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United States of America / Alexander MCCOMBIE arr New York April 1871
« on: Monday 22 November 21 01:48 GMT (UK)  »
Grateful if some kind person is able to check passenger arrival records into New York around 29 April 1871.
I am looking for an Alexander McCombie born c 1852, Scotland.
I am seeking to find out:
- did he travel on his own?
- also whether a Jane McCombie or Jane Taylor (born c 1846 New Deer, Scotland) accompanied him?

I don't have access to Ancestry USA/Canada records.
Many thanks

Angus (Forfarshire) / Bruce STRACHAN died 1999
« on: Thursday 04 November 21 04:22 GMT (UK)  »
Grateful if someone is able to help with details of the parents of Bruce STRACHAN who was born in 1938, Dundee, Angus, Scotland and died in 1999 (details from Ancestry Family Tree).  I don't have access to Scotland People.
The Ancestry Family Tree lists his parents as William Strachan and Agnes (surname unknown).
I have checked FindMyPast with no success.

I have contacted the owner of the Family Tree but so far have not received a response.

Any assistance very much appreciated.


Armed Forces / Crimean War Vet? John KEDZLIE died 1892 Oamaru, NZ
« on: Wednesday 22 September 21 00:40 BST (UK)  »
I am assisting NZRA Waitaki with research on a John KEDZLIE who died in Oamaru, New Zealand on 11 February 1892.  He is buried in an unmarked grave in the Oamaru Old Cemetery.
He was admitted to hospital on 30 January 1892 and his hospital admission record states that he was 65 years of age (born c 1827) and born in Scotland.  He had been in New Zealand for 31 years (arrived c 1861) and was a Labourer.
His death does not appear in the NZ DIA Death Index for 1892.  I have not yet checked the 1892 Death microfiche to see if his death is recorded.
The North Otago Times newspaper states "that John Kedzlie, a Crimean medallist and pensioner who died in Oamaru Hospital the other day was a man of some means.  He just had pounds 5,000 left to him by a relative in England" - he had been receiving an allowance from the same person. Source: The "Colonist" newspaper 23 February 1892, Page 4.
Can anybody help to confirm that he was a Crimean medallist and what Regiment he was in?
If so if may be possible to arrange for a headstone for his grave.

Please note: He is not the same John Kedzlie born 30 July 1821 Musselburgh, near Edinburgh who married in 1854 to Elizabeth Cossar in Sydney, Australia and who died in 1903 in NZ.  John and Elizabeth came to NZ on the ship "Thomas and Henry" and arrived on 12 May 1856.

Any assistance would be very much appreciated.


United States of America / Thomas SHANNAHAN and family, Rhode Island ex NZ
« on: Monday 06 September 21 22:39 BST (UK)  »
I am assisting a family researcher with their research on the Shannahan family of New Zealand.  I have no family connection.  I have limited access to US records but found the information below on FamilySearch.  I am looking for any information on this family.

Thomas Shannahan, age 55, born At Sea (England/NZ 10 June 1875?), Dairy Farmer
Mary Shannahan nee O'Malley age 55, born New Zealand
Thomas Edward Shannahan age 13 born 16 April 1917, Greymouth, New Zealand
James Michael Shannahan age 11 born 29 January 1919 Greymouth, New Zealand
Margaret O'Malley, Sister-in-Law age 54 born New Zealand

They arrived in San Francisco, California on 4 July 1930 on the ship "Tahiti"
The 1935 Rhode Is State Census records them living at 212 Garden, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
In the 1940 Federal Census they were living in Providence City - Ward 13, Providence, Rhode Island.

Thomas Snr was a Janitor at a Parochial School and Thomas E Shannahan was a Mechanic and a Mill Worker? (hard to read)

Thomas Edward Shannahan married Helen Siekiera (1918-2008).  He died on 13 July 1969, Lincoln, Providence, Rhode Island.  They had a son Paul John Shannahan born 21 November 1953 Central Falls, Providence and he died in 2010.

James Michael Shannahan died on 9 April 1984, Providence, Rhode Island.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

London and Middlesex / William John [Joseph] SHANNAHAN
« on: Sunday 05 September 21 05:24 BST (UK)  »
I am assisting someone with family history research.

I am looking for information on William John [Joseph] Shannahan who was born in NZ in 1918, s/o Deborah Cecilia Brosnahan and Timothy Joseph Shannahan.  His birth was registered in 1952.

William served in the RNZAF during WW2.  Service No 40584 and was a Sergeant.  He was attached to the Royal Canadian Air Force and graduated from the Wireless School, Montreal, Quebec, Course 1, Class 36 on 30 March 1942.  He was a Pilot Officer, off Rabaul, Bougainville, as a Turret Gunner c 17 May 1944.  The Pilot managed to get the aircraft back to base as "its tail had been shot away" - source Auckland Star newspaper 18 May 1944, pg 6.

In 1960 (2nd Q) he married Ruth Deborah Rochford in Westminster, Middlesex, England.  Archives NZ (Archway website) notes two divorce records; Ruth v William 1969-1971 and William v Ruth 1975 - 1977 in NZ.  At  some stage after their marriage William and Ruth came to NZ.  Ruth returned to England and remarried in 1977 to Albert W Blackmore.  Ruth died in 2004 in Lewisham.

On Findmypast I found an arrival record into Sydney, Australia on 26 March 1965;
Name: William John Shannahan
Nationality: New Zealand    Date of birth: 5 June 1918
Now married
Occupation: UK Government official
Country last stayed for 12 + months - Malaysia
Country intend to stay more than 12 mths - UK
In Australia - Transit 9 days
Intended address in Australia: Astor Motel, Sydney

William died in 1994 in New Zealand.
Any information on William's England arrivals/departures would be helpful.  Also what would he have been doing in Malaysia as a "UK Govt Official" at this time - could he have been in the airforce?

I have checked Familysearch, Findmypast and Ancestry but have not found anything, unless of course I missed it!
Any information appreciated.

The New Zealand Gazette Extraordinary published on Tuesday 8 May 1917, Wellington contains a list of those men called up for WW1 military service - link follows

Alongside each name is a number - is this their WW1 Service Number?

The reason that I ask this question is that I have been researching the name Harold Eustace Hill (no family connection).  His name appears in this Gazette Notice with the number 29966 (Page 1929).  Harold's name also appears on the list of WW1 Military Defaulters 1919.  Interestingly I found him in the 1911 (Oroua) and 1914 (Rangitikei) electoral rolls and then again in 1946 (Otahuhu) (ER on Ancestry).  Perhaps he went AWOL to avoid military service?  He married Margaret Doyle in 1927 and died in 1968.

On Archway when I enter this number the record of Michael John Mulvaney 29966 comes up.  His record states this number.  I checked the above Gazette Notice for this person.  His name does not appear but that of John Joseph Mulvaney 35417 does.

When I enter the number 35417 on Archway the record of Ernest Richard Hayes comes up.

Grateful if someone is able to clarify for me whether they should be the same Number?


Grateful if some kind person is able to look up the Monumental Inscriptions for All Saints, Gospel End, Sedgley, Staffordshire for a John BEALEY who died in 1908 aged 80 years.
My research suggests that his wife's name was Esther m.n. Ford.
I am particularly interested in the names of any children; ie a Mary or Minnie.
He was formerly a Police Officer.
In 1908 he was living at 13 Curzon Street, Wolverhampton (source: Electoral Register Wolverhampton - Blakenhall Ward)
Many thanks

New Zealand Completed Requests / Passenger arrival in NZ Eliza WITTISON
« on: Sunday 09 May 21 03:11 BST (UK)  »
Grateful if some kind person is able to find the arrival details in New Zealand of Eliza aka Liza aka Liza Thelma WITTISON.
She was born on 12 June 1882 in Kingston, Tasmania, Australia to Samuel WITTISON and his wife Gertrude Ellen Wittison nee Johnson.
I have first found her in NZ when she married as Liza Thelma WITTISON to Albert James Rawstron on 11 March 1909 in Napier.
I am not looking for any other information on her at this time.
I have checked Ancestry, Ancestry Family Trees, Findmypast and FamilySearch and not been able to find anything, unless I have missed it?
I have also checked the Tasmania Library records.
Any assistance appreciated.

The names of Arthur John PINKNEY born 1945? Great Ayton, North Yorkshire and his wife Margaret Ann PINKNEY nee TRENHOLME appear on a list of unclaimed ashes held by Gateway Funeral Services in Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.  I have been researching these names and have no family connection.
Arthur and Margaret married in 1969 at All Saints, Great Ayton, North Allerton.
Arthur died on 23 November 1996 and Margaret died on 19 December 1996 in Kawerau, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
They had two sons born in Cleveland, England in the 1970's.  I have been unable to find them in NZ and wonder if they returned to England after the death of their parents?  The eldest one was an Instrument Technician.
The following is the link to Arthur's Will/Probate Record (Archives NZ - Archway website).  I have been unable to find any of those named in the Will too date.
The Funeral Director is looking for next of kin who could provide instructions as to what is to happen to Arthur and Margaret's ashes.
I realise this forum is to assist with finding deceased family members rather than living family members but have hit a brick wall with my research. 
If anyone is able to provide information which may help to locate next-of-kin please send me a PM.

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