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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Names of Witnesses
« on: Monday 24 June 19 03:56 BST (UK)  »
Hi, I wonder if anyone would be able to help me with the names of the witnesses on the attached record. All have the forename John and I could make out the second one was Downie but have tried to figure out the other surnames with no luck. Thanking you.

Family History Beginners Board / Lizzie Hollis Wilson
« on: Thursday 28 February 19 04:21 GMT (UK)  »

I am trying to find out who Lizzie Hollis Wilson is. She was adopted by Alexander John Wilson and his wife Caroline nee Blakeley and is with them on the 1891 Census at 16 Alfred Place, Leeds, Yorkshire age 13 yrs. The census states her birth year as 1878, born Leeds, Yorkshire.

I'm not sure if her surname before adoption was Hollis or Wilson but I can't find a birth record for her - not even on GRO using either surnames.

I don't know if she married at all either.

I would appreciate any help offered - thank you.

Family History Beginners Board / Voluntary regiments in Ottawa, Canada
« on: Monday 11 February 19 04:06 GMT (UK)  »
Hi everyone,

I have been researching my gt gt grandpa Alexander John Wilson b. abt 1813, Halifax, NS for a very long time now with no success until recently I was sent a possible 1838 millitary payslip with a signature remarkably like his.

The name of the regiment is hard to make out but I think it reads Danville Voluntary Regiment and the record is from the Ottawa Public Records.

The regiment Company was led by Captain Joshua Thompson.

I have no idea where to begin researching this regiment, where they originated from or why they were formed, where the volunteers enlisted or why they were in Danville. I can't find any record of any unrest in that area in the 1830s.

Also sent to me was his photo taken in 1874 (Leeds UK) and written on the back in his own handwriting is his signature, d.o.b. 8 July 1812 Halifax, Nova Scotia.

I would be really appreciative if anyone would be able to enlighten me and/or point me in the right direction.

This is the first piece of possible info come to light that may help me to find what he was doing in Canada between birth and going to Scotland around 1840 - 1842 and also where his parents may have been at the time of Alexander's enlistment in Canada.

Thanking you very much.


I have found that the area was Dunville ( sometimes spelled Dunnville).

Family History Beginners Board / Baby Born Onboard
« on: Friday 16 March 18 22:56 GMT (UK)  »

Would someone be able to advise me how to go about finding the birth date for a baby born onboard and not listed on the original passenger list manifest?

I have James Joss Wilson, wife Emma and 2 children departed London 11 August 1887 on the SS Waroonga and arrived in Brisbane Australia on 17 October 1887. A baby James Joss Wilson (jnr) was registered in Brisbane 21 October 1887 - 4 days after arriving.

As far as I can tell there's no indication if he was born at sea or in Brisbane - just address at time of registering birth.

I have just found his grave and he has no headstone. He was in the Australian Lighthorse Regiment in France WW1 and I think he deserves a headstone but I want to put the correct birth date on it.

It's not recorded on his Imperial Forces records anywhere - just his age 27yrs.

Thank you if you can help me.

Family History Beginners Board / Mary Selina McDivett
« on: Saturday 03 March 18 05:43 GMT (UK)  »

I am trying to find if my Mary McDivett married and to whom and what happened to her parents and when her Uncle William died.

Her GRO birth record says she was b.26/12/1874 at No.2 Court, Shelley St., Toxteth Park, Lancashire.
Her parents were James and Isabella McDivett nee Wright. James was a general labourer.
Her birth was registered on 26/2/1875.

On the 1881 Census for 271 Hyde St., Ardwick, Chorlton she is 6yrs old and with William and Mary Gardner (nee Wright - b.Ireland) and listed as "niece".

On the 1891 Census same address, she is 16yrs old and with Mary Gardner (widowed) but has the surname Gardner.

Earlier, on the 1871 Census for the same area, William and Mary Gardner have a niece Bella McD Gardner age 8yrs b. abt 1862 Ireland. I have my gt gt aunt Isabella Gardner McDivid (McDivett,McDevitt) married Charles Wilson 1879 Chorlton, Manchester and on 1881 Census was living with my 2xgt grandpa Alexander John Wilson 5 Park Avenue, Chorlton. Her Marriage record says she was b. Belfast ireland and her father was James McDivett too.

I mention this because when Isabella married she used her birth surname. I don't know if Isabella and Mary were sisters but seems may be likely.

Have searched marriage records for Mary Selina as Gardner, (and variations) and McDivett etc but no luck.

I don't know what happened to her parents for her (and Isabella) to be with the Gardners but it must've been between 1875 and 1881 thereabouts and it seems they moved from Belfast to Lancashire around 1874 or before.

I am really stuck trying to sort all this out and getting nowhere so any help offered is gratefully appreciated. Thank you.

Family History Beginners Board / Boston Suffolk Massachusetts Passengers
« on: Sunday 25 February 18 03:23 GMT (UK)  »
Would someone be able to tell me how I'd find the reason for travel from England to USA if it isn't written on the passenger list?

My Harker family sailed on the steamship Paronia on 16th April 1884 destination Boston and listed as Immigration but they were back in Bramley Yorkshire on the 1891 Census minus Francis the husband.

Tried to find passport applications but drew a blank and am unsure where else to search for any information.

I know Francis didn't have any relatives in USA until 1910 and can't connect Marjory nee Wilson or Alex (adopted by the Harkers - father Charles Wilson, mother Isabella McDivett-McDevitt etc) to any like surnames there.

Thank you.

Aberdeenshire / william taylor
« on: Saturday 16 December 17 23:30 GMT (UK)  »
Hi, I am trying to find the parents of John Taylor b.abt 1797 ?Scotland. Married Jane (Jean) Walker 30/12/1817 Old Machar. He died 6/7/1852 Old Machar and buried St.Machar cemetery.

Parents named on DC as William Taylor - farm servant and Jean Masson both deceased.

I've looked into all records i could find for Masson, Mason, Monson.

I don't know where parents were born/married/died.

I appreciate any help that's offered

Family History Beginners Board / Baptism records
« on: Monday 11 December 17 05:12 GMT (UK)  »
Does anyone know where I can find the baptism/christening records for Gorton Monastery, Manchester from 1883 onwards. My Grandma was apparently baptised there.
Thank you.

Family History Beginners Board / missing 2 children
« on: Wednesday 06 December 17 03:32 GMT (UK)  »
Hi, I am really struggling to find any records at all for 2 children-
 1) John T (?Taylor) Wilson b. abt. 1851 possibly Dysart-Fife Scotland. He's not on the 1851 Census and I can't find an 1861 census for Dysart or probably Carlisle, Cumberland.
2) Margaret Wilson - b/d. somewhere between 1851 Carlisle and 1871 Leeds. I believe she died as a child.
Parents are Alexander John Wilson and Jane Taylor.
I would be grateful for any help offered.

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