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Armed Forces / Re: WW2 uniform identification please
« on: Sunday 11 October 20 20:19 BST (UK)  »
Thank you crumblie

Armed Forces / WW2 uniform identification please
« on: Sunday 11 October 20 19:40 BST (UK)  »
This is my great uncle ďJackĒ John Brennan. He was born in Dublin in 1901 but lived in London from at least the 1920s. We have this picture of him in uniform: there are no details on the photo other than his name.  His granddaughters are trying to find out what regiment he was in. In the 1939 Register he was living at home as a cook but he seems to have joined up by late 1940/1941.

Any thoughts or ideas would be much appreciated

Many thanks

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: dna
« on: Tuesday 22 September 20 08:15 BST (UK)  »
Something similar happened to my husband. After his dna came back he got lots of close family matches  to a family neither they nor us could place in our trees. The family did live in our home town and my husbandís family had come here around 100 years ago. Initially we thought his dad was born to a different father as we could not find any matches with his uncommon surname. Then his sister got tested and came back as a half sibling ( with lots of matches to the family name). Both his parents are long dead.

So it seems his mother became pregnant by a different man.  No one has any idea of the circumstances. Itís been very difficult for my husband who says he feels differently now about his siblings. Only he and his sister are aware of the facts.

He tore up a family tree his brother had constructed on the basis that none of them were relatives after all!  We managed to narrow his ďfatherĒ to three brothers: the most likely of them has several adult children still living in the town but he doesnít want to make any contact. So unless one of them does a dna test and makes contact we will leave it there.

On the bright side the actual fatherís ancestral family are very embedded locally, living In villages  literally a couple of miles away  So we have got back to the 1700s and can see the churches they were baptised and buried in so thatís more interesting and, really, once you go back 3 or 4 generations the personal connections arenít there anyway, in my view. Theyíre still ag labs, just in a different part of the country!

Family History Beginners Board / Re: Births registered but not deaths?
« on: Saturday 12 September 20 20:52 BST (UK)  »
It is definitely possible in England and a hospital/workhouse death registered some days, and then in different years, before birth.  We have found that on here for other people.

Cazmatic did not say when in 1919.
This was true for me: My great grandmother had a set of twins whose births were registered seven months after their death which occurred  shortly after birth. In England, though.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: John Dodson 1851 census birth place
« on: Tuesday 04 August 20 23:04 BST (UK)  »
It looks like it starts with a K and there seems to be a dotted ďi ď - despite that, Henderskelfe  ?

Assuming you arenít actually attempting to hide the pregnancy and birth deliberately, the birth registration is double checked by the child health people as well as the registrar ( the hospital or whoever is responsible for the birth having notified the local authorities that the birth has occurred). When I worked as a midwife we would always nag the parent (s) to register the birth for fear we would have to do it out at 42 + days.  In 35 years it never happened. You need the birth certificate to get child benefit which gives an incentive. I donít think thereís actually much of a problem recently- my son got his baby registered within two weeks at the height of lockdown

Flintshire / Re: Tracing Sister who died at Connah's Quay
« on: Tuesday 30 June 20 21:12 BST (UK)  »
Further to Zetlanderís reply, my pregnant maternal grandmother was evacuated to South Wales, as were all her children  except my mother. When she died in childbirth her body was brought back to London by train. Apparently this required a (?) coronerís certificate to pass through each district and proved so costly that when my motherís  brother died a year later they couldnít afford to repeat it and he was buried in the municipal cemetery where he died. Luckily we have the memorial cards which show the grave numbers. It might be worth seeing if any are tucked away as it seems to be the norm for the times.

Good luck

Hi Groom,

I meant that, although I had received the paper certificate, it still says in progress, so maybe the other personís cert has been sent and has gone astray. (I also received the pdf but this showed it had been completed. )



It might be worth checking: a marriage certificate I ordered on 1st May and received a couple of weeks ago still says in progress ( a pdf ordered 5/6/2020 clearly says despatched ).

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