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I use ancestry with a full subscription and FTM (for local backups really, the website is far more useable).

Ancestry is big but still I often fall into holes and have to ask for lookups on FindMyPast here, sometimes even the free data on familysearch fills the gap.

So ideally I would like to export tree and all media intact into a program that can sync with say FindMyPast (and FS if possible).

I have tried the various export options in FTM, but most of the options just crash every time.

Is what I want possible, should I persevere with FindMyPast and try getting ancestry to fix it?

Or do I just renew at ancestry, presumably they are open to negotiation :)

Armed Forces / Royal Navy Rating Lookup
« on: Saturday 02 May 15 01:21 BST (UK)  »
I was wondering if the RN records could be turned up of a guy who served in the Canadian forces, and listed 5 yrs service in the RN in his attestation papers.

He was Douglas George Phythian (b 6 Apr 1884, Omagh Co, Tyrone, Ireland), he turns up in a few places.

In Toxteth 1891
Possibly joining the 4th Liverpool regiment in 1900.
In Winnipeg in 1909
Joining Canadian army in 1914
Shipping back to Canada injured in 1915

Cheshire / Hannah Shawcross, b ~1820 Stockport
« on: Monday 05 January 15 00:30 GMT (UK)  »
I am having trouble finding birth etc for my 2nd great grandmother, she married Joseph Alsop (from Sheen Staffs) in Didsbury, Lancs 24/08/1840 (her father was shown as James).

However I lost them both in 1841 census, but after that from 1851-1891 Hannah gave her name as Hannah (not Ann etc), a consistent birth place and dates from 1818 to 1820.

Joesephs occupations seemed variable, but the other stuff in the census tie up so I think I am right, he was a draper in 1851, a potato dealer in 1861 and a furniture dealer in 1871.

Cumberland / Is there an alternative for the name "Deliah"
« on: Thursday 16 October 14 17:14 BST (UK)  »
I am tentatively following a branch of my family up thru Cumberland/Westmorland.

I am a little flummoxed at a point which on the face of it looks promising, with a Deliah (surname unknown) who married a Mr Stephenson (first name unknown) around 1800, they had at least one child, Jane (b 1812 in Beetham, Westmorland, England).

I can see the name across 4 generations coming forward, but nothing going backward.

There are a lot of Dinahs etc, so I was wondering could Deliah be some kind of regional variant of a more common name?

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Austrian Place name - Completed
« on: Sunday 07 September 14 21:09 BST (UK)  »
[A bit of a cross post of a long thread]

Having made progress I have I believe the right person but unreadable Austrian and Russian place of birth.

The Austrian place name is alternately described as Lemberg Austria on his naturalisation.

Any inspiration?



ps The source is pic is 1901 census for David Levy

Name: Derick Levy (I think the transcription is wrong)
Age: 32
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1869
Relation to Head: Head
Gender: Male
Spouse: Leah Levy
Birth Place: Austria
Civil Parish: North Manchester
Ecclesiastical parish: St Albans
County/Island: Lancashire
Registration district: Prestwich
Sub-registration district: Cheetham
ED, institution, or vessel: 3
Piece: 3767
Folio: 91
Page Number: 46
Household schedule number: 280

Can anyone find details of this probable marriage, the Sarah in question was born in Sibsey, Lincs.

The should have got married around 1815.

The first of their kids I have found was born in Sibsey in 1819.

Selkirkshire / Parents of William Amos (c 1785 - 1867) ?
« on: Monday 18 August 14 14:06 BST (UK)  »
Trying to resolve this ancestor, the wisdom of the masses (ie Ancestry public trees :)) have his parents as William and Margaret Elliot, who existed and got married and had a kid called William in about the right place at about the right time.

However Williams death certificate in Ashkirk 17 Dec 1867 shows parents as Walter and Jane (nee Elliot). He was pauper at death so these is not likely a headstone anywhere for confirmation.

I get the feeling this may have been gone over before, depite my inability to search it out here, does it ring any bells?

Derbyshire / Alwork = Aldwark ?
« on: Thursday 14 August 14 10:53 BST (UK)  »
I have an 1851 census record with an unknown Derbyshire name transcribed as "Alwork"
(Deciphering here -

I don't like the fit with the available births, so perhaps a specialist here might know of a tiny hamlet or district of a larger town that it may be.

If it helps I think he married Hannah Burnett in 1805 in Grindon, Stafford.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Alwork in Derbyshire.
« on: Thursday 14 August 14 02:53 BST (UK)  »
Ancestry transcriptions give this as "Alwork Derbyshire", I cannot find such a place, but I think the Derbyshire bit is right, I pulled a Derbyshire from the same census page down next to the one in question to help compare ().

It is for a Robert Alsop b abt 1775, Married a Hannah from Grindon Staffs, they had a bunch of kids starting with Robert in 1806 in Sheen, Staffs.

Any ideas?


Image is snipped from 1851;
  Ecclesiastical parish: St Thomas
  County/Island: Cheshire
  Registration district: Stockport
  Sub-registration district: Stockport
  ED, institution, or vessel: 3k
  Household schedule number: 29
  Piece: 2156
  Folio: 433
  Page Number: 9

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