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Hi,  :)

Might anyone be able to help with this long-standing mystery of mine please?

I have been trying, without success to trace the ancestry of one of my x3 Great grandfathers – William Alexander for a number of years, and am just coming back to with a fresh fair of eyes, yet still seem to be drawing a blank.

He married my x3 Great grandmother Elizabeth Pearson in St. Peter’s (Pro-Cathedral) Church, Liverpool on the 4th April 1858 with the marriage record stating that he was a painter by trade and that his father was one, John Alexander – a Gilder by trade. William and Elizabeth were living (presumably together) in Northampton Street.

I only have him on one census return, this being the 1861 Census (Source Citation: Class: RG9; Piece: 2696; Folio: 16; Page: 28; GSU roll: 543014), where he is living with his wife Elizabeth and their young son, William Thomas at No. 5 Torbock Street, Everton. William’s age on the 1861 Census, at 24,  gives an inferred year of birth of 1837, and it states that he was born in Manchester, Lancashire.

His wife appears on the 1871 Census, with a son and a daughter John and Sarah (William Thomas having died in 1862), and is now stated as being a Widow, yet I can find no obvious death record for William between 1866 and 1871 (1866 being the birth year of his daughter – my Great, great grandmother) although I have considered that he may have had to travel to get work, none seem to tie in.

I have also searched, yet have been unable to find any record of William (with his parents) on any of the preceding  census returns for 1851 and 1841 – based on his approximate birth year of 1837…

Any assistance with this would be much appreciated!!!




I am trying to locate the above stated individual between the period of 1825 -1835, and was wondering if anybody might have access to any Manchester trade directories from this period, and who would be willing to do a look up for me?

I have Lawrence and his family residing in Liverpool on the 1841 census, with all of their children, except for the oldest stated as having been born in Liverpool. Their eldest Michael, has an inferred birth year of 1833, with the census return stating that he was born in Manchester, Lancashire.

However, Lawrence and his wife Elizabeth married in Liverpool on the 20th August 1833 with their next eldest, William was born in Liverpool on 11 Feb 1835.

Whilst Michael's stated place of birth might just be a error on the part of the enumerator, I would like to clarify whether Lawrence makes an appearance within any of the available trade directories for this period.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.




I was wondering if anybody would be kind enough to perform a lookup for the following record andme and inform me of any information contained within please?

As stated above it's a lookup within the Merchant Navy Seamen [1835-1941] and the subject I am interested in is:

Name: Hughes, Stephen
Year of Birth: 1898
Discharge No. 867279
Place of birth: Liverpool, Lancashire

Any information that could be provided would be greatly appreciated.




I would be extremely grateful if anybody could assist in providing any further information on the above individual please?

The Familysearch website brings up the following entry:

Name:   Sydney Manion
Event Type:   Census
Event Date:   31 Mar 1901
Gender:   Male
Age:   27
Relationship to Head of Household:   Boarder
Birthplace:   Liverpool, Lancashire
Schedule Type:   Household
Registration District:   Aston
Sub-District:   Duddeston
Ecclesiastical Parish:   St Clement
Civil Parish:   Aston
District/Parish/County:   Warwickshire

Citing this Record:
"England and Wales Census, 1901," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 08 Nov 2013), Sydney Manion, 31 Mar 1901.

His family moved to Liverpool from the Warwickshire area pre-1871 and he was born in Liverpool c. 1874 however, until now, I've had little luck in tracing him.




I was wondering if anybody might be able to advise me how I go about creating a marriage within FTM 2012 between two existing people within my tree, where the situation is as follows...

I have a situation whereby a direct ancestor (Great, great, great grandfather) went on to marry the sister of his son-in law after the death of his daughter's mother (The son-in-law being the husband of said daughter).

How do I go about creating this marriage within FTM2012? I have tried, but it ends up creating duplicated entries for the ancestors concerned and really distorts the layout of the family tree when viewed.

Any assistance would be much appreciated.



Down / [Look-up Request] Martin/Barry marriage, Newry, 1847
« on: Monday 15 July 13 23:41 BST (UK)  »

I was wondering if anybody might be able to provide me with some further details on the above marriage please?

The details are:

Joseph Martin and Susan Barry
8th November 1847
Newry. County Down

I would expect this marriage to confirm that Joseph's father was one Samuel Martin, and that Susan's father was one Hugh Barry

Any additional information that might be available would be greatly appreciated....



Dumfriesshire / 1841 Scotland Census - Jane Thorburn [Look up request]
« on: Saturday 19 January 13 15:45 GMT (UK)  »

Would any be able to do a lookup on this one for me please?

Charles Street, Langholm

Jane Thorburn age 35
William Thorburn 15
Ann Thorburn 13
James Thorburn 10
Thomas Irving 5
Robert Irving 2

Can anbody please tell me if the 1841 Census for Scotland gives relationship details betwen then head of house and other household members? If so, I would be grateful if anybody could tell me the relationship between Jane Thorburn and the five junior household members, as I suspect they are all Jane's children.

Thanks in advance


The Common Room / Religious acronym - any ideas?
« on: Thursday 28 June 12 00:30 BST (UK)  »

I was just wondering if anyone might know what the following letters O.S.F.C might stand for, when suffixed after the name of a Priest, for example:

Fr. Paul Hughes O.S.F.C

Any ideas anyone?



World War One / Interpretation of note on Victory and British War Medal Roll
« on: Wednesday 09 November 11 12:55 GMT (UK)  »

I was just wondering if anyone might be able to confirm what the highlighted text on the attached portion of a Victory and British War Medal Roll reads please?

Is it 'Noted FRA' ? If so, does 'FRA' stand for France?

Any assistance appreciated thanks.


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