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Northumberland / Re: How to I find a death in North or South Tyneside?
« on: Thursday 23 September 21 11:46 BST (UK)  »
Find My Past have a database,UK Electoral Registers & Companies House Directors for recent years  (where the person has not opted out of the public register). Despite the title it contains people who were not company directors but were/are on the public electoral register. (such as me! when we lived in England). I just checked a  name of someone I know and his entry shows he is registered to vote at that address from 2005-2021

Crematoria books of remembrance may be an option, links to those in Northumberland and Durham are on the relevant resources boards - though most are only searchable by date and not all families chose to have an entry, the one for South Shields is searchable by name.

Facebook accounts, for mutual acquaintances, known relatives may produce something.

Even just bunging a name into Google sometimes brings something up, family trees on the subscription sites may also have something.


Durham / Re: Elusive Mary Ellen born 10 September in Gateshead.
« on: Thursday 23 September 21 11:05 BST (UK)  »
Thinking about pronunciation in a thick accent I wonder about this birth with no MMN

GRO Reference: 1901  S Quarter in GATESHEAD  Volume 10A  Page 1102

Added… forget that. Looks as though she died 1904

Playing devil's advocate, I think the Monaghan birth in Q3 1901 may still be a contender.

there was also a Mary Ellen Monaghan, registered in Gateshead in Q4 1901, MMN  McCormick. 
Marriages Q4 1900 John Monaghan and Catherine McCormick
and the child who died in 1904 was buried at Gateshead East on 9th Feb 1904, age said to be 2 and was the daughter of John Monaghan.

emmadog, it may be worth a shot to email Gateshead Registrars , explain that you have been unable to source a birth reg with the surname Mallachin and that the Mary Ellen Monaghan registered in Q3 Gateshead is an outside chance possible.

Ask if they have time to check the register and be able to confirm/deny whether the mother was Margaret (no father listed) and the child was born 1st Sept.

Way back pre- pandemic Gateshead Registrars were willing to answer email queries like that, they may not have the staff/time atm but its worth an ask? - shy bairns get nowt :-)


Lancashire Lookup Offers / Re: Ford & Yew Tree Cemetery Records
« on: Tuesday 21 September 21 14:02 BST (UK)  »
Thanks Marienne, that really helps to confirm I have the right person.

and yes the surname wasn't common  and people just gave it their best shot when writing it down, so the original may have been just as hit n miss:-)


Lancashire Lookup Offers / Re: Ford & Yew Tree Cemetery Records
« on: Tuesday 21 September 21 11:15 BST (UK)  »
Hi Marienne, hope all is well with you.

Whenever you have time please could you check for Grave H 253, at Ford Cemetery.
I can see an Anna Maria Johnson buried there on 20 July 1892 and would be interested to know who the deed holder was and any other interments in that plot.


The Common Room / Re: Death record using date of birth?
« on: Monday 20 September 21 13:37 BST (UK)  »
OP says he was definitely still alive in 1913

Yes, which is why I posted about the death/ funeral in 1908 of the man whose stage name was Austin Melford.

Until / unless clalouha comes back and gives us more info, including what shows he was still alive in 1913 we can only straw clutch at 'possibles'.


The Common Room / Re: Death record using date of birth?
« on: Sunday 19 September 21 16:00 BST (UK)  »
You could also try a probate calendar search, year by year from when you last have a record that says he was alive. IF he had something to leave -  then a probate calendar entry most probably give a date and place of death.

Calendars can be searched
 free online


The Common Room / Re: Death record using date of birth?
« on: Sunday 19 September 21 15:53 BST (UK)  »
I have come across an article (5th January 1914) about the death of the performer Mark Melford which says his real name was Smith. It refers to his brother, the late Austin Melford (real name Alfred Smith). Is this the person you are looking for?

The Stage, 30 Jan 1908 has a report of the death and funeral of Austin Melford (real name Alfred Smith) brother of Mark Melford. Its a long article but says he was 53, had been born at Fareham, Hampshire and spent most of his childhood in Portsmouth. He died 23 Jan 1908

Hopefully that will help the OP to either confirm or discount this man.


The Common Room / Re: Death record using date of birth?
« on: Sunday 19 September 21 15:44 BST (UK)  »
Can't use an exact birthdate for this time frame, it was many , many years after this that England & Wales incorporated actual dates of birth into death registrations (and even then it was only to be the best knowledge of whoever the informant was).

However, if you believe he died in England or Wales then try FreeBMD.
Search deaths

Surname Smith
First name Alfred
date range 1913 -1918 and don't specify either a county or a district

Before you press search , put a range in the Death Age/DoB box. You can try the exact year of his birth but its better to do a range with a year either side, so if he'd been born in 1880 type in


now hit search

27 hits for those search terms, and it will take a lot of work to discount them one by one, by trying for cemetery records, old newspapers etc etc.

and if he died in Scotland or Ireland then you'd have to also search their records.


Sorry been away, but thank you for your information and I agree with most of your findings. However, the family member I am involved with is adamant that she has done a thorough research.

If so, then how can she have the same baptism living at 7 Grange Street, Hoxton and then in 1861 Census George Culpitt is living there with 2 so called daughters and one being Caroline born the same year as her Caroline...

Bottom line, for any of us, is to look at other tress, take on board what they say and THEN decide for ourselves, based on what the records say, is the most likely scenario.
Sometimes the jury is out and neither we, or the other tree owners can show, within reasonable doubt what actually happened.

For me, that means I don't know one way or another so can't be sure. In that case I leave it a while in the hope that something may turn up that helps.

For some folk I have been waiting decades, taking them out now and then, dusting them off and starting from scratch to see if I can now make sense of it. I've had some successes but still have people that are in limbo as I just can't find anything definite.

I'd rather leave them in limbo till either something turns up or I shuffle off my mortal coil and hopefully get to ask them myself (God willing) - but that's just me :-)


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