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Ted137 Report 21 Oct 2007 12:26

Thanks for this thread - nudged!!


Smyler Report 21 Oct 2007 19:24



Smyler Report 21 Oct 2007 20:20



Smyler Report 21 Oct 2007 21:31



trishcurtis Report 22 Oct 2007 11:06

nudge trish


Smyler Report 22 Oct 2007 20:57



Heather Report 31 Jul 2008 09:26



JoyDean Report 2 Aug 2008 09:30



JoyDean Report 1 Oct 2008 22:34



***Michelle*** Report 1 Oct 2008 23:15

Brick Walls

I love working with brick walls-we all have them!Funny thing is i seem to find other people's brick walls but my own remain intact!

My method is as follows-

Ok you know the person's name and birthyear and birthplace but they are nowhere to be seen on the 1891.Well majority of times this person is hiding under a transcript error.

Go into the 1891 census type the person's 1st name in,leave surname blank. Also add the birthyear and if this has changed census to census use the +/- buttons to add or minus years.Then add in the district and county in the selected areas.Then see what comes up.I have found many transcript errors using this method.Your ancestor maybe called Walter Shine and under the results of this method there maybe a Walter Snine-bingo!!

I am sure many of you use this method but thought there maybe someone who reads this is who hadn't tried.

Also always try all family members,as there maybe 1 of them who has been transcribed correct.Be patient,persisit and you will 9 times out of 10 find them.

Lets knock those brick walls down!!


Jane Report 2 Oct 2008 08:02

What a great idea - I am stuck on someone called Winn - now I will try this



Simon Report 3 Oct 2008 14:56

I would like to add a site that I found today,, where I found exactly when and how a relative died on a bombing run in the second world war, and what type of bombing run they were on.

You can search by bomber type (which you'll know if you know what squadron they were in), text or a date range.


Mark_of_Four_(Counties) Report 4 Oct 2008 09:43

On a similarly military theme (apologies if this has been posted before, I haven't read pages 2-13 yet)

Royal Naval Casualties, killed and died, March 1915

(has prev/next links at the foot of the page, to get you to earlier/later dates)




JoyDean Report 25 Oct 2009 11:21



RStar Report 27 Oct 2009 19:27

If you cant find a birth, consider; 1) was the child actually illigitimate (a fact you may not have thought about but a possibility) if so check under mums maiden name, 2) if the father was in the army, baby could have been born abroad, 3) could the family have been gypsies/travellers? Many didnt register births or would be in a different area to what you expect, 4) could baby have been adopted? Therefore would have different surname to what you expect, 5) try different spellings or wildcard if its an unusual surname, 6) consider that the name you see them as on a census could be a middle name!, 7) Try searching just with a forename if its a very unusual name, and vice versa with an unusual surname - the approx year of birth will narrow things down, 8) consider other areas, 9) The IGI baptisms dont mean thats the birth year too, many kids were baptised a few years after birth or even as adults.


JoyDean Report 6 Nov 2009 11:00

given a nudge for new readers.


JoyDean Report 23 Jan 2010 22:54



JoyDean Report 29 Mar 2010 22:36

- for new readers


JacquiB Report 30 Mar 2010 16:35

Went to the 'Maze' held at The Guildhall Library in London. Spoke to people at the Hammersmith Council stand as my gt grandfathers death cert. said he was a pensioner of London Boro of Hammersmith. They said they'd look into it. A week later I was sent info on when he started with them his salary when he retired and retirement pension. They had also found that my gt grandmother had a fall and died and there was a note of it in the paper which they also sent me. Therefore, another place to go if your ancesters worked for any council.


JoyDean Report 30 Jun 2010 12:54

Useful thread brought forward.