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    Another puzzle piece found.

    I've known since I started this game 45 years ago that my gt gt grandmother was named Sarah and was born circa 1810 as our family bible records her death in 1862 and 1863. But as she was then on her...
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    It looks to me as if your Blackburn family might...

    It looks to me as if your Blackburn family might have been non-conformists, for at least a period, hence the shortage of baptisms in C of E records. Pampas was probably an important figure in the...
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    Just a thought... One of my distant relatives...

    Just a thought... One of my distant relatives went to Australia and then on to New Zealand. Might your family have done it the other way round? I don't know what records exist which might record...
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    As Emmanuel is an unusual first name, it may be...

    As Emmanuel is an unusual first name, it may be that there is a connection to Henry and the earlier Emmanuel, so keep these references in mind, and the source data, in case you need to follow it up...
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    You may not be aware of another source which is...

    You may not be aware of another source which is helpful if you know the registration district of the events. This is UKbmd which is an index done relatively recently from the original registers, not...
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    See if you can establish when his wife died, and...

    See if you can establish when his wife died, and then look for an obit for her, as well as any of the children. Tiny scraps of information turn up in the most unlikely places. It was in my great...
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    Just a thought on the occupation of...

    Just a thought on the occupation of "electrician". Electricity was not all that common in the period under discussion, and so it seems likely to me that Harry might have had an earlier trade, where...
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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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