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Europe Resources & Offers / Old newspapers
« on: Wednesday 03 April 24 08:37 BST (UK)  »

This is a link to an alphabetical list of digitised Newspapers and periodicals at the Austrian Library. They have some other nationalities too eg Italian, Hungarian & Czech publications.For example I found some family mentioned in a death notice in the Leitmeritzer Zeitung (Northern Bohemia).

Occupation Interests / Researching a nurse 1920's
« on: Sunday 31 March 24 16:00 BST (UK)  »
Gt aunt Louisa Kate Thompson was a nurse, possibly worked for a time at a mental hospital. Born 1906 Bishop Auckland Durham, married 1937, when I assume she would have stopped working. She's not on the nursing register on Ancestry. How can I find out more about her career?

Europe / Touristen-verein "Die Naturfreunde"
« on: Tuesday 26 March 24 17:12 GMT (UK)  »
I'm going through some old family documents and thought this may be of interest. It is the membership card for my Oma from 1922. Here is some history which has been translated from Czech:

Tourist association Touristen Verein Die Naturfreunde was founded by teacher George Schmiedl in Vienna in September 1895. The idea was born during a hiking trip by like-minded people to Anninger near the Vienna Forest. In 1905, the international organization of this association was foundedin 22 countries. During the Nazi regime, the organization was banned in Germany and its members were persecuted. In Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia Branches (Ortsgruppe) were established soon after the founding of this association. They were incorporated into counties (Gau), e.g. Gau Nordböhmen, Gau Westböhmen, Gau Nordwestböhmen, Gau Mähren und Schlesien, Gau Tatra, a total of 8 in the whole of Czechoslovakia with approx. 8800 members ( status from 1932); at the end of 1933 with 10,000 members. Just like other mountain and tourist associations, Die Natufreunde founded its mountain huts and houses, with the difference that, for example, Alpenverein built mountain huts in the Alps, Die Naturfreunde built mostly in the surrounding area of their Ortsgruppe. That is, in various mountains and mountain ranges throughout Europe. In Czechoslovakia, in the Ore Mountains, in the Jizerské Mountains, in the Jeseníky Mountains and others.

She was in the Eulau, now Jílové Ortsgruppe of North Bohemia.
Elvira Berger, married name Fritsch.

Europe / Somewhere on the Eastern Front WW2
« on: Tuesday 26 March 24 15:29 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone decipher this ? I think it's a placename, could be somewhere in Ukraine or Belarus, or possibly Poland. On the back of a photo.

Armed Forces / A stray soldier spotted in Auckland St Helen Durham 1814
« on: Tuesday 05 March 24 11:18 GMT (UK)  »
Whilst browsing the Bishop's Transcripts for Auckland St Helen, County Durham, I came across the following baptism:

9th October 1814, John, son of William and Anne ANDREWS, a common soldier of the 74th regiment of Foot, commanded by Major Mein.

This Highland regiment was at one of the last battles of the Napoleonic Wars; the battle of Toulouse 10th April 1814, before heading to Ireland in 1815 according to this history

Major Mein would be

Major John Alexander Mein

Born Scotland, brother of Nicholas (43rd) and William (52nd); served in India 1803 to 1805, wounded at Assaye; served in Peninsula February 1810 to June 1811; again in Peninsula January to May 1812; Major in 74th Foot 11 November 1813; subsequently Lieutenant-Colonel 20 March 1823; brevet Colonel 28 June 1838; acting Governor of Trinidad & Tobago 1838 to 1840; died at Madras November 1841.

Occupation Interests / researching an engineer on steam ships
« on: Thursday 22 February 24 17:52 GMT (UK)  »
I've not had to do any maritime research before but am just
 starting to research the career of engineer William Richardson b. 1820 Bishop Auckland Durham, who moved to London around 1848.

I found an entry for him in 1855 in the British merchant seaman records on FindMyPast, no ticket number unfortunately,  but he was an engineer on the SS Amity registered at London. Birthplace is given as "Oakland"
Would I be right in thinking the numbers in the columns are the dates of the voyages?

Also, from the CLIP site,  is the ship  Amity likely to be the one with  number 4620 registered at London 13 th Jan 1855?

How do I find more?

1861 William was in Spain as he had a son born there in July.
1871 William with family in Stepney
1881 not at home
1884 wife Hannah dies, her death certificate says wife not widow. Abode Arbour Square, Mile End reg district.

Struggling to find a death for him.Checked deaths abroad on FindMyPast but none particularly stand out.

 Not found 1891 possibly dead, as 2 youngest children Thomas 21, & Beatrice 17 are living with an older married sister.

Marked as deceased on son Thomas Richardson marriage to Kate A Scobell 17 Sept 1892.
2 Dec 1886 daughter Hannah Richardson marries Richard Rose, his father marked as deceased, but not hers.
So I think the window is between Dec 1886 to  Sept 1892, but possibly before the 1891 census.

I have eliminated the deaths of William Richardson registered 1889 Dec ST SAVIOUR LONDON. 01D    94              
1890    Dec    CAMBERWELL    01D    521.

The family mostly lived in east London or Bermondsey but later some moved to East Ham.

Several of his sons and grandsons followed in his nautical footsteps right into the 20th century.


Sussex / Eastbourne School of Cookery 1921
« on: Tuesday 20 February 24 14:54 GMT (UK)  »
Whilst looking at branches of my Richardson family I have found something odd.

 Sidney Charles Henry Richardson b. Nov 1891 Rotherhithe, is visiting in Eastbourne 1921census and is down as married, but his wife is down as single, Florence Light b. Italy and is at the Cookery School.
Their marriage was registered March quarter Lewisham 1921 and the census was taken in June.

Did you have to be single to enrole? Is she being " economical " with the truth in the pursuit of Home Economics ?!

They have a son born in 1923 and remain together in the electoral rolls for London 1929 onwards living in Hither Green Lewisham.

Does anyone know more about this cookery school?

Ireland / William Campbell and a connection to the Kearney/Cairney or Conlon families
« on: Thursday 15 February 24 13:25 GMT (UK)  »
 This is a bit convoluted so bear with me!

William Campbell was the son of James Campbell, according to his 1857 marriage to my ancestor Mary Ann Richardson of Co Durham England. I have them in the 1861 census in Durham and William is out of the picture by 1868, as his wife has my ancestor Polly by another man, but no death for William found yet! The best fit for William, who is inconsistent with his age,going by birthplace given in 1861  is the one born at Mill Pit in Penshaw parish DUR. This William's mother died soon afterwards, and I do not know enough about James Campbell to be sure what happened to him.

So onto the Irish connection. In 1851 William born Shiney Row, which is in Penshaw DUR is living with William Stead and his wife Catherine nee Cairney( or variants thereof) in Gateshead, described as COUSIN. I find no link to William Stead, but..

in 1841 William is still in Gateshead with Philip Carney born Ireland, and his family, and he has a daughter Catherine born Scotland, so the cousin relationship is with the Carney family or possibly the Conlons

This is what I know about Philip Carney and his family. Philip was born around 1786 somewhere in Ireland and married Mary Conlon b. around 1796 in Ireland and they probably married  in Ireland before traveling to Scotland, where these children were baptized at St Andrews RC Church in Dumfries:

Grace chr 21 nov 1824

Catherine Chr 16 Sept 1827 a Barry Cairney was a sponsor

John born at Maxwelltown Kirkudbrightshire 5 Oct 1830 chr at Dumfries 10 Oct 1830 mother given as Mary Connellan.

John is lodging with some people in Gateshead in 1851 and in the household is a Patrick CONLEN age 80 widower and his son Bernard age 36 born Ireland, who may be related to Mary Conlon, mother of John Cairney. John stays in Gateshead and is found as Kearn(e)y in later records.

I have not been able to get any further back but am not familiar with researching Irish ancestors. So I am looking for how the Campbells may connect to this family, and the connection is probably somewhere back in Ireland. I know I am not actually related to them but this mystery has been intriguing me for a while. :)

Thank you

The Common Room / Jenner's Edinburgh
« on: Wednesday 14 February 24 14:09 GMT (UK)  »
Some fascinating pictures here, including a lovely old lift which could be one of the earliest in Britain. I remember going to Jenner's about 45 years ago (!) when on holiday with my parents. It will be interesting to see what progress has been made as my husband and I are going to stay in Edinburgh in May before heading up to the Orkney Islands.

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