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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Help with an Occupation
« on: Tuesday 28 September 21 20:42 BST (UK)  »
I simply cannot figure out the occupation on the fourth line.  Driving me crazy!

Lanarkshire / Were Elizabeth Cleland and Elizabeth Blet the Same Person?
« on: Thursday 26 August 21 00:14 BST (UK)  »
I have records (ScotlandsPeople, Ancestry, FindMyPast) showing that James Dobbin married Elizabeth Cleland in Glasgow on 22 Sep 1833.  HOWEVER, I also found a record on FindMyPast stating that a James Dobbin, weaver, of Cotton Street, married an Elizabeth Blet in Barony at about the same time.  It does not give a marriage date, but the banns date was 22 Sep 1833!  Blet is a pretty unusual name so I figured Elizabeth might have previously been married to a man named Blet, but I couldn’t turn up anything to prove this.  In fact, I couldn’t find anyone named Blet marrying anyone at all.

I’m hoping someone might have access to other information that will help sort this out.  Or maybe it’s simply a matter of someone screwing up the transcription of the original document concerning Elizabeth “Blet”.

Leicestershire / Burial(s) in Welford Road Cemetery, Leicester
« on: Wednesday 02 June 21 18:58 BST (UK)  »
I know several people have access to burials in this cemetery, so I'm hoping someone can check on the following for me.

I have been told that Grace Banbury, who died in Oct 1877, was buried in Welford Road, and would like to have confirmation of this.  I would also like to know if Grace's husband, John Banbury, was possibly buried there.  He died in 1893 or very late 1892.

Thanking you in advance.

Lancashire / One Child, Two Baptisms?
« on: Saturday 06 May 17 18:20 BST (UK)  »
I've run into a curious problem while researching a man named Richard Pollitt.  I have found his marriage record and, based on his age at that time, Richard must have been born around 1755.  I have now found two people named Richard Pollitt, both born in 1756 and both baptised in St. Peter's church, one on October 4 and the other on November 5.  But then I noticed that in both cases the father's name was Miles Pollitt who lived in Darcy Lever.  I don't know what to make of this.  Can anyone help?

Lancashire Lookup Requests / Colne Times Obituary for Mrs. J. Pollitt
« on: Tuesday 16 February 16 01:59 GMT (UK)  »
I wonder if some kind soul would be able to look up and send me the obituary for Mrs. J. Pollitt which appeared in the Colne Times on 23 September 1949 (sorry, I don't have a page number).

Some years ago I received a copy of this obituary, but it was very poor quality and I am not able to read a little over half of it.

Thank you in advance for any help.

United States of America / 1972 Marriage in Elkton, Maryland
« on: Monday 25 January 16 20:11 GMT (UK)  »
My uncle married his second wife in Elkton in 1972.  Both have since passed away.

I would like to obtain a copy of their marriage certificate but am not sure if this is possible (too recent).  I have looked online for suggestions but so far have drawn a blank.  Any ideas?

Yorkshire (North Riding) / Where Was This Picture Taken?
« on: Tuesday 26 May 15 17:44 BST (UK)  »
Can anyone tell me where this picture was taken?  I know for sure that it was taken in Yorkshire and a relative tells me that it was taken at least 35 years ago.

Sussex / How to Research a Recent Death
« on: Thursday 23 April 15 22:50 BST (UK)  »
Is it possible to obtain a death certificate for someone who died "recently"?  I do not know the actual date of death, only that it was probably in 2012 or 2013.  I live in the US and have ordered many certificates from the GRO but do not know how to request one for a recent death.  The individual in question was born in 1919 and died in or near Eastbourne.

I also thought of trying to find an obituary but without an actual DOD I doubt if this is possible.

New Zealand Completed Requests / Unlawful Conversion of a Motor Car
« on: Thursday 07 August 14 20:38 BST (UK)  »
While researching my extended family, I learned that one of them was charged in Auckland in 1944 with the "unlawful conversion of  a motor car".  He was 19 at the time and was sentenced "to be detained in a Borstal institution for two years".

I am wondering what on earth he could have done that would warrant such punishment.  There is no mention that the car was stolen so I'm assuming it was his.

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