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The Common Room / Uk Info Disc
« on: Monday 07 November 05 09:15 GMT (UK)  »

Has anyone on here used/know about/can recommend one of the UK Info Disc CD's?

I was thinking of getting one to try & trace some lost cousins, but am unsure which one to go for. (I don't need any of the business bits).

Hoping that someone on here will be able to help.

Cheers, Romilly.


I've managed to work out how to get a pic onto the Profile bit...but how do you get an image into the body of a message?

Help Please!


Lancashire Lookup Requests / Re: merchant navy records
« on: Sunday 06 November 05 22:45 GMT (UK)  »
Hi John,

I'm afraid that I don't have an answer to your query. However, I recently came across a testimonial for my late father, Evan Douglas Wilson (1896-1957), dated 1916; which is from a Steam Shipping Company that I wondered if anyone on here had ever come across?

It is the:

Taylor and Sanderson Steam Shipping Co

& my father apparantly served as a Merchant Seaman on the:

"John Sanderson", Chatham

from 1912 - 1916. In 1916 he joined the RNVR & then was badly wounded at the Battle of Jutland.

I've searched in vain for any info on the Taylor and Sanderson Steam Co. - can anyone advise me where to look?

Cheers, Romilly.

Hi Mc8,

What a facinating site!!

I shall have hours of fun wading through it. (Perhaps I'll even find my missing Comedian) :)

Many thanks, Romilly.

Hi Again,

Re: your Vaudeville Performer:-)

My Great Grandfather, Thomas Louis Newman is described as a "Comedian" on my Grandmother's birth certificate. (I gather that he did a "disappearing act" shortly after her birth...& so perhaps that was part of his act too:-)

Seriously, - I would imagine that the Music Halls of that time would have been the most likely venue for your missing bod too. I think that my G/G did a "turn" at Greenwich Music Hall, from what I've heard. I don't know if theres any way of tracing Music Hall acts? Mind you...he might've used a different name professionally...perhaps thats why I can't find any trace of him on Ancestry etc :(

Cheers, Romilly.

The Common Room / Re: Was his son in law really his step son?
« on: Saturday 05 November 05 21:54 GMT (UK)  »

My Great Grandfather, William Dyer, is described as a son-in-law in the 1861 Census for East Grinstead...even though he's only 13!! (Of course he was a stepson:-)

Had me puzzled for a while though...

Cheers, Romilly.

London & Middlesex Completed Lookup Requests / Re: Stepney Address.
« on: Friday 04 November 05 14:42 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Jorose,

Thanks for the map & info.

I've just spoken to the Archivist at Tower Hamlets, who told me that 2a Southern Grove (Lodge) was an Institution run by the L.C.C. (Records now held by The London Metropolitan Archives). They are closed for stocktaking until the 14th November:-(

However, a lady who I spoke to there just now, told me that Southern Grove Lodge was the former Whitechapel Workhouse. (That would fit in with my uncle being homeless:-(

I just found a harrowing webpage at: (not sure if this link will work)

I think it works:-)

If you click on Homepage it takes you to a link about Workhouses, & Whitechapel Workhouse is on there:

Thanks for the help, Romilly.

London & Middlesex Completed Lookup Requests / Re: Stepney Address.
« on: Friday 04 November 05 14:03 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Biker,

Thanks for the map & info.

The reason that I am puzzled by the address on my uncle's death certificate, is because I had always understood that he was homeless & sleeping rough for the last few years of his life...:-(  The story as told to me was that he collapsed at Aldgate East Tube Station & was taken to The London Hospital, where he died. Under Occupation, it says "Formerly a Seaman & Ship's Night Watchman". For that reason, I had wondered if 2a Southern Grove E3 was possibly a Lodging for Merchant Seamen?

Under "signature, description and address of informant" on the Death Cert, is says, (a bit blurrily) r or f(r)? Sando, Causing the body to be buried. 2a Southern Grove E3.

I've tried Manor Park Cemetery, but they have no record of an Ernest Rencella Wilson buried there...

Thanks for the help anyway.

Cheers, Romilly.

London & Middlesex Completed Lookup Requests / Re: Stepney Address.
« on: Friday 04 November 05 14:02 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Rz,

Thanks for the info...I will get onto them.

Cheers, Romilly.

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