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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. 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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  2. 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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    28-04-2017, 1:29 PM Go to last post
  3. 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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    27-04-2017, 1:19 PM Go to last post
  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Moved: Most shocking thing about your ancestors

    Started by reecejackox‎, 23-04-2017 11:59 PM
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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Cool Rhodesian Records pre 1960

    Hi all, Once again, I don't know if I'm in the right place, but here goes anyway. My grandmother had three sisters, two of whom I can account for. However, the third one, known as Frances, married one Victor Leake. She was born around 1888, so give or take, she was probably married in...

    Started by SAConnection‎, 15-05-2010 2:18 PM
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  12. 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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  13. Help with the Dobells.

    Phillip Dobell born Whitechapel Dec Qtr 1850. Parents Phillip Dobell and Adelaide (nee Bond). Two more children born Bethnal Green, Elisha and Julia. Parents Phillip and Adelaide along with Elisha and Julia left Southampton 5-11-1853 aboard "Truro" arriving Melbourne Australia 31-1-1854. BUT -...

    Started by jeddah‎, 16-04-2017 4:38 AM
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  14. Electoral Registers / 1939 Register

    Hi, Im just wondering if anyone could shed some light. Im looking through a 1946 Electoral register, and have noticed certain names have their 1939 Register Identity number after them, I was wondering if anyone knew the significance of this? On average there are maybe 3 on any page who have...

    Started by Empirestate‎, 14-04-2017 2:55 PM
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  15. How to find a person from only an adress.

    I just received my great grandfather's death certificate and the informant is listed as "sister in law" and she only gives the first letter of her first name. I checked the address she listed in the phonebook and the person is on the same address between 1964-1972. So how do I find out more...

    Started by blonderock‎, 11-04-2017 3:51 PM
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  16. Funniest Census entry ever!

    I didn't know where to put this, but I wanted to share! I saw this entry some time ago when I first watched the film of Sweeney Todd, me being me searched for Sweeney Todd ...and found him...a barber as well, living at North east Chambers lodging House in St. George in the East in 1881 RG11;...

    Started by Wilkes_ml‎, 05-08-2013 8:22 PM
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  17. Am I jumping to conclusions?

    I have recently started researching my dad's side of the family which has been tricky as I have very little information to go on. I started with his maternal grandfather who was Edwin H Damps but he was born in Poplar in 1913 so just after the last available census. I was able to determine that his...

    Started by swendeperle82‎, 28-03-2017 10:10 AM
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  18. adding names to gravestones

    this may be a daft question clearly gravestones often 'commemorate' or mention several family members, not just the original person buried. I was just idly wondering how this works - I guess a family member decided how many names would eventually be on the stone and then ordered an appropriate...

    Started by wimsey‎, 28-03-2017 9:32 AM
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  19. services for obtaining photos (Headstones)

    just after some suggestions for websites, forums that i can contact to request photos of headstones to be taken. Area of interest - Morton in Marsh parish (Church of England Burials) People of interest - Norman John Walker. Burial 24 Dec 1969 Thomas Walker burial 1...

    Started by Whiskeyboi‎, 28-03-2017 2:02 AM
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  20. Looking for Prudence

    I am looking for Prudence McClean nee Allister. B; ca 1800 D; ca 1880 These dates are purely guess work as I don't have anything on her except that she married John McClean b: ca 1790 They married in 1821. They had a son Samuel b: 1828. Not sure if Scotland or Ireland for them all. Samuel left and...

    Started by Valcoff‎, 04-03-2017 7:09 AM
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