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    I can't tell you whether there are any records,...

    I can't tell you whether there are any records, or if there are where they are, but, my mum who was born and brought up in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, had, as most girls of her age to do war work,...
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    I did a search of censuses for Bartholomew...

    I did a search of censuses for Bartholomew Beckett without any age restrictions and see 3 instances, none of whom are your man, but it would suggest that he was Irish because:

    1861 census -...
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    If your grandfather was wounded, he may well have...

    If your grandfather was wounded, he may well have received a pension and those records have survived and can contain quite interesting details, but getting hold of them is a little convoluted.
    ...
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    The GRO has separate registers dealing with...

    The GRO has separate registers dealing with overseas births, marriages and deaths including children of military personal. If you go to their site and look at "most customers want to know" it will...
  5. Do you have the marriage certificate from 1920?...

    Do you have the marriage certificate from 1920? If so how is Joseph Spratt described on it: widower - bachelor etc?

    Whilst not conclusive proof of anything, as people lie all the time on...
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    It is only in PCOM3 that he is referred to as...

    It is only in PCOM3 that he is referred to as George Morris Hatton, so although you may not find a middle name elsewhere in your research I would not discount the convict.

    PCOM3 is ramped packed...
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    His complete prison and parole record is there -...

    His complete prison and parole record is there - George Morris Hatton - born in 1832.

    When you go into FMP search the record set "England & Wales, Crime, Prisons & Punishment, 1770 - 1939". All...
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    I don't/ didn't have a limit on numbers either...

    I don't/ didn't have a limit on numbers either originally or today, but by experience have, for my purposes realised, that there is little point in adding remote branches and twigs just I could.
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    I would like to echo Lesley's sentiments about...

    I would like to echo Lesley's sentiments about the forum, and wish everyone a peaceful and joyful Christmas.
    :angel:|woohoo|
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    No I would not until you have eliminated other...

    No I would not until you have eliminated other avenues.

    Do you have an obituary for Paul Albert in 1976 or his wife or their Wills? If they exist they could tell you whether Harold had...
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    If you are looking to go forward then you need...

    If you are looking to go forward then you need to lok at the following things:

    1939 Register - which Ancestry has
    Electoral Registers - have a lok in the card catalogue at Ancestry to see...
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    You need to lay out in a clear methodical fashion...

    You need to lay out in a clear methodical fashion what you know and then to slowly and systematically work backwards.

    So presuming that you were born in England your birth certificate will give...
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    Looking on FMP Friston seems to be predominantly...

    Looking on FMP Friston seems to be predominantly found in Suffolk and Norfolk, but no David. So looking for other records such as you have suggested would seem to be the way forward.

    You say that...
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    I think he was. I have also just found...

    I think he was.

    I have also just found Kirkdale prison records on FMP which give all the charge details - unfortunately they aren't indexed despite the fact that they are typewritten. However in...
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    That is exactly what I came up with, so now just...

    That is exactly what I came up with, so now just to figure out why neither of the major sites seem to recognise him in his own right. :beatdeadhorse5:

    Mind you it could be me having a senior...
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    Criminal Registers

    What do people think the 3rd name down on this page is?

    If I search for him on his own under a variety of names, I think it could be I can't find him, - I can find him by labouriously page...
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    Another document to check would be Ruby's second...

    Another document to check would be Ruby's second marriage certificate to see how she describes herself on that.

    Its interesting that she remarried so quickly because I certain that by doing so she...
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    This is a link to the Commonwealth War Graves...

    This is a link to the Commonwealth War Graves site's entry for him
    https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/641662/owen,-/

    There are two documents that you can view. One of them is a burial...
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    The pension index cards are "owned" by the...

    The pension index cards are "owned" by the Western Front Association who took them on when the MOD were set to throw them away, and originally they were offering their own service to people for a...
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    I have had my own run ins with the GRO over their...

    I have had my own run ins with the GRO over their obtuseness when it comes to Welsh place names, but I think that the civil service must have been practising for centuries. I have just been looking...
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    I won't try to translate Rootsmagic's approach to...

    I won't try to translate Rootsmagic's approach to British addresses, let alone their Welsh ones, but I have the same problem with Family Tree Maker, and as my tree has branches in a number of...
  22. I've looked at the censuses that you've mentioned...

    I've looked at the censuses that you've mentioned and have struggled to identify the birth places that George and William have identified.

    In 1901 George lists "Atterbury, Warwickshire", and...
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    I would check the Overseas Births / Consular...

    I would check the Overseas Births / Consular Births. Its possible that his father was a civil servant or a military man and he could have been born overseas.

    Try reading through the advice from...
  24. As you know he committed suicide I am assuming...

    As you know he committed suicide I am assuming that at some point, even if it was after the inquest, he was identified and his family informed; so there will be a death certificate, which may have...
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    There are lots of Australian online resources...

    There are lots of Australian online resources that you can use.

    The first thing to know is that each state and territory has it's own set of rules regarding access to BMDs, but if you do an...
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