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Immigrant and Emigrant Resources & Offers / Immigration records
« on: Friday 08 September 23 12:50 BST (UK)  »
My gggrandmother was born in Prague, Bohemia in 1858 and emmigrrated with her parents to London,  in 1860 ish. Thanks to Fiddlerslass last year I found the records in the Prague city archives. I'm still working on translating it all but I'm getting close. What I can't find is any record of their journey, their change of status, eg naturalisation. If I could find out where to look I'd be happy..... :)

Family History Beginners Board / Where to go now?
« on: Wednesday 13 July 22 10:46 BST (UK)  »
Hi everyone!
I'm trying to find my ggGrandmother's parent's marriage record, Joseph Reeves bap 02 jun 1822 Bilston, staffs. and Elizabeth Goodman bap 29 feb 1824 Tamworth, staffs. I've done all the obvious things but they're just not there However I have just found a Joseph Reeves (birth year declared 1820) in the army deserters register of 1839. Can you tell me how to proceed now, I can't see any way to a) confirm this is the same man I'm looking for or b) what happened to him? I thought they were shot so at least that would prove something!
My ggGrandmother was Ann Maria Reeves b 1853 her birth cert, gives Sedgley as the place of birth.
Any push in the right direction would be much appreciated.  :)


Family History Beginners Board / Sherlock Holmes where are you?
« on: Saturday 11 June 22 16:20 BST (UK)  »
After purchasing the birth certificate of  my 3x ggrandmother I was quite shocked to find that I'd been barking up the wrong tree for her parents. getting over the huge disappointment and starting again has been a struggle but I'm sure it must happen.
Ann Maria Reeves b24 mar 1853, Dudley Staffordshire. mmn Goodman F Joseph Reeves. I found a baptism record 3 Apr 1853 for Staffordshire and parents are Elizabeth & Joseph Reeves (brickmaker)
I have trawled all the records on FindMyPast, FreeREG and have come up with nothing, searched all the counties in England. I can't even find a census with those names. Elizabeth was born in Tamworth 1824 and her father was William Goodman, mother Mary but I 'm struggling to reconcile any of these names.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / a very common phrase
« on: Thursday 26 May 22 14:31 BST (UK)  »
I keep coming across this phrase in most of the parish records I didn't really think much of it at the time but now it's becoming a challenge.
I can make out most of the words but it doesn't make any sense until I can identify the word after born and before Bap(tism)

Family History Beginners Board / Son of Thomas & Mary Ward
« on: Wednesday 11 May 22 18:04 BST (UK)  »
My 4x great grandfather John Ward was baptised in Shepshed, Leicestershire baptism records show the date was 06 july 1807 , the entry reads son of Thomas and Mary his wife. The marriage records show Thomas was married on 13 Jun 1806 but it doesn't show a spouse's name or age. I've searched the Shepshed (or Sheepshed) parish marriages and there are no entries for any Mary* . that fit all the other criteria. Any help would be much appreciated as ever.

Dorset / Widowed and remarried at 19 ?
« on: Sunday 01 May 22 14:05 BST (UK)  »
James Cox married Ann Jeffrey on 23 May 1809 in Hawkchurch, Dorset the records show they were both widowed. They were both 19 years old. I'm looking through the Parish records for their first time marriages and have come up zero. I'm beginning to wonder if this is actually the case of mistranscrption again. Your thoughts please?  :)

Family History Beginners Board / Which Mary would you choose?
« on: Thursday 28 April 22 15:40 BST (UK)  »
William George Cox born in Mere Wiltshire 1887, Father Fred Henry b 1862 in Shaftesbury, Dorset. Mother Mary Bulgin.....end of the line? All I have found so far, is a record of their marriage in Shaftesbury in 1885. I'm having no luck with the census either. I was just about to give up when There are 2 birth records which caught my eye, Mary Ann Bulgin b 1859 Wincanton, Somerset. mmn Green. Mary A Bulgin b1866, mmn Kimber Wincanton, Somerset. These are the only 2 possibilities that come close but I'm at a loss how to cross ref. these 2 ladies. A push in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.

The Lighter Side / Just out of interest.....
« on: Saturday 09 April 22 15:21 BST (UK)  »
I'm trying to get my head around too much information. Can anyone suggest a reason why in the 1841 census they rounded down the ages to the nearest 5 ? I get it that they weren't all literate or numerate but it really causes problems when you're looking for an ancestor who you believe was born in 1816, in 1841 his birth year is down as 1811, in the 1851 census his birth year is 1808. I don't know what the purpose would have been. I'm guessing that they never thought about the future either, that possible descendents would be pulling out their hair while looking for them!

Family History Beginners Board / Where's Elsie ?
« on: Friday 08 April 22 14:51 BST (UK)  »
My father in law was the middle child of 7. However I believe there was another. My husband remembers an aunt Elsie when he was young. The family name is Cox and they're all born around Rugby, Warks. The first born was a girl Violet Olive b 1910, followed by William George 1912, John Cyril 1914, Albert Henry 1916, Frank L R 1923 and Arthur Bernard in 1931...parents William George and Lucy Eleanor. I have been searching for Elsie unsuccessfuly for a while believing that her name was Violet and Elsie was just a pet name. However yesterday I found out that Violet died at the age of 12 so that can't be the case. Aunt Elsie existed in early the 1980's, althoough we never met she visited my husband's parents once. She had married and lived in Hitchen, Herts. I'm thinking she may have been born in the gap between the last 2 boys but I've looked from 1916 to 1930 as I know Arthur Bernard was the baby. Am I missing the obvious, please?

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