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Lancashire / Andreas /Andrew Taylor of Preston and his children: 16th century.
« on: Sunday 14 October 18 13:07 BST (UK)  »
I am trying to find information about the above person and his children who are probably my ancestors.

Vol Xll of Historical Southern Families by John Bennett Boddie and Mrs Boddie,1968, refers to Andreas/Andrew's children - Lewis Taylor (circa 1550-1623 and who I have info on in Shropshire*), Richard Taylor, schoolmaster of Preston, Lancs, and Jane Taylor, who married Thomas Mytton in Preston in 1613.

I have looked for various records but so far can't find anything convincing online. I'm also thinking that the authors might have been confused about which Preston it was as there was one in Shropshire.  I've found some Andrew/Andreas but  the dates are later.

The book (which I have a copy of)  seems to have been well research but there are no refs to the source of this particular piece of information.

I'd be grateful for anything that might help to substantiate or disprove the information given in the book.

Thank you.


New Zealand / Auckland archives look up, please - Rex Douglas Mayall 1979
« on: Thursday 11 October 18 20:16 BST (UK)  »

Could some kind person be able to look this up please:

Auckland probates
MAYALL Rex Douglas - Auckland - Builder   
1979   1979   High Court Auckland, Department of Justice   Akld

Janette suggested I do a separate request from the other thread:

Thanks ever so.


New Zealand / Rex Douglas Mayall 21/2/1950 - 4 Dec 1978, Auckland
« on: Thursday 11 October 18 13:17 BST (UK)  »

I'm trying to find more about the above person, who is recorded on a tree as an ancestor of one of my DNA matches.  The dates that I have are from the tree  and his cemetery/cremation entry in   Waikimete cemetery, Auckland - died 4/12/78, cremated 6/12/1978. to T.O.P. 22/12/1978. scattered 20/5/1980. Aged 28, a builder.

I also find him on an Electoral register, living at 5 De Val(l) Drive, Auckland in 1978. He is recorded as an Insurance Agent rather than a builder.

Would love to know more about his parents, marriage, obit, etc.  I'm exploring his partner's line but have not found a link there so far.

Thanks ever so


The Lighter Side / who's having a laugh :D
« on: Tuesday 09 October 18 16:31 BST (UK)  »
I'm used to my avatar popping up in the advert, etc. blocks but I've just noticed this. It's not me!

Who is the bloke on the tele - it looks a bit like Tomkin  ;D ;D ;D


After doing a search and selecting a record to view I get:

upstream connect error or disconnect/reset before headers

Anyone else getting the same problem?  It's never happened before.  It's only on FindMyPast. Ancestry is fine.  It was fine until about 20 mins ago.


I have recently found  a photo recorded as being of a volunteer group that I know my grandfather belonged to. The snip on the left is of someone in his very early 20s and the one on the right is my grandfather in his 50s.  I have larger restored version.

I've flipped the right hand photo so that they are looking in the same direction.

Do you think that they could possibly be the same person?

Thanks for any comments.


Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / cM anomaly between Ancestry and Gedmatch - same kits??
« on: Wednesday 05 September 18 11:29 BST (UK)  »
I have a match with a distant relative on both Ancestry and Gedmatch. My test was initially an Ancestry one which I later uploaded to Gedmatch. The match appears  also to have done an Ancestry test but much earlier, if the numeric is correct.

On Ancestry we have a 4-6 cousin match of 24cMs across 3 segments.
On gedmatch it's 4.0 gnerations to MRCA with 53 cMs across 3 segments (largest 37 cMs)

Could the type of Ancestry test have changed over the years and caused the discrepancy?

Can anyone give any other explanation, please?


United States of America / Washington State marriage License, 1989.
« on: Monday 13 August 18 14:04 BST (UK)  »
I have a 1989 marriage license/licence for a probable relative  but it doesn't give parents' names.

Is there any way that I can obtain more details?  I've checked the newspapers that I have access to just in case  there was an announcement.  I think it might have been a second marriage. Parties are still alive. I have their SS numbers.

Any help guidance, etc. gratefully received.



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