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Ireland / Anna Sarah EWING birth record 1885
« on: Monday 09 July 18 15:21 BST (UK)  »

I have zero experience of Irish research but have come across Anna Sarah EWING (my b-l's GGM) who was born in 1885 in Sligo according to Familysearch.

I checked this on the site and sure enough, she's there, but it says "Mother's Birth Surname N/R". Does this mean it won't give me any information about her mother? What about her father? I know about her life after her marriage to Thomas JACOB in 1905 and her descendants in England but would like to try a bit of Irish research and seem to have fallen at the first hurdle (well, second, as I did get Thomas' family back a couple of generations  ;D ).

If it is worth me getting a copy of the birth / marriage records would I be right in thinking that the site I've referred to above is the best way to do it - although there doesn't seem to be an online option?

Thank you very much,


Sussex / Charley Trusler b1854 Steyning (Portslade)
« on: Sunday 10 June 18 19:12 BST (UK)  »

Charley Trusler's birth registration is on the FreeBMD index - Q4 1854 Steyning Reg District, 2b 201. Despite all this information I can't find him on the GRO site - I was hoping to find his mother's maiden name as he is proving rather elusive.

I have him marrying Martha Ann Trowbridge (born in Wiltshire Mar 1846) in Brighton 1873 and subsequent census entries and then his death in 1914, but nothing before his marriage. I have tried FindMyPast, Ancestry as well as FamilySearch and the SFHG members' database.

Given that he gives his place of birth as Portslade it is very possible his Trusler line is linked to mine but I have reached something of a dead end.

Any help would be gratefully received.  Thank you!



I've attached a screenshot of the parents' column of the marriage of William Scally and Hannah Gray in 1894 in Glasgow.  Here's what I can make out:

1  William Scally
2  ?
3  and
4  Margaret Scally
5  MS ?
6  -
7 ? Gray
8  Dairy Labourer
9  (Deceased) and
10  ? Gray
11  MS ?
12  Deceased

I'd be really grateful if anyone could decipher the MS of each of the mothers!

Thank you,


Kent / Gravesend electoral roll - late 1950s
« on: Monday 12 June 17 19:50 BST (UK)  »

I am trying to research the family of someone who I have been told lived in Gravesend during the late 1950s (and possibly early 1960s)  They would have been in their early 20s so I can't give names as they may still be alive.  (I'd like the father's name if possible to cross reference with a marriage certificate.)

My question is - where would I be able to find a copy of the electoral roll for Gravesend for say 1958 - I can't find any clues online. 

Also, how likely would it be that a girl from Gravesend would be working as a secretary in a central London office?  I know my mother commuted up from near Brighton everyday so I'm thinking Gravesend would be a possibility too?

Thank you,


Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / X Chromosome - completely identical??
« on: Friday 21 April 17 22:05 BST (UK)  »

I am looking at the Genome View in 23andme and have noticed that 3 people all match each other and my Dad on a section of the X chromosome and it is coloured dark blue to indicate 'completely identical'.  I am trying to get my head round what this means.

I think I am right in saying that Dad got his X from his mother?  If so, presumably these other 3 men are all descended from this branch of our tree too?

But this is where I get muddled.  Could they be descended from either my Granny's mother OR father - not necessarily her mother, as she got an X from each of them?

I hope that makes sense.  I have attached a screenshot of a bit of the chart to show the little match - it puzzles me as to why my match with Dad is only 'half identical' but these three men are all 'completely identical'.  ::)  But there is no question that I am his daughter  ;D



Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Date for a family group please
« on: Saturday 17 September 16 21:13 BST (UK)  »

There's not much to go on here, but could anyone give us an idea of when this photo might have been taken?  If we are correct, the man was born in 1894 and the woman in 1902.  They married in 1940 but had been neighbours for many years prior to then (they had to wait until her parents died as they didn't approve of the marriage). 

We know the man had a child - presumably the baby in the photo, who would be my father's cousin, but don't know when he/she was born, or their first name.  The surname is very common and they lived both north and south of the Thames in London and Surrey, so tracking down this cousin's birth is proving nigh on impossible, so we thought that perhaps if we had an idea of when the photo was taken  we might have an idea of when to concentrate the search.

Unfortunately I don't have the original photo or a copy of the back.

Many thanks,

Liz  :)

Australia / Queensland death certificate - COMPLETED
« on: Sunday 28 August 16 18:04 BST (UK)  »

I'm sorry if the answer to my question is lurking somewhere here, but I have so far not been able to uncover it.  I have just discovered the Queensland website (very exciting!) where I can order my Great Aunt's death certificate but I am a bit confused about the difference between the certificate and the scan. 

Am I correct in thinking that the scan of the register has all the information in its original format - and that I can download it immediately, whereas the certificate has the same information but has to be posted to me?

Thank you,

Liz  8)

I have answered my own question - and now have the downloaded scan - very revealing!

Staffordshire / Burntwood Asylum
« on: Thursday 18 August 16 16:12 BST (UK)  »

I have just received my GG Grandmother's death certificate (Ann Hayward nee Pritchard). She died in Burntwood Asylum in July 1895 - her family were living in West Bromwich at the time and she was buried back at home.

I have been trying to find out what information is likely to be available re her time there - patient records / when she was admitted etc. but haven't had much luck.

So far I have searched the Stafford Archives, National Archives, a website specifically about the Asylum, Ancestry (but 1895 seems to be missing).

Can anyone suggest where else I might look - I've read loads of threads on here which suggest there are records at Stafford but I can't for the life of me find them in the search thing! 

Thank you,


Staffordshire / Sandwell Archives
« on: Friday 29 July 16 10:33 BST (UK)  »

Next week I will be driving past West Bromwich and thought I'd do a bit of digging ... I've never been to Sandwell Archives before but noted on their website that you should book a place before you go ... so I emailed a few days ago to say I'd like to visit but am a bit concerned I might turn up and find it shut or something.  Can anyone reassure me that calling in 'off the street' is OK - just in case they haven't seen my email?

I've also emailed Sandwell Valley Crematorium in the hope that they might be able to tell me where exactly my Great Grandparents are buried - I know they are at Heath Lane and I have the dates and register numbers - just hoping they might have little maps like you're given down in Brighton!  ::)



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