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Worcestershire Resources & Offers / Re: Free 1861 census for part of Worcester
« on: Wednesday 14 July 04 22:23 BST (UK)  »
That would be REALLY great!!  :o
I'll make a list tomorrow as it's getting a bit late and you can do them (or not!) at your leisure. Any help is ALWAYS appreciated.  ;D
Are you restricted to Worcs? My relations love to span the borders into Staffordshire/Shropshire which usually wastes loads of time when I ask any questions and is infuriating for both me and my angelic helper  >:(
TA very much like,

Devon / COLLYNS family info
« on: Wednesday 14 July 04 22:15 BST (UK)  »
 :D I have quite a lot of information concerning the Collyns family and their relations back to ~1500 who originated from Sampford Peverell, Exeter and Kenton.
If this tickles anyones fancy give me a shout!

Worcestershire Resources & Offers / Re: Free 1861 census for part of Worcester
« on: Wednesday 14 July 04 22:04 BST (UK)  »
I might just have to take you up on that!  ;)
Careful or I can bombard you with them  ::)
But then again why ruin a good thing....

Worcestershire Resources & Offers / Free 1861/1901 censi for part of Worcester
« on: Wednesday 14 July 04 21:17 BST (UK)  »

Anyone wishing for free lookups in 1861 census for Netherton, Halesowen, Lye, Cradley, Quarry Bank, Amblecote, Oldswinford, Kingswinford, Brierley Hill and part of Quinton should have a look at the following link:

Also partial 1901 census for Dudley,Halesowen,Oldbury,Rowley Regis,West Bromwich & Wolverhampton:

At the same link you can also find partial bmd for Netherton, Dudley, Haleowen, Cradley Heath, Romsley, Blackheath and Kidderminster churches.

These have certainly aided me quite a few times in my ancestor hunts.



Worcestershire / Woodcocks from Dudley
« on: Wednesday 14 July 04 21:03 BST (UK)  »
 :D I have been researching my Woodcock family history and so far got back to my ggg-grandfather George Woodcock born 1809 Broseley, Shropshire who married Eliza Brooks(?) in 1834 in Kingswinford, Staffordshire.
Their offspring all inhabited the Dudley/Kingswinford/Stourbridge area especially around Brierley Hill, Pensnett and Tipton.
In the course of my research I have accumulated many census images etc.
Any other Woodcocks out there who can join in?
Geoff Woodcock.

Completed Census Requests / 1861 Woodley lookup for London, Middlesex or Surrey
« on: Wednesday 14 July 04 20:26 BST (UK)  »
Please can I beg a lookup  :) for John Woodley born 1829 in London, Middlesex. By 1871 he is living with his family in Staines, Middlesex.
In 1861 he was married to El(e)anor(a) Maria, nee Allen, born 1837 from Walthamstow, Middlesex who is frequently misspelt!  :-\
I think they may have been living in Send or Camberwell, which may have been  part of London rather than Surrey at that time?

United States of America / Yeomans USA lookups 1890/1900 censi
« on: Wednesday 14 July 04 13:54 BST (UK)  »
 ;D Does anyone please have access to passenger lists or American censi (other than 1880)?

My gg-grandfather Joseph Yeomans made several business trips to the USA between 1860 and 1910 to install glass and Fresnel lens systems in lighthouses in Northern America (and Canada?) and possibly the great lakes. Joseph worked as a glass flattener for Chance Brothers who were taken over by Pilkington Glass after WW2. He was born in Quinton, Oldbury, Worcester/Shropshire in about 1834. Joseph's wife was my gg-grandmother Ann Fox b~1836 in Oldbury, Shropshire/Staffordshire/Worcester.

It seems that he was not a true emmigrant to USA as he returned to the UK and is certainly in all UK censi between 1861 and 1901. He must therefore have made trips in between, certainly at least one 1871/3 as a daughter Eliza Yeomans was born in Lanesborough, Berkshire, Massachusetts in 1873.

His son William Yeomans, however, settled in America. He is thought to have returned to the UK occasionally both to visit his family and for business as he was also a glass flattener. William was born ~1855 in Oldbury, Worcester and was already married to Annie Hewitt (b~1855)  before emigrating. Once out there they had children Sarah, Lucy, Eliza and Annie all born in Lanesborough, Berkshire, Massachusetts. They can all be found there in the 1880 census. I would be most interested to find out any more details on any of these people who are cousins of my grandmother, who is still alive.

Glad of any help or suggestions,

Worcestershire / Re: George Davies from Dudley
« on: Wednesday 14 July 04 12:24 BST (UK)  »
Hi Lizzie  :),
I don't have a George as yet, BUT I have a Catherine Davies born 1840 from Auvley(/Audley?), my gg grandmother who was married to Samuel Woodcock. They lived in Dudley. Catherine's father was Thomas Davies.
For more information try sending an email to as he is a transcriber for the 1851 census of Worcs (inc Dudley) and has helped me many times before. He has already sent me a list of the C Davies in 1851 which I cannot attach as it is a Word.doc. I can send you that if you think it of any use ::).
Also the Staffordshire or West Midland BMD sites, which are free and where I found these births:
DAVIES John Cheadle Staffordshire Moorlands CH/02/13 1840
DAVIES John H Tipton Sandwell TIP/5/431 1840
DAVIES John Wednesbury Sandwell WED/4/3 1840
I also have Parkes in my tree marrying Yeomans and other Woodcock family moving from Dudley to Wigan!

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