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Cynthia Report 30 Jan 2014 22:25

Thanks for all the ideas.....

A television programme has been mentioned before but there were personal reasons as to why Evelyn thought it would not be the right way to go - we have to respect that.

I'm pretty sure Viv or someone did a search of FIBIS a long time ago but thanks for the reminder.

I saw that the Indian bmd's announcement the other day and I think Viv has/is looking through them - I will check with her to make sure though.

Keep it coming folks......and thanks again.... :-)


Sally Report 29 Jan 2014 20:46

hello one of tv programs are looking for people for famil research I forget which one will try to find it

it may have been Cambridgeshire fanily history society on facebook

sally w <3

edit again found I

wall to wall program makers are looking for people to take part
they are the ones who made who do you think you are etc for bbc 1

I can not read the details as my software is unable to

might be worth a try

<3 <3


jansmith Report 29 Jan 2014 19:07

Not found anything yet but have just found this site and looks like it could be a good site for anyone looking for India info
FIBIS Databases

Volunteers from the Families in British India Society (FIBIS) have transcribed loads of data – and it is all available for free. Just go to their search engine, and enter your ancestor’s surname. Don’t forget to browse the site, as it has lots of useful information, and annual membership is very reasonable. As well as lots of data from church records, it also has information from wills, bonds etc.

was plain ann now annielaurie

was plain ann now annielaurie Report 29 Jan 2014 17:30

India BMD's are now on FMP - has to be worth a search!


Cynthia Report 29 Jan 2014 13:09

No further forward I'm afraid to say :-(

Ann has been ploughing away through all the Robert Macleod records bless her. Thanks Ann. :-)

I can only think that, unless someone stumbles across something, then we may have to wait until new records are released.....from.......somewhere..... :-S :-S

I certainly wouldn't say that we have given up on the search, it's just knowing where to search next!

Any ideas anyone????? :-D


Vanessa Report 29 Jan 2014 05:31

Was so excited to see this appear again, but alas.............................the mystery that is Diane remains just so :-( For now at least


jansmith Report 28 Jan 2014 19:59

Not found the "real" Robert yet!!


Tabitha Report 28 Jan 2014 13:25

Just dropped by to see what was going on as not had the time or opportunity for a while

Did anyone actually find the Real Robert & I missed it - or are we all still searching around the various data bases

Cynthia - we may need another one of your "Heres where we are now" statements if your OH is back on his feet now

Evelyn I still miss our email chats Hope you are keeping well


Diane Report 17 Nov 2013 11:36

Yes indeed,

It's a long time until we get the next set of census records and Diane should be there.

Dad was convinced that his mother was truthful and her strong opinion about the restrictions of living in a deeply religious community in Stornoway was something that stuck with him.

Dad was a civil servant, but I guess that because his mother was dead they didn't check her information when they cleared him.

The family records rings true, they moved quite often when Dad was growing up.

I would consider going to Stornoway if I thought there was anything to be gained from it.



wisechild Report 17 Nov 2013 07:13

Hi Diane.
Pretty sure that in those days, proof of ID was not required.
In any case, Evelyn said right at the beginning that all the family documents were lost during the war, which is why she has such a problem now.
Like doing a jigsaw without the picture. :-( :-(


Diane Report 16 Nov 2013 14:07

I am being lazy, but could someone explain what proof of identity you needed to provide for a wedding in 1929?

After 1929 Diane would have her marriage certificate, but what would she have used before then?


Cynthia Report 12 Nov 2013 20:46

Thanks everyone..... :-)

I honestly don't know about all those names Vanessa.....some are familiar but what do the others think? Is anything ringing any bells with anyone?

was plain ann now annielaurie

was plain ann now annielaurie Report 12 Nov 2013 18:33


You might well be right but if Diane gave his rank wrongly, what's to say she didn't give his name and regiment wrongly too!


Vanessa Report 12 Nov 2013 05:40

Im not nearly as proficient at researching as you all are, but I continue to try and assist!

I know we have struggled to find any Leslie/MacLeod links in the UK, but I have found these records on familysearch today - the only time I have seen Leslie MacLead:

Duncan Mcleod, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"
Name: Duncan Mcleod
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 19 Dec 1882
Event Place: Lancaster, Ontario, Canada
Age: 33
Father's Name: John Mcleod
Mother's Name: Catherine Mcrae

Spouse's Name: Jenet Leslie
Spouse's Age: 25
Spouse's Father's Name: Malcolm Leslie
Spouse's Mother's Name: Mary Cameron

Page: 011123
GS Film Number: 1869760
Digital Folder Number: 004529136
Image Number: 00730

and these look like some offspring:

Duncan I. Mcleod
Ontario Births, 1869-1912
spouse:Jessie Lesslie
child:John Leslie Mcleod

Duncan I Mcleod
Ontario Births, 1869-1912
spouse:Jessie Lesslie
child:Catharine Flora Mcleod

There do appear to be one or 2 other Macleod/Leslie unions, but every case of Leslie Macleod is retained by the male:

Gordon Mc Leod
Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950
spouse:Mary Leslie
child:Mary Wilhelmina Louisa Mc Leod

Gordon Mc Leod
Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950
spouse:Mary Leslie
child:George William Leslie Mc Leod

Herman Mcleod
North Carolina, Birth Index, 1800-2000
spouse:Rose Leslie
child:Robert Russell Mcleod

Not sure if any of these are worth investigating any further????
:-S :-S :-S :-S :-S :-S :-S :-S


Traciey Report 12 Nov 2013 00:01

Good work searching all those Ann. My thinking is that I do believe there was a Robert MacLeod who was father to Diane but not so sure about the officer part, we all have some myths in the family tree somewhere along the line, I think he was probably a regular serving soldier in Seaforth Highs, possibly stationed at the barracks and courted Diane's mother and she was illegitimate, Diane maybe changed her surname to that of her Father's as she got older but might never actually have known him. Diane obviously didn't like her first name and changed that too. There are no birth records of a Diane Leslie or MacLeod so we are back to needle in a haystack searching again.


wisechild Report 11 Nov 2013 07:01

Only suggestion I can think of is that Robert was perhaps his 2nd christian name rather than his 1st, or that for some reason he was known as Bob by the family & colleagues & it was assumed that his name was Robert.
For example, I had an Uncle who was universally known as Mick, but his name was actually Horace. Only ever heard my aunt call him that.
This thought doesn´t make the search any easier.

was plain ann now annielaurie

was plain ann now annielaurie Report 10 Nov 2013 20:15

I've looked at all those files before so I knew really that none of them would fit. Just wanted to put all the info on the thread. I don't think he was an officer with the Seaforths under that name, but who knows what his real name was or which regiment he was with, or when or even if he served at all!


Cynthia Report 10 Nov 2013 16:02

Thanks again we are back to the fact that Diane's father may not have been an officer then :-S :-S

was plain ann now annielaurie

was plain ann now annielaurie Report 9 Nov 2013 17:58

Last 2 WW1 Officer files for R Macleod/McLeod . As I thought none seem possibilities. Will add all to my Military post on page 102

WO339/131947 Robert Charles McLeod. Born 1894. Previously Sergeant 85762 (Canadian Army). Lived Lansdowne, Canada. Bank clerk. Applied for appointment to RFC.

WO339/113416 Robert McLeod. Born 1/1/1898. Father John, 18 Roxburgh St, Greenock. Previously 175613 RFA. Discharged to commission 2/6/1918.


Cynthia Report 8 Nov 2013 15:08

Aw.....thank you Ann. Wonder if we will ever hit on the right one....... :-S