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LadyScozz Report 3 Apr 2013 01:12

Loads of them!

The one that really bugs me is my 3x great-grandfather.

I know he was born about 1808 in Cockburnspath Berwick (that's what's listed on census records), but I can find no record of his birth, so I don't know his parents' names.... but if I go by Scottish naming patterns they're probably John & Isabella.

I know he died between 1874 (when one of his sons married) & 1881 (because his wife is a widow).

His name? Robert Robertson! Have you any idea how many Robert Robertsons died in Scotland between 1874 & 1881? Even if I narrowed it down to those who died in Lanarkshire, I'd have to spend a fortune.


I won't try to explain the Irish side.


Dame*Shelly*("\(*o*)/") Report 2 Apr 2013 23:20

i seem to have truble with my mum's dad side
and my dad's dad's side

i think this is becouse there are all ready people doing the same side of the family tree
and i do no that there tree is also 99% right just like mine

i love dad's mum side and finding out who's who's and fitting in the puzzle peace
its been great

and my mum's side as i new all that side very well even great aunit's
so i love thisside of my tree as well


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 2 Apr 2013 18:07

For quite a while I ignored my fathers fathers side of the family.

He ignored us when he was alive, can remember seeing him when I was a child visiting my paternal aunt (his daughter). There was an old man there who we were not allowed to speak to (or even if I remember correctly, in front of).

We were told that he worked hard, was very tired, so we must be quiet and never disturb him.

Didn't know for years that this was my grandfather!

Eventually I thought "S-- you, I am going to find out about my family , I don't care what you would have thought!"

Managed to trace the family back several generations, with some surprises.
Have also contacted cousins from this side of the family, and even met up with one of them. (A really lovely man).

I am so pleased that I didn't that this miserable old man prevent me from getting to know about and even meet my family.


BrianW Report 2 Apr 2013 16:11

A lot of the Victorian section is complete but there are many branches that I haven't managed to trace down to modern day and others pre-Victorian that disappear into thin air.
But a bit frustrated at the moment on my direct line where I know that Thomas Worboys died in September 1828 in Hertford aged 53 but so far as I can tell he wasn't born in Hertford and the only likely-looking birth I've found around 1775 in in Bishops Stortford.
His wife came from Cripplegate in London and they were married in Westminster but I'm going round in circle at the moment.
The family probably originally came from Ashwell in Hertfordshire or one of the adjacent villages like Steeple Morden but when, why and where did they migrate?


SpanishEyes Report 2 Apr 2013 12:25

My father William Farady was born in Dublin 1912. He was brought up by a family named Keegan. He had a birth cert which gave him"his parents".
It was only last week that on An....ry that I noted that I noted that another tree had put a person with the same name Farady, on their tree and some Keegans.

I looked, I checked, not once, not twice, but many many times...eventually I had to accept that at last I knew we had the same people including my father.

I am still in shock and yet thrilled. In fact WH was not my biological father but cared for me and my mother before I was born.
I still love him so much.
:-D <3 <3 <3

Carol 430181

Carol 430181 Report 1 Apr 2013 21:16

Like others have said, cannot find my paternal great grandfather, only reference to him is on marriage certificate, other than that no trace (think he may have been a bigamist) Cannot trace a Welch ancestor or an Irish one.

Carol :-(


~Lynda~ Report 1 Apr 2013 20:45

I have days/weeks, where I do different branches of my tree, I don't neglect a soul, but some souls are easier than others to research :-D


LaGooner Report 1 Apr 2013 20:39

My Oh's Great great Grandad who was a very naughty boy impregnating a 14 year od then disappearing off the face of the earth :-|. Have no clue to who his Mother and Father were either

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 1 Apr 2013 19:03

I've neglected my paternal GG grandparents' lines back and that GG grandfather's life..
They lived in Southampton and were JONES ( I have seperate families of Welsh and Herefordshire JONES on mum's side too)
George JONES married Emily POWELL in 1845.. She was on 1851 census, but I have not been able to find a baptism for her at the given place, although I've spent hours in the Record Office.
As for George, he was a labourer son of James JONES also a labourer in Southampton and I've lost track of George in Southampton after Emily's early death aged 37 in 1855.
Too many JONES to choose between, but I might give them another go..........



GinN Report 1 Apr 2013 18:58

I rather like my ancestors - they are relatives who give you no trouble. :-D


AnnCardiff Report 1 Apr 2013 18:29

not bothered with my in-laws - I didn't like the living ones so couldn't care less about the dead ones


Kay???? Report 1 Apr 2013 18:15

Not mine but OH,,,,,,she vanished after 1918,,,,,,,ff she did re-marry then she used a nick name and a fathers name that of her ex-father inlaw, :-S......!.


terryj Report 1 Apr 2013 17:51

my dads tree
because the wifes relatives have found out what i am doing and its oh can you have a look at his relative of mine etc


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 1 Apr 2013 17:25

@ RamblingRose and the missing posts

Don't worry about it - we probably didn't expect a reply.

There was something odd about the times on posts earlier today. Someone had a post on another thread timed at 04 minutes, while my PC said it was still 02 minutes. OH who has watching BBC news which has a constant time said ours was correct. :-S


Lyndi Report 1 Apr 2013 17:23

My dad's side is proving difficult, have only got back to great grand parents and then draw a blank. Maybe a trip to Sligo is needed ;-)


AnninGlos Report 1 Apr 2013 16:44

Yes one of my Paternal Gtx3 Grandmothers. Elizabeth (unknown) married my Gt x 3 William Webster. Himself a bit of a problem as he was born William Voakes to Mary Voakes. Mary Voakes married William Webster and her son took the name Webster but from coincidences and dates I am 99.9% sure that William junior is actually William senior's son. William came from Froyle in Hampshire but Elizabeth came from the London area I think. I can't find a marriage for them but have their daughters baptism certificate which states Mother to be Elizabeth. (daughter's wedding cert states Dad to be William). I know their occupation, he was a coach driver and they worked for an Elizabeth Langford who had a house in London and one in Brighton. I have a letter from Elizabeth Langford to Elizabeth (who she calls Ann - couldn't have a servant with the same name as her!) telling her William is seriously ill. I then 'lose' William, can't find a burial or death for him (circa 1833) in either Brighton or London. But Elizabeth I then keep track of via censuses until she dies.

So two brickwalls that I have all but given up on, William's death and Elizabeth's birth. And of course Elizabeth's line.


maggiewinchester Report 1 Apr 2013 15:26

Island, it's been intruiging finding out just how many porkie pies my (gorgeous) granny told :-D

She 'took in' a stray toddler when dad joined the Navy, and brought him up. She never pretended he was anything other than a much loved foster child whose parents lived down the road.
He contacted me once, and when I jokingly mentioned my gran's 'ways' - he was incredibly defensive.

I also realised he was doing genealogy, and had my gran as his mother, and my dad's stepdad as his dad!! Sad, really.


Nyx Report 1 Apr 2013 14:43

Island, I like the quirky ones :-) I became rather obsessed with one great great aunt, who disappeared after the age of 7, and have not found her yet in spite of knowing where all the rest of her family were.


Island Report 1 Apr 2013 14:35

Rose, having said that I've mostly ignored one branch.........there was a gg aunt on that side who, unlike her siblings, did not marry or stay put. I spent ages trying to find where and when she ended her days and finally tracked her down. I knew she wouldn't be giving me any more leads but I just found her interesting. Maybe I have a penchant for the quirky ones LOL

Maggie, it must be so frustrating to be given the run around on likely fathers!

Budgie Rustler

Budgie Rustler Report 1 Apr 2013 14:33

Is there a line in your tree
that you have neglected? and if so why?...
My fathers side.
Why... because he didn`t want to know me, and neither do his children.(my half siblings, they`ve been told by their aunt its not possible, but I know different)
I acknowledge the fact that I was a family secret on his side for over 60 yrs OK.
Its only since starting my family history a few years back that I found out about him.

Conclusion... I`m cool with it now. I accept the circumstances. I just dont record his side within my tree.