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Somerset / Day family from Axbridge area of Somerset
« on: Tuesday 30 January 24 01:19 GMT (UK)  »
I am researching the Day family. Two brothers, Alfred and Albert Day,  sons of Isaac Day from Weare, emigrated to South Australia in 1865.  I am trying to construct a family tree of that family, based on records. I have pretty much exhausted my usual sources e.g. FindMyPast.  What is the best website that allows me access to Somerset BMD information prior to 1865?   Thank you.

London and Middlesex / Mary Brookes 1841 Census Clapton Square
« on: Saturday 16 December 23 05:35 GMT (UK)  »
Mary Brookes, a possible relative, born c. 1800, is shown on the 1841 Census as living in Clapton Square in the Borough of Tower Hamlets. These appear to have been 1 person dwellings, presumably flats. She is described as being of independent means. She would not have been well-off, but possibly a pensioned off servant of an aristocratic family. Is anyone familiar with these dwellings and is that a likely place for such a person to have lived at that time?
Thank you.

Australia Resources & Offers / Twins named Harfield and Gilmore
« on: Thursday 10 August 23 10:04 BST (UK)  »
The parents of twins Harfield and Gilmore born in Broken Hill in 1912 were asked about the reason for the unusual choices of first names. They answered that twins named Harfield and Gilmore featured in a book they had read. Google searches have failed to find such a book.  Does anyone have any knowledge of such a book, published before 1912 in either Australia or the UK?  I realise that this is a strange request, but I know there are some clever people out there!
We don't need information about the actual family, just about the book and its twin characters,
Thank you.

The Hercules transported emigrants from Harris, North Uist and Skye to Adelaide, South Australia and Melbourne, Victoria as part of the Highland and Islands Emigration Society in 1852-53. We have good passenger lists and information about passengers who were transferred to other ships as a result of a severe disease outbreak aboard the Hercules. However we are lacking records of the crew of the Hercules, apart from Captain Baynton and the surgeon. Does anyone know whether it is possible to find out names of the crew? Unlike most emigrant ships, the Hercules was a navy ship, so records may exist.
Thank you.

Australia / South Australian Mounted Police c. 1874?
« on: Thursday 14 July 22 10:27 BST (UK)  »
Attached is a photo of my first cousin 3 times removed, Charles Edward Brookes, who was appointed a Mounted Constable in the Northern Territory Police force in 1874.  I am interested in the uniform he is wearing.  Can anyone tell me anything about this uniform?  Is it a dress uniform?  Was the sword part of the uniform or just for show?  If the latter, would it have been provided by the police or is it more likely to have belonged to the man himself? Any information that could be gleaned from this photo would be greatly appreciated, no matter how small. Thank you.

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Seeking to date 19th C Napier picture
« on: Tuesday 30 November 21 03:44 GMT (UK)  »
I would like to know if there is enough information in this picture  (I'm not sure if it is a portrait or a photograph) to give it an approximate date. The alternatives are a man born in 1789 d. 1853 or his son, born 1836 d. 1903.

Thank you.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Reading London Land Tax records 1797
« on: Friday 05 November 21 09:52 GMT (UK)  »
Attached is a screenshot from a land tax record. Can anyone tell me what the word which looks like Teny after the name Mary Brookes means?
Apologies if this is posted in the wrong category.

Also, is there any way of finding out who may have owned a property at a specific address from that time?

Family History Beginners Board / Interpretation of BDM & B records
« on: Wednesday 25 August 21 06:13 BST (UK)  »
Novice question!  Can anyone tell me what the phrase "carried into visitation" on a baptism record actually means?  Does it mean the baby died and is believed to have joined the angels?  There must have been some reason for using that phrase rather than just "Deceased".

Thank you.

For Sale / Wanted / Events / Wanted: Book "Henry Ashore" by Prisciila Napier.
« on: Monday 20 January 20 04:10 GMT (UK)  »
I am looking for a copy of the above book for my research. It is Part 2 of a biography of Henry Edward Napier R.N.  I have been able to buy Part 1, "Henry at Sea", but Part 2 is out of print and unavailable through all the usual sources online e.g. Amazon, Stella Books, World of Books, etc.  Some outlets e.g. W.H. Smith do not ship to Australia, even if they had the book in stock.  I am wondering if RootsChat members have any other suggestions? Thank you.

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