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England / Harriet Ponsford (what was her maiden name)
« on: Saturday 18 November 23 10:02 GMT (UK)  »
This should be easy but I'm at a loss, probably an age thing. Known facts.

1871 uk census ref 2061 20 90

Harriet Ponsford aged ( not sure re marital status)35-Staymaker-born Exeter

1881 uk census ref 338 95 912

Harriet Ponsford aged 44- Widow - Staymaker-born Exeter

1891 uk census ref 116 150 62

Harriet Ponsford aged 54 - Widow - No occupation- born Exeter

Living in the household of William H Dykes who married Elizabeth Ponsford in 1887. This marriage certificate records her father as George Ponsford - occupation- Carpenter.

Did Harriet ever marry a George? Wanting to find the birth registration of daughter Elizabeth,


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / christian Etzerodt
« on: Friday 17 November 23 08:58 GMT (UK)  »
Originally posted this on main board, it has been suggested to also post on Handwriting board.
The link attached refers to Christian dying in 1852 i Belgium, lower right hand side. It mentions his wife Mary Weber, not sure what language it is written in, can anyone help with a translation please


England / christian Etzerodt
« on: Thursday 16 November 23 16:31 GMT (UK)  »
Christian married Mary Ann Weber 17.6.1805 in London. He appears in 1841/51 census and dies in 1852 in Belgium. Attached link to Familysearch. Can some kind person interprate the image for me please.


Bedfordshire / Alice Mary Ellis--hurdle rather than brick wall
« on: Saturday 11 November 23 19:54 GMT (UK)  »
Evening, helping a close friend. Working from known facts.

Alice died ,

STRINGER, ALICE  MARY     aged 66 
GRO Reference: 1948  J Quarter in HORSHAM  Volume 05H  Page 464

In 1945-6 West Sussex electoral register with daughter Elsie Maud Moseley & Frederick

GRO Reference: 1907  M Quarter in THAKEHAM  Volume 02B  Page 304

1939 dob 11.10.1882 (Image also appears to indicate 11.10.1879)

1921 aged 39y 8mths  born Luton
1911 aged 28 born Luton
1904 aged 22 spinster married Martin Charles Stringer=Father Samuel Ellis=occ=Carpenter

Any help welome


England / Who was Sybil
« on: Friday 13 October 23 14:33 BST (UK)  »
I have with others been involved with the below post.

Who is Sybil Fogel. She married Henry Audley in JQ 1942 Chelsea.

She appears with Henry in 1950 US census aged 42 (C1908)
She dies aged approx 57 in 1972 (C1915) record infers born City of London
In 1949 when travelling to the US with 2 of Henry's children from his 1st marriage she is aged 43
Travel in 1953 aged 47 (C1906)

I know that buying the marriage cert "could" answer some questions but anyone fancy the challenge of finding out who she is??


England / old dog wanting to learn a new trick
« on: Sunday 03 September 23 08:24 BST (UK)  »
Hi, over the years I have ordered hundred's of GRO certificates. With the advance of technology I want to order a digital copy of a birth c1857. However hard as I try once I complete the registration details it appears that I can only get an 11 image. Can someone run me through process please as to where I might be going wrong.


London and Middlesex / 72, Constable Gardens, Edgware, Middsx
« on: Friday 25 August 23 20:49 BST (UK)  »
Hi, I'm trying to help someone via the pm system on Rootschat and I'm struggling.

Known info so far.

Frances Downie born 2.4.1897 Liverpool. Found on 1901/11/21 UK census.

She is writing letters from 1935 onwards from that address. In 1939 war register at that address is a Frances Smith with the same dob plus 2 redacted entries beneath-possible 2 Smith/Downie children born 1928 and 1929.

Can anyone help with electoral registers around 1934-38 at that address

Many thanks


United States of America / Florence May Potter
« on: Wednesday 16 August 23 15:18 BST (UK)  »

Florence was born 8.1.1864 St Helier, Jersey. Parents John & Mary.
She is found on 1871/81/91 & 1901 channel island census.
Arrives in New York aboard SS New York 7.8.1910. Final destination Friend H H Collins Esq, Bettws-y-Coed  ***** Manor PA
1919 She is back in the UK as a witness to her sister Lydia Jane Potters marriage
1921 census Florence Potter Jones
1939 UK war register living with her sister Lydia Jane Hood and Lydia's husband Paul
1940 dies aged 76 as Florence Potter Jones

Did she marry in the United States? , have children? when did she return to the UK

Thanks for any help


added--no evidence of a Uk marriage between 1910-1919

England / Findmypast
« on: Friday 23 June 23 08:52 BST (UK)  »
Whilst still quite expensive FindMyPast are offering 30% discounts on all levels of subscription until 1st July 2023, includes 1921 census. (139.99)


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