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Armed Forces / Assistance required re Wm Henry Wright - UK Army service c 1870s.
« on: Tuesday 25 July 17 16:47 BST (UK)  »
I am looking for a military record for William Henry WRIGHT (known as Henry) born 1856 Great Bentley, Essex. He is reported to have joined the Royal Inniskillings. He can be placed in Enniskillen in 1878 because he had a daughter born there.  By 1880 he was in Belfast working as a full time musician, and so had evidently left the army. So any military career must be c 1872 Ė c 1879. Not sure of his exact role in the army but he was a noted musician and so may perhaps have been in the band.

Antrim / John Malcolm Gordon Smith b 1913
« on: Saturday 13 February 16 10:04 GMT (UK)  »
Looking for some assistance.

John Malcolm Gordon Smith was born in Belfast on 22.4.1913. Parents and siblings:

He was still alive in 1953 when he was named as executor in his motherís will. At that time he was living at Ardenlea, Clonevin Park, Lisburn, Co Antrim.

I canít find any trace of him after 1953. Ideally Iíd like to find his date of death and will. Any ideas?

Dublin / William Harold Smith b c 1904
« on: Saturday 13 February 16 09:59 GMT (UK)  »
Looking for some assistance:

William Harold Smith was born in Belfast c 1904. See:

He was still alive in 1953 when he was named as executor in his motherís will. At that time he was living at Ardkill, Killiney, Co Dublin. He was a company director, and I am fairly sure was married to Ruth Somers Beatty.  They had at least one son born 1937 (name withheld as he might well be alive).

I canít find any trace of William after 1953. Ideally Iíd like to find his date of death and will. Any ideas?

US Lookup Requests / Francis Grimshaw - East Hampton, NY.
« on: Thursday 08 October 15 16:35 BST (UK)  »
I am researching a Francis Grimshaw (born Manchester UK c 1806). He emigrated to the US in the 1820s and married a Mary Sherman (no further information). The couple had a son Francis jr born East Hampton, NY in 1833, whose subsequent life I know.

Francis and Mary presumably married near East Hampton c 1832 or earlier. However I cannot find their marriage. Can anyone help?

Also, I have searched for Francis & Mary in the US censuses but cannot find them. Can anyone assist? My only clue is that I see what looks to be Francis jr in the 1850 census working on someone elseís farm, and I wondered if perhaps both his parents were dead. But thatís just supposition.

Europe / Switzerland - Emil Gottlieb BOL(L)IGER
« on: Sunday 27 September 15 01:01 BST (UK)  »
Looking for guidance on finding the birth/baptism of  EMIL GOTTLIEB BOL(L)IGER in Switzerland on 20.3.1902 (as per a US death cert). Exact location of his birth not known.

Parents names not yet known either, but according to 1930 US census, father was born in Switzerland and mother in Germany. Emil emigrated to the US in 1923.

Would he be in any Swiss census between 1902 and 1923?

New Zealand Completed Requests / Gilpin - Christchurch
« on: Monday 05 January 15 12:08 GMT (UK)  »
I am researching a GILPIN family, origianlly from Co. Armagh, Ireland. Family history is that two brothers migrated to Christchurch, New Zealand around 1892. They were born in Co. Armagh,  c 1870. Sadly I donít have their Christian names.

Are there any records of GILPIN arrivals in New Zealand around that year that might fit this (rather vague) information?

New Zealand Completed Requests / James Black Malcolm
« on: Monday 01 December 14 15:12 GMT (UK)  »
James Black Malcolm is reported to have died in May 1924 in Christchurch NZ. Can anyone possibly help me by getting his date of death and find/advise where I might find any obituary for him?

He is believed to have been born c 1855 in either Glasgow or Belfast. Parents Duncan Malcolm & Christina Black.

Derry (Londonderry) / Townland near Limavady
« on: Tuesday 12 August 14 12:13 BST (UK)  »
I am interested in a William Douglas, shoemaker, s/o Wm Douglas, Labourer, who married in Limavady 2nd Presbyterian church in 1878. His address on the marriage cert was ROCPARK. I canít find a townland of that (or similar) name anywhere in Co Derry. Does anyone recognise it, and advise me where it is/was? The bride's address is just Limavady.

London and Middlesex / James Birch
« on: Tuesday 10 December 13 17:50 GMT (UK)  »
Grateful for advice on where to search for a marriage in the 1820s.

The Couple were James Birch who married Catherine (surname unknown) around 1829. The family appear in the 1841 census in Shoreditch, London. James was 40, Catherine 30. Their eldest child 11. So I suspect they married around 1828/29.

James has died by the 1851 census, but Catherine is recorded as born in Westminster. So I would expect the marriage to have been either in Westminster or somewhere in the East End. Family appears to have been C of E.

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