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What am I doing wrong?
« on: Saturday 25 February 17 23:30 GMT (UK) »
Hello all,

I just registered this evening so forgive me if I am posting in the wrong area or something equally stupid   :)

I am trying to find out any information about my nan's father.  My nan is 95 in May and in frail health so I would love to be able to tell her anything concrete I can find on him .... and soon.
Nan has no memory of him and story has it he simply walked out and no one spoke of him after that.

All I really have on him for certain is that he married my nan's mum in 1917 aged 24, so I assume was born in or around 1893 ... from the wedding certificate I have his name and his father's name....and thats' STILL the only proof I have that he ever existed.  I've searched all the records I can think of (Ancestry.co.uk) but cannot find him being born or dying, quite a trick!

Any tips gratefully received, thank you

TamlaDawn.
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Re: What am I doing wrong?
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 25 February 17 23:35 GMT (UK) »
Welcome to Rootschat, TamlaDawn

The only thing you've done wrong is you haven't given us his name or which country you are searching in!  ;D ;D If you post with as much detail as possible someone will be able to help. Just don't mention your nan's name as she is still alive.
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« Reply #2 on: Saturday 25 February 17 23:43 GMT (UK) »
Welcome to rootschat TamiaDawn.

You might be able to find him on the censuses too. Have you already tried that? As groom says, some names and places might help track him down.

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Re: What am I doing wrong?
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 25 February 17 23:44 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Groom  :D

Sorry - that may help!

England!

His name on the wedding cert is Bertram James Watson...marrying Edith Field on 25th December 1917 at St John's Church, Highbury Vale

Thanks verrry much all!
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« Reply #4 on: Saturday 25 February 17 23:49 GMT (UK) »
Who does he say was his father?

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Re: What am I doing wrong?
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 25 February 17 23:51 GMT (UK) »
His occupation might help, also that of his father.  The names of the witnesses could also be useful, they are often family members.

If his father had been in the services then Bertram might have been born somewhere other than England.
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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« Reply #6 on: Saturday 25 February 17 23:53 GMT (UK) »
Okay, I've found the marriage ( for others looking) - father was Sydney (deceased) a Tailor.

Witnesses are both Fields, so not much help

Bertram was a secretary.
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« Reply #7 on: Saturday 25 February 17 23:57 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Ruskie....and no luck with any census either  :(
Am wondering if he switched his 1st and middle names about or something....such a guessing game at times isn't it!
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« Reply #8 on: Saturday 25 February 17 23:59 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Nanny Jan - good point!

And yes, his father was Sydney - I can't find hind nor hair of him either...
Witnesses Fields as you have found, Nans Grandfather and Auntie....
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