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Midlothian / Catherine Phin/Goldie, 1852, Burial
« on: Saturday 22 June 24 23:25 BST (UK)  »
Hi there,

My 5th great-grandmother died in Edinburgh in 1852 and on her death record, it says she has a headstone. However, I can't work out where this would be.

Any help would be appreciated

Dunbartonshire / MacDonald's of Twechar/Kirkintilloch
« on: Thursday 13 June 24 01:18 BST (UK)  »
Hi there,

I'm wondering if anyone can help me find information or pictures of my family in Twechar.

My 2nd great-grandfather was Daniel Martin McDonald. He was a County Councillor representing the Labour Party from 1927 to his death in 1948. MacDonald Crescent in Twechar was named after him and that is where most of the family lived. His wife was Catherine Butterworth and they had 13 children together, with 3 of them dying in infancy.

I had emailed Dunbartonshire Archives to see if they could provide any pictures or information but they didn't have anything they could definitively say was him.

The MacDonald family was always close but my grandfather joined the LDS Church in 1977 and pushed his beliefs onto his relatives, which was not well received, causing our family to separate from the rest.

Any help would be appreciated

Midlothian / Edinburgh Poor Law
« on: Thursday 13 June 24 01:07 BST (UK)  »
Hi there,

Does anyone know if Edinburgh still has a collection of poor law records?

I have been using the Glasgow records at the Mitchell Library which have been very useful and I have some relatives in Edinburgh that likely would have an application somewhere.

My 3rd great-grandmother, Mary Goldie, had 7 illegitimate children while living at 8 Queens Place, Greenside. I believe the father of the first few children may be a man called James Kelly who was Mary Goldie's nephew. I'm looking for any record that may suggest who any of the children's fathers may be.

My cousin owns his own WW2 museum (Grant WW2 Museum, Nuneaton, England) with everything he has collected from metal detecting and various items he has bought. One of the main items he owns is a big Nazi Flag that was taken by the Cannon Company 315th Regiment 79th Division when they liberated a German village. What's special about this flag is that the company had all signed the flag with their names and addresses.

My cousin would like to find pictures of these veterans to match the names on the flag. We have found some pictures already but still a lot more to go. I will make a list of the people we are looking for, however, some names are unreadable and any information relating to the company would be appreciated.

Lanarkshire / Mary McDonald
« on: Tuesday 06 February 24 23:08 GMT (UK)  »
I'm trying to find the 1891 Census for my 3rd great-grandmother, Mary McDonald.

She was born 13th November 1859 in Shettleston.

She married James O'Hara on 20th August 1880 in Camlachie.

In the 1881 Census she is named as Mary McDonald, living with her parents in Camlachie.

Her surviving children in 1891 would be:

William O'Hara born 2nd January 1887 in Blackfriars
Joseph Roger (illegitimate) born 9 December 1889 in Blackfriars.

Her husband James O'Hara allegedly died in 1888 and she then had her son Joseph Roger with a man called John Roger, Iron Foundry Labourer. Mary McDonald was a Shawl Fringer when her son Joseph was born. Joseph was born at 118 George Street

Any help would be appreciated

Lanarkshire / James O'Hara, Tinsmith
« on: Tuesday 06 February 24 21:30 GMT (UK)  »
I'm trying to find the death details for my 3rd great-grandfather James O'Hara.

He was christened in August 1858 in St Malachy's Church, Belfast, Ireland and his parents were Alice Quin and Michael O'Hara.

In the 1871 Census, his name is listed as James O'Heir living in Calton, Glasgow and he was 12 years old

James O'Hara, a Tinsmith, married Mary McDonald in Camlachie on 20th August 1880.

In the 1881 Census, Mary lived with her parents in Camlachie and listed her name as Mary McDonald.
I believe James O'Hara was living in St Nicholas, Aberdeen and had his name listed as James O'Harry, 23 years old, Tinsmith. Although the James in this census record was supposedly born in Aberdeen, there is no record of a James O'H* born in Aberdeen between 1855 and 1861.

Mary McDonald had my 2nd great-grandfather in 1893. His parentage was listed as 'Mary Adams McDonald, Shawl Fringer, widow of James O'Hara, Tinsmith (journeyman) who died in Glasgow in September 1888.

However, when Mary McDonald applied for Poor Relief in 1900 this was recorded about James O'Hara.
'Family by 1st Husband James O'Hara, Born Bruickfield, Calton died 13 years ago in America.
He was very ill when he went there.
William, 14, Born 2nd Jan 1887 at 44 George Street Glasgow, Laundry worker @ 6/- per week.
Daniel McDonald (illegitamate), 7, born 9 Jan 1893 at 120 Saltmarket.'

James O'Hara and Mary McDonald had a child that died on 10 October 1887 called Jessie O'Hara who died in 44 George Street, Glasgow. James O'Hara, Tinsmith, is listed as her father and still alive.

I have looked for death records but I haven't found anything that relates to him. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Midlothian / Parents of William McDonald
« on: Tuesday 21 November 23 14:39 GMT (UK)  »
My 4th great-grandfather is William McDonald who was born in Blackbill Close, Edinburgh around 1818. I have not been able to find a baptism record for William.

In an 1876 Poor Relief Application, he lists his parents as Hugh McDonald, bookbinder, and Euphemia Tait who are both dead.
He also mentions a sister Euphemia who is in Australia in another poor law entry in 1892, I have not found any trace of her.

On his death certificate in 1899, his parents are listed as Hugh McDonald, cabinetmaker (journeyman), and Euphemia Tait.

I have not found any trace of the family William McDonald mentions and am wondering if there is anything else I could do to find information. The earliest census I have found of William McDonald is in 1861 in Shettleston.

Lanarkshire / Thomas Ferris
« on: Tuesday 21 November 23 11:47 GMT (UK)  »
I am wondering if anyone could suggest the next steps for researching my 2nd great-grandfather, Thomas Ferris.

My great-grandmother was born illegitimate in St Rollox on 1st January 1920 to Mary Goldie. There was no father listed on her birth certificate. She was adopted alongside her sister after her sister was born on 18th September 1921.

From a poor law record, I found her father's name was Thomas Ferris who worked as a Carter in the Glasgow and South Western Railway Company.

I also found a union record. He joined the union on 29th September 1918 at the age of 32, meaning he was born around 1886, and left in February 1920.

I have not found a 1921 census that matches his descriptions. I have also not found a 1921 census record for Mary Goldie although she lived in Parson Street in September 1921.

Is there anything more I could do to find out more about Thomas Ferris?

Angus (Forfarshire) / Ernerst John Saunders Ogg (b. 1891)
« on: Monday 20 November 23 14:19 GMT (UK)  »
I am trying to find out what happened to Ernest John Saunders Ogg.

Ernest Ogg was illegitimately born on 26th November 1891 at 46 Torphichen Street, St George, Edinburgh to John Ogg and Isabella Brown Webster who were both attendants at the Royal Asylum for the Insane in Edinburgh. Ernest was originally registered as Ernest John Ogg but was changed to Ernest John Saunders Ogg on 26th December 1892

Isabella Webster had two other illegitimate children:

John Webster Jack on 7th January 1882 in Monifieth, who was taken in by Isabella's parents Thomas Webster and Janet Knight and changed his name to John Webster.

Norman George Brown Webster on 28th March 1887 in Monifieth, who was adopted by John and Marion Douglas as stated in the 1891 census.

Isabella Brown Webster moved to England and married Albert Ernest Johnson in 1897 and had 4 children with him.

The only record I have of Ernest Ogg is his birth certificate.

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