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Yorkshire (West Riding) / SCANLANs of Meltham
« on: Sunday 20 February 05 23:43 GMT (UK)  »
My mother remembers visiting relatives called SCANLAN in Meltham in the 1940's. Problem is that I can't for the life of me figure out where this surname fits with other relatives.  The surnames I have been trying to link are SENNETT, DIGNAN or perhaps WARD, MELLEY or even CREWE.  Anyone out there have SCANLANs in either Meltham, or perhaps in the Normanton/Wakefield area that might link with my family names?  Or know of a SCANLAN family in Meltham in the 1940's?

One Name Studies: N to S / SENNETT
« on: Thursday 10 February 05 21:22 GMT (UK)  »
SENNETT - all in UK
also the following variants:
SENNET, SENNITT and other variants - Yorkshire only
SYNNOTT, SINNOTT - Co Wicklow, Dublin only

Yorkshire (West Riding) / Wartime occupations
« on: Tuesday 23 November 04 09:28 GMT (UK)  »
For quite a while I was puzzled why I couldn't find any reference to any of my West Yorkshire family members going off to WW2.  Someone recently has just pointed out to me the really obvious fact that they were all miners, and mining would have been one of those important occupations that meant they didn't have to go to war. 

Warwickshire / Idlicote House Prep School
« on: Tuesday 23 November 04 09:12 GMT (UK)  »
Does anyone remember this school?  My Dad taught there at the time I was born.  I visited the area a couple  of years ago but it seemed to have reverted back to a private house.  I'd really like a few stories about the school as it was in about 1956 - how big, how many masters and staff, what age kids, etc.

Devon / BIGG families
« on: Tuesday 23 November 04 08:30 GMT (UK)  »
Anyone come across this surname in Devon?  I have one family in Dawlish, but want to try and link them to other BIGG families in Bristol, Surrey and London.

London & Middlesex Completed Lookup Requests / Missing, presumed dead
« on: Monday 27 September 04 21:58 BST (UK)  »
I have not managed to find a death record anywhere for my gggrandfather Joseph MORRELL of Edmonton (Tottenham or Wood green area probably).  The last known reference we have for him is in 1915 (birth of a child), and then nothing until his wife Elizabeth remarries in May 1922 as a widow.  Given the seven year gap in information, I am wondering if he disappeared in 1915, and his wife had to wait seven years before he was declared dead and she could legally remarry.  I believe she was living with her second husband for several years before she did remarry.

Does anyone know what procedure would have been followed to have someone declared "missing, presumed dead" and where any records of this might be?

Europe / Ireland to Yorkshire
« on: Monday 27 September 04 21:22 BST (UK)  »
Would love to hear from anyone who has ancestors who immigrated from Ireland to West Yorkshire around 1840's or 1850's.  In particular Co Wicklow to the Wakefield district (Normanton/Castleford/Whitwood).

I've done several searches and keep coming up with a glitch: if my search returns more than one page of results, clicking on the subsequent page numbers doesn't get me anywhere - I only seem to be able to access the first page of results.  Does anyone else have this problem or is it just my computer?

The Common Room / Catholic naming patterns
« on: Tuesday 21 September 04 09:57 BST (UK)  »
Somewhere I came across something that said that Catholic families often used the same naming patterns for their children - giving children christian names of paternal and maternal grandparents in a particular order.  When I checked with some of my Catholic families, the pattern seemed to work, and also enabled me to predict the likely names for unknown grandparents.  I now can't find it.  I think it went something like: first son after husbands father, second son after ..........

Does anyone else know of this?

(and has anyone else ended up with one set of grandparents having seven Josephs, five Johns, and 4 James amongst the grandkids, with three of the Josephs having the same surname and being born within two years of each other! An absolute nightmare to try and sort out who belongs in which family!)

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