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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  :)

Hi aussiegalx

You haven't been on this site since 2008, so I am going to leave a message incase you get a notification or anyone looks who might be interested. 

I think I have found Sarah Baldwin - i not y.  I have the marriage certificate, from the LMA records on Ancestry today.  I think the birthplace on the 1851 is a mistake and she was actually born in Middlesex not Ireland.  Her father's name and occupation fits with a Sarah Baldwin on my tree.


London and Middlesex / Re: LMA Collection on Ancestry
« on: Wednesday 27 September 17 11:47 BST (UK)  »
And it did prove useful to my research, another step forward in the saga that is the Baldwin family.  Now got a whole load more researching to do.


London and Middlesex / Re: LMA Collection on Ancestry
« on: Tuesday 26 September 17 14:46 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for the update Dawn.

That may just prove useful to my research!


Sussex Completed Lookup Requests / Re: Help! 1841
« on: Monday 04 September 17 15:13 BST (UK)  »
Hi again St Vincent

Looks like the Vincent family line has just worked its way back up to the top of the pile for some more research.  I don't have anything for Stephen apart from his baptism so I shall be glad to fill in some gaps.


Sussex Completed Lookup Requests / Re: Help! 1841
« on: Sunday 03 September 17 10:23 BST (UK)  »
Possibly got this Stephen in my tree but I don't have a marriage for him.  I have him as baptised on 10 November 1821 at Cuckfield to James Vincent and Sarah Agate.  (See my post on page 1 of this thread)

Is this the one?


The Common Room / Re: England in the time of Richard III - free course
« on: Wednesday 23 August 17 15:28 BST (UK)  »
Hi Groom

I've done that one amongst a whole host of historical courses and enjoyed it immensely.  Also enjoyed the Royal Food and Feasting course, especially the cooking and eating and the Agincourt one.  Quite enjoyed the Empire course except for the discussions which got a bit heated and a bit nasty.  People continually telling me as an English person I should apologise for slavery.  Sorry I don't agree, I wasn't there, and come to that, whilst my ancestors weren't slaves, english ag labs didn't have much more freedom, money or better lives.

In September I am going to do one about Bonnie Prince Charles and the Jacobites which sounded interesting.

Kerry  :)

The Common Room / Re: Working as a Genealogist
« on: Tuesday 18 July 17 15:09 BST (UK)  »
Hi Katie

I am a part time part time genealogist, in other words, I work part time in Admin for a charity organisation and on the side I do some professional paid genealogy.  I set up two years ago and quickly realised that it is extremely hard these days to make a good living out of genealogy for all the reasons already mentioned by others. 

So yes you need something else to bring in money, whether that is related to genealogy or otherwise and I agree your charges are too low.  I charge an hourly fee and I keep being told that I'm too cheap, but I have problems with the morals of charging 50 or above an hour, but I guess if I wanted to make a sole living from genealogy I would have to.

I studied the Post grad degree course with the University of Strathclyde which gives you a professional qualification, I don't know how old you are, but if able to I would advise you to do a get a qualification.  Not only does it give you more of a professional standing but the learning on my course was brilliant and went beyond the knowledge I had gained through years of doing my own tree. 

As well as how to research, they teach you about business planning, finances and how to deal with the minefield that is copyright.  Basically in that case you should not be sharing copyrighted images with clients, but you can transcribe them for reports.  You can get into all sorts of problems. 

The Strathcylde course has 3 components, certificate, diploma and the last year is a dissertation which I found excellent because it revealed to me, an area of interest which became my 'usp', an interest in local history of Sussex which is why I advertise locally and concentrating on Sussex history.  However so far most of my clients seem to want to get me researching in Scotland, but hey I don't limit myself!

Anyway I wish you luck, I love doing research for other people and can see you feel the same.


Sussex Lookup Requests / Re: James Carey married Phoebe Boys 1803
« on: Friday 28 April 17 10:18 BST (UK)  »
Hi Caroline

No weirdly if you search for Elizabeth it doesn't come up but I searched for William Carey, marriage place - Sevenoaks, Kent 1767-1769 and then below the marriages it was amongst a number of baptisms. 

The citation for the record is "England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 16 December 2015), William Carey in entry for Elizabeth, 21 Feb 1768; citing Christening, Sevenoaks, Kent, England, Kent Archives Office, Maidstone; FHL microfilm 1,473,691.


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