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South Africa / Cape Town heritage building plans register
« on: Thursday 01 May 14 14:35 BST (UK)  »
Here is an interesting site that relates to building plans for Cape Town. Make use of the find or search facility in your browser to locate names and addresses etc

A register of original properties between the years 1890-1913, showing area, date, plan number, owner, address, usage and architect.

South Africa / Access to Ancestry24 with " membership"
« on: Monday 11 February 13 05:26 GMT (UK)  »
As a moderator whose sub ran out the day they announced there closing, I would like to know if records are still available to those with subs.

South Africa / Living or possible Living persons
« on: Monday 04 February 13 17:40 GMT (UK)  »
Please be aware of the Rootschat  Policy as outlined below - there is so much identity theft at present so it is also for your own protection.

Please do not post requests asking for help to find (possibly) living relatives or friends.
RootsChat is a forum for searching for ancestors. Anything posted on the internet is in the public domain where anybody can see this information. To protect people and their identities we do not encourage the posting of information about people who are or maybe still living.
Even with permission from the subject of a post we would seriously advise against giving too much information as to betray their identity.

You can find some tips for searching for living people on these RootsChat topics:
RootsChat Topic: Searching for living relatives and Rootschat
RootsChat Topic: Tracing Living Relatives

The Rootschat moderators reserve the right to delete or edit posts that we believe
may contain information that could be misused to the detriment of the subject.[

Australia / Totally off topic - A big Thank you
« on: Thursday 19 July 12 01:36 BST (UK)  »
This is a great big thank you for your hard work. I am in Melbourne at present uncovering the leads you have given me over the years regarding my Wilks family. The site of the hotel in Ballarat has been located and we are off there next week. Without you, I would not know any details.
Once again, Thank you

South Africa / Familysearch - browse images of some BMDS and Death notices
« on: Thursday 31 May 12 06:11 BST (UK)  »
Please check the Familysearch site regularly as they are adding images of death notices to their collections regularly. You cannot seach for these so click on the Africa link  and the South Africa to see the list of images they have added. Then choose Browse and have fun looking at the images.
This is the link to what they have:

Australia / Ballarat Hotel/ canadian Gully
« on: Saturday 14 April 12 08:28 BST (UK)  »
Hi all,
I am trying to locate the locality of my gggrandfathers Hotel "the Dunmow Flitch" in Ballarat. I have found the following snippets and hope they will give an indication of where he lived. He also had a corn store, probably in the same area around 1857/1858. He left in 1861.

Any help is appreciated.

A nugget weighing 3C oz. (with about 4 oz. quartz) was found yesterday near the Dunmow Flitch Hotel, Canadian, adjacent to the spot where the first large nugget was discovered.

 A nice little nugget weighing 19 ozs was found yesterday by Walker& Millar's party of puddlers in the Old Canadian Gully, at the rear of the Dunmow Flitch Hotel. The lump was found at a shallow depth, and we hear the ground has been paying a very good average all alone.

The above committee recommended that a bridge be built over the creek between the itemerang and Dunmow Flitch Hotels, and  an embankment of about 250 feet be made from the rear of Wittkowskis house of the Last Chance Company, in order to stop the overflow of water to the Main road. His report was received and adopted, and it

Essex Completed Lookup Requests / COMPLETED Parish Churches close to Dunmow
« on: Tuesday 20 March 12 07:25 GMT (UK)  »
Hi all,
I am trying to search for family in the Dunmow area. I can find the children but not a marriage. What would be the parishes close to Dunmow in about 1780.

Armed Forces / 20th foot
« on: Wednesday 14 March 12 19:44 GMT (UK)  »
Hi All,
Please can you give me details of the medal and where I would possibly find the details of the person involved. I believe is inscribed as follows:
Inscribed on the edge J Wilks 20th Foot With Campaign Bars Vittoria Orthes Pyrnees Toulouse Peninsular War

Armed Forces / W. Gibbins 14th Hussars
« on: Monday 06 February 12 13:39 GMT (UK)  »
Hi all,
This is an area I do not have expertise so need some help. I know my ggranfather William Gibbins was born in London in 1852. I would like some help in locating some of his military records or history. I know from family that he served in India and came to South Africa after that. I have the following information that relates to his request for employment in the Colonial Office in 1885.

 I have served in the 14th Hussars for 8 years 62 days, the last 6 years as a non-Commissioned Officer. Served in the Cape Mounted Riflemen 2 years 162 days and left with the rank of Sergeant. Natal Mounted Police 1 year 267 days. Discharged as a Lance-Corporal. I also served under Colonel Carrington as a Sergeant in the B.F.F ( I think this refers to the Bathhurst Frontier Force but would have to check that somewhere to be sure -if relevant. ). All my discharges are very good and beg to state that I am married(no children).
If you can do anything for me I shall be very grateful."

He married in Newcastle in SA in 1885 and was listed as a gymnast. I would appreciate some help - I think he was involved in the Zulu war in 1879 but was definitely not in the Boer War.
Thanks so much

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