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A missing cousin

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Michael Report 23 May 2012 13:04

Sorry my fault.I have been assuming that the lady who died in Leeds was my mother & transcribed her birth date onto my records.
All I know about May is that her birth was registered in the last quarter of 1919 & so September 25th seemed to tie in with these dates.
The lady whose death certificate I obtained was born in Leeds,not the Fylde,& her maiden name was Douglas,not Whiteside.
I have run into so many dead ends & gone up so many blind alleys that I have started to confuse myself.
Sorry I'm being such a pain,however should May still be alive by any chance,it will all be worthwhile in the end.
Thanks again.I owe you at least one stiff drink!



brummiejan Report 23 May 2012 14:18

Don't worry, I have tied myself up in many knots doing my family tree, barked up the wrong one more than once!

Well, if you are sure you have found your May's birth, I would be tempted to get the cert and find her birth date, so deaths can be searched using it. Obviously she might still be living - or at least still living after 2006 - but it's worth a shot.

But wait & see if Harry's death cert helps you first. Costs are going to mount up alarmingly at this rate if you aren't careful.



Michael Report 23 May 2012 14:57

Thanks Jan.I will follow up your advice & check Harry first.Hopefully his cert will arrive by weekend.
I will keep you posted of developments.



brummiejan Report 23 May 2012 17:18

Good luck! Will be interested to find out what you discover.


Michael Report 28 May 2012 10:37


I can't believe the amount of bad luck I am having.
I have obtained Harry's death certificate & it appears to be for the correct person - Harry Whiteside born Lytham 7th August 1922However there are no relations listed as the certificate has been completed by the coroner.
Also the address given is about 1 mile away from my home & I never knew!
I have checked the address & someone else has been living there since 2002 almost 9 years after Harry's death.
Where can I posssibly go from here or do I just give up?



brummiejan Report 28 May 2012 16:31

Have you checked the electoral register for the years Harry was living there? Just to check who he was living with. And who lived there in the intervening years.
I would also be cheeky and ask the neighbours for any help they can give you.
What a very troublesome family!


Diane Report 22 Jun 2012 12:55


I have the electoral rolls for the time that Harry was living there..send me the address and I'll have a look. It shows everyone in the household.

Also...does Paul have a middle initial?...there are quite a few in the Preston/ Blackpool coast area..

PM me.