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Australia / Did Michael and Sarah Madigan go to Australia?
« on: Thursday 26 October 17 15:51 BST (UK)  »

It's a while since I have researched any ancestors in Australia, and I have forgotten all the best websites to use but I have the following problem I need some help with.

I have been researching my great x3 great aunt Sarah Baldwin.

In 1843 she married Michael Madigan in St Giles in Middlesex.  The couple had 5 children, that I have found, 4 of whom all died very young, leaving one, Mary born 1846. 

I have found them on the 1851 census in St Giles and then apart from babies being born and then buried, nothing after 1854. 

Despite searching and searching I cannot find deaths or census records for them.

According to a number of trees on Ancestry, Mary emigrated to Australia but not sure when.  She apparently married Francis Robert Fowler in Queensland in 1872. 

If they emigrated before the 1861 census which I cannot find them on in England, Mary would have been very young to have gone unaccompanied and I am just wondering if her parents went too. 

Is anyone able to find them or point me in the right direction to see if I can find them??

Thank you

Kerryb  :)

Technical Help / Confused by an array of PC adaptors!
« on: Thursday 02 March 17 15:54 GMT (UK)  »

The community organisation that I work for has been donated a couple of LG PC monitors and we need an adaptor to link it with our laptops.

I wonder if someone can link me to a website where I can buy one cheaply, I spent hours looking and got completely confused.

I have basically worked out what I need is as follows:

the monitor lead plug (sorry not sure if that is the technical term!) is a DVI-D single link and I need one with a female fitting? (the holes that the plug will go into) and the other end to go into a laptop.  One of the usual flat plugs, I think it is a usb?

Sorry, hopefully someone out there will know instantly what I am on about and be able to lead me to the right place.  I would be really grateful.


The Common Room / "Closes or parcels of land" - not sure of the meaning
« on: Friday 05 August 16 10:03 BST (UK)  »

I have been transcribing a number of wills this week and they are all mentioning various "closes or parcels of land".  I take that to mean a measurement of land but despite googling I can't find the meaning of Close anywhere.

Just wondering if anyone has seen an explanation or knows the meaning of the word close used in this context?


Europe / France - baptism of Louis MICHEL, Rouen c1781
« on: Monday 03 August 15 15:19 BST (UK)  »

According to a number of Ancestry trees Louis Michel was born about 1780/1781 in Rouen, Seine Maritime, France.  As I don't currently have worldwide membership I wonder if someone is able to check records to find this man's baptism and parents?

I would be really grateful.


Australia / Louis John Michel married 1844 Victoria and died 1904 Melbourne
« on: Wednesday 15 July 15 15:40 BST (UK)  »

Another Michel details to check from Ancestry trees please.

Louis John married Alicia Bell on 21 October 1844 at St James Old Cathedral, Victoria, Australia

and he died 24 September 1904 at Carlton North, Melbourne, Australia.  He seems to appear in the Australian Dictionary of Biography as a gold discover.  I bet he felt pleased with himself, a number of his brothers back home were Tin workers!

I really appreciate this.


Kerryb :)


I have found the following details on a number of Ancestry trees and wonder if anyone is able to see if these details are correct?

Alfred Michel died 5 June 1866 at Hokitika, Westland, New Zealand.

Thank you, much appreciated for your help.

Kerryb :)

Australia / John Michel death in 1895 in Victoria
« on: Wednesday 15 July 15 15:30 BST (UK)  »

wonder if someone would be able to look up the following death I found on a number of Ancestry trees to see if it correct please?

John Michel 5 January 1895, Williamstown, Victoria, Australia
buried on 8 January 1895, Williamstown cemetery

I would be most grateful for any details

Kerryb :)

Sussex Resources & Offers / Burwash and area bastardy bonds
« on: Sunday 21 June 15 11:56 BST (UK)  »

Just to let you know the Burwash Bastardy bonds are now available and searchable on The Keep catalogue.  More information at

I know cos I catalogued them as part of my volunteering at the Keep and lots of local names included! ;)


Kent Lookup Requests / William Young baptised 1741 in Tudeley and Capel in Kent
« on: Wednesday 10 June 15 16:34 BST (UK)  »

Just wondering if anyone has this chap in their tree, or any information on this family. 

So far I have found on Ancestry his baptism as above with parents Henry and Deborah
A possible marriage to an Ann Towner at Capel in 1763 again on Ancestry

I have also found a baptism of a Deborah Young to William and Ann on 18 Feb 1778 at Tudeley and Capel in Kent.  I am trying to find out if I can connect that Deborah with a Deborah I have married to William Terry in 1800 in Limpsfield, Surrey.

My Deborah is not baptised in Limpsfield, Surrey, I have been through the PRs with a fine tooth comb.  Her death record of 1850 gives an age of 73 therefore born 1777 and if you search for her on Ancestry the above at Tudeley and Capel is the only one that comes up!

Capel and Limpsfield are not that far away from each other.

Grateful for any help


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