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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 3:41 PM
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  1. 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 1:40 PM
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    18-10-2014, 11:33 AM Go to last post
  2. 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 3:10 PM
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    30-08-2014, 6:52 AM Go to last post
  3. 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 11:37 AM
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    07-08-2014, 9:20 AM Go to last post
  4. 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 6:02 AM
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    07-08-2014, 6:11 AM Go to last post
  5. 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 7:23 PM
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    23-07-2014, 10:21 PM Go to last post
  6. 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 1:49 PM
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    02-07-2014, 10:34 AM Go to last post
  7. 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 3:16 PM
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    08-06-2014, 12:15 AM Go to last post
  8. 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 11:22 PM
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  9. Exciting genealogical finds!

    Has anyone found anyone or anything !TRULY EXCITING! in their genealogical searches - ie someone who was famous/infamous?! Or just something wildly unexpected?! Probably a bit of New Year gloom, but I've just felt strangely glum about my ancestry (other than a couple of naughty grandfathers -...

    Started by clarefmshaw‎, 03-01-2006 8:28 PM
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  10. The Return of the Diary.

    Musichetta started this thread http://www.british-genealogy.com/forums/showthread.php/81151-Diary-1929 From one person's purchase through to finding the writer's descendants has been a fascinating journey. It is also a shining example of what Brit-Gen is all about. Helping others with...

    Started by christanel‎, 09-02-2014 12:13 AM
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  11. Found little Freddie BAXENDALE

    The idea for looking for Freddie started many years ago when my mum's sister spoke about....'my little brother Freddie." Mum was born after her parents emigrated to Australia so never knew her brother or even mentioned him to me. I was moved by the sad tone in aunty's voice so I determined to do...

    Started by Hatshepsut‎, 27-01-2014 7:53 AM
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    28-01-2014, 12:17 AM Go to last post
  12. A good day for successes

    'Grandma' Bateson was one of the people my grandparents' generation talked about but who I hadn't been able to place. I was hoping to help date a photo on here the other day and went hunting through the old photos which I hadn't looked at for years, and came across a photo of my (great) auntie...

    Started by Wiganexile‎, 27-01-2014 9:02 PM
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  13. Allen Family: An Unexpected Clue

    I've always thought that there were bound to be clues to my earlier Allen family of Droitwich, Worcestershire (such as before 1600) out there, in wills of people that I had no idea were connected to them. And I was right! Now that the PCC wills are up on Ancestry, I decided to check each one...

    Started by t@nya‎, 22-01-2014 1:43 AM
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    27-01-2014, 6:58 PM Go to last post
  14. found at last

    I have at last found the graves of my great grandparents biggrin: . I got onto a local history website just by browsing and contacted the person at the society, this generous individual found the graves and contacted me and told me. It turned out that they were buried in an unmarked grave.

    Started by horseshoe‎, 13-10-2013 1:26 PM
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  15. found my engineer!

    I have no soldiers in my direct line, I only found one in a distant cousin. But this afternoon, I found a Royal Engineers Pioneer, he was mostly on home service and was in Royal Engineers Transportation . If I had to have military links, I wanted them to be with this regiment, one I have the...

    Started by horseshoe‎, 03-12-2013 5:41 PM
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    04-12-2013, 6:38 PM Go to last post
  16. How strange is this?

    I have been researching German immigrants from Baden-Württemberg to Gt. Britain for a while now in return for help with my own German ancestors. Recently, I was researching a family who came to England from Germany and I couldn't find anyting but death dates. I nearly gave it up but something...

    Started by Gillmar‎, 07-11-2013 2:03 PM
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  17. An Unexpected Success

    Unable to get further back on my Allen/Woodhouse lines and not (yet!) able to prove the parentage of Mercy, wife of John Allen, I have been tracing collateral lines, including the descendants of my very distant uncle Thomas Allen. Today I discovered that, firstly, he is the direct ancestor of...

    Started by t@nya‎, 07-11-2013 6:39 AM
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    11-11-2013, 3:55 AM Go to last post
  18. Smile thanks

    thanks for all the replies i had to my posts on here. my tree has grown even more since joining....:incazzato:

    Started by hansol730‎, 14-09-2013 5:14 PM
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  19. Talking hilarious!

    :clap: I had to laugh when I found this. We are advised when we look at the census to bear in mind that our ancestors may have used nicknames instead of their first names; well what about a street!! and an enumerator who did not know understand the local humour, I tried looking for the...

    Started by horseshoe‎, 06-09-2013 8:28 PM
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    07-09-2013, 2:12 PM Go to last post
  20. Unhappy sad find but glad I did

    I had an unexpected but sad find today while looking for the grave site of my great grandparents, I thought they were buried in a particular place-according to a family story; there is always one. I came across a useful survey of graves done by a local history society in 2006, I did not find my...

    Started by horseshoe‎, 04-09-2013 5:38 PM
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    05-09-2013, 5:37 PM Go to last post

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