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Elizabeth Graham help to read Birth Certificate

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Helen Report 10 Jan 2013 22:48

I'd be inclined to believe Sarah and Susan are one and the same person.

There is only one match coming up for the surname Purss married to a James Graham ... the name being Sarah.

It's possible they married in the Knockshinnoch area of New Cumnock .. the marriage certificate might be able to verify.

Or maybe the location just might be New Cumnock .. the writing on some of these certificates can be dire.


brummiejan Report 10 Jan 2013 22:50

Brilliant Helen! I just never thought to check this - and yes, after all that, it does just say New Cumnock.
You little belter you.
Jan :-D


GlasgowLass Report 11 Jan 2013 00:14

with the little info available, SP can be manipulated to get the correct entry.
It is time consuming, but eventually the correct result is found.

Here's a wee tutorial

In the marriage section, enter groom as James Graham. year of marriage 1894.
=16 Matches
You already had an idea that the marriage took place in Ayrshire, so change your search accordingly... AYR
=4 Matches

To find the bride:
From the option on the right use ":SURNAME THAT BEGINS WITH" ... enter ( in this case) letter "P"
=1 Match
Keeping the P in place,continue to work your way through the alphabet for the second letter =U.
=1 Match

Eventually, you will arrive at PURSS and alter your option to ":Exact Surname"
=1 Match
Use the same process to find the first name and again = SARAH
=1 Match

Select up to 5 parishes on the dropdown list until
= 1 Match
Check each of the 5 selections individually, and again the final match is ..
= 1 Match

Easy when you know how!


OneFootInTheGrave Report 11 Jan 2013 06:40

Gwyn, Jan, rootgatherer, Helen, and Anne,

Many thanks to you all for all the help and advice you have provided, it is very much appreciated.

I will start working my way through this today and will check Scotlands People to have a look at the marriage certificate for James and also have a look at one of the other children's birth certificate.

Thank You & Best Wishes,