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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. Orsett Union House Records

    Does anyone know if records for the Orsett Union House (workhouse) are somewhere on line. I have an ancestor (Elizabeth Seaman) listed there in the 1881 census with the occupation of 'Housekeeper Domestic Servant' although it does not have 'Pauper' beside it as many others do with their...

    Started by AudreyF‎, 20-09-2018 7:27 AM
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  2. Workhouse admission

    Hi, I'm new to this forum, so this is my first post. I'm researching an ancestor who seems to have been admitted to the workhouse in 1899. He was discharged 2 days later. Could anyone shed some light on why this was such a short admission? I was under the impression someone would go there if they...

    Started by SarahAnn23‎, 18-09-2018 9:22 PM
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    19-09-2018, 6:59 AM Go to last post
  3. Waltham Silver pocket watch

    A friend of mine has recently came into a silver Waltham Pocket watch, inside there is the following: 30/10/1933, 17 Jewels, P J Bartlett which we think is the makers name, Numbers, 18124015, 367687 and AJD 67249. would any body know why this would have been presented to someone in 1933 or any...

    Started by maesglas/ssclub‎, 18-09-2018 1:44 PM
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  4. Famous murderer in the family?

    Hi all I was hoping you might be able to help me fill in some gaps ... I was told today that a certain Eliza Snelling (b. Abt 1865 in Thursley, Surrey m. Arthur Batsford) was related to the famous murder in Hindhead of a sailor of 1786. For anyone wanting details of the gruesome murder,...

    Started by NatashaBatsford‎, 06-10-2008 10:43 AM
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  5. Question Carruthers mystery

    Hi I have been researching my branch of the Carruthers family for nearly 10 years. Initially it was simply to discover what happened to my grandfathers sister, but then grew from there to me being able to build a family tree as far back as 1744. As it turned out my grandfathers sister was actually...

    Started by Jcarruthers‎, 26-02-2018 6:21 AM
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  6. Can't find people in the 1939 Registration

    I've been looking at the 1939 Registration at grandparents. Claude Lionel Hume and his wife, Nellie, are noted in Dawlish, Devon - as expected. There is a closed record in their household but I don't know which of their daughters it might be to get it opened by providing the right death...

    Started by AudreyF‎, 21-07-2018 5:21 PM
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  7. Help with a burial record

    I have the burial record for Sidney Johnson in Walthamstow in 1911 and his wife, Martha on the same record in 1915. It looks as though they went into the same plot. The record is titled "Register of Grave Spaces in Unconsecrated Ground". Should I assume this was not a churchyard? A Council...

    Started by AudreyF‎, 09-09-2018 10:18 AM
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  8. A muddle

    Sidney Johnson married Martha Hall (nee Brunning) in 1852. I have found five children in the GRO with the mother's maiden name of Brunning: Elizabeth Maria Q2 1852 Martha Q3 1854 Margaret Q4 1856 George Sidney Q2 1860 Charles William Q1 1865 Tracking Sidney and Martha through the census...

    Started by AudreyF‎, 03-09-2018 5:41 PM
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  9. STEELE/ STEEL/ STILL? Banffshire

    I'd be grateful for any help you might be able to give in identifying ancestors of my great-great-grandfather, James Steele/ Steel. Facts I know about him are as follows: Born c. 1821 in Scotland. (Possibly born on 9 June 1822 at Banff and baptised James Still on 7 July 1822? Son of Robert...

    Started by simbi‎, 13-02-2010 9:44 AM
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    09-09-2018, 4:07 PM Go to last post
  10. Huguenot searches

    Did anyone see the Who Do You Think You Are? programme on Julia Sawalha (series 3)? She was helped to trace her mother's family, the Dubocks back to France in the 17th century. Having missed the programme myself, is there anyone out there who can tell me what facilities the researcher used to...

    Started by kathy15185‎, 15-11-2007 12:29 PM
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  11. Latin Transcription Query - Austro-Hungary

    FamilySearch have made records from the Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine available online. While they are not transcribed, this is amazing for those of us with Eastern European ancestry. I know this is a British genealogy forum... but I've always had really helpful responses here! ...

    Started by benward‎, 06-09-2018 5:05 PM
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  12. Interviewing elderly people

    Hi I have offered to interview/chat to a 101 year old lady and record her memories for the local history society now I have interviewed young and old as a civil servant but really this is new to me. Has anyone got any experience as to how to start off the interview etc. I am getting a bit nervous...

    Started by Jane Gee‎, 06-09-2018 11:55 AM
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  13. When a housewife was somewhere to keep money!

    I came across this in a newspaper from 1828 when I was looking for something on transportation!

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 27-08-2018 6:48 PM
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  14. Racial Terminology in England arround 1845

    Hi, William Sabatta was born 1823 in Quebec/British North America, got married in 1849 in Cape town and died there 1862. In 1845, he was ticketed as a merchent seaman in London. In this record it is stated "Complexion: Man of color". Since I'm not familiar with British racial terminology of...

    Started by tannenbaum‎, 30-08-2018 8:58 AM
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  15. What were the English "Revision Courts"?

    I have a newspaper report of 1892 in which there is a reference to an ancestor in reportage of the Market Harborough "Revision Court". Essentially someone who may have had the title of Overseer was objecting to my ancestor. It is not clear to me what my ancestor was asking for or the overseer was...

    Started by tony vines‎, 29-08-2018 9:32 PM
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  16. Jane Sophia Blackwell

    My grandfather Walter Benjamin Godfrey married Jane Sophia Blackwell on 29 March 1938 at Bristol Register Office. He was 65 years and she 53. They lived in Bristol. I believe Jane was a spinster and this was my grandfather's seond marriage. I dont know anything about Jane or her family. Can anyone...

    Started by Elma‎, 03-10-2009 5:06 PM
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  17. A Massive Thank you and an Enigma

    First of all, I want to say a massive thank you to Almach. As a complete beginner to searching my family history, and after speaking to my family, I had the bare bones, (and a lot of incorrect information). Almach responded to one of my posts and not only replied, but gave me a huge amount of...

    Started by Nerjagirl‎, 23-08-2018 11:24 AM
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  18. William Barnett b 1821

    William Barnett's obituary Evening Star, Issue 11630, 17 August 1901 "Another resected townsman and old identity has passed away in the person of Mr William Barnett, a well-known and familiar figure in the north end of the town, where he resided in Albany street for over twenty years. The...

    Started by DBCoup‎, 16-08-2018 6:38 AM
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  19. Question Looking for information on Kate Coombs 1911

    The 1911 Census Weston-Super-Mare has my father listed as a boarder(3 months old) with a Kate Coombs at St Denis, Drove Road WSM. Does anyone know of this address or Kate Coombs or why my father might have been there? In the same census, it appears that my father's mother, Kathleen Cormack (nee...

    Started by BarnGate‎, 20-08-2018 1:40 AM
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    coombs, cormack, sleeman, st denis
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  20. John Snee

    I have a John Snee who married Mary Connell in Selby on 07 Dec 1872. On the certificate his father is recorded as James Snee (deceased) a farm labourer. Witnesses to the marriage were Catherine Connell (Mary's sister) and Anthony Finneghan. John is 20, so allegedly born c. 1852, but I cant find an...

    Started by Suekilp‎, 18-08-2018 12:02 AM
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