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Scotland / Was there a town or village called Risk?
« on: Tuesday 03 July 18 05:49 BST (UK)  »
Hello  :)

I have two newspaper articles from 1825 about a robbery on the Paisley to Beith Road.  The post-boy was robbed on that road near a "planting called Mosswood" and/or "Risk Planting".
One article also says "the robber (an Irishman) was yesterday apprehended at Risk".

I've tried searching for Risk but have had no luck.  Can anyone give me more information on where this area was, please?

Thank you,

PS Glasgow Herald articles attached

Australia / Brothers find each other through Ancestry DNA
« on: Thursday 21 June 18 02:25 BST (UK)  »
I found the article in The Age today very interesting.  Can Rootschatters help them find out more?


Australia / Convicts and marriage
« on: Tuesday 12 June 18 08:55 BST (UK)  »
Hi  :)

A general question if I may  ;)

Did convicts who had their Certificate of Freedom have to get Government permission to marry?

I believe the ones that had a Ticket of Leave did need permission, (is this correct?).

Thanks for any help,

Australia / Norfolk Island prisoners
« on: Tuesday 29 May 18 04:55 BST (UK)  »
Van Diemen's Land former convict (conditional pardon held) John Lamb had his death sentence for murder commuted to transportation for life on 5 July 1838.
He was sent to Norfolk Island via Sydney on the Lord William Bentinck, (with ten other Crown prisoners), which arrived in Sydney on 26 Sep 1838. 
I believe he would have been despatched to Norfolk Island from Sydney on 17 Oct 1838 on the Governor Phillip, along with about 70 other prisoners (one newspaper says 70, another 75 and the NSW Archives ships to Norfolk Island index says 74).

I have been unable to find an online resource for John Lamb's time of Norfolk Island.  Ideally, I'd love to see his convict records.  I really want to know what happened to him!  Is there any way to access them from regional Victoria?

Another question I have is whether, if he didn't die on Norfolk Island, did he get sent back to VDL when Norfolk Island convict station got wound-up, and if so, would he have been sent to Port Arthur and remained there until his death?

Thank you for any help,

Australia / Old burial records for NSW
« on: Monday 07 May 18 14:48 BST (UK)  »
Hi  :)
I'm hoping someone here can shed some light on an old record of a burial.
The record came from a microfiche titled "Index to Burials (Old Records) fiche, Pre 1856 Burials Index, NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, 48X (a) 11 of 12 Tulk to Wyke".
On this microfiche was the following entry:-
Ward, Ann, age blank, year 1838, entry number 432, volume 128.
I have been in contact with NSW Registry about this record.  They gave me no information on the microfiche source document.  I followed their instructions and sent them all the information I had regarding the death and they did a search but found no death.
Does anyone know more about this Pre 1856 burial resource?  Is it still available to search somewhere? 
Information written by Anna's (yes Anna rather than Ann), sister said Anna Ward nee Best died on 21 Oct 1838 in Sydney.  She went to Sydney from Hobart after being released from prison there in mid 1837.  Another mystery is why she was sent to Sydney and not back to her family at Longford (in Tas).  She had no family in Sydney.
Anything about her time in Sydney would be great to find at this point.  Many years of nothing now!  :P
Thanks, Marlene

World War Two / Australian Navy occupation Writer - what is it?
« on: Tuesday 27 March 18 13:49 BST (UK)  »
George Johnston, a cousin of my father's, was one of the men who died when HMAS Sydney was sunk in 1941 off the WA coast.
His rank/job was 'writer'.
He had been Naval reserve and called up to serve in WW2.
What did a writer actually do on board?  (Please forgive my ignorance about things Navy.)

Australia / May McIntyre born 1871 but I can't find birth registration!
« on: Saturday 20 January 18 03:23 GMT (UK)  »
May McIntyre (later recorded as Annie May McIntyre) was raised by her paternal grandmother Miriam McIntyre on her property 'Glenoe' outside Penshurst, Victoria.
Miriam McIntyre had two sons; Peter Duncan born 1849 and James Malcolm born 1851.
Family lore has it that May was Peter's illegitimate daughter by a woman named Margaret Cameron.
From her age at death (more info below) May was born in about 1871.

Chronological Records of May
Branxholme School Register - Name: May M'Intyre; Parent or Guardian: Mrs M'Intyre; Residence of Parent or Guardian: Near Penshurst; Occupation of P or G: squatter; Age: 6 years 10 months; Date admitted: Oct 1878; Date leave: Dec 1878.

Electoral Rolls - Victoria, 1903, Grampians, Penshurst: McIntyre, May, Boram Boram, home duties
Same info for 1905 and 1909 (although in Wannon electorate then). Grandmother Miriam is at the same address in these rolls too.  In 1909 Miriam McIntyre died and it is after this that May is listed as Annie May on the electoral roll.
Victoria, 1912, Wannon, Penshurst: McIntyre, Annie May, Boram Boram, home duties
Same info for 1914, 1915 and 1917.
Victoria, 1919, Wannon, Penshurrst: McIntyre, Annie May, Glenoe, Boram Boram, Penshurst, home duties
Same info through 1921 to 1937.

James Malcolm McIntyre's will: written in 1922 it reads in part "I bequeath to Annie May McIntyre the proceeds of the policy of insurance on my life."

Death Registration: Annie May McIntyre, home duties, died 28 June 1940 at Hamilton Hospital aged 69, single; Usual residence was Glenoe, Penshurst; Father Malcolm James McIntyre, grazier, Mother unknown; Where born and how long in Australian states, stating which: unknown, lived in Victoria, unknown; Informant was the funeral home.

Attached is May's obituary from the Penshurst Free Press.

As you can see May's parentage remains a mystery.  Who was her father?  Peter, who certainly had a reputation that was not undeserved or James, who was apparently the 'good' son? 
I have searched and searched for her birth registration.  I'm really, really hoping Rootschat can help me with it!
Thank you, Marlene  :)
Sorry for the long-winded post but I thought I'd better put all the stuff I have found on her.

England / Susan Baker born 1846 civil reg help please
« on: Tuesday 25 April 17 05:12 BST (UK)  »
I've been searching fruitlessly for the civil registration for Susan Baker, daughter of Levi Baker and Elizabeth Goodland nee Webb.
She was probably born in 1846 and I did find an unsourced baptism for her in a myheritage tree:
Susan M Baker bap 26 Jul 1846 Montacute, Somerset.
The online Montacute parish registers I've been able to access online cut out at 1843.
I found her older siblings: Marseillea Baker March quarter 1843 and Levi John Baker [spelt Beku] March quarter 1845 on the Gro Index.
The other possibility is that she was born at sea as Levi and family were definitely in Adelaide, South Australia by September 1848, (newspaper report).
I have been unable to find a shipping record for the Baker family and if I could find an English birth reg for Susan it could help with finding it.
Any help would be most gratefully received  ???

Australia / Boucaut family of Adelaide and Emma Jeffrey x 2
« on: Sunday 26 February 17 02:59 GMT (UK)  »
Emma JEFFREY married James BEST at Sandford, Victoria on 12 March 1890.

The marriage certificate says that Emma was born in Adelaide and that her father was [blank] JEFFREY with an asterix to other information that said 'christian name & occupation unknown' and her mother was Emma BOUCAUT.

Three likely South Australian birth indexes were found;
1. Emma J BOACOUT [sic] b. 12 Nov 1855 to Ray BOACOUT and Emma NOT page 253 vol 5
2. Emma JEFFREY b. 1 Dec 1855 to Ray Barton BOUCAUT and Emma JEFFREY page 254 vol 5
3. Emma Jeffrey BOUCAUT b. 1 Dec 1855 to Ray Barton BOUCAUT and Emma JEFFREY page 254 vol 5

I purchased transcriptions of the first and third certificates (see below)

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