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 :) Hi I am attaching two photos of Dora Aldred as a young woman. She was born in Manchester but emigrated as a young woman with her parents and young siblings to Melbourne, Australia. Dora was the youngest sister of my maternal grandfather. Thanks, Deb

Help needed to establish whether this is the same person. I know that the man in the photo in white uniform is definitely my grandfather, Edwin James Aldred who was born in Chorlton, Manchester in 1896 and emigrated to Australia around 1913-14 (working on merchant marine ships). On the back of the photo it states he was 22, so this photo was taken around 1918.
The other photo was dated by a rootschat expert as being post WW1, so if this is the case, it can't be the same person as my grandfather had a more receding hairline (so presumably older than the man in the other photo, if the same person).
Can I have your opinions, please? Both of the photos look like family members (one like one of my sister's sons and the other like her other son), so I can assume that these men are related, possibly brothers?
Thank you!!  :) PS I am using a rootschat restore (thanks to paj).

Hi I copied this photo from one of my cousin's albums but no one knows who this person is nor when it was taken, so we would appreciate some help! It is possible that it is a photo of my grandfather, Edwin James Aldred born in Manchester in 1895 but I don't think that it is. My grandfather was in the merchant marines travelling on ships around Australia when he met and fell in love with my grandmother, after which he jumped ship. If anyone could help with identifying what this uniform is, it may provide some clues. Thanks! Deb  :)

How to Use RootsChat (Please don't post requests here) / query only
« on: Friday 16 February 18 05:27 GMT (UK)  »
Hi In a post that I put up several days ago (now marked completed), I was trying to correct a spelling error that I had made in the post header where I had incorrectly spelt Gertrude and also inserted Smith as my g grandmother's name instead of Smart. Can anyone suggest how I could rectify this? Usually the word modify is next to quote but I couldn't see any option to make changes. Thanks!

Hi This photo was taken about December 1922 in Victoria, Australia. My beloved Aunt Muriel (Ouie), born at Elsternwick, Victoria, is being nursed by her grandmother, Muriel Annie Aiken (nee Smith, supposedly, but dna suggests otherwise). Please help restore this beautiful photo. Unfortunately it is an ipad photo of a photo. Thank you! Deb :)

Hi This is a photo of one of my great grandmothers, Gertrude Aldred, nee Smart (I believe though that  dating the photo will confirm this). She was born in Lancashire and emigrated with her husband, Henry Aldred and youngest children to Victoria, Australia (he emigrated first). I dearly would love assistance with dating the photo and if anyone could identify what brooches she is wearing I would really appreciate this. Thanks! Deb  :)

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Please help interpret occupation
« on: Saturday 03 February 18 05:14 GMT (UK)  »
Hi  Would anyone please be able to interpret what the occupation of the 22 year old is..starting Indie..or something? It has me beat but I am sure that the experts here may help me with this one. Thanks!  :) Deb

Hi This is a photo of my grandfather, Edwin James Aldred, born 1895 in Manchester, UK. He emigrated to Australia in 1914 and worked as a merchant marine on ships travelling between Australian ports. Is it possible to repair this photo and date as close as possible? Thanks so much, Deb

Family History Beginners Board / Gordon family from Toowoomba, Qld, Australia
« on: Monday 20 November 17 01:45 GMT (UK)  »
Hi I am trying to help a woman who comes up as a dna match to me find anything about her grandfather. Her grandmother, Daisy Ethel Smith was born in Queensland, Australia in 1889 to Thomas Cobham Russell Smith and Marian Wright. Daisy married Robert Carl Schloss in 1910 at Upper Tent Hill in Qld and had children with him but she left him when she had twins named John Gilbert Gordon and Arthur James Gordon at Toowoomba, Qld in 1921. This woman is trying to establish via dna testing, the paternity of her father who was Arthur James Gordon (1921-1992). It seems that her husband Robert Schloss may not have been the father.
I have tried suggesting the process of elimination (eliminating descendants of her mother as well as her father's mother but this is difficult given that she is not a member of If anyone could suggest how she might go about finding out who was a possible father of Arthur and if his name was actually Gordon this would be appreciated. Thanks, Deb

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