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Down / Re: Pre registration records
« on: Monday 10 February 14 15:53 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Jim,Thank you so much for all your work on my Gunnings. Yes I live in Glasgow and no I haven,t been to Ireland,I would very much like to visit,it depends on my health but if I can I'll try to get there this year I will.I love your story ,off to find treasure,and then finding it,just not in the way you expected.As for making a crystal radio set,I wouldn't know where to start,one of my cousins did geology at Glasgow uni,he then worked at Kelvingrove Museum and Art gallery until he retired.
 My Dad regularly went to Ards as he had aunts and uncles there also a pile of cousins.These were all from his mother's side.She was Janet McMillan,born 1878 in Ards,her father was James,he was a weaver and her mother was Jane Belshaw.My dad's mother died in 1928,but he went to see his relatives as Janet had 6 siblings.I think there would have been some Gunnings in Ards but he never mentioned them.David Gunning,my dad's great uncle,was a shoe maker in Ards till he died in 1921,he had a large family but I don't know what happened to them.I did come across a Frank Gunning who lives in Conlig,his wife is Helen,no idea if he's related.
 Up until Janet died she visited Ards and she took some of her offspring with her,I don't think she knew that her mother-in-law,Annie Gunning,nee McCafferty was still there.When her husband,William James died in 1920,she went to the parish for help as she had 6 kids and ,apart the eldest,James,who was 15,no-one was old enough to work.On the application she says that both her in-laws are in New Zealand!I found that Annie remarried in 1818 to John White in Ards,on the previous census she put that she was a widow!
 There is one mystery I would loved solved,Annie(a)had 3 children before she married Thomas in 1877 in the Presbyterian Church in Greenwell St.William James(my grandad)in 1873,Easter(Esther) 1874 and Mary 1876.My grandad was baptized at the Greenwell st church,the other 2 I don't know where,on the 1881 census for Glasgow Easter isn't there.I have looked and looked but I can find no trace of her!
 I'd like to know when Annie died but as it's after 1922 there don't seem to be any Ulster Records on line.
 Why William had an expensive house, I've no idea.where was it? how did you find it?
 I didn't know that Gracey,means a cobbler,I saw something in Ayrshire,where all cobblers had a face on the outside wall near the front door,there's still one house with this sign.
 Nearly 2 years ago I contacted 1st Presbyterian Church to ask if they have records of BMD and I gave them the names I was interested in.The minister,Gordon,got back to me and said no bother.It transpired that an elderly man,John,is in charge of the parish records,Well the PC broke down,John said he'd sent me the records,which he hadn't,and so it went on for a year.Eventually,Gorden sent me a print out of all the records for my kin for Baptisms and marriages,which he could have done at the beginning.I'm not complaining,I thought it was funny but I was disappointed at just a print out as when I requested a marriage  entry from another church I got a copy of the entry in the book.Gordon said that if I wanted the originals I would have to go in person having made an appointment first.
  I won't bore you any more! I'll investigate the sites you have given me and see what I can find.
      Thanks again Susan

Yorkshire (West Riding) Lookup Requests / looking for a burial
« on: Monday 10 February 14 00:59 GMT (UK)  »
My great x2 grandad,Edmund Wear died in Huddersfield in 1876,can anyone tell me how I can find out where he's buried.Thanks

Down / Re: Pre registration records
« on: Sunday 09 February 14 23:35 GMT (UK)  »
I have just gone back over the posts and I realize I haven't really answered the post that Ballyaltkilligan posted. Drumawhey seems to be where the family lived at some point.Yes I have looked on Genes Reunited,I am not a member but I can see anything that might be relevant.Re:flax growers,I doubt if that would apply as my ancestors weren't weavers,another branch of my family were.
 The cabinate maker in Donaghadee,could well be related,as I know nothing about my great x3 grandad James,he could have had brothers who had sons,there's certainly a lot of Gunnings around Co Down,Co Antrim and Co Armagh I would think they originally came to Ireland with the Plantations in the 1600s.
 I have a membership to Ancestry,but like many sites most of their records are from when registration began,getting back before registration began seems to be difficult.

Down / Re: Pre registration records
« on: Sunday 09 February 14 22:39 GMT (UK)  »
Many thanks for all the research you have done.Conlig is where I believe William Gunning lived before he married.James,I believe was a farmer,whether it was in Co Down,I'm not quite sure.Andrew Gunning,James' son was also a farmer,whether he farmed the same place as his father I don't know.
 James had 4 sons Samuel who went to Glasgow,where he had a cab company,James,he also went to Glasgow,he was a labourer,,he returned to Ireland after his wife,Agnes ,died.William,my great x2 grandad stayed in Newtownards,working as a bootmaker.I have seen that he went to Glasgow but I can't find him on any census there.Andrew,I've already mentioned.
 William had 5 sons,Samuel, I don't know much about,I think he went to Scotland,James,after marrying in Glasgow he went to New Zealand,Thomas,my great grandad he was a shoe maker,,he also went to New Zealand,leaving his family behind.(there's more to Thomas's story but I won't bore you)David,he stayed in Newtownards,he was a shoemaker until his death in 1921.Lastly there's Henry who I don't know anything about.
 Thomas' son William James was my grandad and his son William McMillan(after his mother) was my father.
 I have looked on many sites to find more information but,so far I,ve not found anything more,Any help or suggestions you have are very welcome

Down / Re: Pre registration records
« on: Friday 07 February 14 16:45 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks for your reply.Do you mean,I haven't given enough detail? I have tried Ros Davis'site,I go back every so often to see if there are any updates.I have also looked at Family Search and anywhere else that might have info.What I'd like to find is my great x3 grandad's birth,marriage and death.He was James Gunning,a farmer in Co Down(I think) he must have been born in the 1780s,he married Jane Stewart approx 1807,his first son Samuel was born 1808,Where or when he or Jane died I haven't a clue.His son William was my great x2 grandad,I know he was born in 1823 but not where.I know his wife was Mary Snodden,but not where they married their first son was also Samuel born 1848.I don't know where William or Mary died or when,William was a Shoemaker.William's son Thomas was my great grandad,born in 1855,probably in Newtownards,I have his marriage and his death. I contacted 1st Presbyterian Church  and they sent me a list of all the baptisms and marriages for members of my family,but nothing for either William or James,it was probably too far back.I would love  info about James and William but I've run out of places to look.

One Name Studies: A to G / Belshaws
« on: Tuesday 04 February 14 19:19 GMT (UK)  »
Belshaw,Newtownards Co Down 1750-1900s

Down / Pre registration records
« on: Tuesday 04 February 14 18:32 GMT (UK)  »
Is there anywhere you can find records for births and marriages before registration started? Also do churches have records of funerals,I know few churches had graveyards so would a service be held in a church prior to burial or was usually just a graveside service.

Occupation Interests / Tram drivers
« on: Tuesday 04 February 14 18:19 GMT (UK)  »
 Does anyone know anything about the Glasgow trams in the 1870s,80,or 90s.I have a William Dicks who was a tramcar driver at that time.Does anyone have an ancestor that also worked on the trams at that time? They would have been horse drawn.

Down / Re: Dorrie Cunning
« on: Monday 03 February 14 00:37 GMT (UK)  »
Hi,I don't know if I have a connection with Dorrie and James,the reason I'm saying this is that my Gunning ancestors had large families and I haven't researched all the offspring of all of them,only the ones in my direct line.It's very likely as my family all came from Newtownards as did James.Do you know who James' parents were,that would help.
  I know they were missionaries and that they went to Brazil.I have a missionary in my family,Mary Belshaw,she went to Australia to help Aborigini children in 1923,she died there in the 1960s.Her brother Hugh also went with his wife and son,he was a Baptist minister,then her sister Eleanor went after she married and I'm in touch with her grand daughter.It was The grand daughter who asked me if I am related to James.
   There are a lot of James in the children of my great x2 and great x3 grandfathers families.Did you know that on A Billion Graves you can see James and Dorrie's grave.
  If I can be of help let me know and if you know who James' parents were that would help me to see if there is a link.Can I ask if you are related to them.

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