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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. Identifying the correct Anne Sandwick

    Hi all, Hope all is well. I was wondering if I could ask for some help identifying the "correct" Ann/e Sandwick. My ancestor Anne Sandwick married Joseph Woof/eon 25 May 1795 in Penrith, Cumberland by Banns - Ann says she is 23, Joseph says 24. Isaac Gaskin and Elizabeth Wilkinson or Williamson...

    Started by hilarykellis‎, 12-03-2018 4:50 PM
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  2. Lost passenger records UK to Australia

    Hope someone can help with advice on finding the entry date into Australia for my great grandfather John Anthony. I have searched all available records held by Aust Archives and State Archives plus our State Library system. Most likely entry port was Brisbane but many records for the period of...

    Started by girrawheen‎, 12-07-2010 12:01 AM
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  3. Kathleen King 1908 diary

    Hi Many years ago I bought an old diary from a junk shop. The author is a young female Irish teacher who went to teach English in a German (Braubach) school in 1908. Her very detailed diary covers her school & life experiences from Oct to Dec of that year. I've just started to transcribe...

    Started by Double‎, 18-03-2018 4:19 PM
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    19-03-2018, 10:26 AM Go to last post
  4. Smile Tranter family tree

    Hi Does anyone have any information or related to anyone named Daniel tranter born around 1780 married Sarah waile 1797. According to what I have they had 10 children but unsure if that is correct . Also a Samuel John tranter 1900 married a Margaret bageley who had 8 children . I can't seem to...

    Started by Niclou03‎, 04-04-2014 7:31 AM
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  5. Weddings only 3 weeks apart.

    Hi I'm not exactly sure which forum this belongs in so will place it in the General Forum. Would anyone know what could be happening here? While researching the British side of my Anglo-Icelandic wife's tree I found a marriage for her maternal gggrandfather Henry Okes Bradford MRCS. This...

    Started by Gordon Kincla‎, 07-03-2018 3:42 PM
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    09-03-2018, 9:54 AM Go to last post
  6. PCC Will - What do these sentences say?

    Hi, I'm struggling with a couple of lines in a will (Richard Hawkyns of Tewkesbury - 1540 - PROB 11/28/81)... any help would be appreciated. Does this read "Item I bequeath to my wife and her son John Pert" ? Does this read "Item I bequeath to Daniell Pert ? in money"

    Started by bsward‎, 04-03-2018 9:28 PM
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  7. Confused by sudden change of occupation

    My 4th gt grandfather William Stevens (b. 1821) is listed as a Tailor in all of the census records (apart from 1901 where he is a retired clothier) but on his marriage certificate he is a Private in the 13th Light Dragoons. I am a bit confused by this sudden change of occupation. The only other...

    Started by swendeperle82‎, 07-03-2018 9:51 AM
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  8. gro birth registrations

    Hi, not sure if this has been answered before, but in the course of my research I've found what I think is the same person's birth registered in 2 different quarters. George Roberts Mar Qtr 1876 Uppingham no mother's maiden name 07A 360 George James Roberts Jun Qtr 1876 Uppingham mother's...

    Started by Elizabeth P‎, 07-03-2018 1:20 PM
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  9. Post Richard Harcourt fought with King James

    Does anyone have information on Richard Harcourt who faught with king James against William of Orange? What year was he born? Who were his brothers, sister,mother, father, and children?

    Started by Cwillis‎, 02-03-2018 11:40 PM
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  10. CBE awards

    How can i find a historical CBE award? I have found the Gazette website with the Honours Lists year by year, but i need to find a name index. I have googled the name and some results but not any indication of when the award was given or announced. Probable dates 1960-85. A family relative was...

    Started by Cavair‎, 01-03-2018 3:31 PM
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  11. Cool Finding Descendants of Frank Thomas Robinson

    G'day. I've been researching my family for several years but I've become stumped with tracking down a non-family member. I stumbled upon some beautiful silk postcards sent from the front lines of WWI to my g.grandparents from a young man named Frank Robinson who worked for a short time at Bostock's...

    Started by steve_blackwell‎, 25-02-2018 9:42 PM
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  12. Variable Maiden Names

    By way of illustration, my GGGF, Samuel, married Margaret McNab in Invearary, Argyll in Feb 1831. They had 5 children according to censuses and I have marriage and death certs for 4 of them. However some certs give their mother's maiden name as McNab but others mostly McCallum. I appreciate that on...

    Started by lennythelemur‎, 02-03-2018 5:45 AM
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  13. seeking confirmation/rule out

    two family sources say that Wilford James Whitelock aka Wil or Bill was a councillor (lived inBow) likely after 1922 and before 1936. Also, two family sources say that Whitelock House on Cassland Road, South Hackney was named after the Poplar councillors, one being Bill Whitelock. Where could I...

    Started by mkpl1820‎, 26-02-2018 1:30 AM
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  14. Post Death certificate & service record for WW1

    I have been trying unsuccessfully via national archives and all geneology sites to find a death certificate or military service record for my grandfather Patrick Harold who was born in Dublin, fought for the British in WW1 and died in France 3.11.1918 and is buried at Le Havre. I am also...

    Started by LizAbsalom‎, 27-02-2018 2:53 PM
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  15. Hanky Panky in the Sproule Family?

    Benjamin J Sproule, born 1811 at Whitehaven, became a wealthy ship owner His official wife is Ann Frances who in the 1851 Census Shildon, Durham says "age 32 born Caldbeck, Cumberland" But by the 1861 Census Whiteheam, Cumberland she has changed her mind "age 50 born Workington, Cumberland" ...

    Started by esdel‎, 02-09-2009 6:23 AM
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  16. 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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  17. Cool Prickett family Warwickshire area 1796

    Still looking for family Pre William Prickett b 1796 Kineton. Married Elizabeth Collins 1819 Any help would be much appreciated . Bryan

    Started by Brianman‎, 25-02-2018 10:20 PM
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  18. Grandfather Fred/erick Horton, born 1864.

    Looking for my Grandfather, Fred/erick Horton's service in WWI. He was born Topcliffe Yorks in 1864, and served in WWI (towards the end) at the age of 52. I have his Warrant Officer's arm brassard, but cannot find a W/O Horton in records that suits his age. I believe that he knocked 10 years off...

    Started by stevieb3081‎, 25-02-2018 6:28 PM
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  19. Mahala (First Name)

    This name seems to have been popular in the 19th century - yes I've seen the ideas on its origins - and I have a recollection of a very old book in which one of the leading characters was called Mahala. This might have prompted people to give that name to a child, much as soaps do today. Anyone...

    Started by delphine‎, 16-01-2010 11:30 AM
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  20. Mysterious entry for occupation of widow?

    I'm researching the family of my maternal great grandmother, Emma Jane Woodcock, from Hertford, who was very special to my mother. Following them through the census records - 1841 onwards, a story is unravelling of deaths, and workhouses. A puzzling thing, though, is the 1871 census. The father...

    Started by Steve L‎, 17-02-2018 11:08 AM
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    17-02-2018, 3:12 PM Go to last post

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