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United States of America / Ann Stephens - child actress
« on: Monday 07 June 21 20:02 BST (UK)  »
Ann Stephens has been an ongoing mystery for many years.  Can anyone in the US help with any possible marriage/death, or any other useful information for her please? 

Ann Gillian Stephens was born in England on 21st May 1931 to parents Lucian and Kathleen Stephens nee Blake.

The last positive piece of information is that Ann went to the US in 1959.  The travel manifest says that the Parthia left Liverpool on 11th April 1959 bound for New York.  Ann's address at the time of leaving the UK was 8 Chepstow Man.(Mansions), Bayswater, London W2.  Her occupation was given as Air Hostess.  It is thought that she worked for Pan Am Airlines.

Ann may have lived in Los Angeles at some point as her younger sister married there in 1967.  Not been able to locate an image for this marriage which was found on Family Search.  It is thought that this sister (born 1934) is still alive as there does not appear to be any death registered for her in the UK.  The sister was last known to be living in the county of Devon, UK.

Ann's mother died in 1995 and her last will dated 1984 does not mention Ann at all, so the assumption is that Ann was dead by then.

There is a thread for this and I give the link below.

The topic was originally started in 2011, resurrected in 2014 and again in March 2021.

If anyone can find any information on Ann after 1959 that would be great.

Thank you to anyone who can assist.  :D

Cambridgeshire / WATSON - Girton
« on: Sunday 02 May 21 12:11 BST (UK)  »
I am having a baffling time with two children of David and Elizabeth Watson.

I've found a list of baptisms as transcriptions of their children and the two below are causing the bafflement.

Alfred Franklyn Watson baptised 28th January 1883 and below is his birth registration from the GRO

GRO Reference: 1882  D Quarter in CHESTERTON  Volume 03B  Page 440

Henry James Watson born 4 June 1883 and baptised 28th January 1883  ???  ???

I cannot find a birth registration for Henry at all.

Henry appears to be on the 1891 census as Harry, no age given on the transcription.  Alfred is also on there with no age.  A look at the image shows a black line through the age section  :(

Registration district   Chesterton
Archive reference   RG12
Piece number   1278
Folio   112
Page   10

The parents David and Elizabeth died in 1894 and 1895.

I've found Henry as Harry James in the 1901 listed as a nephew born 1881.  There is no birth for a Henry James Watson in 1881.

Registration district   Islington
Other household member first name(s)   James, Maria
Other household member last name   Cobbold
Archive reference   RG13
Piece number   177
Folio   8
Page   7

Alfred is with the other members of his family in the 1901 living at Church Lane, Girton, Cambs.

Registration district   Chesterton
Archive reference   RG13
Piece number   1522
Folio   114
Page   6

Does anyone have access to the original images of these baptisms at all?

Thank you to anyone who can assist with this  :)

The Common Room / Census address search on FindMyPast
« on: Friday 23 April 21 10:41 BST (UK)  »
Just noticed today that Find My Past have introduced a Census Address search.  You can search for any address in any census.

It says Select a Census, Street name, Location.

Has anyone else seen this?

Technical Help / Topical Talk website
« on: Tuesday 13 April 21 14:32 BST (UK)  »
Any ideas as to why I can't access the Topical Talk website?  It was fine a couple of days ago but now I can't access it.  I get the below message:

This site canít provide a secure connection sent an invalid response.
Try running Windows Network Diagnostics.

Your suggestions will be gratefully received.

Technical Help / Computer screen/keyboard cleaner
« on: Saturday 13 March 21 17:15 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone tell me what they use to clean their computer screen/keyboard please?

Thank you.

The Common Room / Unwanted certs board - searching
« on: Sunday 13 December 20 10:45 GMT (UK)  »
Is there any way of searching names on the Unwanted certs board?

It looks to me, at the moment, that you have to trawl through all the posts in the relevant letter to see if there is any name in which you have an interest.

I couldn't seem to get the Search box to look specifically in the unwanted certs department.  Is there some magic trick that I have missed?  :-\

The Common Room / Immigration Record - Thomas Peters
« on: Monday 30 November 20 15:09 GMT (UK)  »
I wonder if someone would be able to find an immigration record for me please?

I am looking for a Thomas Peters born 1841 in the West Indies.  He is not on the 1861 census record so I have to assume he came to the UK after that.

On the 1871 census he is a boarder in the household of William Price.  Thomas's occupation is given as Fireman of blast engine.

Reg. Dist. Merthyr Tydfil
Piece No. 5392
Folio - 25
Page No. 2

Thank you to anyone who can help.  :)

Other Countries / Baptism Thomas PETERS - West Indies
« on: Friday 20 November 20 16:20 GMT (UK)  »
Does anyone know if it is possible to access images for baptisms in the West Indies?

I have found two transcriptions for a Thomas Peters, one for 1839 and the other in 1841, both in Jamaica.

I have a Thomas Peters in the 1871 and 1881 census records with a birth place of West Indies.  It looks as though he died in 1883 as there is a death in the right area with the closest birth year from the age given.


PETERS, THOMAS       41 
GRO Reference: 1883  M Quarter in PONTYPRIDD  Volume 11A  Page 291

Any suggestions gratefully received, although I don't have any high hopes as I believe this is a difficult area in which to find birth/baptism records?  :)

The Common Room / Thomas Peters - West Indies
« on: Friday 20 November 20 13:34 GMT (UK)  »
I wonder if someone would be kind enough to see if they can access details from a family tree on Ancestry please?

Below is the information I am seeing but as I don't have a sub I can't access it.

Spouse:   Rachel Jones
Father:   given name surname
Children:   given name
Birth:   date/date/1841 city Saint Ann Jamaica
Death:   date/date/year city Glamorgan Wales
Residence:   date city Glamorgan Wales

I'm particularly interested know if there is anything to say when he arrived in the UK plus whatever else is stated on the tree.

Thank you to anyone who can help.

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