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Offline Francesanne

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Birth in India. Father serving in British Army.
« on: Thursday 09 September 10 16:22 BST (UK) »
My Great Grandfather served in the British Army and spent many years in India. He had several children by his 1st wife. His son JAMES GILCHRIST was born on the 25th December 1884, Christened on the 17th January 1885 in Cannanore, Madras. His father was JAMES GILCHRIST & his mother was JANE GILCHRIST. I'm desperately trying to discover Jane's (believe she was Irish) maiden name and thought by obtaining a copy of his birth certificate I could learn her maiden name. She died in Poonamallee. Madras on the 29th April 1886. Can anyone suggest the best way to obtain the certificate? many thanks in advance for any help.
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Re: Birth in India. Father serving in British Army.
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 09 September 10 16:53 BST (UK) »
hi,,where and when wa james senior born?
MCHUGH {mayo/manchester}   OHora,MCHALE{mayo/manchester /chicago}  KENNY{Manchester}   TIMPERLEY{wilmslow-bollin fee,Manchester} SMITH{manchester}  LEE{Colne,manchester,Cheshire} VENABLES {Styal.Cheshire} PAYTON {Staffs/Manchester}McCARTHY{TIPPERARY/MANCHESTER}  EAMES/AMS/HEAMES/HAMES/AYMES {Wilmslow/Manchester} Eames/Aymes  {Ireland/Manchester/Cheshire
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Re: Birth in India. Father serving in British Army.
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 09 September 10 18:42 BST (UK) »
Hi Francesanne,

If your G Grandfather is the James Gilchrist who was born in New Brunswick, Canada, his Army records are on Findmypast.

There is a great deal of detail.

Wife is shown as Jane McCully, (deceased) and they married at Comber, County Down, on 17 January 1871.

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Re: Birth in India. Father serving in British Army.
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 09 September 10 23:28 BST (UK) »
 :) ;D :) ;D :) ;D :) ;D :) ;D

Hi Yorklass, you're an absolute star! Thank you so very much for your help.
I'm overwhelmed.  My husbands just come out of hospital today and haven't been on computer tonight but I'm going straight to Find My Past. Thanks a million. xxxx
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Re: Birth in India. Father serving in British Army.
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 09 September 10 23:33 BST (UK) »
hi,,where and when wa James senior born?
Hi, it was the 3rd Feb.1847 or 1850 (different sources different dates). James Snr. was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
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« Reply #5 on: Thursday 09 September 10 23:47 BST (UK) »
haven't found a birth reg for James, but there are records for some of his siblings

GRO army birth indices
Alice Alma Gilchrist Bellary (station) 1883 pg 753
Marion macnish Gilchrist Bellary 1882 pg 777

GRO regimental birth indices
Henry Gilchrist Dagshaie 1873 32nd regiment vol 1061 pg 65

You can get these from the GRO.

the 2nd marriage for James is on the LDS pilot search India Marriages and gives his father's name as William Ross

http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch

edited to correct error
Cornwall: Allen, Bevan, Bosisto, Carnpezzack, Donithorn, Huddy, James, Retallack, Russell, Vincent, Yeoman
Cards: Thomas (Llanbadarn Fawr)
Glam: Bowler, Cram, Galloway, James, Thomas, Watkins
Lincs: Coupland, Cram
Mon: Cram, Gwyn, John, Philpot, Smart, Watkins
Pembs: Edwards (St. Dogmael's)
Yorks: Airey, Bowler, Elliott, Hare, Hewitt, Kellett, Kemp, Stephenson, Tebb

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Re: Birth in India. Father serving in British Army.
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 09 September 10 23:54 BST (UK) »
why cant u get from the GRO,,,,they are gro references,,,,u just have to order them as u would a "normal" cert,,,but quote the army index?  or thats what i believed,,,,i stand to be corrected  ;D
MCHUGH {mayo/manchester}   OHora,MCHALE{mayo/manchester /chicago}  KENNY{Manchester}   TIMPERLEY{wilmslow-bollin fee,Manchester} SMITH{manchester}  LEE{Colne,manchester,Cheshire} VENABLES {Styal.Cheshire} PAYTON {Staffs/Manchester}McCARTHY{TIPPERARY/MANCHESTER}  EAMES/AMS/HEAMES/HAMES/AYMES {Wilmslow/Manchester} Eames/Aymes  {Ireland/Manchester/Cheshire
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Re: Birth in India. Father serving in British Army.
« Reply #7 on: Friday 10 September 10 10:15 BST (UK) »
SORRY! Just a typing error. You can get them from the GRO - I shouldn't post so late - not concentrating!

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Cornwall: Allen, Bevan, Bosisto, Carnpezzack, Donithorn, Huddy, James, Retallack, Russell, Vincent, Yeoman
Cards: Thomas (Llanbadarn Fawr)
Glam: Bowler, Cram, Galloway, James, Thomas, Watkins
Lincs: Coupland, Cram
Mon: Cram, Gwyn, John, Philpot, Smart, Watkins
Pembs: Edwards (St. Dogmael's)
Yorks: Airey, Bowler, Elliott, Hare, Hewitt, Kellett, Kemp, Stephenson, Tebb

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Re: Birth in India. Father serving in British Army- COMPLETE.
« Reply #8 on: Friday 10 September 10 23:07 BST (UK) »
Hi Osprey, many thanks for both posts. I've discovered they're not James's siblings but his children & two that I didn't know existed.Also discovered Henry in the last few days. I knew about James Jr. because he appeared on the 1901 English census. I'm still pondering over grooms father being WILLIAM ROSS. Wondering if that could be an error. I was expecting to see James Gilchrist.I will investigate further. 

Very pleased to learn that I can obtain certificates from GRO. They're very efficient and pretty reasonable.

Thanks to everyone for all the help given. :)

Warmest wishes.       
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Gilchrist - St.John Canada - Paddington,London
Grubb - Thanet, Kent