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The Common Room / Re: Can anyone identify this photo
« on: Thursday 25 January 18 14:00 GMT (UK)  »
Yeah I was thinking it might be Croydon. In the photo their appears to be a slight incline to the road and the High Street in Croydon does have such an incline where it meets George Street. However the building on the corner of George street today appears to be from roughly that time period and doesn't match the one in the photo. Also in the photo there appears in the distance to be a road going off to the left and one going off to the right. There is a street to left still standing today but not one to the right and the buildings there again seem to date from the period in the photo.

I still think it could well be in Croydon but I cant tie it down to a specific location. Not surprising really as Croydon has gone through massive redevelopment from the 60's onwards.

The Common Room / Can anyone identify this photo
« on: Thursday 25 January 18 11:31 GMT (UK)  »
This photo is currently being sold on a well known auction site. The seller has incorrectly, I believe, identified it as being of Church Road, Crystal Palace, London. Having grown up on Church Road, lived in Crystal Palace for many, many years and studied it's history I know that there is nowhere that looks like this and with much of the area being a preservation area now, it's not changed much in over 100 years.

The seller says that this is a 1970s print of a black and white photograph taken between 1890-1900 and that it was removed from the 1970s printer's box which was marked 'Crystal Palace'.

I'm just curious to see if I can find out where this actually is. There's so much information in the photo but so far I'm drawing blanks.

The building on the left is "?ON HOUSE"
The shop is "?.B. Miller" Silk Mercer and Draper at 103???
In the bottom left corner appears to be tram tracks

In the background is a 'beam' across the street with a sign on it which I don't typically associate with London but I could well be wrong

Anyone recognise the location?

Family History Beginners Board / Look Up A House on the census returns?
« on: Monday 21 August 17 18:05 BST (UK)  »
I've been tracing my family tree for many years but would like to trace the history of the house I grew up in. I've been able to find a bit about it as it has a preservation order on it and is mentioned in a couple of local history books so I know when it was built and who by.

What I would love to do is find out who was living in it over the years. To make matters a little confusing, some time after 1911 the house numbers in my street got changed but I've just been able to find out what the original numbers were. With that information I've found the house and it's occupants on the 1911 census.

Is there a way of doing this on earlier census returns? I've trawled through the 1901 census and although I could find my street there wasn't anything that explicitly gave the house numbers. IIRC schedule numbers don't refer to house numbers and can change from year to year.

Is there any clever way of locating a particular house on earlier census's?

Well it started with Samuel Leach b 27/09/1792 in Shoreditch, parents I think were Thomas & Sarah who worked with his family as Silk Weavers in Shoreditch and Bethnal Green. But Samuel had other brothers who I'm pretty sure also worked in Bethnal Green as Silk Weavers.

Samuel's sons started off carrying on the family trade but after the Napoleonic Wars England was flooded with French Silk and the bottom fell out of the market and so they diversified into furniture makers, leather makers and harness makers. 

Canada / Re: Cannot find BMD's for Canada
« on: Sunday 26 March 17 19:03 BST (UK)  »
Wow, many thanks all, I wasn't expecting so much info!!

I just thought it weird that no BMD's could be found on Ancestry or Find My Past despite them supposedly having Canadian BMD's and wondered if there was a reason for that. But now I have a lot more info to go through which I'm sure will produce more leads so thanks again.

Just found a page on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society that says that this term was in use from the 1700's and means exactly what we think it means.

Hmm, that makes me think I have the wrong person. I would presume someone who was effectively a pharmacist would be quite skilled, therefore be relatively comfortable so unlikely (although possible) for his family a couple of generations later to be on the poverty line working as silk weavers.

Hmm, that's what I thought it said but thought Drugist far too modern a word for the mid 1700's.

Anyone know what a drugist would have done back then?

Can anyone tell me what this says (top line). I think it's for my 7x GG

The line starts:

6 Stephen Leach of Whitechapel Middlesex

But I can't read anything after that. All I know is that by 3 generations later they were all Silk Weavers but it doesn't look like anything to do with weaving here.

Canada / Cannot find BMD's for Canada
« on: Saturday 25 March 17 22:56 GMT (UK)  »
I'm trying to trace a few people that I know emigrated to Canada.

Leonard Ashley Cooper b 02/05/1886 in Plaistow, Essex, England but moved to Canada some time after 1901, possibly 1908. He appears on a few passenger lists and border crossing documents. I know he worked as a tanner and later as a machinist and the last record I can find for him was on a passenger list returning to Canada on 19/07/1960

I also know he married Ethel May Barnett (nee Hanbridge) on 11/02/1922 in Wellington, Ontario, Canada

The thing is I can't find any other record for him in Canada. According to a family tree on Ancestry they had two children:

Frederick Ashley Cooper b 26/04/1924 Windsor, Ontario - d Aug 1994 North Bay, Ontario

Leonard George Cooper b 06/08/1925 Windsor, Ontario - d 10/10/2002 (don't know where)

But I cannot find a single Canadian record to confirm these people even existed. I've got accounts for Ancestry and Find My Past and both draw blanks. Is there a better or specific site for locating Canadian BMD's or are these dates too recent to be online for Canada?

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