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Jennifer Report 12 Sep 2012 16:44

I have been looking for a relative on and off for years and keep going back to the copy of an army record i have....has anyone ever come across a mistake on the place of birth being listed...everything else pin points this could be the relative i have been searching for apart from it says cardiff but i have been told he was born in scotland? but he spent most of his life in cardiff? would appreicate anyones opinion on this...thankyou.


jax Report 12 Sep 2012 16:53

He may not have known he was born in scotland if he had always lived in Cardiff?


Jennifer Report 12 Sep 2012 17:13

Thankyou yes that is a possibilty...although his children say he was from scotland but they were all born in cardiff...frustrating!


KathleenBell Report 12 Sep 2012 19:03

My grandad's army record says he was born in Stranton, Co. Durham in the north which is where he grew up, but he was actually born in London. I don't think he knew at the time that he had been born in London, but I know he found out later because he sent off to a church in London for his baptism certificate.

Kath. x


Jennifer Report 13 Sep 2012 19:42

Thankyou Kath, it says on there as well the names of two children which are also correct so i would like to think it is him, too much of a coincidence dont you think?


Porkie_Pie Report 13 Sep 2012 21:31

Have you looked for his birth record? or found him on any census?

I always believed my dad was born in Yorkshire until i started doing my tree and could not find his birth registered in Yorkshire,

He was born in Nottinghamshire,



Reggie Report 13 Sep 2012 22:10

The obvious answer is to look for him on a census..............

I'm guessing you know the names of his parents.................


Jennifer Report 13 Sep 2012 23:56

I cant find his birth anywhere even though it says an actual date on his army records..and can only find him on the 1911 census and i have his parents name from his army records? but there seems to be a difference in his age from his marriage and the other certificate i have? I have had help over the years on and off by members of GR to try and find him but with no luck...i just wanted to see if anyone else had come across a wrong place of birth being written down on army records so maybe i can try once more and find him? dont hold my breath though...thankyou


Reggie Report 14 Sep 2012 09:02

So you don't want any help to look for him?


Reggie Report 14 Sep 2012 09:49


Jennifer Report 14 Sep 2012 11:10

sorry if i have made a mistake and i should of kept this as one thread as about same person..but thought i had to start new thread as one was to do with scottish birth and the other army records..apologies..


Reggie Report 14 Sep 2012 12:11

Don't worry about it.........but if you want help.........give us names


Jennifer Report 14 Sep 2012 12:34

ok thankyou...i see you have copied a link to this page with the scottish thread that i started, in 2009 i was searching for a child of his which also mentions details about him, how do i connect these together so members can see what has been covered already?


Jennifer Report 14 Sep 2012 12:35


Jennifer Report 14 Sep 2012 12:37

i think i have done it...


Jennifer Report 12 Oct 2012 16:18

Hi...I would appreciate anyones helps with finding someone on a census. This is related to the person i have been trying to find above and because he is proving impossible to find i thought i would try a different angle. I have found this census with the family i think could be the william h thompson i am looking for?

Henry Thompson...Head 44 (1837) umbrella maker...devon, exeter
Susanna Thompson...Wife 35 (1846) Tredegar,
Mary Thompson...daughter 17 (1864) Glamorgan,Merthyr
William H Thompson...grandson....9months Glamorgan, Merthyr
Elizabeth A Pretten...servant......7 (1874)..........................Tredegar
Francis T Stait....border....44(1837) married,,,baker Alderton, worcestershire

I then tried the 1891 census which showed Henry and Susanna with William aged 10 but no daughter Mary (there is a Mary but she is the mother aged 74). I also tried looking for her and william then in the 1901 census but no luck. I am still only learning the best way to do lookups so it would be great is anyone could help me...thankyou.


Jennifer Report 12 Oct 2012 16:22

this is also to do with the same person in the 1911 census i think?


Jonesey Report 12 Oct 2012 16:31

The most probable explanation for Mary b1864 being missing from the 1891 census is that by then she was probably married.


Jennifer Report 12 Oct 2012 16:55

oh yes very true...thankyou, i was hoping she was married and her married name was thompson and possible that william h is her son and that maybe she is living with her inlaws? all sounds alot of ifs but not being able to find william henrys birth after years of searching i am clutching at straws and also getting myself in a right i have said above i have his parents names as mary and alfred?


Jennifer Report 12 Oct 2012 16:57

so i need to look at the 1871 census and see if mary is with this family...thankyou for pointing this out...