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London & Middlesex Lookup Requests / Wright/Bradfield marriage 1842 Isleworth
« on: Sunday 28 August 22 13:16 BST (UK)  »
Hello everyone

A DNA match's family tree has led me to a marriage in Isleworth. I understand the Isleworth parish records have not been deposited at the LMA and so are not available on Ancestry.
Does anyone have access to them?

On Familysearch I have located the following marriage:
27th June 1842 in Isleworth
Robert Wright & Sophia Bradfield.
Sophia's father is called John, but what I'm most interested in is John's occupation. I'm hoping for tailor or breeches maker.

Can anybody help?
All the best
Andy  :)

Berkshire Lookup Requests / Allen, Bucklebury
« on: Sunday 21 August 22 16:33 BST (UK)  »
I have a cluster of DNA matches descending from either:
Martha Allen born around 1805 in Bucklebury who married James Stacey there in 1832;
or John Allen born around 1811 in Berkshire who married Hannah Willis in Bucklebury in 1834.

I'd like to find the baptism records for Martha and John in Bucklebury and to see whether they were siblings. Even possibly a marriage record for their parents?!

Thanks for your help!  ;D


Buckinghamshire / Emma Bowler Chalfont St. Peter marriage 1882
« on: Monday 08 August 22 14:59 BST (UK)  »
Emma Bowler (born 1856 in Seer Green or Chalfont St. Peter) married John Green in the March quarter of 1882 in Eton registration district.
I think John Green is probably the general labourer aged 22 born Oxfordshire in the 1881 census in Chalfont St. Peter.

I'm interested in digging deeper into John Green's background and would love to see if there is information about his father on the marriage certificate.
Does anyone have access to the Chalfont St. Peter records?

All the best and thanks for taking the time to read this
Andy :-)

Oxfordshire / Alfred Johnson born circa 1820 Henley
« on: Thursday 04 August 22 14:56 BST (UK)  »
My DNA research has led to a mini-cluster of people descended from Alfred Johnson. Before I give you the information I already have, I should say that my focus in on his life before the birth of his (presumably) first child in 1846. I cannot find a baptism or marriage record for him, so that's what I'm really after.

Between 1846 and 1868, Alfred has 12 children registered in Sheppey district, all with mother's maiden name Budd.
In 1851, 1861 and 1871, the family is in Minster in Sheppey, Kent.
In 1888, they can be found in Chelsea, London.

Alfred's occupation is consistently given as shoemaker/cordwainer or similar.
His birthplace is routinely given as Henley on Thames in Oxfordshire, or just Oxfordshire.
In 1851, his age is given as 30; in 1861 as 40; in 1871 as 56 and in 1881 as 66. This would suggest a birth year of 1815-1821.

His wife, Emily, is born circa 1823-1825. Her birthplace information varies on the censuses but seems to be either Isleworth, Middlesex or the Wonersh/Guildford area in Surrey.

Of particular interest to me in the 1851 census, when they have the following servant with them:
Fanny Bradford (or Bradfield, it's hard to read), aged 43 born in Henly on Thames.


As an aside, other DNA matches indicate a chance that Alfred Johnson is somehow connected to my ancestor William Cooper who was baptised in 1798 in Ascott under Wychwood, Oxfordshire.
Interestingly enough, his elder sister Rachel (baptised 1785 in Ascott) ended up in Henley and her husband was called John Bradfield, a tailor. I haven't been able to find a marriage record but they start baptising children in Henley in 1812 with their son Alfred Bradfield.
This Alfred Bradfield (born 1812 in Henley) married an Elizabeth Andrews on 6th June 1838 in Wonersh, Surrey. He is a bachelor, his occupation is cordwainer and his father is John Bradfield, a taylor.
They baptised their first daughter in Wonersh on 7th October 1838 - Frances Ellen Bradfield, Alfred's occupation being a cordwainer!
On the 1841 census, they are in Wonersh and Alfred is a shoe maker!
Elizabeth remarries in 1859 in Ewhurst, Surrey to a Stephen Stemp. She is listed as a widow.

Now I'm rambling and confusing myself. Does anybody see something I'm missing?!

All the best from the heatwave in Berlin
Andy  ;D

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Ancestry Beta Chromosome Painter
« on: Friday 22 July 22 16:59 BST (UK)  »
Maybe I've missed something that everyone's already talking about...but...has anyone seen their new Chromosome Painter on Ancestry? My mum's DNA account has one up, but mine doesn't yet.

I'm interested to know what I can do with the information. 95% of mum's chromosomes seem to match only one ethnicity. Is that normal? Does that tell me anything?
For example, although only 3% of her maternal DNA is associated with Norway, it's only on two chromosomes...same for her paternal DNA - only 2% "Norway DNA" but all on one chromosome.
I'd imagined it would all be a bit more "mixed up"...or does that mean for both her mother and father the "Norway DNA" is likely to come from one ancestor?

(I wrote "Norway DNA" to make things easier to read, I realise DNA cannot be Norwegian)

Thanks for reading
Andy :)

Warwickshire / Annie Braithwaite born circa 1857 in Birmingham
« on: Sunday 17 July 22 14:56 BST (UK)  »
Hello, everyone! Bit of a long-winded one, I'm afraid.

Researching DNA matches' family trees has led me to an Annie Braithwaite born circa 1857 in Birmingham. I'm interested in trying to work out who her four grandparents are. Her life before 1877 is what I'm focused on.

Some context:

Annie married Edwin Alfred Smith on 28th October 1877 at St. Andrew's parish church in Bordesley (near central Birmingham). She gave her age as 19 and marital status as spinster. She was residing in Aston and her father was listed as Christopher Braithwaite, a wire weaver.
The couple had 11 children (half of whom dying as infants) before Edwin's death in 1893. Interestingly enough, their first child Christopher Edwin was registered in the September quarter of 1878 in Aston district with mother's maiden name Griffiths. I'm sure this registration is their child - his baptism takes places in 1879 in Ashted parish church and gives his birth as 4 July 1878. Also the surname Griffiths comes up again later.
Annie remarried on 4th June 1900 at St. Gabriel's church in Birmingham. She was recorded as 39, a widow, residing in Pickford Street, the daughter of Christopher Braithwaite (deceased), a wire weaver.

In the 1861 census (Piece 2175, Folio 55, Page number 26), you can find the following family:
Christopher Braithwaite, head, married, 45, a wire worker, born Leeds
Susannah Braithwaite, wife, married, 40, born Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
Susannah Braithwaite, daughter, 3, born Birmingham, Warwickshire

Is this child Susannah the same person as Annie?

In the 1871 census, it gets stranger. Piece 3142, Folio 56, Piece 20:
Susana Griffith, head, widow, 50, born Bromsgrove
Susana Griffith, daughter, 12, born Birmingham.
A lodger in their house is: Christopher Brawit, unmarried, 58, a wire drawer, born Yorkshire.

Is Christopher the father of this child Susannah?
Did Christopher every marry Susannah Griffith?
Is Susannah's maiden name Griffith? Or was she married before?

In the 1881 census, you can find Christopher and Susannah living as husband and wife in Aston. Christopher died in 1886, Susannah not until 1905.
An interesting one is the 1891 census (Piece 2416, Folio 98) at 43 Montague Street in Aston:
Susannah Braithwaite, widow, 70, born Bromsgrove
George Hewley, son, single, 22, labourer in Skin Yard, born Bromsgrove
Benjamin Wilson, son, single, 19, general labourer, born Birmingham.

Could these be her grandsons?

All a bit confusing. But just to re-iterate, I'm trying to find out who the four grandparents of Annie Braithwaite could be!

Thanks for taking the time to read this!

Andy  ;D

The Common Room / England & Wales birth certificate 1961, adoption?
« on: Tuesday 01 February 22 22:44 GMT (UK)  »
Hello everyone

If I obtained a birth certificate from a birth registered in England in 1961 and this person was later adopted, would I expect to find some kind of note or annotation to reference this subsequent adoption?

Andy  :)

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Ancestry DNA question
« on: Tuesday 01 February 22 10:55 GMT (UK)  »
Just a simple question about "hidden" matches so I'm sure I've understood it properly.

My closest match is the son of my maternal cousin at 568 cM - let's call him LC.

If I click on his profile and look at shared matches, will it show only people who share at least 20cM with both of us?

And if click on the profiles of other people and look at that shared match list, will it only show LC if he shared at least 20cM with them?

If someone shared 19cM with LM and that connection showed up on their shared match lists, it would be so much easier to determine whether people are maternal relatives of mine or not!


Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / DNA confusion
« on: Wednesday 12 January 22 15:56 GMT (UK)  »
I manage both mine and my mother's account.

My mother has a 162cM match with someone, let's call her Pam.
Pam is her 3rd cousin once removed through Pam's grandfather's paternal side.
162cM is quite a lot for such a match BUT it seems my mother is also more distantly connected to Pam's grandfather's maternal side as well.
Either way, it seems high to me.

I suppose the even weirder bit is: I don't match with this person at all!!!
A 162cM with my mother, but she's not even on my list.

That just doesn't add up to me!  ???

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