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Warwickshire Resources & Offers / Birmingham burial records online
« on: Sunday 25 March 18 12:34 BST (UK)  »
1.5 million Birmingham burial and cremation records are now available to view free of charge:


Staffordshire / Walk House, Wombourne
« on: Friday 23 February 18 13:17 GMT (UK)  »
I'm trying to find out who lived in this property at the time of the 1901 and 1911 census returns: no idea of any names, I'm afraid. 

I seem to be incapable of searching the census returns just using the address: can any kind soul help?



Staffordshire / "Thackers (or "Hackers") Birches", Tettenhall Wood
« on: Sunday 14 January 18 13:42 GMT (UK)  »
I'm trying to find the location of a parcel of land called "Thackers Birches" (or possibly "Hackers Birches"), mentioned in a will dated 1854. It may have been contiguous with another area of land called "Horsehills" on the Compton Road.

Anyone with local knowledge able to help?


Staffordshire / 1861 census: Ann CARTWRIGHT born Wombourne 1845
« on: Tuesday 28 November 17 11:49 GMT (UK)  »
I'm trying to find Ann CARTWRIGHT in the 1861 census. She was baptised 27 April 1845 at St Benedict Biscop, daughter of James and Sarah CARTWRIGHT, and the 1851 census shows her at The Fold, Wombourn with her parents and sister Emma (age 2).
Ann married William PIPER in 1866, and I have her on every census from 1871 - 1911.

I can't for the life of me find Ann in 1861 - can anyone help?


The Common Room / Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal: Awbridge Lock
« on: Thursday 26 October 17 06:01 BST (UK)  »
Any canal buffs out there?

James Brindley's Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal was completed in 1771: I'm particularly interested in the lock and road bridge at Awbridge, Staffordshire.

Most of the books I've read about the canal  say that this which was  Brindley's first attempt to combine a lock and bridge on a public road.  Was this a particularly difficult piece of structural engineering?  I'm at a bit of a loss to understand why this is emphasised without any explanation.


Yorkshire (West Riding) Resources & Offers / Leeds Tithe Maps
« on: Thursday 07 September 17 16:09 BST (UK)  »
May be of use to those with ancestors in the Leeds area:

Staffordshire / John Nuttall/Nuttle died Wolverhampton 1851
« on: Sunday 20 August 17 00:54 BST (UK)  »
I'm trying - without success - to find the GRO reference for the death certificate of John Nuttall (or Nuttle) who was buried in Wolverhampton on 1st February 1851.

I've found him in the burial register of St Peter's church (where his name is spelled Nuttal), but for the life of me can't find him in the GRO indices.

Can any kind soul with sharper eyes/brain than mine help?


Staffordshire Resources & Offers / Wolverhampton: World War I soldiers
« on: Saturday 13 May 17 15:49 BST (UK)  »
The Express and Star contains many items - some with photographs - of Wolverhampton men who served in the First World War.  Staff and volunteers at the City Archives are putting this information on the website

As at today, it appears that they've got up to December 1915, but the site is well worth searching if you have ancestors in the area.

Merionethshire / Samuel Davi(e)s buried Towyn 1904
« on: Tuesday 04 April 17 13:38 BST (UK)  »
Samuel Davies (sometimes Davis) was drowned at Towyn on 3 August 1904. He was a private in the 1st Volunteer Battalion South Staffordshire, who were stationed at a training camp at Towyn.

Although Samuel lived in Wombourne, Staffordshire, newspaper reports reveal that he was buried at Towyn on 7 August 1904. 

Does anyone know whether there is a gravestone for Samuel in Towyn?  (There is a memorial stone in Wombourne).  I'd be very grateful to know (and if some kind soul could let me have a photograph, you'd earn my eternal gratitude!)

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