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Your chance to write about those brick walls broken down, and interesting anecdotes that you have found .

  1. Thumbs up Sticky Thread Sticky: Create Your Own Luck

    People often tell me I am lucky when I recount my latest break in genealogy, but I am a great believer in creating one's own luck. After all, if I didn't send off hundreds of speculative e-mails and put queries on mailing lists (offering to do reciprocal research will often get you more response)...

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 12-12-2004 2:41 PM
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  1. Accidental success

    Folks, Thomas Blizzard and Constance Underwood married in Westminster in 1799 and baptised 6 children in Shoreditch up to 1808.The information was included in a book about the family but their places of birth was a mystery,and over the years,many searches were carried out with negative...

    Started by warncoort‎, 22-01-2016 6:11 AM
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  2. Maiden Name * Excited Yell *

    I decided to go outwards from the places I knew that my ancestors had come from in Worcestershire, and, on the BMSGH site, buy whatever registers and transcripts I had, especially those that haven't been completely covered by the IGI. In particular, I am missing marriages, some no doubt to the...

    Started by t@nya‎, 26-11-2015 5:31 AM
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    27-11-2015, 2:18 AM Go to last post
  3. Smile a success of sorts

    Just to show that if you wait long enough and try hard enough, something will turn up. Back in 2009 I posted about my search to prove William Dale was a brother of my ancestor George, trying to use a business partner John Marshall as a lead. That line is still unproductive, but I have now found a...

    Started by pwholt‎, 29-08-2015 10:31 AM
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  4. (16th century) Another Generation Back!

    Thanks to the help of a local genealogist, I've traced one of my lines back to the 16th century in Worcestershire: John Allen (son of John) of Droitwich and his wife Margery Woodhouse of Salwarpe. I knew it was going to be difficult to get any further back, prior to parish registers. Due to a...

    Started by t@nya‎, 05-10-2012 12:58 AM
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  5. Found! A photo from Grandma's side

    I've been researching since 2007; my public tree on A** has about 500 people. I loved my English grandma, who came to Canada from London at the turn of the century and never returned. We knew very little about her family except that her mother died young. Her father was Swedish, a tailor, with one...

    Started by Gwyneth W‎, 29-03-2015 5:19 PM
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  6. Possible Success With My Hill Brick Wall!

    Recently, I decided to have another look on the brick wall about the origins of my ancestor Mary Ann Hill, and discovered what looks like the burial of one of the canditates, aged 16 in 1833. :) This, along with a few other hints (the names of children, that may have been called after her...

    Started by t@nya‎, 14-03-2015 4:20 PM
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    15-03-2015, 12:03 AM Go to last post
  7. Smile Small Hole In My Brickwall

    Hello everyone!! Just wanted to let everyone who has helped me know about the small hole in my brickwall. As a lot of you will know I have been in search of any imformation concerning my Great Grandmother Rose Flint for a while now and this week (after being advised from all of you smart lot) I...

    Started by Frankie#88‎, 14-03-2015 1:02 PM
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    14-03-2015, 8:47 PM Go to last post
  8. A cautionary tale!

    I could have saved hours of research if I had realised that there was already a clue in my copious notes... I was looking for the birth of my Swinburne ancestor for ages. When going through my notes again, I came across the census entry that said that his son was staying with his aunt. Why on...

    Started by JackieC‎, 14-03-2015 2:57 PM
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  9. Smile Thankyou All

    Hello all! No quearie today just want to say a big thankyou for all the help I have been given on this forum since I joined a while ago. Since joining I have learnt so much on how to go about finding what I needed with my family tree research, but the most important (To my family anyway) was...

    Started by Frankie#88‎, 14-01-2015 10:34 AM
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    16-01-2015, 9:24 AM Go to last post
  10. It Pays to Help Others!

    Well! You reap what you sow I guess. Yesterday I got up at 5am and took the train to London to the new newsroom at the British Library to photograph extracts from the Grahamstown Journal. I have been transcribing BMD extracts from South African newspapers for years but had come to a bit of a halt...

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 08-01-2015 12:38 PM
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  11. Almost a success

    I wanted a photo of a plaque and gravestone belonging to Sir Richard Pipe from 1587. So after much searching I thought that I would send an email to the vicar of the church in question, in Derbyshire, thinking that it might be a simple operation. The vicar was helpful, telling me that he wasn’t...

    Started by michaelpipe‎, 14-08-2009 1:37 PM
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  12. Major Success .

    I have been unable to find my grandfather Thomas Flaherty a musician born in Manchester in 1888 in the 1911 census . His wife, daughter and the rest of his family are there but he has proved to be impossible to find .... until today !!!! I popped into my local library and searched on Ance...com...

    Started by colwyn‎, 18-12-2014 3:53 PM
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    18-12-2014, 9:28 PM Go to last post
  13. At last a success of my own!

    :clap: :clap: I have been stumped by my RUFUS family for over 20 years, but after discovering the Shropshire parish registers on Find My Past, a bit of lateral thinking, and dismissing a document as being inaccurate, I have finally worked out that a) my 4x greatgrandfather William RUFUS...

    Started by Wilkes_ml‎, 13-10-2014 12:40 PM
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  14. Smile Lost Gt Uncle

    After 40 years of not knowing what had happened to my gt uncle and his family, I have now found them. Have spoken to my gt uncle twice and have skyped his son 3 times and sent emails. My nan was so pleased to finally have closure. Was upset though that all their siblings have died without knowing.

    Started by silverender‎, 29-08-2014 2:10 PM
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  15. Anything Is Possible!

    Hi guys! I thought id share a little of my experience now im closer to the end, and let all those struggling know that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE! Dont give up hope, because when you least expect it you get that lead and that feeling inside! I have spent about 7 months now in full on research mode....

    Started by Empirestate‎, 16-07-2014 10:37 AM
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    07-08-2014, 8:20 AM Go to last post
  16. Found Walter!

    My mums younger brother Walter died during WW2... And seemed to be forgotten :( 4 years ago I set out to find his burial place.. After countless emails to various departments and record offices, and cemeteries with no success.. Even the hospital where he died had no record of him being a patient! I...

    Started by valg‎, 05-08-2014 5:02 AM
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  17. Wink Missing Gt Uncle

    After trying for 6 years of looking for my nans brother (my gt uncle) I found him and his son. One in America and the other in Uk. Both alive and kicking. Been in touch with the son and hoping to speak to my gt uncle within the next few days. As you can imagine Im chuffed to bits and so is my nan....

    Started by silverender‎, 22-07-2014 6:23 PM
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    23-07-2014, 9:21 PM Go to last post
  18. When the Barrage Lifts

    Maybe not a success story but a find that has moved me greatly and I would like to share on the 98th anniversary of his death. I have posted this to my facebook but would like to share it importantly wth this group who has been such a big help to me in the past It was on July 1st, 1916 when ...

    Started by kermie62‎, 30-06-2014 12:49 PM
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  19. Manslaughter of 5yr old girl

    Hi I don't know if this would be classed as a success story but I have just discovered a 2nd cousin 4 x removed and her husband were sentanced to prison by a jury at The Old Bailey. The crime was the manslaughter of their 5yr old daughter. It was truly a horrific crime. They were charged with "...

    Started by silverender‎, 07-06-2014 2:16 PM
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    07-06-2014, 11:15 PM Go to last post
  20. Robert and Mary POOLE

    I have finally admitted defeat with Robert and Mary Poole and their daughter, Margaret (my husband’s great grandmother). I’m sorry that this is long but I’ve put in everything that I have that is relevant. While the couple in question died in Sydney, NSW, the solution to this problem is in England....

    Started by spison‎, 24-03-2010 10:22 PM
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