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Ireland / Re: Help with a birth registration please?
« on: Friday 30 October 20 23:24 GMT (UK)  »
Hello both,

Thank you for your responses to my query!

Ellen Owens was born in Downpatrick in 1876 and was baptised there 30/8/1876. As far as I can make out, she then moved with her family to Scotland in 1884 where she married twice before dying in 1933. The 1891 census showing her in Scotland is the one you have found, Millie!

i'm trying to think of why the birth of one child may not be registered when those before and after her were. Unless of course, she was adopted ...

Thank you both for your help. I knew I wasn't going spare!

Ireland / Help with a birth registration please?
« on: Friday 30 October 20 18:22 GMT (UK)  »
Hello Rootschatters,

I am hoping that someone may be able to assist me in locating a birth certificate in Northern Ireland.

A baptism on August 30 1876 in Downpatrick's RC Church tells me that Ellen Owens was the daughter of Bernard Owens and Eliza Fox, but while I can find her siblings, her birth certificate eludes me.

Can I please ask if others mind looking her up for me, just for some new pairs of eyes? Her parents had married in 1858 so she wasn't illegitimate and as far as I can see as her parent's second youngest child, cannot see any evidence that she was adopted.

Any help you are able to provide would be warmly welcomed.

Kind regards,

Cambridgeshire / Re: Cambridgeshire Parish Registers
« on: Sunday 26 July 20 03:37 BST (UK)  »
Oh...maybe I have been missing something. None of my lot have popped up!

Cambridgeshire / Cambridgeshire Parish Registers
« on: Saturday 25 July 20 23:18 BST (UK)  »
Hi all,

I hope this isn't a duplicate thread, but just wanted to share that I have noticed is currently indexing Cambridgeshire Bishop Transcripts, so it looks as though those of us with Cambs roots might finally get to see some images soon. The FS site says about 8% have been verified, so we might have to wait some weeks yet.

I remember visiting CRO a few years ago and all of their PR's were transcribed. If like me, you like to have copies of the images instead, this is a welcome step forward.

Just thought I'd share!

Kind regards,

For Sale / Wanted / Events / London to Brighton Alzheimers Walk
« on: Saturday 11 May 19 09:29 BST (UK)  »
Hi Chatters,

I hope moderators may permit this post. I and three of my colleagues are walking the London to Brighton challenge (62 miles) on the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of the month. We're walking to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society and each have a personal reason for doing so. For me, it's to remember my great gran who suffered from this disease and like so many lost her battle with it.

I would be grateful if any of you awesome RootsChatters would kindly share my fundraising page or, if you have any spare change, any donations would be warmly welcomed. Alzheimers is such a cruel disease and by doing my small bit to help raise awareness and hard cash, families in the future may not have to suffer so much from its devastating effects on the lives of loved ones.

Thank you for all of the support so far - the nerves are starting to kick in now! We've been practising for months and did our most challenging dummy run last weekend, testing our physical and psychological endurance.

Anything you can do to help, is kindly appreciated  :)

Please follow this link to reach my JustGiving page:

Kind regards,

Canada / Re: Death lookup in Outremont, Montreal - 1946
« on: Thursday 03 January 19 23:24 GMT (UK)  »
Hi again everyone.

Apologies - the notification of replies had gone into my junk folder - rude!

Wow - what can I say?

Thank you for all of this fantastic information - especially the obituaries and the newspaper reports into James Mackie's murder. That has come as a real shock but one that has meant I can now trace his descendants to try and make contact with them. It's a sad, sad story, isn't it?

I have been trying to find Isabella for years now and have often thought something within this family seemed awry. No marriage to be found for her in the UK and her husband disappears without a trace before she and Constance move to Canada. This now helps me close a specific part of the story, but I'm still fascinated.

i'll have a look through the Montreal Gazette papers when I get some more spare time as I'd quite like to find out what happened to the men who killed James. the report from the funeral certainly seems to paint a picture of it being quite an event.

It must have been awful for Constance :(

Thanks again - I sincerely appreciate the help :)


Canada / Death lookup in Outremont, Montreal - 1946
« on: Wednesday 02 January 19 19:18 GMT (UK)  »
Happy New Year everyone.

I am trying to get my head around Quebec records and I believe I have found a record on findagrave which has an ancestor buried in Mont-Royal Cemetery in Outremont.

The records states that Isabella Miles died on August 22nd 1946 but I am struggling to find any kind of death entry to match this up. If she is my ancestor, she would have been in her 80th year in 1946. She was born Isabella Herd in Fife, Scotland, and emigrates to Quebec in 1925.

Is there any database that is hiding in plain sight that I can look her up on?

I'd appreciate help or being pointed in the right direction - Quebec records are somewhat new to me.


World War One / Soldier attached to Machine Gun Corps - which War Diary do I need?
« on: Tuesday 18 September 18 18:24 BST (UK)  »
Hello all,

I hope that someone may be able to add some clarity to a problem I have researching an ancestor of mine who fought in the First World War.

The man I am researching is my great, great grandfather, Sergeant 15471 Thomas James Griffiths, who served with 5th (Pioneer) Battalion South Wales Borderers from 1915 and was demobbed in 1919. According to the medal rolls compiled in 1920, he is listed as being 'attached to 19th Machine Gun Corps'.

So here's the issue I have: Thomas' service record does not survive so I am relying on a medal card to give me the date he went overseas and the war diaries of the 5/SWB. But because he is listed as being attached to the Machine Gun Corps, I am confused as to precisely which war diary I need to look at.

A brief look at the war diary for the 5th Bn SWB tells me there was indeed a machine gun section in the battalion which occasionally conducted duties away from the bulk of the battalion, but what I really would appreciate some clarity on is whether I rely on the SWB war diaries for Sgt Griffiths' movements or is there a MGC diary somewhere that I need to find instead/as well?

Any help that any of you awesome people could provide on this would be warmly welcomed; it's difficult not having his service record and as a result I am relying heavily on war diaries, and so I'm obviously keen to get his movements correct.

Thanks for reading this post and in anticipation,

Midlothian / Re: Can you help? Wrights ground south leith cemetery
« on: Saturday 01 September 18 16:29 BST (UK)  »
Hi Hibee,

I've just discovered this post and was wondering if you still have the South Leith MI's? If so, can I request a lookup please?

The families I am interested in are HASTIE/HASTY and LEGATE/LEGGET and should they have gravestones I would be very grateful if you could help me as I intend to visit the cemetery in October.

Sorry to latch on to this thread - it's pure chance I've found it.


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