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Technical Help / Website for sharing a family tree
« on: Monday 01 June 20 13:31 BST (UK)  »
Hi Folks,

I apologise because I am sure that this must have been asked about many times before but I don't know how to do a search.

Can anyone suggest a site where I can set up the means of sharing a family tree with others. I don't mean Ancestry or FindmyPast I was wondering if there is a model website layout or template for adding your family tree. Other than Facebook I have never set up a website so I'm not sure of the best way forward.

I hope that this rambling makes sense to someone.



Family History Beginners Board / Sale Of Property
« on: Wednesday 29 April 20 15:36 BST (UK)  »
Hi Folks,

I am trying to find when a property / business passed out of the hands of the Shutt family. I have found something which says that Louise Shutt ran Shutt's the Butchers in St Mary's Street Newport, Shropshire into the 1930s after which it was owned by a Mr Minshull but still traded as Shutts. I have heard a story that says that the business was lost due to gambling debts but Louise Shutt was un-married so there are no direct descendants to ask. Is there a way in which I can find information regarding the eventual transfer of ownership of the business and / or property?

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Shropshire / Richard Heighway & Maria Sargeant - Inmates 1824
« on: Monday 14 January 19 13:20 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Folks,

On FindMyPast I have come across three documents relating to the marriage of Richard Heighway and Maria Sargeant in 1824. The actual marriage document shows them as married at St Chads Shrewsbury on 28/06/1824. There is then a Banns notice for St Chads which says they are "both of this parish". However there is also a Banns notice for Rushbury for one month earlier stating that they are "both inmates of William Speak Wall's Bank".

I assume that they left whatever circumstances they were in at Rushbury and moved to Shrewsbury and asked for new banns to be read at St Chads prior to their marriage (is that legal). I have looked at the census for 1841 and there is a William Speak of Walls Bank, Wall Under Heywood who is an Agricultural Labourer. It is too much coincidence to suppose that there could be another William Speak of Walls Bank.

My question is does anyone know of a convention at that time for describing people as "inmates" rather than lodgers or employees or whatever Richard & Maria's status might have been at the time? Or could this have been a wry comment from them about the draconian attitude of their landlord :-)

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Glamorganshire / Ton Pentre, Rhondda - Burials
« on: Tuesday 04 September 18 11:23 BST (UK)  »
I am looking for the deaths of my great grandparents. My name being Evans that is obviously not easy. In the 1911 census they were both still alive Thomas (aged 65) and Martha (aged 64).

Martha is a bit easier in that there are only three Martha Evans with a death registration in the Pontypridd District between 1911 and 1931 (and one more that I have discounted up to 1941). Given that her birth year was accurate on the 1911 census I assume that the death registered in 1925 with a birth year of 1847 is her.

There are however a few Thomas Evans registered, non of them showing a birth year of 1846 but his birth was registered in Q1 1847.

The family lived in Ton Pentre in the 1911 census and my father was born there in 1924 so I suspect that my great grandparents will both have died there.

My problem is that looking on Genuki I see that the Church was consecrated as a Parish Church in 1920 but there don't appear to be any burial records available prior to 1952. Does anyone have some local knowledge as to whether burials took place there prior to 1952 but the register was lost or whether burials took place elsewhere prior to 1952. I am thinking about going to Ton Pentre at some stage to try and see where my father was born but it would be good to look for gravestones if they exist while I am there to confirm dates of death for my great grandparents.

Any help would be appreciated.

Family History Beginners Board / Irish Marriages and Births re British Soldiers
« on: Thursday 09 August 18 11:10 BST (UK)  »
Hi Folks,

I have an ancestor called Charles Arnold who was in the British army until 1852. According to the 1861 census his wife Catherine was born in Dublin and their son William was born in Cork in about 1845.

Catherine's maiden name on subsequent English birth registrations is shown as "Cohoone" (I'm sure that there may be a number of ways of spelling that).

Charles was in barracks in Nottingham in the 1841 census so I assume that the marriage might have taken place between 1841 and 1846 but I have no proof of that.

Is it possible for me to find marriage details for Charles and Catherine (assuming that they married in Ireland) and birth details for their son William?

I have what I can find of Charles' army record but there is no mention in that of his marriage.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Newwriter

Family History Beginners Board / Transcription Please Anyone?
« on: Wednesday 08 August 18 10:30 BST (UK)  »
Hi Folks,

I'm not very hopeful on this one but does anyone have any suggestions who the bride may be please. It is the marriage of Roger (Rogerius) Littleale to someone in 1572. FindMyPast and FS suggest YEvans. Any better guesses please.

Thanks as always

Staffordshire / Jane Wood - Horton, Leek
« on: Wednesday 01 August 18 14:17 BST (UK)  »
Hi, I am trying to find the baptism of Jane Wood shown on her marriage in 1803 to be of the parish of Horton, Leek.

On FindMyPast I can find a Jenny Wood born in 1779 in Horton. I can also find a Jane Wood born in Dilhorne, Cheadle in 1778, one in Burslem in 1780 and another in 1782. Finally there is a Jane Wood born in Longnor in 1779. There are no other Jane Woods baptised anywhere near Horton in this period. But four Jane Woods in the wrong place and one Jenny Wood in the right place leave me a problem.

Jane got married by license. I have a sworn oath by her husband Joseph Goodwin in Cheshire. If I go to the Staffordshire Archives am I likely to find anything which might lead me to an oath signed by Jane (which might show a relative)? Presumably if she was marrying by license she had to swear that she was over 21 and therefore "theoretically" could not be born after 1782.

 Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Radnorshire Lookup Requests / Beguildy Parish Baptism Records
« on: Tuesday 24 July 18 11:47 BST (UK)  »
Hi Folks,

I am trying to find a birth for Jane Humphreys (circa 1820) who lived in Llanwnog, Montgomeryshire as Jane Evans for much of her life but on the census forms it shows her birthplace as Beguildy, Radnorshire. I am a member of FindMyPast and Genealogist but neither seems to have any parish baptism records for Radnorshire.

Does anyone know if they have them at the Powys Archives in Llandrindod Wells or can anyone tell me another source for Radnorshire Baptisms please.


Hi Folks,

I have the family of Benjamin Davies who was a blacksmith in Mochdre, Newtown, Montgomeryshire. I have him and his family in the census from 1841 until he dies in 1865 and his widow until she dies in 1896. I have their Banns and marriage record from 1830 which shows that she was Martha LLoyd.

I have a baptism for Benjamin.

I am now trying to get back to the parents of Martha. The various censuses show that she was born in Llanbadarn Fynydd, Radnorshire around 1813-14 but I can find no records in Parish Baptisms. There only seems to be one Martha Lloyd baptism record in Radnorshire anywhere around that date but she was baptised in Llanfaredd in 1809. Llanfaredd is over 20 miles away from Llanbadarn Fynydd.

The marriage document shows that both Benjamin and Martha were of the parish of Mochdre at the time of their marriage but I cannot find a Martha Lloyd born in Mochdre either. The only two in Montgomeryshire of that name during the relevant time period were both born in Guilsfield.

So, as the marriage record does not show parents for Martha and no Lloyds were witnesses at the wedding does anyone have any suggestions about how I might crack this one please?

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