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Limerick / 1875 marriage in Limerick
« on: Friday 24 July 15 20:59 BST (UK)  »
I have a copy of a marriage certificate from 1875, but I'm totally confused by some parts of it.  I have to confess I have not done any research in Ireland so I'm woefully ignorant.   :(

The marriage took place in "the parish church in the parish of St Michael" in the City of Limerick by licence.  It also states that the marriage took place "in the Catholic Church according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of Ireland."

I had thought that the Church of Ireland was Anglican. 

Would I expect to find this entry in the registers recently released online by NLI?

Any help welcome.


Buckinghamshire Resources & Offers / Wycombe area photos
« on: Monday 18 May 15 22:38 BST (UK)  »
Wonderful searchable collection of photographs of the Wycombe area from all dates here:

London & Middlesex Resources / Crossrail project - Bedlam hospital
« on: Tuesday 10 February 15 21:16 GMT (UK)  »
This article might be of interest to some people:

There is a link at the end of the article to the names included in the burial register. 


The Common Room / Meaning of abbreviation on coast guard records
« on: Sunday 24 August 14 20:55 BST (UK)  »
I have been tracing a couple of coast guards through the various TNA documents (establishment books, service records etc) and have worked out or found out what most of the abbreviations that I have come across mean.  But one has me stumped.  What does S.G. 1 C (written elsewhere as S.G. 1 Class) stand for please?

I attach two examples.

Any advice gratefully received.



Lanarkshire / Assistance, please - where is this place?
« on: Sunday 22 June 14 21:01 BST (UK)  »
I have a marriage entry from South Leith OPR dated 1782 - the handwriting is clear but it is my only clue (so far) about the antecedents of the bride.

She was Euphemia Muir, daughter of Alexander Muir (deceased) of ? Blairbaith (Blairbailh doesn't make much sense).

Is this Blairbeth - modern spelling?  If so, can anyone tell me anything about it in the 18th century?  Euphemia died in 1784.  She and her husband had one son, James.  I've not had any success with a baptism for her.  No idea where she was born.  No obvious testament for Alexander in Scotland.  Checked the English wills and the Alexander Muir who died in 1762 names his mother in Anstruther Easter, Fife, so I don't think that can be him.

Any ideas?

I have recently acquired these photographs amongst a lot of family photos.  There is no formal ID of the gent pictured (same person in each photo), but the handwriting giving a date of May 1882 for the one with 007a in the filename is reckoned to be of a lady who lived 1852 - 1934 and probably knew the subject.

Both were taken in Edinburgh and the photographers match with the date of 1882 and slightly later - possibly around 1886.

Does anyone have any idea what the 'dress' is on 007a?  He is wearing knee breeches and there is an old fashioned tricorn hat on the table.  The gown looks as if it might be scarlet?

In the other photo - is he possibly a clergyman?  The family from which this originated were associated with some of the secession churches in Edinburgh in the 1870s-90s.

Berkshire Resources & Offers / Link: Wokingham War Memorial
« on: Saturday 24 March 12 21:31 GMT (UK)  »
Stories behind the members of the armed forces who died during World War I, World War II and the Falklands.

‘Wokingham Remembers’ seeks to discover the people behind the names on Wokingham’s War Memorial.

The site administrators would welcome any additional information that can be offered.

Armed Forces / 2nd Dragoons/Royal Scots Greys
« on: Friday 21 October 11 12:27 BST (UK)  »
In the mid-18th century, I have a corporal, later sergeant, in this regiment recorded as marrying in Warminster, Wiltshire (1753).  His only child was born in Dorset, his wife's home.  He also died in Dorset in 1772.  Given that his wife was born in 1725, I expect him to be of similar age.

This is not long after Culloden.  Would the recruits/soldiers be mainly of Scottish origin or might they have been recruited elsewhere?  I ask because the soldier in question might have a Scottish name, or it might be the southern England version.  He was James Watt or Watts.  The version with the 's' is very common in Wiltshire and other southern counties and the name varies with the records.  I'm trying to decide where to look for his origins: north or south of the border.

Any ideas, please?


The Common Room / You are invited to the wedding....
« on: Monday 23 May 11 21:45 BST (UK)  »
I have found a number of wedding invitations in some family papers.  The earliest dates from 1878.  Does anyone have any idea when they became common practice?


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