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    Might he have a file at The National Archives in...

    Might he have a file at The National Archives in the Coastguard section. I seem to recall looking for someone there (and finding him) as a reference was needed for him to be admitted to the job. ...
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    And again, it depends on what the people said. ...

    And again, it depends on what the people said. Gt grannie of the four children was born 21 June 1856 but the birth was not registered until 20 DEC 1856. That is all but 6 months from birth to...
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    The solicitors' papers might have been deposited...

    The solicitors' papers might have been deposited at the Lancashire Record Office in Preston. Alternatively, they may know how the firm was subsumed into another one, and be a help if you still need...
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    If it is important to you to know, then I suggest...

    If it is important to you to know, then I suggest you use the GRO site and order a PDF version of the certificate. It will come in a few days and will save you 3 over the full certificate. You...
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    All the above assumes that the truth of marital...

    All the above assumes that the truth of marital status was told. My great grandmother had four children. The first was born in wedlock and has the appropriate certificate. The daughter born next...
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    Wiltshire (co.) wills are now on Ancestry; if you...

    Wiltshire (co.) wills are now on Ancestry; if you have not checked them, it would be worth doing, for the parishes you mention for other family.

    Many of the clothiers or other woolen tradesmen...
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    For the two Mayfield names, what about Humphry...

    For the two Mayfield names, what about Humphry and James or Jamie? The first one might otherwise be Jeffrey but there don't seem to be enough "f"s. pwholt
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    James REELEY , sail maker

    James is an ancestor who has eluded me for over thirty years. Can anyone suggest something to help find him?

    The surname used later is REELEY or REELY (used by son Peter). Occasionally the...
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    Might the age on the death certificate be...

    Might the age on the death certificate be incorrect? I see that the informant was her husband but she might not have told the truth about her actual age if she was much older than he, for example....
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    Whitley is in the parish of Melksham,Wiltshire,...

    Whitley is in the parish of Melksham,Wiltshire, probably Melksham without at the time of these births.pwholt
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    Going back a family or two, and the question of...

    Going back a family or two, and the question of whether the name was Benjamin or Bryan: the mistake may have been made because the writer got confused with a village SW of York called Askham Bryan. ...
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    I think I have, although I can't recall exactly...

    I think I have, although I can't recall exactly when or where, as it would not be one of my own ancestors. But it seems a likely way to do an abbreviation at that time. Are directories any help? ...
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    I think you need to try all sorts of variant...

    I think you need to try all sorts of variant spellings. You know how the English like to confuse us eg Featherstone Haugh is pronounced Fanshaw. The early versions of the IGI ( now on familysearch)...
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    No, I think it is Stretch. Note: kinsman as used...

    No, I think it is Stretch. Note: kinsman as used at that time can have variable meanings. It might mean cousin or nephew or even son, although this is less likely. pwholt
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    There are some few surviving earlier censuses,...

    There are some few surviving earlier censuses, such as 1821 for Trowbridge. Here it is apparent that it was a counting heads exercise. Enumerators were meant to count men and women separately and...
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    I had an unexpected road trip with our grandson,...

    I had an unexpected road trip with our grandson, hence the tardy reply. Many thanks for the suggestions. I will do what I can to follow them up. pwholt
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    Who provided the money?

    In 1871, great grandparents were sentenced to 1 year's hard labour in Wandsworth prison. Their youngest child must have gone with them as he was baptised in the prison, and was one month old on the...
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    From my experience in indexing deaths from the...

    From my experience in indexing deaths from the original registrations, if there was an inquest, they all appear at the end of the quarter, even if the death was much earlier. If the death was in...
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    Clemmie, Have you seen the entry on the 1939...

    Clemmie, Have you seen the entry on the 1939 Register for Shuthi and his family? The children are redacted as they may still be alive but there are 5 or 6 of entries in that state, and there is...
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    I think the dates given in post 4 are more likely than those Wayne cites in post 1. I would want to know where these last came from, as marriage records pre-1837 do not often give ages. I think the...
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    I think you are making assumptions about family...

    I think you are making assumptions about family relationships from the marriage record when they are not stated there. The James who is the witness might be a brother but he might be her father or...
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    What about the possibility that Stranger means...

    What about the possibility that Stranger means someone without settlement in that parish? They might possibly be known to some in the parish.
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    Lesley makes a good point. However, sometimes...

    Lesley makes a good point. However, sometimes nature just works that way. A school friend was born many years after her parents' marriage. She had no siblings. When she married, she and her...
  24. Thread: Is he military?

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    If you have their first born son, then Scottish...

    If you have their first born son, then Scottish naming patterns suggest that Murdoch's father is Colin, and I think his wife's mother would be Jessie. Others more knowledgeable may correct this. ...
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    If you google "Royal Pioneer Corps" you will get...

    If you google "Royal Pioneer Corps" you will get a wikipedia entry which will explain the unit indicated on the back of the photograph. pwholt
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