Find Ancestors

Top tip - using the Genes Reunited community

Welcome to the Genes Reunited community boards!

  • The Genes Reunited community is made up of millions of people with similar interests. Discover your family history and make life long friends along the way.
  • You will find a close knit but welcoming group of keen genealogists all prepared to offer advice and help to new members.
  • And it's not all serious business. The boards are often a place to relax and be entertained by all kinds of subjects.
  • The Genes community will go out of their way to help you, so don’t be shy about asking for help.

Quick Search

Single word search

Electoral Rolls

Looking for living relatives?

Search our UK Electoral Rolls (2002-2013) and find your living relatives today.

Search Electoral Rolls

New electoral roll records


  • New posts
  • No new posts
  • Thread closed
  • Stickied, new posts
  • Stickied, no new posts

Immergration to Australia

Page 0 + 1 of 2

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. »
ProfilePosted byOptionsPost Date


Tracy Report 4 Mar 2013 00:58

Hi can anyone please help me I am trying to trace my grandmothers brother, who she has always maintained went to live is Australia.

I grew up hearing that he had gone there on the ten pound pom scheme in the 1960/70's. I have searched for both him his wife and child and I can not find them.
The problem is I can't ask my gran now as she is in the very late stages of alzheimers and hasn't got a clue who anyone is and she is the only surviving family member I no of.

His name is George Pickard Chapman and he was born in 1923 in Hunslet, Leeds. He married a women called Elsie Simpson in 1948, we believe that her maiden name was Gummerson as she was married before and divorced. They had a child called Linda Chapman born in 1950 in Leeds, and my mum seems to recall Elsie having a daughter to her first marriage but I cant find any records of it but will keep looking. Any scrap of information would be great just so I can put his disappearance to bed once and for all.



jax Report 4 Mar 2013 02:00


Reggie Report 4 Mar 2013 10:28

The MMN on Linda's birth reg'n is Simpson.

I hope you've looked in 'search all trees'


Reggie Report 4 Mar 2013 10:29

Marriages Jun 1941 (>99%)
Burton Minnie Smith Leeds 9b 580
Gummerson Elsie Simpson Leeds 9b 580
Simpson William D Gummerson Leeds 9b 580
Smith William H Burton Leeds 9b 580


Reggie Report 4 Mar 2013 10:32

There is a son from Elsie's first marriage...........not sure why you didn't see it on freebmd


Reggie Report 4 Mar 2013 10:36

You have Elsie in your GR tree with birth year 1925.............did you just guess?

This is her birth............

Births Sep 1918 (>99%)
Gummerson Elsie Stone Tadcaster 9c 1733

Always use the following site to get factual info

There is another GR member looking at this person.....with the correct birth year.

Look in 'search all trees'..........and contact her


Reggie Report 4 Mar 2013 10:41

Have you thought of researching Elsie's siblings and their possible descendants?

One of them may have had contact after the emigration................


Tracy Report 4 Mar 2013 11:04

Hi Reggie

I have spoken to my mum regarding Elsie having a son and she said she never had a son that lived with them, she said Elsie had a daughter to her first husband William Simpson who she June 1941in Leeds. My mum was only little but she can remember her grandmother been very angry about the marriage and that her grandmother had said Elsie was loose. I never thought of trying to find any of Elsies siblings as I haven't any info on her? what I really want to find out is if they went to live in Australia or if it was all a lie and they just vanished because of the family fall out.

Mum said they all new that they went to Australia on the £10 pom scheme according to mum. We can't get any of this clarified because of Grans state mind, I really should have started this tree years ago when my gran was ok. Thank you for taking the time to reply, I do find this really hard sometimes as my gran is the last surviving family member I no of.


Reggie Report 4 Mar 2013 12:33


Don't rely on what people tell your OWN research

You can easily find Elsie's siblings by using freebmd..................

You MUST use freebmd to get FACTS.............including the birth of the child of Elsie's first marriage

It is too recent to post on here........but there's no need for anyone to do that, as you can so easily find it yourself.

There is a birth of a girl Gummerson with MMN Gummerson in 1939 in Leeds.

Look for the registration, then ask your mother if the first name rings any bells

Perhaps the son went to live with his father when the parents divorced............


Reggie Report 4 Mar 2013 12:43

THIS is the Chapman/Simpson marriage

Marriages Jun 1948 (>99%)

Chapman George P Tyldsley Leeds 2c 813
Chapman George P Simpson Leeds 2c 813
Simpson Elsie Chapman Leeds 2c 813
Tyldsley Elsie Chapman Leeds 2c 813


Reggie Report 4 Mar 2013 12:48

So the MMN on Linda's birth cert was accurate.

You seem to have been following entirely the wrong line.

What you NEED is the 1948 marriage cert...............


Choccy Report 4 Mar 2013 13:02

Don't know if you have seen this -

An index of names mentioned in the West Australian's Death & Funeral
Notices for the period of July 19-24, 2004 (ie. Monday to Saturday).

One of many -

CHAPMAN, George Pickard,


Choccy Report 4 Mar 2013 13:05

CHAPMAN , George Pickard. 13 Oct 1923 - 21 Jul 2004. Husband of Elsie, father of Anne and Linda.


vera2010 Report 4 Mar 2013 13:12

I have deleted my posts and sent by PM because of the late dates, including a 1st marriage to Arthur and a child born to that marriage.



Reggie Report 4 Mar 2013 13:23

Marriages Mar 1943 (>99%)

Simpson Elsie Tyldsley Leeds 9b 454
Tyldsley Arthur Simpson Leeds 9b 454


Reggie Report 4 Mar 2013 13:25


You haven't said where you got the idea that Elsie was a Gummerson at birth

The evidence of her marriages , and the birth of her child with George disprove that theory.


Reggie Report 4 Mar 2013 13:29

Births Dec 1923 (>99%)
Chapman George P Helsdon Hunslet 9b 726


Reggie Report 4 Mar 2013 13:37

At least two members appear to have George in GR might do better contacting them, rather than the lady who has Elsie Gummerson, as I don't think Elsie Gummerson is in any way connected with George

I rather think you looked for a marriage between a male Simpson and 'Elsie' and latched on to the wrong one

You really do need to cross-refer everything when doing FH

If my thinking about how you proceeded is wrong.........I apologise.


vera2010 Report 5 Mar 2013 02:01

A link to the death of George P



Valerie Report 6 Mar 2013 00:28

Hi Tracy ... seems to be your George Pickard Chapman who died at Harvey W Aus 2004. (shown on 'Ozburials')
The 'West Australian State Library' (on-line) has an 'Ask a Librarian' service...they will check the current electoral rolls for Elsie Chapman.
Valerie (WAus)