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surname unusual/good web sites to visit for family history info
« on: Thursday 23 April 15 23:03 BST (UK) »
hey have an unusual surname (Penniall) but not really sure where to start with my search a lot of the websites want you to pay a monthly amount which ok but I don't want to pay too much, if anyone has any suggestions that would be much appreciated!

I know my great grandfather was to do with watermen and lightermen.

I have no idea if im using this site correctly  :-\ lol but iv only just started researching my family tree.

Thanks in advance for any help and I would love to hear from you.

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Re: surname unusual/good web sites to visit for family history info
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 23 April 15 23:10 BST (UK) »
Hi and welcome to Rootschat

The 1911 English census has 89 entries for that surname throughout England so we need more info from you as to exactly which branch you are researching

Any born between 1901-1911 will be found on the 1911 census.  We are not allowed to post any details from that census because of copyright issues so you would need to look them up yourself on one of the subscription sites

Names/birthyears/ birthplaces

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Carlin (Ireland & Liverpool) Doughty & Wright (Liverpool) Dick & Park (Scotland & Liverpool)

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Re: surname unusual/good web sites to visit for family history info
« Reply #2 on: Friday 24 April 15 01:17 BST (UK) »
FreeBMD is a good free easy to use site. You can often find births deaths and marriages which fit in with what you know about the family which might help your research along a bit. Frrebmd is just an index though and you would need to buy the appropriate certificate to get full details.

Keep in mind that with an unusual surname you will always need to search for misspellings and misinterpretations. So for Penniall you might like to search for pen*l or pen*a*l (just a couple of examples and there will be other variations I'm sure).

You can give names of anyone who is no longer living if you would like some help, though it is much more fun to do it yourself.

Also keep in mind that the pay sites like Ancestry and FindMyPast give you a two week free trial, so if you take that up when you have plenty of free time, you might find you can make good progress. But remember to cancel before the trial ends or they will charge your credit card for an annual subscription. Both have occasional free access weekends which are worth looking out for.

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Re: surname unusual/good web sites to visit for family history info
« Reply #3 on: Friday 24 April 15 06:18 BST (UK) »
Hi Joleigh and welcome to Rootschat
these are just examples of some records you can obtain from
www.familysearch.org
pennial
any event
england
1800 - 1911
search
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https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NVQM-QMQ    -   a baptism
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQ45-QN8     -  a census record
https://familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bsurname%3Apennial~%20%2Bany_place%3Aengland~%20%2Bany_year%3A1800-1911~%20%2Brecord_country%3AEngland
plenty for you to browse through on this link ....if you see any of your family - let us know and then we can start from there ......good luck ... :)
oakes,liverpool..neston..backford..poulton cum spittal(bebington)middlewich,cheshire......   sacht,helgoland  .......merrick,herefordshire adams,shropshire...tipping..ellis..  jones,garston,liverpool..hartley.dunham massey..barker. salford


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Re: surname unusual/good web sites to visit for family history info
« Reply #4 on: Friday 24 April 15 06:40 BST (UK) »
Hi Joliegh,

Welcome to RootsChat :)

Have a browse too on the "Occupation Interests" board
http://www.rootschat.com/forum/occupations/

There are several topics about canal and riverboat people there.
In this topic, for instance,
Topic: Watermen and lighter-men Apprenticeships Bindings Look up Please? 
http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=232899.msg2109647#msg2109647
there is a mention of a John Pennial in 1790

Good luck,
Bob
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Re: surname unusual/good web sites to visit for family history info
« Reply #5 on: Friday 24 April 15 08:20 BST (UK) »
thank you everyone I shall let you know what I find :)

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Re: surname unusual/good web sites to visit for family history info
« Reply #6 on: Friday 24 April 15 08:28 BST (UK) »
You don't have to post your G Grandfathers name and birth year if you don't want to - but if you do, we can start researching with him and his family  :) :)

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The Company of Watermen and Lightermen have a free search for ancestors ...how nice
e mail this address with your  g grandfathers full name and possible birth year
admin [..at..] watermenshall.org

good luck  ;)
oakes,liverpool..neston..backford..poulton cum spittal(bebington)middlewich,cheshire......   sacht,helgoland  .......merrick,herefordshire adams,shropshire...tipping..ellis..  jones,garston,liverpool..hartley.dunham massey..barker. salford

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Re: surname unusual/good web sites to visit for family history info
« Reply #7 on: Friday 24 April 15 08:47 BST (UK) »
thank you so much I shall email them now - his name was Douglas Ernest Penniall 01/10/1933

thanks

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Re: surname unusual/good web sites to visit for family history info
« Reply #8 on: Friday 24 April 15 08:52 BST (UK) »

You might find this site useful; I've had some help from them regarding my lighterman/waterman ancestor:

http://www.parishregister.com/


Nanny Jan
Howard , Viney , Kingsman, Pain/e, Rainer/ Rayner, Barham, George, Wakeling (Catherine), Vicary (Frederick)   all LDN area/suburbs  Ottley/ MDX,
Henman/ KNT   Gandy/LDN before 1830  Burgess/LDN
Barham/SFK   Rainer/CAN (Toronto) Gillians/CAN  Sturgeon/CAN (Vancouver)
Bailey/LDN Page/KNT   Paling/WA (var)



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