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Lincolnshire Lookup Requests / Marriage of George Crawford & Elizabeth (unknown)
« on: Thursday 12 December 13 00:10 GMT (UK)  »
Hello everyone,

I wonder if anyone could help me with my `brick wall'.

I have a George Crawford b.? and Elizabeth b.? last name unknown.

They had (to my knowledge) eight children, all baptised in Little Steeping, Lincolnshire:-

William Crawford b.1734 Little Steeping,
Elizabeth Crawford b.1736 d. 1737 Little Steeping.
Elizabeth Crawford b.1738 Little Steeping.
Catherine Crawford b.1740 Little Steeping.

And possibly (but seemingly with a 13 yr gap)..

Mary Crawford b.1753 Little Steeping.
Alice Crawford b.1755 Little Steeping.
George Crawford b.1758 Little Steeping.
Edward Crawford b.1762 Little Steeping.

I have used:-

I have searched for marriages from 1700 to 1734 and can find no marriage record anywhere belonging to this couple.

Thank you in advance for any help anyone can offer.

Best wishes,


The Common Room / Re: A question about Bishops' Transcripts and FamilySearch etc.
« on: Sunday 25 November 12 04:11 GMT (UK)  »
Please remember the Family History Centers are not primarily there for the general public. They are there for the purposes of the LDS Church, and whatever services they provide to non-members are out of their generosity, not out of duty. I don't think we should be looking a gift horse in the mouth.

Sorry Graham.  I wasn't actually aware of that.  Of course, I am grateful for the LDS Church for the amazing free service they provide - I just didn't see the link between LDS and Family History Centers.  And yes, I do feel like an idiot.

The Common Room / Re: A question about Bishops' Transcripts and FamilySearch etc.
« on: Friday 23 November 12 13:48 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks for the replies Andy and LizzieW.

Andy first - if I travel to these places, in your opinion, or experienced opinion, what are the chances of the films containing nothing more than what is available on Family Search?

LizzieW - I agree.  In this day and age, what with the internet and everything, it is clearly unacceptable that people have to travel to see these things.  I reiterate my earlier question - what about the elderly and disabled?  Does this not discriminate against them?  And of course, there are people who live overseas.

It is an elderly, disabled lady that introduced me to this wonderful hobby, when I started off by researching a great uncle; a WW1 soldier who was killed in Ypres.  She would not be able to travel.  Of course, there is the option of hiring a researcher but I dread to think what they charge.

Thank goodness for Rootschat, that's all I can say.

It will also be a step in the right direction when the Durham Records Office create an online shop.  I hope that other record offices follow this example; if they haven't already.

As a side-note, I know that as a relative newcomer to this pastime, I have been spoilt.  There will be people reading this who have been a family history researcher, since the times when there was no other option than to get out of the armchair and travel the country in search of these records.

The good news is that since the likes of TV shows such as `Who Do You Think You Are? this hobby has greatly increased in popularity.  This will surely mean that these records become more accessable to all.


The Common Room / Re: A question about Bishops' Transcripts and FamilySearch etc.
« on: Friday 23 November 12 04:54 GMT (UK)  »
It's `stupid O' Clock' here in the UK so I must retire for the night.  I will check any replies tomorrow.

A big thanks to all of you amazing folk.

Until tomorrow...

David ;)

The Common Room / Re: A question about Bishops' Transcripts and FamilySearch etc.
« on: Friday 23 November 12 04:46 GMT (UK)  »
Andy (and of course, Barry),

A huge penny has dropped and a lightbulb has lit above my head!  Thank you for this wonderful news.  So it's not me going insane - pages out of order, details omitted, incorrect transcripts, etc., BUT all is not lost - if I order the original films, then there is a good chance that the details I am looking for, will be on there.  Brilliant!

Okay, just one more question (I know I keep saying that but..), these`films' will come in the form of a microfiche, yes?  Is there any way of viewing these things without one of those reading machines?  For instance, can they be looked at by scanning them in using a standard scanner, and enlarging them?

The Common Room / Re: A question about Bishops' Transcripts and FamilySearch etc.
« on: Friday 23 November 12 04:07 GMT (UK)  »
Actually Barry,  I think I have worked out some of the points you are making..

So its back to 91090

You are referring to the original microfiche, yes?  If so, I am sure it would be helpful to see these things.  Where might I find them?  Other than travelling 100's of miles to Durham Records Office, I mean.

[Edit]  The Durham Records Office online shop, when it opens.  Yes?  Or are there any other sources available?

Are the microfiche(s) not taken from the BTs?

`Attached transcript' - the link you sent.  Got you.

So you are saying that if I use the source film number to find the original microfiche, it should contain more information than is given in the BTs?

[Edit] Yes, still editing and working it out!  Heh! Heh

Okay - JenB said
NO - the film number you quote, 91010, is for the Parish Church, Chester le Street.

I completely understand now!

I'm not really a beginner - just new(ish) to pre-1837.  It's a real headache but I think I'm getting there.

Sorry for being dense.  And thank you for your help.


The Common Room / Re: A question about Bishops' Transcripts and FamilySearch etc.
« on: Friday 23 November 12 03:45 GMT (UK)  »
Hello Barry.  Thank you for helping but I'm afraid you have lost me here.

The baptism of Robert Wood is not on the Transcripts!

I know - that is my point.  If you re-read my earlier post:-

Please note that this is just an example - not a request for anyone to go looking.

And I'm sorry but what do you mean by...?

I have given you the link to the actual page and you can see it is a bit erratic with incomplete dates and dates out of order on this page.

Thank you.  I have studied the link you provided but the dates appear to be in order, (with the exception of a couple of entries) - February 1798 to April 1798.  You're not referring to the date of birth are you?

What do you mean by:-

So its back to 91090


That original will give more information like some of the other children on the attached Transcript

Which original?  Which other children?  And what do you mean by `attached transcript'?

I am very grateful for any help and I don't want to come across as being difficult, but I am curious as to what you mean, here.  Could you elaborate please?


PS;  Barry - if you are still up and about and reading this, please accept my apologies and see my more recent post on the next page.

Thanks, Stan.


The Common Room / Re: A question about Bishops' Transcripts and FamilySearch etc.
« on: Thursday 22 November 12 22:23 GMT (UK)  »
Just to say that Stan's link covers all of my questions.

Thank you both very much.

I will mark this thread as solved in a minute.

Best wishes,


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