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    I am sure that people have been working hard to...

    I am sure that people have been working hard to rid the forum of the spam and the unwanted content, but the new look of the site in terms of its layout is definately a retrograde step, because it...
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    Included in the documents listed in the Tasmanian...

    Included in the documents listed in the Tasmanian Archives is one called Death Under Sentence - you will find it right at the bottom of the list. The handwriting is bad but you can pick him up though...
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    You are unlikely to find the actual Ticket of...

    You are unlikely to find the actual Ticket of Leave - I never find any in Tasmania. You can find them in New South Wales. His "Conduct Record" from Names Index should give you an awful lot of...
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    You will find that on TROVE - which is the...

    You will find that on TROVE - which is the Australian Govt's free to use site:
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/
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    It looks as though he was accidentally killed 30...

    It looks as though he was accidentally killed 30 Nov 1846 at Launceston.
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    You need to search the Tasmania Archives Names...

    You need to search the Tasmania Archives Names Index and you will find him there.

    https://librariestas.ent.sirsidynix.net.au/client/en_AU/names/

    Its free to use, and can be a little slow, but...
  7. I did a quick search of birth records for...

    I did a quick search of birth records for Herberts born around 1887 and there are not that many – just half a dozen. Those that there are can be tracked and found with their birth families in later...
  8. Unfortunately prior to adoption being given a...

    Unfortunately prior to adoption being given a statutory framework in the 1920s there was no one set of rules. Adoptions could be informal or formal; they could be arranged privately or through third...
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    Well he was a busy chap wasn't he? Thanks to...

    Well he was a busy chap wasn't he?

    Thanks to everyone for expanding my knowledge.
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    Compulsory Officer?

    I was looking through a page of the 1901 census and noticed on a particular page on Lewis Williams aged 60 who appears to be described as a "superanuated police officer, compulsory officer & Est...
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    There was a birth registered in the West Ham...

    There was a birth registered in the West Ham District in the April-June quarter of 1923 for a Arthur Wheeler whose mother’s maiden name was Matthews – Volume 4A Page 452, which sounds like it could...
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    You are looking for his service records and they...

    You are looking for his service records and they haven't been released by the MOD. This link explains all about that:
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    These are counties which are either adjacent to...

    These are counties which are either adjacent to one another or very close to one another.

    A site that you will find very useful is GENUKI:
    https://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng

    Hopefully that...
  14. I seem to recall reading somewhere that some...

    I seem to recall reading somewhere that some years ago Michael Parkinson was "turned down" as all he had in his family were labourers. Which as Stepwives says is what most; so surely the challenge to...
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    In case you don't know "OPC" stands for "on line...

    In case you don't know "OPC" stands for "on line parish clerks" which are volunteers who transcribe parish /church records an essential tool when researching before 1837, which saw the introduction...
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    You are probably doing him down - he may well...

    You are probably doing him down - he may well have been a soldier, or he may have gone to sea. Unfortunately most records don't survive.

    Unless you happen upon him in a census or some other...
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    Civilian casualties

    I've just finished watching a TV programme about the Blitz in Liverpool and it struck me with the chaos and the number of casualties that ensued, some of whom must not have been identified /...
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    An Outragious Slur!

    I've spent the last couple of rainy days (here in Lancashire), ploughing through the 1891 Census for the parish of Llanllyfni and tut tutting at the number of transcription errors; (Evans transcribed...
  19. Findmypast have the Calender of Prisoner records...

    Findmypast have the Calender of Prisoner records for the Old Bailey (HO140) and that gives you some additional information.

    He had 2 known prior convictions. He got 2 months at the South Westersn...
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    I believe that bankruptcy would have been catastrophic for anyone and their family in this period of time. Everything including furniture, clothing etc., they owned would have been sold to meet...
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    Sorry I deleted what I posted because I ...

    Sorry I deleted what I posted because I realised it was wrong.
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    I would not automatically assume the gender of...

    I would not automatically assume the gender of the infant based on the style of the dress. I think that in those days they were effectively unisex, and also not not forgetting there would have been...
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    There is no easy way. You need as much...

    There is no easy way. You need as much information as possible before proceeding. Why not give us a clue as to what you are looking for, and precisely what information you have, bearing in mind the...
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    I have had a very 'left field' thought, given the...

    I have had a very 'left field' thought, given the scant information that you have about your grandfather. It's not something that I have done with my own family tree but have you ever thought about...
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    I think that your father's birth was registered...

    I think that your father's birth was registered in the Middlesborough registration district in the April quarter of 1939, volume 9d page 736. Certificates can be purchased on line from the GRO at:...
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