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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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    13-08-2017, 10:54 AM Go to last post
  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Moved: Barnet Burns or Barnet George Burns lookup pl

    Hi, I am looking for info on whereabouts I should look for a burial (which cemetery) or a lookup for the following person: Barnet Burns, may have a middle name of George. He died in 1860, East stonehouse Devon. I have looked in the "billion graves" but wasn't there. Any help appreciated. ...

    Started by popsit‎, 08-08-2017 7:00 AM
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Foundling, can someone please explain?

    I have a foundling in my tree who was baptised as a foundling in All Hallows' Church in 1774. She was given the name Sarah Starr. There is no other info within that parish record. So my question is, would she have been sent to the foundling hospital? Or privately taken in to be looked after? thanks...

    Started by babschap‎, 31-07-2017 9:09 PM
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    31-07-2017, 9:38 PM Go to last post
  15. Red face Has anyone ever used Jayne Shrimpton?

    Hello there!! This is my first post but I hope there's many more to come! :) I was wondering if anyone had any experience with Jayne Shrimpton in dating your family photos? She seems to be a fashion historian with a couple of books out. I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with...

    Started by Martina74‎, 04-07-2017 2:55 PM
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  16. Does anyone else ever get a 'niggle'.

    Does anyone else ever get a 'niggle' that something isn't quite right? I have a brickwall for Ellen Marshall nee Williams b <1845> in Aldgate Middlesex. Ellen married Joseph Marshall in August 1873 @ St Olave Church, Southwark. Their son Joseph Henry Marshall was born Nov 1873. Family story is that...

    Started by pat fowles‎, 25-07-2017 3:39 PM
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  17. Gilcrist or Gregory Surname

    Hi I am wondering if anyone has heard of George Leslie Gilcrist who married Lillian Gregory from NSW in Australia. It has been said that they moved from Australia to live in Scotland. Lillian would have been born sometime after 1867 she came from a large family. Unfortunately I don't know...

    Started by Cazmcl‎, 19-01-2016 5:10 AM
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  18. Gregorian Calendar

    I always get confused with this when birth/baptism records give two years, e.g. Janury 1620/21. I have a birth date 9 February 1623 but a date of death 5 November1622. Should the birth date be 1622 or are these two separate people? Also - two questions for the price of one!! Would a Yeoman...

    Started by Mary C‎, 24-07-2017 10:58 AM
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  19. Driver of first train across the Forth Bridge

    I am very new to this site, however I saw a message from 2008 written by a Robert Masters about his great grandfather who he had been told drove the first train across the Forth Bridge. I was told by my grandmother, that it was her father John Russell who drove the train with the Prince of Wales on...

    Started by Sheila M‎, 22-07-2017 12:07 PM
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    23-07-2017, 12:09 AM Go to last post
  20. Thompson & Davies - Newport & Birkenhead

    Seeking connections to John Augustus Thompson (b. 1882 in Newport) and his family - John Augustus was a shipping professional, married Lydia Annie Stevens (b. 1880). Was believe son of John Thompson and Katie Davies, brother of Edith Kate Thompson. (All of this was on their marriage certificate...

    Started by TracyTill‎, 08-06-2017 5:24 PM
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