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Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Sea Wall Portishead
« on: Wednesday 07 April 21 12:17 BST (UK)  »
Would it be possible to clean up this photo showing construction of the sea wall at Portishead, near Bristol? Thank you.

Family History Beginners Board / George Brown and Annie Francis marriage
« on: Monday 15 March 21 10:43 GMT (UK)  »
I'm trying to find a marriage record for George Brown and Annie Francis/Frances (surname unknown). Please can you help?

George Brown (b. 25/3/1876 in Norbiton, London) is listed in the 1891 census at 551 Kings Road, Fulham, London with his parents & 5 siblings.

In 1897 George married Annie Francis (surname not found) who was born in London abt. 1876.

George and Annie had at least 3 children:

George William Brown (1899–1963)
Ellen Rose (or Nellie) Brown (1901–?)
Alfred Charles Brown (1905–?)

The 1901 census records George and Annie living at 7 Sotheron Road, Fulham, London and in 1911 at 121 Bath Road, Knowle, Bristol.

I'm researching Joel Curtis, also known as Joseph, (and also known commonly as Brimble) of Farmborough, Somerset.

Please can you help me to find a census record for 1871 and a marriage record.

He was baptised as Joel Curtis on 21 Apr 1844 in High Littleton, Somerset, England. He died on 16 August 1913 at the County Asylum, Wells, Somerset where he’s listed as ’Curtis - Joel or Joseph’.

His father was James Curtis who was also known commonly as James Brimble. (James’ mother Ann Curtis/Curtice had 4 sons when she was single, before she married William Brimble in 1813.)

The 1861 census records him as Joel Brimble, son of James Brimble.  He was living with his family in Farmborough, Somerset and was employed like his father James Brimble as a Coal Miner.

Around 1866 he married Ann.  Some trees on Ancestry list her as Ann Lansdown Sweet but without records to confirm this.

Their first child was born in Somerset, the next two in Wales, so likely that they were in Wales in 1871:

Birth of Daughter Levinia Curtis, 1867 • Clutton, Somerset, England
Birth of Son Joseph Curtis abt 1870 • Mountain Ash, Glamorgan, Wales
Birth of Son James Curtis abt 1872 • Mountain Ash, Glamorgan, Wales
Birth of Son Gomer Curtis, 1874 • Clutton, Somerset, England.

The 1881 census records him as Joseph Curtis living at Clutton Hill, Farmborough, Somerset with his wife Ann and 6 children, employed as a Coal Miner.

I have records after this date.

Thank you.

Census Lookup and Resource Requests / William Britton in the 39 Register
« on: Tuesday 26 January 21 12:18 GMT (UK)  »
I've been unable to find William Britton (1864–1954) in the 1939 Register. Can you help please?

In 1911 he lived at 4 Moravian Rd, Kingswood, Bristol with his wife Sarah Jane and 5 children.  Occupation - Bootmaker.

Sarah Jane died in 1935.

The only possible entry I found in 1939 looks wrong - William G Britton, listed as single, not widower, (b. 23 May 1864, retired butcher at 44 Chiphouse Road, Kingswood with E, J & E Pearse).

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Britton family
« on: Friday 22 January 21 09:07 GMT (UK)  »
Would it be possible to repair this lovely old photo of the Britton family please?

Thank you, Jeff

Family History Beginners Board / Oswin Griffiths (abt. 1822–1877)
« on: Monday 21 December 20 14:29 GMT (UK)  »
Please can you find a census record for Oswin Griffiths for 1851?

On 11 July 1842 in West Bromwich he married Fanny Taylor. They had one child - Rosabelle Griffiths (b. 1846). It seems they may have separated.

In 1851 Fanny Griffiths was living with her daughter Rosabelle at the home of her uncle Timothy Massey in Birmingham St George.  In 61 Fanny was living with Rosabelle in Birmingham and in 71 and 81 with Rosabelle’s family (Thomson) in Shropshire.

From 1854 Oswin had ten children with Rebecca (Wood). No marriage record found; although Rebecca uses the surname Griffiths.  In 1861 they lived at Back 280, Birmingham, in 71 at Weston Lane, St John, Staffordshire.

Family History Beginners Board / Frank Wild (1872–1935)
« on: Wednesday 16 December 20 13:29 GMT (UK)  »
Frank Wild (1872–1935)

Please can you help? I'm searching for a record of Frank's marriage and a census record for 1911.

In I found: He was born on 26 October 1872 in Bradford, Yorkshire.

In 1881 he was a schoolboy living with his family at 7 Leeds Road, Eccleshill, Yorkshire.

In 1891 he lived with his family at 9 Wellington Terrace, Eccleshill, Yorkshire, employed as a Clerk in the Worsted Trade.

In 1901 he lived with his family at 16 Edmund Street, Bradford, Yorkshire, occupation Stuff Manager, Employer.

Sometime after 1901 I believe he married Kate Florence Noble (1876-1972). She's named as his widow in probate notice.

Children: Leonard 1907, Mary 1909, Elizabeth (Betty) 1911, Gerald Noble 1915, Reginald 1919.

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Bristol Police uniform
« on: Thursday 28 May 20 20:53 BST (UK)  »
Please would you be able to tell me anything about this photo - approx. date, rank etc.
The only thing known is that he is possibly a policeman in Bristol. Thank you.

World War Two / Arctic Convoy Medal
« on: Thursday 09 May 19 13:34 BST (UK)  »
Please can you tell me the correct name of this medal. It was awarded posthumously to an uncle who served aboard HMS Zambesi on arctic convoys.
I've found some info on the Ushakov medal, recently awarded to British veterans, but that looks very different to this medal.
Having received this medal would the holder also be entitled to receive the Arctic Star medal?

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