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Australia / Orange, New South Wales, Methodist Minister Training School
« on: Saturday 18 February 23 04:55 GMT (UK)  »
Hello all,

An ancestor, Benjamin John James (1874 - 1955), born Daylesford, Victoria, was a Methodist in New Zealand. Apparently he had the choice of training in Auckland, New Zealand, or in Orange, New South Wales.
He turned down Orange as he thought the temperature would be too hot.
What do you think of that?
And what is the name of that training establishment in Orange?

Thank you for your help.

Good evening,

Just to let you all know that my cousin has received a copy of all papers concerning her adoption -even a copy of a form the birth father had signed. There were pages and pages - all very interesting. So with these papers, and her DNA results, she now knows the name of her birth father.
And of course, of all the names mentioned in these papers, she is the only one still alive. So no one has been upset.

I apologise for the delay in replying.
Collectively you have given us so much information do I will answer in general.

First of all, because all the important people in the different organizations are still on holiday Mary (my cousin) is waiting another week before she starts emailing these people.

She has known that she was adopted since early childhood, and is in contact with a half brother. (her birth mother died some years ago). She regularly meets a step sister of her birth mother and recently met a cousin of her birth father. She found these people through DNA but unfortunately they don't have definite answers. There is no great trauma associated with her learning that she is adopted.


A cousin has just been granted her adoption papers - after years of being told that they don't exist, and that she will learn nothing from them.
Officialdom was wrong.
There is quite a sheaf of papers, and she now knows the name pf her father.
However there is a lot of detail, which of course is new to her, and she would love to know what it says.
But officialdom has not yet finished with her.
1. She has access to the papers while sitting in a public room filled with people making all sorts of queries. This does not make it easy to concentrate on getting all the details.
2. She is not allowed a pen or pencil - hence having to try and memorize.
3. She is not allowed a camera so she can have her own hard copy.
4. They will not copy the pages for her, even though she has said she will pay. 

What would you do? After 70 plus years she wants to know the lot.

Both sets of parents, both natural and adoptive are deceased, so no one is being upset.

We would be very grateful for any tips to get around this obstacle.

Thank you
Jean Price

The Common Room / Re: how do i find 1886 crew lists from England to Nz
« on: Saturday 17 December 22 06:51 GMT (UK)  »
In reply to where did a Rootschatter find New Zealand Attestation Records, those for people enlisting to serve in WW1 are available at New Zealand Archives

Scotland / Re: William Jones Aitken
« on: Sunday 11 December 22 21:46 GMT (UK)  »
Thank you very much Forfarian.
I was hoping to not have to spend money in NZ when I have credits with Scotland's People. I will see what his divorce papers include.
Jean Price

Scotland / Re: William Jones Aitken
« on: Saturday 10 December 22 06:23 GMT (UK)  »
Thank you Neale,
Yes he married in 1885.
I will edit my original message.

Scotland / William Jones Aitken
« on: Saturday 10 December 22 04:14 GMT (UK)  »
Good evening all,

I am looking for William Jones Aitken, who was supposedly born in Glasgow in 1862/1863. Sadly Scotland's People is not being kind to me today.

He was in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand, in 1885, when he married his first wife.

I would be very pleased to know the names of his parents, his birth date.

Edited to show correct marriage year.

Thank you
Jean Price
New Zealand

New Zealand Completed Requests / Re: Thomas Skudder
« on: Saturday 10 December 22 03:46 GMT (UK)  »
Hello again,

I have just read Lu's reply re the headstones.
The CD I mentioned has all the records  - not just those with headstones.


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