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New Zealand Completed Requests / Re: William (McQuire) Martin
« on: Thursday 17 September 09 19:56 BST (UK)  »
Thank you Althea,

William McQuire was the brother in law of my wifes great granddad and I just thought to look at that part of the tree.

Another leaf added


Cavan / Re: Charters/Chartus
« on: Thursday 17 September 09 16:25 BST (UK)  »
Hi Thanks for the reply. I am not at all sure where Loch Gowna is?. I think that the most modern John Charters that I have any info on went to live in England after WW2.

What do you have on your John Charters

Thanks agaion

New Zealand Completed Requests / William (McQuire) Martin
« on: Thursday 17 September 09 16:18 BST (UK)  »
I am looking for any details about the forward family of William Martin. He was born William McQuire on 26th July 1857 at Ennerdale, Cumberland and went to NZ in the 1870's where he changed his name to Wm Martin. Involved in the early days of Post & Telegraph he received an honours medal for his work. He went back to visit his parents in 1890 and married Annie Fleet. They had 8 children. one of his sons - Ernest was KIA in WW1 the CWGC lists his parents as living in Morningside, Auckland. The youngest son of William & Annie, Leonard, I think also had a key job with the Post & Telegraph. I also have a copy photo showing William with his parents and some siblings and then I have a Candidate's 'flyer' for the Manukau city council elections - Papatoetoe Ward in the name of Phil & Helen Greenbank. I don't know the date of this flyer or what connection he has to William. I have a fair bit of info on the McQuires in UK but nothing forward of 1890'ish

Any help would be appreciated


Cavan / Charters/Chartus
« on: Monday 01 June 09 07:38 BST (UK)  »
I am trying to track down my great grand parents. John Charters and his wife Annie Fenner. I have both of their death certificates, they having died in Belfast but family folklore has them coming from Co Cavan. I can't find any reference to their births.

John Charters was supposed to have served 19 years in the army and fought the 'Fuzzy Wuzzys' and although I can find no record of his military service, other stories lead me to believe that bagpipes featured highly in his memories.

I have now found a reference to a John CHARTUS of full age, living at Barrack Hill, a Pensioner (military?) and a Methodist getting married to Anne Fenner of full age of Barrack Hill , a Methodist, on 7th April 1887. This obviously seems to be the correct reference.

Is there anyone out there who can help me by finding any reference to births or other family of these elusive ancestors of mine. At the moment they unbalance the family tree.

From the death certs if believe John to have been born about 1853 and Anne  about 1864.

World War Two / Re: Cameronians 1940-1946
« on: Thursday 05 March 09 22:16 GMT (UK)  »
There is a similar case with the Queens own cameron Highlanders. When they recovered from Dunkirk, they were based in North Yorkshire and recruited a great number from the local area to make up numbers lost at Dunkirk. They were known as the Yorkshire Jocks. Perhaps the same thing happened with the cameronians??

London and Middlesex / Re: Bruske
« on: Sunday 03 August 08 19:50 BST (UK)  »
Hi Helen. Thanks for the enquiry. I have quite a bit of information of the Bruske family from Amsterdam before they moved to London, Whitechapel. I have further info from then
I think that Ginter Bruske came from Prussia but not 100% sure You might also try Genes Reunited as that is where i got a lot of clues initially

Antrim / Re: How they lived back then
« on: Friday 07 March 08 16:24 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks Christopher.  That one is a bit more complicated to get into but I will soldier on and give it a better go later. I am also looking for life from 1850 - 1900
thanks again

Antrim / Re: How they lived back then
« on: Friday 07 March 08 15:22 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Wendl. Thanks for the link
Although I have no actual track of relatives from that time, I am sure that they were there starving and dying like everyone else. I have ordered a copy from Amazon.

Thanks also to Christopher. I have read the article that he reccommended as well and found it very interesting indeed. I should be able to work up a reasonably accurate sort of day for my ancestors to add a bit of reality to the bare facts of BMD
Great stuff

Census and Resource Discussion / Re: Genes Reunited
« on: Tuesday 18 December 07 15:04 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Lizzie. I think that it just a caase of a hopeful contact. A person would be very foolish to just open anything to anyone without checking it out first. I check the tree and don't even contact them if I cannot see a connection. It is probably innocent but you cant take a chance these days Still some people do respond the the claims that there is 10% of 50.000.000 Dollars just waiting for their bank details or that they have won 2 million euros but they must pay 300euros first for the admin fee.

A reasonabley intelligent person can see through these attempts ....but never know (sic)

Yet again, I have received a message from a GR member just stating "I've opened my tree for you".  I checked his tree and although he has surnames that match names in my tree, there is absolutely no connection.  Needless to say I haven't opened my tree but just e-mailed to ask why he opened his tree for me and which family names he thought connected with mine.  I've not received a reply yet, maybe I never will.


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