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Lancashire Lookup Requests / Re: Isherwood
« on: Thursday 08 July 10 23:14 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for that advice re getting the certificate. The issue is: not certain what his father's name was. Bolton seemed to be knee-deep in Robert Isherwoods at that time, I've found loads that "seem to fit", but nothing to guide which one may be which.

Family History Beginners Board / Re: Finding unfindable people
« on: Monday 05 July 10 23:11 BST (UK)  »
Again, thank you all. You've been so helpful. I've beeen fishing around for ages - and you've slipped the jigsaw pieces into place so Well. The "Strong" bit fits, too - there's been a memory of "Strong" as well as "Armstrong" way back there. I shall sit and chew all these lovely clues over before trying to take it further.

Lancashire Lookup Requests / Re: Isherwood
« on: Monday 05 July 10 23:04 BST (UK)  »
Thanks CaroleW, I'd got two Robert Isherwoods - or Roberts Isherwood, - and finding it hard to decide which is which, so currently trying to trace both back, and decide if more evidence turns up.

Lancashire Lookup Requests / Isherwood
« on: Sunday 04 July 10 18:12 BST (UK)  »
Does anyone have any ideas concerning the Bolton area origins of Robert Isherwood who married Ann Parry in 1840s? He ended up in Southport. He was from Bolton, but it seems to have beeen one of the very commonest Christain names there for an Isherwood

Family History Beginners Board / Re: Finding unfindable people
« on: Sunday 04 July 10 17:20 BST (UK)  »
Yes, it does say "Railway engine driver" on the certificate. Phew, I'm amazed at the wonderful responses - in a day, you've gone through all the thoughts, blind alleys and ideas that I've struggled through for a twelvemonth. The witnesses were a Patrick Melia, and a Florence Holt - but I have no knowledge whatsoever of any member of my Grandmother's "back list" - and no memeory of any relatives ever being mentioned. As I said, all I have is one scruffy certificate; no dates, a vague mention of Cumberland / Westmorland, and the surnames "Armstrong" and "Barrs" - and I can't see that getting me further. I'm very grateful to Redroger's evident huge knowledge of Railway history, I've tried to sort out all the companies that were operating over a likely span in the North West area, earlier, and gave myself months of headache! I'd tried very hard to do it all myself, sorting out all my own issues rather than calling for help, and felt a bit defeated even posting, after months of on-line browsing and admiring the expertise evident here, but I am grateful for kindness shown.

Family History Beginners Board / Re: Finding unfindable people
« on: Sunday 04 July 10 14:59 BST (UK)  »
Thanks again for all the help and guidance. "Avm228":My Jean was aged 19 on wedding cert., can't find any other records. With reference to your later post, I'd thought that "Jean" may have had a scottish lilt, shall we say, to it, and tried Jane, Joan, Jennifer, even Eugenie and similar flights of fancy! I suspect that her original given name may well have been different."Red Roger": "driver" is what it says on the cert., I'll try ASLEF etc. but I agree with your later posting though, about the unlikeliness of someone who is a labourer in 1901 rising to become a driver , although we have no idea for how long he may have been in either job. "Rah 1980": - I'm not ruling out 1911 matches, just saying I've found nothing that seems to be a close enough match."Millymob": I have the name solely from JF and WT's marriage certificate.
                Again, thanks to all.

Family History Beginners Board / Re: Finding unfindable people
« on: Saturday 03 July 10 16:57 BST (UK)  »
Thank you for the welcome - very heartening. Arm228: The 1921 marriage was at Ormskirk Lancs, in March. The groom's name was Threlfall, and his address was Southport. My grandmother's address was given as 127 Bispham road - but I don't know if that was the family home. One of the witnesses was surnamed "Melia" - an unusual name.
Aghadowey - thanks, I seem to find no records other than that marriage cert, which is itself not in good condition, for the birth of my grandmother, not even sure if the Christian name "Jean"I have is the right one, or a contraction of something else. Alpine Cottage: I've tried the 1911 and other censuses in areas I can think of as having a connection, found loads of George Fishers, heaps of George Henry Fisher even, but none in the right job. Millymeb, I do appreciate that the more detail I have the easier it will be, I've actually gone back on another line flawlessly to 1587 just because of detail, stability and unusual surname, but here I'm stuck. I have a family feeling of a Cumberland or Westmorland connection, and possible links at some level with the surnames "Armstrong" and "Barr" or "Barrs", but nothing more concrete than this. I'd rather wondered if there was some way I could trace through Railway  records, but no idea how to set about it. Thank you all for your help and ideas.

Family History Beginners Board / Finding unfindable people
« on: Friday 02 July 10 20:02 BST (UK)  »
How do you go about finding unfindable people, when you have very little information? I thought of posting this on the "Fisher" page, but I've no idea where it should go. I have found a possible great grandfather, a George Henry Fisher, who was a Railway engine Driver in England in 1921 ( when his daughter married) - but I don't know where, or which company he worked for, so I can't think how to try to trace his work record; find his location or dates!! Any brilliant ideas. please? I'm such a not-know about all this

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