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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. Question Address discrepancies between records

    Hello, I have two different families, living in Bethnal Green circa 1820-1870, who marry and have their children christened at Shoreditch St Leonards, but the addresses they give do not match the other records I have for them. I have birth certificates for some of the children, and the...

    Started by debhdebh‎, 19-09-2017 1:39 PM
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  2. Adding a link to an unrelated person

    Neither of the two programmes I use will allow me to link an unrelated person to another. Or perhaps, more accurately I cant find a way. Does anyone know? To explain my wife's grandmother had in her possession a Silver War Badge issued to a WW1 soldier with the same surname as herself. they had...

    Started by Ed McKie‎, 17-09-2017 11:05 AM
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    19-09-2017, 2:42 PM Go to last post
  3. missing Death record for John Bird

    I am trying to find a record of my great grandfather, John Bird, death. I have looked on free bmd and ancestry and find my past and i can't seem to find a record. He was born around 1896 in lichfield and my mum thinks he died in the early 1960s. I found him in the 1911 census living in...

    Started by Abi price‎, 06-01-2010 9:55 PM
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    15-09-2017, 1:36 PM Go to last post
  4. 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 6:27 PM
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  5. Finchley Cemetery

    Does anyone know where Finchley Cemetery is now? There's East Finchley cemetery but that used to be called St Marylebone cemetery. I thought maybe Islington cemetery. might be the place I'm looking for. Any ideas?

    Started by swendeperle82‎, 08-09-2017 1:39 PM
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  6. A question about marriage banns

    I have found a record from 1851 which lists the groom's father and his occupation. I have his father down as having died in 1845. If he was dead by 1851 would his occupation still be listed or would he be recorded as 'deceased'?

    Started by swendeperle82‎, 15-08-2017 11:09 AM
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  7. 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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  8. Smile LANGLEY family

    Hi All, I am new to this site (living in Australia).... I am researching my mother's side of the family. LANGLEY Florence b1923 in Australia as far as i know. Her father, LANGLEY Ernest Charles b1882 St Mary Stockport Cheshire, mother COOPER Alice b1884 Lasham Hampshire ?. Could someone please...

    Started by Christine Bonn‎, 02-09-2017 3:32 AM
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  9. Edward CHALLINOR born 1868 Kidderminster

    new question from Doreenh Australia Looking for confirmation on marriage date and parents for: Edward Challinor b.1868 Kidderminster, married 1889? Kidderminster to Florence May Bird b.1859 Birminghamshire. both moved to Australia. Edward d.1942 and Florence 1913. They had a son (one as...

    Started by DoreenH‎, 19-08-2017 6:58 AM
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  10. I can't work out this address

    I can't read this address on a marriage banns record. All I know is that it's in London - most likely in the Hackney area. I've made a few guesses but had no luck so far

    Started by swendeperle82‎, 17-08-2017 12:36 PM
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  11. 1966 Air Crash Research Help Needed Please

    Hi everyone, I am trying to find information on behalf of someone about their relation who was a passenger and was killed in the Britannia Airways crash on the 1st September 1966 in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia. I wondered where would be the best place for me to find a report on the list of passengers...

    Started by Titanicfan‎, 16-08-2017 9:45 PM
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  12. Major Harry Charles Rogers SA

    Not sure if this is the correct place for this query. I am trying to trace the later years of Harry who was my mother's uncle. Born 1864 Bristol . Father Sydney, mother Sarah. He became a Salvation Army Officer and married Jane Alice Stafford in Newcastle on Tyne in 1888. They had three...

    Started by radstockjeff‎, 16-08-2017 5:08 PM
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  13. 18th century parish records

    Are there any free records on the internet for the above. Ancestry is available at the library in NZ but no other subscription sites. I'm looking for the father and mother of Gilbert Jellians Fownes born about 1770... He married Ann/Anna Woodcock in 1797. Another Gilbert Jellians, his son was born...

    Started by KarylDire‎, 16-08-2017 6:06 AM
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  14. Post Unfit For National Service

    Hi guys, I was wondering what peoples thoughts are on looking for records of those who were unfit for national service? As I can tell, a young man would recieve a callup letter around his 18th birthday, be required to attend a medical examination, and then chose a speciality army/raf/navy and...

    Started by Empirestate‎, 12-08-2017 10:02 AM
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  15. Street Numbers

    I'd always taken it for granted that street numbers alternated, with odd numbers down one side of the street with the even numbers on the opposite side. However, I've just watched a Time Team episode where they excavated a number of houses in Shoreditch which were bombed during the Blitz and their...

    Started by JohnN‎, 03-11-2012 5:05 AM
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  16. Need help deciphering a name.

    I have this copy of a letter received by my great grandmother in 1875. I can read and transcribe all of it except the signature of the writer. I tried to look up the name of the theatre manager for 1875 but as usual I have no Google-fu. I am pants at finding anything so I have come to the place...

    Started by Ladkyis‎, 09-08-2017 7:14 PM
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  17. Question Barnett Burns c1805

    Hello, This is definitely a brickwall. No one seems to be able to help hence me trying here. I have a Bridget Cain marrying a Barnet Burns 1st of June 1835. Event place: Christ Church Greyfriars, Newgate London. Barnet Burns always said he was "a british subject" which I have been told he...

    Started by popsit‎, 30-04-2017 6:05 AM
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  18. New Sarum

    Why is Salisbury sometimes called New Sarum in records?

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 09-08-2017 1:46 PM
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  19. Thomas James Reid & Sophie Louisa Newland

    Thomas & Sophie married in Dublin 1933 and had 3 children Found a death for a Sophie Louisa Reid in Barnett in 1969. Anyone have any further info on Thomas James.

    Started by perseus‎, 03-08-2017 3:50 PM
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  20. Passenger lists prior to 1890

    Hi I am doing some research regarding my great grandfather, who was born on a ship leaving the UK, for South Africa. He was born in May 1888. We don't know if his birth was registered in the UK and have very little information. I've been searching the internet and it appears that the only records...

    Started by Mamabat‎, 27-07-2017 1:25 PM
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