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Armed Forces / Re: Royal Artillery Service Record 1800ís
« on: Saturday 29 May 21 09:35 BST (UK)  »
Thank you so much! Monaghan is the right area and Elizabeth the right name so looks like it could well be correct. Itís a shame that hasnít been digitised, I may order them at some point. Thank you!

Armed Forces / Royal Artillery Service Record 1800ís
« on: Saturday 29 May 21 09:09 BST (UK)  »
Iím trying to find the service record (or any record) of a Hugh Blair who was in the Royal Artillery and who died during a hurricane in Barbados in 1831 (source here -

Someone on Ancestry has linked this man to a Hugh Blair who was thought to have married my ancestors sister, and it would explain a potential marriage of her niece in Barbados alsoÖ Iím pretty intrigued but canít find the service record on FindMyPast, but Iíve struggled to find a few on there especially for mid 1800ís

Any ideas where I could look to find the service record of more information?

The Common Room / Re: Records of French Citizens in UK in 1800ís
« on: Wednesday 31 March 21 18:28 BST (UK)  »
The 1911 census states heís a French national so Iím not sure which is correct!

The Common Room / Re: Records of French Citizens in UK in 1800ís
« on: Wednesday 31 March 21 16:20 BST (UK)  »
His name was Francis Goll/Gall and he turns up in Hitchin, Hertfordshire around 1851. I was just after general information about sources but obviously Iíd welcome anything anyone can find too, thank you for asking!

The Common Room / Records of French Citizens in UK in 1800ís
« on: Wednesday 31 March 21 13:25 BST (UK)  »
Iím researching a Frenchman who I think emigrated to England at some point between 1841 and 1851. He settled in Hertfordshire, married here and remained here for the rest of his life.

Censuses give his birthplace as Paris (on the only census that doesnít just say France) and a rough birthdate of around 1828. I do have his Fathers name from a marriage certificate.

Before I start trying to delve into French records, I was wondering what records (if any) there might be in England about him? Can anyone recommend any sources for this time period that he might appear in? He died in 1911.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Help Deciphering Regiment of Foot
« on: Thursday 05 March 20 21:05 GMT (UK)  »
I discounted Twenty initially as the 'w' doesn't match up with that below in Singlewoman, but as you've both said it I might need to reconsider.  Thank you for looking and taking the time to reply!

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Help Deciphering Regiment of Foot
« on: Thursday 05 March 20 20:45 GMT (UK)  »
Evening all - I really need help from a fresh pair of eyes!  My ancestor was mentioned in a settlement examination as being in a regiment of foot and posted overseas, it's the something fifth.  I really want to try and figure out which regiment to try and track down any records regarding him, but I just can't figure out that exact regiment.

I've included a bit before and after it of the text, any help would be really appreciated.

The Common Room / Using Family History Centre?
« on: Tuesday 31 December 19 11:32 GMT (UK)  »
At some point in the new year I'm thinking about going to one of the Family History Centres to look at some of the digitised microfilm images for some parishes I'm interested in, they've got quite a lot of poor law records digitised that I suspect will be quite useful.  I only live near the very small centres with limited opening times.  I'm just wondering about what to expect when going - can I take my own laptop or not?  If not, can I use a pen drive to save images to it?

Any advice from anyone that has used one would be welcome!  I've no clue what to expect.

Europe / Re: Dutch Surnames
« on: Wednesday 12 June 19 21:11 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for the responses, I'm still struggling to understand fully but greatly appreciate the help!  Does it seem that Gillis had two different surnames then?  Eichelberg is part of Germany and not far from Frankfurt where Anne married, so I wondered if Hooftman was the surname and Eychelberg  could be the name of the place some of the family came from instead?

I have read a few documents that say Anne was from Antwerp so think that is right - I believe that during that time it was part of the Spanish Netherlands hence the Dutch/Belgian confusion!

I had read the ending being changed to -sen and -s to reflect the father's name, but that doesn't appear to be the case here.

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