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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 2:41 PM
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  1. Are you sure you've checked everything?

    I thought I had, and had duly written up all the stuff for granddad and great-granddad. (There are still a couple of items to continue checking - mainly newspapers because granddad often won angling competitions - but I've noted them.) I've just had an offer to takeout a Diamond subscription to...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 20-04-2019 6:11 PM
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  2. Wink Serendipity Strikes

    Eight years ago I discovered my g'dad had an older brother. "Oh that will be the pilot killed in the war" said one of my aunts. Two years later I found his Death Cert on LancsBMD and discovered he was killed in a pit accident the day before his 28th birthday. That was bad enough but then I...

    Started by macwil‎, 14-03-2018 10:40 PM
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  3. 48 hours of vindication.

    Like many of you I have been compiling my family tree for many years. We all experience the brick walls and the mysteries. There have also been a few mistakes and the wrong turnings taken. As being a former member of the legal profession evidence is so important to me. In the last 48 hours i have...

    Started by Germont‎, 03-12-2018 11:39 PM
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  4. Local History sites & Facebook

    I hope I may be allowed to explain what happened this week. I decided to join on Facebook a local history society and posted an enquiry regarding a family name I was interested in within 4 hours someone had sent me a 97page file charting the family way back to the year dot. It isn't a one name...

    Started by Jane Gee‎, 06-09-2018 11:48 AM
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  5. My family Tree Reunion

    Just wanted to share the story of my recent family tree reunion https:// chiddicksfamilytree.wordpress.com/2018/02/23/my-family-reunion-thanks-to-ancestryhour/

    Started by chiddicks‎, 29-04-2018 1:15 AM
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  6. 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 7:28 PM
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  7. Thank you so much

    A few years ago I posted a very limited cry for help after spending over a year trying to find out something about my grandmother. That very day I received several messages that lifted the weight and my spirits and I sent a letter off to Barnardos as the thought was she was a Barnardos child. She...

    Started by Elaine Marie‎, 03-02-2018 2:04 AM
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  8. Unexpected DNA Success

    Folks, Over 25 years of research i have learnt to be subjective and thorough and have created a tree which dates back to 1625 in one branch and 1700's in others.My forebears were Quakers or C of E and, apart from the odd child born out of wedlock,i have not found any nasty surprises. My wife's...

    Started by warncoort‎, 05-10-2017 1:27 AM
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  9. Cool A Christmas well spent

    Over the Christmas holiday I thought that I would take advantage of the rest from “normal” life to take another look at my Roberts family tree and see if there were any “new” records that I could add to it. One of the first things I looked at was to try and solve the riddle of why my gt. gt....

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 14-01-2018 10:42 PM
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  10. Possible Death confirmed.

    I haven't been on here in ages. Thought I'd log in and share what ive found. With the GRO PDF pilot available, it makes it cheaper and faster for an Australian like myself to get myself some vital English records. First stop was my illegitimate Great Grandmother Dorothy Hine Dossett. The kind...

    Started by Whiskeyboi‎, 17-11-2017 11:20 AM
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  11. Family from Durham

    About July this year I asked about family I was looking for for a friend. Thanks to all the wonderful help here on this forum we have had a wonderful outcome. My friend including myself have since been to Consett, Durham and met with the family for the first time. They were so warm and welcoming...

    Started by kiwibarb‎, 31-10-2017 11:00 PM
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  12. Smile Another jigsaw piece found

    One of my relations had two "wives" at the same time, circa 1904. A few years ago, Kerrywood helped locate the first family on the 1911 census, hiding under the name BRADLEY. Actual name was BADDELEY. But I have had no luck finding the second family on the same census, with or without Arthur, the...

    Started by pwholt‎, 28-09-2017 7:37 AM
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  13. Two books down, two more to go

    Hello I am a Mancunian-born Ozzy and even though I have visited England several times since emigrating with my family, I have had little opportunity to do any "hard" research in societies or libraries. My principal research tool has been the internet and at times I have thrashed it to death. ...

    Started by LynneOz‎, 08-09-2017 4:27 AM
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  14. Tickle of Droitwich: Yay! (Wonderful Find)

    I recently decided to look into a neglected branch of my family tree (Brook of Droitwich), and so paid for a monthly subscription to FindMyPast, just to gather what information I could, such as information on apprenticeships. I wasn't even planning, really, on research the Tickle family of...

    Started by t@nya‎, 21-08-2017 1:17 AM
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  15. Smile Just had contact with ...........

    Over the last couple of days I haven't been BG sorry but I have a real good reason :wink::wink: I've just had contact from Australia who is looking for the same folks that I am. Turns out that she is a cousin and no one, and I mean no one (come as quite a shock to some cousins I've been talking...

    Started by Sandyhall‎, 04-08-2017 11:12 AM
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  16. Successful first grave hunt!

    I went on my first grave hunt yesterday and after nearly 2 hours of pulling back ivy and scrubbing moss from headstones with my bare hands, I found the graves of my 3rd great grandparents John and Hannah Rayner! I felt quite emotional when I finally found them. I'm really looking forward to my...

    Started by swendeperle82‎, 02-08-2017 8:16 AM
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  17. Today is a breakthrough

    I have just been searching on A through the military records which are free this weekend and it has resulted in a massive breakthrough. I knew my grandfather born in 1881 used both his birth (illegitimate) surname and the surname of the man his mother married. However he has always eluded me...

    Started by MrsPoppy‎, 21-07-2017 12:29 PM
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  18. Documented proof found.

    A few months back I asked for assistance from this group in order to trace the history of my Great Grandparents in Morton in Marsh Gloucestershire. With so little information, the researchers here were able to find info on who they suspected was my Great Grandmother Dorothy Hine Dossett. Although...

    Started by Whiskeyboi‎, 15-06-2017 12:41 PM
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  19. Well I will go to the foot of our stairs

    I have just been browsing around messing about ancestry and came across a burial for a Walter Thomas Whitbread died in 1875 age 1 I noted the address was Gloucester Terrace Kew Oh thought I, that address seems familiar My Whitbreads lived at no 4 Gloucester Terrace and I used to pass this each...

    Started by Jane Gee‎, 28-05-2017 8:36 PM
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  20. Job Boulton - Progress!

    The origins of my ancestor Job Bolton/Boulton have been a mystery to me for years. I had a breakthrough today. I found a few TNA documents featuring my Job Boulton/Bolton of Droitwich, dating to 1687, and I just received emails of the images of those document. I am waiting for a quote for a...

    Started by t@nya‎, 05-05-2017 10:31 AM
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