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London and Middlesex / Heneage Street, Spitalfields, on 1871 census
« on: Wednesday 21 February 24 22:49 GMT (UK)  »
I can't find any addresses below #35 Heneage Street in Spitalfields on the 1871 census. I wonder if anyone might have better luck than me?

Dublin / County City Commission papers
« on: Sunday 05 November 23 12:57 GMT (UK)  »
Does anyone know if the records of the Dublin County City Commission are available? I'm looking for a case that was scheduled for "the commission for Oyer and Terminer for the county and city of Dublin" in February 1911.

The Common Room / Anyone going to Kew?
« on: Tuesday 30 May 23 18:02 BST (UK)  »
If anyone is going to the National Archives at Kew in the next 10 days or so, I would really appreciate a lookup of a naturalization document. This is for a school assignment, hence why I need it in this window. I think it will be about 2 pages, and I'd like photographs (just from your phone). I am happy to pay for your time.

Please send me a message if you'll be going, and I can supply further details. Thank you!

Family History Beginners Board / Certified copies of census records?
« on: Wednesday 15 March 23 21:33 GMT (UK)  »
Is it possible to get certified copies of the English census? If so, how? I'm specifically interested in 1901-1921.

Ireland / Irish deed index
« on: Tuesday 20 September 22 18:50 BST (UK)  »
Edit: I've found it by searching every book starting with 33 and looking at every page that's 4X0. Phew!

I'm having a really hard time reading this deed index! I've put an image below, but the full size one is on FamilySearch. I'm trying to read the book and page number for the listing ending in 224205 that is near the bottom of the second-to-last paragraph on the right-hand page.

I believe it's a deed from James Dennis, Baron Tracton, to Thomas Rice, dated 12 Mar 1781 (it's mentioned in another deed), but I cannot find it listed under Dennis or Tracton, either. I've found the deed with the preceding number, but it's not near that one.

Anything else I can do to find this deed? I've tried looking at Book 336 and 338 at all pages numbered 4X0, but no luck.

Ireland / Thomas Rice, father of Stephen Edward Rice, grandfather of Thomas Spring-Rice
« on: Saturday 17 September 22 17:51 BST (UK)  »
I'm looking for information about Thomas Rice, but am finding it difficult to sort through all of the Thomas Rices. This Thomas Rice was married to Mary FitzGerald (sister of the Knight of Kerry) and was the father of Stephen Edward Rice of Cappa/Mount Trenchard in Limerick, who married Catherine Spring, and they were the parents of Thomas Spring-Rice.

I cannot find information on the parentage of Thomas Rice, although if I am understanding this deed correctly, where he is referred to as Thomas Rice Stephen, his father's name was Stephen. In the document he is identified as being from Dublin, and the property is in Kerry.

 I am looking for a copy of Thomas Rice's will, if it exists. He died on Feb 3, 1806. I'm trying to understand the ownership of the property mentioned in the above deed, and how it passed to and through the Rice family.

The Common Room / Two BDM entries for the same child
« on: Wednesday 15 June 22 13:58 BST (UK)  »
I've searched FreeBDM for two children, I will not post them here because they were born in the 1930s so still possibly alive, but I've changed their names. Hopefully someone with more experience with English records can tell me what's going on.

Mar 1931
JONES    Peter    Cooper    Watford
FRANK    Peter    Cooper    Watford

June 1933
JONES    Barbara    Cooper    Watford   
FRANK    Barbara    Cooper    Watford

The mother of these children was Gladys, maiden name Cooper, who married a man named Frank in 1919, and then married a man named Jones in 1940. Both Gladys and both of these children were on the 1939 register under the names Jones (with Mr. Jones also in the household).

I don't have enough experience with English records to know if:

--there were two listings because Gladys Frank nee Cooper had these children out of wedlock with Mr. Jones, so they were listed under both names

--there were two listings because these children were born to Mr. Frank but later adopted by Mr. Jones and thus were listed under both names (I don't know if this is a real possibility)

I'm just hoping to be certain which man is the biological father. The DNA points to Mr. Jones.

Ireland / leases renewable forever
« on: Monday 31 May 21 15:51 BST (UK)  »
I'm looking at the ordnance names survey and for the townland I am researching, says "Proprietor = X, all held on a lease renewable forever by Y."

So if I'm understanding this correctly, X actually owns the property and Y is just leasing it (and then subleasing it to hundreds of tenants), is that correct? What rights would one have on "a lease renewable forever"?

Armagh / Rev. John Taylor of Pittsburgh b. ~1753 Armagh
« on: Monday 19 April 21 22:23 BST (UK)  »
I'm trying to find more information about John Taylor, who was first a Presbyterian minister and then Episcopalian reverend in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

I have found many short biographies of him that say he was born in 1753 or 1754 in Armagh, and graduated from Trinity College, Dublin. He was known for making almanacs with weather predictions for the upcoming year as well as mapmaking and navigation.

However, the first record that I can find of him is Pennsylvania in around 1790. Her married Susannah Houston (nee Woodruff) and died in 1838.

I am trying to find anything to confirm his pre-emigration-to-America life (Armagh, Trinity College), but have't turned up anything.

I checked "Alumni Dublinenses : a register of the students, graduates, professors and provosts of Trinity College in the University of Dublin (1593-1860)" and don't see anyone that looks like it would be him.

If anyone has any suggestions, I am all ears!

Some links:

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