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United States of America / East 14th Street, New York in 1880s
« on: Saturday 20 October 18 23:16 BST (UK)  »

I have traced an ancestor (3xgreat aunt) to an address in East 14th Street in the 1880s.
As I am Scottish and have never been to NY , I don't obviously know much about this area or its history.
Could some-one tell me, please, what kind of area this was in 1880s ? And what kind of accommodation she was likely to be living in (I would assume it would be rented)?

Any information would be gratefully recieved. Thanks for reading.


The Lighter Side / Nickname "Lalty" - is this a Scottish/ Irish word or expression
« on: Wednesday 11 July 18 13:52 BST (UK)  »
One of my ancestors (great-great uncle) had the nickname - Lalty.
He was Hugh "Lalty" Wilson born 1869 in Mauchline Scotland and died 1940 in Newmilns Scotland .

Hugh was a professional football player and had a long career at Sunderland Football Club. I've been researching his personal and playing life  and his nickname has me stumped.

Any ideas? Is this a Scottish or Irish expression? Or perhaps a North East of England word?

All suggestions and help welcome,


Looby :)

Down / James McConnell & Anne Murray , Comber
« on: Thursday 26 April 18 14:32 BST (UK)  »

First time posting on Ireland boards  :)

I am looking for any information (or any hints on where to find info)  on James Kennedy McConnell, son of John McConnell, & Anne Murray who marry in Comber 1st Feb 1860, please.
I believe this entry on Ros Davies, County Down, Northern Ireland FH Research site relates to the same couple
Bangor & Newtownards
of Granshaw; husband of Annie Murray; father of Mary Ann b. 25/ 30 & bpt. 2 Jul Apr 1868 at 1st Newtownards Presbyterian Church & Alexander b. 16 Jul 1870

My great grandfather was Alexander McConnell and his father James McConnell would be my 2xgreat grandfather. I know the family (or part of the family) moved to Scotland and have all records from there.
I'm just trying to establish roots in Comber ;)
Thanks for reading

Looby :)

Ayrshire / Newmilns Cemetery - Inscriptions/Photos
« on: Friday 14 July 17 15:32 BST (UK)  »

I am intending over next two weeks to be doing some "headstone hunting" in Newmilns Cemetery.

If anyone would like me to try and find a grave and photograph it , I'm willing to give it my best shot.
Please give me as much info as possible - re. names, ages, dates of death. According to records the cemetery opened in 1887, so although there may be some monumental inscriptions for deaths prior to this date, the burials will be  late 1880s up to present date.
Looby :)

The Lighter Side / Co-operative Christmas Catalogue - Approx. Date please
« on: Sunday 11 December 16 23:10 GMT (UK)  »
Found amongst my late parents' paperwork -

A Christmas catalogue for their local Co-operative shops - I'm wondering if any Rootschatters could help with an approx. date please


World War Two / Help needed please to identify Scottish Regiment/Unit
« on: Thursday 15 September 16 23:35 BST (UK)  »
Hi all,

This photograph was found in amongst family photos belong to my late mother.
The photographer was Hector MacDonald of Kilmarnock , Ayrshire and I suspect the photograph may have been taken in the Kilmarnock area.
But who are these men? They appear to be wearing varied headgear. Not being any sort of military expert I cannot tell what kind of soldiers these men are. Can anyone tell me which regiment they belong to......a big ask , I know ??
Any suggestions or input welcome.
I cannot think who from my family is in this photograph.


This photograph is of a member of my family - it's been kept for years in a box with other pictures.
It is a photograph glued to a backing card. There is nothing on the reverse of the card.
 I'm unsure as to who the lady is and I realise with it being a portrait there may not be much to go on , but can anyone give me a rough idea of date please? Also what age approx. would you say this lady is? I would love to be able to look at my family tree and name her.



This old and rather tatty postcard was in a mixed box of photographs belonging to my late Mum.
I have no clue which football team it is - although I would guess it's a works/ factory team . I have wondered if my grandfather is one of the players. So an approx. date would help to possibly identify him.
Many thanks for looking,
Looby  :)

Scotland / Graham Maxwell Ancestry Website
« on: Sunday 21 August 16 01:02 BST (UK)  »
Hi ,
I've used the above website on several occasions , but not recently, and found it very helpful. Tonight I can't get the website to load/open. Has anyone else experienced problems? Or has the website closed down?

Thanks for any replies,


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