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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Very Few Matches
« on: Sunday 17 March 13 10:33 GMT (UK)  »
My Dad has had his y-dna tested and has loads of matches.

My OH has done the same (tested to 67 markers) and has only had a dozen matches at 12 markers - 11 of them from India and 1 from Saudi Arabia. 

We've got a paper trail of his ancestors in Suffolk going back to the 1650s.

The 12 marker matches must go back a very long way.  Some of those matches have also tested to 67 markers but there's no link to my OH beyond the 12 marker level.  Does he have an odd/rare dna line or is it just that no closer relatives have been tested?


Cardiganshire / John Jenkin Hughes b. 1897
« on: Tuesday 01 May 12 17:30 BST (UK)  »
I have a death cert for a John Jenkin Hughes who died in Aberystwyth in 1956, age 59.

If he's part of your family, you're welcome to the cert or a transcription of the info.

Still looking for my John J Hughes!

Hampshire & IOW Lookup Requests / Charles Smith 1902-1974
« on: Monday 16 January 12 12:59 GMT (UK)  »
I'm trying to find out anything about a Charles John Smith, born 1902 in London, died in 1974 in Cowplain.  His wife at the time of his death was Winifred but it's possible that she was his second wife.

He was an electrical engineer in HM Dockyard and went on to have a hardware shop.

Does anyone have access to the voting register or business directories?  

Does anyone remember the shop?

The Common Room / Can't find a marriage
« on: Wednesday 15 September 10 16:32 BST (UK)  »
I've admitted defeat on this one!

I just can't find the marriage for a Charles John Smith, born in 1902 in Deptford.  He died in Hampshire in 1974.  On the death certificate, in the "Informant" box is the name Winifred Mary Smith and in the "Qualification" box are two entries - "Widow of the deceased", which is crossed out, and "Present at the death".  I'm assuming the first is crossed out because just being the widow isn't one of the accepted qualifications but that she actually was his widow.

According to other paperwork I have, Charles says he was married in 1928.  Knowing that my OH doesn't always get dates right, I've searched for a couple of years either side of that.  There's no way of knowing for certain where the marriage took place but Charles worked at the dockyard in Portsmouth for many years.

The nearest hit I have come across is a Winifred N Courtnage and Charles Smith, Dec qr 1928 in Berkhampstead, 3a - 2113.  The couple had two daughters but I haven't been able to find any children with a Smith/Courtnage parentage.

Can anyone help?

Armed Forces / Naval apprenticeship
« on: Wednesday 08 September 10 23:25 BST (UK)  »
I am following up a Charles John Smith, b. 1902, who by 1957 was an electrical engineer in the dockyards in Portsmouth.  The paperwork I have says that he had an Admiralty apprenticeship.  Is there any way of finding out more about him through the apprenticeship?  Would there be any paperwork available to see?

Armed Forces / Royal Marines Musician
« on: Saturday 21 August 10 22:49 BST (UK)  »
I think I've got the same man - Charles John Smith, b. abt 1836 in Greenwich, Kent - in the 1861 as a Private in the RMSJ, marriage cert in 1864 with an occupation of Bugler, Royal Marines, and in the 1871 census as a Drummer with the Royal Marines on board HMS Princess Charlotte off Hong Kong.

Would that sequence - Private, Bugler, Drummer - be likely?

Occupation Interests / Outdoor customs officer
« on: Saturday 14 August 10 11:35 BST (UK)  »
What would be the duties of someone referred to as an "Outdoor customs officer"?

US Lookup Requests / Evidence of identity needed for emigration?
« on: Saturday 03 July 10 18:16 BST (UK)  »
In the early 1900s, did people wanting to emigrate from Ireland to the USA have to provide proof of their identity or was the information they gave just accepted?

The Lighter Side / The Hanbury Crater
« on: Thursday 26 November 09 22:10 GMT (UK)  »
Fascinating "Open Country" programme today on Radio 4 about the Hanbury Crater in Staffordshire.  I'd never heard of it before and it was very interesting.  It's the site of the UK's largest explosion which happened in 1944.

There are some very moving interviews with eye-witnesses - history brought to life.

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