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New Zealand / jessie spencer smith arnold (1860-1920)
« on: Monday 28 September 20 03:32 BST (UK)  »
 I am trying to find where this relative is buried. She was born in London in 1860. The family emigrated to New Zealand. Her maiden name was Jessie Spencer Smith . She married the architect Charles le Neve Arnold in Dunedin on 6 Dec 1882. She moved to Auckland where three sons were born.
I have tried the Auckland Cemeteries database without success. Also thought she might have been buried in Dunedin where most of her birth  family are  interred but again no results.  Any help finding Jessie would be realy appreciated . Thanks  Orkrad.

Lanarkshire / john burke/catherine burns marriage 1940's
« on: Sunday 09 August 20 00:28 BST (UK)  »
 Greetings from Nz I am trying to find details on the above couple. John BURKE and Cathy BURNS/ BYRNS. John was a POW in Italy in WW2 and I am presuming the couple married between 1939-1946 either before the war or after John returned home.  They both lived in Glasgow possibly in Govan. I have tried Scotlands people statutory records and Church records ( they were Roman Catholic )  and Family  Search  and Ancestry without success . I am presuming they were both in their early 20's when they married . I have no other information on them.  Any help would be appreciated.
Regards Orkrad

Renfrewshire / elizabeth gatens/duncan mc intyre marriage
« on: Saturday 11 July 20 03:29 BST (UK)  »
 Hi everyone Elizabeth Mc intyre ( nee Gatens) was born in Port-Glasgow on 9 Nov 1873.  I have downloaded her birth cert from Scotlands people She married a Duncan Mc Intyre sometime after 1901 where she appears in the census living  withher brother's family in Port-Glasgow.  I have been told Duncan  was a local lad and an engineer  probably trained in a local shipyard like Kincaid's .
I have tried Scotland's people for a potential marriage without success.  I also tried Family Search  for a potential marriage in England but no luck.  Duncan Mc Intyre was an engineer and worked for the Cunard Line.  The couple later  moved to Bratton Park near Portsmouth and I have  tried  Family Search  !G! to try and locate their deaths so far without result.
Elizabeth was my great aunt and I would like to know a little  more about her and her husband Duncan Mc Intyre. Can anyone help? Thanks Orkrad.

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / mary and the children nz 1925
« on: Saturday 23 May 20 01:02 BST (UK)  »
 Can you please restore this lovely photo of my mother in law  taken around 1925 in New zealand .
Thanks orkrad

New Zealand Completed Requests / shetland island ancestors
« on: Thursday 21 May 20 02:46 BST (UK)  »
 Kia ora tatou

Does the website have a resources link to Shetland island resources . Orkrad

Renfrewshire / electoral rolls renfrewshire
« on: Friday 01 May 20 00:36 BST (UK)  »
 Greetings from New Zealand. I am researching a family story that one of our relatives fought and died with the International Brigade in Spain . I have tried various sources to find a list of those who were recruited from Greenock., including the list of Scottish volunteers and the International Brigade death list and I cant locate my relative.  I am wondering if I have a correct name.  Are there electoral rolls for Greenock in the 1930's? I am told he lived in Quarrier St Greenock with a local family. I have tried the Ancestry data base for Glasgow electoral rolls in the hope it might also contain Greenock information but so far no luck. I have also written to the Greenock Telegraph Archives  in the vague hope that they might have covered stories from that time but since so many Archives are closed I may have to wait  quite a while for a reply.  Any help would be much appreciated.  Regards Orkrad.

Armed Forces Resources / The international brigade 1936
« on: Tuesday 28 April 20 02:48 BST (UK)  »
 Do you have any information on this topic ? orkrad

World War Two / Royal Scots Glencorse Barracks Edinburgh
« on: Sunday 03 March 19 23:01 GMT (UK)  »
 Kia ora ( Greetings from New Zealand )
I am trying to trace where my father (who was with the above regiment) served in WW2.  He trained  with them from 10-04-41 to 30-05-41. Family sources say that his Country of  Service was North Africa from 11-11-42 to 18-03-44. I have checked the Royal Scots website and can find no mention of the regiment serving in North Africa.  It is always possible that his unit was with some other regiment in 1942 and I would need some help checking this out.
Can one of your experts shed any light on this?  Regards Orkrad

Shetland / Fanciful tale?
« on: Sunday 27 August 17 04:33 BST (UK)  »
 I have just been listening to a cd of reminiscences of a relative from Greenock  Renfrewshire  now deceased. His family name is McLeish. In it he talks about an ancestor from the Isles  reputedly" press ganged" and  who worked for the Hudson's Bay Co in the 19th century.   On returning home after many years  the lost lad was only recognised by his mother due to a birthmark on his neck. I have heard  a  similar story  from other family members over the years and dismissed it as a flight of fancy. Unfortunately  I have no names or  actual dates to try to locate this ancestor but I have recently read that many young men from Shetland were employed by the Hudson's bay Co. I also have read about the power to impress men  for the British Navy that was  supposedly abandoned in in 1815 but in fact carried on till  1900.   Apparently many young men from Scotland were taken against their will to crew ships.  The linking of the two stories to give the impression that the Hudson's Bay Co was somehow involved in the press ganging is a bit of a  leap too far for me.  But I am now intrigued.

I am hoping some one can point me in the direction to research these tales which begin to sound like they might not be so fanciful after all!

Regards Orkrad

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