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The Common Room / Help with Wills.
« on: Wednesday 25 September 19 10:52 BST (UK)  »
Hello to you all, itís been a while since my last post, but after spending some time yesterday on Ancestry looking for wills, and coming away empty handed, I think I need some help.
Firstly, are All wills online? Whether it be a reference to order one, or the actual will to see.
And where is the best place to view them? After seeing the price of wills has come down to just £1.50, Iím desperate to go down this route to hopefully solve a family mystery.
One name Iím searching for is John Johnson, date of death 4th January 1922, Manchester, uk. I couldnít find any mention of him, so Iím hoping someone who knows what they are doing could help out?
I look forward to any replies.
Many thanks, Benn

Lancashire / Looking for possible burial locations
« on: Sunday 16 November 14 20:35 GMT (UK)  »
Hi all.

I'm trying to find possible burial locations for someone who died at home, living at Copestick Street, Ancoats. I've seen part of an old map showing All Souls church in Ancoats, but after reading up on it it doesn't have a graveyard.
I have also searched the manchester council burial records with no positive result.
I'm looking for the burial of John Johnson, who died at Copestick Street, in February of 1922. He was born around 1863 in Beswick / Bradford area of Manchester.
His wife died in 1948, and is buried in St.Josephs R.C cemetery, He isn't buried with her.
Any advice gratefully received,

Thanks in advance, Benn.

Lancashire / Help needed .... Ways to find the correct person.
« on: Sunday 19 October 14 13:41 BST (UK)  »
Hello to all.
It's been some time since I was last here, but due to recent events I feel I need to get back into this.
Anyway, I'm trying to find the death certificate of my 2 x great grandfather, John Johnson. So far I have bought 3, all of which are incorrect! Although the name, age & locations all match. I have spent some time going through the bmd lists, and I think I have narrowed it down to 3 matching people. But before I carry on spending I'm wondering if there's a way of narrowing it down further, perhaps by using electoral registers to find the year he is no longer listed??
I have his address in the 1911 census, and I know he is deceased by 1936 (his son's wedding), and I have the address of his widow in 1948. Is there a way of checking the electoral roll from 1911 onwards until he is no longer listed, hopefully giving me the year of his death.
I would need to travel to Manchester library, so I want to be sure it can be done before making the journey.
Unless the electoral rolls for manchester are available online??
I hope someone can help,
Many thanks,


Lancashire / Search for Salford Grave of WW1 Belgian soldier.
« on: Wednesday 02 July 14 19:42 BST (UK)  »
A search has been launched for the final resting place of a First World War soldier who is thought to be buried in Salford.

Belgian soldier Franciscus Alphonsus Van den Eynde, 21, was wounded fighting in Mechelen in the fields of his home country.

He is honoured on a plaque for the fallen in a church in the town where he was raised.

He was brought to England for medical treatment, and his death was recorded in Salford on December 3, 1914. He had been a Ďkarabillierí or rifleman.

It is believed he may have been treated at Salford Royal Hospital in Chapel Street.

Now council staff from Zandhoven, the district where the soldier was born, have appealed to Salford residents to help find his last resting place.

City Mayor Ian Stewart said: ďIíve asked staff to check records and see if Mr Van der Eynde is indeed buried in our city but it may be an enthusiastic local historian already knows where his grave is.Ē

Kevin Verboven from Zandhoven wrote to Salford council asking for help.

He writes: ďIím part of the Zandhoven municipal advisory group tasked with the World War 1 commemorations, asked to gather data on the fallen soldiers of our municipality.

ďOne of these fallen soldiers, commemorated in the town of of Viersel, is Franciscus Alphonsus Van den Eynde. He was born in Viersel the 21st of March 1893. He is said to have died in December 1914. What little information I have claims that he was wounded and that he died in Salford, Great Britain.Ē

ďIím amongst others trying to ascertain where Mr Van den Eynde died and importantly where he was and maybe still remains buried. The Belgian database which lists the fallen soldiers of the first World War lists this person but not his burial site. Usually burial sites are listed.

ďThe name I mentioned is the name listed on the Dutch language birth certificate (he was born in Dutch speaking Flanders). However these names were often shortened in daily use or they were given a French twist, this being a dominant language at the time in Belgium.Ē

A commemorative plaque in a church in Viersel lists him as Alfons - short for Alphonsus. But he may have been known as Frans or Franscois. If you can shed any light on the mystery email

(I've just copied & pasted this report from the M.E.N article. I hope that's ok)

Lancashire / Bradford / Beswick burial sites - pre 1936
« on: Sunday 29 June 14 17:32 BST (UK)  »
Hi all,

After a long break from researching my tree, I'm finally looking into previous 'brick walls', hopefully with fresh eyes.
The stem of family I'm looking into lived in the Bradford / Beswick area, which I believe is now the city of manchester stadium, and most of them worked at the Bradford Iron works. What I need to know is where any churches were in that area that people could've been buried in graveyards, and what happened to those burials when the area was demolished.
The family name I'm researching at the moment is Johnson, so not an easy one to come back to!!
I look forward to your replies.

Thanks in advance, Benn

Lancashire Lookup Requests / 1901 census lookup please - address search manchester
« on: Tuesday 17 April 12 19:25 BST (UK)  »
Hi, If its possible is someone able to do an address search for 1901 please. I'm looking for the residents of 10 Hibberts Place, manchester.
Hope someone can help,
Thanks in advance

Lancashire Lookup Requests / Manchester Workhouse 1901
« on: Tuesday 17 April 12 15:12 BST (UK)  »
Hi, I've just been going through some death certs after a break of some time, hoping to find something new I might have missed first time around, and the place of death of my 3 x great grandfather was in september 1901 at the Manchester Workhouse, North Manchester. Reg district : Prestwich, sub reg district : Cheetham.
My question is, where was the workhouse? after looking at google, it lists a number of workhouses in manchester. Also would he appear on the 1901 census as an inmate / patient of the workhouse, I can't find him on the census at all.
Do records exist of people in there, admittance, illness etc. It would be very interesting to find out when he went in, why and anything else on offer.
His name was Samuel Westwood, born approx 1830 +/- 5years.
Hope someone can help, many thanks.

Lancashire / Shaw / Westwood family of Manchester
« on: Saturday 10 March 12 16:54 GMT (UK)  »
Hi all, after a long time of being away from my family tree, I had a look today at the 1911 census and found a new person in my tree. It was the grand daughter of my great great grandparents, so my grandfathers cousin? I just need to link her now to my great grandfathers siblings, so I'm hoping someone out there may have come across them. Her name was Eva Westwood, born in approx 1907, district of Barton upon irwell, and I think she married a William Shaw in 1928, also in Barton upon Irwell district. Before I have to order certificates I'm hoping someone will recognise these names. If she married william, I have found 3 of their children - but don't want to mention these as they could still be alive.
I hope someone can help, and I look forward to any replies.
Many thanks.

Lancashire Lookup Requests / Electoral Roll Lookup (1948) if Possible
« on: Friday 20 May 11 14:24 BST (UK)  »
Hi, I've just received the death certificate of my great great grandmother - hoping it would help me out of the jam I'm in with this line of my family, and although it has confirmed one or two things, it has created another problem.
The name of informant is Charles Hough, son-in-law, and I can't find a marriage of him to anyone I know about in the family.
Is it possible for someone to look up his address in 1948 to see who is living at the address - I'm hoping it might list his wife and any older children.
His address was 93 Hackle Street, Manchester, 11.
The address of my gg grandmother was 18 copestick street, ancoats, and her name was Isabella Johnson.
I really hope someone can help, and look forward to any replies.
Thanks in advance,

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