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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. Secondary Job for Military Personnel

    I have be researching my great grandfather. I know that he served in the Royal Artillary in Toronto, Canada in the second half of the 1860s. After serving in the RA he became a tailor. His first two children where born in Canada therefore his wife must have been there too. I have...

    Started by tomg‎, 24-03-2017 3:46 PM
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  2. Stuck on Antony, Cornwall baptism

    Hi all, I am stuck on the baptism of William Bawden. He was a yeoman/farmer in Antony, Cornwall. His children were born there and he was buried there. His burial is not recorded on the Cornwall OPC, so maybe neither is his baptism. A member of the forum kindly supplied his burial a few years...

    Started by hilarykellis‎, 23-03-2017 9:49 PM
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    24-03-2017, 3:19 PM Go to last post
  3. Thomas Walker's Parents?

    Trying to track down the parents of Thomas Walker He was born c.1963 in Barton on the Heath. He was married to Mary Hannah Sandles. On the Marriage certificate on ancestry.com his Father is Listed as John Walker On this same certificate a Ruth Ellen Walker is a witness to the marriage but have...

    Started by Whiskeyboi‎, 21-03-2017 2:24 PM
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    22-03-2017, 6:58 PM Go to last post
  4. is this correct, please ?

    Hello I'm looking at Robert Darell Smythe Stephens (1851-1936). On National Archives it says a daughter of his said that in 1901 her father changed his name to Robert Darell Smythe Darell (under 'Custodial History') ...

    Started by wimsey‎, 18-03-2017 2:45 PM
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  5. Herbert Vine ( possibly William herbert Vine

    Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone knows anything about Herbert Vine born: Hampstead Middlesex, st Pancras, 1883 to Charles richard Vine and Emma Martha Chester. He died on 30th Nov 1917 at the battle of cambrai. Lived in Mutford Lowestoft, Suffolk. In the 1911 census it says he's a widower....

    Started by chanstevens‎, 16-03-2017 9:59 AM
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  6. "A Pedigree of Stapleton of Greasley"

    I've heard of a book "A pedigree of Stapleton of Greasley, Basford and Nottingham" by Alfred Stapleton, published 1927. My local library say the only copy they know about is a reference copy in Nottingham university. Iíve discovered that it could be made available in Family History Centers on...

    Started by Leslihardy‎, 14-07-2005 11:46 AM
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  7. How to find out a maiden name?

    I wasn't sure which forum to post this on so thought I'd try here first. I am currently researching my great grandmother on my father's side but have become a bit stuck. From records and limited information from the family, I have found out the following: - her name was Agnes Mary Rogers - she...

    Started by swendeperle82‎, 14-03-2017 1:49 PM
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    14-03-2017, 7:42 PM Go to last post
  8. Lightbulb Finding "English Jack" A NH

    Hi, I'm looking for any information on John Alfred Viles (or Vales) who was born in London January 1824. John, or "English Jack" as he was known in NH, was a colorful character who lived a lone in a shack he built in the White Mountains of NH. He lived to be 85 years old and died in 1912. "Jack"...

    Started by oconnorm17‎, 13-03-2017 2:15 AM
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  9. David Newton - multiple wives at same time?

    Hi all, I am confused by my ancestor, Davey or David Newton. As far as I know, he is the father of Louisa Newton b. 1820 in the Lee, Buckingham. Louisa's baptismal record states parents David and Mary and she appears to have multiple siblings. I found a marriage for David Newton and Mary Wooten...

    Started by hilarykellis‎, 08-03-2017 2:17 AM
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  10. 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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  11. Thomas Ellis 1889-1917 Birmingham

    Hello, one and all. Like many, I'm sure, I am researching my family history, and searching for information on my Grandfather, who was killed in WW1, has lead me here. I hope to be able to contribute. Steve.

    Started by NOTSHARP‎, 06-02-2017 11:30 PM
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  12. 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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  13. Smile The name of PERRY

    Hi All, I'm seeking all Perry researchers, all areas within UK and Ireland, time we got our heads together and compared notes. I'm waiting for the rush.

    Started by Reynard‎, 21-09-2007 7:57 PM
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  14. unknown daughter of Charles Wycliffe Goodwin

    Hi The website "Find A Grave" has just thrown me into confusion with this information re: Mrs Agnes Goodwin Hall "Birth: Apr. 10, 1850, England Death: Jul. 5, 1913, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan Agnes Hall was the wife of John Carey Hall, British Consul-General in Yokohama. She was born...

    Started by wimsey‎, 24-02-2017 6:59 AM
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  15. Sanity Check

    Hey all I'm trying to find my MiL's family and seem to be finding everything but her direct line at the moment. I have found some stuff, but it doesn't seem to hang together well in my head and I just wanted to have one of you wise owls review it. Mother in Law is Janet ROLFE. Her...

    Started by NatashaBatsford‎, 15-12-2008 2:02 PM
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  16. Smile Patrick FORD & Sarah FORD (nee WILLIAMS)

    Location/area of Patrick and Sarah. PARR, St Helens. Lancashire. Late 1800's early 1900's Hi there I a very much the newbie today, and very keen to explore my Great Grandparents Patrick (Ireland) and Sarah (Aberdare, Wales). My old dad has vague memories of Patrick Ford talking about...

    Started by MrsHappy1‎, 25-02-2017 6:37 PM
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  17. Solomon Maddern

    This chap was born in 1888 and died in 1956. Both events happened in Redruth, Corwall. In 1911 census, he was unmarried and living with his parents. In 1912, I believe he joined the Royal Navy and retired in 1937 and received the Long Service Medal. Today, I went looking for a possible...

    Started by Colin Rowledge‎, 12-11-2012 3:25 AM
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  18. Cool Italian Ancestry Research

    Hi Has anyone had any experience in searching for Italian Ancestry. I have a friend whose 2xGreat Grandfather came over to the UK in the 1830s and he is trying to trace the parents. Its probably a need in a hay stack but you never know. Thanks Anne

    Started by anniebea‎, 22-02-2017 6:29 PM
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  19. Harrolds of Welford, Northants and Olney

    A few years ago someone who is also researching the above family had copies of various family Wills and was kind enough to send copies to me. A couple of years ago I lost them during a major computer crash. I'm not sure whether it was on this site or elsewhere that my benefactor saw my post....

    Started by tony vines‎, 20-02-2017 10:04 PM
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    21-02-2017, 6:13 PM Go to last post
  20. Thumbs up Lost Grandfather

    I am trying to help a friend trace her grandfather - William Frank Thornton BOOTHMAN. On his marriage to Rose Ann BOWEN on 11th November 1914 his age on the certificate is given as 31 years and his occupation is a warehouseman. The marriage took place at St. Oswald's church in Fulham, London. His...

    Started by mikebroe‎, 12-06-2007 8:57 PM
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    16-02-2017, 12:21 PM Go to last post

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