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Norfolk Lookup Requests / Downham Marriage Look Up for John Tomkins 1897
« on: Sunday 21 March 21 10:46 GMT (UK)  »

I am trying to find any information on John Tomkins.

All I have is his marriage

Elizabeth Lilly McCready and John Tomkins
Mar Q 1897
Downham, Norfolk
Volume:   4b
Page:   519

On Ancestry some members have him as being killed in the Boer War in  1901, being in the 2nd Battalion of the East Kent regiment, but there is nothing to back this up.
So I thought that, with the marriage being the one solid fact, I would start with that.

I was wondering if anyone has access to the records for the Downham parish which give occupation , age and fathers name, please!

The Common Room / Local History Forum
« on: Thursday 05 November 20 16:31 GMT (UK)  »
Is there a forum like Rootschat focussing on local history?
Or are local history questions acceptable on here?

The Common Room / The working class in late 19th Century London
« on: Thursday 15 October 20 10:17 BST (UK)  »
I just had to share this excellent book with you all.
Itís called The Five and is written by Hallie Rubenhold.
It is a nonfiction account of the lives of the five main Ripper victims.
But it doesnít look at it from the perspective of their murders, but as women in late 19th Century London.
It covers childbirth, employment, housing, health, marriage, workhouses, etc.
For anyone interested in how their working class  ancestors lived, I cannot recommend thus book highly enough.
If you are a member of your local library, you should be able to access ebook and audiobooks online, through Bolinda Digital and BorrowBox. It is currently available on there in both formats!
My great grandmother lived in Peabody Buildings in Southwark and was later admitted to Walworth Workhouse and on to the Hanwell Schools. This book bought to life, just what it might gave been like, and in so doing, it lead me to think of further clues towards their situation and where they ended up where they did.

I am having trouble locating a family name...Francis.
I wonder if it may have been read as something  else and transcribed incorrectly!
The reason I wonder, is that I was trying to find Rowlands for years on the 1891 census and through the help of this group they appeared as Dowland.
My Francis fathers was a compositor and I have been led up the garden path by the occupational description on Printer on the census transcription, only to see that it is actually painter.
So, it got me wondering...with cursive scrput are there any particular letters that sometimes get mixed up?

I am looking for any record of the marriage of
Francis Joseph Francis b 1850 Marylebone
Occupation Compositor
Father Francis Joseph Francis Shipping Agent
Lois Lydia Clark b Buckden Huntingdon July 1851
Died July 1885 Lambeth

Francis Joseph subsequently married
Emily Grace Freeman in 1887 and
Georgina Skeet in 1890

Unfortunately I cannot find Francis Joseph on any census to give me an idea of location.
On the 1881 census, Lois Lydia was still unmarried and working as a servant  in Camberwell.
The only child of Lois Lydia and Francis Joseph was Francis George, who was born July 1885, Lambeth.
My supposition is that she died in or shortly after childbirth.

I have searched high and low with no success. There is a Francis Joseph Francis marrying a Louisa Norman in Brighton, and on first look on census it appears he is a printer, but that seems to be an error in transcribing, as I think it actually reads as painter. This particular chap, born 1851, Soho, turns up in quite a lot of census returns for Brighton as a painter. My Francis Joseph was definitely a compositor.

Hereís hoping that one of you lovely folk can help shed some light!

The Common Room / Double barrelled name searches
« on: Friday 18 September 20 11:12 BST (UK)  »
Looking for folk with double barrelled surnames on Ancestry.
I have tried using the first part of the surname as a middle name, or the initial to no avail.
any ideas?

Hertfordshire Lookup Requests / Death record St Albans for Anthony GRAMANIA
« on: Wednesday 19 August 20 22:41 BST (UK)  »
I am trying to track down any members of the Gramania family resident in St Albans.
Anthony Gramania (spelling not certain) was originally from Italy, Matera. Apparently he died fairly recently in or near St Albans, where he lived for most of his life. Naturally I have spent hours on Ancestry looking through Electoral Registers and the like, looking at all sorts of spelling variations, to no avail. If anyone can find anything relating to his death with potential names of relatives, I would be very grateful!

The Common Room / Copy of marriage certificate for 1812
« on: Thursday 12 March 20 20:16 GMT (UK)  »
Obviously being before 1837 I cannot apply to the GRO for a copy of a certain marriage certificate.
In that case who/where do I apply to?

Hampshire & IOW Lookup Requests / Details from Andover marriage records
« on: Thursday 12 March 20 19:08 GMT (UK)  »
I am struggling to find any birth/baptism records and therefore parents of John Biggs.
Unfortunately by the time if the 1841 census his wife is widowed so I have no way finding place of birth the usual way. Would his fatherís name be in parish records of the marriage? Is this something that can be looked up?

John Biggs (b cir 1792) aged 21 of Cripplegate, London
Marriage Allegation dated 26 Dec 1813 at St Mary Andover
Wife: Jane Evans aged 20, of St Mary Andover, daughter of Thomas Evans

John Biggs of Cripplegate, in the city of London, coachman, 21, b., & Jane Evans, of Andover, 20, sp., with c. of her f., Thomas Evans, of the s., hosier, at A., 26 Dec 1813.

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