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The Common Room / Re: Google newspaper search! Why didn't I know about this?
« on: Monday 05 August 13 19:13 BST (UK)  »
Here is a useful site for American Newspapers:


Scotland / Re: Jimkabout Mill, two of them?
« on: Sunday 16 June 13 13:16 BST (UK)  »
Hello Skoosh,

My GG Grandfather was recorded at the Jinkabout Mills, Bo'ness in the 1841 census. He was a 17 year old Apprentice Miller. The head of the house was Henry Wilson, 67 year old Farmer. There were 2 Agricultural Labourers, 4 Male Servants, 1 Female Servant and 1 Farm Servant recorded, but no other Millers.

Perhaps it was originally a Farm and a Mill was added later.


The Common Room / Re: Master certificate.
« on: Thursday 28 February 13 14:41 GMT (UK)  »
Hello Seaman,

There is additional documentation regarding George Henry Brooks with his Mate's and Master's certificates on the ancestry website.

When you call up his certificate on the screen, look at the adjacent pages. You should also find a list of the ships he sailed in since he first went to sea.


The Common Room / Merchant Navy
« on: Friday 21 December 12 13:55 GMT (UK)  »
Just noticed that the web site Mercantile Marine is back on line. An excellent forum for merchant navy queries.


Family History Beginners Board / Re: newbie merchant navy record query
« on: Wednesday 11 July 12 12:13 BST (UK)  »
The New York Passenger Lists have a record of John James Coull arriving in New York on the 3 September 1944 on board the British Hope (Official Number 160382). The ship had sailed from Greenock.

He is described as Scottish, 20 years old with 5 1/2 years service. This sounds like your man. The actual document can be viewed on the Ancestry website. Your local library may have access to the Library Edition of Ancestry, it's worth enquiring.   

This website gives details of the convoys that the British Hope sailed in:

This website gives photographs of the British Hope.


« on: Tuesday 15 November 11 14:16 GMT (UK)  »
Hello achra,

John Baillie & Mary Louden were married in 1762. It is quite possible that they had a son, John, born in 1765. In fact, there were probably several other children born before William in 1782. (Perhaps including the Baillie that I believe was born but cannot find).

In that 1841 census for John Baillie & Mary Hill you have shown, I believe it is mis-transcribed. I think that Mary B is Mary Baillie (1806 - 1853), their youngest child. Also John and George are John Baillie and George Baillie, the sons of George Baillie & Helen Auld. George & Helen had three children, not two as I wrote before.

The 1841 census for George Baillie has him in Torphichen with only his daughter Margaret.


« on: Monday 14 November 11 19:35 GMT (UK)  »
Hello achra,

I only have a distant interest in your Baillies. Are you aware of the John Baillie & Mary Hill branch? I think there may be a link between them and your William Baillie & Margaret Downs.
Your Janet Baillie (1819 - 1886) married John Wark (1816 - 1848). Their son Archibald Wark (1848 - 1871) can be found in the 1861 census as a 12 year old servant at Easter Whin Farm, Slamannan. The farmer is George Baillie, born 1803 in Shotts. He may have married Helen Auld in 1826 in Shotts. He had two children on the census records, Margaret Baillie (b 1827) and John Baillie (b 1830), but there is no wife recorded. 

This George Baillie may be the son of John Baillie (1765 - ) & Mary Hill (1767 - 1852). They married in 1791 in New Monkland and had seven children, John (b 1792), Ludovic (b1794), James (b 1796), David (b1798), William (b 1800), George (b 1803) and Mary (b 1806), all born in Shotts.

John Baillie & Mary Hill are at Crook Farm in Shotts for the 1841 census and your William Baillie & Margaret Downs are at Crook Brough Over Bank End Farm in Shotts.

Perhaps these two Baillies, John and William, were brothers? That would make George Baillie and Janet Baillie first cousins.


The Common Room / Re: Merchant Navy 1918
« on: Thursday 15 September 11 15:05 BST (UK)  »
Hello seekthem,

Official Number 139177 refers to the SS Limeleaf and 142338 to the War Maker.

Most ship's information is archived under it's official number. Try googling the name of the ship plus the official number. You should be able to find out what information is available on the internet.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: 1930 USA Census
« on: Friday 17 June 11 13:36 BST (UK)  »
I agree that Barnes is the most likely, but why does the letter r extend down to the letter o of Roberson?

I thought perhaps Baynes.

Anyway, thanks for your input.

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