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The frustrations of family hunting :-)

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KempinaPartyhat Report 31 Jul 2013 12:38

The Williams or smiths or Jones whom just enter themselves as born in England or Wales !!!!! when they must know which town it was!!!!!

Now like meany I,m waiting for 1921 census!


Potty Report 31 Jul 2013 12:31

There used to be a really funny thread about this - think it may have been the Ten Commandments of Family History.


SylviaInCanada Report 31 Jul 2013 05:31

The xxxxx times gt grandfather who appeared fully grown to marry, and then procreate.

But never gives a hint of where he might have been born, or who his parents were ....................

He does not appear in any parish records, church or otherwise, until after 1740, and there are no censuses or other records for 1700 to 1740

I am convinced that there is an alien ship that circles the earth, dropping off and picking up our ancestors ........... just to give us trouble!


Ozibird Report 31 Jul 2013 01:32

The pre-BMD registration when they don't record the mother's surname, or acknowledge her at all, in parish baptisms.

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 31 Jul 2013 00:03

Ah yes, Rose, those irritating rellies, we've all got at least one.
How about my 30 yr old brickwall....
The elusive grandfather who turns up from goodness-knows-where in 1920, marries my grandmother, and has disappeared off the face of the earth by 1928. His name was John but they called him Pat.
He apparently was a GPO postman, but can't find him on Post Office Archives. Can't find his birth, or his death, or a re-marriage. Can't find him on a ships passage, a census, or any military record.
All I have is the marriage cert and 2 photos!

I'm waiting for the 1921 census in the hope he is listed and with a place of birth. THAT would be a great starting point for me :-( but WHAT a wait!!!!


MarieCeleste Report 30 Jul 2013 22:26

The great-grandfather who has different first names for his father on his marriage cert to those on his brother's (if they were going to invent they should have consulted!). Who has a middle name denoting a family surname that can't be traced. Who was in an upper crust military academy while his brother was in the workhouse.


SuffolkVera Report 30 Jul 2013 22:16

The couple who just give their birthplace in every census as "Ireland" and whose Christian and surnames are really common Irish names. No hope of finding them without a town or village name.


Jonesey Report 30 Jul 2013 22:14

Frustration at myself for not asking the questions when the persons were still alive. :-(

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 30 Jul 2013 22:13

A grt gran born in 1852 and is with one of her married daughters in 1911 but then disappears. No remarriage found or death even though money wasted on buying several certs after 1911.

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 30 Jul 2013 21:49

The parents who declare their 10 year old child was born in Herefordshire, when I have a copy of his birth certificate in the South Wales valleys.

A G G grandfather who appears to have plucked a surname at random, when he registered his daughter and was asked her mother's maiden name.
Child's full brother has a completely different mmn. on his birth certificate, ...but his mum registered him.

The child born with one surname and in the 2 following census is under a different surname, but reverts to birth surname to marry.

Child registered with one forename, baptised with 2 different ones and dies using just the 2nd baptismal name.


Suzanne Report 30 Jul 2013 21:47

yhe grandmother whos name was isabella but who sighned her name ella on my grandfathers birth cert,((it looks like Ella) can we find her,no we cant.

loads of Isabella Mcdonalds in liverpool,which one do we choose :-(

family who call their children the same names,you just cant sort them out.


Nyx Report 30 Jul 2013 21:30

The elusive person who is born, appears on one census then is lost forever..
The person who flips names on a regular basis.
The 'if they had only taken a full 1831 census i would know for sure' moments.
The 'will I live to see the 1921 census' thought ( lol).
The non-existent baptism record of your Irish grandfather, when both his siblings are listed.

Any more? :-D