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Roscommon / Denominations of Irish ancestors
« on: Saturday 05 August 17 12:08 BST (UK)  »
Hello, does anyone have any ideas about how to determine the Church Irish ancestors belonged to?

Example - my ancestor John Roddy moved to England and married in an Anglican ceremony to an Anglican woman and all of their children were raised in the same Church. All I know of his life in Ireland is that he was born circa 1829 in Roscommon and his father's name was Michael.

Would I begin by looking for him in Catholic registers? Is there search I could do that would indicate if whether Roddy families in that county were protestant?

Thanks for any advice


Armed Forces / Army service in 1880s/1890s
« on: Friday 21 April 17 00:12 BST (UK)  »
I have some general questions about the army service of an ancestor that I'm struggling to find conclusive answers to.

He enlisted in 1885 and was in the South Lancashire Regiment until 1893, at which point he was in the reserve until 1897. He was a private.

From 1887 to 1893 his record appears to show is was continually abroad. My first question is could he have fathered a child at home in 1892 if his service record states he was in Gibraltar? Did leave exist for soldiers like him?

Secondly, when he was in Britain in the army reserve from 1893 to 1897, were there restrictions on him marrying? He fathered a child in 1896 but did not marry the mother until 1899.

Thanks for any help!

The Common Room / Incomplete banns of marriage
« on: Monday 09 January 17 11:54 GMT (UK)  »
Hello - two of the records on the attached page of marriages from a parish register are incomplete - it appears the banns were read twice and then there is no further note.

Does this indicate the marriages did not take place?


Yorkshire (West Riding) / 1790 marriage in Rotherham
« on: Saturday 07 January 17 13:33 GMT (UK)  »
William Austwick married Martha Brambley on 19th July 1790 at All Saints Church in Rotherham.

I've seen the bishop's transcript of this marriage and various others, but is there a way to look at the original record without travelling to Yorkshire? Specifically I'm interested in whether it states a parish of origin for Martha.

Thanks for any advice


Yorkshire (East Riding & York) / Missing York records - Thornton family
« on: Thursday 22 December 16 18:24 GMT (UK)  »
Hello, findmypast appears to be very good for York parish records, but Iím struggling with one family who must fall into a gap in the coverage there.

William Thornton was born c.1779 to Peter and Margaret Thornton, maiden name Jackson. I can't find any trace of this baptism.

Peter and Margaret appear to have married in 1777 but findmypast does not specify in which parish.

Peter himself was baptised in Holy Trinity Micklegate, while William later married in St John Ousegate. Does anyone have access to parishes registers from the 1770s/1780s that are not on findmypast? Any advice would be appreciated.



The Common Room / Elusive marriage
« on: Thursday 01 December 16 19:07 GMT (UK)  »
I've never been able to trace one particular marriage, I wonder if a fresh pair of eyes could help.

It's the marriage of George Butler and Eliza Hodgson, which could have taken place in either England or Ireland.

Their first known child was born c.1859 in Monaghan, Ireland. By 1861 they have settled in Liverpool, where they remain. Their ages vary on censuses; George was born c.1830 in Ireland (never stated more specifically than that) but Eliza was born c.1832 in either York or Leeds. York is stated on three censuses, Leeds on one.

Eliza's maiden name is known from baptism records of her children and from one birth certificate, where it appears as Hodson. In all sources she is Eliza, never Elizabeth.

Just to throw another location into the mix, an 18-year-old Eliza Hodgson is a housemaid in London on the 1851 census, to a family who had lived in York. I suspect this is her but can't prove it.

Thanks for any help or suggestions!

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