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Northumberland / Where is/was Spittal?
« on: Friday 24 February 17 22:03 GMT (UK)  »
I do actually know that Spittal is south of the mouth of the River Tweed, in the real county of Northumberland. (I don't do the post-1975 'counties'.)

What puzzles me is that in the baptism registers of the Spittal United Presbyterian Church consistently say 'Spittal Parish of Tweedmouth and County of Durham'.

Can anyone explain this apparent anomaly?

Midlothian / Vanishing Elizabeth McLuckie or Deas
« on: Saturday 11 February 17 10:57 GMT (UK)  »
Elizabeth McLuckie, born 19 April 1885 in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, parents John McLuckie and Elizabeth Gunn, married John Leslie Burgess Deas in Edinburgh on 5 August 1904. They had a daughter, Elizabeth Lamb Rutherford Deas, born 28 January 1905 in Edinburgh. John died of phthisis (tuberculosis) on 26 May 1909 in their home at 4 Westfield Road, Edinburgh.

After that, I have failed to find any trace of either Elizabeth. No marriages, no deaths in Scotland, England, Wales or Ireland; no census in Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, Canada or USA.

Has anyone come across them anywhere?

England / Thomas Adair, Lloyds underwriter
« on: Wednesday 08 February 17 12:00 GMT (UK)  »
Does anyone know if there are any records of Lloyds underwriters in the first half of the 20th century, and if so where they can be accessed and whether they might contain personal information? I'm looking for information about Thomas Adair, born about 1873/4, died 1954 in Harrogate, married Sarah Ellen Liddiard in 1903..

Cumberland / John Burgess in 1871 census
« on: Sunday 05 February 17 15:21 GMT (UK)  »
I cannot find my great-great-grandfather John Burgess in the 1871 census. He was born in Keith, Banffshire on 11 June 1850, and he married Joanna Christina Cruickshank in Wigton, Cumberland, on 17 May 1871, when his residence was given as Wigton. This is just six weeks after census day. (Joanna was with her parents in Aberdeenshire in the census, so must have travelled to Wigton to get married there.)

He is not the John Burgess, aged 21, draper's apprentice, born Scotland and listed at 26 Henry Street, Blackburn, Lancashire. That one married Catherine Baxter in Blackburn and was still there with wife and children in later years. The 1901 says he was born in Kirkcudbright.

Can anyone suggest what creative spelling he might be hiding behind?

United States of America / How to see a New York marriage certificate?
« on: Tuesday 24 January 17 10:18 GMT (UK)  »
Alexander D Adamson and Mabel L Smith were married in New York on 25 March 1903. I have seen the extract on FamilySearch, but I would like to see the original document. How should I go about this?

He died in BC in 1915. Previous thread about him

Canada / Alexander Davidson Adamson - why no death certificate?
« on: Monday 23 January 17 22:13 GMT (UK)  »
Alexander Davidson Adamson was born in Scotland in 1864. He married Mabel Lindsay Smith in New York in 1903 and they had two children, both born in Wyoming. His widow and both children died in England.

I have found a photograph on Findagrave which says he is buried in Nicola Valley, which I understand to be in BC, and that he died there on 1 December 1915. The listing on Findagrave includes an obituary transcribed from the Nicola Valley News.

However when I search for the death certificate, there isn't one. I have looked on the BC Archives page, and on FamilySearch.

Any ideas, anyone?

Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey, Sark / Jean Aitchison or Wyllie
« on: Sunday 15 January 17 10:05 GMT (UK)  »
Does anyone happen to know anything about Jean Aitchison?

She married William Morrison Wyllie in London in 1884, and died at Marine Cottage, Guernsey, on 20 August 1886 aged 38. The death information is from a death announcement in The Times. I know nothing more about her.

Buteshire / Reverend Robert Steel(e) ***Completed***
« on: Sunday 18 December 16 10:38 GMT (UK)  »
EDIT: I have come across a biography in the Dictionary of Australian Biography that answers all my questions!

Can anyone tell me anything about thg Reverend Robert Steel(e)?

So far, all I have is his marriage record from the parish register of Glass in Aberdeenshire, Robert Steel parish of Cumbray and Mary Allardyce this parish proclaimed pro 1mo 6 Nov 2ndo and 3tio regular and the birth of one child from the parish register of Cumbrae; Born John James Steel son of the Revd Robert Steel and his spouse Mary Allardyce at Millport on the 31st August and Baptized on the 24th September 1854 by the Revd James Drummond.

The Rev James Drummond was the Church of Scotland minister in Cumbrae from 1829 to 1843, when he came out for the Free Kirk, so it seems likely that Robert Steel was also an adherent of the Free Kirk.

There is a Robert Steel, independent minister, aged 24, born Saltcoats, lodging in the household of Henry Elliot in Castleton, Roxburghshire, in 1851.

I have not so far found the Reverend Robert Steel in Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae, which suggests that he could have been too young to be a minister before the Disruption. This would fit with the 24-year-old in Castleton.

There's no possible birth or baptism in SP and I have not found him in the 1841 census on FreeCEN. He isn't listed among the alumni of the University of Glasgow.

Nor can I find him and his family in the 1861 census.

Any suggestions?

The Common Room / Rant: Unhelpful web sites
« on: Friday 02 December 16 14:35 GMT (UK)  »
Don't you just hate all these web sites that swamp you with irrelevant information?

You're looking for someone and your search engine comes up with what looks like a promising reference. So you click on it and instead of taking you to the reference you clicked on, it takes you to a page listing dozens, or hundreds, or zillions, of people with names that are vaguely similar.

Even worse, when you have then spent an age scrolling down and finally located the reference you thought you had clicked on, up pops a dialog box telling you that in order to look at it and see whether it is the person you are looking for, you have to cough up now.


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