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The Common Room / White Star Line "CANADA" Arrival Date at Liverpool 31st Jan.1920
« on: Saturday 01 August 20 16:33 BST (UK)  »
Would anyone know if an unborn child would be listed as an infant on a passenger list? I'm trying to locate the birthplace of a very close family friend who died many decades ago. His mother and his half sister were listed on the passenger list AND it listed an infant 3/4 (but not the sex). I cannot find any trace of our friends birth in the U.S. or Scotland where his mother returned to. His name was John Babchuck. His Mother was Helen (Nellie) Kirk and his Father was Peter Babchuck (Russian). I'm going around in circles and it's so very frustrating. Appreciate any suggestions, comments or help. Many thanks.

I'm having zero success tracing the war records for a very close family friend who died many decades ago.He was a radio operator and an El Alemein Veteran. Johnny was born 26th May 1920/1. I've been trying to do his family tree as a tribute to his memory. He never married and had no children. His mother was Helen Babchuck (nee Kirk) and born in Ayrshire Scotland. I'm having very little success in tracing his birth records. I suspect he could have been born in America. His mother moved out there very briefly to join her husband but returned the following year without her husband.With his unusual surname, I thought it would be easy to track down his war records but sadly not worked out that way. Very frustrating. Would me very grateful for any help or advice.

Sussex Completed Lookup Requests / Miss May Mole, Eastbourne, Sussex- COMPLETED.
« on: Wednesday 22 February 12 17:17 GMT (UK)  »
Wonder if anyone might be able to offer any assistance. Many years ago my husband discovered a letter that had slipped between the floorboards of an old house he was working in. The house was in London & not Eastbourne.He brought the letter home & we'd forgotten all about it until recently. We were having a major sort out and we rediscovered the old letter. It was addressed to a MISS MAY MOLE, "Sylvan Tor" 12, Ashburnham Gardens, Eastbourne, England from a friend named Evy or Ivy from Geelong, Victoria, Australia. It was dated the 22nd May 1916 and it's just a very nice little letter to a friend. The writer refers to May's brother Clifford who's fighting in the Great War. I would love to pass it on to any surviving family members of May but really don't know where to start.  Can't bring myself to destroy the letter without trying to find any relatives who might like to have it.

World War One / Gunner Samuel Foxall RGA
« on: Tuesday 29 November 11 18:53 GMT (UK)  »
Hi, I'm trying to locate the Army records/Pension records of my Great Uncle Samuel Foxall, 133475, 118th Siege Bty., Royal Garrison Artillery who died on The 12th September 1917. Samuel is buried in The Huts Cemetery in France. I'm not holding out very much hope because I've located his medal rolls & have found his entry on the UK soldiers who died 1914-1918 via Ancestry. I understand that only 30% of army records survived and those would appear on the Ancestry site. I've found his fathers army records (also Samuel Foxall) but unfortunately not his sons. Does anyone know if there's any other way I might be able to gain more information on Samuel? ??? many thanks in advance for any suggestions.

US Lookup Requests / Death Look up: James & Mabel Gilchrist
« on: Monday 03 October 11 18:10 BST (UK)  »
I've reached a complete dead end with regards to my Great Uncle James Gilchrist & his wife Mabel (nee Hamilton) & would be so grateful if anyone might be able to help me discover when James & Mabel died.

James was born on thee 25th December 1884 in Cannanore, Madras, India(father serving in British Army). He emigrated to U.S.A. from England in 1903. He married Mabel in 1917. On the 1920 census they lived in the Assembly District 9, Kings N.Y. On the 1930 census they still lived in Kings. No mention of any children. I have found a WW1 draft registration (roll no.1754307) &  WW2 draft registration (serial no.1308) for James. On WW2 draft reg. his address was 115.61-222 Street, St. Albans, QUEENS, N.Y.

I have very little information on Mabel except she was born in New York in 1880 & her father was English.

I would dearly love to find the last part of the puzzle relating to James & hopefully Mabel.

Any help would be very much appreciated. 

Many thanks in advance.

« on: Saturday 02 October 10 17:28 BST (UK)  »
Hi, I'm desperately trying to confirm my Great Grandfathers parents but have been unable to locate a birth certificate for him. His name was James Gilchrist and he was born in Saint John, New Brunswick circa 1847/8. I'm confident his parents were James Gilchrist (born 1809 Rothes,Scotland) and serving in the 1st of Foot regiment at the time of his only sons birth AND Ann Burns (born Dublin). They also had 3 daughters, Margaret, Catherine & Ann. None of the daughters were born in Canada.

Any help or advice would be most welcome & appreciated.     

Armed Forces / Birth in India. Father serving in British Army.
« on: Thursday 09 September 10 16:22 BST (UK)  »
My Great Grandfather served in the British Army and spent many years in India. He had several children by his 1st wife. His son JAMES GILCHRIST was born on the 25th December 1884, Christened on the 17th January 1885 in Cannanore, Madras. His father was JAMES GILCHRIST & his mother was JANE GILCHRIST. I'm desperately trying to discover Jane's (believe she was Irish) maiden name and thought by obtaining a copy of his birth certificate I could learn her maiden name. She died in Poonamallee. Madras on the 29th April 1886. Can anyone suggest the best way to obtain the certificate? many thanks in advance for any help.

My Great Granddad spent a large part of his military life based in India with both his wives (he was widowed out there) and children. Is it possible to obtain certificates for marriages,births & deaths now that I've got dates and names. Not sure how to go about applying and to whom. So overjoyed at finally finding out their names etc :). but not sure where to go next.  Can anyone help me? many thanks in advance for any help and advice.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Great Grandfathers occupation 1901 census
« on: Saturday 10 July 10 20:29 BST (UK)  »
Hi, I've been trying to decipher my Great Grandfathers occupation on the 1901 English census with absolutely no success. It states that he was retired from the army but just can't make out his occupation or possibly name of company.
Is anyone able to end my despair & frustration? Many thanks in advance.

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