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The Common Room / British Army birth in Germany in 1960s
« on: Sunday 03 October 21 19:50 BST (UK)  »
I wonder if someone could give me some advice on how to find and order a birth cert where the birth took place in Germany in the 1960s. Father's unit was based in Germany at that time and family resident at base.

Thanks for any help  :)


I came across this really informative guide from Aberdeen Council Council:

Very clearly sets out all the info on records, including how to research, where to look and much more.

Formal adoption in Scotland came into law in 1930


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Cause of death in 1873 Glasgow
« on: Saturday 13 March 21 15:45 GMT (UK)  »
Hi  :)

Just wondering if anyone can make out the cause of death of 26 yr old Mary Norris, as certified by James Barr. This is connected to this ongoing thread here


Ireland / Understanding 1851 census extract re Benthorpe family
« on: Sunday 25 August 19 12:35 BST (UK)  »
Hi All

I wonder if we could get some help in understanding this document, an extract from the 1851 census for Londonderry (relating to main thread here

As always hopeful but struggling with Irish records, I thought this might connect to Sarah and her family (if confirmed  ::))

There is a link to the image at the bottom. I think this shows a note on the left of the children of John Snr and wife Sarah.  Don't undertand the document really nor the reference to Mrs Harron in Glasgow  ???

Clip above starts from pg 6 #53.

The key player is daughter Sarah, who ends up in Glasgow. Some of her siblings have also been found in Scotland in later years.

Many thanks for any help and assistance.

Monica  :)

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Charlie 1924-2019
« on: Saturday 15 June 19 12:08 BST (UK)  »
Hi All

Could I ask for some help in improving this photo please? It was taken the first week of my step-father Charlie's retirement in 1984. He has recently died at the wonderful age of 95. This photo reminds me of just how much he has enjoyed 35 years of blissful happy retirement with my mum.

Scotland / Scotlands People- 1940 Valutation Rolls now available
« on: Saturday 18 May 19 12:07 BST (UK)  »
Scotlands People has just added this new year to their online VRs databases.

From their recent newsletter:

National Records of Scotland have published valuation rolls from 1940 on our online research service, ScotlandsPeople, adding more than 60,000 new digital images.
You can now search over 2.8 million new indexed names and addresses for owners, tenants and occupiers of properties throughout Scotland.
Valuation rolls were created to help with collection of taxes, recording details of buildings, properties and their value, and the names of their owners and tenants.
They are a valuable tool for local history research and can be used to add foliage to your family tree by searching for people and properties between census years.
Paul Lowe, Registrar General and Keeper of the Records of Scotland, said:
“The 1940 valuation rolls provide a fresh insight into the lives of families and communities during this period and will give people in Scotland and around the world access to more of the records to further explore our shared history.”
1940 was the year the Second World War struck home for the people of Scotland with air-raids across the country.  Our archivists investigated the newly released records and found evidence of the devastating attack on Wick in Caithness in the first daylight air raid on Britain of World War II.

See also

Monica  :)

Armed Forces / Applying for non kin WW2 army service records
« on: Sunday 26 August 18 11:56 BST (UK)  »
Just a general question if someone could help here (related to this post

What is the position on applying for WW2 service records with the following criteria:

  • You are not direct family
  • You do not have an exact DOB or death cert
  • You know approx birth year c. 1908-11 (therefore, one would say very likely deceased)
  • You have regiment, rank and service number. You also have some service record details and possible discharge date

Using this for reference

Thank you  :)


Scotland Resources / Discovering and visiting local Archives in Scotland
« on: Saturday 05 August 17 22:03 BST (UK)  »
Great summary put together by the Scottish Archives:  link updated Nov 18


London & Middlesex Resources / St Mary's or Battersea Rise Cemetery
« on: Tuesday 27 June 17 21:47 BST (UK)  »
I have been doing some research which has included this cemetery. I contacted Wandsworth Borough Council's bereavement service at and they have kindly sent me a plan of the cemetery and also a complete set of grave locations within the cemetery.

To find the grave number I needed, I visited the Wandsworth Heritage Service housed in Battersea Library  The archivist there was a great help and I was able to find the entry I needed in the film 'Battersea Cemetery Burials' which contained the burial registers.

Find a Grave also has a number of transcriptions from surviving stones

Specific grave numbers to help with location in the cemetery can be found in the burial registers.

Below is the main plan of the cemetery which shows the different sections/blocks. The following posts include the individual blocks with a map of the graves. The cemetery is noticeably full (truly full up!). Be aware that the numbering system for the graves is not in order sadly and can be particulary random. You will need to really study each section to try and find the grave number you need.

To be able to include some of the grave maps here on RC, the size of files is reduced for some of the images. If you have a problem reading the numbers (and who can blame you  ::)), just send me a PM with an email I can use to send you a larger image that should help some (although it is still hard going...).

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