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Forum: Romanies

For those of us with wandering ancestors.

  1. Dilorani Smith

    Following on from the William Gray, Bethania Smith and James Mobbs thread, I sent off for the birth certificate of the Dilorani Smith born in 1859, and it has arrived this morning. Information from it is: Dilorani Smith, girl, born 16th Feb 1859, Attercliffe, father Nathaniel Smith, clothes...

    Started by JoanneM‎, 19-12-2008 3:18 PM
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    21-12-2008, 6:35 PM Go to last post

    I can't really find any connection to a Charles Smith (b. around 1819) in my family, but I came across a newspaper report about him, dated 26th February 1887. It refers to his wife Lucy Smith (formerly Austin) who was born around 1829. They had two children living with them at the time - Oceana...

    Started by babygirl101‎, 10-07-2008 9:04 PM
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  3. Unhappy Mary ? married to Peter Gray

    Hi, I have a doozy of a |banghead|. Mary Gray came to Tasmania as a convict in 1821 (for stealing some ribbon). It is stated on her papers that she was married to a Peter Gray (shoemaker). I have not been able to find out anything about Mary prior to her being convicted. SHe was convicted...

    Started by caromac‎, 29-11-2008 10:54 AM
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    29-11-2008, 10:56 AM Go to last post
  4. Derby Mercury 1816

    I came across this article in the above newspaper and thought it might be of interest:- The Gipsies Of late years some attempts have been made to reduce the numbers, or at any rate to civilise the habits of that vagabond and useless race, the Gipsies. In pursuance of such purpose a society...

    Started by babygirl101‎, 12-11-2008 7:06 PM
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    13-11-2008, 6:03 PM Go to last post
  5. Getting paid for baptism ?

    My friend (who is researching his family tree) has found a branch who may have been travellers. He told me an amusing story, which I'm not sure is true, and I was wondering if anyone else has heard of this ? The story goes that in the late 1800's, well-meaning clergymen would pay travelling...

    Started by NickM‎, 11-11-2008 10:54 AM
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    12-11-2008, 1:31 PM Go to last post
  6. Romany families Surnames Suffolk 1700/1900

    Anybody done any research on Romany surnames in Suffolk?

    Started by spanish senora‎, 15-10-2008 12:40 PM
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    16-10-2008, 7:13 AM Go to last post
  7. Smile Looking for Williamson ,McFarlane & Stewart

    |banghead|Hi my name is Heather Williamson and I am looking for my Grandfather William David Williamson born 1891 don't know place of birth his parents are supposed to be John Williamson and Jane McFarlane I have looked at alll the census from 1871 right up the present census there was word that...

    Started by Heather12‎, 01-09-2008 11:07 PM
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  8. Question Rumour of JEX Romany past

    Maybe true maybe not but an older Jex has said that she know of stories as a child just after the war WW2 that the name JEX was associated with Romany Gypsies either married into or were actually Romany time 1800 to 1900 Norwich Anybody know anything about this.

    Started by sdgray22‎, 26-08-2008 7:55 PM
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    27-08-2008, 10:58 AM Go to last post
  9. Blackpatch Birmingham

    It has recently come to my attention from another relative investigating our families gypsy links that the family camped on Blackpatch in the 19thC before finally settling in the local area.The alleged links are to two gypsy families from Worcestershire-Smith Family and Jones from the Aberystwyth...

    Started by KJADAMS64‎, 08-08-2008 12:23 AM
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  10. Boss Family (Revd George Hall)

    The Revd George Hall was known as the Gypsies Parson, and he wrote a book with that title. He travelled extensively with the Rom even though he himself had no Rom blood in his veins. He recorded all the information he gleaned from his romany friends, and deposited this information in the Journals...

    Started by Ann65‎, 29-07-2008 4:51 AM
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    01-08-2008, 9:59 AM Go to last post

    have recently come across the following newspaper report about a WISDOM SMITH. It was dated Tuesday 13th September 1853 and relates to his then recent wedding to an AMY HAYWOOD:- Marriages - "Sept 5, at the Abbey Church, Bourn, bu the Rev. Walker Scott, Wisdom Smith to Amy Haywood....

    Started by babygirl101‎, 09-07-2008 1:23 PM
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    10-07-2008, 7:40 PM Go to last post
  12. rebecca clayton nee booth

    rebecca married levi clayton, i cant find anything at all about rebecca booth prior 1861 cencus , by then levi had died and she had become a boyling by marrying absolam, can anyone help please, rebecca birth 1816 scooby lincolnshire could do with finding her on 1841 and 1851 cencus children up to...

    Started by bobby goat‎, 22-06-2008 4:33 PM
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  13. Question Havant/Hampshire/Sussex

    Any info on Gardner family from Havant? Possibly had Romany links. William Gardner born c1794 Havant, married to Sarah Lee. William Gardner born c1771 1841 Census: Preston Candover, Bermondspit, Dummer. Wife unknown. ...

    Started by Sally Savage‎, 23-04-2008 3:02 PM
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  14. REW

    Please would anyone know if a baker (journeyman) as an occupation in 1895 would mean that the person wouldn't necessarily be on 1901 census and would he be classed as a Romany? One of my ancestors was married to a baker (journeyman) she is on the 1901 census but her husband and children aren't....

    Started by AVITUS10‎, 23-01-2008 3:54 PM
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  15. Question Gypsies

    My uncle is also doing family history research, he thinks some of our ancestors (1880's) may have been gypsies? would they have appeared on census reports? What jobs would they have done? How would i find out if they were? Did they register Births, Deaths, Marriages? These are just a few questions...

    Started by leannehdack‎, 26-09-2007 8:32 AM
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    16-12-2007, 11:24 PM Go to last post
  16. perkins family

    my family is thought to have a gypsy link, through henry perkins born 1830 england.He travelled around scotland having kids in lanark and lived at west wynde dalkeith he was a brush maker journeyman, i know through research though ,that brushmakers travelled from pan shop to pan shop looking for...

    Started by steviedee33‎, 22-11-2007 3:37 PM
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  17. circus people

    my partner has done some of his tree and has come to a stop at the circus.his family originate from an IRISH circus where they were a juggling family,the name he has is MARY O'HIGGINS in the late 1800, any help would be greatly received. thanks

    Started by charlie7‎, 25-10-2007 12:25 AM
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    25-10-2007, 2:41 PM Go to last post
  18. Travelling Families

    I am tracing my mum's side of the family and my dad is tracing his side. He has come up against a brick wall with trying to trace a relative who may have been a gypsy or traveller. Does anyone have any ideas as to how he could proceed. AR

    Started by Reeve99‎, 17-06-2006 11:52 PM
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    23-10-2006, 4:58 PM Go to last post
  19. Romany Smiths

    I don't know whether "Romany" could be classed as an occupation but I couldn't see where else to raise the subject. Mother and ancient uncle used to visit their GF's brickworks in Dunshelt, Auchtamuchty for holidays as children. Apparently there were always Romanies camped on the brickworks land...

    Started by bob graham‎, 27-09-2006 5:28 PM
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    27-09-2006, 5:53 PM Go to last post
  20. Question Hawkers

    Hello fellow posters, contributers, Can anyone recommend a site which deals with the topic of hawkers in particular around the Manchester area. As always many thanks for any assistance. Tullamore

    Started by tullamore‎, 10-05-2005 9:23 PM
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    25-06-2006, 2:39 PM Go to last post

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