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Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Please don't tell me it's hopeless
« on: Thursday 08 January 09 08:12 GMT (UK)  »
This is the only picture in existence of my great grandmother.
I know it is in horrible condition, but having seen the miracles
performed by RC restorers, I thought I'd post it. If it beyond
salvation, I'll understand.
I have never attached a picture before, so here goes. Hope it works. ;D ;D


Berkshire Lookup Requests / Stevenson Baptism West Hanney
« on: Friday 05 December 08 06:54 GMT (UK)  »
If there is anyone who has access to West Hanney PRs, I'd be extremely thankful  if they could find the baptismal entry for my great grandmother, Belinda Stevenson, 1834 or 1835.
Year estimated from age at death and census records. Parents were John and Martha.
There were two sisters, Martha c1830 and Leah c1833, not essenial at the moment, but nice to know, if it's not too much trouble.


Nottinghamshire / Born in Nottingham Prison
« on: Thursday 21 June 07 09:29 BST (UK)  »
Hi All,
I am trying to help an elderly friend. This woman's father was born in Nottingham Prison , June 30th, 1885.
I have a copy of the birth cert. which states:
Name: William Arthur Stanley
Mother: Ellen Stanley, domestic servant
Signature,description, residence of informant:
Ellen Stanley Mother,  HM Prison Nottingham

William Arthur Stanley emigrated to Canada in the early 1900s. He married and had a family, but never told his children anything about his origin, other than that he had been born in England and came to Canada alone, when he still in his teens.

His daughter found his birth certificate after his death and was utterly shocked to learn that her father had been born in prison. She has never stopped wondering
what crime her grandmother committed . She imagines that it must have something really serious. I would love to be able to tell her that it was just some petty offence.

I have started trying to trace the family but, my main concern at the moment is to find court records or anything that might tell us what this poor girl did to end up in prison.

I know nothing beyond what is on the birth cert.
Since William was born at the end of June 1885 and I
assume Ellen was already pregnant when she entered
prison, then the trial would have taken place no earlier than early Oct. 1884.
I found an Ellen Stanley in the 1881 census, who just might be the right one. she was  working as a servant in a small boarding school in Standard Hill Nottingham.
Of course with a common name like Stanley, I might be wrong, but she was the only servant and a suitable age.

I have looked for information online and as far as I can
see, prison records and court records would be in the
Nottingham Archives. Since I live in Canada, this presents a bit of a problem.

Is there a kind soul out there who lives in Nottingham and would be willing to help? Any ideas or advice would
be appreciated.

Feel free to send me a PM if you have any questions.



The Common Room / Vimy 1917: Names of Those Who Died
« on: Monday 09 April 07 01:34 BST (UK)  »
This should be of interest to anyone with ancestors or relatives who fought at Vimy.

Beginning at sundown, 7:53 pm on April 8 (12:53 am April 9 in UK), the name of every Canadian soldier who fought and died at Vimy will be projected on the National War Memorial in Ottawa. These projected names can be seen in real time on the following website:

To find the time a specific name appears, use the Search tab.

There are also photographs of a few of the men, contributed by families from across Canada. Click on
Gallery (top right) to see photos and biographies.
Some of the biographies contain excerps from letters and diaries. Fascinating (and very sad) reading, even if you are not related to any of those who died there.

Devon Lookup Requests / Whimple PRs YOULDEN marriage
« on: Tuesday 23 January 07 07:25 GMT (UK)  »
I know this is not too likely, but if anyone has access to the
Whimple Parish Registers, I would be very grateful for a marriage look-up. As far as I can guess from the age of the
oldest child in the 1841 Census, my gg grandparents were probably married about 1835 and most probably in Whimple.
I am looking for the marriage of  Aaron YOULDEN and Hannah
or Anna surname unknown.
Hope someone can help as I am really stuck. Living in Canada and not able to fly over to visit the DRO in Exeter(wish I could).


The Lighter Side / 1852 New Year Resolutions
« on: Saturday 31 December 05 08:44 GMT (UK)  »


It is New Year's Eve 1852 and Henry HYDENWELL sits at his desk by candlelight. He dips his quill pen in ink and begins to writes his New Year's resolutions.

1. No man is truly well-educated unless he learns to spell his name at least three different ways within the same document. I resolve to give the appearance of being extremely well-educated in the coming year.

2. I resolve to see to it that all of my children will have the same names that my ancestors have used for six generations in a row.

3. My age is no one's business but my own. I hereby resolve to never list the same age or birth year twice on any document.

4. I resolve to have each of my children baptized in a different church -- either in a different faith or in a different parish. Every third child will not be baptized at all or will be baptized by an itinerant minister who keeps no records.

5. I resolve to move to a new town, new county, or new state at least once every 10 years -- just before those pesky enumerators come around asking silly questions.

6. I will make every attempt to reside in counties and towns where no vital records are maintained or where the courthouse burns down every few years.

7. I resolve to join an obscure religious cult that does not believe in record keeping or in participating in military service.

8. When the tax collector comes to my door, I'll loan him my pen, which has been dipped in rapidly fading blue ink.

9. I resolve that if my beloved wife Mary should die, I will marryanother Mary.

10. I resolve not to make a will. Who needs to spend money on a lawyer?

Previously published in RootsWeb
Review: 28 December 2005, Vol. 8, No. 52.
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 ;D ;D ;D  Happy New Year Everyone   ;D ;D ;D


Berkshire Completed Look ups / Look-up at BRO: John Stevenson marriage
« on: Saturday 19 November 05 07:13 GMT (UK)  »
I am looking for the marriage of my gg grandparents

John Stevenson and Martha (surname unknown), probably in Childrey or failing that, West Hanney, about 1830.

If this is too much trouble, please don't bother, but I'd also really appreciate a look-up of the baptism record of
Belinda Elizabeth Stevenson
abt. 1836, West Hanney
Parents: John and Martha Stevenson

Her name may appear as Belinda or Elizabeth or any funny-looking name starting with B.(it was often mangled).

Thanks in advance,

Somerset Completed Lookup Requests / Combe St. Nicholas BMD Look-up
« on: Thursday 27 October 05 07:06 BST (UK)  »
Your look-up offer was posted at the right time.
I have just started on my SMITH line, after avoiding it for several years ::) and I could use some help. I am looking for a birth or baptism record
of Christopher SMITH. As far as I can work it out from census records, he was probably born in 1846 or early 1847. Birth place is either Combe St. Nicholas or Sticklepath. I am guessing that since Sticklepath did not have a church, Combe St. Nick. would be likely place for baptism.

Thanks in advance,

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