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Census and Resource Discussion / GRO lookup (MMN at birth) help please
« on: Tuesday 10 July 18 15:47 BST (UK)  »
If someone fancies a challenge could they see if they can use the GRO lookup facility to find the mother's maiden name for any or all of the three people listed below. The problem is the unusual surname and despite using the soundex's I have not been able to find it and unfortunately using a surname is compulsory

Births Dec 1838
Margaret LANDERS (I believe this is Margaret Landreth)
Chester le Street 24 23
Births Dec 1840
Cecilia Landreth
Chester le Street 24 32
Births Dec 1842   
James Thomas LANDRETH
Chester le Street 24 33

(I know there is a marriage in 1829 in Welbury, York between a Thomas Landreth and a Jane Byers but I think, at this stage, that that is a red herring and they are not the parents of these three people.

Thank you.

Northumberland / Marriage 31 July 1837 St John, Newcastle
« on: Friday 06 July 18 14:11 BST (UK)  »
There is a transcript of a marriage between Hannah Ranson and Joseph Smith on 31 July 1837 at St John, Newcastle on findmypast. I really want to see the original. Does anyone know where this may be possible online.

(The marriage is not on freereg, durhamrecordsonline or familysearch. In the case of the latter the browsable pages for 1837 marriages appear to end on 30 June as far as I can ascertain).

Thank you

Census and Resource Discussion / 1871 Census Thomas W Nevin (1848)
« on: Sunday 24 June 18 15:23 BST (UK)  »
Can anyone find Thomas W Nevin born 1848 Allendale, Northumberland on the 1871 census?

I have him on all censuses apart from the 1871. In 1861 he is at Wedger House, Allendale with the rest of the family. In 1881 he is in Allendale Town with new wife Hannah. In 1871 his father Matthew is visiting the Robsons' at Plenmeller, Allendale (although the age is way out this is the correct Matthew) and his mother Mary and siblings are at Hunstonworth, Durham.

Thank you

The Common Room / newspaper article lookup 1854
« on: Tuesday 05 June 18 16:23 BST (UK)  »
I have found this reference to a newspaper obituary in 1854, although details as to where are not given

I have had a look on findmypast and cannot identify it there.

I would like to find out more about this John Allen and in particular if he had connections to Bishopwearmouth / Durham

Thank you

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Another Ancestry DNA horror story
« on: Monday 04 June 18 19:49 BST (UK)  »
I wonder how many who have done the Ancestry DNA test have read this

and in particular the bit about

According to Winston, Ancestryís terms and conditions are long, and somewhat boring, but people should read them.

ĎThey make a big deal of stating that you own your DNA. But they are taking a worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free license to do what they want with your DNA and your actual genetic sample that they keep in storage.í

Census and Resource Discussion / 1861 Census Mary Charlton
« on: Monday 04 June 18 16:36 BST (UK)  »
Can anyone find Mary Charlton on the 1861 census for me?

Mary was born c1801 in Hutton Rudby, Yorkshire. She is on the 41, 51 and 71 census with her husband Thomas and family, in Hutton Rudby. Thomas is on the 1861 census with the rest of the family but Mary is missing (perhaps visiting somewhere).

Thank you

Family History Beginners Board / Recent Birth Certificates
« on: Friday 25 May 18 16:58 BST (UK)  »
Not sure if this is the right board so feel free to move it if need be.

If you order a recent (1982) birth certificate from the GRO as well as the usual GRO references it asks for the following mandatory information

Date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy)*
Place of birth *
Fatherís/Parentís surname *
Fatherís/Parentís forename(s) *
Mother's maiden surname *
Mother's surname at time of the birth
Mother's forename(s) *

However some commercial sites (although charging much more) do not ask for this mandatory information eg Ancestry only asks for the persons name and the GRO reference numbers

(Local registrars seem to fall somewhere between the two depending which one you approach).

My question is: Can these commercial sites really supply the birth certificates without asking for all the mandatory information (and if so what is the point of the GRO asking for it if there is such an easy way to get around it)

Thank you

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / DNA Trees on Ancestry
« on: Thursday 29 March 18 19:33 BST (UK)  »
Could someone who has taken an Ancestry DNA test tell me how the trees in the DNA section of the site are organised. I understand there are private and public trees just as on the main part of the Ancestry site. Can you do a search on the public DNA trees getting a list of matches or near matches and then explore the resulting trees just as on the main part of the Ancestry site.

And connected, has anyone ever had an explanation from Ancestry why they are running two sets of trees, one on the main website and the other in the DNA subsection of the site.

Thank you

Census and Resource Discussion / Army census 1881
« on: Friday 02 March 18 15:18 GMT (UK)  »
Does anyone know where would people in the Army in 1881 be enumerated. I did look at the links given above and did find this

Information on the enumeration of institutions, the army, navy and merchant vessels can be found on the GENDOCS website for 1841-1901. 

from one link.

I did get the Gendocs site to open but could not get anything from their link for census information.

What I am hoping is the Army overseas just like navy and merchant ships are enumerated into their own section. Is this so? If it is I am trying to find where a soldier in Belfast in 1881 (from the 2nd Yorkshire Regiment) would be enumerated. I am aware that there was a separate Irish census in 1881 but I assume they would not be recorded in thee, and anyway those papers were destroyed a long time ago.

Thank you.

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