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  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. Mixed emotions...

    So, as many of you know, I've had some trouble finding a father for my Great Grandmother, Lenora Towns (1st marriage Hillery, maiden name Bird), 1919-1995. After having several kids with my Great Grandfather, they separated and later in life in her 70s she finally remarried a guy called Joe...

    Started by IsaacJDuffy‎, 09-08-2016 10:09 PM
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    10-08-2016, 9:38 AM Go to last post
  2. SomersTown, London

    In looking for the actual birthplace of my great grandmother, I found not only her birth record but a lot of clues about the place she lived and what it might have been like at the time. Check out my blog: leaftwigandstem.blogspot.com/2016/07/setting-scene-ellen-freed-benn.html Anyone else...

    Started by fitzgerc‎, 18-07-2016 12:24 AM
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  3. Was a sort-of now a DEFINITE success!

    Thanks to all the wonderful people who've contributed to this thread, it's no longer a 'sort-of success' based on my first post it's a definite one so I've amended the title accordingly. :smile5: Successful in so far as I've been able to positively discount one death certificate I ordered in...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 25-11-2015 8:47 AM
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  4. Missing Burial - Found!

    My Grandmas grave had a stone on it over 30 years ago when I was a young child. Subsequently the stone went and we were unsure of the exact location. Last September when Nottingham Cemetery Registers went online on Deceasedonline I contacted them as my Grandmas record was missing. I had a reply to...

    Started by Mitch in Notts‎, 21-05-2016 8:38 PM
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  5. I'm keeping fingers crossed

    Oh, I just have to share! I have had the most wonderful Christmas present and funnily enough it has come via a message on Ancesspit. For 25 years I have been stuck on the 'non-marriage' of my 5xgreat grandfather John Stokes to Susannah Thing on or around 1730 in the vicinity of Cheadle, Cheshire....

    Started by MythicalMarian‎, 28-12-2009 5:17 PM
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    19-05-2016, 9:08 PM Go to last post
  6. My first known convict ancestor sibling.

    I have several ancestor siblings who emigrated to America and 1 who went to Canada but returned to the UK but last month I found my first ancestor sibling who was a convict. Sent to Australia in 1837 after a brawl in a pub. He died there in 1891. Edward Childs, born c1817 in Felsted, Essex. Brother...

    Started by benny1982‎, 11-03-2015 10:49 PM
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    24-03-2016, 12:19 AM Go to last post
  7. Success with Irish records

    I know those of you who have tried to search for Irish ancestors will appreciate this: http://www.leaftwigandstem .blogspot.com/2016/03/the-fitzgeralds.html

    Started by fitzgerc‎, 10-03-2016 1:41 AM
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  8. 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 7:11 AM
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    23-02-2016, 10:58 AM Go to last post
  9. 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 6:31 AM
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    27-11-2015, 3:18 AM Go to last post
  10. 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 11:31 AM
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  11. (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 1:58 AM
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  12. 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 6:19 PM
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  13. 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 5:20 PM
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  14. 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 2:02 PM
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  15. 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 3:57 PM
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  16. 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 11:34 AM
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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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    18-12-2014, 10:28 PM Go to last post
  20. 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

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