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I take the photographer to be G. Wynspeare Herbert from Gainsborough Studios in Lancaster, if google results are anything to go by. Have attached the back of the photo also.

Seems like Herbert was active in the business from the late 1910s through to the early 40s. I (in my total ignorance about historical fashions and hair) took the photo to be late 10s/early 20s, but looking for either correction or validation! Many thanks in advance.

John Gardner, died 29th April 1961 at St Nicholas Hospital, Gosforth. Husband to "E. Gardner".

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Unknown beer drinking men
« on: Thursday 19 March 20 00:17 GMT (UK)  »
Any ideas on the date appreciated. Also attached a picture of the back in case that is helpful.

Photograph Resources, Tips, Tutorials / Remini Photo Enhancer
« on: Friday 13 March 20 13:31 GMT (UK)  »
Did a search but couldn't find any reference to this on the forums.

I highly recommend playing around with an app called Remini. It uses smart AI upscaling to "enhance" photographs to an incredible degree. Here's an example Twitter thread:

Now of course it is still very much a gimmick in the sense that it is guessing detail (the image is "fake" on some level), but it's still miraculous and pretty jaw-dropping seeing people brought to crystal clear resolution. It works better on some images than others (in terms of uncanniness), but every one I've tried has been interesting and quite revealing. I recommend trying it out. You get three for free and then the rest you have to wait 15 seconds through an advert, unless you pay for the full version. There's no computer based app unfortunately but works on Android and iOS.

Durham / Can you locate William Forster in 1911?
« on: Monday 17 February 20 23:26 GMT (UK)  »
Hi. I'm trying to locate William Forster, born about 1875, who lived in South Shields. He appears in the 1881, 1891 and 1901 censuses, living at home with his parents (William and Elizabeth) and siblings in Curry Street, Jarrow.

Between 1901 and 1911, I believe both of his parents died. I cannot find either William or his sister Dorothy (born about 1878) in 1911 anywhere. I thought maybe William died too, but I cannot find any convincing candidate for someone by his name dying in that time of the right age.

At some point in the 1880s, this family decided to start calling themselves Foster as opposed to Forster, so I have tried looking for both Fosters and Forsters but to no avail either. I would be super grateful for any fresh perspectives on this.

Edit: should also mention that all three censuses also give Jarrow as his birth place (same with sister Dorothy).

New Zealand Completed Requests / Help with NZ emigrant research
« on: Wednesday 08 January 20 18:15 GMT (UK)  »
Hi all. Just discovered something fantastic on Ancestry - a letter written by my g-g-grandfather to his brother in law in which he describes leaving England for New Zealand with his son. This is news to me. I did wonder why I couldn't confidently place his death (assuming beforehand he died in England), so this explains a lot.

His name was Robert Atkinson, born in 1868 in Lincolnshire. He states in the letter he travelled to New Zealand with his son Herbert, born 1900 ish also in Lincolnshire. They travelled in 1939, just after the outbreak of war and the letter is addressed from Auckland.  I looked them up to try to find deaths - a good bet for Robert is a 1942 death since the age tallies, and Herbert's perhaps in 1973 (no other Herbert Atkinsons?). To order the actual death certificate looks like expensive business though.  I've never really done any research into family history that takes place outside of the UK, so this is my first foray into international waters, so to speak (albeit commonwealth ones!). Any pointers appreciated - would like just simply  to confirm their date of deaths (and where they died specifically), if Herbert married and had children etc. Thanks!

The Common Room / Etiquette advice regarding illegitimacy
« on: Tuesday 24 December 19 18:47 GMT (UK)  »
I've had a really exciting moment today because a very close cousin match popped up on Ancestry which will almost certainly lead me to the discovery of my unknown g-grandfather. I'm obviously going to try my luck sending this match a message, but I'm a bit nervous bringing up the fact we relate through illegitimacy and maybe her own grandparent fathered a child outside of known marriage. Has anyone dealt with similar scenarios and can you advise on the best possible way to phrase this?

(Hope this is appropriate for The Common Room - seemed more of a general query than something specific to actual DNA interpretation)

Have included the back if that helps.

Family History Beginners Board / Tracing movements of a great great aunt
« on: Sunday 27 October 19 20:53 GMT (UK)  »
Any help appreciated tracing Elizabeth Clark, born 1898 in Barrow-in-Furness to John and Martha Clark. Last record I have of her is in the 1911 census at home with her parents and brother. Can't seem to find anything of her life afterwards - she probably got married but can't seem to tally any Elizabeth with the same person born in 1898 in the Barrow/Ulverston area.

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