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Northumberland / Giving my ancestors an airing!
« on: Friday 29 January 21 10:42 GMT (UK)  »

Sheffield then Newcastle: TURNER

Middlesex then Newcastle: RYDER
<br />Aberdeenshire then Edinburgh then Newcastle: EDWARDS, BRODIE<br />Angus STEWART, DIXON, PETRIE

I've left out the  BROWNs, far too many of them!

Gen in NBL UK

The Common Room / Familysearch website clunky and unreliable
« on: Tuesday 29 December 20 21:05 GMT (UK)  »
I've been looking for miscellaneous records on Familysearch and after drilling down through several menus and ticking the box for Records Online (NOT those is Family History Centre) all I get are the records you can only see in Family History Centres. Why doesn't the filter work properly?

Gen in NBL UK

I don't want to reinvent the wheel here so ....

I've been using Family Tree Maker for donkey's years but I don't think it will do what I want it to. I want to make a large family tree of my direct ancestors and drop their photos into boxes. (I keep my photos separate from my tree) Name and lifespan added. I don't want to use or FamilySearch. I want something decorative in the end, not just a chart.

Any ideas?

Gen in NBL UK

World War Two / WW2 - wounded in Italy March 1945
« on: Wednesday 01 April 20 15:16 BST (UK)  »
My father was wounded in Italy during WW2. From his military file he was  "wounded (BC) 3 Mar 1945     W3016     at?   13 Mar 1945". He told me it had happened as he was crouching over a field wireless and got shrapnel in his back and side. His brother told me he recuperated on light duties guarding Italian POW for about a year. But in 1955 back in England, he had more shrapnel taken out of his side, they were very jagged pieces of rusty metal so I think they must have been from a shell.

He had been transferred to the 6th Batt. of the Cheshire Regiment on 11th June 1944, from the Northumberland Fusiliers.

From several sources, I think he was in the far north of Italy by this time but I'm not sure. The Imperial War Museum book about WW2 in Italy misses out any happenings around 3 Mar 1945.

Could anyone tell me what the Cheshires were doing between June 1944-March 1945? And where they were in Italy?

Gen in NBL England

Technical Help / Is it still worth downloading Gedstar app to my phone?
« on: Sunday 19 January 20 06:41 GMT (UK)  »
Years ago when I had a Palm Pilot, I used the Gedstar app to view my family tree on the move and without an internet connection.

Now I have a new phone with bells and whistles and I've thought about an app for family tree use. Gedstar still gets a very good review but their website has a flash about

For various technical reasons, there will be no further development on the GedStar Pro products. However, the current versions will remain available as long as they continue to work on both the Windows and Android platforms.
Thank you for your support over the years on our journey from Palm Pilots to the latest Android devices!

So is it still worth using this app? Or is there a successor to Gedstar that delivers the same goods?

Gen in NBL UK

The Lighter Side / How long before "dirty rotters" in my family got presumed dead?
« on: Friday 22 November 19 17:07 GMT (UK)  »
I have a  father and son in my family who both deserted their wives and started new lives in Canada and USA, the son remarried bigamously. The father disappeared off the face of the earth or changed his  name!

The father:
Edward Emerson FENWICK was a wine and spirit merchant in Newcastle upon Tyne.
1859 bankrupt
1861 census GONE but wife described as Married. Ten children!
1865 in USA?
1871 wife calling herself a widow
1875 newspaper adverts in USA saying he was in Illinois or Michigan about 1865, please write to son in Newcastle
1879-ish his eldest son Henry Cuthbertson FENWICK did the same trick, went off to Canada leaving? his wife behind and married again in Canada in 1889 bigamously. 6 children by bigamous marriage.

I have loads of info of the son and his new family in Canada but nothing about his father's death.

What was the process back then for getting your spouse presumed dead and getting your hands on any assets he might have left behind.

Gen in NBL England

Northumberland / New Delaval school photo
« on: Wednesday 06 November 19 16:25 GMT (UK)  »
Does anyone have a photo of this school? I've seen Peter Loud's photos but would like to see an earlier one, possibly 1900-1930?

Gen in NBL UK

Northumberland / The Jordans of Holystone/Harbottle/Alwinton early 1700's
« on: Sunday 03 November 19 11:12 GMT (UK)  »
Is anyone related to these Jordans? They were a Roman Catholic family whose members were noted in the Biddleston Hall RC chapel records. Biddleston Hall was the home of the RC Selby family for centuries.

Gen in NBL UK

Northumberland / Newcastle cemetery records
« on: Sunday 28 July 19 19:39 BST (UK)  »
Previously I've looked at Newcastle cemetery records (cemeteries NOT church graveyards) at TWAS. I've just seen on the NDFHS website that Newcastle City Library " Holds microfilms of cemetery records for Newcastle upon Tyne. "

Is that correct?

Gen in NBL UK

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