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The Lighter Side / Re: Family History Surprises
« on: Tuesday 25 April 23 18:16 BST (UK)  »
My Dad (born 1923) was convinced his mother had had absolutely no contact with her father after her parents marriage broke down and that no-one knew what had happened to him.  However - I discovered from the 1911 and 1921 Censuses that he lived within walking distance of the family home - and when he died my Dad`s mother was the one who registered the death.  (How I wish I had asked her about her family before she died in the 1970s but I was a teenager then and only interested in myself!)

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The Common Room / Re: John Kerby 1841 Census - additional info?
« on: Monday 24 April 23 09:40 BST (UK)  »
thanks for confirming what I thought and for looking in 1851 - I suppose she could have been some sort of housekeeper and moved on after John died
I do appreciate you taking the time to help

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The Common Room / Re: John Kerby 1841 Census - additional info?
« on: Monday 24 April 23 08:04 BST (UK)  »
This is the death certificate - I`m not certain of Mary`s surname - if it is Joleson the "J" is different from the one in St James - it looks more like the "G" in Master Gilder.  What do you think?

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The Common Room / Re: John Kerby 1841 Census - additional info?
« on: Sunday 23 April 23 18:53 BST (UK)  »
Looking on Ancestry I think he might be in the London Electoral Registers for 1832 for Clerkenwell - I can`t see the details of this as I don`t have a subscription.
Could anyone look at this and see where he is please?

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The Common Room / Re: John Kerby 1841 Census - additional info?
« on: Sunday 23 April 23 17:00 BST (UK)  »
Hi
Thank you for the update, very interesting!

Problem - I can't find any sign of Mary Jolson in the records, other than that 1841 census entry :(

Oh well - thanks for looking anyway!

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The Common Room / Re: John Kerby 1841 Census - additional info?
« on: Sunday 23 April 23 16:13 BST (UK)  »
think it might be watch case gilder.

Also in same household Mary Jolson. Marital status isn't shown on the 1841.

Just as an update - I now have John`s death certificate for March 1851 and the death was notified by Mary Jolson - she "made her mark" and was "present at the death".  There`s no indication of her relationship to John.  She is marked as being 70 on the 1841 Census so would have been quite elderly by then.
John`s occupation was Master Gilder

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The Common Room / Re: Anyone use Familysearch - successfully?!
« on: Saturday 22 April 23 09:16 BST (UK)  »
thanks for the comments - I`m glad I`m not alone!
I think I will have to set aside some time to play with the site and try to find my way around. 
 I did make a bit of progress with it a year ago but I`ve now forgotten what I did - and I think some of the layout has changed again

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The Common Room / Anyone use Familysearch - successfully?!
« on: Friday 21 April 23 16:38 BST (UK)  »
When I started looking at family history about 10 years ago Familysearch was a doddle to use and very helpful.  After a break I tried to use it last year and couldn`t get anywhere.  In fact I posted here asking if there was some sort of Idiots Guide available and the answer seemed to be that everyone was now struggling with it.
I tried again last week and was so boggled by the instructions that I gave up pretty quickly.  Has anyone mastered it?  There are various video tutorials but all  the ones I have tried to use are out of date and no longer work with the current site

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The Common Room / Re: John Kerby 1841 Census - additional info?
« on: Tuesday 18 April 23 16:23 BST (UK)  »
I am thinking - based on a later register for CC Newgate, that those are not the original signatures of the bride, groom, and witnesses.
So the attachment may not be much help, but it does tell us at least that they all signed (no copy X's!)

thanks again.  I have seen wills for one of Martha Kerby`s brothers and for her mother and they could all sign so I think they were a reasonably educated family

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