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FH Documents and Artefacts / British And Foreign Sailors Society Cross 1915
« on: Saturday 26 April 14 11:16 BST (UK)  »
Can anyone help explain the inscriptions on this?  It is a small copper cross dated 1915 commemorating the centenary of the Battle of Waterloo and the 110th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

The front of the cross bears the name of the society and the names and dates of the two battles. We're stuck, however, on the signficance of the letters "I" and "D.G"

The reverse is more problematic:  there are the names of the four main allies.

Below "Britain"  is the legend "E.R.VII" - presumably Edward VII (although he died in 1910, so I wonder why E.R.VII rather than G.R.V) clarified by Stan - many thanks!

Below "Belgium" are the letters "A.N.Z." - presumably Australia and New Zealand.

Below "Russia" are the letters "AC" and a small anchor - we're stumped as to what this might mean.

Above "France" is the legend  "I.CH.29.II" - presumably Isaiah, chapter 29, verse 2 which according to my King James Bible reads "Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel." - the significance of this escapes me completely!

Can anyone help?

Lancashire / Baptism of Mary Tyrer 1805-1811, Adlington/Walton-le-Dale
« on: Tuesday 15 April 14 20:28 BST (UK)  »
I'm looking for the baptism of Mary TYRER (without much success so far!)

Mary married Thomas LIVESEY on 22 June 1829 at Walton-le-Dale.  I've found her in the census returns for 1841 - 1871;  they seem to have disappeared from the 1881 census. Thomas died in 1884.

Mary's year of birth and birthplace are variously given as:

1841:  age 30 (so could be born 1806 - 1811) born Lancashire
1851: age 42 (so born 1809) born Adlington
1861: age 56 (so born 1805) born Walton
1871: age 60 (so born 1811) born Adlington

If anyone could find her baptism or whereabouts in the 1881 census, you earn my undying gratitude...


Shropshire Resources & Offers / Link: Quatt Marriage Register 1905 - 1950
« on: Friday 21 March 14 09:10 GMT (UK)  »
A transcription of the Quatt Marriage Register for the period 1905 - 1950 is available as a free to view pdf file here:

with links to scans of the original pages of the register.


Census and Resource Discussion / Help needed with GenesReunited
« on: Wednesday 12 March 14 13:42 GMT (UK)  »
I haven't used GR in some years: can anyone help me with this?

I've recently made contact with a distant cousin, who has her tree on GR.  I didn't bother to make detailed notes of all the relatives on there, thinking that I could look at her tree at my leisure (and indeed she gave me her blessing to do do!)

I have spent the last few days trying to work out how to view the tree, with no success whatsoever.  I'm sure that at one time in the dim and distant, it was possible to do so:  has this changed?  Can I view the tree? - and if so, how?

Any and all help much appreciated!


(NB: I have created an free account, so it's not that which is blocking me)

From 1 April 2014 Wolverhampton Archives will be open only on the following days

Tuesdays  10am - 4pm

Wednesdays 10am - 7pm

Thursdays 10am - 4pm

For Sale / Wanted / Events / Exhibition: Bilston Town Hall 24 and 25 March 2014
« on: Monday 24 February 14 13:00 GMT (UK)  »
On 24 and 25 March, the British Badge Collectors Association are mounting an exhibition of badges at Bilston Town Hall, Church Street, Bilston.

If you have a badge that you'd like identifying, or to find out more about, exhibitors will be pleased to help.

Displays will include badges of the armed forces, fire services, railway, tram and bus companies, police forces, RNLI, Old Comrade Associations, the Staffordshire Regiment, local interest, sppedway clubs and military sweetheart brooches.

The exhibition is open from 10am to 3pm on both days: admission is free.

For Sale / Wanted / Events / Wolverhampton Oral History Exhibition: 7 December
« on: Tuesday 03 December 13 11:25 GMT (UK)  »
There's another chance to see the "Our Town" Oral History Exhibition on Saturday 7 December, as part of the Wolverhampton Small Businesses Day.

The exhibition will be housed in the Access to Business Shop at 3 St John's Arcade in the Mander Centre (this is just up the ramp from Lindy Loo's on Victoria Street) and will be open 10am to 3pm.

My friends from Makers Dozen at the rear of the Art Gallery are also having an open gallery event on that day (with mulled wine and minced pies!), so this should be an interetsing day for anyone in the local area.


Family History Beginners Board / Certificate of Birth or Stillbirth
« on: Monday 21 October 13 19:47 BST (UK)  »
I've just come across three certificates held amongst family papers, all headed 'Form of Certificate of Birth or Stillbirth' and dated from the 1920s - 1930s.

They allow for for the description of the child as male child/female child (but no space is given for the name) date of birth (and of registration) and the signature of the  informant (which in all three cases is the mother/father).

The certificates are issued under Section 30 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1874, which basically says that a certificate must be issued once registration is made.

In 30 years of tracing my family tree I've never seen this sort of certificate before - would I be correct in thinking that they indicate a still birth?

The Common Room / What on earth is the relationship?
« on: Tuesday 15 October 13 15:54 BST (UK)  »
How on earth are these people related?

My step-great-great-great-great grandfather John was married twice and had children from both marriages. His first wife Margaret (my ancestor)  had children from a previous relationship.  Those children had children who were not only step-cousins but also married each other, thus becoming my step-great-great-great aunt and  my great-great-grandmotherís-nephew (which I think makes him my great great great uncle, but I may have missed a great out on him!)

I think that therefore the step g g g aunt is also some distant stepcousin by dint of her birth grandfather, but I'm hanged if I can work it out...



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