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The Common Room / Dulwich Railway Convalescent 1956
« on: Monday 24 September 18 08:34 BST (UK)  »
Does anyone know where I could find information on this please as I've a group photo of men with this sign in front of them and I've no idea what it's about or who's in the photo in relation to my family.

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I've always been very interested in this photo since I was a child. It was in a box of old photos of my great grandma's and I can't recall (if I was ever told any) any details of it.

It's not a regular photo. It's more of a negative type print which is about 2mm thick.

I'd love to know more info to hopefully be able to narrow down who it could be. Sorry that it's low quality. The photo is quite damaged.


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The Common Room / One-name studies
« on: Wednesday 15 August 18 16:56 BST (UK)  »
Has anyone done a one name study of their family name or one connected to their family?

For a while I've been thinking of doing one for my family as I'd like to see how the name evolved, changed, where it originated etc..

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The Common Room / Who was Maria Saville/Savage's dad?
« on: Friday 10 August 18 19:33 BST (UK)  »
My 3x great gandmother's father is a mystery (I don't like to say brick wall). She was born in 1846 & died in 1907, both in Leeds. She married twice - once to Benjamin Gaunt (using the name Maria Saville) in 1866 with no father listed. They had four children. She was listed as Saville on three birth certs, but on the second child her maiden name is Savage. Her fist husband died in 1874 and she remarried the following year to Thomas Clark (my 3x great granddad). She's married as Maria Gaunt, widow, father Thomas Fanon.

Thomas (Clark) & Maria had 6 children together. 5 of them had mother's maiden name as Savage (including my 2x great grandma), but their forth child she was back to using Saville.

I have her on every census and she always states she was born in Farnley. In 1861 she's in as Maria Savage, with her mother, Betty Savage. She's also with two siblings, Mary & John Savage. John, I later found, is buried in the same plot as Maria, her husband and daughter. She's also a Savage (mistranscribed as Farage) in 1851 with the same people but also another sibling, Thomas.

Her mother's maiden name on Maria's birth cert in Fowler.  Elizabeth is on the 1841 census with her children from later censuses, and another, George (who was born George Fowler but the baptism states his father is James Savage) but their surname here is Saville. Elizabeth married James Savage in Leeds in 1827. I can find no death/burial for Elizabeth under any of the names she used.

Can someone please try to find what the whole situation was with this family please? I've looked for quite a few years to resolve this with nothing at all helping.

Thank you.

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Yorkshire (North Riding) / Burials in Roecliffe area
« on: Saturday 14 July 18 18:46 BST (UK)  »
I've got a big bunch of relatives who died in the Roecliffe and Bondgate areas near Ripon. Their deaths are all in the BTs of the Cathedral but none are buried in the ground of it. Does anyone have any ideas of where they'd have been buried? They date from 1700s to about 1850.

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Armed Forces / Headstones for soldiers
« on: Saturday 14 July 18 08:39 BST (UK)  »

A relative is buried on a battlefield  (ie lost) but his wife and children are buried in my local Cemetery. Is it possible to get a white soldiers gravestone for him on the plot?

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I have a German document of a burial for a great grandparent that I cannot understand hardly any of the handwriting of, after trying for most of the day. I don't know how it'd work to upload full pages of a document on the forum but is it allowed? If not, could I PM it to someone who;s willing to help please?

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World War Two / Edwin Ralph - Tracer (civilian) RAF
« on: Sunday 01 July 18 10:45 BST (UK)  »
On the 1939 register a relative of mine's occupation is a Tracer (Civilian) RAF. I was wondering what  & that would entail and if there'd be any records available from his service at all?

What's unusual about this is that he was born and raised (by English parents) in Germany and didn't come to England until about 1930 and his brothers were listed as British German subjects in 1901 & 1911 and a newspaper report from 1902 lists his brother as being German. 

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The Common Room / Hannah/Ann Parkinson/Hunter/Whitehead -> help finding baptism
« on: Saturday 23 June 18 22:19 BST (UK)  »
I am pretty sure that I have got the correct parent from my research (below) but I can't find a baptism for my 4x great-grandmother.

The first record I have for her is her daughter's, Dorothy Barbara Parkinson, baptism in 1832 in Cambridgeshire, where she's called 'Hannah', with 'husband' William Parkinson. They're 'of no fixed abode'. They then have Mary Jane Parkinson in Ripon (according to all her later censuses, other than one which says she was born in Nottinghamshire) in 1835. Their third child, Henrietta Ann Parkinson was born in Lancashire in 1837 (before July). Their fourth child, Frederetta Ellen Parkinson, was born in 1839, and on the birth cert Hannah is called 'Hannah Parkinson, formerly Hunter'. Their last child, Nancy Ruth Parkinson was born in 1841 and on there it says 'Ann Parkinson, formerly Whitehead'.

On all them births their father is William Parkinson who I think is actually Hannah's uncle. On the 1841 census, in Lancashire, neither are born in Lancashire, William was born 1796 and Ann was born 1811. The woman who I'm pretty certain is her mum, Dorothy Parkinson, who married a Richard Hunter in 1813, had a brother called William born in 1798 and on his childrens' burial records (in 1817 & 1820) and also his wife's second marriage (in 1826) his wife is listed as a widow, but I can find no death for a William Parkinson.

By October 1841 Hannah is back in Ripon, marrying Mark Kirby. They married by licence and she's a spinster with her father listed as William Whitehead, wheelwright.
Henrietta and Nancy Parkinson both die in 1842 in Leeds and they're both buried as the 'child of Mark & Ann Kirby. They have two children, Mark William Parkinson Kirby, born in Leeds in 1843 & John Thomas Kirby, born in 1844 in Weeton.
Mark Kirby (the elder) died in a railway accident in Harrogate in 1846.
Dorothy Barbara Parkinson dies in Ripon in 1849 and is buried as a Kirby, daughter of Ann Kirby, widow.

All the children who survived to marry so far have named their father a Mark Kirby (John Thomas named him John Parkinson Kirby for some reason).

The next mention of Ann is in 1848 when her daughter is baptised as Sarah Henrietta Kirby in Ripon with 'Ann Kirby, widow'. Sarah Henrietta wasn't registered until Sept 1848 as Elizabeth Raine with parents Ann Raine, formerly Parkinson. THe next child is Charles Aron Raine Kirby with mother's maiden name Kirby, and he died in 1851 'son of Ann Kirby'. She has three more children, all with the surname Raine, and her maiden name given as Parkinson. On the censuses she's listed as the wife of Aaron Raine and her date of birth varies between 1812 & 1816 and born in Roecliffe/Ripon.

She died in 1869 in Leeds and is listed as 'Ann Kirby, widow of Mark Kirby'. The informant was Jane Mudd, who was formerly Jane Hunter (Mary Jane Raine, Ann's second youngest daughter, married Richard Hunter, Jane's illegitimate son) whose mother was Dorothy Hunter, formerly Parkinson. So, they were [half] sisters.

Sorry for the long and rambling post but I've tried and tried to find definitive proof to back up what I think which is that Hannah Parkinson is the daughter of Dorothy Parkinson.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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