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London & Middlesex Lookup Requests / Re: Help - Frederick Sykes
« on: Wednesday 27 October 10 09:50 BST (UK)  »
I am following the birthplace of Lambeth as my clue.

There is another William Sykes in London, of about the same age (well, OK! At least one other!).
But he seems to have been around Southwark, and his parents were James & Jane.


Family History Beginners Board / Re: telford
« on: Wednesday 27 October 10 09:47 BST (UK)  »
First off - don't do it!!
Remember it stays with you for life.

Secondly, the surname Telford:
This is an Olde English habitational name which derives from the elements "taelf", meaning "a plateau" and "forda", meaning "a shallow river crossing". There are several places named in the 1086 Domesday Book, the usual spelling being "Tejleford" of "Tevellsford", the counties being Somerset, Warwickshire and Berkshire. Some name holders may derive from the medieval French nickname for a soldier "Taille-Fer" one who cuts with iron, the surname as Telford or Telpher being regularly recorded along side each other in early records. What is certain is that the name does not derive from Telford in Shropshire, this is a "new" town, actually named after the famous Thomas Telford (1757 - 1834), who was himself born in Scotland! The alternative name spellings include Tailford (1597), Tilford (1684), Talyfer (1598), Tilfard (1642), Telforth (1630), whilst the modern popular spelling as Telford is first recorded in 1661 (Katherine Telford of London).

Read more:

Nothing Norse in there!

London & Middlesex Lookup Requests / Re: Help - Frederick Sykes
« on: Wednesday 27 October 10 09:36 BST (UK)  »
Just found this possibility in 1851 census (HO107, 1570, 152, 29)

James Sykes, Head, Married, 40, Railway Pointman, b St Georges Middlesex
Ann Sykes, Wife, Married, 31, b Battersea Surrey
Elizabeth Sykes, Daughter, 13, b Kennington, Surrey
Emma Sykes, Daughter, 8, Scholar, b Battersea Surrey
Eliza Jane Sykes, Daughter, 4, Scholar, b Battersea Surrey
William Sykes, Daughter, 1, b Lambeth Surrey

I have checked the original - it definitely says "Do" under sex!!

London & Middlesex Lookup Requests / Re: Help - Frederick Sykes
« on: Wednesday 27 October 10 09:24 BST (UK)  »
1871 census, New John Street, Battersea (RG10, 706, 159, 51):

Henry Foster, Head, Married, 27, Stoker, b Middlesex Kilburn
Jane Foster, Wife, Married, 25, , b Lambeth
. . . . .
Ann Sykes, mother-in-law, widow, 54, Laundress, b Lambeth
William Sykes, Brother-in-law, Unmarried, 22, Costermonger, b Lambeth
Henry Sykes, Brother-in-law, Unmarried, 19, Costermonger, b Lambeth

Don't suppose this is the REAL Bill Sykes?!  :D

Europe / Re: Origin of the Surname ETJEN
« on: Wednesday 27 October 10 07:52 BST (UK)  »
Because I live in the Netherlands, and deal with a lot of European countries, I frequently have to use characters with accents.

I find it far quicker to start Word, use Insert and Symbol, and place the desired character in a blank Word document.
Then it's easy to copy and paste.

But that's just me! Others may have different solutions.

Technical Help / Re: bad virus
« on: Wednesday 27 October 10 07:49 BST (UK)  »
He is of the opinion that many of the `help to remove`sites can cause more problems then you may have had before.

If you didn't actually ask a website to "help to remove . . ." then ignore any such screens that pop-up.

IMHO they are are all scams!

Personally I only use trusted sites for my software - McAfee for virus scanning and firewall, Spyware Doctor for anti-spyware. These I pay for - if something goes wrong I know I can complain!!

Shropshire / Re: Elizabeth ROWLEY 1868
« on: Wednesday 27 October 10 07:44 BST (UK)  »
Just a few pointers!

1. Never entirely trust Family Search! It is not 100% accurate. So use this data as a pointer, and get corroborated evidence from another source. That means spending money on certificates!!

2. What evidence do you have the James & Eliza, married in Bridgnorth 1867, are the parents of your grandmother? Do you know this for a fact?

3. The Isle of Wight is a heck of a long way from Bridgnorth - especially in the mid 1800's. I don't think it likely that somebody born in IoW would have been baptized in Bridgnorth. I may be wrong, of course.

4. Start from basics. Get the birth certificate of your grandmother (if you don't already have it). That will give you parents names and an address. Use census returns to check the address - that will confirm places of birth.

I have gone down a few wrong paths before, so I am very sceptical these days, for which I apologise!

Shropshire / Re: Elizabeth ROWLEY 1868
« on: Tuesday 26 October 10 15:18 BST (UK)  »
June quarter, 1867, Bridgnorth

James Rowley
Eliza Pershouse or Mary Gough

Also possibles:

March qtr 1866, West Bromwich
James Rowley
Elizabeth Read or Hannah Thomas

March qtr 1861 Bridgnorth
James Rowley
Eliza Instone

Think you need more details on the parents and/or siblings to establish a possible date of marriage,

Warwickshire / Re: Ellen Roath- born 5 years before she claimed?
« on: Tuesday 26 October 10 14:16 BST (UK)  »
That sounds about right to me.

It was (and still is?) considered "usual" for the bride to be younger than the groom.
Some people get a bit paranoid over this!!

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