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Australia / Re: Woomera site
« on: Tuesday 25 September 18 16:20 BST (UK)  »
HI Gerry,

Thank you for that information.

I am fairly certain that it was Woomera, but I will definitely contact the site you supplied on the off chance I was given faulty information.

Your efforts are much appreciated.

Regards, TD

Australia / Re: Woomera site
« on: Sunday 23 September 18 17:45 BST (UK)  »
Hi Gerry,

Seeing how I'm the lock-picking skeleton of the family, I really don't have that much information to go on. But if I had to (gu)estimate, it would probably be between 1945-1955. I do know he was in Malaysia in the late Forties, so from there to Australia might make sense.

Again, I don't have his service records. There's a lot of military involvement that side of the family, and SKSs have generously provided me details of some of the older generations, but truth be told I am somewhat embarrassed to have to provide a DNA result just to prove I'm a (close) relative for the request of the records of both my father and grandfather.

Not to mention the costs involved (from The Netherlands) are beyond my means, and I don't have a credit card.

So anything you're willing to try and find out is really hugely appreciated!


Yup, hence not being able to find anything through the Internet. Otherwise I wouldn't even bother you guys ;)


Australia / Woomera site
« on: Saturday 22 September 18 16:46 BST (UK)  »

Piecing together facts (and discarding myths) surrounding my biological father, I'm trying to find out whether he actually worked at the Woomera test site in Australia. Lacking facts like the exact years he might have been there, or whether he was there as a civilian or while still in the RAF (I don't have his service records), is there any way to go about this?

Any help much appreciated.


Lancashire / Re: Black ancestors in Liverpool/Lancashire
« on: Monday 03 September 18 12:56 BST (UK)  »
No, not mine.

Just thought I'd post this for those that are looking into theirs.


Lancashire / Re: Black ancestors in Liverpool/Lancashire
« on: Monday 03 September 18 01:25 BST (UK)  »
I did find one more, based on an article on the Internet.

Baptism: 10 Sep 1783 St James, Toxteth, Lancashire, England
Peter Sailsbury -
    Abode: from Baltimore, Maryland
    Notes: Negro

Apparently there was a community of freed slaves working as sailors who ended up in Liverpool.


Lancashire / Black ancestors in Liverpool/Lancashire
« on: Saturday 01 September 18 20:15 BST (UK)  »
Maybe this can be of help to those researching black ancestry in or around Liverpool.
Discovered the following remarkable entry while looking for ancestors' baptisms:

DoB approx 1792
Bapt 20 April 1808
Note "a Black, about sixteen years old"


Immigrants & Emigrants - General / Re: Rotterdam - 1910 - Passenger Lists Query
« on: Wednesday 29 August 18 19:51 BST (UK)  »
I had a look at several archive sources in both The Netherlands and Rotterdam, but it appears that - for now at least - only the passenger lists of the Holland America Line are there. It's possible that they still need to be processed, if they're there at all. I suggest putting up this query from time to time in the hope you might strike gold eventually.

Regards, TD

Armed Forces / Re: Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service, 32 Foot 2 Battn
« on: Tuesday 28 August 18 18:52 BST (UK)  »
The info is much appreciated!

Of course all this is a (very) long shot, but the Lapley mention does seem to infer this John at least may be part of 'my' Haycocks, whose lives all seem to have taken place in and above Wolverhampton. Which does make Winchester seem more likely for the Halesowen lad, although a 10 year age discrepancy (1776 -> 1786) is even more unlikely than a 6 year one.

I'm just really running out of options here, with no baptisms and mothers for both John Jr and son George. After 15+ years you start grasping at straws.

I'll scout through the records you've linked. If anything interesting pops up I'll post back here. Thanks again!


Armed Forces / Re: Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service, 32 Foot 2 Battn
« on: Tuesday 28 August 18 16:20 BST (UK)  »
Winchester.. that's a good ways south. OK.

What I'm trying for here is finding out whether (if this is the correct person, which I'm assuming) John Sr's enlistment and subsequent movement might have caused him to end up in or near Oswestry around 1816, which is where John Jr claims to have been born on virtually every census he's on. Jr's estimated DoB is extracted both from the census takings as well as the age given at death in early 1876, which was 59.

The names of grandfather-father-son are basically 100% certain, as are their PoB.

As an aside: adding yet another military branch to the tree is just a huge bonus. I can't turn without stumbling over an enlisted father-grandfather-ancestor ;-)

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