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Reached a Brick Wall - Don't know what to do next?

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Beverley Report 22 Jan 2013 05:51

I still can't find out what happend to MARY ANN SMITH FINDLAY (b) 31 Aug. 1859 Forfar, Scotland. Father Alexander Findlay and Mother Mary Ann (Milne) Findlay.
I still believe she married and stayed in Scotland, AND DID NOT IMMIGRATE like some of her Brothers to Australia and USA, but can't find out who she married and where, and where she died. There could have been a mix up in her name when she married for the records, so tried to look for a "Marriage" of Mary Ann SMITH even, instead of her correct full name. Someone thought she might have gone to Glasgow or middle of Scotland somewhere, but it is just like looking for a needle in a haystack. Can anyone suggest what I can do next, I would be very grateful. Beverley


patchem Report 22 Jan 2013 06:54

If a lot of work has already been done on this site to try and find her, could you nudge up that thread so that the work is not duplicated?


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 22 Jan 2013 08:52

There's this thread, dated Aug 2010

30-Aug-2012 FINDLAY
Looking for information about Mary Ann Smith Findlay (b) 31 Aug. 1859, Forfar, Scotland. Parents - Alexander & Mary Ann (Milne) Findlay. Her brothers & sister were: James, William, Alexander, Albert, Alfred, David, Frederick, Agnes & John. They lived in Montrose, Scotland. I want to know who Mary Ann Smith Findlay married, etc.
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Alemap Report 22 Jan 2013 09:20

For ref:
name: Mary Ann Smith Findlay
gender: Female
baptism/christening date:
baptism/christening place:
birth date: 31 Aug 1859
death date:
name note:
father's name: Alexander Findlay
father's birthplace:
father's age:
mother's name: Mary Ann Milne
mother's birthplace:
mother's age:
indexing project (batch) number: C11288-1
system origin: Scotland-ODM
source film number: 6035516


Alemap Report 22 Jan 2013 09:22

1871 census
name: Mary A Findley
event: Census
event date: 1871
gender: Female
age: 11
relationship to head of household: Daughter
birthplace: Scotland
record type: Household
registration district: St Columb Major
sub-district: Padstow
event parish: Padstow
county: Cornwall
Household Gender Age Birthplace
head Alexandra Findley M 37 Scotland (In the Army)
wife Mary A Findley F 37 Scotland
daughter Mary A Findley F 11 Scotland
son James A Findley M 9 Woolwich, Kent
son William E Findley M 7 Woolwich, Kent
son Alexandra H Findley M 5 At Sea
son Albert E Findley M 4 Bradford, Yorkshire
son Alfred W Findley M 3 Chupelton Nev Sheffield, Yorkshire
son David H Findley M 1 Padstow, Cornwall
Citing this Record

"England and Wales Census, 1871," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 22 Jan 2013), Mary A Findley in entry for Alexandra Findley, 1871.


Alemap Report 22 Jan 2013 09:46

Alexander discharged 21st Nov 1873 in Plymouth. Intended place of residence: Glamis Road, Forfar.

1881 census
FINDLAY, Alexander Head Married M 47 1834 Staff Sergeant Forfar And Kincardineshire Militia & Chelsea Pensioner Forfar, Forfarshire
FINDLAY, Mary Ann Wife Married F 48 1833 Forfar, Forfarshire
FINDLAY, Alexander H Son Unmarried M 15 1866 Shipping Clerk At Sea Between London & Hull
FINDLAY, Albert Edwin Son Unmarried M 14 1867 Scholar England
FINDLAY, Alfred Wood Son M 13 1868 Scholar England
FINDLAY, David H Son M 11 1870 Scholar England
FINDLAY, Frederick A Son M 9 1872 Scholar England
FINDLAY, Mary Ann Daughter Unmarried F 17 1864 Steam Loom Weaver Or Linen Weaver Forfar, Forfarshire

Piece: 312 Folio: 22 Page: 9 Registration District: Montrose Civil Parish: Montrose Municipal Borough:
Address: 33, India Lane, Montrose County: Forfarshire (Angus)


Alemap Report 22 Jan 2013 10:20

Scotlands people is showing no marriages, but 1 death.
searched for "mary ann smith" "findlay" 1859 - 2011
Have no further details as it is a pay to view site.


Beverley Report 22 Jan 2013 11:03

Thank so much to all who replied, I found a Mary Ann Findlay who migrated to Canada, but she was not my Mary Ann Smith Findlay as she was too young. I have been trying everything I can think of. I have mesages on other sites, I know about all the other 9 children, (Brothers and Sister) where they lived, what they did in life and when they died, and feel sad that she was the first born and we can't find anything about her life. Beverley