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Armed Forces / HMS Cambrian 1850
« on: Tuesday 03 May 16 18:06 BST (UK)  »
I am hoping for some help with the following dilemma.

John Frederick Boyland was baptised at Chelsea in 1826, date of birth 13 Dec 1823. Parents John & Eleanor.

In 1843 his mother was convicted of a crime and made a statement that her son John was on a Man oí War. This set me looking for naval records.

Found a record of John Boyland, served from Sept 1841, aged stated as 19, discharged April 1852. Part of his service showed that he was on the Cambrian between August 1847 & November 1850.

A John Boland was married in Melbourne 7th March 1850, various later records show that he was born in Chelsea.

So, is John of the naval record the same person as John in Australia?

I tried tracking the movements of the Cambrian and came up with this - it left Portsmouth in October 1847 en route to the East Indies, in 1848 it was in Hong Kong and in Nov 1850 it reached Madras, India, where John Boyland was discharged to join another ship. But nothing as to where it was in March 1850. Could it have been at Melbourne?

I would like to resolve this, prove or disprove. Thanks in advance.


« on: Tuesday 16 February 16 09:52 GMT (UK)  »
I am looking for some clues to help me progress with my research into the following family.

James Hunter married Jane(t) Greig at Ballinasloe (Presbyterian Church), 16 Aug 1861, the residence for both of them is stated as Fairfield Creggs.

In 1866 they had a son Thomas, he died in 1867. Both birth & death were registered at Glenamaddy & residence stated as Fairfield Creggs.

Where or what is/was Fairfield Creggs?

Jane(t) was Scottish, James may have been but it is not known for sure.

The 1871 English census shows Jane with several children, the following are listed as being born in Ireland.
James      1862
Mary Ann           1864
Andrew      1865
Thomas      1868   obviously named after his dead brother.

I realise some of the births were before registration, but some are after. I canít find any of them as being registered (except the dead Thomas). Where might they have been baptised, given the parentsí marriage was protestant.

James was not in England in 1871 and I have found no later record of him.

So any clues or local knowledge would be welcome.

Thanks in advance.


Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Cousin match
« on: Sunday 22 June 14 08:19 BST (UK)  »
I have done a Y37 test with FTDNA also a Familyfinder test.

A 2nd cousin once removed (not on my male line) has taken the Y37 test only.

He has matched with quite a number of people bearing his surname and I have none sharing my name. Tough luck I guess but not the point of my question here.

The question is should I get him as a match on my familyfinder results or will he need to do a familyfinder test for that to happen.


World War Two / WW2 Merchant seaman medals
« on: Wednesday 30 April 14 13:01 BST (UK)  »
I have obtained this from the NA. David Alexander black was a merchant seaman in service during WW2. I understand this to be the equivalent of a medal card.

Can someone interpret it for me. Also with regards to the BEM notation, I was wondering if this was the British Empire Medal. (There are others on the page showing OBE & DSO). I have searched the gazette thinking there would be some mention of it there but canít find it. Any information on this would be most welcome.

The man himself has totally disappeared from the family radar after the war, we have no idea what became of him.

Thanks in advance.


Antrim / Rosetta Steenson or Stevenson - Carnlough
« on: Wednesday 15 January 14 10:36 GMT (UK)  »
I am looking for the birth or baptism record for Rosetta Steenson or Stevenson about 1875, probably in the area of Carnlough.

The family name was Steenson but often recorded as Stevenson, some of her siblings even transcribed as Stienson. Her parents were David Steenson & Mary McNeill.

Rosetta married Patrick Black in 1896, the marriage record shows her as Stevenson.
She is in the 1901 Census as Rose Black, with one son, husband not present. In 1911 she is down as Rosetta Black, widow with 4 children.

I have tried all the usual sources for her birth without success and was hoping somebody may have access to baptism records for the area. She would either have been baptised Presbyterian or C of I. (She became RC on her marriage)

A fresh pair of eyes on this would be welcome.


Antrim / Military Hospital, Clifton Street
« on: Thursday 30 August 12 19:39 BST (UK)  »
I have received a death certificate for a death in Belfast 1919. The deceased was a serving soldier and his place of death is given as Military Hospital, Clifton Street

I remember the Benn Hospital which used to be located about where the Westlink slip road now runs. Otherwise could it have been the old poorhouse, perhaps being used temporarily during and just after the war.

Just curious to know where in Clifton Street this military hospital might have been.


Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Remove tear & improve
« on: Tuesday 03 July 12 17:13 BST (UK)  »

I would be most grateful for any improvements that could be made to this photo. Especially to remove the tear mark, but anything else that can be done will be welcome.

I have no way of rescanning the picture, I got it this way.

Thanks in advance


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Decipher occupation
« on: Tuesday 15 May 12 09:24 BST (UK)  »
Can anyone make out the occupation of the William on the following record. All ideas welcome.


Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Can anything be done with this one?
« on: Thursday 13 October 11 14:27 BST (UK)  »
Hi all....... Is there any chance of enhancing this picture, in particular bringing out the faces a bit? Thanks in advance.


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