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Family History Beginners Board / Finding a census reference - Completed
« on: Thursday 05 May 22 15:38 BST (UK)  »
I have had a look in Ancestry and Family Search but to no avail.

I would like to look at a particular page on the 1841 census and have a reference. Unfortunately I can't see how I can use it to find the page. Does anyone know of a way?


The Common Room / Witness for a wedding
« on: Sunday 06 March 22 08:10 GMT (UK)  »
My apologies if this has been asked many times before. I have tried searching rootschat but too many threads come up!

What I would like to know is how old you had to be to be a witness to a wedding in the 19th century. Nowadays it looks as if over 18 is preferable but younger is allowed at the discretion of the celebrant, with the proviso that the young person understands their role. Was this the case in the 19th century?


United States of America / Arthur Nunneley b. 1882 Completed
« on: Friday 04 March 22 14:17 GMT (UK)  »

I'm trying to find out what happened to Arthur Nunneley, b. 1883 (Modified sorry 1882) Woodford, Essex.

His parents were Charles Nunneley, b.1848 and Janet nee Taylor, b. 1849

Arthur is with his family in 1891. In 1901 he is in South Africa in the Boer War. He is there for three years, leaving in 1902, and his papers show him to have been a clerk in civilian life.

I don't know what happened to him after that but

in 1903 an Arth. Nunneley age 20, clerk leaves Liverpool on the Friesland for Philadelphia.

Then on the 1910 US census there is an Arthur Nunneley, b. c1884, a labourer, boarding in Ione, Stevens, Washington. That record states that he arrived in 1907.

I don't know whether either of these sightings in my Arthur or not but I wondered if anyone would be able to tell me more about the Arthur/s of these two entries.

I do know that his brother, William, went to Canada at some point as he is serving in a Canadian Regiment when he dies in 1916 in France.


South Africa / Alfred Brundrit Siddeley
« on: Monday 06 December 21 15:42 GMT (UK)  »
Alfred was born in Liverpool in 1867. His birth registration has an extra t on the Brundrit so I expect records could have either spelling. He is at home in 1871 and away at school but in England in 1881. I haven't found him in 1891. He died in Cape Town on 28th October 1892. Probate was granted to his sisters back in the UK in 1903.

I was wondering if anyone was able to tell me what he was doing in South Africa?

Thank you

PS I forgot to say he is interred in Maitland Cemetery, Cape Town

Lincolnshire / Hester Wadkin acquitted of bigamy
« on: Monday 04 October 21 11:17 BST (UK)  »
I am trying to find out more about Hester Wadkin's appearance in court on a charge of bigamy.

Hester (hereafter called Esther) Wadkin was baptised on 25th July 1823 in Barkston, Lincolnshire. On the 20th January 1846 Esther's daughter, Eliza Wadkin, was baptised at Quarrington, Lincolnshire with Esther being named as the parent, no father. On the same day, in the same church Esther married John Bescoby. Eliza's birth registration looks to be Eliza Wadkin M1846 Sleaford, no mother's maiden name.

In 1851 Esther Bescoby and daughter Eliza Bescoby are with Esther's mother and sister at Haw's Yard, Grantham. Esther is described as married but John is not there.

On 7th March 1860 Esther is arrested and taken to Lincoln Gaol. She is tried on the 12th for feloniously marrying William Taylor on 16th November 1857 at Little Gonersby but acquitted.

What I am wondering is whether there were any newspaper reports at the time as I cannot find John Bescoby after the marriage, Eliza Wadkin/Bescoby after 1851 and Esther after her trial. It looks as if John was not Eliza's father or was but did not acknowledge her. Did he scarper immediately after the wedding, was the wedding for show only? Did he disappear and Esther thought herself free to marry? These are some of the questions I am hoping to answer if there is a newspaper report of the trial.

In 1881 there is a Esther Taylor, widowed, 56, housekeeper living at St Vincent Top Lodge, Somersby and in 1891, 69, widowed retired laundress, 9 Triggs Yard, Grantham. Both born Barkston. I suspect these may be my Esther. If so there is a likely death registration Grantham J1897 age 76.

However, at present I have her definitely within my sights up to the trial so am interested in any reports of that if anyone is able to help.


The Common Room / Kenneth Anderson in 1906
« on: Monday 05 July 21 11:15 BST (UK)  »
This charming photograph is from some family papers. We have no idea who he is save for the name and date on the rear "Kenneth Anderson Xmas 1906" I have looked at the possible births and none of the maiden names of mothers mean anything to us either. So he is either a very distant relative or a family friend.

If anyone can lay claim to him let me know and I'll send the original


The Common Room / Quick question about wills
« on: Monday 01 February 21 17:07 GMT (UK)  »
I wonder if anyone can help. I have a person I'm working on who looks as if he dies in 1998. However, I need to build up some evidence. I thought rather than go for the death certificate in the first instance (it is a common name!) I'd look for a probate record and hopefully a will. However, as far as I can see the probate register on Ancestry only goes up to 1995. Is there anywhere where later records can be viewed and/or wills ordered?

Thanks for reading

Technical Help / Alexa help
« on: Thursday 24 December 20 15:02 GMT (UK)  »
A kind friend has given me an Alexa. On the instructions it said to download the Alexa app onto your phone.  This I did  but I had to link my Paypal account. However, it didn't say it was going to take any money so I have done this. Then it asked me to link my Amazon account. I don't have an Amazon account and am now getting very wary. I am worried that if I set up an Amazon account, it will set up Amazon Prime. I know you don't have to have Amazon Prime but I am concerned it might do it by default. I am also worried that if I ask Alexa to do something (e.g play a song) "she" could just charge me something without me being aware of it.

I am unlikely to play much, if any, music on it but I gather you can play the radio - I assume this is free. I would also like to play audiobooks which I understand you can but do these have to be bought from Amazon? Does it have any other uses?

Nottinghamshire / Notts FHS Records on FindMyPast
« on: Friday 28 August 20 15:25 BST (UK)  »
I wonder if anyone can help me. I am looking at some records on FindMyPast that have been transcribed by Notts FHS from the PRs and BTs. I'm mainly looking at Wysall area in the first half of the 1700s and the end of the 1600s.

In the baptisms and marriages there are many records which are given with two years i.e the PRs will say one year e.g.1732 and the BTs 1733. This happens a lot. Does anyone know why? It is before the Gregorian calendar change so not that. I did wonder if perhaps the BTs were written up much later and they got in a muddle. Or was it something else?


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