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Ireland / Help with a birth registration please?
« on: Friday 30 October 20 18:22 GMT (UK)  »
Hello Rootschatters,

I am hoping that someone may be able to assist me in locating a birth certificate in Northern Ireland.

A baptism on August 30 1876 in Downpatrick's RC Church tells me that Ellen Owens was the daughter of Bernard Owens and Eliza Fox, but while I can find her siblings, her birth certificate eludes me.

Can I please ask if others mind looking her up for me, just for some new pairs of eyes? Her parents had married in 1858 so she wasn't illegitimate and as far as I can see as her parent's second youngest child, cannot see any evidence that she was adopted.

Any help you are able to provide would be warmly welcomed.

Kind regards,

Cambridgeshire / Cambridgeshire Parish Registers
« on: Saturday 25 July 20 23:18 BST (UK)  »
Hi all,

I hope this isn't a duplicate thread, but just wanted to share that I have noticed is currently indexing Cambridgeshire Bishop Transcripts, so it looks as though those of us with Cambs roots might finally get to see some images soon. The FS site says about 8% have been verified, so we might have to wait some weeks yet.

I remember visiting CRO a few years ago and all of their PR's were transcribed. If like me, you like to have copies of the images instead, this is a welcome step forward.

Just thought I'd share!

Kind regards,

For Sale / Wanted / Events / London to Brighton Alzheimers Walk
« on: Saturday 11 May 19 09:29 BST (UK)  »
Hi Chatters,

I hope moderators may permit this post. I and three of my colleagues are walking the London to Brighton challenge (62 miles) on the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of the month. We're walking to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society and each have a personal reason for doing so. For me, it's to remember my great gran who suffered from this disease and like so many lost her battle with it.

I would be grateful if any of you awesome RootsChatters would kindly share my fundraising page or, if you have any spare change, any donations would be warmly welcomed. Alzheimers is such a cruel disease and by doing my small bit to help raise awareness and hard cash, families in the future may not have to suffer so much from its devastating effects on the lives of loved ones.

Thank you for all of the support so far - the nerves are starting to kick in now! We've been practising for months and did our most challenging dummy run last weekend, testing our physical and psychological endurance.

Anything you can do to help, is kindly appreciated  :)

Please follow this link to reach my JustGiving page:

Kind regards,

Canada / Death lookup in Outremont, Montreal - 1946
« on: Wednesday 02 January 19 19:18 GMT (UK)  »
Happy New Year everyone.

I am trying to get my head around Quebec records and I believe I have found a record on findagrave which has an ancestor buried in Mont-Royal Cemetery in Outremont.

The records states that Isabella Miles died on August 22nd 1946 but I am struggling to find any kind of death entry to match this up. If she is my ancestor, she would have been in her 80th year in 1946. She was born Isabella Herd in Fife, Scotland, and emigrates to Quebec in 1925.

Is there any database that is hiding in plain sight that I can look her up on?

I'd appreciate help or being pointed in the right direction - Quebec records are somewhat new to me.


World War One / Soldier attached to Machine Gun Corps - which War Diary do I need?
« on: Tuesday 18 September 18 18:24 BST (UK)  »
Hello all,

I hope that someone may be able to add some clarity to a problem I have researching an ancestor of mine who fought in the First World War.

The man I am researching is my great, great grandfather, Sergeant 15471 Thomas James Griffiths, who served with 5th (Pioneer) Battalion South Wales Borderers from 1915 and was demobbed in 1919. According to the medal rolls compiled in 1920, he is listed as being 'attached to 19th Machine Gun Corps'.

So here's the issue I have: Thomas' service record does not survive so I am relying on a medal card to give me the date he went overseas and the war diaries of the 5/SWB. But because he is listed as being attached to the Machine Gun Corps, I am confused as to precisely which war diary I need to look at.

A brief look at the war diary for the 5th Bn SWB tells me there was indeed a machine gun section in the battalion which occasionally conducted duties away from the bulk of the battalion, but what I really would appreciate some clarity on is whether I rely on the SWB war diaries for Sgt Griffiths' movements or is there a MGC diary somewhere that I need to find instead/as well?

Any help that any of you awesome people could provide on this would be warmly welcomed; it's difficult not having his service record and as a result I am relying heavily on war diaries, and so I'm obviously keen to get his movements correct.

Thanks for reading this post and in anticipation,

Armed Forces / Why would a Second Boer War soldier's records be missing?
« on: Monday 15 May 17 18:14 BST (UK)  »
Hello everyone,

I am trying to find an answer to the above question and thought I'd ask here in case someone has had similar experience.

I am trying to find information regarding the regimental service record of Private 4408 B(ernard) OWENS who was born in Downpatrick, Ireland in 1871 and died whilst on service in South Africa in June 1901. His death was due to sickness and heart disease as opposed to being killed in military action. He was in the 1st Battalion Highland Light Infantry and had gone to South Africa at the beginning of the war in 1899. Previous to this he was in the Hamilton Militia in Scotland and was a sailmaker through the early 1890's so I presume not a full time soldier.

However, despite trying (a lot!), I can't locate his army service records anywhere for when he was a full-time soldier. Does anyone know why this may be? Could they have been lost or destroyed for some reason? I am not sure if casualties had their records destroyed at this time and so any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,


The Common Room / Is the man in the first photos in the second one too?
« on: Friday 18 November 16 19:51 GMT (UK)  »
Hi peeps,

I have a photograph my great great uncle before he went off to war in 1915, and another I have just found of his Royal Field Artillery Battery on the Imperial War Museum site.

I am wondering if anyone would be willing to offer an opinion on whether or not my great uncle appears in the group photograph and would appreciate any thoughts.

Thanks :)


Lanarkshire / Has anyone ever asked St. Pat's in Anderston for records?
« on: Tuesday 03 May 16 19:35 BST (UK)  »
Hi all,

I thought I'd give ask this question as I've just had an email back from St. Pat's, which was a bit abrupt and it's left me feeling a bit confused.

I asked if someone in the church wouldn't mind looking up some Confirmation records for me, which spans the 1885-1897 period. I was told a few years ago by a lady who worked there that these existed, so after going through a checklist, I emailed and asked for the lookups.

Tonight I have had a response, quite abrupt I must say so, saying that no confirmation records could be found for my relatives as the details of confirmations was recorded next to baptisms. The dilemma I have is that I am seeking to find Confirmation records for ancestors I know were baptised in Ireland, but grew up in Glasgow and worshipped at  St. Pat's.

I am a bit miffed to say the least. I don't understand the logic of only seemingly recording Confirmations of those who were baptised in the same chapel, so surely the records must be there somewhere. Has anyone else ever requested Confirmation records from St. Pat's for people born and baptised in Ireland?

I'm just looking to compare notes on the responses people got, as the email was quite abrupt and this verbatim is the response I got:

'we searched the records for the given year and a year on either side and found no record. The record that is kept is baptismal, with date of confirmation added when it occurs. '

Any thoughts would be appreciated please. Maybe they genuinely aren't there but the nature of the response doesn't fill me with hope that the records have been looked at properly. I know for a fact my relatives worshipped at this church - they all married there and had their children baptised there.



World War One / James donnachie - cannot find POW records
« on: Friday 15 April 16 21:44 BST (UK)  »
Hi chatters,

I'm wondering if someone might be able to help me please. I'm trying to find a POW record on the Red  Cross site,

A newspaper article in early 1916 tells me that Private 16925 James Donnachie was taken prisoner by the Bulgarians in December 1915, and had an injury to his hand. I've also found a very scanty record on FindMyPast that tells me he was imprisoned in Sofia.

But when I go to the site linked above, I can't seem to find a record for him under Donnachie, or variants. Is there anywhere else I could try to attempt to find out more about him being a POW please? I'm not sure if there's a way you can search by Regimental number on that site...I hope there is!

I'd appreciate anyone's thoughts who is a league or two better at this than I am.



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