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Armed Forces / Applying for non kin WW2 army service records
« on: Sunday 26 August 18 11:56 BST (UK)  »
Just a general question if someone could help here (related to this post

What is the position on applying for WW2 service records with the following criteria:

  • You are not direct family
  • You do not have an exact DOB or death cert
  • You know approx birth year c. 1908-11 (therefore, one would say very likely deceased)
  • You have regiment, rank and service number. You also have some service record details and possible discharge date

Using this for reference

Thank you  :)


Scotland Resources / Discovering and visiting local Archives in Scotland
« on: Saturday 05 August 17 22:03 BST (UK)  »
Great summary put together by the Scottish Archives:


London & Middlesex Resources / St Mary's or Battersea Rise Cemetery
« on: Tuesday 27 June 17 21:47 BST (UK)  »
I have been doing some research which has included this cemetery. I contacted Wandsworth Borough Council's bereavement service at and they have kindly sent me a plan of the cemetery and also a complete set of grave locations within the cemetery.

To find the grave number I needed, I visited the Wandsworth Heritage Service housed in Battersea Library  The archivist there was a great help and I was able to find the entry I needed in the film 'Battersea Cemetery Burials' which contained the burial registers.

Find a Grave also has a number of transcriptions from surviving stones

Specific grave numbers to help with location in the cemetery can be found in the burial registers.

Below is the main plan of the cemetery which shows the different sections/blocks. The following posts include the individual blocks with a map of the graves. The cemetery is noticeably full (truly full up!). Be aware that the numbering system for the graves is not in order sadly and can be particulary random. You will need to really study each section to try and find the grave number you need.

To be able to include some of the grave maps here on RC, the size of files is reduced for some of the images. If you have a problem reading the numbers (and who can blame you  ::)), just send me a PM with an email I can use to send you a larger image that should help some (although it is still hard going...).

Dublin / Margaret Reilly marriage to a ??? Nolan in early 1900s
« on: Friday 14 October 16 10:40 BST (UK)  »
Hi everyone

I am not good at searching through Irish resources I confess  :-\ Been trying to find a marriage for a Margaret Reilly to a xxxx Nolan and failed to find anything. Main thread running on the Scottish Board here

Margaret was born in 1894 in Dublin ( to a John Reilly and Margaret Lambert (parents confirmed from her second marriage cert in Glasgow). I can see the church entries for this family in Dublin and also the 1901 and 1911 censuses, although young Margaret is not on the 1911. Margaret (as Margaret Nolan) then shows up as a Godparent to a child given away for adoption in 1916 in Glasgow. The mother, a Bridget Murphy, gave the same addess as Margaret Nolan on the birth reg for the baby. Bridget, on the birth cert, shows as the daughter of a Compositor. Margaret remarries in 1923 to a Patrick Gaffney in Glasgow and died there in 1968. This year is still a couple of years away to be able to view her death cert online on Scotlands People.

All this background is on the main thread linked above. This is just a quick summary.

Regarding Bridget, other than her father's occupation, and Mrs Margaret Nolan in Glasgow as godparent in 1916 to her child, we have nothing further. Have found a possible Dublin family for Bridget, father Edward, printer compositor and mother Catherine Seery. Possible info on that on the other post.

Stuck for now. Trying to see if the first husband, Nolan, of Margaret Reilly, can give some further clues and connections. I did see a 1920 Dublin marriage for a Brigid to a Nolan and wondered...

This is the reason I would like to try and find a marriage for Margaret Reilly to a Nolan. Nothing showing in Scotland for her, so assuming she likely married in Ireland?

Monica  :)

Scotland / FREE Access this Weekend only
« on: Sunday 09 October 16 11:40 BST (UK)  »
Just seen this advertised. With today being Sunday, only available today  ::)


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Death of Henry Kirkpatrick in 1949 Glasgow
« on: Saturday 21 November 15 17:28 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone help with place of death? Usual residence was 11 Monteith Row in Glasgow. Previous post here


Scotland / 1911 census - how to identify name of institution from image on SP
« on: Thursday 30 July 15 19:46 BST (UK)  »
Can someone explain to me (who is trying to help someone else...) how to find the address/location details from a SP image from the 1911 census? The index entry shows in Springburn and everything points to it being the Poorhouse facilities there (lots of very young children showing on the list).

Many thanks  :)


Scotland / Look up request for a death in 1966
« on: Saturday 11 July 15 17:01 BST (UK)  »
I wonder if someone who is visiting a Scottish centre with access to BMDs could look up the death details for a death in Glasgow in 1966?

I am trying to help someone who lives outside of the UK who posted earlier here on RC. Stuck really now on that last bit.

Could you send me a PM if you are able to help and I can provide the details.

Many thanks  :)


Lanarkshire / Douglas Brown Website on Glasgow...
« on: Thursday 09 July 15 21:48 BST (UK)  »
Someone today has posted enquiring on the area of Milton of Glasgow and where it was in the context of Glasgow for a certain period of time and registration district etc.

I found Douglas Brown's maps some years ago when I started researching in Glasgow and trying to make sense of areas (and registration districts there). I found his maps really useful and a good way of then looking at NLS Glasgow maps with more precision (rather than no clue  :-X)

I was aware of late that Douglas Brown's website domain has gone  :'( but this evening have been searching on Internet Archive - Wayback Machine, an amazing way to try and find old sites that are no longer available...and I have found it  :D

This is the link here  I have myself saved the map pages etc.

Hope others find it useful also.

Monica  :)

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