphine‎, 16-01-2010 11:30 AM
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  2. Mysterious entry for occupation of widow?

    I'm researching the family of my maternal great grandmother, Emma Jane Woodcock, from Hertford, who was very special to my mother. Following them through the census records - 1841 onwards, a story is unravelling of deaths, and workhouses. A puzzling thing, though, is the 1871 census. The father...

    Started by Steve L‎, 17-02-2018 11:08 AM
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  3. John Harvey STARES

    I can't work this out, but perhaps there's nothing to work out. John Harvey STARES, born Droxford, Hampshire 1865, married 1899 in Malling, Kent - Rosa May PENTON, with whom he had three sons: John Penton Stares, born 1900, Harold Percy Stares born 1903 and William Frank Stares born 1905. Those...

    Started by wimsey‎, 15-02-2018 5:30 AM
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  4. Miss Margaret Shyne

    Welcome. I am looking for sources of information about Margaret Shyne born around 1839 in the UK (maybe England?). Margaret Shyne died in Poland in 1889 in the Kurowice estate. At that time, this region of Poland was part of the Russian Empire. Margaret Shyne was a teacher of children of the...

    Started by Jaroslaw_Mlynik‎, 11-02-2018 5:18 PM
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  5. If you have a minute. multiple marriages

    Hello. What was, for me, just a marriage, I recently had reason to revisit a name to see if I could find more information. I am not seeking info on this unless someone cares to comment, just thought it was interesting and wondering why ? I was looking at a Clara Vibert, born 1921 Montreal. ...

    Started by Peter_NB‎, 11-02-2018 5:52 PM
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  6. Confusion over baptism/death dates

    Hi, I have two brothers, both named John Newick born in Lydeard St Lawrence, Somerset. John-1 baptism 9 March 1783 John-2 baptism 1 Feb 1789 I have checked the actual scanned registers to confirm these dates. I had assumed John-1 died before John-2 was born in February 1789 and there is a...

    Started by Mary C‎, 07-02-2018 6:09 AM
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  7. Smile Charles Perry Born abt. 1807 Ireland

    Hi, I am researching my grandmother's side of the family by the name Perry. I am from Canada and my grandmother was born in Point Au Bay, Newfoundland. I am trying to find my great great great grandfather Charles Perry born abt: 1807, i heard it was on a boat in Ireland. His Wife's name is...

    Started by canadawolf‎, 02-02-2018 12:14 AM
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  8. Railway subscription contracts

    Hello I am hoping someone can explain something to me. I have come across an ancestor who is listed in a book called: "Sessional Papers of the House of Lords" Accounts and Papers

    Started by kermie62‎, 29-01-2018 1:40 PM
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  9. Who provided the money?

    In 1871, great grandparents were sentenced to 1 year's hard labour in Wandsworth prison. Their youngest child must have gone with them as he was baptised in the prison, and was one month old on the census. Sentence began in July 1871. However, they had 5 other children aged 16, 14, 12, 8 and 3...

    Started by pwholt‎, 21-01-2018 6:02 PM
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  10. Dr. Barnardo Home records

    I've been asked whether it's possible to obtain records of children from Dr. Barnado homes in the UK who were sent to Canada in the early 20th century. Details of the specific child arriving in Canada have been found so it is the information of his time in a home in Stepney, London that is of...

    Started by tony vines‎, 26-08-2017 5:27 PM
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  11. Norwegian seaman who died in Liverpool 1955

    Hello, Sigurd Hyem, born 1899, from Trondheim in Norway died in Liverpool Feb. 18th, 1955, presumably while he was there in connection with his work as a seaman. His body was brought back to Trondheim and cremated there March 26th. the way I understand it from information in the local...

    Started by kariellen‎, 20-01-2018 3:05 PM
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  12. Need your opinions/experiences.

    Hi All...Happy New Year. I just wanted some opinions or experiences on the following. I have a relative who was married in 1906. Their only child was born in 1920. So far I haven't come across such a long time between marriage and children. In fact, quite the opposite. Does anyone else have such a...

    Started by pat fowles‎, 03-01-2018 10:02 AM
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  13. Basing House

    I have done a search and don't think I have asked this before (but have on Facebook a while back). In my research of Whittlesey I keep coming across a place called Basing House. At least 6 people died there between 1920 and 1932, and that is only information I have gleaned from church registers...

    Started by Clarinetguy‎, 01-01-2018 4:30 PM
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  14. Sentence in will - transcription query!

    Any assistance with transcribing the following snippet of a will proved at Gloucester would be greatly appreciated. I believe it identifies a Giles Pike, son of John Pike. My transcription is: "The Condicon of this obligation is such that if the above bound Giles Pike said full and ? son...

    Started by bsward‎, 07-01-2018 8:01 PM
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  15. Name change (Male)

    I did find the name change/record of my father a few years ago but couldn't remember where it is. The details are this: Barry W.D. Edwards B. 26th March 1943 in Poole, Dorset. M. 2nd January 1965, (To Delphine, Margaret Townsend). My issue is this:

    Started by suggsy‎, 21-02-2016 4:44 PM
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  16. meisner / hoge

    i am a decendant of Caroline Pardin, wanting any information relating to her. my grandmother was Ida Paulina Meisner

    Started by scrimshaw‎, 06-01-2018 1:06 AM
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  17. Family History Goals for 2018

    9Have you set yourself targets or goals for your family history research for 2018? If not, now is the ideal time to review your work, review what you have already achieved and set yourself some new targets and goals for the next twelve months. I always like the idea of goals or targets, it...

    Started by chiddicks‎, 29-12-2017 8:59 PM
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  18. SUMNER / TINKER marriage

    I've been trying to find a male SUMNER / female TINKER marriage so that Florence Mary Sumner (born 1882), Ethel Maud Sumner (born 1884) and Harry Albert Sumner (born 1886) can all have mother's maiden name TINKER. 1891 census RG12 - 1599;47;5 has Florence, Ethel & Harry with grandparents Thomas...

    Started by wimsey‎, 20-12-2017 9:34 AM
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  19. British India Office Writers' Petitions

    I have found a "British India Office Writers' Petitions Transcription" on Find my Past anyone know where I can find out more about this I am looking to connect this with some one in a Friends Family Tree that I am researching for her dad. Thanks for any help I've been looking at this for...

    Started by Sandyhall‎, 20-11-2017 12:27 PM
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  20. magazine article wanted

    I noticed too late that Your Family History issue 186 for Sept. 2017 had an article on researching theatrical ancestors. Does anyone have a copy who would be willing to send me relevant parts of that article, please? Am prepared to re-imburse postage and paper costs. Full back issue costs 4....

    Started by pwholt‎, 12-12-2017 1:03 PM
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