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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Names of Sponsors or Godparents
« on: Saturday 23 January 21 21:09 GMT (UK)  »
I am hoping someone can help me confirm/decipher the two names at the bottom of these attached images taken from Catholic baptism records.

I think the first name on this list is "Timotheus O'Brien" [Timothy O'Brien] but I'm not sure of the second name. The first name looks to be "Elizabeth" but I'm not totally sure about the last name although I think it starts with a G.

In the second image the names look like "Michael" and "Elizabeth" but I'm not about the surnames. His surname look like it is "Looney" and hers may be "Burns" but I'd appreciate clarification.

In the third image the first person named is "Dionysius Donovan" but I'd appreciate help on the second person's name. I think the first name is Maria and the surname looks like it starts with "m".

Can anyone help


The Common Room / Catholic Birth/Baptism
« on: Thursday 14 January 21 01:38 GMT (UK)  »
Hi I'm not sure where this should go so I'm posting it here but feel free to move it to a better board.

I've just discovered the baptism of my 2x great grandfather Florence Donovan in the records of Catholic Baptisms on Findmypast. I know it's him as it has both his parents named on it and I already know those names.

Florence and three of his siblings were baptised at the RC church of St Mary & St Michael in Stepney which is where their parents married in the same year.

The strange thing is that the date of birth on this record is before the date of birth I have on his civil registration birth certificate. According to that he was born on 13 September 1858 [the informant was his mother Catherine Donovan - nee Flynn]. Yet the baptism record says he was born 6 September 1858 and baptised 7 September 1858. It also tells us his parents were John Donovan and Catherine [Catherina] Flynn so I'm pretty sure it's him.

Could the date on the registered certificate be wrong?

I know that he had a sister named Mary Ann born in 1861 and one of the sponsors on her baptism was Jeremiah Ryan which is interesting as one of the witnesses at John Donovan and Catherine Flynn's marriage [which took place at the RC church of St Mary & St Michael in Feb 1858] was a Jeremiah Ryan. Was he related?

Can anyone shed any light on this?


London & Middlesex Lookup Requests / St George in the East Parish Registers c1820-1882
« on: Thursday 07 January 21 21:45 GMT (UK)  »

Is anyone here able to do a check in the St George in the East parish registers for two marriages and a possible christening?

The first marriage I am looking for is for Henry Williams in 1863 probably to a woman named Louisa Holder.

The second marriage is for Elizabeth Jane Williams and John Sullivan in 1881,

The christening I am looking for is for Henry Williams who was probably born sometime between 1833 and 1838.

Many Thanks


London & Middlesex Lookup Requests / Norah and Catherine/Kate Donovan
« on: Tuesday 05 January 21 20:07 GMT (UK)  »

I am hoping someone here might be able to pin down births or christenings for the following people:

Norah Donovan - born c1908 St George in the East
Kate Donovan - born c1911 St George in the East

Both are listed on the 1911 census as children of John and Elizabeth Donovan.

If anyone can suggest any suitable marriages or deaths for these two ladies it would also be helpful.

Many Thanks


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Jeane's surname
« on: Tuesday 05 January 21 18:39 GMT (UK)  »
Hi all

Is anyone here able to work out the surname of the woman in the third marriage listed in this extract?

John Harte and Jeane Dillingcombe maybe?

Many Thanks


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Writing from 1525
« on: Sunday 13 December 20 01:24 GMT (UK)  »

I'm just wondering if anyone is able to read this old style of writing? This extract comes from the beginning of a record in  the Court of the Exchequer relating to my ancestor Nicholas Tufton of Northiam and is dated 1525.

Can anyone shed any light on what this says or the style of writing? Alternatively can anyone suggest a way to decipher it.

Many Thanks

Gloucestershire / Gloucestershire Consistory Court Wills
« on: Thursday 24 September 20 15:57 BST (UK)  »
Can anyone tell me if any probate records for this court are available to view online?

Alternatively is anyone able to tell me where I can obtain copies of the wills from?

Many thanks

Leicestershire Lookup Requests / Christening of Mary Palmer - Medbourne area
« on: Thursday 24 September 20 15:51 BST (UK)  »
I am trying to find a christening for Mary Palmer probably in the Medbourne area possibly sometime between the 1700s and early to mid 1720s.

Mary married William Ashby at Medbourne in October 1743. He was christened in Medbourne in 1717 so it is possible Mary was christened sometime between 1710 and the late 1720s.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.



The Common Room / The Genealogist Website
« on: Thursday 10 September 20 00:16 BST (UK)  »
Hi all

Hope someone might be able to advise me here. Is there anyone who uses The Genealogist website a lot? I am trying to locate some wills and PR entries on there but when I search nothing comes up.

One will is for Robert Dixon of Selling, Kent and took place in 1680.

Another is a will for Amye Cleeveland of Wye dated 1628 [probate 1629]

I have the details for both of these and other Kent wills from the Canterbury Cathedral Probate Website however whenever I look for any will or surname in Kent nothing seems to come up. Have they ignored Kent?

The same applies to Sussex, so far despite knowing the exact probate dates and having the references from county record offices I can't see any Sussex or Surrey wills on the website.

The website claims to have loads of resources but no matter what I look for [even a baptism in the 19th century] I come up against a brick wall.

Am I doing this wrong?

Can anyone help me with this?


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