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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. 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 1:38 PM
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  2. 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 2:37 PM
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    08-01-2015, 6:19 AM Go to last post
  3. 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 4:53 PM
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  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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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  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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

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