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I'm struggling yet again

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Wungle

Wungle Report 5 Feb 2013 11:38

I'm trying to do a family tree for a friend and struggling from the outset.
All she knows of her father is that his name is John Thomas Matthews and she believes he was born in Walsall (or nearby)
I've got the marriage cert (married 1962) which shows John's age at the time to be 20yrs which would put his DOB about 1942 - living in Providence Lane Walsall and working as a bricklayer.
His father's name was also John Thomas Matthews and he was a lorry driver for British Railways.

But that's where it ends -I can't find a John Thomas Matthews born Walsall -any suggestions other than send off for half a dozen different birth certificates on the off-chance?

Terry

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 5 Feb 2013 11:51

Unfortunately when he was born there were no electoral rolls due to WW2.

Has she no knowledge of the grandparents ie when they married etc and who gran was.

Wungle

Wungle Report 5 Feb 2013 11:56

Unfortunately nothing at all.

Terry

RolloTheRed

RolloTheRed Report 5 Feb 2013 11:57

Here are some poss.

Name: John T Matthews
Mother's Maiden Surname: Billington
Date of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar 1941
Registration district: Smethwick
Inferred County: Staffordshire
Volume Number: 6b
Page Number: 1934

Name: John T Matthews
Mother's Maiden Surname: Purchase
Date of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep 1941
Registration district: Rowley Regis
Inferred County: Staffordshire
Volume Number: 6b
Page Number: 1966

Name: John T Matthews
Mother's Maiden Surname: Tolley
Date of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec 1941
Registration district: Cannock
Inferred County: Staffordshire
Volume Number: 6b
Page Number: 863

The marriage cert will have age of persons and wife's name. However I feel that you should really post this on the "Living Relatives" board, not here.

Wungle

Wungle Report 5 Feb 2013 12:02

Thanks Rollo.

Terry

KenSE

KenSE Report 5 Feb 2013 12:08

It looks like the Rowley Regis one died a year later

Deaths Dec 1942 (>99%)
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Matthews John T 1 Rowley R. 6b 820





Wungle

Wungle Report 5 Feb 2013 12:09

Thabnks -that's one less.

T

Inky1

Inky1 Report 5 Feb 2013 12:29

Bricklayers (being part of the Construction Industry) often moved around. So that 1962 address may have only been temporary. But if Walsall area is correct, then the John T Matthews 1942 Rowley Regis RD is a likely one. This RD is close to Walsall.

If you choose to go the multi certificate route I suggest that you call the GRO. You used to be able to specify that one or more checks be carried out - in this case that the fathers name was John Matthews / John Thomas Matthews. You pay the full rate per certificate, but get a rebate on the 'fails'. I don't think that checks can be specified for online ordering, but I may be wrong.

Wungle

Wungle Report 5 Feb 2013 12:37

Thanks Inky

T

Inky1

Inky1 Report 5 Feb 2013 12:46

If Rowley Regis is out, then the next nearest is the Cannock 1941 as stated above.

Cannock includes Essington, about 4 miles north of Walsall.

Wungle

Wungle Report 5 Feb 2013 13:28

I think that's probably favourite thanks Inky

Kim Annette

Kim Annette Report 6 Feb 2013 18:26

Wungle I ordered a certificate on line once but it was wrong and i got n email and a credit back to my account....

good luck

Wungle

Wungle Report 6 Feb 2013 20:39

Cheers Kim

T