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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Madge who?
« on: Wednesday 28 March 18 11:11 BST (UK)  »
A snippet from the 1911 Wales census.

John Owen Pritchard and his wife Rachel E and joined by visitor Madge Quas (according to Ancestry's valiant attempt) but can anyone tell me what it really says, please?

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Ancestry DNA - How to best use?
« on: Friday 26 January 18 12:55 GMT (UK)  »
I'm helping my husband find the biological family of his adopted grandfather.

His grandmother's side of the tree is well researched and there are lots of version of it online.  His maternal grandfather is a complete mystery apart from the name of his birth mother and his date of birth.

He has had an Ancestry DNA test done and I have been slowly working my way through the possible mothers (common name in the place he was born).

I'm now in the position where I have a possible birth mother and a close cousin who is also researching but I haven't managed to persuade her to also take the Ancestry DNA test.

The only match on the tree is for someone who is the '1st cousin of wife of 1st cousin 2x removed' and I can't get my head around whether that makes her related by DNA to the birth mother or not.  If it isn't the birth mother, could it be somehow connected to the birth father (who doesn't appear on the original birth certificate).

I really need a second pair of eyes on this.  Can any clear-headed person assist?

Census and Resource Discussion / GRO pdf Ordering
« on: Wednesday 20 December 17 12:29 GMT (UK)  »
I've just ordered my first pdf from the GRO site.  I had to make a new account because my old one was linked to my work email address and I knew I'd be at home over Christmas.

So far so good but I've just realised that although I had emails confirming the creation of the account and one from WorldPay confirming the 6 charge, I never received an email confirming the order so I can't search for it in My Orders.

Should I have received an email confirming the details of the order?  As I didn't get one, should I call them?

Thanks for any advice.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / How to tell if they're Jones family
« on: Wednesday 04 October 17 14:44 BST (UK)  »

I have a photograph of three men, one older and two younger.  One of the younger men is definitely my great grandfather.  The other two I'm fairly sure are his brother and my 2 x great grandfather but as I have no other photos of either of them, I'm not 100% sure.

They're in a grouping of young man standing behind the two seated and the two seated are touching feet.  They're in work clothes but clean and tidy.

I seem to recall that there were hidden meanings behind how groups were seated and arranged in old photos.  Is this true?  If they are touching, are they likely to be related to each other?

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / What's Ann's Occupation?
« on: Friday 11 August 17 15:11 BST (UK)  »
Here's a snip from the 1861 census.

Ann Tomlin is a recently married woman.  She lived with her father until he died and married William Tomlin 10 months later.  She had never been married before.
He is 71 and has no occupation and she is 48 and does but I can't understand what it is.  Can you help, please?

Nottinghamshire / What Happened to Ann Baker?
« on: Friday 11 August 17 08:59 BST (UK)  »
I have a mystery that I'm unable to solve.  I'm not sure if buying a certificate will help me.

William Baker(my 4 x great grandfather) born Derby 1767 was a Silk Man (Silk Agent in 1841 and 1851).  He married his wife Ann Mowry (another mystery but for another day..) in St Sepulchre London in November 1813 and they had four children, the eldest being Ann, born, intriguingly, in 1810.

By 1841, William and his eldest daughter were in Kings Place, Nottingham.  No sign of his wife.  His second daughter, Mary Ann and third daughter Hannah were married in London and his son George was also in London.  I can't find a death for his wife.

William died in Nottingham in 1859 just before Christmas and his death is noted in the Nottingham press.  He was 91.
In October 1860, his daughter Ann, now aged 50, married William Bradley at St. Mary Nottingham. This was also noted in the local press.

After that, they disappear.  I can't find them in the 1861 census or after that.  I can't find a death for Ann in Nottingham or London.  I've no idea how old William Bradley was.

A marriage certificate would tell me his occupation and age but I'm not sure whether that will help.

What could have happened to them?

Any ideas?

London and Middlesex / What Happened To Elizabeth Rondeau (nee Smith)?
« on: Wednesday 10 May 17 14:03 BST (UK)  »
I wonder if someone could apply a fresh pair of eyes to a problem that has been bugging me for some years.

John Burton Rondeau born Bury 31 January 1880 married Elizabeth Ellen Smith born abt 1880 (assume London but can't be certain) on Boxing Day 1902 at Our Lady Of All The Souls in Kensington, London.  I have a copy of the certificate.  They both resided at 24 Adair Street, Kensington.  Her father was Edward Smith - Labourer and John Burton was a metal polisher.
They had had a child (John Burton Smith) born and died in 1902.

In 1905, 1906 and 1907 John Burton was hospitalised in the workhouse hospital in Bethnal Green.  He says he is single and I can find no mention of his wife anywhere.

As far as I can see she hasn't died.
As far as I can see she hasn't married again.
As far as I can see she hasn't emigrated.

John Burton was my great uncle and he died in 1939.  He was wheelchair bound.  Nobody ever mentioned a wife and there's now nobody to ask.

What on earth happened to his wife?

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / What did George Die Of?
« on: Tuesday 02 May 17 09:55 BST (UK)  »
Attached is a snippet from George Jones (died 1892, Bethnal Green, London) death certificate.

I thought it says Purpura Haemorrhagia but Google tells me that's an equine disease.

Anyone know what it was in 21st century speak?  I though perhaps leukaemia?

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Workhouse term - Can't decipher (photo)
« on: Friday 28 April 17 12:36 BST (UK)  »

Here is a snippet of a workhouse record for my great grandmother in 1912.  The reason for admittance is given as 'seabils'.  Or am I reading it wrong?

Anyone know what it might mean?

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