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Mike *

Mike * Report 17 Jul 2010 16:12

Excellent post ... only hope people read and digest it.

Always amazes me how many people want to find answers without spending money on certificates.
Censuses are not official data.
I have a Gt Grandfather who appears on the 1911 census as head of the household,... except that I have his death cert for 1910.
It seems he was "written in" by his widow afraid that she would be evicted because it would have been his name that was on the rent book.

Countless children are recorded on censuses who were actually stepchildren or grandchildren.
"Wives" who were not married at all, etc etc.

If you want to guess and assume that some information fits, you will invariable go down the wrong track.

Cynthia

Cynthia Report 17 Jul 2010 15:51

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Angelina0506

Angelina0506 Report 14 Jan 2010 04:58

Hi There Heather,
I just wanted to 'Thankyou' personally for taking the time to write theses important tips and websites out for us.
It has been a huge help to me!
Bless Your Cotton Sox!!

Kindest Regards Angelina

Linda in the Midlands

Linda in the Midlands Report 12 Jan 2010 15:59

great advice! especially the family stories part. Have spent many an hour searching for someone who didn't exist/wasn't actually related/had a different name.

You really need to buy certs too, I would have failed at the first fence if I had believed the father my nan "invented" on her marriage cert. Her birth cert proved it wrong for me

Heather

Heather Report 12 Jan 2010 15:48

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Cynthia

Cynthia Report 6 Jan 2010 21:13

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Cynthia

Cynthia Report 30 Dec 2009 20:48

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Heather

Heather Report 23 Dec 2009 21:09

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Cynthia

Cynthia Report 19 Dec 2009 11:23

This is so true. Spent ages look for an Uncle Ben only to discover his real name was Thomas!!!

Heather

Heather Report 18 Dec 2009 21:59

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Pamela

Pamela Report 16 Dec 2009 06:29

this is great advice................found most of it out the hardway...............especially the bit about family stories !!!!

Cynthia

Cynthia Report 15 Dec 2009 21:17

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rootgatherer

rootgatherer Report 14 Dec 2009 16:09

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Freewheel

Freewheel Report 13 Dec 2009 13:53

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rootgatherer

rootgatherer Report 13 Dec 2009 09:35

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Susanne

Susanne Report 8 Dec 2009 12:00

Noted - many thanks for the sound advice, which I will follow.

...wish the searches on BMD could be refined a bit more, tricky for a newby looking for a death.

With best wishes

Susanne

Cynthia

Cynthia Report 7 Dec 2009 14:11

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Angela

Angela Report 5 Dec 2009 16:29

Gosh - how helpful..Just one thing - do you have idea how I can find the TIME? I've been in and out of the site for years on and off but never have the time to follow through.

Thanks for all the info

Angela.

Cynthia

Cynthia Report 4 Dec 2009 18:37

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rootgatherer

rootgatherer Report 3 Dec 2009 09:12

Good morning everyone.

Just another little nudge for this good advice.