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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. Society of Genealogists

    Are any members of the forum members of the Society of Genealogists? The reason for asking is that my publisher has told me that they asked for a copy of my book so that they can review it and include the review in a future issue of their Genealogists’ Magazine, which I understand is issued...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 17-04-2019 3:53 PM
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  2. William Charles Jackson

    Born in 1894, served in in the Royal Garrison Artillery in WW1 came out to NZ on the Ship Ruapehu in 1927 his occupation was a Printer (Linotype Operator) he married Annie Rodgers who also was on the Ruapehu in 1927 I think in Wellington NZ. There is a strong possibility that he was already...

    Started by gengrant‎, 16-04-2019 3:19 AM
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  3. Why register birth with wrong maiden name?

    A puzzler. I was unpicking a complicated family - a man with two marriages and at least nine children - when I found three of the children to his first marriage were registered with mother's maiden name Rutty instead of McAuliffe. I could have assumed there had been a third marriage except there...

    Started by drmike789‎, 06-04-2019 4:49 PM
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  4. Alice Pickard born 1871 Barton on Humber

    My grandmother was called Alice Pickard and was the sister of Benjamin Pickard. She was born in Barton on Humber but moved to Hull. Has anyone got any more information about the family?

    Started by Barb123‎, 02-04-2019 12:42 PM
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  5. Alexander Wilson Shore Master Aberdeen

    Hi I am looking for any information on Alexander Wilson born 1867 in Aberdeen and died 3 May 1935 at Banchory kincardshire Scotland. From the early 1900s he was on the Aberdeen Harbour Board and was also Shore Master for a while. He was a Director of Alexander Hall & Company Shipbuilders...

    Started by gengrant‎, 28-03-2019 6:54 AM
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  6. FreeBMD - How to Download to Excel Spreadshe

    Hi I am trying to download from FreeBMD into Excel spreadsheet but it seems that I can only download as a .txt document. Is this correct or am I doing something wrong

    Started by shetlandtim‎, 31-03-2019 8:04 PM
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  7. Travel by horse or foot, time needed 1700s

    How does travel time and method used compare to bicycle travel? Often when researching ancestors in the 1600-1700s I find myself looking at distances between possible living areas. Am example say I have reliable records for someone who was baptised in Keele, Staffordshire 1688, I have his...

    Started by grannytimes3‎, 30-03-2019 4:48 PM
    travel time
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  8. Who owned the houses?

    I started researching my husband's line about five years ago but stalled because I could not find the marriage of his father's parents nor the death of grandfather. When the 1939 Registration came on line all was revealed. Father-in-law's parents never married. Grandmother had been married...

    Started by AudreyF‎, 22-03-2019 3:24 PM
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  9. Patrick O'Connell born 1858 Ireland

    Hi I have spend years looking for Patrick o Connell born in timplenoe Kenmare co Kerry Ireland he was born on6/6/1858 his parents were Daniel o Connell and mary Dwyer I heared he went to New Zealand and he married had children and is buirried out there some one told me he is in Bromley cemetery...

    Started by maurice1953‎, 19-03-2019 9:35 AM
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    23-03-2019, 9:29 AM Go to last post
  10. Indian mystery

    Hello, I've been trying to help finding out more about the family of my English uncle, but I'd like to ask if someone here who has more experience with British genealogical researchs can help me. I have found the will of Leonard Stanley Taylor who died in Calcutta in 1930 and that's surely the...

    Started by gaspaol‎, 20-03-2019 6:44 PM
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  11. British army desertion records

    I am not sure where the best place is for this query. My g-g-grandfather was a soldier in the 11th Regiment of Foot. The regiment served in Australia for a few years in the 1850s and returned to England in 1857. I have some payroll/muster records and there is a note that says he deserted in...

    Started by helent‎, 17-03-2019 11:07 PM
    11th regiment of foot, army desertion
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  12. Post William Wiliams served on the faroe islands

    I'm looking for Wlliam Wlliams who served on th Faroe Islands from around 1941-1944 during WWIi as a R.A sergent-major registration number 870383. Hi was from Cardif, Wales Do you perhaps know family or descendants of this family William Wiliams in Cardif? Hanna

    Started by hannaha28‎, 16-03-2019 10:27 AM
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  13. Question Norwegian seaman in South Shields around 1890

    Good evening! I am currently researching my wife's family, and I am struggling a bit with a few details. Her great great grandfather, Hans Henrik Johannesen, was born on 12 October 1861 in Sveio/Sveen, Hordaland, Norway, and joined the Norwegian merchant navy in April 1879. From 1885 I...

    Started by AndersP‎, 16-03-2019 7:50 PM
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  14. LILY WHITELEY b 1891c

    My Great Grandmother was Lily Whiteley and she married my Great Grandfather Walter Emsley, i am trying to save having to order thier marriage cert they marreid in 1914/15 I need to find out Lily's parents to get past a brickwall. Also when she died Walter married a Mary Whiteley no details of...

    Started by Temsley‎, 26-03-2008 2:56 AM
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  15. Ivy Louisa Radford born 1903

    Hi I dont know if anyone can help me with this query. I have found Ivy Louisa Radford on the 1911 census with her grandparents. My problem is that Ivy appears to have been born in 1903 in Aston and died in 1917 in Aston. Obviously I have no other censuses to check. I cannot find any detailed...

    Started by Janna‎, 08-03-2019 7:36 PM
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  16. Sydney Joseph Smith

    Hi Everyone, I am trying to find information about my father Sydney Joseph Smith. Specifically, where and when he worked, his war record and any other relevant information please. The information I have is as follows: BIRTH 4 FEB 1903 • Croydon, Surrey, England DEATH JUN 1967 •...

    Started by j2sea2002‎, 05-03-2019 8:33 PM
    forté, sidney joseph smith, sydney joseph smith
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  17. Baptism Record

    This morning I decided to have another look to see if I could find my great grandmother's birth records. Bingo I found her Baptism Record online. I always look at the image rather than transcription as often additional detail (i.e. date of birth) is written on there somewhere. Although her date...

    Started by melsibob‎, 13-02-2019 12:09 PM
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  18. Question Jas Gordon Rimmer L'pool '91 went to Canada?

    According to family papers, one of the sons of my great-grandfather's brothers emigrated to Vancouver, Canada. His name was James Gordon Rimmer, and he was born in Liverpool in 1891 to James Rimmer and Marion McLellan. He is on the 1911 England Census with his parents, aged 20, and was then a...

    Started by pottoka‎, 25-08-2010 3:29 PM
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  19. WW1 descendants.

    This article was in our local paper tonight. The MOD are searching for his descendants to return some of his possessions,they have put a tree on Ancestry. Apologies if this post isn’t allowed. Hope the link works! Search for Manchester WW1 soldier's descendants...

    Started by Pamelawagster‎, 12-02-2019 9:04 PM
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  20. Post John & Eleanor Thompson Newcastle Northumberl

    I’ve hit a brick wall on my 5th great grandparents John Thompson abt 1765-?? Eleanor Thompson abt 1771-?? Possible marriage to a Eleanor Cram?? 21 Nov 1789 In Newcastle Children: George Thompson abt 1791 (4th G Grandfather) Jane Thompson abt 1799

    Started by LadyLisaRaRa‎, 14-01-2019 12:42 PM
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