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Romany gypsy ancestors. Surname Lamb. London

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Amanda Report 13 Feb 2013 22:47

My great great grandfather was a Romany gypsy. Unfortuantly I don't know much about him. Is is possible to find information on romany's? His surname was Lamb and he was from London. That's all I know.

I'd love to find out more about my Romany history. If anyone can help I would be very grateful.

Thanks for reading



AnnCardiff Report 13 Feb 2013 23:01

Hi Mandy - welcome to the boards

the thing is if we find someone with the name Lamb, how will you know it's the right one or not

I think you must know more than you're telling us - how did you get back to him


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 13 Feb 2013 23:53

If it's just Romany family history in general, try any of the following search results

Romany & Traveller Family History Society
Join the Romany & Traveller Family History Society, and you'll join forces with a group of 500 keen family historians with a special interest in their British Gypsy ...

About Gypsy Genealogy
They've created this web-site to supplement the Society's publications and to put more ... One article will trace a particular British Gypsy family from about 1750, ... on social history, using genealogy to explore how Britain's social conditions and ...

Romany & Traveller FHS Links
80+ items – Romany & Traveller Family History Society. Links to Other Sites ...
Gypsy Links from Cyndi's List Links to Gypsy-related sites
The Patrin Web Journal Romani Culture and History


BBC - Romany Roots - Family history
Related BBC Sites ... If you are about to embark on tracing your family history and suspect that you may have Gypsy blood; or if ... The group provides members with a quarterly journal full of research tips, social history and Gypsy anecdotes.


Amanda Report 14 Feb 2013 00:09

Thank you for your replies. I'll have a look at those links tomorrow, thank you.

My mum told me that he was a Romany, she is trying to find something with his first name as she can't remember it. I knew his son, my great grandad, I know his name, but don't have his date of birth. Although I don't know it that would help? his first name was Arthur. I'm very limited on information for my family as there isn't many of us left and no one seems to know anything. As far as I am aware, they were a large family so any leads may help me find further information.


Mistycat Report 14 Feb 2013 00:21

Hi Amanda

You say you knew your GGrandfather.....How old was he, what year and where did he die, where did he live and did he have family.....these details can all be starting points.....

Even a guess at age can be good sometimes...

Misty x


Amanda Report 14 Feb 2013 00:31

He died in 1998/1999 I think. He died in Malta and was flown home to Essex for his funeral. He was from London originally, but lived in Essex. I don't know how old he was but I would guess probably in his mid 80's when he passed away. He had 2 daughters, Rosemary and Margaret, and a son, Lee. He was married to my great grandmother, who passed away last year. I know he had siblings but I don't know how many or their names.

Thank you for your help :)


MarieCeleste Report 14 Feb 2013 08:28

Hi Amanda, what was your great gran's name? If we can find their marriage that could be something to work back from.

Have you looked for any records on FreeBMD?

If you can find records that you are confident are right then it's easier to work back on the census.


Amanda Report 15 Feb 2013 08:04

My great grandmothers name was Janet. I don't know her maiden name. Her and my great grandfather actually married, divorced and then remarried again, just to confuse things more! She had two daughters with my great grandfather, and another daughter with someone else who was put up for adoption. My great grandmother passed away last year in Malta.

I will have a look on that link today, thank you :)


Penny Report 15 Feb 2013 08:37

How old would the children be now?l ee Rosemary &Margaret?

40's , 50's or in their 60's??


jax Report 15 Feb 2013 08:50

Marriages Mar 1938 (>99%)

Collins Janet M Lamb Surrey N.E. 2a 141
Lamb Arthur Collins Surrey N.E. 2a 141

The two daughters were also born in Surrey

The marriage cert will give their ages and fathers names


Amanda Report 15 Feb 2013 09:09

Rosemary and Margaret would be in their 70's now.


jax Report 15 Feb 2013 14:55

I posted the marriage above there are two daughters born in the late 30s named Rosemary and Margaret which you can find on freebmd.

You will need to purchase the marriage cert to go back any further to find out their ages and fathers names


Amanda Report 15 Feb 2013 16:01

Thank you very much for your help :)