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Search for a very common name
« on: Tuesday 27 February 18 09:10 GMT (UK) »
Hi, I'm new to all this and am unable to progress any further with a search for a relative's date or place of death. She has a very common name ' Mary Robertson' and was born and lived in Glasgow. both her siblings have similarly common names and no middle name. I can trace her address in Glasgow up to 1953 and then she disappears. I have spent a fortune at Scotland's People,on credits and the death certificates of umpteen Mary Robertsons  born the same year, 1899, who died in Glasgow after 1953. I have searched using both her maiden name and married name Roberts. Is there anything left I can do? Finding her place and date of death would help solve a problematic family mystery. Thank you.

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Re: Search for a very common name
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 27 February 18 12:23 GMT (UK) »
Can you narrow down when she died -
eg
When did her husband die- was she the informant or was he already widowed?
Did she have children - is she a witness at any of their marriages?
Likewise siblings - does she witness any of their marriages?
Did either of her parents leave Wills - if so was she an executor?

I know nothing of Scottish Research, so sorry I cant point you as to where to look for any of these records - just throwing in ideas!

PS  And a warm welcome to Rootschat!!! Just noticed it is your first post.
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« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 27 February 18 13:06 GMT (UK) »
Thank you so much for your reply. I know she had died by 1965 as her husband remarried then, as a widower. I have a photo of her attending her eldest son's wedding in 1951. Her younger son does aged 4 in 1936. Her parents died before 1953 which is the last date I have for her. I am unable to trace either of her siblings as Margaret and Alexander Robertson appear to be two of the most popular names in Scotland at that time! I think I'm facing a brick wall, though I shall persevere!

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Re: Search for a very common name
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 27 February 18 21:26 GMT (UK) »
When I did a search on Scotlandspeople for a Mary Roberts, born 1899 +/- 1 year, died 1953 to 1965, I only got 6 'hits', and all but one of those had extra names.

Why did you look under Robertson if her surname at death was Roberts?


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« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 27 February 18 21:30 GMT (UK) »
If Margaret or Alexander died after 1974, their Mother's maiden surname is recorded - is that going to be useful, or is it another common surname?

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Re: Search for a very common name
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 27 February 18 22:09 GMT (UK) »
Popular, not common.... lol !  ;D

When was Mary ROBERTSON born, and who where her parents?

I have some unwanted ROBERTS certificates from Glasgow because my ROBERTS' are also from there.  Maybe my unwanted are what you want.

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ROBERTS / ROBERT / ROBERTSON (Paternal) - Dunbartonshire/Stirlingshire, Scotland
NEWEY - Leicestershire, England
FITZGERALD - Co. Cork - Ireland
HOWLETT - Suffolk, England
PHILMORE - Wiltshire, England
CHAPMAN - Cornwall - England
NICHOLLS - Cornwall - England
SHAW - Nottinghamshire, England
PRITCHARD - Salop, England
ROBERTS (Maternal) - Surrey, England

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Re: Search for a very common name
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 27 February 18 22:41 GMT (UK) »
I searched for a Mary Robertson other surname Roberts b 1899 +/- 3 years and got no hits
could she have possibly died in England


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Re: Search for a very common name
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 27 February 18 22:55 GMT (UK) »
Possible for her in 1901?
Living at 49 Elmfoot St. Hutchesontown ,Glasgow Govan ,Lanarkshire
James Robertson   34
Isabella Robertson   31
Alexander Robertson   6
Mary Robertson   1

Birth?
Mary Robertson 1900  644/11 2754  Hutchesontown

Was she definitely born in 1899?

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« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 27 February 18 23:09 GMT (UK) »
Was her husband Glynne - if so she had other names:

Glynne Roberts married Mary Ross Munro Robertson in 1925 Gorbals
Glynne Roberts married Mary Darcy in 1965 Glasgow

Birth?
Mary Ross Munro Robertson born 1899  Hutchestown