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US Completed Requests / Where did Marguerite McLarty die?
« on: Sunday 27 August 17 23:15 BST (UK)  »
This is one of my most frustrating brick walls that I come back and try and crack every now and again, hoping 2017 is going to be the year (with a little help)!

Marguerite McLarty was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1904 to David & Alma McLarty.
I can pick her up to the 1940 census still living in Milwaukee with just her mother (following divorce of Alma and David years earlier). Marguerites occupation is given as teacher at a public school.

Marguerites father David died in 1951 and in his obituary it stated Marguerite died in 1945.  As she lived in Milwaukee her whole life and didn't seemingly marry it seemed logical to think this was where she had died.  I contacted a local volunteer for Milwaukee through RAOGK who kindly picked up the search for her death and eventually confirmed no death for Marguerite in Milwaukee.

I would appreciate any assistance to confirm death was definitely in 1945, where and then hopefully I could home in on a death notice or obituary.  Marguerites mother did not die until 1968.

Thank you.

United States of America / Ellis Island Query
« on: Monday 07 August 17 15:32 BST (UK)  »
I am currently trying to establish whether some relatives of mine would have passed through Ellis Island on a trip from Scotland to New York in 1922 (enroute to California for a 6 month stay).
The reason being is that they were 1st class passengers and information from the internet says that
First and second-class passengers would disembark, pass through Customs at the piers and were free to enter the United States, while steerage and third class passengers went across to Ellis Island.
However these relatives appear on the Ellis Island Passenger Search website for this trip in 1922, so without sounding too daft must mean that they did have to go through Ellis Island even though they were 1st class passengers. ???

The Common Room / Who is the Uncle - (1881+1891 census look up assist)
« on: Thursday 06 July 17 11:36 BST (UK)  »

The attached is part of a long letter published in the Chatfield Democrat newspaper (Minnesota) in the 5th Dec 1885 edition, written by my relative Jennie McLarty.

Jennie's family emigrated from Scotland to Minnesota in the 1850's and is obviously over for a visit to the UK and staying with an uncle at 13 Goldswong Terrace, Cranmer St. Nottingham.

It would be great if I could find out who this uncle was.  I am ruling out him being a 'McLarty', as all her McLarty uncles had emigrated, bar one who lived in Ayrshire.

I therefore think he is on her mothers side - 'McNeish'.

Jennies mother was called Sarah McNeish and her obituary states that she was born on the 1st March 1824 in Dumfries 'where she spent her youth'.  Sarah married Malcolm McLarty in Liverpool in 1844, but were on the Ayr census of 1851 (they then emigrated in 1856).

I think the answer could hopefully be on either the 1881 or 1891 census for the Nottingham address, if someone could please check I would be very grateful.

Thank you.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Sentence on 19th century Scottish Will
« on: Thursday 22 June 17 11:29 BST (UK)  »
Please could anyone confirm what I believe this reads?

'Interest thereon to date of oath to Inventory'

I just wonder if it actually should be date of death but does look like oath ?


Ireland / Irish record searching, assistance for a beginner
« on: Wednesday 24 May 17 16:38 BST (UK)  »
I am trying to assist a friend with some Irish family research but this is the first time I have had to search Irish records, so would appreciate any pointers with the limited information I have to work with.
We have:-
William John Quinn born 28.9.1942 (unknown where - but no likely match in England, Wales or Scotland)
Married in Grimsby in 1968  (there could potentially be other marriages from early 70's onwards, following divorce)
Died in Birmingham 1993

His father was Patrick Joseph Quinn - all that is known about him is that he was deceased by 1968 (as shown on William's marriage certificate).  Occupation of Patrick Joseph Quinn on marriage certificate was Superintendent Storekeeper - Bus Company.

Would be great to be able to narrow a birth down for William and info on his father.
Thank you.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Cemetery Barcelona on death certificate
« on: Thursday 04 May 17 15:22 BST (UK)  »
This should be easy but I have even had a Spanish speaking lady try and decipher with no luck.
Its the name of a cemetery in Barcelona area as shown on a death certificate from 1969.

I have got Oeste for something West.


I have found a birth notification from 1879 in the Glasgow Herald newspaper for a stillborn baby, relating to a family branch that I am currently researching.
Does anyone know if this was common practice, as to me it seems a bit unusual at such a sad time that the last thing you would be thinking about was to publish it in a newspaper ?

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Occupation help
« on: Tuesday 18 April 17 12:59 BST (UK)  »

Please could anyone help with the word before 'tailor' on this US census entry?

Scotland / The elusive Isabella Baxter / Scott / Whiteford
« on: Tuesday 28 March 17 11:50 BST (UK)  »

I am hitting a lot of brickwalls in trying to research my GG Grandmother who was born Isabella Baxter.

Here is what I do have.

Marriage Certificate - Marriage to William Scott on 22nd January 1875 age given 21 years old.
Address 35 Maitland Street, Glasgow - parents John Baxter deceased and Mary Baxter (nee Wilson)

On her daughters marriage certificate (Isabella Scott b.1891) dated 10th March 1915 William Scott is deceased and Isabella Baxter has remarried and her surname is Whiteford.

I cannot find Isabella Baxter on either the 1861 or 1871 census (or her parents on any census).
I cannot find Isabella Scott on the 1881 or 1891 census.
I cannot find the date of death of William Scott or her marriage to Mr Whiteford so therefore do not know if she was Isabella Scott or Isabella Whiteford in 1901 census or 1911 census, either way no candidates.

Thanks in advance.
NB:- There is a family recollection that Mr Whiteford was Chief Steward on the Cutty Sark but I cannot validate this.

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